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AKURE CONTESTANTS EXPRESS DELIGHT IN GOLDBERG FUJI T’O BAM SEASON 4 AUDITIONS

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The battle for the Wura 1of Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam witnessed a cheerful atmosphere in the city of Akure recently as contestants expressed joy and optimism at a shot of fame during the audition held at First Molac Hotel, Ondo Road.

Some of the contestants who turned up for the audition expressed their gratitude to the brand, Goldberg, for making it possible for them to have a shot at the limelight through Fuji music, which according to them “is the music of our people.”

Speaking before the commencement of the audition, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Agboola aka SK Sensation, one of the judges, addressed the contestants to be at their best and display acts of creativity and originality in their performance. Agboola, who is the Chairman, National Project Committee for Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria, further debunked the myth that Fuji artistes are hooligans and street touts, and therefore advised the contestants to conduct themselves in all manner of decency worthy of emulation, not just because of the audition, but in their personal lives and in the pursuit of their dreams, so they can be role models to the society. Other members of the panel of judges are: Alhaji Kehinde Ayanda, Vice Chairman, Lagos Island Association of Fuji Musicians and Adebayo Faleke aka Kakaki Olodumare.

Tope Ajani aka Ariremako 1, who was the third runner up in the 2nd edition held in 2014, was also one of the contestants in Akure this year. Ajani, who is a mechanic and a Fuji lover cum enthusiast, has one Fuji album to his credit. “My love for Fuji music cannot be overemphasized. That is why I am here again this year. This is the only shot I have that I believe can pilot me to a world of my dreams. I am very good at this type of music and believe in myself.” He was rewarded with a cash prize of two hundred thousand naira in 2014, but aims for the ultimate prize of one million naira and a recording contract this year.

A 21-year old fashion designer, Saheed Babarinde, who was inspired by his elder brother who sings Fuji, also graced the occasion. “I am looking forward to singing Fuji professionally, that is why I am here. Fuji has had an influence on me; since I was eight years old and whenever I listened to my elder brother sing it. I liked it whenever he sings the popular Saheed Osupa’s songs, so I always wanted to be like him.”

An O’Level student, Oyewale Wasiu aka K-West, who is a promising Fuji artiste and an indigenous Yoruba rapper was at the audition for the first time. In his words, “Music is my calling. I have had dreams on several occasions where I performed on the streets and people cheered me up. Such dreams have become frequent lately. So, music is more than a passion because I believe there is a divine assignment in it for me.” Although K-West is still seeking admission into a higher institution where he can also further his education, he expressed optimism in the Fuji audition and revealed that being a winner in such a competition would enable him to live his dreams and still be educated, as the proceeds from the competition would be invested into the business and his studies.

In addition, Obesuya Fatai aka Governor, who is the coordinator of the Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria (FUMAN), Ondo State Chapter, was also present to coordinate the contestants and ensure their proper conduct during the exercise. The audition, which lasted about 7 hours, ended with the collation of scores from all the judges, from whence 20 shortlisted contestants emerged.

Adaba FM broadcaster, Wasiu Alani aka Mr Talent, who was among the shortlisted 20 expressed his excitement about the exercise. “I am going to give a special shout out to Goldberg and Nigerian Breweries for bringing this platform to us in Akure. I am indeed delighted to be part of this, and I hope I would cross all the hurdles to the final stage because that is the ultimate.” Alani, who is also an OND holder of Iree Polytechnic says such a platform will create more opportunities for him to pursue his goals, in music or further education.

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Glo promotes Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage at Ojude Oba

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Digital solutions provider, Globacom, on Tuesday threw its weight behind the 2024 Ojude Oba Festival of Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, emphasizing the huge potential of such festivals to promote cultural diversity, unity and harmony in the country.

 

In his goodwill message to this year’s edition of the event, the Chairman of Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., also noted that age-long festivals such as Ojude Oba could foster cultural exchange and showcase Nigeria’s rich heritage to the world.

Dr Adenuga observed that the theme of this year’s celebration, UNITY AND HARMONY IN IJEBULAND: THE GIFT OF OJUDE OBA, emphasised the values that the festival had espoused for over a century that it has been in existence.

 

He added that the festivals also had potential to boost tourism and help in the diversification of the economy which was why the Federal Government and many governments across the globe have placed tourism on top of their development agenda.

 

Adenuga noted that Globacom has continued to support major festivals in the country in order to strengthen them as world class events which will attract even more visitors from across the world.

