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… His Uncommon Story Of Greatness Shrouded In Destiny And Providence
When one is destined to be great, famous and successful in life, there is no ‘Jupiter’, let alone, any mortal, that can stop that person from attaining that seemingly insurmountable status. Some are born great; some attain greatness through dint of hard work, while some have greatness thrust on them via merited favour. All these indices were implicitly applicable to the meteoric rise of Fuji Lord and music impresario, Alhaji (Dr.) King Wasiu Ayinde Omogbolahan Marshal, popularly known as K-1, or better still K-1 de Ultimate, when he was days back, against all negative and clandestine machinations, officially installed as the first ever Maiyegun of Yorubaland by the Iku Baba Yeye, HRM, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 1, CON, the Alaafin of Oyo, in his sprawling palace in Oyo. Instructively, such a sensitive title couldn’t have come without some invisible hands of distractions, but when fate, destiny and providence are at work, either jointly or solely, what will be will always be, Quo Cera Cera. And so it was on Monday, January 13, 2019, when all roads led to the ancient town of Oyo, with the Capo de Tuti himself, K-1, leading a convoy of over 200 state-of-the-art wonder-on-land auto machines, in his purposely purchased Rolls Royce and Bentley to the expansive palace of the Royal Father, Oba Adeyemi, where he was officially and graciously installed as the pioneer Maiyegun of Yorubaland. The event was captured n the full glare, approval and attestation of many great sons and daughters of Yorubaland at home and in Diaspora, who all converged at the Alaafin’s palace to witness the epoch-making and ground–breaking event of K-1’s installation as the numero uno Maiyegun of Yorubland. With the array of distinguished personalities of the Yoruba ethnic group, and even a powerful Federal Government delegation, led by two high-ranking cabinet ministers namely Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Lai Mohammed , a number of first class Yoruba Obas, High Chiefs, captains of industry, top social and political stakeholders, traditional institutions and all and sundry in attendance at the all embracing event, even when it took place on a working day; it was obvious and readily discernible that the Olu Aye of Fuji, K-1, is indeed a plausible and veritable honoree of the prestigious title which was conferred on him to set the peace, which the Iku Baba Yeye went down memory lane to set the records straight in proper perspective, vis-a-viz the emergence and eventual installation of K-1 as Maiyegun of Yorubaland, after years of proper scrutiny and perusals. It therefore goes without saying that mercurial K-1, a music aficionado and living legend of the Fuji music genre-cum-showbiz impresario, couldn’t have merited this top notch chieftaincy title, without an avalanche of positive and progressive contributions in many positive spheres of life, over the decades, especially as many of his contributions tilt towards his fellow Yoruba nationals and the country at large. At this musical career level, you just can’t take it away from Alhaji, now Maiyegun, that he has, virtually, through his many songs and other ventures, preached peace, harmony and tranquility, aimed basically towards the unbridled unification of the Yoruba race, a cause he has unrepentantly remained committed to, even when some people’s oxen are gored. He readily qualifies as an unrepentant ambassador of the Yoruba nation, through his music, which he has taken to many nations of the world especially the Western World, and has garnered many awards, recognitions, laurels and badges and still counting. In another vein, outside music, K-1 has shown the other side of him as a humanitarian, philanthropist, cheerful giver to individuals and donor to sundry worthy causes in the land, without let or hindrance; a trait in K-1 that cuts across many barriers nay ethnic, religion, gender, age and what have you. Alhaji (Dr,) Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, from an illustrious family of Ijebu-Ode origin in Ogun State, but born, honed and bred in Lagos Island, is a man of awesome attributes; the accomplished Fuji-improvised musician, astute businessman nay employer of labour, and above all a philanthropist par excellence, is indeed a figure of global repute, who has excelled in his long chequered, impressive and glorious career. Indeed, he is a man of many firsts, and ditto his latest first as Maiyegun of Yorubaland, an attempt to chronicle his hitherto many firsts, could amount to an exercise in futility. His sterling contributions, especially in the socio-cultural-economic spheres are unparalleled; his pioneering role in the new wave of modern Fuji music is legendary, while his exceptional managerial acumen and unique diligence stand him out as a shining star among his contemporaries. His unprecedented installation as the first Maiyegun of Yorubland therefore comes as no surprise to the discerning ones as an honour and status elevation meritoriously and richly-deserved. All Hail K-1 as the Ist Maiyegun of Yorubaland as he navigates the Yoruba nation terrain as a peacemaker, source of unification and bridge builder of all entities in the Yoruba race at home and abroad. Salutations to the Maiyegun of Yorubaland, as the coming years can only spur him to more contributions to his fellow brethren of Yoruba stock.
By kunle Rasheed
While Nigerians are still grappling with a popular Nollywood actor’s alleged defilement case in court and the rude shock that accompanied it, an unpopular actor may be walking the route of spotlight without paying his due.
