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Stamp of His Honour…As Unique Motors Boss, Prince Adesina Adebiyi Set to Become Agba Akin Majeobaje of Ibadanland

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Things just keep getting better and better for Unique Motors boss, Prince Adesina Adebiyi. The latest gist on social media is that the man from Ondo State who grew up in Ibadan has won the hearts of the people of Ibadan, and is preparing to join the lords of the ancient kingdom as Agba Akin Majeobaje.

As clients and admirers of Unique Motors are doubtless aware, Saturday, March 6th, 2020, is the coronation ceremony of the company’s amiable Chairman, Prince (Dr.) Adesina Adebiyi. As the honour has spilled over to his mum, the month of March is one of the double celebrations for the Adebiyis.

In the old days, titles and positions like the Agba Akin Majeobaje come after a great showing. Coronation ceremonies, to this effect, go on for weeks. In short, a man climbing into this status is treated to the best of things, and he plays the generous host for the rest of his life. Thankfully, this part of the bargain is not strange for Prince Adebiyi.

It would appear that there is some agenda in the heavens to show off the celebrant.

Recall that 2020 was just as adventurous for him. First was the recognition from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in September “In lieu of [his] great works in business and entrepreneurship contributions to the development and empowerment of young people.” After that experience, Prince Adesina Adebiyi became Ambassador Adesina Adebiyi—the ECOWAS Youth Ambassador of Peace.

Then, the prestigious European-American University (EAU) offered him the honorary title of a Ph.D. holder. And then Ambassador Adesina Adebiyi became Dr. Adesina Adebiyi.

What is the appellation for the Agba Akin Majeobaje rank?

So, as Unique Motors is winning new and deeper-pocketed clients, and the place of his birth has offered him the prestige of nobility, Prince Adesina Adebiyi is on an obvious roll. If these are not the best of times for him when is?

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Sanwo-Olu Gifts Veteran Actress Mama Awero 3-Bedroom Apartment, Donates Free Apartments To Two Lagos ‘Best’ Teaching Staff [VIDEO]

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Popular grandmother figure in Nollywood’s Yoruba series, Alhaja Lanre Hassan, known by the stage name “Mama Awero”, got a surprise gift from Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday.

The veteran actor was on the verge of being been ejected from her rented apartment when the Governor intervened. Mama Awero was presented with the key to a new three-bedroom apartment in the 360 units Lagoshoms Phase 2 scheme completed by the Governor in Igbogbo, Ikorodu.

The housing project was formally inaugurated on Wednesday at an event attended by all Government functionaries and traditional rulers in the Ikorodu division. He named the scheme after former Deputy Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) apex leader in Ikorodu, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye.

The scheme, which is sited on 6.24 hectares of land, was conceived in 2012 under the ex-Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration. It has 10 blocks each of 120 units of one-bedroom flats, 120 units of two-bedroom flat, and 120 units of three-bedroom apartments.

The project is bordering Oba Adeboruwa Housing Estate, which is the first phase of the housing scheme.

Sanwo-Olu said the decision to complete the Igbogbo housing scheme was in tune with his pledge at the commissioning of Lateef Jakande Estate, Igando in 2019, where he reiterated his commitment to deliver all housing projects inherited by his administration.

He said: “I am elated to be commissioning another housing project in Igbogbo, one of many delivered by this administration. Against all odds, our vision for a revamped housing sector has moved from the drawing table to the level of implementation and delivery. The completion and commissioning of this estate, comprising 360 units is a promise kept and sends a strong message about our determination to make Lagos a 21st-century economy.

“This housing scheme symbolizes our unwavering commitment to the Greater Lagos Project, and our determination to build and deliver modern homes so that irrespective of social or economic class, all Lagosians enjoy the dividends of democracy and good governance. We will continue to bridge the housing deficit by providing decent and affordable houses to our people.”

The Governor said his administration recognized that provision of decent housing was a crucial component of sustainable development, which was why housing schemes were being funded through direct budgetary allocations, as well as public-private-partnerships. The financing model, he said, has yielded remarkable results.

Sanwo-Olu said the State Government had started to prepare for a population surge that would accompany the opening of the project, disclosing that the State had activated the revamping of socio-economic infrastructure on the axis. He said rehabilitation of Government-owned schools was being escalated to cater to additional students’ population.

