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Meet 45-year-old Lautech Female Professor Making Waves In Africa, Prof. Olagunju Funke Iyabo [PHOTOS]




Prof. (Mrs) Olagunju Funke Iyabo

Prof. (Mrs) Olagunju Funke Iyabo is a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, LAUTECH. She had her BSc, MSc and PhD in Agricultural Economics.

Beautiful Prof. Olagunju Iyabo, born in 1971, lectures and supervises research work of university students from B.Sc. to Ph.D. levels, with passion to address issues relating towards enhancement of the quality of life of the rural farmers through gender sensitive poverty alleviation strategies, improvement of post – harvest processing as well as conscious awareness of good record keeping, access to loan and exploration of factors affecting market access to improve economic status of the poor rural household, for self – sufficiency with consequence of reduction in poverty.

Prof. (Mrs) Olagunju Funke Iyabo

Her research largely focused on the area of Agricultural Finance using Agribusiness, Cooperatives and Marketing activities to address poverty problems of rural community through improved farm productivity for financial empowerment. This was accomplished through her research work in production economics, agribusiness and finance as well as environmental resource economics.

Prof. Olagunju is a post-Doctoral fellow of highly competitive and prestigious African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in 2013 and had a fellow mentee in 2014.

The 45-year-old elegant lecturer is very passionate and concerned towards achieving self- sufficiency with consequence of reducing poverty among the smallholder farmers, especially women.

She had physically demonstrated and trained female farmers on adding value to harvested cassava which was turned to a sustainable improved income via good record keeping thereby combating poverty and food insecurity with potential enhancement in the livelihood of small holder farmers and their families at both rural and urban centers.

Prof Olagunju, has served as External Examiner for postgraduate studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, assessed senior lecturers for readership positions at Ekiti and Ebonyi states Universities.

Prof. Olagunju is a registered member of African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi, Kenya, , Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economist (NAAE,) and so on. She won a research grant of African Economic research Consortium in 2011 and won LAUTECH Tetfund research grant in 2015. She has software skills in STATA, SPSS, R-STUDIO, EXCEL and a bonafide member of both international and national professional bodies.

Prof. (Mrs) Olagunju is a team worker, working in a viable group and has produced a good number of academic studies and has imparted the skill to a number of graduate students. The quality, quantity and breath of her publications exemplified the synergistic benefit of collaborative research in agricultural economics and such efforts were responsible for her multiple scientific papers. The wide scope of her publications is a convincing evidence of a fertile and imaginative mind. Most of her works have appeared in print in reputable local and international outlets. Consequently, her ideas have been disseminated to the scientific community, especially her peers in and outside the country.

In addition to her scholarly publications, she has supervised and taught many courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is presently involved in supervision and teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is very committed and responsible to carry out assignments given to her and have respect for time and dates in delivering them.

She won an international grant from African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), an NFP Short Course fellowship held at Wageningen University and competitively won a career-changing two-year African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) for her Post- doctoral Fellowship, as a result of her outstanding research for rural communities.

She belongs to several committees within and outside the university such as the Business Manager of International Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (IJAERD), member of Faculty of Farm Management and Internship committee, former chairperson of Internship committee and presently representing the dean of the faculty at the Board of Pre-Degree Science Program, LAUTECH.

The elegant female Lautech female Professor hails from Ijebu Isiwo, Ijebu Ode local government, Ogun State.

Prof. Olagunju Funke Iyabo is happily married to Prince A.B.C Olagunju who hails from Otan Ayegbaju , Boluwaduro local government in Osun state.

You can contact Prof. Olagunju via these email addresses: [email protected]
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Hymnodia Season 2: Ediomo Akpan Emerges Winner As Show Came To A Hymntacular End

Gbemileke Ajayi



Hymnodia Season 2, the triple E, entertainment, education and edification, reality TV show built around hymns and worship has come to a spectacular (hymntacular) end with Ediomo Akpan emerging the winner (Hymnodian) of the grand prize of an Asaph (a specially designed award named after David’s chief musician), a brand-new car and N5 million.

The grand finale, known as Hymncert, was held in grandeur on Sunday, 13th September 2020, in Lagos. Due to prevailing circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Hymncert was not open to the general hymn-loving public like before, but what it lost in the crowd, was more than gained in glamour and entertainment (hymntainment).

Minstrel Sarah Thompson set the tone for the evening with her soulful rendition of worship songs which got the few guests lifted in spirit and soul, after which came to the battlenodia (battle) for the prize. Five contestants (Hymntestants) made it to the Hymncert but only four contended for the prize.

The two Hymntestants with the lowest votes, Johnson “Json” Ikpeama and Yinka Odunayo, engaged in a contest for the judges to decide who would join the trio of Frank Okoye, Duke Asuquo and Ediomo Akpan in the grand finale, a situation that saw Odunayo outwitting her counterpart in a fierce battlenodia of hymns.

Other highlights of the show were the performances made by The [email protected] DemiladeAdepega and the legendary Kunle Batik, who thrilled the audience to melodious tunes with their saxophones.

The Hymncert proper started with Duke’s rendition of “Conqueror through the Blood” and followed by Ediomo’s performance of “Christ Our Mighty Captain”. Part one of the hymncert was Victory hymns all the way then followed by the Pidgination of hymns segment.

Returning Hymntestant, Stephen Nwosu, in his melodious voice also featured, singing and dancing with his performance of “Gukongozigi”, — Count Your Blessings in Igbo.

