The life and times of Olabisi Ajala, the traveller (2)

EBENEZER OBEY’S HIT ALBUM AND HIS FEUD WITH BARRISTER In 1972, the Nigerian music legendary, Chief Ebenezer Obey, celebrated Olabisi Ajala and his adventures, in his hit Album- “Board Members.” Obey sang the praises of Olabisi Ajala in the album– “Ajala Travel all over the world (2ce), Ajala travel (2ce), Ajala travels all over the world, Alajala mi omo olola, Alaja lami oko Alhaja Shade, Alhaja los’obokun fun alajala, emi meje o, emi meje.” The album sold millions of copies. Aside from Alhaja Sade, Ajala had wives and children scattered…

The life and times of Olabisi Ajala, the traveller (1)

Moshood Adisa Olabisi Ajala, popularly known as Ajala the traveller in his heydays, wanted to capture the world but was eventually consumed by his passion. He was born in 1934 in Ghana, into a Nigerian Polygamous home, of 30 Children and four wives. He was the 25th child of his father, who relocated back to Nigeria when Olabisi was an infant. He had his secondary education, at the Baptist Academy, Lagos and the Ibadan, Boys High School, Ibadan. AJALA TRAVELS TO U.S AT 18, GOES TO LA FROM CHICAGO ON…

I never brutalized MC Murphy at party -K1 

Fuji musician,Wasiu Olasunkanmi Marshal, popularly known as K1 de Ultimate,has denied reports making rounds that he beat up broadcaster, Wole Sorunke who is more known on Radio as MC Murphy at the 60th birthday party of Oba Abdulfatai Akamo,the Olu of Itori in Ewekoro,  Ogun State, last Thursday evening. Recalled that broadcasters under the aegis of Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria,(FIBAN), had a press conference, on Friday, alleged that the Fuji super star beat up the broadcaster at the party. The FIBAN had also called on the Alaafin…

Kogi Popular Writer, Onoja Celebrates Fiancé’s Birthday in Grand Style

By John Adaji   A Kogi State popular writer and social media influencer, Onoja Johnson Baba also known as Integrity has taken to the social media to mark his would-be wife’s birthday. Onoja who served as one of the media team leaders for Prince Mustapha Mona Audu’s Kogi governorship campaign in 2019 and has been in the news recently for having a face-off with the Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi State deputy governor, Promise Emmanuel, made an announcement earlier today on his official facebook handle about his lady’s birthday…

Ayinla Omowura & The Untold Story By Dr. Festus Adedayo

On May 6, 1980, leader of a Yoruba genre of music called Apala, which had quite a sizeable number of cultic following, was stabbed to death on the head with a beer glass cup in a barroom brawl at Ago Oka, Abeokuta. Ayinla Waidi Omowura, son of Yusuff Gbogbolowo the blacksmith and Wuramontu Morenike, had finally been killed by the scary black club of Death which he had sang sarcastically about in two previous vinyls he did before his death. He died at the Ijaye General Hospital, Abeokuta. The Medical…

INTERVIEW: Why I met Buhari and what Nollywood needs to improve – Adebayo Salami

Veteran Nigerian actor and filmmaker, Adebayo Salami, popularly known by his stage name, Oga Bello, recently celebrated his 54th year on stage. The actor who still features prominently in several Yoruba movies has shown no signs of slowing down just yet. The 65-year-old actor welcomed PREMIUM TIMES into his Ikorodu country home where he opened up on his career, family as well as future plans PT: You began acting as far back as 1964 when the profession was yet to be accorded its recognition. Were your parents in support of…

Google Doodle celebrates Stella Adadevoh’s 62nd posthumous birthday

Google on Saturday celebrated Stella Adadevoh, the physician whose expertise and heroic efforts helped curb the spread of Ebola in Nigeria in 2014. “Born in Lagos, Nigeria on this day in 1956, Dr Adadevoh descended from a long line of respected scientists and statesmen. “Dr Adadevoh completed her residency at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and West African College of Physicians and Surgeons before doing a Fellowship in London. “Following her fellowship in Endocrinology at Hammersmith Hospital, she returned to Lagos, where she spent 21 years at the First Consultants…

Baba Sala’s Burial Announced

The family of the Late Moses Adejumo popularly known as Baba Sala, has announced December 6 and 7 as dates for the burial ceremony of the icon, the News Agency of Nigeria reports . His son, a Performing Officer at the National Troupe of Nigeria , Emmanuel Adejumo , popularly called “Boisala ’’ told NAN that the family had decided on the date for the burial . NAN reports that the late Adejumo , a Member of the Order of the Niger, a comedian , dramatist and actor died on…

AJALA TRAVELS: The First Popular  Nigerian Travellers Who Toured The  World On a Vespa  By Teslim Opemipo Omipidan

His Biography   Africa’s most legendary traveller.   Moshood Adisa Olabisi Ajala popularly known in Nigeria and across the globe as Ajala the traveler was the man who toured the United States of America on a bicycle, and the world, on a motor scooter better known as Vespa.   The name, Olabisi Ajala doesn’t really rings a bell to the younger generation of Nigerians, but the older generation would certainly know all about Ajala. A man of many parts who created fame for himself through his workaholic achievements in the…

Tony Ojobo: The Clinical Brand Oxygenator Exits NCC By Omoniyi Ibietan

The Public Affairs Department (PAD) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has benefited from the superintendence of two great and wonderful men that I know and worked with. The first is Dave Imoko, UgwuAro, avuncular and thoroughbred public servant who retired from NCC some years ago. Imoko’s defining and unique selling power was the rare creative ability to make meaning of and effortlessly live with two contradictions – the essentially anachronistic, often counterproductive and frequently sickening civil service rules, and the dynamic, competitive and strategy-oriented principles of contemporary public relations…