He said: “We are doing extensive road infrastructure in Igbogbo and we are extending another road from Ibeshe, which will be commissioned next month. The Baiyeku Road needs to be fixed and we will look at it once we are able to push the ongoing Igbogbo road project to significant progress.

“We are still working on Agric-Isawo and Oba Sekumade Road, while we are planning the redevelopment of the roundabout at Ita Elewa. All these projects are being done to bring real development into the Ikorodu division and improve the value of properties on this axis.”

The Governor also presented free three-bedroom apartments to two members of the State’s teaching staff honoured in national education awards for their quality services. They are the Principal of Government Junior College in Ketu-Epe, Mr. Dunni Ikuseyi (Principal of the Year) and recipient of Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Elusakin of Oriwu Model College.

According to the Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai the housing project was the seventh scheme to be completed and inaugurated by the Sanwo-Olu administration, which catered for the high net individuals and low-income earners.

He said: “As can be seen, the scheme is completed with modern infrastructure that will enhance decent living. Apart from other intrinsic benefits that come with this scheme, we are glad to say that it will definitely change the statistics of the housing deficit in Lagos and stem the usual drift to city centers.

“Our joy is only complete when more people, particularly the low- and medium-income earners become homeowners. In line with present realities, the conventional mortgage system fostered through our Rent-To-Own scheme will be utilized to a large extent in delivering the homes to the end-users.”

Mama Awero, in an emotion-laden voice, expressed gratitude to the Governor, describing the gesture as an “unexpected gift”.

“Anyone who is compassionate to offer his fellow human a comfortable shelter such as this deserves nothing but prayers. I am short of words. Governor Sanwo-Olu, you have put smiles on my face in my moment of despair. May Allah supports you and your Deputy,” the veteran actress said.

The Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, Oba Semiu Kasali, hailed Sanwo-Olu for keeping his word on the housing scheme.

Some of the comfort features in the housing estate include expansive car parks, streetlights, a water reticulation plant, and a modern sewage treatment plant.

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Kanye West Becomes Richest Black Man In U.S

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Music producer, rapper, and fashion mogul Kanye West is the richest African American in the United States. Bloomberg reports that West is officially worth $6.6 billion, making him the richest Black man in America’s history.

Around the same time last year, West became a certified billionaire with the help of his successful apparel and sneaker brand, Yeezy, and a new multi-year contract with Gap (NYSE: GPS +1.64%).

According to Business of Fashion, the Yeezy brand is valued at $3.2 to $4.7 billion. As for the new Yeezy Gap line which is set to be released later this summer, the new venture is expected to be worth more than $970 million.

Since West remains the sole owner of the Yeezy company, much of his personal net worth is attributed to his recent business decisions and the $1.7 billion that he pockets from additional assets, including his significant investment into his soon-to-be ex-wife’s Skims label.

An unaudited balance sheet of West’s finances has also revealed that West has $122 million in cash and stock, while his entire music catalogue is worth $110.5 million.

The Yeezy brand has seen a large boom despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. West’s sneaker sales at Adidas (XETRA:ADS.DE -0.87%) have seen an uptick of 31 percent from last year, bringing in $1.7 billion in annual revenue. By the end of 2021, the Yeezy designer is expected to rake in $150 million from its Gap partnership.

Considering the rapper claimed to have been $53 million in debt less than half a decade ago, his feat is worth the recognition. However, it still remains a mystery as to how West’s billion-dollar company was eligible for a loan of $2 to $5 million under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

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Burna Boy Wins Best Global Music Album At 2021 Grammys

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African Giant Burna Boy has won Best Global Music Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

His album Twice as Tall won the award over records by Antibalas (FU Chronicles), Bebel Gilberto (Agora), Anoushka Shankar (Love Letters), and Tinariwen (Amadjar). The win marks Burna Boy’s first Grammy Award after being nominated last year.

In November, the Recording Academy announced plans to change the name of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music Album, saying it’s a step toward “a more relevant, modern, and inclusive term.”

The statement added: “The change symbolizes a departure from the connotations of colonialism, folk, and ‘non-American’ that the former term embodied while adapting to current listening trends and cultural evolution among the diverse communities it may represent.”

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