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One year after dethronement, Ex-Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi still waxing strong 

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Royalty is indeed sweet, the respect, allure and grand opulence that comes with it soothes the heart but royalty is innate. He might have been dethroned by the Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdulahai Ganduje but the blue blood in his veins still flows with much ado. Former Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi still commands much respect among all sundry. The reason he is being accorded that much respect even when he ceases to be the emir ancient Kano Emirate still raises concern as his influence keeps looming large like a wildfire. To some, his dethronement is politically motivated while some are indifferent but in all, he was a crusader for good governance and also spoke against the ills militating against the attainment of a just society.

 

When he was dethroned in March 2020, it didn’t come as a shock to many as he has been facing a battle with the governor of the state. The story went round the nooks and crannies of the state and beyond as he was asked to leave the state to allow the enthronement of a new emir. The former Governor of Central bank was unperturbed and unruffled that he calmed his supporters as he told them to desist from any form of violence and shun destruction as he pleaded with them to accept it as a wish from the almighty. He left immediately and relocated to Nasarawa state.

 

One year after his dethronement saga, his popularity has transcended the shores of Nigeria more and Nigerians accorded him more respect like the Emir. Any functions he graces, his entrance is always grand with a display of royal opulence. He still proves the popular axiom; ‘Kings were born not made’ right. The royalty in him keeps oozing out at every point. His royal entourage and presence can hardly go unnoticed. Since his removal, he had always had a very good outing.

 

Last Saturday at the installation of his close ally high Chief Kola Karim as the Agba Oye of Ibadan Land at the Popo Yemoja’s palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan Land, the Economics graduate from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira has yet another successful outing laced with a grand reception at the Olubadan’s palace. When he arrived in a Black Benz in the company his royal aides, decked in his regal white turban, white and yellow patterned innerwear and a black and white dotted robe, his presence changed the atmosphere. He was well received and treated like a king. He calmly walked down into the palace seated beside the Olubadan as guests came to pay homage to him. At the Reception hall, he was also seated beside the Ooni of Ife Oba Ogunwusi Adeyeye in his royal robe.

 

Sources said the former emir has remained a first-class citizen even after his dethronement. “He will keep speaking against issues that affect the growth of the northern part of Nigeria. He would be 60 in the next few months; plans are already in place to give him a befitting 60th birthday celebration amidst pomp. He would forever be revered and respected for his giant strides in uplifting his people.”  

 

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Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi Fulfils Long Time Ambition

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It was American entrepreneur, animator and filmmaker; Walter Elias Disney who said; “All our dreams can come through if we have the courage to pursue them” this quote aptly captures the courage and tenacity Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi used in pursuing his dreams and aspirations in life. As a member of the House of Representatives during the third republic, his tenure in the house was truncated and short-lived by the seizure of power by the Military junta of General Sanni Abacha.

 

After so much criticism of the military government under Abacha, Senator Afikuyomi went on exile. After the death of General Sanni Abacha, the Sociology graduate from the University of Lagos returned back into the country and contested for the Lagos Central Senatorial district seat under the Alliance for Democracy and won and later represented Lagos West in 2003-2007.

During his stay as a senator, his dream was to return back to school to study law his childhood dream profession. But due to the heavy travel itinerary and tight schedule, the former commissioner for Tourism, Lagos State was unable to actualize that dream as he pegged it to a later date. After procrastinating, he decided to take the bull by the horn and returned back to school to study the legal profession. His sweat and sleepless night of study have finally paid off for him as he had finally achieved his age-long dream before turning age 60 in December 2021.

Sources averred that; at his call to bar ceremony which was held at the Eagles Square, Abuja, the senator was in the company of his friends, family and political associate who came to celebrate with him. He was seen with a smile of fulfillment on his face. After the induction and call to bar ceremony, the deep pocket senator converged his close friends and associate to a private celebration soiree held at Charterhouse in Maitama, Abuja where he feted everyone present to the very best of meal and assorted drinks as he displayed his dance dexterity on the dance floor in an elated mood. “His close friends are currently making plans for his 60th birthday in December. He is planning to celebrate it in a big way just to thank God for bringing him this far in life.” A close source added.

