King Sunny Ade's Wife Risikat Adegeye Dies at 62

Risikat Ajoke Adegeye, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and wife of Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, is dead.

A media aide  Daniel Fayemi said, “The philanthropic politician passed on in the early hours of Tuesday. Her remains have since been deposited at the TOS funeral homes, Lagos.

“She is survived by her grieving husband and son, Mr. George Folarin. Funeral arrangements would be communicated accordingly.”

Her son, Folarin, also confirmed the death on behalf of the family in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the ex-lawmaker died after a brief illness.

The statement read in part, “We wish to formally inform, friends, well-wishers, political associates, and the general public that Hon Risikat Ajoke Adegeye passed on after a brief illness during the early hours of Tuesday, 21st September 2021. “Hon Risikat Ajoke Adegeye was a Honourable Member in the 6th Assembly of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

“She will be greatly missed not only by her immediate family but also by her political associates and followers. Further information in respect to her burial ceremony will be announced later after extensive consultations with the family.

“Thank you as we pray that she continues to rest peacefully and eternally with the Almighty God.”
UrbanLife gather that Ajoke Adegeye died a few hours to thr 75th birthday of her husband King Sunny Ade.

 
King Sunny Ade's Wife Risikat Adegeye Dies at 62

Sexual Assault! Court Rejects Baba Ijesha’s Bail Application

The Magistrate Court sitting at Yaba, Lagos has rejected the bail application of Sunday Omiyinka popularly known as Baba Ijesha today when he was arraigned before the court today.

 The rejection of the bail application was made known by the lawyer to the embattled actor who made it known that the magistrate has no jurisdiction as regards the bail because the government has filed the case at the high court.

His arraignment is connected to accusations of molestation of a minor levelled against him by friend and colleague Comedienne Princess.

According to the story, Baba Ijesha who is a regular visitor to the house had allegedly been sexually involved with the minor under the Princess’s roof without her knowledge and consent.

Upon receiving a hint of the allegation, Princess had set up a CCTV camera in her house unknowingly to Baba Ijesha and the camera caught the popular and talented actor in a compromising position with the said minor.

The matter has since been taken up by the Department of Public Prosecution Lagos State and Baba Ijesha is today facing arraignment in court.Baba Ijesha who was looking distraught,appeared in Court with a Christian book, 'How To Thrive in Perilous Times' authored by Pastor Happy Caldwell,in his hand.

It was eventullay noted that Baba Ijesha, will remain in detention till he will be tried at the High Court.

Sexual Assault! Court Rejects Baba Ijesha’s Bail Application

Billionaire Couple Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years together

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage, saying "we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple".

"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," the pair tweeted.

They first met in the 1980s when Melinda joined Bill's Microsoft firm.

The billionaire couple have three children and jointly run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The organisation has spent billions fighting causes such as infectious diseases and encouraging vaccinations in children.

The Gates - along with investor Warren Buffett - are behind the Giving Pledge, which calls on billionaires to commit to giving away the majority of their wealth to good causes.

Bill Gates, 65, is the fourth wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes, and is worth $124bn (£89bn).

He made his money through the firm he co-founded in the 1970s, Microsoft, the world's biggest software company.

The pair both posted the statement announcing their divorce on Twitter.

"Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives," it read.

"We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.

"We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life."

Their 25-year-old daughter, Jennifer Gates, wrote on Instagram: "It's been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family. I'm still learning how to best support my own process and emotions".

Billionaire Couple Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years together

Contestants on Bigi Sponsored Nigerian Idol Performed Incredibly with Songs Dedicated to Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti

The spirit of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti,came alive on Sunday,as six contestants on the exhilarating music reality show, Nigerian Idol, performed his songs incredibly.Amazing commendations came in, from the judges who were caught in the mood, singing and applauding as the contestants performed on stage.

The Fela Week as it was termed, commenced with a visit to Kalakuta Museum, Fela's former house and revolutionary headquarter, where the contestants met with the icon's son, Seun Anikulapo Kuti, who put them through on the rudiments of the afrobeat music.

The eviction night started with show of amazing stage performances by the contestants which brought the reminiscence of the late music star. Sadly, It was also a moment that saw Beyonce Ajomiwe evicted.

Comfort who sang "Observation is no crime", took the judges and the audience down memory lane, when the late ‘Afro Beat’ superstar was still prominent. This caused the sweet words of praises from the judges, starting with DJ Sose, who said "you manipulated the song to be your own, you were very playful, joyous, you killed it. Seyi Shay commended her saying "I am proud of you." Obi Asika on his part affirmed: "It was fun; you look comfortable with the song."

