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Ex Adamawa Senator, Folashade Grace Bent Honoured

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Just like a goldfish that has no hiding place in the water, Senator Folashade Grace Bent epitomizes poise, allure and style as her sartorial elegance speaks volumes of her. The woman who represented Adamawa South Senatorial District between 2007 and 2011 has carved a niche for herself as a senator with several indelible footprints via her pet project that was said to have touched millions of life till date. Even today, she still possess the aura that many described as in-born.

 Getting accolades for her good works is a thing she is not new to. She has been honoured with many awards in the past. On Saturday 25th of September, in Abuja at the CLIMA Africa Award 2021, she alongside former President Goodluck Jonathan, was honoured with ‘Positive Impact Peace’ award; Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his Taraba State counterpart, Darius Ishaku, and chairman emeritus, DAAR Communications Pls, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, among other eminent personalities were honored in recognition of their outstanding achievements and impacts on humanity.

According to CLIMA Africa CEO, Uwak Mike, the organization “celebrates Christian legends and impact makers in every sphere of life irrespective of age and gender.”

Senator Bent expressed surprise at her choice for the award, saying that the award notification caught her unawares. “I didn’t see it coming, especially against the background that I am not occupying any political office, which some people may have thought was the reason for the award.

“I feel the genuineness of the award coming at a time that I am out of a political office, but have consistently and effortlessly continued to assist indigent Nigerians, less-privileged, youths and the widows with my NGO, Grace Bent Light Foundation.

“I never knew I was been watched, this is one of the very good awards I have received in recent times, it’s obvious that in whatever we do in life, we can only run but cannot hide.

“I congratulate the CLIMA Africa organizers for their painstaking meticulousness in selecting the crop of awardees for this year 2021,” the former federal lawmaker said.

In 2007, Senator Grace Folasade Bent made history when she defeated many of her opponents in the senatorial election to represent Adamawa South, the largest senatorial district in the state, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with this she became the first female senator in the northeast geopolitical region of Nigeria and also the first female senator based on marital affiliation to be elected to the Senate (apex law-making body) in the whole northern Nigeria (her husband Jackson Bent is an indigene of Adamawa State) and she is the first  Nigerian to systematically analyze inter-ethnic marriages in her groundbreaking book titled Inter-Ethnic Marriages In Nigeria: Beacon Of National Unity. What an achievement!

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“IFA Spotlights Wealth and Prosperity as Theme of this Year’s Festival” – Oluwo Osunniyi Olajide

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Popular Social media enthusiast, IFA priest and cultural ambassador Oluwo Osunniyi Olajide with the sobriquet as Oluwo Jogbodo Orunmila is currently gearing up for the annual 2021 Ifa Festival. Oluwo Osunniyi also revealed Ifa’s central message for this year’s feast that will be hosting all sundry and also celebrate the rich religious aesthetics of IFA divination.

During a conversation with the highly cerebral priest, he revealed that; the essence of consulting Ifa ahead of the festival, is to seek guidance concerning principal activities. “Ogbe Alara is the divination this year. Ifa spotlights wealth as major theme of this year’s festival”. Anyone struggling with one engagement or the other in life, Ifa is inviting them, to encounter their breakthrough”.

 

Oluwo Osunniyi Olajide

He further disclosed that; The festival which is slated to last for three days, will flag off on October 29 with Ìkúnlẹ̀ Ọdún and Ìbọ́fà Ọdún the following day.

“On the grand finale, 31st of October, 2021, popular artiste, Àṣàbí Ọ̀jẹ̀ Afẹ́nápa will perform to the audience at the grand reception which will take place at Ile Olúwo, Agric Olomi, Olojuoro, Ibadan. Oluwo Jogbodo Orunmila is a well revered priest and culture custodian, who is constantly upholding cultural values and practices in positive light, home and abroad.”

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From Agege to Kampala; Prestigious Victoria University witness Sujimoto Deliver Mind-Blowing Lecture 

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When English Playwright and Writer Williams Shakespeare averred that; “Our content is our best having”; what Shakespeare simply meant was that; when an individual is loaded with content, he or she is fully armed with the requirements to survive life. Some have content with no innate ability to deliver what they have inside of them. For Sijibomi Ogundele; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Luxury real estate company Sujimoto; he is embedded with too much content with a mastery in the art of delivery. Give it to him; he is one of the few who makes a promise and will stand by it even with a rifle on his head. He showed his oratory and cerebral prowess in the issues of finance, business management, real estate management and entrepreneurial success over the week far-away East Africa, Uganda.

