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Olori Atuwatse of Warri Kingdom Unusual Birthday Gift

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If Royalty needed an apt definition, the aura, poise, finesse, sartorial elegance and graceful gait of Olori Aiyivieruewinoya Uhunoma ‘Ivie’ Emiko-Atuwatse, known as Olori Atuwatse III, Queen of the Warri Kingdom will fit perfectly well. Apart from being born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth over three decades ago, she believes despite her aristocratic background, we are all equal in the eyes of the creator that’s why she holds humanity in high esteem more reason she is regarded and ranked high within hoi polloi in the society. Her background was filled with fond memories of a rich kid being born into the late family of late Billionaire business magnate Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbor, her life was not defined by daddy’s deep pocket or mum’s pocket money she does not do things without permanence. More reason her name has been flying around the country for her good deeds even before the demise of her late father.

The trained Lawyer from the London School of Economics is the founder of Abba’s Jewels, a community of over 60 women who, together, raise funds to impact the community through outreaches, food drives, hospital, and prison visits. She also convened The Love Drive, a free yard sale that started in Lagos, Nigeria. As the President of RIG Africa, a prophetic training organisation, she trains people to hear God for themselves in ways that are practical and applicable to everyday life and work.

As the revered Olori of Warri Kingdom marked her birthday over the week, many had thought she was going to paint the ancient city of Warri red in celebration mode. Far from that; she rather crested her name in gold following the footsteps of her late billionaire generous philanthropist father. In celebration of her big day, and also to celebrate the forthcoming children’s day celebration, she galvanized top personalities including her husband the Olu of Warri; Olu Ogiame Atuwatse III in partnership with CleverMinds Foundation to commission the first-ever STEM and Innovation Lab for orphans and underprivileged children in the slum area of Iyara, Warri which was part of her birthday gift to children.

 

The newly commissioned STEM Lab is a non-linear learning centre will avail children the opportunity to play, explore the amazing world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through fun interactive activities, experimenting with amazing creations and ideas that develop lifelong learning and interest in STEM.

 

The space is fully equipped with an array of engaging activities for kids to tinker with including Digital labs, Coding challenges, Robotics kits, Prototyping with 3D printers, Physical Computing with Arduino, computer games, and child-friendly sci-fi movies/animations, short videos on emerging technologies, and many more. Sources said the innovative area was built in honour of Late Captain Hosa Okunbo father for his love for education as a panacea for change among teeming children who are the future of tomorrow.

 

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Family, Friends Celebrates Ibidun Ighodalo

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When American poet, Maya Angelou, said:  “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.”  Without a doubt, Angelou’s words on the marble aptly captures the life and times of Ibidunni Ighodalo, the beautiful and high-fliying event planner, who died in the early hours of Sunday, 14th of June, 2020 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, a month to her 40th birthday. The ex-beauty queen breathed her last while on an assignment to set up a COVID-19 isolation centre for the Rivers State government. For a good reason, memories of her life and times on mother earth still lingers on in the heart of her loved ones, especially her husband, Pastor Ituah.

 

Since she passed on, the family, at the instance of her husband, has continued to organise memorial services in her honour at the popular Holy Trinity Church, Ikoyi Lagos. As usual, the event again held last week at the church, amidst an outpouring of emotions. While alive, Ighodalo, who ran Elizabeth R, an Upscale event planning company, was strikingly beautiful and blessed with graceful steps laced with a large heart. Her smile was  also infectious that you would have thought she did not have any worries in life.

 

Indeed, she never wished to part, forever, with her loved ones when she died at the young age of 39. The late co-pastor of Trinity House Church in Lagos and founder of Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation wished to live longer to see her dreams come true. And she had them aplenty, including marking her 40th birthday with the underprivileged by touching lives. All that she envisaged was cut short by the deadly grim reaper who took her on a sojourn of no return leaving behind two beautiful kids, mother sibling and a husband.

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Akinwale Abidakun’s Astronomic Rise

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Akinwale Matthew Feyiyemi Abidakun with the sobriquet Wale Tomtom is not a rookie in the much saturated real estate business in Nigeria. In fact, he has been making giant strides for years selling collateral property for several Nigerian banks for loan defaulting customers. Since he graduated from the University of Ilorin in sociology and anthropology in 2003, after his mandatory Youth service, he was employed by Resort International and Bi-courtney group as an Executive Assistant to Chairman Chief Wale Babalakin (SAN). It was at this point his journey to entrepreneurship started as he sharpen and harnessed his entrepreneurial mindset for the great task ahead.

After his M.sc at the University of Leeds in 2009, Abidakun kickstarted his Bluemart reality property firm in 2014. In less than five years, he was able to turn the fortune of the moribund property outfit into a high-flying brand currently making waves with a long list of clienteles. A few days ago at the SouthWest Advancement Award, Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, the Rotarian and father of two bagged an award as the Outstanding Youth Personality of the year for his contribution to youth advocacy, business success and humanitarian service.

 

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Lagos Special Adviser on Housing Toke Benson-Awoyinka’s Sterling Qualities

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If you have ever met Hon. Adetoke Benson-Awoyinka, one thing is archetypal about her she does not give in to mediocrity or ever settled for less all her life. She loves to raise the bar high and her taste is top-notch more reason all she achieved all her life comes with resounding success. She is no run-of-the-mill with her background as a seasoned technocrat and legal practitioner with years of experience and practice in Insurance Law including Underwriting policies, Risk and Claims Management, Litigation, Probate and Land matters at Yemi Peters & Co and then to B.O Benson Law firm before delving into the murky waters of politics.

Just like the fabled Kahrites the greek goddess of grace, beauty, adornment, joy and mirth, the law graduate from the Lagos State University LASU is pure-hearted like Lesedi La Rona’s type IIA diamond. Despite being a Lawyer and Technical Consultant; Head of Corporate Strategy and Policy implementation at Dvyn Inc. in the United States, she never forgot her roots in advocating for better governance. She returned to Nigeria to form a team that crafted the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) whose main aim was for the development of Western Nigeria.

On her return, it never took long for her leadership skills and ability to think outside the box to be noticed. After several attempts to represent the good people of Ikeja Federal Constituency at the lower National Assembly, her detractors were shocked by her occultic followership and the love she enjoyed across the constituency. In 2019, she was appointed Special Adviser on Housing to the Governor of Lagos. After over three years in charge, the housing ministry has witnessed massive revitalization, coordination and regularization. With lofty ideals, she ensured proper regulatory measures within the real estate development sector in Lagos State. She also ensured strict compliance and adequate punishment for defaulters. As of today, the Housing sector has witnessed a massive boom which is giving birth to the urbanization of Lagos to meet the mega city status and also meet the housing deficit according to the teeming demand.

On the 12th of June, the soft-spoken woman celebrated her 55th birthday with not much fanfare. Although she was celebrated by well-wishers to the high heavens with plenty of phone calls, newspaper advertorials, text messages, text messages and social media posts. Unlike last year, when she threw a big soiree in Lagos, she chose to celebrate on a very low profile with her immediate family and few friends as she gave thanks to her creator for allowing her to witness another year on earth.

 

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