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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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Ooni of Ife’s Daughter Counters Mother’s Statement, Re-affirms Love For Father 

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Over the week, Omolara Olatunbosun estranged wife of Ooni of Ife; Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi made a statement published on a popular new platform where she stated that; Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi was an absentee father to their daughter Adeola Ogunwusi at birth. She also made an allegation that; Ooni was nowhere to be found as she was the one who single-handedly raised Adeola from childbirth.

Her statement reads; “I was a pregnant teen, but he(Ooni) was nowhere to be found, and I bore the responsibilities for our child, and paid the physical and social cost of raising her alone in my mom’s house,” Omolara insisted.

Omolara Olatubosun, who repeatedly glosses over Ooni’s constant reference to his daughter as the apple of his eye whom he raised as a single father, could not take any of that. She maintains that the truth remains that the monarch was an absentee father, describing his claim of a loving father as mendacious and having no basis in fact, but has gone on for too long. “I was, in fact, the single parent.

He was, until our daughter was old enough, an absentee father.” “I, Omolara, took care of my daughter physically, financially and emotionally, with the moral support of my mother and siblings.  I was a pregnant teen, but he was nowhere to be found, and I bore the responsibilities for our child and paid the physical and social cost of raising her alone in my mom’s house,” she maintained in a statement released.

In reaction to the above assertion made by Omolara Olatunbosun about Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Princess Adeola Ogunwusi, the daughter in question has come out publicly on social media reacting to the claim made by her mother.

In her post on Instagram, via her handle, adeola_oguns, she posted a comment re-affirming her unending love for her father. She also never failed to extol his virtues and the fatherly love and support laced with listening ears she has enjoyed all her life which has helped mold her to become a better woman.

She said; ” Kabiyesi, I don’t think I can ever forget to get used to the way you carry my matter on your head… the pride in your eyes whenever you talk about me; it is always my daughter this, my daughter that.

Wahala for who no get daughter o!. Kabiyesi, I am who I am today because of you…the love and admiration you constantly shower on me has made me into this kind and thoughtful young woman.  Thank you for being who you are, you are forever generous and loving. I love you today, tomorrow and forever.”

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Iyalaje Oodua Launches Website, Unveil Plans for 2022 Aje Festival 

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Ever since Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade was installed as the Iyalaje Oodua (Spiritual symbol for wealth, commerce and industry) by His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Princess Kolade has been a nip in the bud by hitting the ground running with her giant strides towards harnessing business opportunities, wealth and commerce within the Oodua region and beyond.

In a bid to infuse technological advancement following the modern-day trend, She recently launched Aje Website www.iyalajeoodua.com where she loaded all needed information about the sacred Aje diety among other information and frequently asked questions for those at home and in the diaspora.

To further spread her reach increasing her milage across the globe; she also launched the Iyalaje-In-Council and Iyalaje-Worldwide platform on Whatsapp, where hundreds of people have joined and have had a series of progressive meetings, where salient issues affecting trade and commerce in Nigeria were discussed at length.

The initiative is also to give those in the diaspora a sense of belonging and engage them on business opportunities in Nigeria and how trade exchange between Nigeria and the rest of the world can be improved drastically.

As the Annual Aje festival beckons next year in February; solid preparations are in top gear to ensure the 2022 Aje festival is glamourous by deviating from the norm. Next Aje festival will avail people from the diaspora to participate fully and also talk about unlocking business opportunities. The newest innovation for the next edition is the inclusion of ‘Aje Summit’; a round engaging discussions atmosphere that would attract prominent government functionaries, celebrated business moguls, Iyalaje’s and Iyaloja’s across the country.

At the Summit, various issues would be treated on how to infuse technological advancement in business and how to follow the 21st-century trend of doing business across the world. The Aje Summit is a first of its kind that would attract all sundry from all walks of life under one roof to improve business opportunities and also engage in modes and ease of doing business to increase wealth creation and empower with knowledge.

Iyalaje Oodua disclosed that; ‘Next Aje festival will be a paradigm shift. We are moving from the usual status quo and also give opportunities for those who want to learn more about business and trade. At the Summit, we will teach people how to fish and not give them fish. At the Summit, there would be an exchange of information, business opportunities, business ideas and also we would create funding for a good business proposal.

