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#Endsars: Nigerian Youths Go Spiritual over As Toyin Abraham, Other Celebs Join Movement

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By Femi Oyewale


Angry, tired , fedup,  frustrated and hopelessly losing faith in the leadership of this country called Nigeria, coupled with the non-functional systems, the Nigerian Youths have taken their protest to a top notch by going spiritual .


With the birth of a revolution known as #endsars which has become a national phenomenon, spreading like wild fire, the Youth in their quest for a nation of their dreams have decided to touch the heart of God with a new movement known as #prayerwalk. 
Inspired by gospel act, Samuel O.Imo widely known as Limoblaze, it’s a complementary protest to the #endsars which has United the Youths across the nation. 


According to the organisers, the #prayerwalk is a movement to actualize the reasons behind  nation wide protest. They believe that taking over the helms of affairs in the spirit realm is key which will transcend to the physical manifestation of their physical desires in the physical  world. 


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Could this vision and mission be as a result of lack of confidence on spiritual fathers who some have called out to have been unusually quiet in the face of this phenomena?  However, like a mustard seed, the dream and movement has yielded fruits as it’s now a national fire that is producing results .
According to the convener, Limoblaze on his official IG page two days ago, he said:
I and my brothers, @itsangeloh, @koch_dualedge, @amose_music, @kerusso418 made a call for a prayer walk two days ago and today over 600 Christian youths gathered to commune with the spiritual! My heart is filled with so much joy…

Surprisingly, checks revealed that most youth in most states have taken a cue and joined the prayer walk in the morning before going for the protest tagged #endsars.  
And guess what? God gave them a sign that he is behind them . Few hours ago, Limoblaze posted a wonderful testimony they witnessed in Jos yesterday during the prayer walk:
This happened at Jos today and I am the most fulfilled … Earlier today, at the Kaduna #prayerwalk someone who walked in with crutches, dropped them off and was healed.


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Interestingly, some Celebs too have identified with them . Delectable Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham posted the movement on her official IG page , @toyin_abrahim with the caption “Peace Lord, Heal Nigeria Lord” which has garnered over 172,000 views with other celebs joining the movement.  Of a truth, with this movement, the Nigerian Youths are awake to their responsibility as the vehicle of change in a nation.

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It would be recalled that the End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (End SARS) or #EndSARS is a social movement in Nigeria that started on Twitter calling for banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian Police Force.  It is a call to end police oppression and brutality in Nigeria. The protests started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand that Nigeria’s government should scrap and end the deployment of Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS. Within a weekend (9-11 October, 2020), the #ENDSARS hashtag had up to 28 million tweets.  Nigerians have shared both stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion.

Femi Oyewale is the publisher of Sahara magazine, Sahara online and Saharaonline TV08034976772

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Baba Ijesha Begs For Help Over As He Battles Deadly Ailment In Prison (Watch Video Here)

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Baba Ijesha Begs For Help Over As He Battles Deadly Ailment In Prison (Watch Video Here)

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Popular Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, better known as Baba Ijesha, has cried out from the hospital bed over his ailing health.
The disgraced actor, who was convicted of rape in July, revealed that he has been battling a serious and deadly ailment in prison, which has deteriorated his health.

 

Baba Ijesha claimed that he doesn’t sleep or eat well anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

The actor, who doesn’t want to die, begged Nigerians to save his life as he was suffering for a crime he is innocent of.

The actor went on to call on God to judge comedian, Princess who accused him of defiling her adopted daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am battling a very serious and deadly ailment here in prison which is deteriorating my health. Please I need help. I don’t sleep or eat well anymore. I don’t want to die here. I am suffering for what I know nothing about. The Almighty God will judge Princess for lying against me that I used to deflower her daughter”.

 

This new update is coming days after the actor had asked an Ikeja Domestic and Sexual Violence Court to grant him post-conviction bail pending a hearing and determination of his appeal before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal.⁣

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recall that in July, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Baba Ijesha to 16 years imprisonment for child defilement.⁣

He was convicted of four out of a six-count charge brought against him by the Lagos State Government.⁣

 

 

 

 

The jailed actor was convicted of child defilement, indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, and attempted sexual assault by penetration.⁣

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Blackmailers at Work! Neconde Not Involved in Illegal Oil Lifting

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Blackmailers at Work! Neconde Not Involved in Illegal Oil Lifting

…Warns Falsehood Peddlers

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Neconde Energy Limited, an exploration and production company, has sent a strong warning to peddlers of falsehood attempting to link it with an alleged illegal lifting of crude oil at Ugo Ocha export terminal around Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42.

