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Sade Balogun, Mr Ibile, Yinka Igbinoba’s Case: Activist Sandra Duru Writes IGP, Says Reinvestigate The Case As New Evidences Uncovered

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Sade Balogun, Mr Ibile, Yinka Igbinoba’s Case: Activist Sandra Duru Writes IGP, Says Reinvestigate The Case As New Evidences Uncovered

 

 

 

 

Popular activist, Dr. Sandra Duru has wrote a petition to the Inspector General of Police monitoring Unit, requesting that IGP should cancel and reinvestigate the case between Amen Estate boss, Ms Sade Balogun, Harmony Garden and Estate Development Limited, Hon. Saheed Mosadoluwa aka Mr Ibile and one Adeyinka Igbinoba who’s alleged to be a defamatory guru.

 

 

 

Sade Balogun, Mr Ibile, Yinka Igbinoba's Case: Activist Sandra Duru Writes IGP, Says Reinvestigate The Case As New Evidences Uncovered

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Duru emphasized on the reasons she is asking for a fresh investigation because she believed that the result of the previous findings by the IGP monitoring unit was biased, unprofessional, misleading, and maliciously damaging to the innocent brand and image of Ms Sade Balogun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her petition read thus: “RESPONSE, PETITION FOR ANNULMENT OF REPORT BY IGP MONITORING TEAM AND RE-INVESTIGATION OF CASE BETWEEN YINKA IGBINOBA, SAHEED MOSADOLUWA IBILE, AND MADAM SADE BALOGUN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following a recent report allegedly submitted by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit in the case between Yinka Igbinoba vs. Saheed Mosadoluwa Ibile and Madam Sade Balogun, we hereby seek to contest the reported findings and final recommendations of the report, as it is biased, unprofessional, misleading, and maliciously damaging to the innocent brand and image of our sister, friend, citizen, and close associate, Madam Sade Balogun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A press release was also issued to this effect by the FPPRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on September 7, 2022, with Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.4/173, and we feel obliged to respond publicly, seeing that it was posted on the NPF official Twitter account and his other social media platforms, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The said press release was maliciously titled: “AMEN ESTATE CASE: POLICE DID PERFECT INVESTIGATIONS, JUSTICE – FPRO” with a rider that says: “Suspects only Crying Foul for Undue Sympathy, As Lagos Government Sets to Prosecute Culprits, Ibile.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CSP Muyiwa Adejobi claims that the “police did perfect investigations” on this case in contention and alleges that the “suspects are crying foul for undue sympathy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, both claims are as far from the truth as the heavens are as far from the earth, and we have irrefutable pieces of evidence, materials, and facts to prove this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may interest the public to know that in a recent phone conversation with CSP Adejobi on this same case in question, he openly admitted his shock, surprise, and ignorance about some very key and damning facts about this same case he claims was “perfectly-investigated,” yet some of the few facts we will point out below were alien to him. This is quite bizarre, isn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to CSP Adejobi, the police’s “detailed investigation into the petition has successfully addressed the three (3) salient issues” about this case, and he presented those issues in his press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to some libelous and defaming claims made in this release and the police report, we have decided to painstakingly go through it, so that we can present the truth to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, having been privy to the situation before and several vital facts, that the investigators look to have shockingly omitted, missed, or deliberately ignored, here are our well-detailed observations and findings in two parts, and petition below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION A: OBVIOUS QUESTIONABLE CLAIMS IN COMPLAINANT’ S STATEMENTS THAT AN UNBIASED INVESTIGATION SHOULD HAVE DULY QUERIED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Complainant claims that her sisters wanted to purchase a piece of land from Saheed Ibile’s company, and “upon request, a copy of the title document being the C-Of-O was given to them for verification.” This claim is not only fallacious but ludicrous at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

No sane business person would issue you a receipt for a good or release their goods on sale to you without you making payment or at least a deposit for the said goods. A land title deed can never be given to a “prospective customer” for any reason, unless money has exchanged hands, either as a deposit for the land, part payment, or what-have-you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The claim that they were given that document, then later pressured to pay N30 million by the agent, is a bogus lie because that money was initially paid as a deposit to secure the said land before any document was released to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These trade facts are easily verifiable, and if a thorough investigation was indeed done, this claim should have been flagged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2) The complainant’a account of what transpired at Ibile’s office on the night her ankle was allegedly broken, by the former is terribly over-sensationalized, atrocious, and filled with several logical and even biological impossibilities!

