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UBA’s Abiodun Coker Buries Grandmum In Lagos

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Eminent personalities from all walks of life, on Friday 22nd October 2021, converged in Lagos, for the burial ceremony of Mrs. Joanna Tokunbo, the grandmother of Abiodun Coker, a journalist, public relations expert and core member of the media relations department of United Bank for Africa (UBA).

The late matriarch slept in the lord on September 23, 2021, at the age of 87.

The three days event kicked off with a Christian Wake Keep on Tuesday, 19th of October, Service of Songs on Wednesday, October 20 which was followed by a requiem mass and interment on Friday 23rd at Ikoyi Cemetery.

The memorable Requiem Mass was held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Lafiaji on Friday, October 22, and was attended by family and friends of the deceased who came out in their numbers to pay their last respect.

The event climaxed with an elaborate shindig which saw guests being entertained at NAF Base, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

In his tribute, Coker extolled the virtues of his late grandmum, describing her as compassionate and an epitome of love that cared for all. He said Mama’s humility and selfless service to God and humanity were second to none.

According to him: “My special Grandmother, may you rest in the bosom of the lord till we see to part no more.

“These words felt like a dagger to the chest, knowing that you are gone. But I know you will never be forgotten. I know for a fact that I will never forget you and how much you’ve impacted my life. Not only that but also the lives of every single person you came across. I know for a fact that you touched many lives. Little wonder you were adored so much and I know that they will all miss you to bits.

“You truly were a special, special woman! You may have passed on, but your memories are etched in my heart. In there you will always live on.

“As I write this piece, I do it with a lot of struggle. Losing you on that 23rd of September brought a pain that cut so deep! Thank you for your sacrifices, your care and concern, your love, compassion and everything that you have done for me. Wherever you are. I look back to when I was so little when you put me on your back to pound Jero while mum was at work and also attended to the neighbours who depended on you for so much because they were not lettered.

“You worked so hard and multi-tasked, doing so much at once yet perfectly, helping others. You were more like a rallying point for all the neighbours who all came to you for help, support and guidance. I guess it’s from you and Papa that my Mum and we the children learnt how to be passionate and dedicated to any course we embarked upon.

“You loved your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren unconditionally. You were truly an epitome of love and taught us all how to effortlessly stand by others genuinely and selflessly. l am proud to have had you as my grandmother. Mama General, I will miss you sorely! I know it is important to be strong for others so as to advance your wonderful legacy.

“When I summoned up the courage to tell Fadekemi about your passing after she asked about you repeatedly, I was shocked when she hugged me and said, I know my great-grandma is resting in Heaven and GOD will look after her. Without a doubt, I know an angel spoke through her and I am certain that indeed you accomplished all that God sent you here to do and he has called you to be with Him.

“I am consoled by the fact that you are in a much better place!

“Love you Mama General. You truly were a treasure to all of us,” He penned.

The late Mrs. Tokunbo was born on 31st August 1934.

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Ooni Drags Ex-Queen Naomi’s Brother To Court Over Alleged Forgery, Criminal Conversion Of N26million

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The police in Ondo have arraigned Ogunseyi Akinfolarin, a former brother-in-law to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, before an Akure High Court for alleged forgery and criminal conversion of N26 million.

The accused is the brother to Naomi Silekunola, the former wife of the Ooni of Ife.

Akinfolarin was alleged to have forged the Atibiti Faaye family’s receipt for purchasing 32 plots of land.

He was arraigned on three-count charges of forgery and criminal conversion of money.

One of the charges read: “That you, Ogunseyi Akinfolarin, fraudulently convert the sum of N26m being proceeds of the sale of plots of land belonging to Atibuti Oni at Akure, Ondo State.”

According to the prosecution, the alleged offenses were committed in September 2019.

The alleged offenses are punishable under sections 467 and 390(8)(b) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol 1 Laws of Ondo State 2006.

Akinfolarin pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecuting counsel DSP Osoobu Itunu told the court that the team is ready to open the case, adding that all witnesses are ready to testify.

Justice Yemi Fasanmi adjourned the case to January 9, 2023, for trial.