Refuting the allegation that it was complicit, the firm in a statement released to debunk the contents of a purported petition by one Oluwatosin F. Emmanuel of O.F. Emmanuel & Co., maintained that it was being pressured to purchase a low quality LACT unit – a measuring device used in the industry by the alleged blackmailers.The lawyer had alleged that Neconde had continued to operate the terminal in flagrant violation of the federal government’s mandate for accurate custody transfer measurement at all export terminals.

 

 

But describing the allegations of improper accounting, unauthorised lifting of crude oil, amongst others as “extremely damaging,” the firm noted that there had never been a time when all the representatives of the statutory bodies were not present during crude poduction.

“We wish to categorically state that these allegations made against Neconde in the aforesaid publications are totally false, wicked, mischievous, baseless and are aimed at blackmailing Neconde into making unreasonable payments and accepting the installation of an unsuitable LACT unit wrongly contracted by certain persons in the defunct Asset Management Team (AMT) of OML 42 Joint Venture without following due process.

 

 

“Neconde had insisted that a fit-for-purpose, cost efficient and compliant LACT unit be procured and installed.“We wish to state that the contracting and procurement processes for the appropriate and compliant LACT unit have already been initiated by Neconde but it would appear that certain persons with selfish interest are bent on foisting the expensive, technically deficient and rejected LACT unit on the OML 42 Joint Venture,” the company stated.

Furthermore, Neconde added that the “selfish personal interest” in the matter was unacceptable, maintaining that the elements pressuring it to purchase the LACT unit were obviously behind the petitions and orchestrated media campaign.“This is with the sole aim of blackmailing our company into accepting the already rejected non-compliant LACT unit,” it stated.As part of its business principles, Neconde explained that it would never be hounded into accepting another LACT unit that was unsuitable, saying its position remains unchanged.

 

 

 

Furthermore, it stressed that the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) had in this month of September, acting in the interest of business continuity, allowed a three-month grace period within which the suitable compliant LACT unit would be installed.

“We and our JV partners are working to meet this target. In the meantime, we need to place on record that Neconde has not mis-accounted for any barrel of crude oil and has never been in a position to wrongly account for any volume of crude oil.

 

 

 

 

“The NUPRC representatives are permanently positioned to monitor, certify and sign off on daily crude oil production records at Keremo loading platform and Ugo Ocha export terminal respectively to ensure that all barrels are accounted for.

“During export operations, several other regulatory and security agencies are present at all times in addition to the representatives of NUPRC. These include the Nigerian Customs Services and the NNPC Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD) which validate the volumes of crude oil .

 

 

 

“Besides, NNPC COMD are always present at the disport location for confirmatory valuation; while the mandatory Nigerian Navy clearance is required for the export vessel to depart the terminal with the confirmed cargo volume duly documented on the bill of lading .“Without these confirmations, approvals and Naval clearance, no single barrel can be exported or delivered to any buyer,” Neconde stated, insisting that the NNPC remains the lifting coordinator of OML 42 JV crude oil production at the Ugo Ocha terminal.

The company reiterated that being a highly responsible corporate organisation, it would only support a procurement process governed by transparency and due diligence that will result in the establishment of an engineered, functional, fit for purpose LACT unit for the export operations.

 

 

 

“This process has commenced and all efforts directed to ensure timely closure. Again, Neconde stands firm in its principle that it will not tolerate any coercion whatsoever by any party attempting to circumvent a process that protects prudent application of resources,” it stressed.

Neconde warned that it reserves all rights at law to seek appropriate redress, urging the general public to disregard as baseless, unfounded, spurious and mischievous the said publications.

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Meet Peju Oshin and three other women pushing Nigerian art – Toni Kan

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Meet Peju Oshin and three other women pushing Nigerian art – Toni Kan

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The announcement of London based curator, writer and lecturer Peju Oshin as Associate Director at the Gagosian Gallery is an important one, highlighting as it does, the giant strides young Nigerian women are making on the global art scene.

Young, talented and driven, Ms. Oshin with a background in architecture made her art world entrée in 2015 and in the intervening yawn of time, has worked at the Tate as Curator: Young People’s Programmes. During her time at Tate, Peju Oshin who has expressed a deliberate concern and focus on the “marginalised” delivered “exciting and ambitious projects in support of young and emerging artists, as well as cultural leaders across the arts community” according to the statement announcing her appointment.

 

 

Continuing, the statement notes that in her new role, Peju Oshin is expected to continue to “promote the visibility of artists from both the global majority and those who identify as people of color through our own programming as well as within the greater arts ecosystem in London.”