 

 

 

 

 

Her “attempted murder” claims come from the events at this location, and if it is thoroughly investigated, these loopholes can be easily identified and queried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) She claimed Ibile had “organized thugs in readiness to ambush them” yet further stated that it was just Ibile, the agent, and two other persons present during the meeting.

 

 

 

 

Also, she later stated that after Ibile allegedly broke her ankle and she raised the alarm, her driver, who was waiting in their vehicle parked outside, heard and rushed in to rescue her from the “organized thugs ready to ambush and kill her”, and none of them could stop him from carrying her out of the scene as she claims. What sort of fantasy superhero movie does this woman think she’s narrating?

 

 

 

 

 

It might also interest you to know that, while she claims her driver, who was outside the compound, heard her cry for help and rushed in to rescue her, she also says that her mother and siblings, who were inside the office, there neither heard her cry or even know that Ibile had done anything to her there in the corridor. All these statements were made on a public Twitter Space, are duly recorded, and are readily available on demand if the need arises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b) She claimed to have been attacked with a “carved wooden stick” that was used to break and bloody her ankle. Upon filing a report with the police and a formal investigation being opened, has any forensic evidence been found that clearly establishes that there indeed was a carved wooden stick where she claims, and that it was undoubtedly used as a weapon to attack and maim her physically?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3) Complainant also claims that Madam Sade came to see her at the hospital, and “threatened her to withdraw the case against Ibile, else she won’t get her balance” and also “allegedly threatened her life, by restricting her and her family from entering their residence at Amen Estate.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These claims, are not only disgusting lies but very malicious and cruelly sponsored ones too. The verifiable truth is that,she was the one who reached out to Madam Sade to intervene and mediate on the matter with Ibile, and that was all the poor woman was trying to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding her “Amen Estate residence” claims, there was irrefutable evidence submitted and even published in the media, that clearly stated and proved that Igbinoba was never denied access to her “house in Amen Estate,” as she claimed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the contrary, she doesn’t even own a “house” there, as her alleged property is a piece of land with an uncompleted structure. There are documents, pictures, and even video recordings to prove this if anyone wants to contest its veracity. She doesnt live in Amen Estate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All that transpired on the day she alleges she was denied access to the estate was clearly explained, verified, and never disputed or challenged after it was published in the media, with relevant documents as proof attached, even by Igbinoba herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is there now a recommendation for Madam Sade Balogun to be charged to court, on the count of “conduct likely to cause a breach of peace”, even after seeing and having all these facts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is she being roped by the investigation team, into an attempted murder charge that is utterly baseless, unfounded, and maliciously constructed against her, to tarnish her image and reputation and destroy her brand?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION B: CLEAR DISCREPANCIES IN THE INVESTIGATION TEAM’S FINAL REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) In an inexplicable show of alarming incompetence and disregard for the legal security of the body he supposedly communicates and publicly relates for, CSP Adejobi maliciously began the title of his press release against Madam Sade: “AMEN ESTATE CASE,” and this is the height of it. Still, it also reveals some very questionable motives.

Even a baby in Communications knows that, there is a massive difference between an individual and a legally established and registered organization, as they are both separate legal entities before the law.

Please, why in God’s Holy name would a FEDERAL POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER and supposed “Communications EXPERT” make such a ludicrous, unprofessional, and damaging error that has now made both him and his employers, (the Nigeria Police Force) liable to a lawsuit?

Was this a mistake or a calculated attempt to damage and de-market the Amen Estates brand? Madam Sade’s ex-husband BOG has always been doing this since she opted to divorce him, and he has been recorded bragging severally about his “great influence over the Nigeria Police” and even his relationship with CSP Adejobi. So, we ask again: Was that press release headline truly a mistake or something more sinister?

Besides, what has Yinka and Ibile’s civil matter of land buying in a completely different location got to do with Amen Estate? How does this add up to anyone, please?!

(2) The complainant, in her complaint, alleges that Ibile attempted to murder her at his office, but she was lucky to have escaped with only a broken ankle. She claimed that a “carved wooden stick” was taken from the reception and allegedly used to break her ankle when he missed his initial target, which was her head. She also claimed to have been recording the breaking of her leg and has everything recorded, and up till now she hasn’t provided the video. Police, where is the video and why didnt you mark it as an exhibit?

However, in the report’s submission, after listing out the alleged crimes committed, with the name of the complainant and suspects, the report clearly indicates that “no exhibit” exists, in this matter to back up the grievous allegations against the suspects.

