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CELEBRITY JOURNALIST, KUNLE RASHEED TO MARK 50TH BIRTHDAY WITH BOOK LAUNCH 

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All is set as notable Politicians in the country and society buffs in town will no doubt enliven the atmosphere of the popular Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja Lagos to honor a Celebrity Journalist and Publisher of City Rovers Magazine/Online Newspaper, Kunle Rasheed on his Book Launch as well as official 50th Birthday celebration.
The event which promised to be an epoch-making Ballroom Dinner/Dance & Book Launch is scheduled to hold Wednesday 23rd, 2021 amidst pomp and pageantry. According to the Committee of friends of the celebrant behind the event, host of top dignitaries in the country including His Excellency, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi of Sifax Group/Marriot Hotel, Dr. Muiz Banire SAN, are among many high society personalities to grace the event.
The boisterous, man-about-town former editor of Global Excellence Magazine who originally clocked half a century on June 8 we also learnt will also have the privilege of having King of Fuji, K1 The Ultimate, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal on band Stand to spice up the memorable day.
The 207pages to be launched highlighted 50 amazing testaments of top personalities who rose from nothing to something in Nigeria, to serve as encouragement for young entrepreneurs.

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Obi Iyiegbu: Hospitality Maestro Driven by Consistency, Hard work and Resilient  

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By: Oladapo Sofowora

 

Born and raised under the roof of modest civil servant parents, Obi Iyiegbu’s parents were core disciplinarians both teachers. Growing under such conditions has helped shape his perception of life most especially enhancing his ability to bring fortune out of every misfortune. Like the Biblical Joseph the Dreamer, the dark husky-voiced cosmopolitan super dandy is typically a man who sees tomorrow and believes in his lofty dreams and aspirations.

After serving as a youth corp member when Nigeria returned back to democratic rule in 1999, Obi envisaged he and many others were going to be absorbed as full-time staff of the National Assembly being the first set of corp members to serve there. Alas, his heart was broken as they were released after their compulsory service to their motherland. His dreams of being a civil servant like his parents did not see the light of the day. He would have fit the job at the National Assembly perfectly having graduated with a second class upper division in Political science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Super Dandy Obi Iyiebu

He was at a crossroads but going back to his parent’s house in Anambra was never the option. He opted to stay back in Abuja to make ends meet. He started off as a house agent in Abuja and also ran a boutique. With hard work, consistency and resilience he was soon popular as a top choice for those who need to secure a stress-free apartment in Abuja. He secured houses for people and got a commission in return. His breakthrough came when a client he got an apartment for told him to furnish the house to high taste. After caring out that project, the proceeds he made from the contract he used to rent an open space where he and his friends sold beer, palm wine, bush meat and other delicacies. His idea was quite unique as he infused continental and local bar standards together. He enjoyed massive patronage as his joint was a mecca of sort for fun-seekers. He racked in enough funds not until then Minister for FCT Malam Nasir El-Rufai demolished their joint claiming it was not part of the Abuja master plan. It was painful but he needed to move ahead for challenges ahead. As a skilled sailor despite the turbulence and typhoon direct to sink him, he was able to navigate through the heavy tides. He alongside his friend opened another bar called Ibiza. The business boomed as they got triple the amount of patronage they used to get. They redefined the open business with uncommon ideas infusing their knowledge as graduates. He was never ashamed to serve beer to customers where there are plenty of orders. He enjoyed what he was doing with sheer passion.

 

In one of his numerous trips to South Africa, He went to chill with his friends at a spot called Cubana in South Africa. On getting there, he was fascinated by the sartorial elegance and sheer luck that comes with the name Cubana. He decided to adopt the name immediately. He phoned a friend and asked for a name search at the Corporate Affairs Commission. He was told no one has ever registered the name. He immediately registered the name and that was how Cubana came to life.

Man of the Moment Obi Iyiegbu

To flourish in the Nigerian business terrain, you must have the heart of Hercules, the fearlessness of Achilles, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, and the hide of a rhinoceros. The Society Big boy definitely possesses all the above qualities as he made up his mind to go all out and chase his dreams taking all necessary risk. All his life, he has never delved into any business without seeking partnership. He believes partnership helps business grow quickly so he adopted the partnership model. He called friends and associates who saw his dreams for Cubana. While some faulted his dreams those who believed in him invested their funds. After sowing with tears, God rewarded his hard work with the success story of Cubana Groups as a business conglomerate with an interest in Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Hospitality, Liquor Production, Events and Branding. He is reaping bountifully with a smile on his face.

 

Many of those who questioned the source of his wealth never knew the pain and failure he faced to get to the current position he is today. He loathes media attention no doubt, but his type of business keeps throwing him into the public domain. He is a silent achiever and rather than talk, he prefers his good works and achievement speak volumes of him. As of today, his Cubana Night Club chain is currently the most talked-about fun place for fun-seekers. With its edifice pattern and architectural wonderment; the club resonates the popular city of Las Vegas in the United States of America known for its bright light and other spectacles.

 

When it comes to the Hospitality business, the father of four knows it like the back of his hand. For those students looking to write a thesis in any hospitality-related courses; citing the Night Life generalissimo’s approach to business; gives you an edge. Apart from being the cynosure of all eyes, the witty and highly cerebral businessman is not carried away by appraisals from praise singers. He is a focused man who believes in God’s time for everything. He is not pressured to do anything. He does things within his capacity at any time he wishes to do it.

