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Jamodu, Okundaye Take the Lead at Ogidi Day Festival

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Foremost industrialist, Chief Kola Jamodu and visual art impresario, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Okundaye are expected to be the key role players at the Ogidi Day Festival holding on Saturday at Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Jamodu, a community development enthusiast and Chairman of Nigerian Breweries Pls will be the Chairman at the festival tagged by locals as Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June.

Okundaye, Nigeria’s leading batik artist, herself a prominent indigene of the town will perform the symbolic presentation of the new yam to the Ologidi of Ogidi, Oba Rabiu Oladimeji Sule on the occasion.

Ogidi Day which holds in the second week of June each year commemorates the ancient rites ushering in the harvest season in the largely agrarian community.

The event, which has become a major destination for local and international tourists each year, will open on Friday, June 14, with an expedition to the Oda Mountain which served as watch tower for the community in its wars with Nupe invaders in the late 19th century.

Various groups and age grades in the town will be on parade at the main event the following day as they file out to renew their loyalty to the Ologidi who will officially authorize the consumption of the new yam.

Lagos based company executive, Chief Samuel Babalola Amoko and his wife, Yemisi, will be conferred with the honorary chieftaincy titles of Aro and Yeye Aro of Ogidi at the festival at which a retired oil worker and Elepo of Ogidi, Chief Ambrose Adewale will be the Father of the Day.

Various cultural troupes from the community as well as groups from Lagos, Edo, Ondo, Kwara and Osun States as well as those from other parts of Kogi States will entertain guests at the show during which a N150 million appeal Fund would be launch for the prosecution of various development projects in the community.

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N1bn Debt: AMCON Takes Over Ex- Minister, Demola Seriki’s Assets

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The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) on Monday said it carried out the order of the Federal High Court, Lagos, to take over two choice properties belonging to Ademola Seriki.

Mr Seriki is a former Minister of State for Defence as well as a former Supervising Minister for Mines and Steel Development.

The dispute between Mr Seriki and AMCON had lingered for some time over debt valued at almost N1 billion before the matter was brought the court for settlement.

Mr Seriki’s non-performing loans obligation was sold to the AMCON by the defunct Oceanic and Skye Banks.

Several attempts by the corporation to explore a peaceful resolution of the outstanding obligation failed.

But the case was eventually brought before the court for settlement.

“When all efforts to amicably resolve the loan was frustrated by the former minister and a prominent member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), the corporation was left with no other choice than to defer the matter to court.

“Having looked at the case over time, the court ordered AMCON to take over the assets of the APC chieftain,” AMCON said in a statement by its spokesperson, Jude Nwauzor.

After a review of the claims and counter-claims by the legal counsels representing all the parties, the court presided by Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor ordered AMCON to take over the two properties located in Lagos and Abuja.

Pursuant to the court order, the AMCON, through Oak Partners, who works for the corporation as one of its Asset Management Partners (AMPs) said on Monday it took custody of the two properties.

AMCON said it also received protective orders from the court to take possession of the properties.

The corporation said the two properties include those located at No. 1A & 1B, Jalupon Close, Surulere, Lagos, and the other at No. 4, Djibouti Crescent, a high-brow area of Wuse 2, Abuja.

Mr Nwauzor confirmed the taking over of the two properties pursuant to its mandate as directed by the Federal High Court.

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Police Find Corpse Of Ex-Senate President’s Brother, Killers Still On The Run

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The police has found the corpse of Hashimu Mantu, younger brother to former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu. 

Although the killers are yet to be found, the police said the body of the deceased was discovered in Chanso Village.

Mantu was kidnapped in his hometown three days ago, according to family members.

The Plateau State Police Command said the victim’s phone was found beside his corpse that has now been released to the family for burial. 

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AFRIFF 2019: Edem Dotse wins Best Student Short Film

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The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2019 came to an end yesterday as Linger by Edem Dotse wins the Best Student Short Film category award.

At the beginning of the eight edition of the popular festival, TECNO Mobile — as part of its commitment to developing and encouraging mobile cinematography and storytelling in Nigeria — partnered with Kiki Mordi and Nora Awolowo to deliver a masterclass on the use of smartphone for film making & storytelling.

The grand finale was the Awards Night, a colorful ceremony that was attended by A-list movie personalities from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. The ceremony played host to a number of big names in Nollywood, including Rita Dominic, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, among others.

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Cross-section of dignitaries and celebrities at the AFRIFF 2019 Awards Night

Apart from the lecture series, TECNO also sponsored and presented the best Student Short Film category award, won by Edem Dotse’s Linger, at the glamorous AFRIFF Globe Awards.

Mr. Chidi-General Manager Transsion holdings Presenting the cheque to the winner of the Best Student Short Film Category in AFRIFF 2019

As the theme of this year’s award is Sheroes, the organizers and their partners are using this edition to celebrate the extraordinary women in the film industry, those stellar personalities who enable us to dream and celebrate storytelling, thus, impacting the society.

The Awards Night also included the recognition of The Ghost & The House of Truth as the Best Nigerian Film, with the Best Director won by Akin Omotoso for the same movie.  The Best Documentary award went to In Search by Beryl Magoko, while the Best Actress category award was won by Kate Henshaw, who acted Officer Stainless in The Ghost & House of Truth.

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On that high note, this year’s edition of AFRIFF 2019 came to an end, bringing to a conclusion an event full of fun, glitz and glamor.

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