40 years without Robert Nesta Marley, the Apostle of One Love  By Simon Kolawole

May 1981. I was pretty much young. Radio stations were playing Bob Marley non-stop. One Love. Redemption Song. No Woman No Cry. Rastaman Vibration. On and on and on. I overheard my older cousin, now of blessed memory, discussing with a neighbour that “Bob Marley is dead”. She looked sad. On my uncle’s table were several Marley cassettes. The one that fascinated me the most was the cover of ‘Uprising’, his last studio album. He had his arms raised and his head bent backwards, with his dreadlocks, as thick as the roots…

ILLEC @ 33 :Nupe language school felicitates with first Nupe language  Professor, Adamu Idris Manarakis

The Nupes Language School has felicitated with the the first Nupe language Professor and founder of Indigenous Languages Learning Centre in Nigeria(ILLEC).on the occasion of 33rd anniversary of the centre. The congratulatory signed by the school management read : Before your 33rd years Anniversary, you brought a lot of happinesses and joys to kinnupe. All the ideas nursed or nourished by you are the things one could think is almost impossible even in a mere dream, especially in the aspect of rebirthing a moribund Nupe Language. You made it possible…

“No case of defilement against Baba Ijesha”- Police

A senior officer at the Lagos State Police Command has confirmed to PUNCH Metro that a directive had been given for the release of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha, from custody.   The source said due to the ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, courts had ceased from sitting and the suspect could not be detained indefinitely without trial.   The source, however, said investigation into the recent allegation against Omiyinka revealed that he did not defile the victim, adding that when she…

Oyetola mourns Olufon’s passing, says it’s a colossal loss 

The Governor,State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola has described the passing of the Olufon of Ifon in Orolu Local Government Area of the State, Oba Almorouf Adekunle Magbagbeola, as a colossal loss. The Governor in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan on Thursday in Osogbo, offered his sympathies and prayers to the Royal Family and the people of Ifon. Oyetola who described Oba Almorouf as a symbol of history, culture and heritage, said the late monarch would be remembered as a visionary leader who made important contributions…

Nasarawa ready to partner NTDC to promote tourism, says Gov Sule

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, said his administration is ready to partner with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), in order to develop the tourism potentials of the state. Engineer Sule stated this while hosting the North Central Zone Coordinator of the NTDC, Nanna D. Yakubu, at the Government House, on Wednesday. The Governor said his administration was particularly interested in going into a public private partnership, with the government willing to provide the infrastructure, as well as support investors who are ready to run such ventures as businesses.…

Gov Sani Bello felicitates new Emir  of  Kagara, Ahmed Garba Gunna

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has congratulated the newly appointed 2nd Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna.   The appointment of Garba Gunna followed the death of Alhaji Salihu Tanko who died Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 after 39 years on the throne.   Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna scored the highest number of votes in the recently concluded election by the electoral college ( king makers) of the Emirate and subsequently declared winner.   In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary ,Mary Noel Berje,Governor Sani Bello described…

HONOURARY PROFESSORSHIP : ILLEC ,Nupe Language family felicitates Adamu Idris Manarakis

The Nupe Language family has congratulated the Director,Nupe Language School,Adamu Idris Manarakis on the Honourary Professorial Award conferred on him by Smart International Academy,United Stare of America. Read the statement in full : Adamu Idris Manarakis’ journey started like that of a small scale business trader. After his JSS Certificate, he took Building Technology Education as his field of interest in his Senior Secondary School, his NCE program, and his First Degree program. He ventured to writing and teaching in Nupe Language in 2012. He has grown from writing the…

Stop conferring non Igala titles on Igala soil,Ane Igala Restoration tells Igala  Traditional council

Ane Igala Restoration (AIR ), an Ata Igala constituted pan Igala socio-cultural organisation established to restore and revive Igala values, heritage vis a vis land and people which are spread across Anambra, Benue, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Kogi States etc , has cautioned members of Igala Area Traditional Council in Kogi State to desist from the ignoble and despicable act of conferring titles that are alien to the highly respected Igala tradition and culture on the Igala soil.   The organization said Igala heritage which their forefathers fought for with their…

Popular Fuji Musician,Wasiu Agara Dies at 54

Alhaji Wasiu  Salawudeen Gbolagade Ayinde Popularly known as  Wasiu Agara is dead The Ogbomoso born musician was said to have slumped and died few mins later. It was gathered that he was being rushed to the hostpital when he gave up the ghost The 54 years old musician is survived by two wives and children He has since been buried today at Muslim cemetery in Ogbomoso Details later….

THE AROJAH STUDENTS PLAYWRITING PRIZE (TASPP) 2021

INTRODUCTION: It was a modest begining last year for the maiden edition of The Arojah Students Playwriting Prize with Ọjọ́ Miracle Joshua of Obafemi Awolowo University emerging as the pioneer winner of the N100,000 prize money with his play, _Justice:A Mirage?_ Submissions for the 2021 edition of the competition is open from between March 1st and May 31st, 2021 WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? The competition is open to all playwrights of Nigerian heritage who are undergraduates across tertiary institutions – Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges around the world. HOW TO PARTICIPATE The…