The questions now are: Was there ever a “thorough” investigation? If there was, how in God’s holy name is the alleged “carved wooden stick” not admitted as an exhibit in the case, seeing that it was the alleged weapon Ibile wanted to “murder” the plaintiff with?

What did he want to murder her with then, if there is no single exhibit or shred of concrete evidence to that effect, and why is this report recommending such a severe charge that is obviously an exaggerated and sensationalized report against him and Madam Sade, who was not even present or aware of the meeting and everything until all these things had already transpired?

(3) There has been an established pattern of names dropping of reputable police officers by certain individuals who have proven over time to be unscrupulous and shady.

Now, while the said officers cannot be blamed for the lousiness of these individuals, they can indeed be held accountable if any of their words or actions correlate with whatever their lousy associates have said about them.

Case in point: A certain Eniola Daniels, who works with The Guardian Newspapers as a reporter, has been bragging about how he “knows CSP Muyiwa Adejobi very well,” he’s like “a son” to him, and how the Police FPPRO, CSP Adejobi is “going to swing the case in their favor since april last year and how Muyiwa has been working with someone in AG Lagos office and the name of the Hon. Attorney General and the Commisioner of Justice features prominently as the Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi has been distributing Adeyinka Igbinoba whatsapp messages with the AG and one Dr Martins of Lagos DPP as assurance that they have been assures by the Lagos AG Office to persecute Saheed Mosadoluwa at all cost.” This was done publicly on a Twitter space, with several recordings.

It is also alleged that Madam Sade’s ex-husband BOG had reportedly contacted and promised the same CSP Adejobi a hefty reward from the Amen Estate Group if he could help him snatch it from the rightful owner, his ex-wife.

So, it is both alarming and shocking that the same CSP Adejobi recently published a part of the police report on his Twitter account and Facebook page, which publicly berates Madam Sade Balogun and Saheed Ibile and indites them on crimes they’re yet to be convicted of or even found guilty.

This is quite unbecoming and very unprofessional, too, and that Twitter thread ought to be deleted immediately! It is tantamount to defamation of character, and the Nigeria Police Force is liable and our call is the fact that Muyiwa Adejobi hide under the influence of his office as the Police PPRO to negotiated the frivolous report as he is everywhere obstructing the real interview.

(4) Is it not very unethical, too, for the Nigerian Police to issue public statements about a case that is still under investigation? Doesn’t this act compromise and could even jeopardize and negatively influence the eventual outcome of such cases?

(5) Why does it seem like there is a vendetta against Saheed Mosadoluwa alias Ibile because the recommendations of this report and another part their investigation should definitely be aware of but deliberately fails to mention is baffling, to say the least.

According to both parties, the matter of assault occasioning bodily harm and the outstanding part of the N30 million deposit between Ibile and Igbinoba had been amicably resolved at the police station, and both parties agreed to settle out of court.

The outstanding balance of N15 million was paid to her, and an extra N5 million was extorted from her by the ACP Musa and SP Akin Ogundile of IGP Monitoring Unit as compensation and damages for her injury to end the Muyiwa Adejobi oppressive influence on the case. So, why are the recommendations to prosecute him in court still being made after he had been made to pay such an amount of money and supposedly settle out of police case? Most expecially when the Investigation Officer forcefully collected the money to his personal accounts

Many things do not add up about this report and the true motives of those who prepared it. At this point, it is pretty clear that the integrity of this investigation and case has been gravely compromised.

Unless this is genuinely a witch-hunt and an attempt to subvert justice and abuse power, the only fair and honorable thing to do is to order a complete re-investigation/probe into the case.

And, if such a shoddy, lackluster, inept, and absolutely disgraceful charade is what CSP Adejobi proudly referred to as an investigation that “shows clearly that the Police carried out a laudable investigation worthy of commendation in the absence of sentiments,” then we are truly afraid for our country Nigeria, and the definition of “truth and justice” in her!

We humbly request that your office look into this matter and expedite speedy action on it immediately, please.

Also, anyone guilty of supplying false and misleading information to the police must be thoroughly dealt with as a deterrence to others in society.

Thank you very much.

SIGNED:

Dr. Sandra C Duru

President, TUFF | WENETLY LEADERS CONNECT

MGBEKE MEDIA

CC: INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
CC: GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER
CC: MUYIWA ADEJOBI, FPPRO

CC: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

CC: SENATE COMMITTEE ON POLICE AFFAIRS

CC: POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION

CC: MINISTRY OF POLICE AFFAIRS

CC: ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION

CC: ATTORNEY GENERAL, LAGOS STATE”

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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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