 

Many wonder how despite his tight business schedules and travel itinerary, he still carves out time for his wife and kids; he is of the opinion that; family time should be held in high esteem. He believes when his home is at peace business will flourish. That’s why he makes every free time with his wife and kids worthwhile. Those close to Okpapaozuora 1 of Oba will agree that he is a generous giver who gives without blinking an eye. He gives like money is running out of fashion. There are several people for who he has built houses, settled for business, given scholarships and lots more but he has never made noise about it. He believes in humanity that he loathes the sight of another human in distress. He is readily available to do everything humanly possible to help. More reason he partnered with his wife Barr. Ebele Iyiegbu on her Kiek Foundation to reach out to the needy; most especially vulnerable children.

Obi Cubana

Those who just heard about him, during his mother’s burial think he just shot into limelight with no deep root or history. Taking a glimpse at his story shows that; he has been around for a while silently doing his thing before his mother’s burial gave him the highest media attention he has ever received all his life. When he was nominated as The Sun Newspaper Hospitality Icon of the year 2020, some raised eyebrows by making disparaging comments. His detractors are quick to forget that with his track record in the hospitality sector with clubs, lounges and hotels littered across the country; he is more than deserving the award. As of today, he is one of the biggest employers of labour in the hospitality sector with over one thousand direct staff and two thousand indirect staff working for him. His business is currently doing well competing with Night clubs across the world. To further extend his business tentacles; he is set to commission his Cubana Hustle & Bustle in the heart of London in 2022.

 

Obi Iyiegbu Receiving Sun Hospitality of the year 2020

A day to the award presentation; The shrewd businessman was hosted and celebrated and awarded by popular Liquor brand Remy Martins alongside his friends. On the day of the Sun award presentation, Obi was glittering like a diamond in the company of his wife, friends, business associate and family members. His table was the center of attraction as many thronged there to pay homage to the gentleman extraordinary. With a warm and welcoming smile on his face, he greeted everyone with an open heart. When it was time for his award; half of the crowd in the hall stood up and escorted him to the stage. This singular gesture opines that; he is indeed a man of the year. It also connotes that; he is loved by many and his giant stride as a cosmopolitan businessman is being appreciated and recognized.

 

For him, the award is a clarion call to do more and also make sure he continues to impact his immediate society positively. With the launch of his wine brand Sageitude and his under construction CASA by Cubana Homes in Lagos and Abuja, it’s a clear indication that Obi is going into the year 2022 with much firepower. For naysayers, Obi remains a moving train that can’t be stopped. He remains God’s project still under construction.

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Double Celebration for Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo  

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When American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau averred in one of his quotes; ‘What you get by achieving your goal is not important as what you become by achieving them’ the quote aptly captures the reality shrouded around the success story of Kennedy Okonkwo known as Ned Okonkwo on the social scene. During his formative years, the death of his father almost rewrote his journey. The road became rough as it was so cloudy to navigate through the hard times. With determination and the will to be successful, he was able to turn his constraints into success. As of today, he is a major player in the country’s real estate, hospitality, oil and gas sector with a money-spinning business chain worth billions of Naira.

 

Today, the Ojoto Anambra State-born business mogul sits on top as chairman of Nedcomoaks Limited, a property development company with a specialty in real estate development and architectural and civil designs and also Victoria Crest Homes, a housing property that provides affordable housing options to especially the middle class. With his experience, while growing up he has promised his creator that he will never desist from philanthropy which has led him to give back to society in numerous ways. He founded Kennedy Okonkwo Programme For Tech Entrepreneurs, where thousands of youth benefit from him and has also doled out scholarships to brilliant students among other things.

 

On the 12th of October, the Psychology graduate of the University of Ibadan celebrated his 44th birthday in grand style with the launch and unveiling of his new Citadel Views Estate 2021 house design in Eti-osa. The two in one event had in attendance The Elegushi of Ikate, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, who came to officially launch the estate and also laid the foundation. In an Elated mood, the birthday boy also used that opportunity to dance and Give thanks for sparing his life to see yet another year. It was turned to a mini-concert with a performance from Davido, Phyno, Judikay and a host of others partied hard as Nwachinemelu Ojoto treated those in attendance with royalty with an endless circulation of the very best of meals and high-cost liquor.

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FUNFILLED ATMOSPHERE, AS SIJU ILUYOMADE LEADS PROMINENT NIGERIANS, OTHERS IN HISTORIC HEALTH AWARENESS WALK

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It was a lively mood all through on Saturday 16th October 2021 when thousands of people gathered in clusters globally to participate in this year’s Arise Walk for Life, organized by Arise Women, led by Dr. Siju Iluyomade. The annual event which marks its 13th edition, was again a great timeout, as it attracted Nigerian sport legends, Professionals, top government functionaries, celebrities and many more.   

This year’s edition was again put together with mode to prevent large gatherings as participants converge in several cities in clusters across over 10 Countries including, U.S, UK, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Canada among other countries. The event, which always precedes the interactive part of Arise Women Conference every year, was organized as part of the Convener’s initiative to alert people on the need to be health-conscious, through Walking.

 

Siju Iluyomade at Arise Walk

In its dynamic style, the Arise Walk attracted every cadre of people in the society from every profession as Sports legends like Daniel Amokachi, Victor Ikpeba, Falilat Ogunkoya, Chioma Ajunwa, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Austin Eguaveon, Peter Rufai among other notable sports personalities joined celebrities like Kaffy, the dancing queen who thrilled participant throughout with her craft and others like Nathaniel Bassey. Wives of Governors of Ogun State Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, her Lagos State Counterpart, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, and Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat were also part of prominent Nigerians that participated in the Walk which took place simultaneously across the globe.

 

Siju Iluyomade and Daniel Amokachi at Arise Walk

The Convener’s cluster converged at the St. Saviour School in the Bourdilon area of Ikoyi and walk through the Ikoyi bridge before returning to the premises of RCCG, City of David recreational pitch for lots of dance and games.

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