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HAPAwards: Princess Toyin Kolade Gets International Recognition

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HAPAwards: Princess Toyin Kolade Gets International Recognition-Crystal News

Organizers of the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards), recently celebrated a renowned socialite, businesswoman, and philanthropist – Dr. (Mrs.) Toyin Kolade on her birthday.

The African Representative of HAPAwards, Adeola Odunowo led other team members to surprise the Managing Director of Fisolak Global Resources at her palatial home in Lagos.

According to Odunowo, the visit and recognition were in honor of the good works, business strides and positive contributions of Dr. Kolade to the development is society.

“We decided to honor her on a special day and also officially present a trophy as the International Business Woman of the Year 2020, from the last edition of HAPAwards, which took place in the United State of America.”

Odunowo further noted the awards appreciation of Dr. Kolade’s immense efforts to showcase the African heritage and reposition Yoruba culture and tradition around the World. He disclosed that the 5th edition of HAPAwards has already commenced with activities in top gear to make this year’s edition a memorable one.

The theme for HAPAwards 2021 is tagged “Collaboration for Global Development, Peace and Prosperity”, as submissions continue to pour in for different genres and categories.  Other winners from last year’s edition are Richard Mofe Damijo, Patoranking, Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw and His Royal Majesty, Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, Alara of the Ilara Kingdom among notable personalities across Africa and beyond.

The HAPAwards is a US-based award that recognizes outstanding individuals, whose lives have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments.

The woman of substance, Princess Toyin Kalode, who is also the sole promoter of the Aje Festival (Festival of Wealth) in Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba race, praised and thanked the executives of HAPAwards for the global recognition even with the ongoing pandemic which has ravaged the entire World.

According to Iyalaje of the source, as she fondly called, the honor will encourage and motivate her to do more for the less privileged in society while representing Africa on the global stage.

Feelers emanating from sources close to the woman-about-town hint that she is planning the mother of all celebration as part of her installation ceremony as the Iyalaje Oodua by His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, which will take place on July 17, 2021, at the Ile-Ife Kingdom.

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Veteran DJ Mannix, Loses Wife, Burial For November 12

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Veteran DJ Mannix, Loses Wife, Burial For November 12

Veteran DJ and foremost Night club manager, Henry Akpapunam, popularly known as DJ Mannix has lost his wife, Kosor.

Crystal News reports that Kosor Akpapunam died on September 22nd 2021 in London after a brief illness.

Speaking on the death of his wife, DJ Mannix said,” She was a wonderful wife, friend and partner. I am devastated and hearted broken, but I am strengthened that she lived a good and purposeful life and touched the lives of those around her.

“I miss her dearly, our children and grandchildren also miss her so much and her siblings and friends miss her, but we know God loves her more , Sugarbabe was a darling”.

A devout Christian, mother, grand mother. Mrs Kosor Akpapunam was born on February 11, 1955 in Kafanchan, Kaduna state. She retired from Nigeria AGIP oil Company after 35 years of meritorious service and excellence.

She served in various capacities in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja, where she left her footprints of hard work and devotion to duty.

Veteran DJ Mannix, Loses Wife, Burial For November 12

She was a Co-Ordinator of the Strategic Procurement department, where she performed outstandingly to the service of the organization and humanity.

According to Mr. Akpapunam, the Burial arrangements of his departed wife will be as follows.

” On 2nd Nov, 2021, we will have the service of songs in RCCG Games village Abuja, 5pm followed by reception at our residence the same evening.

On 10th Nov. 2021, there will be an all night wake keep in Ezi at the Akpapunam’s residence.
Burial will be in Asaba on 12th Nov. 2021…we owe her a befitting burial”.

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Sanwo-Olu, Others Eulogize Late NECA DG, Olawale

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Sanwo-Olu, Others Eulogize Late NECA DG, Olawale

Professional colleagues, friends, and well-wishers have continued to eulogize the late Director-General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Dr. Timothy Olawale, describing him as a hard-working, humble, team player, and God-fearing.

Among those who paid tributes to Olawale during a commendation service in his honour on Thursday in Lagos were Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Represented by Director-General, Lagos State Pensions Commission, Mr Babalola Obilana, the governor described Olawale’s death as most shocking, because it happened while he was in active service.

Sanwo-Olu, however, too solace in the fact that Olawale lived a fulfilled life worth celebrating.
“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I offer our sincere condolences to the family he left behind, especially his wife and children and members of the NECA family, which he served as DG until his death.

“His contributions to the growth of the association will remain indelible; his passion was not only for the job, but the welfare of workers.

“His contributions will be greatly missed and I hope his legacies will continue to stand in the pursuit of progress, “Sanwo-Olu said.

Sanwo-Olu, Others Eulogize Late NECA DG, Olawale

In his remark, the President of NECA, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, described the late Olawale as a bridge builder, seasoned administrator, and industrial relations expert.

Adeniyi said that Olawale’s immense contributions to national development could not be easily forgotten.

“No one worked harder than Tim: I mean, he was all over the place; he knew every aspect of his job which is not a surprise since he joined NECA in 2011.

