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Fayemi reiterates commitment to arts, cultural festival promotion



The Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has reinstated its commitment to support, rebrand and promote cultural festivals in the state.
Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre, made this disclosure while hosting executive members of the Ogun-Onire Carnival Promotion Forum in his  Ado Ekiti  office on Tuesday.
Ojo -Lanre emphasized  that the vision of the governor is to  imprint boldly the name, cultural values and tradition of the state on the world cultural map.
While speaking on Ogun Onire festival, Ojo Lanre commended the initiatives of the forum and other stakeholders for widening the scope of celebrating the great African deity.
Ogun  (God of iron) is one of the prominent deities in the world, there is no way Yoruba history will be written without mentioning the role of Ogun and its product, iron on the economic development of the world.
He charged the organisers of Ogun-Onire festival in the state to ensure decency, civility and peace in the celebration of the festival.
“I’m happy you’re ready to review the way the festival is being celebrated to make it more visitor-friendly and coordinated.
“It must be civil, it must be decent, it must be free of violence. Let us change the paradigm. Let us have a first class international Ogun festival that will place the Ogun festival in the global cultural map”.
Ojo-Lanre also stressed that whoever is not proud of his culture is not supposed to live.
“We shouldn’t forget our root. Our culture is our identity. It is of note that India, South Korea, among other great countries do not forget their culture. They took civilisation and education from the British, but they don’t forget about their culture,” he noted.
Ojo-Lanre further said, “I respect culture, and tradition. But they must be practises with civility, decency and without any violence. We must endeavour to change the paradigm.
“I’m happy you’re ready to review the way Ogun-Onire festival is being celebrated to make it more visitor-friendly and coordinated. Let us work towards having a first class international Ogun festival that will place it on the global cultural map.”
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the group, Chief Femi Ajayi, commended Governor Fayemi over the appointment of Ojo-Lanre as the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture boss, which he described as a round peg in a round hole.
Ajayi also commended Ojo-Lanre for partnering with relevant stakeholders to promote arts and culture in the state.
He revealed the plans of the group to sensitise the people of the state on how to celebrate Ogun-Onire festival in a more friendly and peaceful manner, and also promote the festival internationally.
Ajayi also disclosed the readiness of the community to work with the government in the development of Ureru groove and others around in order to make the place a tourism sites

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Healing is here As Sean Dampte’s timely hit ‘Adura’ debuts




Previous months have been devastating throughout the world. Thankfully, the world may have just been saved by a Nigerian ‘prayer’.

Plagued by what appears to be a precursor to the apocalypse, the earth may have just found longlasting respite as Nigerian singer, Sean Dampte, signed to Savage Music Limited, offers a melodious prayer in this new tune titled ‘Adura’, which is currently going viral just as wildfire.

According to the sensational act, ‘Adura’, a language spoken among the Yoruba in the Western part of Nigeria, which means Prayer, projects a feel-good, groovy swirl of Afrobeat and Pop, served on a genius instrumental with elements of reggae, more reason why a lot of people couldn’t do without the tune.

Echoing its way through the fans’ senses, this prayer for life, money and happiness by hitmaker, Sean Dampte reminds one of the need to stand firm in our hearts as our bodies pay obeisance to the rhythm of ‘Adura’.

A part of the lyrics resonates upliftment and hope. “Adura gbemisoke.. loke loke..” suggests a lifting up from the depths of worry, and a projection into the light.

Speaking further, the Awoodah General, as he is fondly called, expressed that the song came at the right time to rescue the world.

More so, listening to the tune, one would find oneself smiling ever so often as the lyrics of the Awoodah General resonates through the listener’s spirit.

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Another replay is one of many feelings this song elicits as you approach the final seconds of the awesome number. The track Audra is available on all digital platforms! Have a listen and join in the ‘Adura’ that the world needs desperately right now.

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Crime & Court

Oyo govt, police vow to fish out killers of raped student, pregnant woman in Ibadan




The government of Oyo State and the State Police Command have vowed to work harmoniously to ensure the arrest of killers of a pregnant woman, Azeezat Shomuyiwa and an 18-year-old student of Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Barakat Bello, who was raped and killed  in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Special Adviser to the governor on Security Matters,  Fatai Owoseni, a retired Commissioner of Police and the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Enwonwu  Nwachukwu made the vow while paying condolence visit to the families of the two victims on Friday.

The duo were unanimous in condemning the incidents, noting that the security agencies would soon fish out the perpetrators.

Barely three days after young Barakat Bello was reportedly killed at Kara Area of Akinyele Local Government, another incident occurred in Ijefun near L. Adisa Quarry off Moniya-Oyo road, where Shomuyiwa, a postgraduate student of the University of Ibadan was killed by yet-to-be-identified persons.

Owoseni and and the Commissioner of Police were told by members of the community that the late Shomuyiwa was hit with a big stone while inside her room.

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Residents also stated that the woman only returned from Kano in February, where her husband had just secured employment after completing his NYSC programme.

The commissioner of police, Nwachukwu and the Owoseni assured families of the deceased that the perpetrators  would be brought to justice.

The trio of CP Nwachukwu, retired COMPOL Owoseni as well as the Executive Assistant to Governor Makinde on Security,  Sunday Odukoya, also visited Akinyele where 18-year-old Barakat  was reportedly killed by unknown persons on Monday.

They urged residents of the two communities to be security-conscious and to report any suspicious movement to the police for safety of lives and property.

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£53m Deal: Chelsea close to signing Werner




Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, British media reported Thursday.

The 24-year-old had been thought to be attracting interest from Premier League champions-elect Liverpool but it appears Chelsea have in fact met the German’s reported release clause of some £53 million ($67 million).

Were Chelsea to bring Werner to Stamford Bridge it would be a major feather in the cap of the west London club.

For the past year, there has been speculation linking Werner with a move to Anfield but time appears to be running out for the Reds, with the forward’s release clause expiring on June 15 — two days before the Premier League is set to restart after a coronavirus-enforced break of several months.

The Germany international has scored 31 goals for Leipzig in all competitions.

Chelsea have already agreed on a deal to sign Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech.


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