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TALENTED YOUTHS CONTRIBUTING TO EXCELLENCE OF LAGOS –AMBODE

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…Marks Children’s Day With Special Evening Of Arts

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday evening acknowledged the efforts of exceptionally talented children and youths in contributing to the excellence which the State is known for, saying they deserved to be commended and celebrated.

 

Speaking at a Special Evening of Arts held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja to celebrate Children’s Day, Lagos at 51 and the third anniversary of his administration, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying that the frontline position of Lagos in the area of performing arts was now globally acknowledged, and attributed the recognition to the young ones who are doing the State proud with their talents. 

 

Describing children in the State as the most cherished assets of his administration, the Governor said any nation desirous of realizing its full potential could not afford to toy with its youth, which according to him, was why deliberate policies were put in place to support them to use their talents for the benefit of the State.

 

“No nation achieves its full potential without the human capital that the children and youth represent. Our State as you know has the largest concentration of such beautiful, brilliant set of children and youths anywhere in the black world. Whether in education, in innovations, arts and literature or in sports, Lagos excels because of the exceptional talents of our young ones.

 

“This is why we have chosen to specially celebrate them this evening with one of the gifts that the world now acknowledges the frontline position of our State – performing arts. This of course is in line with our promise to make Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and the Arts together with Sports the centrepiece of our development agenda for the youths in our State,” Governor Ambode said.

 

He said it was satisfying that the critical stakeholders in the sector appreciated the efforts being made by his administration to nurture and grow the performing arts industry, just as he assured that no efforts would be spared to sustain the drive to place the State on a sound pedestal for growth and development via the sector.

 

“In three years of renewed vigour and commitment to the finer things of life like the Arts and Culture, we are pleased with the fact that our critical stakeholders appreciate our modest intervention and are encouraged to do more.

 

“This evening we have chosen four of such stakeholders today not only for the beautiful performance they have treated us with; but to also specially honour them too for their contributions in uplifting the standard of performing arts in our State, especially as it concerns children and the youth,” he said.

 

The Governor specifically celebrated the parents and members of the youth groups which performed at the event – The Dream Catchers, Dance Na The Main Thing (DNMT), The Q Dance Company and Footprints of David, among others, just as he urged them to keep up the good work.

 

“These children mean so much to me and I love them all from the bottom of my heart. I am and I reiterate once again committed to the upliftment of the culture and the heritage of Lagos. I will do it with it with all my strength and I also promise that I will keep the performing arts growing by investing in the sector.

 

“Already, we are in the process of having a Lagos Museum and we will do everything to create the atmosphere that will allow these young ones to thrive and also become additional celebrities that we want them to be,” the Governor said.

 

Earlier, Governor Ambode performed the official kick-off of the finals of the Channels International Kids Cup football competition held at Campos Mini Stadium, where he rewarded the top four teams with N5million.

 

The winner, LGEA Central Primary School received N2million; Baptist Primary School which took second place was given N1.5million, while Emmanuel Anglican Primary School in third place received N1million.

 

X-planter Private School from Lagos in fourth position was also not left out as the Governor rewarded them with a sum of N500,000.

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Testimony Galore As Apostle Prince Acha’s Ministry is Changing Lives and Impacting Destines

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Testimony Galore As Apostle Prince Acha’s Ministry is Changing Lives and Impacting Destines

Apostle Prince Acha is arguably one of the authentic mouthpieces of God in this end time. Known as the Apostle of Good news, he is the General Overseer of Divine Redemption Hill Ministry.
Testimonies of the impact of his ministry has become a force to be reckoned with. A gifted preacher and endowed with Prophetic unction, his compassionate lifestyle endeared a lot to him.
A woman who spoke with us revealed that through the ministry of Apostle she was delivered from untimely death and total turn around in her business. According to her, when she got a shop at Abule egba axis of Lagos, neighbors informed her to run from the place as those who got the shop before her died mysteriously. She was scared and run to the Apostle for prayers. Without visiting the place physically he informed her of the six places within the compound where the Charms were buried. And she went there, exhumed the places as described and saw charms buried there. After that he prayed for her and that same shop meant to be her burial ground became her source of breakthrough. These and many more has turned his ministry into a haven for solution to many people.
Testimony Galore As Apostle Prince Acha's Ministry is Changing Lives and Impacting Destines

