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Glamour, Glitz at 2023 BusyBee Excellence Awards

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The 7th BusyBee Excellence Awards, Sparking Soiree themed ‘Gala Night” recently held in Ogudu, Lagos was filled with exceptional glitz and glamour that thrilled members of Well Watered Garden Tribe (WWGT), and online viewers.

 

The star-studded event kicked off with a glamorous pre-award night that featured a gala night, a captivating red carpet and an exhilarating award ceremony.

 

The extraordinary event, where icons and outstanding performers in 2023 business year in the event business industry were recognised for their influence and remarkable achievements across various award categories, was infused with musical interludes and the presence of celebrity anchors- NDTALK and others.

 

Some of the winners on the glamorous evening include Young Event Professional of the Year went to Habeeb Lamidi of Althenel Bakehouse, Aanuoluwapo Bamikole of Bamilk Events emerged Emerging Event Professional of the Year, Oluchi Okeke of Ageless by Luchys Events won Most Resourceful Member of the Year, while Team Player of the Year went to Chris Okpalaojioma of Krystalz Fiesta, Most Improved Business of the Year won by Adefila Titus Adebola of Bamz Media and Most Supportive Industry Leader of the Year went to Ibidunni Layade of Dunnice Integrated Services.

 

Other category winners are Most Influential Personality of the Year won by Abidemi Adeyemi of Tammys Events, Adefila Titus Adebola of Heddy Decor emerged Innovative Business of the Year and Outstanding Member of the Year went to Nneoma Jide – Ebelendu of Alessa Suave Events.

 

In the special recognitions category, Long Standing Members of the Year (2017-2023) went to Joyce Imorhoa of Jollical Events, Nnamdi Davids of Ndtalk, Prince Abdulraheem Adeoye of Dynamics Prints, Ibidunni Layade of Dunnice Integrated Services, Jumoke Olatunji of Delonix Management Services and Ope “Mr Fix it” Bello of Oomph Events.

 

Meanwhile honorary awards recipients for Excellent Leadership were won by Stella Naiye of Chillis Pot, Kikelomo Idowu of Kyksie Drapes Events, Magdalene Adegoke of BloomsVille Events while Recipient of Icon of the Year Award was Ope “Mr Fix it” Bello of Oomph Events.

 

Speaking at the event, Convener, BusyBee Event Business Summit, Bisi Sotunde described the evening as glamorous, ecstasy, beautiful and fulfilling. “What you are seeing here today is an effort of 6 months and 45 member-committee for the year’s event. It is a 3-day event beginning with a cocktail welcoming party to the masterclass session and climaxing with the sparking soiree gala night. I am, indeed, fulfilled,” she added.

 

The elated Nneoma Jide Ebelendu, CEO of Alessa Suave Events who won “Outstanding Member of The Year’ thanked Bisi Sotunde for putting this together. She said she was happy that she did not miss the event.

 

“From day one, it has been spectacular. I totally enjoyed myself because as event planners, we are used to running around for clients but it is refreshing to see that others are taking care of you. Therefore, it is worth the time and resources,” she said.

 

One of the Excellent Leadership recipients, Kikelomo Idowu, CEO of Kyksie Drapes Events believed that the learnings from the 3-day event would aid industry practitioners to enhance their operations and deepen the technology adoption in the industry.

 

Apart from entertainment events of the first and third day, the masterclass session was a masterstroke. Speakers had depth of knowledge of the industry and spoke to the issues and solutions required to move the industry and business forward.

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Lagos Lawyer Gboyega Adetunji Delves Into Agriculture, Floats Abundish; A Revolutionary Farm-To-Table Outfit

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Barrister Gboyega Adetunji, a Lagos-based renowned legal practitioner, has ventured into agriculture with the launch of Abundish, a revolutionary farm-to-table service aimed at transforming how Nigerians access fresh, high-quality, and healthy farm produce.

 

Abundish is committed to offtake directly from farmers and supply to consumers promoting sustainable agricultural practices, and ensuring fair market value for produce.

 

The innovative platform offers a subscription-based model, allowing customers to customize their experience and receive curated selections of fresh, seasonal produce delivered conveniently to their homes.

 

“I’m thrilled to embark on this new journey, combining my passion for sustainable living and community development,” said Barrister Adetunji, Founder and CEO of Abundish.

 

“Our goal is to empower farmers, support local economies, and provide healthy, fresh produce to consumers while reducing food wastage and promoting sustainable practices.”

 

“Abundish is more than just a bridge,” says Barr. Gboyega Adetunji.

 

“We are a movement bringing fresh, high-quality produce whether cash or food crops directly from the farm to the end consumer, cutting out unhygienic produce, reducing landing costs of produce, and the convenience of doorstep delivery it affords our customers. This does not only benefits our customers, but also supports sustainable agricultural practices, grows the naira and local economies, and also empowers the farmers who nourish our communities.