Faith performed "Palava" and did brilliantly well. The judges were so impressed and DJ Sose who stood up during the rendition stated that, "It is all about bringing your ability, you have shown the audience what to remember you by," while  IK Osakioduwa, the host, said, "you look like a star, you were like Fela and D Banj put together, and that was great."

It was all the same with other contestants, with beautiful remarks about their deeds on stage.

Francis also demonstrated excellent skills with the song "Yellow Fever"; Emmanuel with "No Agreement;" Kingdom "Gentleman," as well as Akunna, who was the last on stage with the song "Lady."

With a standing ovation, all the judges encouraged her to keep the fire burning till the final contest on July 11, where the winner will clinch a recording contract with a leading record label and N50, 000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) worth of prizes.

Aired on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29, Nigerian Idol is proudly sponsored by Rite Foods' Bigi soft drink with variants such as the Bigi Cola, Bigi Orange, Bigi Apple, Bigi Bitter Lemon, Bigi Soda Water, Bigi Lemon & Lime, Bigi Tropical, Bigi Chapman, Bigi Tamarind, Bigi Cherry Cola, Bigi Ginger Lemon, and the Bigi Ginger Ale.

Other Rite Foods' products comprise the Rite Spicy, Bigi Beef, and Rite Sausages which have been the mark of excellence for the industry, while its Bigi Premium Table Water, produced with global best practices in purification, offers quality, freshness, confidence, and reliability.

Established in 2007 as a subsidiary of Ess-Ay Holdings, Rite Foods' inventiveness has earned high recognition in the energy drinks market with the first-ever packaged polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle brands for the Fearless Red Berry and Fearless Classic.

Contestants on Bigi Sponsored Nigerian Idol Performed Incredibly with Songs Dedicated to Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Heritage Bank’s YNSPYRE, CREAM Platform April draw produce millionaires

Heritage Bank has continually fulfilled its promises to support the Nigerian Creative Industry, as millionaires emerged from the YNSPYRE product in collaboration with the CREAM Platform.

The YNSPYRE account holders who subscribed to the platform by dialing *745*463# on all networks won over N12million during the second monthly raffle draw conducted in April at the weekend.

The Heritage Bank’s YNSPYRE event commenced on a great note when D’banj and CREAM Platform introduced the CREAM Merit winners for March, BERRI, a music artiste who carted away sum of N10million in form of promotional, while Clara Aden, a visual artist received N1million in financial support and Hanzy, a music artiste got over N1million Naira in form of mentorship support as well as Merchandise support from partner company - Boomplay.

Meanwhile, the April Raffle Draw produced 10 lucky winners of N50,000.00 each while cheques of N200,000 each were also presented to 5 Winners from the March 2021 Draw.

The epoch-making event, held at the Balmoral Hall of Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos had in attendance alongside Divisional Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank - Fela Ibidapo; Dapo Oyebanjo a.k.a D'banj and his partner - Oje Anetor; notable dignitaries from different walks of life - Director General of the National Lotto Regulatory Commission, Lanre Gbajabiamila and Stanley Mukoro. Also present at the draw were - Sunday Are, Chief Damian Okoroafor, Poco Lee, representatives of the NLRC, Boomplay and members of the media.

Speaking during the April draw, Ibidapo stated that as a financial institution committed to delivering distinctive financial services to create, preserve and transfer wealth, Heritage Bank will continue to leverage its supports to the growth and development of the creative and entertainment sector.

According to him the bank is proud of the entertainment industry and will continue to stand by operators in it by supporting them and watch them grow.

He expressed optimism that the creative industry, if properly harnessed, has the potentials to reduce the level of unemployment in the country, boost wealth creation for the people and help the country generate the much needed foreign exchange.

He noted that with the creative industry accounting for one of the highest exports from Nigeria, time has come for operators in the sector to be supported with the finances.

With the April 2021 CREAM YNSPYRE producing another set of winners, D'banj reiterated his unending desire to boost the lives of creatives within Nigeria who will simply dial *745*463# or *463# from all networks.
“For a chance to be a part of next month's draw, simply dial *463# or *745*463# from any network, choose a category, upload your content on creamplatform.com and promote it to be a part of the Top 10 winners and the lottery winners,” he stated.

He further explained that the Cream Platform has built a strong reputation for producing some of the brightest talents in the country over the last couple of years.

He said the purpose of the platform was to have a creative hub for Africa where people can upload their contents, be discovered and get funding support from Heritage Bank.

He said the platform would enable Nigerians discover their talents in areas such as entertainment, entrepreneurship, music, arts and other areas in the creative industry value chain.

