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PROFILE OF DR OLUSEGUN RAHMAN MIMIKO

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Dr Olusegun Mimiko

H.E. Dr. Olusegun Rahman Mimiko is the immediate past Executive Governor of Ondo State in the South Western part of Nigeria. Iroko, as he is fondly referred to by both friends and supporters as born on 3rd October, 1957 in Ondo Kingdom. He attended primary and secondary school in Ondo State and proceeded to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) from 1972-1976 and graduated in 1976 with B.Sc Health Science degree in 1976 and the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1980.

Dr  Olusegun Mimiko cut his political teeth in the University of Ife where he was always politically active and went way up the political totem in the Students Union and also in the International Students Association (he was Public Relations Officer of the body between 1977-1978).

Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was renowned in the practice of medicine both within Nigeria and outside the country and having garnered extensive experience both in private and public practice and rising to the enviable height of Acting  Medical Director at Alleluyah Hospital in Oshodi, Lagos he set up his own private medical practice, Mona Medi-Clinic in 1985 and the said clinic was headquartered in Ondo town, Ondo State, where he was brought up.

Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has always been a progressive and this is evident in his political leanings; he identified with Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria, a party he later became the Publicity Secretary in Ondo Local Government Area. He was the head of  a political think-tank referred to as The Ondo Study Group (OSG). OSG had a special interest in voters enlightenment and was seen as a force and it was the vehicle in which Dr. Olusegun Mimiko unsuccessfully ran for office as Chairman of Ondo Local Government (as it was then referred to).

In recognition of his untiring efforts and his famed connection with the masses, he was appointed as the Secretary to the Ondo State Government (SSG). He had barely settled in when the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo summoned him to higher office by appointing him as the Federal Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. Dr. Olusegun Mimiko contested for the gubernatorial seat of Ondo State and despite the fact that he was earlier said to have lost by the electoral body (INEC), he approached the courts, citing several irregularities and asking the court to declare his winner.

His prayers were granted and Dr. Olusegun Rahman Mimiko was sworn into office on the 24th day of February, 2009. It is a testament to his dogged spirit and belief in the institutions of the country that his mandate which was almost thwarted was recovered and he went ahead to rule Ondo State twice as a governor before relinquishing the seat after his mandatory 2 terms in office had elapsed. Dr. Olusegun Mimiko goes along with his convictions hence the reason he attempted to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the just concluded elections and got the nod of the Zenith Labour Party to be its flag bearer. While he withdrew for personal reasons and opted for the Senate, it is safe to say that the last has not been heard of ‘Iroko’.         

Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has authored many research and published articles on medicine, international relations, social and political development strategies His legacies in Ondo State health sector has put the state in the consciousness of the world to the point that the united Nations and other highly reputable international bodies have recommended the health delivery system which Mimiko initiated and executed in Ondo State as a model for the whole world to emulate. Mimiko has  received numerous awards including John F. Kennedy Essay (School Level) 1971, Justice of peace (JP)1993,  Distinguished meritorious service  Award 1993 by Ondo State Chapter of Nigeria Medical Association and he is patron to several Youths and professional Body organizations.

Dr. Mimiko is married to the beautifully delectable Mrs Olukemi Mimiko and the family is blessed with amazing children.

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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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