The Ooni of Ife & Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) on Friday played host to a group of black Africans and Caribbeans who are top government functionaries of the city of Brampton in Ontario Canada.
During the meeting, both parties agreed to establish a standard mobile museum of African arts with a view to showcasing the cultural and economic potentials of the black race to the world.
The African foremost monarch told his visitors that If the people can see one another as one family, sound of wars in the world will drastically reduce.
“If the world can invest in our origination, their may not not be a need to invest in guns and nuclear weapons again because the history of our origination will make us to see ourselves as one family. Setting up of a mobile museum to showcase Africa to the world is my global vision. And I am ready to partner with the city of Brampton and with you all as my fellow Africans”
“As an economic advantage, I already have loads of artworks in my palace at Ile-Ife, Nigeria which I intend to circulate around the world. This to me is a way of showcasing our economic values to the world through cultural promotion.”
“The biggest diamond in the world called ‘Osupa Ijio” was taken from my kingdom 400 years ago and it is being kept in Europe till date being used for their own development. So, what you have proposed to me this evening is laudable, it is in line with our goal and we are ready for the partnership.” Ooni said.
The Ooni while expressing his thankfulness for the warm reception and great hospitality enjoyed in Brampton and Toronto admonished the black people all over Canada to always rally themselves as one big family of African origin, assuring them of his fatherly collaboration for the unity and progress of the black race.
“We black people must find a rallying point to achieve greatness in this world.
“Thank you so much for the honour and warm reception accorded me and my entourage for the past one week that we have been with you. You have indeed given me reasons to always look after you as my children in diaspora. I will find time to come back again to Brampton and Canada, and I will collaborate with you on a mission to move Africa forward.”
“Let us all continue to love one another. Looking at my brother from Ghana here, looking at you my brothers and sisters from the Caribbeans calling me your father gives me the joy of origination. I can easily feel strong energy of a father in the midst of his children. This is truly African and that is why I don’t wanna go. But I will always be with you in spirit”. Ooni added.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation Councilor Charmaine Williams of the Brampton City Council said the project as proposed will cost 250 million Canadian dollars with an equity of 25 million saying it will be the biggest African arts museum in the world and will serve as a major rallying point for the black people all over the world.
“Brampton is gonna be the hub for the Africans and Caribbeans in diaspora. The museum will show the world the beauty of Africa. It’s gonna be a huge hub located in Brampton.” Williams said.
Sophia Brown Ramsay of the Black Community Action NetworkBCAN) praised the Ooni for his leadership and relentless efforts to foster unity among the black people across the world.
“Our king left his comfort zone of his kingdom to come to our home here in Canada and since our king has come to our home, we must honour him and that’s what we are doing tonight.
“We must work together with him to move our race forward. We thank Your Majesty for your leadership, we thank you for your selfless efforts to unite all of us and we we thank you for being with us in Canada”. Sophia Brown said.
Dr Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman parliamentarian who had earlier same day paid a courtesy visit to the king described the royal visit as a good development for the black people of Canada. The 82 year old Grenadian-Canadian educational administrator promised to join the king in his quest for the unity and progress of black race worldwide.
Ooni Ogunwusi and his entourage including his queen, Olori Naomi Ogunwusi(Yeyeluwa) and had on Wednesday 7th August 2019 arrived Toronto Pearson Airport received by Ambassador Adeyinka Asekun of Nigeria embassy, members of Nigerian community in Canada, Yoruba Community and members of the Hope4Sure Foundation led by Peju Oke who also coordinated the Ooni’s historic visit to Canada.
While in Canada, the Ooni was hosted to a proclamation day by the Mayor of Brampton, Patrick Brown who honoured him with the City key and flag exchange.
He gave a keynote speech at the 2019 edition of African Business Forum, he chaired the maiden edition of the Imperial Awards, he attended the Yoruba cultural nite, and visited the hospital for sick Children, known as SickKids, a pediatric teaching hospital of University of Toronto where he together with Rev(mother) Esther Ajayi of Esther Ajayi Foundation held talks with the management of the hospital & SickKids Foundation for support in eradicating sickle cell menace in Africa.
The Spiritual head of Yoruba race globally also hosted a number of international business delegations including Triple Five Group a conglomerate based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, which specializes in shopping malls, entertainment, tourism, hotels, real estate and banks led by its Chairman Nadal Ghermezian. He equally hosted Gurmeet BHAMRAH, President of Bombay Sports Co. LTD. And Global T20 Canada who had visited alongside his wife, children and management team visited the king to seek his spiritual blessings.
HRMs Zaki of Arigidi Akoko, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, Oloba of Oba-Ile, Oba Adekunle Oyeyemi, Adagba of Iyanfoworogi-Ife and President of Esther Ajayi Foundation, Rev(mother) Esther Ajayi among others accompanied The Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) who retuned to Nigeria on Sunday.
Signed;Comrade Moses Olafare,Director, Media & Public Affairs,Ooni’s Palace
BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA
Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.
Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.
Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.
Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.
The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.
As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.
It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.
Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.
The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.
Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.
The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.
By Hamid Shinkafi
Public affair analyst
Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery
At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.
Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.
As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.
In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.
In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.
With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.
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