In a bid to share his experience in the murky waters of entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur who rose from the rustic suburb part of Lagos in Agege to become a real estate giant in Nigeria; On the invitation of the management staff of the prestigious Victoria University, central business district, Kampala, students witnessed Sujimoto deliver a mindblowing lecture on his journey as an entrepreneur, sharing business principles he never learnt in the classroom. First, he implores his audience to shun poverty ideology. Saying Poverty only hinders anyone from reaching his or her full potential. “Erase poverty mentality and you are on the first step to success.” In his remarks, Sijibomi averred that; Education is the foundation for achieving any great purpose either formal or informal. “we should also learn pragmatic experiences of mentors who are successful in any field we want to delve into. I learnt a lot from M.K.O Abiola. To succeed in business as an entrepreneur, you need to learn Dreaming Big, Integrity, Passion, Diligence and Building a network of great people as assets these principles will help you thrive successfully in life as a business owner”.

Cross Section of Sujimoto and Students After Delivering the Lecture

The Cosmopolitan businessman further spurred the innate mindset of every young Ugandans to rise and take their own destiny in their hands; “I use this opportunity to call on every young Uganda, those here in this room and across the hills nation, I want to remind you that you are the true asset of this country, That you are 60% of the 46 million population of this nation. That no one will give you a chair at the table of opportunity, you have to create your our chair.  The old will go”.

Ogundele further harps on the need for every Ugandan youth to also leave behind the idea of impossibility stating that; everything can be achieved if there is passion and the will to achieve success. “What about the young lady raised by a single mother, who found strength in dancing and didn’t allow the challenges of Kawempe stop her from Singing her way to becoming not only the Sheebah of Kampala but a music icon of this nation. Great Assets of Uganda, let me remind you, It doesn’t matter how much you have in your wallet today, or the certificate in your Waldrop, if you dream big and embrace the spirit of possibility, you will see that what God cannot do does not exist.”

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It is worthy to note that, Sujimoto construction is currently building the tallest residential building in Africa’s most expensive neighborhood; Banana Island called Lucrezia By Sujimoto in Lagos. The residential building is fully automated and armed with luxury housewares along with the finest of finishing enacting and arousing taste for luxury. In the same neighborhood, Popstar Davido currently occupies one of his luxury condominiums Guiliano by Sujimoto; a sold-out even before completion. With other numerous projects like; Queen Amina by Sujimoto in Abuja among others, it’s a testimony that Sujimoto is gradually giving other real estate competitors a run for their money. He has vowed not to stop until every city in Nigeria and Africa has a Sujimoto luxury edifice erected to make the difference.

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Herbert Wigwe, Emefiele honoured with Juris Law Award for outstanding contributions in finance sector

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The Chairman, Body of Bank CEOs and Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC, Herbert Wigwe, has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to Corporate Governance and Rule of Law in Nigeria’s Banking Industry. Wigwe was presented the Juris Law Award by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad at the 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 which held on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 in Abuja.

 

Also honoured with an award was the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. The Juris Law Award is presented in honour of leaders who are taking significant steps towards promoting economic growth in Nigeria through deepening institutions, corporate governance and Rule of Law.

 

Accepting the award, Wigwe stated that he was honoured to receive the award, adding that “through innovative banking initiatives and our underlying sustainability drive, Access Bank will continue to create shared value for all our stakeholders, striking a balance between competitive advantage and corporate social responsibility.”

 

Wigwe and Emefiele have partnered in the creation of several positive socio-economic initiatives such as the Creative Industries and Financing Initiative; a loan scheme developed to provide access to long-term and low-interest financing for entrepreneurs in Nigeria. In addition, Wigwe, Emefiele and Aliko Dangote were key parties in the formation of the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) – a vehicle created to spearhead corporate Nigeria’s support for the federal government’s fight against the deadly virus. The successful coalition funded the establishment of response centres,  acquisition of medical equipment, supplies and food palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians.

 

The 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 focused on reforms and the statutory requirements imposed by CBN on all banks and other financial institutions in Nigeria to adopt policies on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and cyber security in Nigeria.

 

Also in attendance of the workshop were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF); Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Appeal Court President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen; the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho; the Former Chief Justice of Nigeria and former Chairman, Board of Governors, National Judicial Institute, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed and other high-ranking judicial officers and the legal community.

 

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