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As Biodun hits 50: Tribute to a singing jewel!

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As Biodun hits 50: Tribute to a singing jewel!

As Biodun hits 50: Tribute to a singing jewel!
BY: Idowu Ajanaku

 

 

 

QUOTE:
“Happy is the man who finds a true friend,
and far happier is he who finds
that true friend in his wife”.
– Franz Schubert

 

 

 

 

She is a rare gem; a priceless pearl, in fact one who is comparable to a piece of dazzling diamond that beams with the brilliant light of an abiding faith in God, to conquer the demons of darkness. Call this some sort of glorification if you like. But truth be told, the subject matter here has been an enduring inspiration to the entire family, beginning of course, with the critical area of her being the symbol of the connecting chord to God, our all-loving maker.

 

 

 

 

Her name is Mrs. Biodun Elizabeth Ajanaku, popularly known as “Biodun Ajanaku”. She is referred to as “a talented, confident singer and jazzist based in Western Nigeria. Born in December to Nigerian parents, she hails from Ogun state. This energetic female vocalist, who started singing from childhood has worked with other great artistes in Nigeria and abroad, with performances of her tracks in the United states of America and the UK as well. She released her debut single “Joshua”, a classic tune which expresses the fall of the walls of Jericho, some years back to critical acclaim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As fate would have it, she is the wife of yours truly. And I can tell the world, without qualms that for over the past 20 years that we got married, one has been immensely inspired by her driving passion to excel at whatever she sets her hands to do. That of course, includes rending her soul-lifting gospel songs that stir the spirit from the depths of despair up to the pinnacle of hope and honesty of purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How should I describe her? She is a virtuous woman and as Proverbs Chapter 12 verse 4 aptly explains it: “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband”. As the good Lord God stated: “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him”. One is therefore, grateful to God for the choice He inspired me to make by choosing her as my constant companion, my confidant, my comforter.
As the Greek storyteller, Homer rightly stated: ”There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends”. In fact, a good wife symbolizes LOVE as the harmonious heartbeats of two people, always there for each other through storm or calm. They act in acting in resonance. And as T. S Eliot described it, they are comparable to, “lovers whose bodies smell of each other, which think the same thoughts without the need of speech, without the need of meaning”. So strong is the bond of love that King Solomon stated in the book of Ecclesiastes that: “Love is as strong as death. A thousand waters cannot quench the fire of love”.
That explains why the choice of the woman one would marry as the most sensitive, delicate and life-changing decision in man’s history. A wrong choice and the man is doomed for life. On the flip side, when the right choice is made, especially with the assistance of the Holy Spirit the ‘lucky’ man is destined for greatness. And this is because emotional stability forms the firm foundation for a happy home and businesses to thrive. But why, you may ask? It is all because: “Every single marriage must include complete trust between the husband and wife” as Sarah McMillan highlighted.
As the Holy Bible asks in Proverbs, Chapter 31: “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband does safely trust in her, and so that he shall have no need to spoil. She will do him good and not evil, all the days of her life”(verses 10-12). In addition,” she looks well to the ways of her household… and her children rise up and call her blessed and her husband also.”(25-28).
Incidentally, I am one of those fortunate few, as God, in His great wisdom and infinite mercy brought the woman of my dreams to cross my path. Accepting the fact that I had given my life to Jesus the Christ before we met, yet she it was who has drawn me closer to God’s throne of glory by her uncommon and exceptional dedication to the all things bright and beautiful in the kingdom of Salvation. Is it fervent prayers (as a lover of God), sharing words of faith (as a knowledge -seeker), spreading the gospel of salvation (as a woman of faith), or frequent fasting(as a virtuous woman) to stay true to righteousness, as the spirit dictates? She is there, for me and our children.
For instance, it is interesting to note, with an uncanny spiritual feature, that ever since we got married over 20 years ago she has always woken up to pray and fervently so, for members of the entire family between the hours of 12 midnight and 3.00 am. And let me restate it –every blessed night!
O, yes, she makes herself available, not just to cook the right meals at the right time, or provide the needed moral and financial support for the acquisition of our children’s quality education but she is the wise counselor and ever dependable pillar in the storm. She is there with her charming smile, her calming, velvety voice and her helping hand; when things do not evolve as expected. My wife has also proved to be the catalyst for positive change and master motivator to show us the sun behind the passing cumulous clouds, that always come down as heavenly rain of tremendous blessings!
One must confess that she has been a mother, a girlfriend and a lover, all rolled into one uncommon woman! So, why do I need another lover in my life? Never! Interestingly, friends and colleagues at work always look at me in utter disbelief and askance, when I boastfully tell them that I have never cheated on her since we got married. They simply find it incredible to believe.
That also explains that while they are out there in pubs drinking and womanizing, Biodun is there with me and my children in the comfort of our home, as a bright beacon showing me the path to righteousness. For her, I cannot thank God enough.
With regards to her phenomenal talent as a gospel singer she boasts of two international nbest-selling albums (‘Thank God’ and ‘Jesus Is Enough For Me’) and some scintillating singles to her credit. She has modeled her music after the late American singer Mahalia Jackson. Both possess powerful contralto voice as she aspires to become the next ‘Queen of Gospel’ like her heroine.
It is not surprising therefore, that her performances at international gospel music events in South Africa, Maryland and New York(USA) as well as London(UK) have drawn global attention to her brand of music. Why would one not be proud of such ‘a jewel of inestimable value’, to quote the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo while describing his wife.
Good enough, I have found all these virtues in my delectable damsel, my precious jewel, the one I call “ the daughter of grace”. She has matched the words of Martin Luther King Jnr when he stated that: “Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave”.
Oh yes, Biodiun has done that and more! So, we heartily celebrate her at 50, with full gratitude to God, wishing her more divine blessings and grace in the years to come.
Ajanaku Idowu writes from Lagos.

