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Woman Rising 2017 was a WaWu…..

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The Marquee of the Federal Palace hotel Lagos was a bright and lovely redoubt on Sunday April 9, 2016 as guests arrived for the 7th Woman Rising concert, an annual celebration of women who inspire and the men who love them.

Billed as a “celebration of women through Music, Arts and Networking” Woman Rising is convened by Ugoma Adegoke in concert with Zebra Living and this year’s edition was supported by FBN Quest, FCMB, Cointreau, The Wheatbaker, Strada Media, sabinews.com and The Guardian.

This year’s event had award winning actor and producer, Lala Akindoju as compere and she did a good job driving the proceedings in the well laid-out all white venue with white lounge settees that gave it an informal yet intimate feel.

Guests were welcomed with canapés and deliciously refreshing Cointreau fizz cocktails served by their friendly orange-clad waitresses.

First on stage was comedienne, ChiGul who left the audience in stitches as she unveiled her 11 personas taking the audience along on a trip from the UK to Mexico, India to Liberia amongst others.

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Music was provided by a band led by musical director, Philip Uzo. The band accompanied a slew of female performers who took the stage to thrill, their musical performances interspersed with readings from men.

The first performance was by Botswana’s Sheillah, a former Big Brother Africa housemate who gave a rousing performance ending with a cover version of Asa’s hit song, Be My Man.

Music historian, documentary maker and musician, Ed Keazor kicked off the readings with a piece from a forthcoming book about colonial Lagos.

Kaline’s set was a rousing melange of genres with strings and drums and percussive instruments. A leggy delight and a vision in shimmering pink, she had the audience on their feet and singing along.

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Visual artist, photographer and satirist, Victor Ehikhamenor had the audience laughing out loud and close to tears as he read a long humorous piece about the lost art of writing love letters from his book, Excuse Me. It was a piece struck through with humour and nostalgia for a long-lost time and art swallowed now by technology – emails, text messaging, whatsapp, tweets and facebook messaging.

Angela Paz Alhucema from Chile was a delight to watch as she held the audience in thrall with her dexterity on the drums with sets that segued from Afrobeat to Latin music.

A visibly enthused Ugoma Adegoke thanked the audience and performers and sponsors for keeping faith with WomanRising before reading from Max Ehrmann’s beloved poem, Desiderata, which enjoined the crowd to: Go placidly amid the noise and haste,/and remember what peace there may be in silence./As far as possible without surrender/be on good terms with all persons.

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Other standout performances of the night were the rendition of a song from the movie, Sound of Music by ChiGul who left the audience awed by her vocal dexterity while actor and sex symbol, Richard Mofe Damijo’s appearance and reading of a poem, Gray, by Alice Walker left the women oohing and aahing.

But it was Evelle, past winner of the West African idol who took the night to its climax with powerful and inspirational songs that had women on their feet and dancing along.

Woman Rising 2017 was, to borrow from ChiGul, a WaWu!

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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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