We must never forget our culture, heritage, says Olabanji-Oba

“We must never forget our heritage. It is who we are; it is our pride. Without history, we don’t have so much to look up to for the future, because we are all our history of where we are from,” says Hon. Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba, one of the leading female voices for the girl-child empowerment and community development in Lagos, especially in Ikorodu. She noted that culture is imperative for development, adding that it is what defines us as a people. “If you don’t celebrate your heritage, you truly have…

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My heart bleeds for Haiti

Haiti should be the pride of the black world. The first black republic that came out of a slave revolt is, however, not in the news for anything that inspires pride. If they are not in the news for the level of corruption amongst the ruling elite, then they are in the news for being the poorest country in the world or for a devastating earthquake that occurred in the country in 2010 and decimated the population. Even Haitians are tired of being in the news for all the wrong…

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Dashing in cropped Agbada for Easter

There seems to be a paradigm shift in what men in Nigeria wear these days to special events; from black tie to traditional outfits. Now, Agbada, the Yoruba flowing wide sleeved robe, usually decorated with embroidery, is fast becoming a trend. Stylish men have taken the Agbada trend to a whole new level as the proudly showcase their African heritage in different styles of Abgada ranging from the free flowing to what is referred to as the cropped Agbada. Different designers now have their own pattern of making Agbada to…

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Sun suspends columnist over Liverpool article

  Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended by The Sun after he expressed “wrong” and “unfunny” views about the people of Liverpool. In an article published on Friday, MacKenzie compared Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who has a grandfather born in Nigeria, to a “gorilla”. He said men with similar “pay packets” in Liverpool were “drug dealers”. Merseyside Police are investigating whether his comments constitute a “racial hate crime”. The Sun apologised “for the offence caused” and added that it was “unaware of Barkley’s heritage”. In a statement of his own,…

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Badagry celebrates Lagos @50 with Coconut Festival today

As activities marking Lagos @50 continues to unfold across various localities in the state, Badagry is taking turn to celebrate with Coconut Festival, which opens today with the grand finale set for Easter Sunday at the Old Slave Port Marina. The two days festival theme is: ‘Coconut as a cash crop, potential for galvanizing development in Lagos state coastal communities.’ The Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is the special guest of honour while his deputy, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, is the mother of the day. The former Head of Service,…

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Big Brother Naija winner, Efe, presented SUV

…as Bisola shrugs off disappointment Efe Ejeba, the winner of the reality show, Big Brother Naija, was last Tuesday presented with the keys to his SUV at a press conference held in Lagos to welcome him and Bisola Aiyeola, the first runner up of the show. Efe emerged winner after beating 11 other contenders to clinch the star prize of N25million and a Sport Utility Vehicle. Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, speaking at the event, said MultiChoice was not only celebrating Efe but other people who worked tirelessly behind…

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