 

As Biodun hits 50: Tribute to a singing jewel!

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Primate Ayodele Visits Police Stations, FRSC Office In 17 Days Of Appreciation And Philanthropic Impact

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The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has visited police stations in Lagos state and federal road safety corps (FRSC) office in his ongoing 17 days of appreciation and philanthropic impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today Wednesday, 8th Of February 2023, being the 11th day of the programme, the man of God visited about 10 police stations and FRSC offices in Lagos state to appreciate the officers and encourage them in their service to the country.

 

 

 

 

Primate Ayodele who has always spoken well of the Nigerian police was well received by the officers with smiles on their faces. The FRSC officers were also delighted by the visit of the prominent man of God who has always identified with them annually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During his visit to these institutions, Primate Ayodele appreciated the officers for rendering quality services to the country, while encouraging them to do more. He also prayed for God’s protection upon their lives and families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘’My visit here is to appreciate you for the many good works you have been doing in the country. You have ensured that lives and properties of the citizens are secured by all means despite the criticism against your institution. I want to encourage you not to listen to detractors but remain focused on your job. I pray God continues to protect you and your families as you carry out your duties’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simultaneously, free medical services were held at the church’s Lagos headquarters today for the aged, physically challenged and youths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the beginning of the 17 Days of Appreciation and Philanthropic Impact, Primate Ayodele has been to the homes of the aged, sick and downtrodden. He has also visited several schools in Lagos and Ogun state.

 

 

 

Primate Ayodele Visits Police Stations, FRSC Office In 17 Days Of Appreciation And Philanthropic Impact

 

 

 

 

The man of God will continue this programme till Tuesday, 14th Of February, 2023 when the grand finale will be celebrated with different categories of empowerment to the widows, students, youths, church members, journalists, and many more.

 

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BUA GROUP, FG FLAG-OFF N116bn CONSTRUCTION OF 132KILOMETRES KANO-KAZAURE-KONGOLAM DUAL CARRIAGE ROAD UNDER PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER 007

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BUA GROUP, FG FLAG-OFF N116bn CONSTRUCTION OF 132KILOMETRES KANO-KAZAURE-KONGOLAM DUAL CARRIAGE ROAD UNDER PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER 007

 

 

BUA Group, one of Africa’s largest infrastructure conglomerates, has flagged off the expansion and dualization of the 132km Kano-Kazaure-Kongolam highway in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in line with the Presidential Executive Order 007 Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 116billion Naira project was flagged-off by the Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, in a ceremony in Kazaure, Jigawa State, and will pass through Kano, Jigawa, and Katsina states from Dawanau Roundabout in Kano State to Kongolam in Katsina State. According to the Minister, BUA Group will be the sole financier of the project to dualize the 132 km road as part of its ongoing commitment to infrastructure development. Also present we the Honourable Minister for Water resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, and the minister of State for Works and Housing, Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub and various emirs.