Aliu Oladele Gafar, a filmmaker and chief executive of Main Page Concept, a feature film and television production company, has been accused of allegedly abducting a 14year old girl and took sexual advantage of same.
The girl, Aina Bolarinwa, went missing late on Thursday evening, July 29, 2021, in Sango area of Ogun State and investigations by the her guardians revealed that she was in the movie maker’s custody till the following day.
It was shocking to realise that contrary to the dictates of the producer of Peregun’s profession, the girl was not scripting nor acting; the actor allegedly used her to satisfy his sexual desire.
Peregun, which featured the producer himself, Ibrahim Chata, Yewande Odukoya, Dupe Jaiyesinmi and many others, boasted of being selected for the New York Independent Cinema Awards, according to a July 10, 2021 post by the producer on his Facebook account.
“It’s PEREGUN year … I’m honored and excited… New York Independent Cinema Awards selected PEREGUN to be included in festival…. Alhamdulilahi 🙏🙏❤️❤️ Thank you all for the love … Second selection of the month ❤️❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸,” he wrote excitedly.
Either due to the excitement or a way to boost his chances at the awards, Gafar allegedly decided to defile an underage girl in his house behind the popular Canaanland, the campus of Winners’ Chapel (Living Faith Church), an Evangelical megachurch in Ota, Ogun State.
According to the victim’s foster mum, Oluwakemi Sunday, who narrated the girl’s ordeal to Freelanews’ correspondent, Ade Oluwaferanmi, it was confirmed that the filmmaker, who is popularly known as Boda Ali in Peace Estate, Zone 4 Arobieye, abducted the girl.
“In the evening of Thursday, July 9, 2021, my daughter, Aina, said she wanted to go and fetch water at Boda Ali’s house and I told her not to go as it was already late. I instructed her to do that the following morning before going to work. Boda Ali usually allowed the community to fetch water for free in his compound.
“She then returned the bucket and went outside to monitor a small shop I operate outside the house with her sister. We usually close the shop around 10pm daily.
“According to the story her sister later told me, while at the shop, Boda Ali came around and beckoned her over. Aina went to him and they started chatting. Suddenly, they disengaged when they noticed that someone was approaching and Aina returned to the shop where I sell breads and other petty things.
“Later around 10:30pm, Boda Ali called Aina again when the coast was clear and they continued their discussion before Aina returned to the shop.
“A friend’s daughter, who was on her way to buy something at my shop, later told me she had to run back out of fear when she saw someone hiding in push, whispering ‘Aina, se kia! Aina, se kia!’ (Aina, hurry up!)
“She went back home to call her sister to accompany her because she was afraid of someone hiding in the bush around Aina’s house. On getting to the spot, they realised it was Boda Ali who they greeted and they all went their ways,” Oluwakemi narrated.
Freelanews corespondent, Oluwaferanmi, was informed that when Aina’s foster mum became worried when she suddenly realised Aina was not in the house sleeping with her siblings.
She told us that she went to outside to wake her to lock the shop and come inside thinking maybe she must have slept off.
“I was initially annoyed and sat in front of the house waiting for her, wondering when she started being wayward.
“While waiting, I saw Boda Ali who greeted me and walked on. Few minutes later, he walked past the shop on his return journey,” the foster mum, who didn’t see anything strange in that at the time, narrated.
After a long wait and no signs of Aina, she placed a call across to her own friend whose children are also Aina’s friends to find out from them if they had seen Aina; their responses were negative.
“On Friday’s morning, I went to the woman again and told her the girl didnt sleep at home. The woman now called her children, who later told us they saw Boda Ali hiding in the push and whispering Aina hurry up. And my daughter, who was with Aina at the shop also claimed that she called Aina twice when she was chatting with Boda Ali because it was getting late but she didn’t answer her.
“So I went to Boda Ali’s house and asked him if he had seen Aina because she came to fetch water yesterday. And he replied that he had not and wondered why she wouldn’t return home ‘when she is not a small girl; a girl of 16 to 17years old’.
“I told him that Aina may be endowed with breasts but she is just 14years old,” Oluwakemi countered Gafar.
So immediately, the filmmaker volunteered to search for the missing child with the mum while he kept comforting her to calm down that he was convinced Aina was okay.
“I hope you have not raised alarm,” Gafar allegedly asked the mum and she answered that she had not.
Late in the evening of Thursday, the physically depreciated Aina was seen wondering along the road far away from her home when a bike headlight shone on her and a friend of the mum recognised her.
“My friend brought her back to the community and I was sad to see how haggard she was looking,” she explained.
Aina narrated how Gafar lured her into his house and disflowered her forcefully.
“I’m appealing to the relevant authority to please come to our aid and ensure that justice is served,” Oluwakemi wailed.
According to our correspondent following up on the case, Freelanews can confirm that movie maker has been missing since the case leaked and calls made to his number didn’t connect as at the time of publishing this report.
