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Atedo Peterside, Onari Duke, Yemi Alade, Timi Dakolo, Waje, Storm Cobhams Asquo’s Album Launch

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For 16 years Cobhams Asuquo has worked behind the scenes helping artistes achieve their album dream, but on Sunday, March 12th Cobhams stepped into the spotlight and launched his highly-anticipated debut album at an exclusive high-profile command performance.

 

In tune with character, Cobhams who is known for his touch of brilliance pulled all stops to deliver a concert that left a lasting impression on the minds of the audience. With companies like Wisemen Apparel, Malta Guinness, BillionaireBet as co-sponsor of the concert, guests were feted with world-class music and a delicious menu of intercontinental and continental dishes.

 

The well-decorated interior of the Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos was at once both a classic concert setting and a banquet for the royalty. The mood was induced with theatrical display of lights that combined seamlessly with well-distilled sound. For his technical team, Cobhams flew in US-based, lightning expert, Charles Ford who has done lights for the likes of Chris Brown, Prince, TraySongz. Sola Raji of P3Multimedia LLC Texas also came on board as the sound and technical consultant for the command performance.

 

Tagged the For You Album Launch Concert, the album release was witnessed by corporate and bank executives, artistes, Christian community leaders and captains of industries.

 

Some of the well-known personalities in attendance included Sammie Okposo, Falz, Waje, Omawumi, Toke Makinwa, Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade, Timi Dakolo, TY Mix, Paul Okoye, Kamal Ajiboye, Gloria, Elvina Ibru and Nosa. Other eminent personalities at the occasion include Atedo Peterside, the chief launcher, Dr. Tony Rapu, Adesuwa Onyenokwe and former First Lady of Cross River state, Mrs. Onari Duke.

 

Like an appetizer, the duo of Fome Peters and Edaniels, both talented artistes, set the tone for the evening in separate live performances. Their brief performances provided a fodder for what was to come.

 

Dressed in sparkling white tuxedo with black collar outlines, Cobhams was ushered on stage by compere, IK Osakioduwa amidst a rapturous ovation. He was led onto the stage by his beautiful wife, Ojuola Asuquo who stepped aside once Cobhams was seated by his piano. From that moment, it was about the music.

 

With lyrics displaying on the giant LED screen, Cobhams complemented with his full band and background vocalists. He opened with the first song on his album, Make Our Hearts and continued flawlessly with other tracks.

 

A highpoint of the concert was the ceremonial unveiling of the album which was performed by Atedo Peterside, chairman of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc and Cadbury Nigeria Plc and his wife Mrs. Dudu Peterside. After the unveiling of the album, physical copies officially went on sale along with digital platforms including iTunes, Apple TV, Music+, Spotify, Amazon, Googleplay.

 

In between Cobham’s performance was an interview session with popular TV show host and magazine publisher, Adesuwa Onyenkwe. While fielding questions, Cobhams explained frankly that he had to wait patiently for the right time. He said further that while the album might be classed a gospel album, it had a broad appeal to humanity in general with themes of societal transformation and love.

 

According to Cobhams, the For You album is a product of five years of labour and cost as much as $100,000 to produce. He went on to leave no one in doubt that a new career phase has started with broad plans for national and international road tour.

 

As they say that every journey begins with a step, for Cobhams, that step will begin with the first stop of the For You Album Tour on Sunday, March 28th at the Pistis Centre, Lekki after the fourth round about, Lagos.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu hosts dinner to celebrate Soyinka at 90

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, hosted a dinner at the State House on Tuesday to honour Noble Laurette, Prof Wole Soyinka, on his 90th birthday.

During the birthday dinner, Sanwo-Olu also unveiled a “special portrait” of the renowned playwright and novelist.

Sharing photos from the event on X.com, Sanwo-Olu wrote, “This evening, we had the honour of celebrating the 90th birthday of our esteemed Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

“It was a night of joy, memories, and inspiration as we celebrated his many contributions to literature and touched on how his humanity continues to inspire us all.

“The highlight of the evening was unveiling a special portrait of Prof., a true reflection of his enduring legacy.”

Sanwo-Olu further thanked Soyinka, saying, “We celebrate not just his 90 years of life but the countless lives he has inspired and continues to inspire.”

He added, “His Nobel Prize win many years ago opened the door for many to dream and believe that greatness is achievable. His works transcend time, touching hearts and minds across the globe.

“Thank you, Professor Wole Soyinka, for showing us that through resilience, creativity, and dedication, we can achieve greatness.”

The Nobel Laureate, who turned 90 years old on Saturday, July 13, was described as a shining light and national treasure by President Bola Tinubu.

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Police Investigate BLORD Group Boss, Linus Williams, Over Alleged Fraud

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The Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the Nigerian Police Force, National Cybercrime Center (NPF-NCCC), has launched an investigation into allegations against Linus Williams, the CEO of BLORD Group of Companies.

 

The inquiry has been extended to several entities under the BLORD umbrella, including BLORD REAL ESTATE LTD, BLORD JETPAYE LIMITED, and BILLPOINT TECHNOLOGY.

 

The investigation followed complaints that these companies were involved in a series of serious offences.

 

These include cryptocurrency fraud, aiding and abetting internet fraud, engaging in computer-related fraud, funding terrorism, and failing to comply with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regulatory frameworks.

 

In a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police emphasized their commitment to thorough and diligent investigations.

 

“Our cyber space in Nigeria must be safe and secure by all means. We are committed to achieving that,” Adejobi asserted.

 

He highlighted the critical importance of maintaining the integrity of Nigeria’s digital environment, indicating that no effort would be spared in ensuring that the allegations were meticulously investigated.

 

The allegations have come at a time when Nigeria is intensifying its efforts to combat cybercrime and enhance the security of its digital infrastructure.

 

The focus on regulatory compliance, particularly concerning the CBN Act, underscores the country’s commitment to upholding financial regulations and preventing illicit financial activities.

 

As the investigation unfolds, the FCID will continue to scrutinize the activities of BLORD Group of Companies and its affiliates.

 

The outcome of the probe is expected to have significant implications for the involved entities and the broader efforts to enforce cyber security and regulatory

compliance in Nigeria.

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President Bola Tinubu Sacks NPA MD, Koko Bello

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President Bola Tinubu has sacked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko.

 

Koko became the NPA MD after Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman was suspended and later sacked by the Buhari administration over rift with the then Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

 

Meanwhile, Tinubu on Friday, July 12, 2024 approved the appointment of Dr. Abubakar Dantsoho as the new NPA MD.

 

The President has also approved the appointment of Senator Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

 

Dr. Dantsoho holds a Doctorate degree in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

 

Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing.

 

Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician.

 

He is a former Minister of State for Works and former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District.

 

The President says he expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved

industry outcomes.

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