Heritage Bank’s YNSPYRE, CREAM Platform April draw produce millionaires

UBA continues to innovate as RED Radio’s podcast now live 24/7

The United bank for Africa (UBA) is leading again through innovation as it launches a podcast, RED Radio, which is available 24/7. The dynamic and creative online radio channel, RED Radio now provides round the clock informative and entertaining content, bringing out the best of Africa.

RED Radio www.itsredradio.com  was berthed as part of the communication suite of UBA to provide real time content to listeners across the African continent and globally.

UBA’s Group Head Corporate Communications, Bola Atta, 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.

She said, “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. 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’ she added.

Some of the flagship shows on RED Radio include the Barbershop Chronicles - a talk show featuring Shody, Sess, Alhaji Popping and Femisoro who discuss life matters from the perspective of men; Diary of an Africana follows the journey of a young African woman as she manoeuvres through various obstacles whilst she explores her true self; The Red Pill which brings you exciting news and music from the Congo and so much more.

The shows are recorded in video format and are also available on REDTV.

You can access the podcasts via www.itsredradio.com

UBA continues to innovate as RED Radio’s podcast now live 24/7

Police grants Baba Ijesha bail

Lagos Police Command has granted Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha bail.

Baba Ijesha has been in detention for alleged sexual molestation of a minor.

His lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, confirmed the development on Monday.

He said: “He has been granted bail about one hour ago. We are working to perfect the bail. He was granted bail on health grounds.

“He has not been released. He will be released after his bail conditions have been met.”

Police grants Baba Ijesha bail

Jagajaga Reloaded! Festus Keyamo replies Eedris Abdulkareem

Eedris Abdulkareem just released a song, ‘jagajaga reloaded’, where he waxed the following lyrics, “where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o”. I laughed out so loud and even danced to the rhythm too. But there’s a small story behind this poor attempt at blackmail.
In 2018, when I was named the Director of Strategic Communications for Buhari Campaign Organisation Eedris waxed a song in support of Buhari & wanted to join us, albeit for a fee. He then made desperate efforts to see me through text messages from his phone no. 07019691772.
When I finally met with him, I listened to the songs, but told him I had no budget for such or any for that matter. I explained that my job was voluntary. It was the same thing I told so many other so-called activists-by-day-and-hustlers-at-night who secretly approached me.
He then switched to the fact that he wanted a loan to pay for his hotel bills to the tune of N1.3 m & to cater for his ‘sick mum’. That was already running into more than N3m. However, one govt functionary called me to say he told him another story that his child was sick.
He begged me to introduce him to Malami (AGF), Amaechi & the SGF and to paint a good ‘PR’ for him. He pledged that he was with us in the campaign with his whole ‘body and soul’. But at this point, I knew he was a desperate hustler who could embarrass me, so I ghosted him.
Shortly after this episode when he could not penetrate the system to get the money he so desperately wanted, he then endorsed Atiku and called Buhari a ‘fraudster’. See one of the links here... m.guardian.ng/life/eedris-ab…. But we decided to ignore his weak voice of opposition.
After our victory, he went berserk and joined every protests against the same Buhari whom he wanted to serve with his whole ‘body and soul’, but needed money to do so. He has been mentioning my name specifically at occasions as if I am the cause of all his troubles in life.
Now, the latest is the ‘jagajaga reloaded’ that he has waxed to vent his frustrations at not getting into the system. His reference to me as ‘chopping’ reminds me of the gaffe of then Minister Sunday Afolabi who infamously said Bola Ige was invited to Govt to ‘come and chop’.
I wish to assure Eedris and any who think being in Govt is tantamount to ‘chopping’, that for some of us (I can’t speak for others) it is just an honour to serve our country and an attempt to move from armchair criticism to a real participant in order to make a difference.
Finally, we can all sit back and enjoy the ‘jagajaga reloaded’. One of the objectives of the song is to call me out since I ghosted him for attempted extortion - he has now succeeded. Another objective is to help promote the song by my reaction - that he has also achieved!
Jagajaga Reloaded! Festus Keyamo replies Eedris Abdulkareem

Sexual assault! Court grants Baba Ijesha N2m bail

Embattled Yoruba actor, Omiyinka Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, who was arraigned at a Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja, has been granted bail.

The actor, who was being tried by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo over charges bothering on rape, sexual assault and abuse of a minor, was granted bail on the ground that it was part of his fundamental human rights.

According to the judge, the surety must be a resident of Lagos with visible house address and payment of three years tax.