“He worked his way to become the Director-General in January 2019; he left a mark in all of us; things will never be the same,” he said.

Born on July 19, 1965, Olawale was a consummate human resource management practitioner and accomplished labour and industrial relations professional.

He joined NECA in 2011 as Director, Membership Service and became the Director-General General, NECA up until his death.

He would be buried on Oct. 23 at his hometown in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

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Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

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Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

Abuja based real estate giant BSTAN Homes recently held the National House Fair 5.0 at the at International Conference Centre, (ICC) Abuja,  with top dignitaries in attendance with the aim to promote economic and social development via sustainable housing.

With the theme of  Three ‘S’ of Shelter in Economic Stability – A New Wave”. Viz-a-viz Standard, Secure, and Sustainable.

The event not only provided an opportunity to explore, connect, and provide access to a better life by making quality and safe shelter available to all people, irrespective of social or economic position it also exposed participants and attendants the opportunity to network and invest in real estate across Nigeria.

At the programme Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR,  who was among that delivered speech called for the increased partnership of the private and public sectors in the housing industry, explaining that the problem of housing is everybody’s business.

Obasanjo made this call through a virtual speech, commending the Group for its introduction of the “metro shelter” scheme aimed at decentralising movement from rural to urban areas.

He stated that BSTAN Group cannot remedy the housing deficit alone, stressing that the government at all levels, as well as the private sector, need to do more in ensuring that the housing issue ceases to exist.

He said, “Housing is one of the essential requirements of humankind. Here, let me commend what BSTAN Group has been doing in providing affordable accommodation all over Nigeria. They have covered about a third of the states in the country. There’s still a lot to be done, but once again I will say, more grease to their elbow.

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

“What exactly are they doing? They work on what they call metro housing scheme; which is to actually ensure that houses are spread to new organised areas, organised in the sense that, wherever you have around 1000 people, they become what you can call an organised area, and so what you need is affordable housing, businesses, employment opportunities so that people can stay as close to where they are working as possible and this idea is a very welcome, and again I will commend Bstan for metro housing.

“BSTAN alone cannot carry this baggage by itself, it has to work with others in the private sector, it has to work with government at the local government level, state level and at the Federal level, Regional level; like the ECOWAS and such other regions in Africa.

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

“I will urge and plead with the government in Nigeria at every level to work hand in hand with the private sector; the likes of BSTAN to develop and implement more housing system, bringing houses to little urban communities so that they can be encouraged to remain in their location rather than move to large locations which will create other problems.

He expressed his belief in what BSTAN group is doing in housing development and provision of housing at affordable prices for all categories of people in Nigeria and further wished them success.

Also, the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who delivered speech through his Chief of Staff, Mr. Adeola Ipaye called challenged professionals to devise means and methods by which the huge housing deficit in the country can be bridged as soon as possible.

The VP, who was the chairman of the occasion at the opening ceremony of the House Fair said the issue of providing cheap and affordable accommodation for Nigerians and reducing the deficit gap seemed to have defied all solutions since independence.

“This challenge which over the last six decades has continued to evade sustainable solution must be tackled. But I can assure you that it is also one of issues this administration is seriously determined to resolve.

“Although, there is no shortage of policies and programmes enacted by various governments to tackle this debacle, we all know that the effective implementation remains the persistent problem. I therefore hope that those of you, eminent professionals, who are participating in the event today will enthusiastically deploy your skills and experience to find the right answers to the housing question in Nigeria, particularly the housing needs of the 70% of Nigerians who are low-income earners, but who are desperately seeking a home they can afford,” VP Osinbajo added.

He also  gave kudos to the Managing Director of BSTAN Group, Dr. Becky Olubukola, for her initiative which in the past have brought together over 950 exhibitors from 20 countries to meet over 15,000 industry decision-makers and providing individuals and stakeholders with the resources and professional guidance they need to make homeownership a reality for millions of people.

Dr Olubukola said the aim of the event was to help in solving the housing need of the people and charting the way forward in the sector.

Others speakers at the event included the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi,  Mrs. Adetoke Benson-Awoyinka who represented the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, representative of Ogun State Governor, Mr. Akande Omoniyi who is also the Commissioner for Housing in the state, Senator Grace Bent, Rev. Mother  Esther Abimbola Ajayi, among others.

Also speaking, the Group Managing Director, BSTAN Group, Dr Becky Olubukola thanked the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi who is the Chairman of BSTAN Group for his unflinching support and the fatherly role he plays.

According to her, BSTAN is working tirelessly and in partnership with several state governments and the private sector to not just provide accommodation, but make homes that are safe, efficient, secure, with adequate electricity, adopting new technologies that allow for speed in construction – hence the metro shelter scheme.

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Others Speak At The National House Fair

Olubokula also congratulated the BSTAN Group management and staff for the Success of the NHF 5.0 and also appreciate them for their hard work and tenacity…

‘’The sky is the starting point…we are the future of the housing sector in Africa’’ she added.
The event was not about lecture alone as the leading property firms rewarded attendance as many won plots of land and other mouth-watering gifts through a raffle draw.

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