 

On the company’ partnership with the Ojude Oba Planning Committee, he is optimistic that it will further foster a symbiotic relationship with immense benefits for both Globacom and the sons and daughters of Ijebuland at home and in the Diaspora.

 

One of the key features of the festival is the Regberegbe (age grade) competition. Egbe Bobasete Okunrin Omooba came first with Egbe Bobagunte Okunrin Akile Ijebu second and Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin Asiwaju polling third place.

 

 

 

Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Omooba won first place in the female division, while Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Asiwaju and Egbe Arobayo Obinrin Akile Ijebu emerged as runners-up, taking home the same awards as their male counterparts.

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Perm Sec Denies Sexually Harassing Female Subordinate, Says, She Accused Me Because I Refused To Pay Her Bills.

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The permanent secretary of the federal ministry of foreign affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa, says he is being accused of sexual harassment by Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi, an official of the ministry, because he refused her demands.

 

Recall that the minister of foreign affairs, Yusuf Tugga, had notified Folasade Yemi-Esan, the head of service of the federation (HoS), of the allegation.

 

In a letter to Yemi-Esan, the minister said it was necessary to communicate the development to her following the “gravity of the matter” after Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, wrote a petition to him.

 

However, in response to the allegation, Lamuwa said his failure to pay Ajayi’s bills on an official trip to Davos and refusal to grant her access to policy files and financial records of the ministry were the reasons why she accused him of sexual harassment.

 

The permanent secretary said he has never sexually harassed her but has maintained a professional relationship with all his subordinates.

 

“I have served for nine years cumulatively in the State House, in the Office of the Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President, and the exalted Office of the President at various times under Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, Mr. David Edevbie, Amb. Abdullahi Gwary, and lastly, Amb. Lawal Kazaure,” Lamuwa said.

 

“I received three letters of commendation at various times from the State House for meritorious service.

 

“On allegations of female directors being harassed, I have never had any incident with any female director in any hotel room, nor have I ever removed any female officers’ names from trips or postings because they refused to comply with any sexual demands.

 

“No four women or any number could have shared any alleged ordeal with me with her, as no such incidents have happened in the past, and it is untrue that any such common knowledge exists in the Ministry, as there is no basis for it.

 

“From the foregoing, I believe Mrs. Simisola O. Fajemirokun-Ajayi’s action might not be unconnected with my failure to pay her Davos bills or give her access to the Ministry’s policy files and financial records.

 

“For example, on 12th January, 2023, while in Davos, on a WhatsApp chat, she tried to know what I and the DFA were doing about the payment of the outstanding Nigerian Mission’s 1st Semester Allocation of about N12,957,103,477, claiming to know the Minister has spoken to the CBN Governor on the issue.

 

“In my response, I told her that Missions’ funding should not concern her, as it was being handled at the highest level. Her response was ‘Noted Sir. As directed by the Hon. Minister sir, does it concern Me?’. I wrote back to say, ‘I sorted that out with the HMFA yesterday’. And she said ‘thank you’. I knew she was angry with me about that.

 

“It is clear that there are two issues that have been worrying Mrs. Simisola O. Fajemirokun-Ajayi and were therefore waiting for any opportunity to get back at me.”

 

The permanent secretary added that they had exchanged jokes on many occasions in

the presence of other people.

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Foreign Affairs Ministry Perm Sec, Lamuwa, Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Scandal

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The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa has been suspended over allegation of sexually harassing a married female staff of the Ministry.

 

Recall that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, wrote to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, over allegation of sexual harassment levelled against the Permanent Secretary.

 

One of the Minister’s aides, Mrs. Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, stated that Lamuwa sexually harrased her.

 

Lamuwa had served as Nigeria’s ambassador to the Republic of Senegal with concurrent accreditation to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania before his appointment as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

He joined the foreign service in 1993, was born in 1967, and hails from Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State.

 

In a letter dated May 27, Tuggar said he was compelled to write to inform the Head of Service of a formal complaint against Lamuwa on allegations of sexual harassment.

 

“Bearing in mind the gravity of the matter, I feel it necessary to draw your attention to it and ask that you handle it accordingly.

 

“Please find attached a copy of the complaint I received via email. May I also assure you that I remain available to provide you with any assistance required in discharging your responsibilities,” Tuggar wrote.

 

Source squealed that Lamuwa had been asked to step aside by the Office of the Head of Service.

 

He was given till Friday last week to vacate office and the immediate past Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba, Benaoyagha Okoyen, assumed office on Monda

y in acting capacity.

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