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Edo North, Central traditional rulers fault installation of Pere of Olodiama in Gelegele






From Omoregie Elvis, Benin


Traditional rulers in Edo North and Central have faulted the

installation of Pere of Olodiama in Gelegele, by the Ijaws living in

Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State calling it  an act

of sacrilege.


His Royal Highness, Zaki Aidenojie  Ehidiamhen I, the Enogie of Opoji,

expressed his resentment when he led other traditional rulers in both

Edo North and Central to the Palace of the Benin monarch in solidarity

of the people of the Benin kingdom on Tuesday.


The Enojie of Opoji  and vice chairman,  Edo State Traditional Rulers,

said  they were against the decision of the Ijaws living in Gelegele

to instal  their own king in the area as there can never be two kings

in Edo South.


“We the Traditional rulers from Edo North and the Edo Central, we have

gathered here to add our voice to that of the state government, the

Benin Traditional Council and those of them from Edo South who are

opposing the wrong move of the Ijaws”, he said.


He said the Portuguese gained access to Benin through the Gelegele and

even when the Benin was under western region, Gelegele was still part

of Benin and never a kingdom of its own.


Ehidiamhen I said if the  Ijaws in Gelegele had wanted a chief, they

should have written to the Oba of Benin for one adding that the Oba in

his magnanimity could have sent them a duke.


“The Oba has the power to even appoint a duke in Gelegele as done in

other areas. If they have wanted a chief, they have done well and they

have come to the Oba, plead with him, of course he can decide to give

a chieftaincy title of Benin Kingdom to that Gelegele because it is

part of his kingdom. He has the power to send his dukes there or his



“It is never heard that somebody Pere from another kingdom from

Bayelsa or Delta to provoke himself to go to Edo State and crowned a

king in another man’s kingdom. I think it was an abomination.


“In 1955, an Itsekiri man, the  late Okotiebor who was the minister of

finance in the first republic was made the Adolor of Benin kingdom. He

is an Itsekiri man. He may answer Pere or Olu of Benin. So, I think

the Oba has the power to give any title to whom he deemed fit”, he



The Enojie of Opoji commended the Benin monarch and the state

government for the way and manners they have handled the matter since

the issues of the installation of the Pere began while also calling on

the state government to take a step further to order for the arrest of

those behind the installation.


“I must commend the Oba and the Benins for the maturity that His

Majesty have used in calming down situation and if not, there would

have been arson and serious problems would have come out.


“I also appreciate the governor of the state for their timely

intervention but I think they should not stop there because the Pere

and the elders in council should be located by the law enforcement

agents and the man that wanted to receive crown should be invited and

prosecuted”, he said.


The traditional of Opoji said it was misnormal for anybody to address

Gelegele as part of Beylsa or part of Delta State. The state governor

of Beyelsa and Delta should be countered by the Edo State governor to

tell them to maintain peace and should remain in their territory and

not transpassing into Edo State.


HRH, Razaq Ogiefoh III, the Enojie of Ewu said the installation of

Pere of Olodiama in Gelegele was the usurping of power by the people

of Ijaws which must be condemned in its entirety.


He said majority of those who are traditional rulers elsewhere have

their roots from the Palace of the Benin Kingdom adding that it would

be suicidal for a traditional ruler elsewhere to call himself a King

in Benin Kingdom


He said from history, there has always been one traditional ruler in

Benin Kingdom which is the Oba of Benin


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GTCO Food & Drink Festival 2023… A Celebration Of Food!



GTCO Food & Drink Festival 2023… A Celebration Of Food!

GTCO Food & Drink Festival 2023… A Celebration Of Food!






The annual GTCO Food & Drink Festival is back again for its 6th Edition, and food lovers across Africa and the world are in for a feast like never before! The event is slated to hold from Saturday April 29th till Monday May 1st 2023, at GTCentre, Plot 1 Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos, providing a 3-day weekend of food and endless celebration.








GTCO Food & Drink Festival 2023… A Celebration Of Food!



The GTCO Food & Drink Festival brings together the greatest minds on the global culinary stage, the most industrious Nigerian small food business owners, a world class, state-of-the-art children’s play area, merging them all to give attendees the most memorable food and drink event.







Commenting on the 2023 GTCO Food and Drink Festival, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “Food and drink are intrinsically social things, and best enjoyed when shared. We understand the value of bringing together businesses and consumers who are passionate about food and have continued to inspire new ways to experience life through food and drink. The continuing success of our free-business platforms reflect our unchanging commitment to Promoting Enterprise and echoes our brand promise of creating Great Experiences.”