 

Justice Taiwo stated, “One of the sureties must be a blood relation who will enter a N1 million bond with the Chief Register of Lagos State and one of the sureties must also be a legal practitioner.”

During the court proceeding, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, said the state had filed a six-count charge against the defendant, urging the court to take the defendant’s plea.

The actor was charged on six counts of sexual assault by penetration, indecent treatment of a child, and sexual assault, which contravene sections 259, 135, and 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, as well as 135, 263, and 262 Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

A prayer was granted and Baba Ijesha pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him.

Subsequently, Mrs Adeyemi requested for a trial date while asking the court to remand the defendant in a correctional facility pending commencement of trial.

In a counter-reaction, Baba Ijesha’s legal team, led by two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Mr. Babatunde Ogala and Mr. Dada Awosika, along with 17 other lawyers, informed the court that they had filed a bail application and have served same on the prosecuting team.

Ogala urged the court to grant them audience to argue the bail application.

However, the state counsel, Mrs Adeyemi, opposed the prayer, stating that her team was yet to verify the medical report which the defense relied on for his bail consideration.

In a short ruling, Justice Taiwo granted the request of the defense team and asked parties to argue the bail application.

During the argument of the bail application, Ogala urged the court to grant Baba Ijesha bail, relying on Section 105(2) and (3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2015, and Sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). According to Ogala, the defendant also ought to be granted bail considering his popularity and the credible sureties provided.

The judge, however, stood down the case for ruling, after which the defendant was granted bail.

The matter was subsequently adjourned to July 26, 27 and 28 for the case of the prosecution.

Sexual assault! Court grants Baba Ijesha N2m bail

Baba Ijesha to face five-charge trial...Risks Life Imprisonment for defiling a child

Nollywood actor James Olanrewaju aka Baba Ijesha will be tried for five offences.

A statement by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Moyosore Onigbanjo, said the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) issued legal advice on Tuesday that a prima facie case has been disclosed against Olarenwaju.

It was recommended he should be charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.The statement reads: “James is to be tried under section 135 – indecent treatment of a child- punishable by seven years imprisonment; section 137 – defilement of a child – punishable by life imprisonment; section 261- sexual assault by penetration – punishable by life imprisonment; section 262- attempted sexual assault by penetration – punishable by 14 years imprisonment and section 263 – sexual assault- punishable by three years imprisonment.

“While the state would ensure James’ rights as enshrined in the constitution are upheld, the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts at ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos is speedily brought to book.”

Baba Ijesha was charged for alleged sexual molestation of a minor.

His case was transferred to the DPP on April 30.

Baba Ijesha to face five-charge trial...Risks Life Imprisonment for defiling a child

IGE! Story of the Unlikely Oil Merchant Movie Premieres April 3

All is set for the premiere of the much talked-about movie ‘IGE’, the Unlikely Oil Merchant  as it’s billed to hit the airwaves on April 3, 2021.

The movie, IGE is the  true life story of an indefatigable and irrepressible oil and gas magnate, Aare Bashir Fakorede. It centers around his childhood and ‘grass to grace’ story which many have not been privileged to hear.

The premier is billed to hold at IMAX Filmhouse Cinema, Lekki Lagos, where top personalities from different walks of life gather together with the rare opportunity to know who Aare Bashir Fakorede is and how he became who he is today.

Top Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham produced the movie while it was directed  by Biodun Stephen. The cast in the movie were drawn from great talents in the Nigerian movie industry.

‘IGE’ the movie was adapted from the biography of Aare Fakorede which was written by his delectable and beautiful wife, Yeye Aare Tayo Fakorede while he attained the age of fifty.

The event which has been planned to be a 2-1 affair has also been marked out to celebrate the 50th birthday of the writer and wife of the Chairman of Bash Distinct Oil, Mrs Fakorede who will be joining the golden Club.

While speaking at the private preview of the movie in Lagos on Tuesday, Madam Fakorode said the idea for the movie was born out of the passion to pass a message across to youths who think life is like a bed of roses.

“The movie is to encourage the youths and teach them that hard works and determination pays and that most successful people don’t just wake up in a day and become rich, there is always a story behind those successes.

“I have noticed that the youths of these days are always on the fast lane, and movie is also a way of telling them to ‘calm down’. When they watch the movie, they will understand the reason why it’s good to grow in their own pace,” she said.

The movie portrays how Aare Fakorede, has weathered the storms of life by dint of hard work, perseverance, sacrifice and closeness to God before finding himself where he is today as he aims to achieve more.

IGE! Story of the Unlikely Oil Merchant Movie Premieres April 3
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