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Reflections with Biyi Ajibola

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RACE AND MEDIA REPORTAGE : JUSSIE SMOLLETT AND HIS CO-CONSPIRATORS

The recent ‘alleged’ attack (alleged, as there are insinuations he masterminded same for personal gains) on Jussie Smollett, a singer and thespian popularly known for his role as Jamaal, the gay son of Lucious Lyon on Empire, an awards winning series has once again brought to the fore, the elitist, supremacist and overtly racist tones, reportage of issues concerning Nigeria and its citizens the world over.

While allegations and counter allegations as regards the attack is being debated by the relevant security authorities in the Unites States of America, an issue that is worth discussing is the attackers and the perceived slant in the reportage as regards the nationalities of the men involved.

Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, 2 American men of Nigerian descent were allegedly contracted by Jussie Smollett to carry out the said attacks on him and various evidence (including a copy of the cheque issued to the brothers by Jussie Smollett) are in the custody of the Police.

The reportage by the United States media of the attackers Nationality was skewed to the point where an image of the brothers just stepping off a plane from Nigeria weeks ago was painted while in reality, they were born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago with brief, infrequent visits to Nigeria.

This brings sharply to mind, the earlier moments of the ascension of Anthony Joshua into the limelights as the heavyweight champion of pugilism. AJ as he is fondly called was praised in the British media as a local boy who’ d done good for himself and his Nigerian descent glossed over.

Various opinions abound that Africa, Africans and Nigeria in particular needs to, as a matter of urgency, develop broader and better media platforms to counter the narratives from the Western media – Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.

A country can only be as good as its best and its worst and Nigeria, currently regarded as the failing giant of Africa would keep being the butt of jokes until we pull ourselves by the bootstraps and kick start a reorientation campaign that should reach the ends of the world showcasing and dictating the tones and the narratives as regards Nigeria and Nigerians. Until then, God continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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HRH Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, (Ogidan I), IV Alase of Ase-Akoko

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History was made on the 18th of May, 2021, when Ase-Akoko community in Akoko North-West Local Government Area in Ondo State of Nigeria produced a successor to the throne of Alase of Ase-Akoko in the person of Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, in a keenly contested election.

Aderemi Ogidan became the fourth Alase of Ase-Akoko after the kingmakers “Afobaje” voted four against one in his favour, defeating two other interested candidates at Community Primary School, Ase-Akoko, Akoko North West LGA, Ondo State.

The election which was conducted by the local government officials, witnessed and captured by the media and observers from the state government, was a crowd pulling event.

True to his name “Aderemilekun” meaning “Crown Ogidan Aderemi Ilesanmi is no doubt an enigmatic, influential and easy going personality, committed to the course of development of the community. In 2002, he voluntarily relinquished his job in Lagos to answer the call of duty in his community he so loved.

According to him, “How can the Kabiyesi sent to Ikaram for a writer before he can write ordinary letter?

For his education, he attended Moslem Primary School, Ikaram-Akoko and was later admitted to Otolomi High School, also in Ikaram-Akoko. When Otolomi High School was closed down due to state government policy then, he joined Community Comprehensive High School, Ikaram-Akoko and finally wrote his West African Examination at Akunnu Comprehensive High School, Akunnu-Akoko where he bagged his West African School Certificate (WASC).

In his quest for academic excellence, he attended the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) at Akungba-Akoko to obtain a Diploma in Business Administration.

Before becoming the king elect, Aderemi has his hands in so many things including politics. His desirous for the development of his community brought about the construction of the road from ikaram to Ae through his unparallel activities I  the political scene.  He has been a pillar of note to many indigenes.

HRH, Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi, (Ogidan 1), is a man of policy, principle and integrity. He’s loved and cherished by his people.the His coronation ceremony will immediately take place after receiving the Staff of Office from the Stae Government.

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G-Brain, A Fast Rising Star

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G-Brain, born Abiodun Bamisile, a fast rising music star. Was born in 1988 from Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti State, He attended his primary at Benin and secondary school at Community Comprehensive High School. . Ikaram-Akoko.

