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Ooni Promises to consolidate relationship with Canada



The Arole Oodua & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi has promised to solidly consolidate the existing cordial relationship with the City of Brampton and Canada in general. The revered monarch said this during an exclusive interaction with journalists in Toronto Canada as the end of his official visit to the country.  
The foremost African monarch had been honoured during a ceremony of Proclamation Day, Flag Exchange presentation of city key done by the government of the City of Brampton in Toronto by the Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown, his wife Genevieve, cabinet members and members of Nigeria community led by His Excellency, Ambassador Adeyinka Asekun alongside senior officials of the embassy of Nigeria in Canada.  
He pointed out that he was very excited to be in Canada, adding that he was here two years ago. ”I am here again to consolidate on the relationship that we have already built”, he emphasized; while also admonishing Nigerians in Canada to embrace investment interventions at home.
”We have a lot of them now. I have been telling most them to come back home;  a lot of them have been coming in the last two years;  they are tired of the country;  but I use to tell them that there is need for a proper bridging of gap hence consolidating the Nigerian-Canadian relationship”, he stated. 
”When you do ten investments, try and do at least six back at home; this is because at the end of the day, home is home.  There are lots of them that want to come and I have been telling them to be part of the fixing the country”, he added.
”Nigerians should work together in laundering the image of the country – that is my focus. I have also been trying to bridge the gap between Nigeria and the Caribbean – I mean Africans and the Caribbean, this is very key.  You can see the ways they have been treating us since we came; we did declaration with the city of Brampton, and a great relationship has been established”, he further harped.
On his relationship with the City of Brampton, he said: ”The leaders of Brampton love the Nigerian people, and all black people. Nigerians are so many here and they are really really being supported. And we have to give honour to whom honour is due by reciprocating their good deed to Nigerians here.  So I have to say a Big Thank you to them for doing great things for the Nigerian people and yorubas in particular”.
On the recent kidnappings in the South West by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Ooni clarified that the emphasis should be on bad Fulani people. ”The bad herdsmenn are the one to be dealt with.  Even the president has been trying to separate the good ones from the bad ones. We are glad that they have been trying to proffer solution to what is going on.  We are working closely with the Federal Government, and we are letting them know that it is a collective problem. If there is no adequate security, there wont be any investment”.
”Nobody is supporting RUGA; as said earlier, the president said the issue would be discussed better at the appropriate time. We should not allow something that would cause problem in the future. We are all Nigerians; if you want RUGA, individuals should go and get land. Igbos have investments in Yorubaland; Yorubas also have investments in Igboland. Yorubas have investment in the North; they did not do it for free; the Northerners also have investment in Yorubaland”,.
When asked if the clamour for regionalism should be adhered to for the purpose of dowsing the tension, Ooni posited that if that would give youths a sense of belonging and inclusiveness, then it should be adopted; pointing out that any structural adjustment that is potential of taking people out of poverty should be considered.

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History Made As Prof Ogundiran Exhibits Outcome Of 5 -Year Archeological Yoruba Work



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A Nigerian-American archaeologist and cultural historian, Professor Akinwunmi Ogundiran, yesterday, held a photographic exhibition of his five-year archeological work at the site of Oyo Ile (Old Oyo and Bara).


Oyo Ile was the headquarters of the old Oyo Empire and the centre of Yoruba civilisation, while Bara is the final resting place of several Alaafins. Ogundiran, whose research focuses on the Yoruba world of western Africa, Atlantic Africa, and the African Diaspora, is the author of a new book on Yoruba history, titled, ‘The Yoruba: A New History’.


Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, making a point while being taken on a tour of the exhibition by Ogundiran



The Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology and History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, has been leading the 10-year Old Oyo Archaeological Project in Bara, which began in 2017.

The exhibition, which was held in Oyo town, yesterday, attracted dignitaries from across the country. Some of those in attendance include, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Conservator General of the Federation, Ibrahim Goni and Chairman, Local Advisory Committee on Old Oyo National Park, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu (rtd). Alaafin, in his speech, promised his support for the archeological project and the authorities of Nigerian National Park Service in ensuring the preservation of Old Oyo and Bara heritage sites. Other highlights of the occasion included a tour of the photographic exhibition by dignitaries and presentation of the new book on Yoruba history to the Alaafin by the author.

During the tour of the exhibition, Ogundiran observed that Old Oyo, with a population of about 100,000, was one of the largest cities in the world.

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Eye Witness Account Of Prof. Ogundiran’s ‘A New History Of The Yoruba’ Reading Event.