In line with the vision and mission of His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi; that by 2030, he wants the wealth valuation within Oodua land to increase in billions of dollars in investment. So as Iyalaje Oodua, we are tapping into the vision to ensure we meet the said target. We would be holding a world Press conference soon to unveil our plans for the next Aje Festival that is billed to hold next year February 2022.

We would be going to Brazil and Europe to propagate the gospel and attract more direct foreign investment into the country. For more update, you can visit our website www.iyalajeoodua.com and all our designated social media handles platform for more information.”

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Lady Kosor Felicia Akpapunam Finally Laid To Rest In Asaba

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Lady Kosor Felicia Akpapunam Finally Laid To Rest In Asaba

They came out in their numbers, the high and mighty, men, women and youths…from across the seas, from Abuja, port Harcourt, Kaduna, Jos, the hinterlands they all took the trouble to attend as a final honour and parting gift to a dear and loved friend, compatriot, sister and colleague.

All wished they could give something to bring her back to life…plead a few more years for her on planet Earth…but alas, their tears and good wishes only helped to ease her final journey into the eternal as they waved, teary-eyed, some sobbing by her graveside in Asaba and sang the funeral hymn, “God be with u till we meet again”.

Her sons Chuks and Ogechukwu were a sorry sight, so were her siblings Ogbueshi Sammy and Hadiza were wailing, dressed in beautiful white lace with stones, Chief Mrs. Kosor Felicia Akpapunam, a friend of the poor, administrator, mother, and grandmother was finally committed to Mother Earth.

Sadly, her husband, the entertainment personage Henry Akpapunam (DJ MANNIX), was cordoned in a small room according to the dictates of tradition and comforted by family.

His siblings Ken, Collins and Sister Fyde, her hubby Captain Tony Inogbo, their two sons Kynebi and Nonso were all gloomy and tearful. Officiating Minister was Pastor Patrick Okoro who led a large contingent of members and pastorate from RCCG, Jesus Assembly, Games Village Parish Abuja, said in his sermon at the interment, Kosor Akpapunam was a beautiful soul who touched the lives of all those who came across her path. She will be missed.

Lady Kosor Felicia Akpapunam Finally Laid To Rest In Asaba

She ran the race and she lived well and in Christ. Media personality and friend of the couple, Al Humphrey Onyanabo revealed, I attended all the events for the burial, from the service of songs in Abuja to the traditional all-night wake keep in Ezi to the interment in Asaba, Sister K was no Dangote or Adeniga, but she was loved because she reached out and touched the lives of those around her meaningfully. It’s a profound lesson for all of us to live an impactful life.

Her husband Henry Akpapunam said in her memory he and his sons Chuks and Oge had decided to continue with Kosor foundation which she set up.

This is the least we can do to continue the good work she started. Prominent in all activities were her fellow members of the Elegant Ladies Club of Asaba, a cosmopolitan assemblage of successful Asaba professionals and businesswomen who honored a worthy member by their active participation and support.

At the reception after interment, they took control of the event ensuring that guests were comfortable and adequately provided for. Mrs A U Okocha who was present at all the events summed up Sister K.

She was a beautiful soul, a philanthropist, an administrator, and a very generous person. Present from the ELCA were Mrs Mary Uraih (President), Mrs Pat Onianwa (Vice President), Mrs Joan Monu (provost), Mrs. Nkem Ogosi (legal adviser), Mrs Maryam Eyuche Mujadadi (social and publicity secretary) and many others.

Also present was a delegation from Edo College Old Boys Association, Ecoba 65-69 group, to which Henry Akpapunam belong.

They included Prof Reuben Osahon, the Chair Person of the Association, Dr Ifeanyi Uraih, Godwin Sagay, and Oludare Agbe Davies. Mrs Kate Maduekwe, lecturer in Uniabuja, Mrs Ijeoma Eche Nwachukwu, Mr Mike Nwabude, Eunice, Chioma, Oluchi, all staff of NAOC, where Sister K had given 35years of her life working for NAOC. Prof Goodwill Ofunne, MD and CEO OF FISPAS and Ogbueshi Nabo Afam Obiago.

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