After the performances, came the moment of truth, as Gbenga Badejo & Company, the collation agency handed the results to the host, the Dean of the Hymnstitute (show’s house), Ben Ogbeiwi, who kept the guests longing to know the Season 2 Hymnodian.

Frank Okoye was declared the 3rd runner-up, Yinka Odunayo the 2nd runner-up, while the moment of truth for the real winner was held in a little suspense, which kept the audience eager to know what would follow.

Duke and Ediomo were invited by the Dean to join him on the diamond platform and there were palpable tension and anxiety in the hall. The two men standing were visibly gripped by tension and the Dean allowed it to build by inviting the dignitaries who would present the prizes onto the stage before announcing the winner.

Pastor Kenny Folarin of Day Star Christain Centre was to present the Asaph, The Very Reverend Olushola Makinde to present the car key while the Producer and Executive Producer, Kufre and Mrs Ezinne Kufre-Ekanem were to present the N5million cheque.

With all the dignitaries on stage, the Dean of he Hymnstitute and Host for the Show, Dean Ben Ogbeiwi, bellowed ‘the winner and true Hymnodian of Season 2 is Ediomo’.
The hall erupted with applause.

Ediomo was momentarily shocked but when he realised what had happened, overcome with emotion and sunk to his knees as other Hymntestants swarmed him.

A graduate of the ABRSM Advanced Chorale Singing programme, Ediomo has sung in several choirs over the past nine years and was never on probation for the whole period of the Season 2 show, with the favourite hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God
He is a pseudo-polyglot, speaks English, Spanish and his native language Annang. He is an Akwa Ibom-born, Lagos-bred soloist with proficiency on the classical flute. He is a chorister, a tenor, at the House on the Rock Church, Lekki, Lagos.

In his remarks, Kufre Ekanem, expressed gratitude to God for his awesomeness in making Hymnodia Season 2, a success, and wished to see Season 3, which will take place in 2021.

The reality TV show on hymns and worship was a one-hour programme on Lagos Television (Channel 256 on DSTV, Channel 90 on GoTV and Channel 113 on Startimes) with a magazine show on the same channel on Wednesday evening. It was also streamed live online via the LTV App available on the app store and on the dedicated YouTube channel, Hymnodiahq.

The show was also viewed on GITV, Kaduna; Anambra Broadcasting Service, Onitsha; Ondo State Radio/TV, Akure; ITV, Abuja and Cross River TV, Calabar. Others are Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC); Kwara TV, Ilorin and Plateau Radio TV, Jos. All the stations aired Hymnodia on the same days (Sunday and Wednesday) but at different times.

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Nigerian Pornstar, King Tblak Arrested For Shooting Porn Video Using Ifa Worshippers’ Items At Osun Osogbo Shrine

Gbemileke Ajayi



Popular Nigerian porn star, King Tblak has been apprehended in Osogbo for using Ifa worshippers items in his porn video which was shot at the Osun Osogbo shrine.

It was gathered that the adult movie star whose real name is Tobi Jolaosho used White Beads and Opele in one of his videos and this however prompted a herbalist, Amoo Awosunwon, to order for his arrest.

Awosunwon reported the case to the police after seeing a sex video on social media of Tblak allegedly dressed in Osun Osogbo attire with a naked lady at the Osogbo shrine.

Police spokeswoman Yemisi Opalola confirmed the arrest on Sunday.

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Mouka Reaffirms Commitment to Consumers’ Well-being, Quality Product

Gbemileke Ajayi



Mouka, Nigeria’s foremost manufacturer of mattresses and beddings has restated its commitment to consumers’ Wellbeing by delivering quality products that enhance sleep and ultimately sound health.
This was the submission of the Chief Executive Officer, Mouka, Raymond Murphy, at a virtual stakeholders’ engagement where he unveiled some of the plans of its fiscal year, on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in Lagos.
Murphy said the frontline company would continue to engage its stakeholders which comprises consumers, employees, business partners, agencies, and the media, to ensure Mouka delivers on its promise to add comfort to life.
According to him, Mouka in its giant stride would keep on innovating and renovating its product portfolio to keep it exciting and appealing to consumers. In addition, the company will continue to give its teeming consumers more value for money by deploying value-added promotions and producing durable products.
This, he affirmed, would be through intensive research and development (R&D). The Mouka boss declared that the company has invested a great deal in equipping its state-of-the-art laboratories to ensure the production of quality mattresses and other bedding products.
“This is why Mouka brand is unique, and the leader in its industry,” Murphy stated.
On other initiatives, Mouka’s Chief Executive Officer pointed out that the company will remain dynamic and responsive to consumers’ needs and preferences.
Giving back to society through corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives was also highlighted as one of its cardinal focuses in this fiscal period. Recently, the company donated over 1,000 mattresses to Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo State Governments for the enhancement of their isolation centers for the treatment of infected persons.
The frontline company introduced campaigns such as #StayhomewithMouka to educate, engage, and support its consumers during the lockdown. Also, Mouka partnered with the Nigerian society of physiotherapy on the #SleepBetterStayHealthy campaign to raise awareness for the importance of quality sleep in building a healthy immune system, especially during a pandemic.
On its stables are quality brands such as Wellbeing orthopedic mattresses, Klinic waterproof hospital mattress, Dreamtime water-resistant mattress, and Mondeo Spring mattress as well as a wide range of pillows for a comfortable sleep.
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