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Metronwews At 10: Otuba Femi Davis To Shutdown Lagos With A 3-In-1 Event

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A seasoned journalist and publisher of Metronews magazine, Otunba Femi Davies, has promised that the highly frenzied 10th anniversary of the news platform, which is billed for October 10, 2022 at the prestigious Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja GRA in Lagos, will be an evening that would echo for a long time in the Nigerian media and entertainment industries.

In a statement signed and made available to the media by the media juggernaut, a committee of industry brilliant minds has been working tirelessly in ensuring that the three-in-one event is befitting of the reputation of the Metronews brand.

While mentioning events lined up for the evening, the organisers hinted that a new movie by the publisher would be premiered. In addition, a special edition of Metronews print copy, planned to be a frequent publication of societies’ movers and shakers, would be unveiled.

“Aside from all these, not less than 35 Metronews Special Recognition Awards for the Decade would be given out that night to celebrate brands and accomplished individuals across different sectors for their excellence and consistency,” Otunba Davies stated.

Multiple award winning Otunba Olufemi Davies is a respected journalist of many years and is always looking for ways to impact excellent and consistent practice most relevant to the future of the Nigeria’s media industry.

He is a well-sort after PR consultant, publicist and brand manager with an outstanding career that has spanned over two decades. Otunba Davies has helped major Nigerian and multinational brands and organisations including politicians take charge of their narratives and sailed through the storming waters of crisis communications.

As an industry veteran, Otunba Davies has trained and groomed several proteges who have gone on to become major assets to the media industry. He is reckoned with as the crown prince of softsell with his imprint visible in the practice of several professionals who have passed through his mentorship programme or worked and served in one of his several major projects or business undertakings.

Otunba Femi Davies is a journalist per excellence, brand communicator extra-ordinaire, movie producer, artiste manager, actor, entertainer and people builder, who has made tremendous impact in the society through his work in the Nigerian media industry as a social networker.

He is a Rotarian, the president of the Society of Digital Newspaper Owners of Nigeria (SDNON) and a director at Dux 94.7FM, a fast growing radio broadcasting outfit founded by Asiwaju Rotimi Ajanaku.

A man with several chieftaincy titles like Otunba Gbobaniyi of Arigidi-Akoko and Bobajiro of Iwoye-Ketu, FM, as he is fondly called, is also a director at Afrika Konnekt News Network presided by the American-based Ayo Sogbuyi.

Metronews’ 10th year anniversary promises to be a night to look forward to.

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Young Achievers Awards Honors Kayode Alfred’s Aristocrat Clothings

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… As the Most Valuable Outstanding Indigenous Clothier of the Year

Kayode Alfred, a name that has become synonymous with celebrity journalism and style. A few years ago, Alfred was a notable celebrity journalist with a natural flair for capturing the best moments with dynamic words and sentences.

However, it eventually came to light that his unique style was not limited to reporting celebrity stories, but also fashion. Thus was born the title that has been used time and again to describe him: celebrity journalist and style genius. As 2023 reaches its first peak, the genius of Alfred has once again shined out in the recognition of the Young Achievers Nigeria Awards.

The 11th Young Achievers Nigeria Awards just concluded a few days ago. The event took place at the prestigious Ibis Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, and had dignitaries from every notable industry and sector in attendance.

However, the main session of the event included the recognition of Nigeria’s top talents in several reputable industries and institutions. This is where Alfred took the stage by storm.

In the fashion category, Alfred’s Clothings brand, Aristocrat Clothings, was nominated alongside other very popular brands like Mudi Africa, Farrione Creations and Designs, and Booms Clothings.

However, when the award for the Most Valuable Outstanding Indigenous Clothier of the Year was announced, it was Alfred’s Aristocrat Clothings that got to dazzle in the limelight. Alfred was recognized for his genuinely unique designs and tasked with continuing to do his best to make the indigenous fashion industry more popular.

It goes without saying that Alfred earned the award. Since he established Aristocrat Clothings, it has been one award after another. This is primarily because of how much work he puts into it, and how well he is able to integrate his work with marketing. That is true genius for you, something his peers can try for a thousand years and never reach.

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