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Gen. Buratai Hails Wole Soyinka at 90

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Gen. Buratai Hails Wole Soyinka at 90

 

On Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at the Korean Cultural Centre in Abuja, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. (Amb.) T.Y. Buratai, joined other dignitaries to celebrate the 90th birthday of Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka. The event, titled “KONGI’S HARVEST 2024,” was organised by Arojah Royal Theatre and themed “Wole Soyinka: The Messenger and His Messages.” It featured performances, talks, and the Abuja premiere of the documentary “Ebihirome Road: The Museum of Memory” by Kola Tunbosun’s Ologo Africa. In his remarks, Buratai, who was represented by Maj. Gen. Bulama Biu praised Soyinka’s immense contributions to literature and his unwavering dedication to human rights and democracy. He described Soyinka as a national treasure whose works have had a profound impact on both Nigeria and the global community. “Wole Soyinka’s achievements are a testament to the power of literature and the arts in shaping society. His works have not only brought international recognition to Nigeria but have also inspired generations of writers and activists,” Buratai said

 

However, Buratai who commended the naming of the National Theatre in honour of the literary icon, also used the occasion to highlight the lack of adequate support for the arts in Nigeria. He lamented the insufficient funding and resources allocated to cultural institutions and initiatives, which he believes hampers the growth of the arts and limits the potential of talented individuals in the country. “The arts are a vital part of our national identity and heritage. Yet, they continue to be underfunded and undervalued. It is crucial that we invest in the arts and provide the necessary support to nurture the creative talents that abound in our country,” Buratai emphasised. He called on both the government and the private sector to prioritise the arts, arguing that a thriving cultural sector can contribute significantly to the nation’s socio-economic development. The event was a vibrant celebration of Soyinka’s legacy, featuring various Wole Soyinka-themed performances and insightful discussions on his works and influence. The documentary “Ebihirome Road: The Museum of Memory” provided attendees with a deeper understanding of Soyinka’s life, including his arrest and imprisonment during the Nigerian Civil War.

 

The army general, advised the organisers to ensure that proper arrangement is made to show the movie to young Nigerians as a way of bringing them to speed about recent histories that they were not part of, and to motivate them to reach for the sky. Organizers, including Om’Oba Jerry Adesewo, Artistic Director of Arojah Royal Theatre, expressed their commitment to continuing the tradition of honoring Soyinka annually. “This is not just a celebration but a dedication to preserving and promoting the legacy of a great sage. We must tell his story to inspire future generations,” Adesewo remarked. As the celebrations concluded, there was a renewed call for greater support for the arts, ensuring that the contributions of figures like Wole Soyinka are not only remembered but also serve as a foundation for nurturing new talents and preserving Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.

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Court Orders Major General Umaru Mohammed To Forfeit Ikoyi, Apapa Mansions

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The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the final forfeiture of five properties linked to the former Managing Director of Nigerian Army Properties Limited (NAPL), Major-General Umaru Mohammed, to the federal government.

Justice Chukujekwu Aneke issued the final forfeiture ruling on Wednesday after a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lawyer, A.O. Mohammed.

The properties, which include No.8b, Bedwell Road, Ikoyi; No.3, Force Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; No.14, Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; No.6, Marina, Ikoyi, Lagos; and No. 28, Point Road, Apapa, Lagos, were found to be fraudulently misappropriated and the proceeds of the sale diverted for personal use.

The EFCC had told the court that an investigation revealed that the properties were proceeds of an unlawful activity and that the former Army General had diverted the funds for personal use.

Justice Aneke had earlier ordered the interim forfeiture of the properties on March 4 and directed the publication of the order in a national newspaper, thereby inviting interested parties to present their arguments against the permanent forfeiture of the properties government.

On Wednesday, the EFCC’s lawyer, A.O. Mohammed, moved the application for the properties’ final forfeiture, stating that the commission had complied with the court’s order regarding the publication.

“It will be in the interest of justice for the court to grant the prayers being sought and also order the final forfeiture of the property to the federal government,” the lawyer said.

The judge, after listening to the submissions, ordered the final forfeiture of the properties to the federal government.

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