 

 

 

 

Speaking at the official ceremony, Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director of BUA Group, said that BUA remains committed to partnering with the Government on critical projects and initiatives that will fast-track human, social, and infrastructural development across the country. According to Rabiu, BUA Group which is solely financing the project, has already mobilized equipment to site and has the capacity, expertise, and resources to complete the road on schedule. He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing for approving the project and restated the Group’s commitment to delivering a dual carriage road that will rank amongst the best in Africa. According to Kabiru Rabiu, the dualization project which is being solely financed by BUA Group is a demonstration of BUA’s commitment to infrastructural development within Nigeria. He also commended the major roles played by the Minister of Works and Housing, Minister of water resources as well as the Minister of Finance and budget planning in actualizing the project.

 

 

 

 

In his speech, the Minister of Works and Housing, H.E Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), reiterated the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration towards infrastructural development. According to Fashola, the 116billion Naira Kano-Kongolam highway which is being constructed by BUA Group with allied infrastructure, will complement the ongoing rail infrastructure projects of the federal government in the North West region of Nigeria, and also open up more economic opportunities for Nigeria and the greater West African region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashola further stated that the best way to develop the country was through Public Community Private Partnership, (PCPP) given the ₦348trillion injection needed over a 10-year period to bridge the nation’s infrastructure gap. Fashola further applauded the management of BUA Group for its continuous effort in infrastructural development and emphasized the need for the State Governors of Jigawa, Kano and Katsina and traditional institutions to remove all encumbrances on the Right-of-Way of the project so as to allow the Contractor have full access to the width of the carriageway for the continued execution of the project for which implementation has already commenced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On this part, the Honourable Minister for State (works and Housing), Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub said, “It’s a very big project that traverses the 3 states of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states. The project will further open up the country by enabling access to neighbouring countries i.e. Niger Republic via Katsina State. The road, when completed, will feature three bridges – Ungoggo Roundabout, Kazaure and Daura and also include pedestrian crossings at eight locations along the project corridor and solar street lights for safe driving during nighttime which will be critical to development in the three states. The Honourable Minister for Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, during his speech, urged the contractor, BUA Group, to ensure the highest quality in the construction process and adhere to responsible ESG practices throughout the lifetime of the project. “I am proud to be associated with this project which will have massive developmental impact on the people of Jigawa, Kano and Katsina states. The government will continue to support initiatives and partnerships such as this and we are certain this project and others of a similar nature, will help improve the economic status and quality of life of Nigerians”, he added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The expanded Kano-Kongolam dual carriage highway upon completion, will connect three states namely; Kano, Jigawa, and Katsina and improve interstate travel, make it easier to trade goods and services between the three states, and serve as a major artery for intra-African trade.

 

BUA GROUP, FG FLAG-OFF N116bn CONSTRUCTION OF 132KILOMETRES KANO-KAZAURE-KONGOLAM DUAL CARRIAGE ROAD UNDER PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER 007

 

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Amb. Okoro appoints Chief Charles Nwangwa as DG of his campaign

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*Amb. Okoro appoints Chief Charles Nwangwa as DG of his campaign*

By Collins Nkwocha

The AA governorship candidate, Amb. Chijioke Okoro has appointed Chief Charles Nwangwa, Akajiugo 1 of Ngwa as the DG of his governorship campaign council.

 

 

 

 

Amb. Okoro appoints Chief Charles Nwangwa as DG of his campaign*

Chief Nwangwa who never hid his love for a new dawn in Abia state has promised to work tirelessly in order to on ensure that Amb. Okoro gets into the government house and bring the needed transformation and advancement in the state.

His appointment was officially done today and the entire AA party is banking on his wealth of experience to move into the Abia state government house this year as the election is scheduled for March 11th, 2023.

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