Her move from the Tate, a bastion of the UK art establishment to the Gagosian Gallery, a commercial stronghold and home to some of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st century while a testament to her talent and experience positions her as an emergent cultural powerhouse poised to expand the universe of opportunities open to usually marginalized artists.

 

 

 

Ms. Oshin is chairman of the Peckham Platform, an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins and on the judging panel of Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA) London and JW Anderson partnership programme of exhibitions and interventions of female artists. She was shortlisted for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list in the Arts & Culture category in 2021.

Adenrele Sonariwo started off as an accountant and had a four year stint at PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating from Howard University. The art bug soon bit and her first salvo was a pop-up art university called The Modern Day School of the Arts (MDSA).

 

 

 

 

Conceived in 2010, Rele gallery did not take off until 2015 and it quickly made a splash opening up the space to a younger and hipper generation of Nigerian art connoisseurs and collectors. The Young Contemporary programme facilitated by the Rele Art Foundation has also created a pipeline for talented and wave making contemporary artists like Tonia Nneji, Chidinma Nnoli, Marcellina Akpojotor, David Otaru and IyunOla Sanyaolu.

Ms. Sonariwo was the lead curator of the first Nigerian pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale and served as jury member at Dak’art Biennale in 2018, the same year she was listed by Vogue as one of the “Five Coolest Women in Lagos”

 

 

 

Having built Rele into an iconic Nigerian brand, Ms. Sonariwo has embarked on global domination with a move to America where Rele became the first contemporary African art gallery to set down roots in Los Angeles. Speculation is rife that a Rele London is in the works.

Ugoma Adegoke started her career as a financial analyst in oil and gas before gaining some work experience in real estate, Trained in economics, business and finance, Ugoma has made a career out of pivoting as a serial entrepreneur, a veritable Jane of all trades and mistress of all.

 

 

 

The LifeHouse, her first enterprise was an event center, art gallery, restaurant, yoga spot and more rolled into one. Her next venture was in fashion and design with the launch of Zebra Living. Deploying artistic expression for social impact saw her launching and playing the role of Festival Director for the Lights, Camera, Africa…film festival. Ugoma has added new feathers to her cap as gallerist, curator and tastemaker with her latest venture BLOOM Art, a portfolio gallery and private art salon set in the heart of Victoria Island, Lagos.

As founding director and chief curator at BLOOM Art, Ugoma has curated and produced art exhibitions with some of the most exciting and accomplished modern and contemporary artists including Muraina Oyelami, Tam Fiofori, Lemi Ghariokwu, Victor Ehikhamenor, to name a few. In 2007, she organised and curated a major exhibition of Professor Obiora Udechukwu’s works – his first showcase in Nigeria in over 20 years.

 

 

 

In December 2016, she was invited to Paris to speak at the Africa-focused conference of Comité Colbert, France’s premier cultural & luxury association while in May 2017, she was named an Ambassador of The African Art at the Venice Forum during the opening of the 57th Venice Biennale.

In February 2021, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and sluggish global economy Ugoma and Bloom Art originated, advised and executed the biggest private secondary market art sale and placement yet in Nigeria; the sale of Ben Enwonwu’s “Bonita”, valued at $1million thus making her and her gallery, the first Nigerian independent curator and dealer to successfully sell and place a modern art piece of such repute and value – a feat only previously achieved by international auction houses.

 

 

 

Tokini Peterside-Schwebig has put Nigerian art squarely on the global art map with Art X, her annual art festival, which launched in 2016 and quickly became “West Africa’s first and leading international art fair” one that has been hailed by the Financial Times as “a reflection of Nigeria’s potential on the global scene.”

Tokini has parlayed knowledge gained and skills acquired from a first class degree in Law from the LSE, an MBA from INSEAD and stint as head of Marketing at luxury brand Moët-Hennessy to build Art X into a reputable cultural festival.

 

 

 

Art X has become a major fixture on Africa’s culture calendar, pulling in over 80,000 visitors in just five years and highlighting the works of major African and diaspora artists while signposting Lagos in the global imagination as an emergent culture capital.

Undrlining her chops as a culture impresario, Tokini set up ART X Live! as an “accelerator for rising musicians and artists” while the ART X Prize has become Nigeria’s “leading award for visual artists.”
In 2018, Tokini and Art X were tapped to organize a special contemporary art exhibition in honour of visiting French President, Emmanuel Macron. The exhibition held at the New Afrika Shrine.

 

 

Named one of the 40 Under 40 in Africa by Apollo in 2020, Tokini serves on the boards of Yinka Shonibare’s GAS Foundation and EMOWAA (the Edo Museum of West African Art) among others.
Toni Kan is a Lagos based writer.

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