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Olojo Festival 2021: Iyalaje Oodua, Toyin Kolade Shines

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Drawing her inspiration from the fabled Roman goddess of Kindness Misericordia; Iyalaje Toyin Kolade is of the opinion that kindness is a choice and for her, it’s a way of life she has chosen since her formative years. She has made a vow to her creator to keep touching lives regardless of the situation that surrounds it. At many time situations warrants her to halt her good deeds; the advice of her late mother Madam Comfort known as Iya Aladura, who taught her the art of generosity keeps reoccurring.

For those who are not aware that the Fisolak Global resource boss does not court unnecessary media attention but her kind gestures and uncommon generosity keeps finding their way into public space. The Spiritual Head of the goddess of Wealth, Prosperity and Commerce is not just your regular socialite, she is one of the few billionaires who does not discriminate and also throws the doors of her house wide open to the downtrodden.

At the just-concluded Olojo festival in Ile-Ife, last week, Iyalaje Oodua was the center of attraction. Apart from her radiating aura with her graceful gait and charming demeanor, she radiated round like a shining star that cannot be covered.  On behalf of Ooni of Ife; Ooni Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, she made sure thousands of guests were properly treated and feted to royalty in celebration of the Olojo festival; celebrating a new dawn in the history of Yoruba race. There was an endless display of traditional and cultural aesthetics as Ooni wore the oldest and sacred Aare crown as he paraded Ile-Ife town saying prayers.

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The highlight of the Olojo festival came during the Olojo Cultural talent exhibition when some children actors staged a play where they mimicked Ooni and some other deities in Yoruba land. Their performance was exceptional met with wide applause from the audience that Iyalaje Oodua announced giving 4 of them an educational scholarship under the Iyalaje Oodua Scholarship Scheme. According to sources who disclosed; This is not the first time she is doing such. She currently has over 50 students under her scholarship scheme. She has also said any child who is super brilliant and his or her parent cannot afford to pay their school fees, she is ready to sponsor such kid till their tertiary education.”

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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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Iyalaje Toyin Kolade Promotes Yoruba And African Culture

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Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade is a woman with a large heart. She has in the cause of her service to humanity helped to alleviate the poverty levels of Nigerians. First, as a successful businesswoman who toiled so hard to be where she is today, Princess Kolade remembered vividly the lowest ebb she was before being blessed immensely by the Almighty God to be at the highest pedestal of the Nigerian business sector. She is into the general importation of goods that involve household materials, electronics, super-quality furnitures which are very potent to the livelihood of Nigerians through her company, Fislolak Global Ventures.

Recently installed as the Iyalaje Oodua by His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II Ooni, Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade has greatly proven her mettle in the delivery of humanitarianism and this is because during the Covid-19 challenge of 2019 to 2020, she was physically there for the people, giving them free palliatives worth millions of naira.

This hardworking and sultry woman has also played a huge role in promoting both the Nigerian and African culture through her involvement in the internationalization of the country’s culture. Iyalaje Oodua is also involved in the world-class celebration of the AJE FESTIVAL and the OLOJO FESTIVAL in Ile-Ife not leaving out all the cultural festivals that are in Ijesha Land. She is highly recognized and honoured by both the Ooni of Ife and the Owa Obokun of Ijeshaland whom she respect as her fathers.

Iyalaje Oodua, Princess Toyin Kolade is immensely blessed with lovely children who are all doing well in their individual careers because her husband Prince Kayode Kolade is a top Custom Officer whose roles and contributions to the curbing of border crimes are intact.
For those who are very close to Princess Toyin Kolade, the Iyalaje of Oodua Worldwide, she is a very nice and caring mother to all who come across her and she is a dedicated Nigerian to the core.

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Meet Abiodun Odukoya, The Cosmopolitan Fashion Designer Making Waves

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Top fashion entrepreneur and boss of AB Rollings Clothiers, Abiodun Odukoya, is a man full of pragmatic ideas and beautiful dreams. At the dawn of his career as a fashion designer, one of his dreams is to rule the world of fashion and also inspire budding clothiers. By Providence,  the high-flying man is can be said to be living his dream, as he has spread his tentacles far and beyond.  

Popularly known as “Father” is a Fashion Entrepreneur, even though some affectionately dub him a fashion designer cum aficionado. His interest in fashion is legendary and he has pursued this with zealot commitment for over two decades. He first opened A.B. One Stores on Adelabu Street, in Surulere, Lagos many years ago to cater for the needs of impressionable upwardly mobile young men and women in Lagos at the time.
His entrepreneurial spirit has also been evident in diverse fields. For example, he founded the first local community newspaper, “Surulere Chronicle”, Lagos. He was a pioneer agent at the advent of GSM in Nigeria and he has retained interest in security doors and vaults.

It was gathered that it was fanfare! Maybe more like funfair when Obi Cubana, the acclaimed King of the finer things of life stopped by at the A.B. Rollings Clothiers store, on Edgware Road, in London, to buy some exclusive clothes and ordered for some personalized bespoke outfits.

The quiet but fashion-savvy designer was on hand to personally attend to Chief Obi’s high-end needs.
As the fashion entrepreneur bid Obi Cubana farewell at his London stores, he could not but appreciate that Obi Cubana, one of Africa’s finest sought out and found AB Rollings in London.
It is noteworthy that Obi Cubana has a Nigerian as his personal clothier/designer which invariably means he patronizes local content although in faraway London.
AB Rolling Clothiers also have on the clientele base noteworthy Nigerians especially entertainers and businessmen who like their attires customized.

It was gathered that the Ogun State in all his dealings, comes across as a perfectionist.  Also, in the eyes of many, he is a restless soul, who is always in quest of knowledge to make him stand out in his chosen profession. It was disclosed that he recently opened his new fashion shops in Paris, known as home of fashion as well as well as Istanbul in  Turkey.

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