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Former Firstlady Turai Yar’adua’s Low-profile Birthday

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In her prime as the first lady of Nigeria, Turai Yar’Adua was not a pushover. In fact, she was highly influential and loved by all sundry within the villa. During her husband’s tenure as the president of the country, the country witnessed massive growth in all ramifications as he touched all critical aspects of governance and economy before his shocking demise in 2010. The former Katsina first lady was an advocate against gender-based violence, cancer, drug abuse among other social vices. She also has a soft spot for special children as she tailored her pet project to projects to match her ideals for humanity.

After the death and burial of her husband in 2010, she exited the villa and recoiled back into her cocoon. For years, she was off the social radar as she stayed off social events. Her multi-billion naira pet project located in the heart of Airport road Abuja on 7.3 hectares of land to curb the deadly cancer ailment; funded by the private and public partnership; the International Cancer center was also left to rot away without continuity. After several outcries from people who saw the level of wastage, the edifice was later allocated for agricultural purposes.

On the 26th of July, the graduate of Language from the Ahmadu Bello University celebrated her 64th birthday as encomium poured from all sundry who saluted her doggedness by standing firmly with her husband while he was sick. Many commended her for not falling for the pressure and huge intimidation from people in government who wanted to bully her while her husband was away receiving treatment. Instead of throwing a big birthday soiree in celebration mood, in her usual lowkey lifestyle manner, she opted to say prayers to her creator for making her see yet another year on earth as she was celebrated by her children and grandchildren at her residence. The birthday girl was seen wearing a smiling face looking much younger than her age. She cracked jokes and played with her grandchildren as they all had a family time out.

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IVF Specialist Dr. Babatunde Okewale bags Rotary Int’l honour

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In the history of modern fertility medicine in Nigeria, renowned gynecologist and fertility expert, Dr. Babatunde Okewale, is highly respected. His constant strive to unravel the hidden mystery and myth behind IVF has crested his name in Gold as one of the finest fertility practitioners making a mark with different success stories and testimony of his wizardry from his long list of clienteles.

Despite devoting almost three decades life and career in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology to the actualization of the dreams of motherhood for hundreds of women, the celebrated medical practitioner believes putting smiles on the face of women using his God-given cerebral prowess in medicine is something that gives him fulfillment.

 As the Chief Medical Director at St. Ives Hospital Group, Okewale has democratized the reproductive health sector pursued the subject of fruitfulness without relenting and promoted his knowledge as something of an art and a guarantee. Under his watch, Okewale singlehandedly, built up the St Ives Medical Group, established in 1996, to its current status as the trendsetter in the areas of women and children health, especially In-vitro Fertilization (IVF).

In the course of his practice and interests in fertility matters, Okewale has been instrumental in the safe delivery of over 2000 babies via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) including that of 20 October 2018 history-making delivering of the oldest mum in Africa —Mrs. Ajibola Otubusin. The 67-year-old Mrs. Otubusin had undergone the IVF procedure at one of the St Ives IVF & Fertility centers. She was later successfully delivered of a bouncing baby boy at the age of 67 breaking all kinds of medical records in the process.

After shattering all these feats, getting wide accolades and recognition by various bodies and associations on the 11th of July, Okewale was honoured by Rotary International with an award of recognition for his significant accomplishments in the area of child and maternal healthcare which, according to the international service club, fits perfectly into one of its ideals and objectives.

 In addition to the award, the suave gynecologist was also decorated as an Honorary Rotarian at the recent investiture of a renowned accountant, Adegbenga Badejo as 54th President of The Rotary Club of Ikeja held at the Lagos Sheraton.

Epiphanies aren’t common, but Okewale has created more of them around his interest in the area of women’s health education and healthcare in general. This has further fueled his interest in the media as a vehicle to educate women about their health and lifestyle in general. This culminated in his floating of WFM 91.7 the first radio station for women and the family in Nigeria, perhaps, Africa where is the Chairman

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