Constantly innovating the space and on a quest to continue creating great experiences for all stakeholders, GTCO Food & Drink will be expanding its capacity by creating more opportunities for more businesses and increasing its highly coveted vendor stalls from 142 to 204, giving even more innovative and assiduous business owners the chance to not only showcase their businesses to the over 250,000 foodies in attendance, but also engage with their customer base and learn from a confluence of other great-minded food entrepreneurs. The event will also feature three premier DJs in Africa, setting the scene for a weekend of celebration, food, drink, and togetherness.







Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc is a leading financial services company providing banking and non-banking services including payments, wealth management, and pension fund management, with a presence across eleven countries spanning West and East Africa as well as the United Kingdom. The Group operates a diversified, Proudly African franchise and is renowned for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement which has endeared the brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond. Over the years, many customers have benefited from its unique loan products including the Food Industry Credit and Fashion Industry Credit designed specifically for businesses in the food and fashion industry.






It’s time once again to come together and celebrate the great joys food has to offer! Attendance is FREE.

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Aliko Dangote Makes N460bn In A Day, Overtakes Four On Billionaires’ List



Aliko Dangote Makes N460bn In A Day, Overtakes Four On Billionaires' List

Aliko Dangote Makes N460bn In A Day, Overtakes Four On Billionaires’ List




DANGOTE– Nigerian business tycoon, Aliko Dangote, overtook two Russians, one Chinese and an Indian on the billionaires’ list on Monday, after making N460bn in a day.



Aliko Dangote Makes N460bn In A Day, Overtakes Four On Billionaires' List




The Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group made the profit following increased demand for Dangote Cement, beating his fellow billionaires by earning about $100 million.








He maintains a majority share at his Cement company, following the company’s announcement of a significant share buyback two weeks ago.







According to Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Dangote remains Africa’s richest man, a feat he has maintained for 12 years in a row.



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Sterling Bank Shines Spotlight on Creative Industries Potential



Sterling Bank Shines Spotlight on Creative Industries Potential


Sterling Bank Shines Spotlight on Creative Industries Potential






“Nigeria’s leading financial institution, Sterling Bank Plc, has reiterated its determination to empower and energise the creative industry because of its strategic importance to the economic growth of Nigeria.”









Head of Media and Entertainment Financing at Sterling Bank, Mr. Olanrewaju Olalusi, disclosed the above at the weekend in Lagos while addressing participants at a seminar organised by the Legends of Nollywood with the theme: “Empowering the Nigerian Film Industry – Actualizing Your Resources.”




Sterling Bank Shines Spotlight on Creative Industries Potential




He said the bank had begun exploring financing of the creative industries in addition to its HEART sectors programme because of its importance to the national economy.
Sterling Bank has become renowned for its strategic focus and investments in the Health, Education, Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Transportation sectors of the Nigerian economy. These sectors have been affectionately dubbed the HEART of Sterling, and our HEART has contributed immensely to the growth of the bank, the sectors and the Nigerian economy.

Olalusi said it is important for artists to leverage funding from financial institutions to scale the level of their operations, remarking that the bank has set up a desk for the purpose of financing practitioners in the creative industry, information technology (IT) and animation, among others.

“We are open to having conversations with partners in the creative industry on the way forward.” He said.

He said that the industry was bustling with amazing talent and potential. But he highlighted a key challenge confronting the industry; a lack of viable business plans on the commercial perspective of creativity to show investors.

He continued by saying that there is a growing need for artists to separate their businesses from themselves and focus on improving their access to infrastructure and a ready market for their creative expressions.

Through collaborations with dedicated partners like Sterling, creatives can better their lot, both creatively and commercially, by leveraging financial advisory services, commercial loans, and other specially designed products to further capacity building and move the industry forward.

In a keynote address by Lagos State Commissioner of Planning and Budget, Mr. Samuel Egube, urged operators in the creative industry to think more deeply about how to seize available opportunities in the industry. He noted that if the industry must grow, then it should be able to attract financial resources from investors, adding that government alone cannot drive the growth in the industry.

He said the business plan should present a strong case to encourage investors to invest. He disclosed that the Lagos State Government has plans to build a media city in the Lekki axis for practitioners in the creative industry to leverage on under its 30-year development plan.

Also speaking, the President of the Association of Movie Producers, Mr. Paul Obazele encouraged his colleagues to lift the industry to a show business level by leveraging financial institutions to scale their operations instead of relying on grants alone.

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