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NORDICA BOSS REVEALS WHY HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT FERTILITY TREATMENT FOR COUPLES

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Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, a consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, is the Managing Director, Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, a multi-million naira centre that deals on In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), Compatibility Screening, Cosmetic Surgery among others. Nordica Fertility Center has branches in Lgaos, Abuja, and Asaba. He is eldest of the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Oludotun Ajayi from Abeokuta in Ogun State. He had his primary education at Salvation Army, after which he moved to CMS Grammar School. He obtained his first degree in medicine at the University of Lagos, Akoka and did a Post Graduate Programme at University College Hospital, Ibadan. He talks about his life, job and family in this interview with Sunday Adebayo

INFERTILITY CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA
Nordica Fertility center readily comes to mind whenever fertility challenges are mentioned within Lagos and Nigeria, and that is not just because they have their clinics in major areas within the country, but because they treat fertility cases and also use IVF as an option for fertility challenged inidviduals. Dr Ajayi is very passionate about infertility, especially after noticing the huge gap in fertility treatments in nigeria. before now, couples who could afford it travelled out of nigeria for IVF and other fertility options, but with the entrant of Nordica in the healthcare system several years ago, there is absolutely no need for such trips for couples.
This is because in Nordica, they do what is called compatibilyt analysis for intending couples to find out diseases that are recessive in them and the ones that can affect their unborn babies. they also study their DNA to detect chromosomal disorders like Albinism and Down Syndrome, all these diseases in children can be avoided especially when they couples listen top the expert advise of the Nordica staff, in cases where they are advised not to marry.
“The study of genes has affected the treatment of infertility tremendously and positively. A lot of diseases and disorders can now be detected and avoided” Dr Ajayi says.
Both genetic screening and analysis are done for couples and donors, just to ensure that diseases are bred or transferred from the parents to the unborn children. Nordica Fertility Center also does sperm screening to discover sperms that are healthy, which can give healthy embryonic development and reduce DNA damage in sperm. the DNA damage Sometimes causes short term pregancies for women e.g miscarriages and also leads to birth of abnormaal children in some cases. And also sperm that can actually fertilise egg. they also conduct tests on the embryo to determine if any disease in the it is recessive or dominant.

In all, Dr Ajayi insists that giving birth to children with special needs can be prevented if the couples go through thorough screening before marriage, so thay any abnormally can be spotted and corrected or prevented.

STARTING NORDICA
From inception, Nordica Fertility Center was started in a big way, indeed Dr Ajayi’s rise in the healthcare sector is not one of grass to grace. He started big and equipped the hospital with everything it needed from the get go. “I started big from day one because I worked in another hospital, which made me to understand that you probably can’t start a good business alone, rather you needed to partner with others to raise the funds. So, I didn’t start from one room or managing candle or something else. I started with everything required for a good practice”.

Taking a good look at the then health sector, the mindset Dr Ajayi had was to achieve the seemingly impossible in that sector and to give the same quality of service and solutions to fertility that poeple travelled outside the shores of Nigeria to get. “In the case of Nordica, the necessity propitiated the need for the center because fertility medicine has always appealed to me. Though a lot of people discouraged me that IVF would not get the needed attention or patronage in Nigeria, but when a UK based returnee started his IVF clinic in Nigeria, that was all the prompting Dr Ajayi and his team needed to start Nordica.

MARRIAGE & LIFESTYLE
Dr Abayomi Ajayi is married to Mrs Tola Olaranti Ajayi, a nurse who he met during his NYSC. They have been married for 29 years and have four children, three girls and one boy. “Where else does a doctor meet a nurse, its in the hospital hahah. I walked into the hospital on my first day and saw this fine dashing young girl, one thing led to another and here we are today. Though I wasn’t really ready when we did, I was still enjoying myself, but one day I said ‘why not pull the trigger’. The boss of Nordica reveals that he loves spending time with his family, especially when he’s not travelling, to him this is payback time for all the years when he was absent from home while developing himself. “I like being with my family. I just want to stay around them”

Dr Ajayi’s lifestyle is simple, he loves to dress well, he loves good perfumes, watches football and sometimes plays golf. “I’m ok with any good perfume, I collect perfumes and I dont particularly have what you will call a hobby. Sometimes, I get disconnected, when people say I have achieved many things. I wake up hungry, everyday, saying what can I do to improve our health care system?”. Dr Ajayi’s only claim to jewelry are his wrist watches and rings. “Come on! I’m a man. I don’t do jewelry”. he concludes our interview with a big smile.

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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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