At the weekend, on Saturday, May 8th precisely, somewhere in the heart of Ikeja, Professor Akinwunmi Ogundiran, a world renowned archeologist of Ibadan descent, read from his 500 page seminal book, A NEW HISTORY OF THE YORUBA.



Prof. Ogundiran, who is The Chancellor’s Professor of African Studies, Anthropology and History at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, N-C., was led in the conversation by another renowned culture aficionado, and Publisher of the Culture Newspaper, the award winning author, editor, newspaper administrator Mr. Steve Ayorinde.



Mr. Ayorinde, a former Culture and Tourism, as well as of Information and Strategy Commissioner in Lagos, led the professor through four hours of sumptuous banquet of fascinating historical buffet, devoid of embellishment and sub ethnic grandstanding. Based exclusively on archeological research and carbon dating analysis.



It was a session in which members of the audience, including Literary Critic, Dr. Olayinka Oyegbile, AFRIMA President, Barrister Michael Dada, former Lagos finance Commissioner, Mr. Asade, former Lagos CPS Habib Aruna, and of course, yours truly, were forced to learn, unlearn and relearn the very core of our ethnic identity, jettisoning old myths and embracing new data based facts.



It was an afternoon well spent. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. Not only because intellectual Discourse on the Yoruba nation, past, present and future of this nature falls under my office as the Osi Aare, but I was in the presence of two great Ibadan sons, who are sitting pretty on top of their fields.



The prof has done his bit in situating our Yoruba heritage, and Steve has done his bit in exposing it to the elite few, it is now left to us to found a way to get it into all multimedia platforms to help propagate the facts.



It will not be easy, there will be resistance, especially from a section the Yoruba elite who are quick in degrading their own, while embracing other cultures, and others whose minds are set, and do not want to be confused with facts that came out of data based research.



I highly recommend this book to every culturally inclined Yoruba. It does not have all the answers, and therefore not the end of the conversation. But it is a start in the journey towards understanding our past to guide our present and project into our future.


By Faleye Oluwatosin

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I Don’t Want to Die, Actress Seyi Ariyo Begs Masqueraders Threatening Her Life




Nigerian actress and filmmaker, Seyi Ariyo, also known as Shebaby, recently took to her Instagram account to raise the alarm that her life is being threatened by masqueraders.



In the video, the teary-eyed actress revealed that she had been getting life-threatening messages from these masqueraders because of a scene in her forthcoming movie, which portrayed a woman having sex with a masquerade.



In the Yoruba culture, such an act is seen as taboo. However, the sex scene leaked online and ever since she has received over 200 threat messages. 

In an exclusive chat with PUNCH, she said, “They are really threatening my life; I am not alleging it.


I received over 200 calls from them a few days ago. Some called to curse me while others said I will die in the next seven days. 



“I had to switch off my phone. I learnt they released my number to the worldwide platform of herbalists and traditionalists. They said that I want to destroy our culture and traditions.


They have not watched the movie, that is why we have this misunderstanding. 



“We recorded a part where a masquerade had sex with a lady and even in the movie, we made it known that it is a taboo.


The herbalist in the movie told the woman that if she performs the act, her child will be well, but it will have a repercussion. She was desperate so she went ahead with the ritual. 



“Some people recorded that scene with their phones and one of them posted it on Facebook. That is how the masqueraders saw the clip and felt offended. They called me and said they will use me as a scapegoat because actors are used to ridiculing masquerades, which are their gods.”



The actress said she has been begging them and also called other colleagues to beg them on her behalf, including Mr Latin, who is the president of their association, TAMPAN. 


According to her, because she did not get any positive feedback, she decided to go on social media to voice out.



Ariyo noted that she was given seven more days to live and the ultimatum will expire tomorrow. 



The distressed actress stressed that she has tried every available option to pacify the masqueraders.



She said, “Today is the sixth day and they vowed to kill me after seven days. I have spoken to many Yoruba monarchs to help me talk to them as well because it is their worldwide association that is angry with me; their global platform. 



“I recently got a call from their leader, who identified himself as Prince. He told me that he will speak to their public relations officer to direct all their members to desist from cursing me.


I have the recordings of most of the threats and I wanted to go to the Commissioner of Police to file a complaint, but I was advised against it so that things do not escalate. 



“They were not happy about the social media post and I was told to delete it, but I cannot because people would think this is a publicity stunt for the film. So, I cannot pull it down. I am sorry for the scene and I have even removed it from the film.


I don’t want to die. They should forgive me, they should not do anything wicked to me or my colleagues.”

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