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Wole Soyinka Wins The Europe Theatre Prize


Professor Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, has won this year’s The Europe Theatre Prize. Announcing the award, the General Secretary, The Europe Theatre Prize, Alessandro Martinez, said Professor Soyinka won the Special Prize category of the award for his consistency “as a proponent of an ideal bridge between Europe and Africa in a deeply delicate period …

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Ooni Launches Environmental Sanitation Programme In Ife

Ooni of Ife at the launching of the gbafemo initiative

The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, over the weekend launched an environmental sanitation programme ‎tagged ‘Gba’femo’ [Sweep Ife Clean]. The programme is worth millions of Naira and anchored by Motherland Beckons and has as part of strategies to push residents’ involvement a cleaning competition among all the streets in Ife. ‎The cleanest street in Ile-Ife and its …

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Rafinshinaka, a Community in Niger State Where Marriage Ceremonies Are Held At Midnight


Rafinshinaka also known as Tsokwoiji, is a rural community is located in Suleja local government of Niger State. The tradition of the people of this community is so different especially when it comes to Marriage ceremonies.  Their marriage ceremonies are only held at midnight. People of all ages could be seen engaging in different activities in preparation for the flamboyant …

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105 die during Hindu new year party in India

Hindu new year fire disaster

A temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala was gutted by fire on Sunday, killing no fewer than 105 people. At least, 500 others were injured in the inferno, which broke out from a fireworks display, marking Hindu new year celebration.  The explosion at the Puttingal temple killed at least 105 people and injured more than 500, CNN quoted …

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We’ll transform national museum to world standard – Ambode


Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday vowed to transform the National Museum in Lagos to a modern-day cultural edifice which would be of international standard, just as he pledged to partner with the Federal Government to give facelift to federal infrastructures in the state.

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15-year old son of Obi Ofulue installed King of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom

Obi Chukwuka

By: Bisi Adekunle Following the death of the late Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III who was kidnapped and eventually murdered last month by gun­men believed to be kidnappers. According to most African traditions, a royal seat cannot be be left vacant than necessary, hence a heir apparent has to be installed on the event of demise of the throne occupier. …

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi visits President Mohammadu Buhari

Ooni Visits Buhari

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential villa, Abuja. “The meeting with the President was about peace and progress of the nation which he stands for and I stand for,” the Ooni said after the meeting. “What is also key is youth empowerment. That is the main purpose of this …

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DIVERSIFICATION: How Agric Sector Can Bounce Back As Mainstay Of Nigeria’s Economy


Agricultural sector which used to be the stronghold of Nigeria’s economy was abandoned as a result of crude oil discovery. Timothy Opaluwa writes on the feasibility of the sector reclaiming its past glory as the mainstay of the nation’s economy. Since Nigeria’s independence in 1960, agriculture had been the mainstay of the nation’s economy, providing the largest portion of foreign …

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Ife deities releases Oduduwa crown to the new Ooni of Ife

Ooni of Ife receives Crown

The 201 deities spread around the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, yesterday crowned the 51st Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at Oke Ora, the spot where Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race, first wore the crown. The event at Oke Ora, a community located between Ife and Osu town, took place around 1pm at Olokuta Hills, …

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Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is new Ooni of ife

Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi new Ooni of ife

Forty-year old  Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has emerged  as the  new Ooni of ife. His appointment was announced in a press statement by the Government of Osun state early Monday morning in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti. The statement reads: “The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has approved …

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Ooni’s Demise: Family Moves Out Property From Palace

Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuade

Information has it that, the family of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade has started moving their belongings out of the ile Oodua, following the widely reported death of the monarch in a London hospital. No fewer than seven cars of the wealthy monarch were sighted yesterday at about 2pm being moved out of Ile-Ife enroute the Ibadan/ …

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Each Passing Day: Akintunde presents a nation in flux


Each Passing Day showcases Akintunde’s documentation of Nigeria and brings together photographs categorized to reflect a series of unrelated events and activities in the daily lives of ordinary citizens of Nigeria.

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PATHETIC: Nobody wants to marry us, employers reject us, our skin is a problem –Albinos


He was barely one year old when his parents neglected him and parted ways after a serious fight, simply because he was an albino, a rare breed that was contrary to what they had both expected. Forty years after, Mr. Abdullahi Obafemi, has yet to recover from the painful knowledge that his parents abandoned him. They tossed him between each …

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I’ll work with Femi only when I’m in serious need of Money –Seun Kuti

Femi and Seun Kuti

Seun Kuti, son of the late afrobeat legend, Fela, speaks on why people think he is a controversial artiste and why he is not getting married anytime soon We learnt you just came back from a world tour Oh yes. It was a six-month tour. We went to Canada, Trinidad, Cannery Island, Algeria and so many other countries. We went …

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Netherlands to assist Nigerian farmers – Official


The Head of Netherlands Representation in Lagos, Michel Deelen, on Sunday disclosed his government’s plan to provide Nigerian farmers with technical assistance that would increase crop production. Mr. Deelen said it is imperative for Netherlands to support Nigeria because of the existing relationship between both countries in different areas. The envoy said the agriculture sector was one major area where …

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Jonathan advises daughter, son-in-law to always resolve marital problems themselves

President Jonathan daughter's wedding

• Obasanjo, Gowon, Shonekan, Amaechi in attendance  President Goodluck Jonathan has advised his newly wedded daughter, Faith and son-in-law, Godswill Edward, to always resolve their problems themselves without calling on outsiders. He stated this at the wedding reception held a‎t the International Conference Centre, Abuja, adding that it was a glorious sadness to give one’s daughter out in marriage. Earlier …

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The story of my 50 years of acting –Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello)

Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello)

Actor and producer, Mr Adebayo Salami (fondly called Oga Bello) needs no further introduction. Having established himself in the Yoruba section of Nollywood at an early age, Oga Bello can easily be described as one of Nigeria’s veteran actors. He talks to NEWTON-RAY UKWUOMA about his love for the movie industry, among other things. It’s either ‘Oga Bello’ or ‘Uncle …

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