 

Reacting to what inspires his diversification, Barr. Gboyega said “I’d always wanted to have my little farm that can cater for at least 80% of my consumption, but then I realized how impactful it would be if this practice could be extended to others, hence the creation of the Abundish brand”

 

When asked what sets Abundish apart from its counterparts, Barr. Gboyega said, “Abundish offers a unique subscription model, allowing customers to customize their experience and receive a curated selection of the freshest seasonal produce delivered conveniently to their homes. By bypassing traditional distribution channels, Abundish reduces food waste, ensures peak freshness for consumers and the amount of time doing tedious work of purchase and clean up”.

 

“Abundish offer fresh farm produce at fair market value, championing food security with sustainable practices” he added.

 

At Abundish, we are not just passionate about delivering farm-fresh produce, we are committed to creating a positive impact on our world. That is why we operate with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in mind, striving for a more sustainable, equitable, and food-secure future.

 

Join The Abundish Movement, visit www.abundish.info to learn more about Abundish, and subscribe to receive the freshest produce delivered at your convenience.

 

Follow Abundish on social media platforms for behind-the-scene farm footage, exclusive offers, recipes, and our social impact initiatives.

 

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US-based Nigerian Jailed 41 Months For Operating Illegal Money Transmitting Business; Funds Wired To Lagos Bank

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A Nigerian man based in the United States Oluwafemi Osinowo has been sentenced to 41 months in a federal prison after he was convicted of operating an illegal money transmitting business.

 

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. in a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Louisiana on Monday, announced that Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick also sentenced Osinowo, 35, of Miami, Florida, to three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

 

According to admissions made as part of his guilty plea, from December 2016 to January 2019, Osinowo operated an unlicensed money transmitting business.

 

He confessed that he conducted foreign currency exchange business without complying with required federal registration requirements.

During the course of operating the business, money was transmitted from third parties from the Middle District of Louisiana and elsewhere to bank accounts located in Miami, Florida.

 

Once the money was in the bank accounts in Miami, Florida, an individual acting as an agent of Osinowo’s business wired the money to a bank in Lagos, Nigeria. Those wire transfers included approximately 51 separate transmissions in the aggregate total of approximately $722,177.

 

 

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‘Stolen’ $6.2m: What Emefiele Told Us In Kuje Prison – Investigators

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One of the investigators handling the case of $6,230,000 allegedly stolen from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on February 8, 2023, has revealed what Godwin Emefiele, immediate past governor of the apex bank, told them at Kuje prison.

The former CBN governor, who is standing trial on an alleged 20-count amended charge, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was once remanded at Kuje prison.

He was alleged to have engaged in criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to obtain by false pretence and obtaining money by false pretence when he served as central bank chief.

In an affidavit filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, one of the investigators, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, gave details of investigators’ findings and progress made so far.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police was quoted to have said: “We visited Kuje Correctional Centre, where we interviewed Godwin Emefiele, who purportedly approved the memos authorising the payment, as then CBN gov and he denied seeing, talk less of approving such memos.

“We also arrested some concerned staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who denied any involvement in the crime, before we finally arrested Bashirudeen Maishanu, who corroborated the account of Abdulmajeed Muhammad and further confessed to have been involved in the crime which, according to him was perpetrated by himself and the first to third defendants/respondents – Adamu Abubakar, Imam Abubakar and Odoh Eric Ocheme.

“Bashiru Maishanu further confessed that himself, the first and second defendants/respondents (Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar) shared the sum of $2,500,000.00 from the stolen money, while the third defendant/respondent (Odoh Eric Ocheme), being a fellow staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, kept the balance of $3,730,000.00 claiming that he had other interests to settle in the CBN.

“Bashirudeen Maishanu further confessed that both himself, and the first and second defendants/respondents jointly invested the United States dollars equivalent of the sum of N1, 440,000,000.00 into real estate business of Afrolyk Global Ltd.

“The Managing Director of the said Afrolyk Ltd, Aminu Lawal has been arrested and he confirmed the investment by Bashirudeen Maishanu, Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar, and already refunded the sum of $200 000 00 to the Special Investigator’s team as part of the money he (Aminu Lawal) received as part of the purported investment.

“Cash of about $400,000 00 has also been voluntarily returned by Bashiru Maishanu from part of his remaining share of the money in question. The money (the $6,230,000) was received in cash from the Central Bank at Nigeria and also shared in the same cash by the defendants/respondents and others, making it difficult to trace the monies without arresting the defendants/respondents.

“It was later revealed that the third defendant – Odoh Eric Ocheme – was the Personal Assistant to Godwin Emefiele as the CBN governor while the first and second defendants (Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar) are businessmen and associates of Bashirudeen Maishanu.”

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