AFTER recording massive success with REDTV, Nigeria’s United Bank for Africa, UBA is set to replicate similar feat with RED Radio.
The development is a further demonstration of the bank’s unalloyed commitment to ensuring premium services as well as reaffirming its dominance in Nigeria and across Africa.
The decision to kick off a radio arm is on the heels of the innumerable success that REDTV has recorded with countless globally respected, first rate productions that have been churned out under the supervision of Bola Atta, executive producer, REDTV and UBA’s Group Director for Marketing and Corporate Communications.
Only recently, REDTV’s ‘The Men’s Club’ emerged winner of Gage’s Award for Web Series of the Year 2020. A testament to the expertise and quality of production, supervised by Atta.
Following a thorough audit by the organisers of the awards, TMC which was nominated alongside four other popular online shows, clinched the award and was announced as the winner in an elaborate virtual event which was held on Saturday, April 24th, 2021.
As technology continues to drive innovation, the broadcast media, especially radio, is also devising ways to make the radio experience worthwhile for listeners. And RED Radio is positioned to offer the sterling experience.
In its short existence, RED Radio has positioned itself as one distinctive radio platform known for creativity, innovation, uniqueness, and style.
The RED Radio routinely broadcasts to several thousands of unique listeners on live web traffic throughout existence in several countries across Africa and the world.
Atta says the RED Radio, which is available 24/7, is a dynamic and creative online radio channel, that provides round-the-clock informative and entertaining content while striving to bring out the best of Africa.
She also explained that the platform is an affirmation of the leading role that UBA is playing in the innovative space on the African continent as the bank keeps seeking more ways to reach out to and galvanise people.
“RED Radio can be described as a meeting place. It is an avenue to discuss all kinds of issues that affect the youths on the continent, whether it be business-related, health, relationships, sports, lifestyles, anything,” she began.
Continuing, Atta says, “As we bring people together, we also entertain them with music from across the continent.’ ‘it’s such a cool and diverse platform with shows in different languages to appeal to a wide section of listeners. I leave it on quietly on my iPad constantly, catching up with anything I have missed.’
Noting that radio plays a critical part in the development of a country and the continent at large, Atta says RED Radio would leave nothing to chance but contribute positively to the course.
One of the flagships shows on RED Radio that has been getting positive reviews includes the ‘Barbershop Chronicles,’ a talk show featuring Shody, Sess, Alhaji Popping, and Femisoro. For the programme, the four co-hosts discuss life matters from the perspective of men.
Another programme that is fast becoming rave of the moment is the ‘Diary of an Africana.’ The programme follows the journey of a young African woman as she manoeuvres through various obstacles whilst she explores her true self.
‘The Red Pill,’ is another programme whose format provides exciting news and music from the Congo.
Beyond lip service, the bank, which is known for its culture of excellent service, has continuously innovated all of its business segments, whilst delivering top-notch operational efficiencies and best-in-class customer service. In recent time, the reward for creating such superior value has come in form of customer satisfaction and numerous local and international awards, thus consolidating their leadership position in Africa. For the bank, those awards are evidence of the diligent execution of its strategic initiatives geared towards customer service fulfillment.
There is no gain saying that over the years the bank which is passionate about customer satisfaction has proven to be in the forefront of numerous cutting edge innovations in a bid to effectively satisfy its increasingly growing customer base, placing it ahead of its contemporaries in terms of innovation and overall customer well-being.
The 43-year-old movie director, who is a renowned face in Nollywood, took to his Instagram page to recount the touching tale of his educational journey.
He said while his secondary schoolmates were enrolling at the tertiary institution in 1997, his single mother couldn’t afford to send him to school.
He also accompanied the post with a photo in which he could be seen wearing a graduation robe of the African University College of Communication (AUCC).
Vicker said he bagged first-class honours in Strategic Communications and was named the overall best in his set.
“21 years later, here I stand before you with 3 achievements during my graduation; to God be the glory. 1. 1st class honors. 2. Best Student in Strategic communication. 3. Best Communication Student Award,” the actor wrote.
“The above is within the context of my 2021 post on social media and is in no way presumptuous but uprightly to inspire. I could not enroll at a tertiary institution in 1997 because my single mother did not have the funds.
“If free SHS was available back in the day, most likely I would have graduated in 2000/2001. My career took off and I have been blessed but as someone who relishes education getting that degree was just a matter of time.
“I complete my Masters program this December and I am sorely motivated and committed to going even beyond, God willing. I thank all those who supported me and are supporting me during this journey.”
Vicker has appeared in hundreds of films including ‘My Soul Mate’, ‘Heart of Fire’, ‘Popular King’, ‘Gambling with Marriage’, ‘Harvest of Love’, ‘Stolen Will’, ‘The Joy of a Prince’, ‘Discovered’, ‘The Kingdom’ and ‘Against The Law’.
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