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Ofala Festival , A Good Nigerian Tourism  Asset – Coker 



The Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr Folorunsho Coker has described the Ofala festival as a viable and sustainable  Nigerian Tourism asset which should be further developed into a regional and global outing of culture and heritage.

Coker, who said this at the 18th Ofala festival of the traditional ruler of Onitsha, explained that festivals such as Ofala remain a unifying factor in connecting diverse cultures and interest as it brings people together from all walks of life and different parts to Onitsha, Nigeria.

The “Ofala, among other cultural festivals in Nigeria, does showcase the rich culture of our people through dance, colorful attire, traditional foods among other things. It boosts  the local economy and encourages unity of the  people whilst  creating value on many micro platform ” he said.

Coker, also emphasized the need for collaboration among the tourism stakeholders in Nigerian economy namely airlines, hotels, Tour operators and festivals owners toward creating a festival economy in tourism.

He encouraged them to come up with an all-inclusive package that both foreign and local tourists can easily consume. Packages that are bite-sized and digitally driven to consumers.
The NTDC Boss then urged people to fully embrace the new media in telling the Nigerian story globally. He said the digital revolution is available to drive tourism to generate the values we  need.

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His words: “It is expedient for us to explore the new mediums of information which has grown beyond print and the conventional electronic media – radio and TV. The disruptive technologies available to us now can create the cash we need.

‘The new media – social media provides wider coverage and dissemination of information about our activities even to the global community, the impact is exponential.” The DG asserted that Tourism remains a central pillar of economic growth and diversification in many countries  while also expressing  governments readiness to support and promote other cultural festivals in Nigeria.


“We at NTDC are always ready to collaborate with the private sector to strength  events that will make people focus on the consumption of tourism assets in Nigeria, hence we are willing to promote other cultural festivals in Nigeria”, he pledged.


The Obi of Onitsha – Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe in his welcome address thanked the NTDC for endorsing the Onitsha Ofala festival as a national tourism activity.

The monarch enthused: “To us, Ndi Onicha, we are encouraged and energised by the knowledge that our kingdom and culture are moving forward through our collective efforts.”





Ologburo hails Gov. Makinde for securing sole ownership of LAUTECH



Construction magnate and businessman, Omoba Tunde Ologburo has congratulated the Seyi Makinde -led Oyo State government for the recent sole ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) as announced by the National University Commission (NUC).

Ologburo,  in a statement signed on Wednesday, in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, noted that the ease with which the state acquired ownership of the institution is yet another testimonial to the resourcefulness of Governor Seyi Makinde in getting results, even when the task is a tough one.

The merchant prince lauded both governments of Oyo and Osun State for letting reason prevail on the contentious issue of ownership and administration of the institution saying, “the problem-solving disposition of the two governors, and their private sector experiences came to bear in the outcome that we are celebrating today.”

According to him, “more especially, Governor Makinde has shown that with the mechanism of dialogue and mutual understanding a lot of achievements can be attained.

“This development has placed additional responsibilities on the shoulders of the Oyo State government. In the light of this, it is imperative to encourage teaching and non-teaching staff of the university, as well as the students to cooperate with the state government on the steps the government might be proposing in moving the university forward. Already, the Governor has said that the university would be run in a multi-campus system, which is a good development.”

The statement added that the public policy of qualitative education by the state government would receive further boost by this development, as it would ensure an increase in number of university admission for Oyo State indigenes.

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How popular gospel singer, Dare Melody, band members narrowly escaped death




Nigerian gospel singer, Damilare Odunuga, popularly known as Dare Melody and his band members have many blessings to count besides their achievements and fortune as they narrowly cheated death on Saturday.

Mega Icon Magazine reliably gathered that Dare Melody left Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital where he had successful outings at Celestial Church, Goshenland Parish and the New Seraph All White Concert.

The gospel artist explained, “the journey was smooth until around 4.15am when mh band’s vehicles were moving in convoy until they sighted the traffic at Mowe. As it became imperative, the vehicles’ normal speeds were reduced to barest minimum.

“At this point, I suddenly heard a loud, nasty noise, a 40 feet heavily loaded truck struggled with brake failure and hit my car from the rear.

“I’m simply bereft of words to explain how it happened, but it was in the wee hours of Saturday November 21, 2020.

“My band members and I left for Lagos from Ibadan where we just had successful outings at Celestial Church, Goshenland Parish and the New Seraph All White Concert”.

He narrated further, “ the situation left me unconscious, for sometime I never knew what happened and where I was. My car had been tumbled and squeezed.

“I later heard voices, particularly the ones shouting he’s our Chairman. That must be voices of my band members.

Still trapped in an obnoxious enclosure, Dare Melody added  that certain negative thoughts ran across his mind until rescue came from passersby who joined his band members to prise open one of the doors and pulled out the four of them in his car.

“It was like watching a movie with lots of stunts. We were all healthy, safe but this story is not sound.

“It was only one of the truck boys that fell off It, during the accident that got severely injured.

“Everyone at the scene blamed and even threatened to beat up the truck driver, claiming that truck drivers had caused deaths serially on that road, but for quick intervention of officers from Mowe Police station”.

Presently, the singer and music producer iis with grateful heart to God who spared his and others’ lives, especially during the dreaded “ember months.

Both his vehicle and the truck were taken to the Mowe Police station.

“Our plan was to get to Lagos early on that Saturday, settle at a relaxation apartment in Ilupeju before moving to Baptist Academy, Obanikoro where we later performed at a wedding ceremony.

“I give God the glory that I’m alive to tell this agonising tale. However, I passionately appeal to the government to quickly fix this road and ensure that its agencies thoroughly examine worthiness of vehicles on our roads. We have had enough of avoidable road accidents, our lives matter, please”, he submitted.

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Argentine football ‘lord’, Maradona is dead




Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 60.

Maradona’s spokesman confirmed the tragic story on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that the Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue. 

Tests at the La Plata clinic revealed a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully. 

Maradona was subsequently released from hospital as an outpatient to continue his convalescence, which he carried out in his dwelling in a private neighbourhood near Tigre, northern Buenos Aires. 

Unfortunately, on Wednesday morning he suffered cardiac arrest, and paramedics at the scene failed to revive him. 

Details later…

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