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Ibadan Chieftaincy Review: APC Chieftains Laud Makinde, Say Effort In Ibadan’s Best Interest



Despite the absence of an official information on the alleged plan to elevate members of the Olubadan-in-Council to Obas by Governor Seyi Makinde, chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Professor Gbade Ojo and Barr. Mutalubi Adebayo Ojo, SAN have thrown their weights behind the planned elevation.

The duo appeared on Fresh 105.9 FM’s programme, Political Circuit, on Saturday.

Speaking during the programme, Barr. Adebayo Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, said the move by Governor Makinde “is a bold and courageous one.”

Earlier, Mr. Dele Ogunsola, spokesman of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Dr. Lekan Balogun, had clarified that the impending reform was proposed by the Olubadan-in-Council in a letter it sent to the governor.

Ogunsola, who spoke through a voice recording on Impact Business Radio’s Bottomline with Anu Omorinde, stated that the palace was yet to get the response of the government.

Barr. Ojo, in his speech, said: “Sincerely, I must commend him for that courage and boldness. I pray he is able to see it through. Believe me, it is a right step in the right direction,” he said.

Ojo, a die-hard loyalist of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, added that what Governor Makinde is trying to do is different from what former Governor Ajimobi did in 2017, when he elevated the High Chiefs and Baales to crown and coronet wearing Obas.

He maintained that the ongoing process started from the Olubadan-in-Council, noting that the bottom-up approach employed this time round made the whole process different.

“What the governor has done is quite different from what happened in the past. The difference is that the consenting authority, which is the Olubadan, had already held a meeting with the Olubadan-in-Council and it has been agreed upon by them, and they just informed the Governor to seek his approval.

“It is home-goal and like a bottom-top approach unlike then, which came from the top to the bottom.”

The learned silk equally allayed the fears that the elevation of Baales would affect the chieftaincy system in the wrong way, saying: “Ibadan is very unique in the sense that the Mogajis in Ibadan are superior to the Baales in the village. Meanwhile, the Baales have their palaces and traditional councils.

“It is only people who understand the unique nature of the Ibadan Traditional System that will understand what the late Ajimobi and other government did then, which is now what Governor Makinde is validating.

“I believe this move is in the best interest of the city.”

Similarly, a former Chief of Staff to Governor Ajimobi, Professor Gbade Ojo hailed the touted reform by Governor Makinde as being in the best interest of the people of Ibadan.

He said: “Yes, I can tell you that it is in the best interest of the people of Ibadan. In fact, the late Chief Theophilus Akinyele was one of the people in the Vanguard of the reform when he was alive.

“Equally, Professor Bolanle Awe and the CCII saw reasons why Ibadan should not remain static and it has been done now, which is good.

“Over time, the innovation will become tradition and culture of Ibadan that High Chiefs will be wearing coronets and Olubadan wearing crown as Imperial Majesty to the extent that they feel fulfilled that they die as Obas. In a case of misdemeanour, the Olubadan can discipline any of them.”

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‘This Is Pure Evil’ – Mary Njoku frown at Those requesting DNA Test From Mohbad’s Wife



Nollywood actress, Mary Njoku, has slammed critics questioning the paternity of the son of late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.

News Direct reports that Omawunmi, the wife to Mohbad, has come under heavy backlash over the son’s complexion, with some people calling for a DNA test for the child.

In a post via Instagram on Friday, Mary described the call as pure evil and advised that people should not add to the widow’s misery.

The movie star added that if late Mohbad didn’t doubt the child’s paternity, the public should not think otherwise but should focus on getting justice for him.

She wrote: “Asking a mourning widow to submit her son for a DNA test is pure evil. Haba! She just lost a husband, lost a father to her child, lost her helper and protector of 10 years! Let her mourn in peace.

“If you can’t support her don’t add to her misery! Small money don enter for DNA tests. Just because she isn’t rich, if her husband didn’t doubt the paternity, who are we to think otherwise?

“Abeg make una no let the dead pare for una o. Don’t frustrate his family. Let’s focus on getting justice for Mohbad.”

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Lateef Adedimeji, Woli Agba, others feature in ‘The Thorns’



Tope Adebayo Salami, the Director of Femi Adebayo’s ‘Jagun Jagun,’ is set to unveil another blockbuster, titled – The Thorns.

The movie features Lateef Adedimeji as lead actor.

Others in the movie include Omowunmi Dada, Woli Agba, Funke Ogunmola, Jumoke Odetola, Femi Branch, Peju Ogunmola, Shola Kosoko, Olawunmi Oluwapelumi, Ademola Amoo, Damilola Oni, and Omobolanle Adigun.

In the movie, Adedimeji as Pelumi, resolves never to love again because of the crisis he encountered with his two past marriages, until he meets the hilarious fake Prophet Egbojuayosoke, Woli Agba Ayo Ajewole, who prophesies that love is about to smile on him again

The romantic dramedy is produced by Beatrice Funke Ogunmola (BFO).

Ogunmola, known and referred to as BFO, is a Nigerian-American living in Texas, United State of America.

BFO is the producer of Love Castle, a film that won several awards from Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, Abuja International Film Festival, and West African Film Festival

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Hard to stay sane, clean in music industry – Korede Bello



Singer Korede Bello has said it’s difficult to stay sane and clean in the entertainment industry.

He made this known in a post via his X handle #koredebello on Thursday.

He wrote on how challenging it is to stay mentally sound and sober in the entertainment industry.

According to him: “People don’t understand how hard it is to stay sane in a seemingly crazy industry. It’s even harder when you choose to stay clean.

“ So if you want to help an artiste stay alive, contribute to their mental health, support them while they’re still here with whatever you have, even if all you have are your kind words.

“You may not love their art, but you can choose to love the soul of the artist in the human being.”

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