He proceeded to University of Benin (UNIBEN). Where he studied International Studies at Diploma level,

A Lagos based hip-hop artiste. His first hot “Obente” was a crowd pulling hit followed by many others,

He took his music to international scene. When he travelled to Ghana for an international musical and festival event. Where he was the toast of the fans,

He later travelled to Canada for shows and was invited for another show in the United states of America (USA)by his teeming fans,

G-Brain is planning big for year 2021, According to him. He intends to tour thirteen (13) states before the year runs out. With what he knows how to do best – Music,

G-Brain is a proud husband to his charming and elegant wife-Tolani. With valued and well cherished children,

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CAJ Holds Maiden Conference in October

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A Pan African Journalists Organisation registered in Nigeria (RC:153753), Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) will hold its first annual conference in Nigeria in October this year.

According to the Acting President of CAJ who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael Adeboboye “The three-day conference with the theme – Africa and Security Challenges; The Role of Journalists in Finding Lasting Solutions will serve as an interface between stakeholders in the Africa’s development project, security gurus and information gatekeepers with the aim to map a path of progress for the continent”

The conference will hold in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, starting from October 6 and ends in October 8.

The conference will feature investiture of patrons, conferment of awards and film shows about CAJ and its objectives. The film shows will project Africa richness and versatility in culture, tourism and languages.

“Considering the various challenges of African countries recently, particularly in the areas of fake news and security with their adverse consequences in the genuine African leadership roadmap to the continent’s growth and development, CAJ believes that telling the true and positive Africa narratives and opportunities abound in the continent. Hence its resolve for the 2021 conference to bridge the gap between the information gateway and leadership in the continent,”  said Ashraf Aboul Yazid Dali, President, Asian Journalists Association, AJA and Vice President, CAJ North Africa. Dali an award winning journalist is an Egyptian poet, Editor-in-Chief, The Silk Road Literature Series, Chairman, CAJ Conference 2021 and also a Keynote Speaker at the conference.

Other speakers at the conference include; Retired Brigadier-Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman (MNI), Hon. Gospel Kazako and Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimuu.

Usman is the Consultant Director, Corporate Affairs and Information at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Mahangi Communication Services and Mahangi Farms. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of African Leadership Magazine and member of the Board of Trustees of Security Watch Africa Initiative. 

Hon. Gospel Kazako is a foremost journalist and Malawian entrepreneur who founded the Zodiak Broadcasting Station; a national broadcasting station in Malawi. Kazako is also a poet and current serving Minister of Information, Malawi. While Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimuu is a senior Somali international journalist and unionist, formerly with BBC and Reuters. Moalimuu is the current Spokesperson of Federal Government of Somalia and Senior Media Adviser to the Prime Minister.

According to CAJ Acting Vice President, West Africa, Joseph Adika who is the CEO of Jubilee Broadcasting Network, Ghana, CAJ African Leadership Award 2021 will recognise outstanding performance and leadership qualities of the recipients in a bid to encourage dedication to service to humanity and fine governance in Africa.

The African great men nominated for CAJ Leadership Award are; His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, Hon. Thandi Modise, Speaker, South Africa National Assembly and Chief Justice of Malawi, Hon. Justice Andrew Nyirenda.

According to CAJ Secretary General, Moise Manoel, “Some members of CAJ will also be recognised for their various contributions to the organisation”

The CAJ Conference Planning Committee are; Ashraf Aboul-Yazid Dali (Egypt), Chairman, Moise Manoel (Paris), Secretary – General, Joseph Adika(Ghana), Member, Admire Mackenzie Kudita (Zimbabwe), Member, Ajong M. Laurean (USA), Member, Blessing Kenache (Malawi), Member.

Ashraf Aboul Yazid dali

Others are; Habibat Mobolaji Salami, CAJ Vice President Diaspora (USA), Member, Emmanuella Maikem Manzie (Cameroon), Olusiji Balogun (Nigeria), Ibrahim Olayiwola (Nigeria), Edache Ochola (Nigeria), Abimbola Owoseni (Germany), Amina Anebi (Nigeria), Amina Mussa (United Kingdom) and Ngozi Amadi (Nigeria)

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