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28 participants registered so far for Olusoji/Oyo SWAN Table Tennis Competition, chapter chairman says 

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Twenty-eight participants, who are sports journalists and media personalities in Oyo State, have registered to compete in a two-day table tennis tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Ibadan.


Niyi Alebiosu, Chairman of Oyo State Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), told newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan that the competition is aimed at improving the well-being of members.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition tagged “Olusoji/SWAN Table Tennis Competition” is being organised by the state chapter of SWAN.

Also, it is being sponsored by Tayo Olusoji, Chairman of the Oyo State Table Tennis Association.

Alebiosu further said the competition was organised to promote the game among journalists and make them fit to perform their professional duties.

“We’re organising this table tennis tournament to allow sports journalists showcase their talents in the ping-pong game.

“Aside this, the competition is going to enable us take our minds off our strenuous daily routine to recreate and relax,” he said.

The Oyo State SWAN chairman said mouth-watering prizes would be given to the champion, runner-up and third-placed competitors at the end of the tournament.

Alebiosu added that the competition would hold at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre at Iyaganku in Ibadan.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Olawale Alabi)
Source: NAN

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Atiku Support Groups congratulate Obaseki

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The All Atiku Support Groups (ASGs), has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election as the governor of Edo on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


The group Chairman, Mr Fabiyi Oladimeji, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja said Obaseki’s convincing victory was due to the resilience and steadfastness of the people of Edo State who did not give room for any manipulation by undemocratic forces.

“Nothing can be more dignifying than the stance and resolve of the good people of Edo for what they truly believed in.

“The good people of Edo state have demonstrated dexterity and spoken very loudly against god fatherism, against arrogance in power just as they have voted for progress and prosperity.”

Oladimeji commended the courage of Obaseki, his deputy, the State campaign council under the leadership of Chief Dan Orbih and all leaders of note in Edo State, Oladimeji said.

He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for maintaining neutrality in the election.

“We understand there cannot be perfection in any electoral process, but INEC by its conduct in the just concluded Edo election has shown that it is possible if we all decided to do what is right.”

Oladimeji said that the group would not take the role played by the security agencies in ensuring the smooth running of the elections for granted.

He said that although there was a full contingent of officers of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies on ground, no recorded cases of intimidation or harassment of voters were recorded during the election.

He also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing the good people of Edo to have their say and way.

“Democratic process demands that people should be allowed to freely elect their choices, as democracy is all about the people.”

Oladimeji commended the doggedness of the Chairman, PDP National Campaign Council, Gov. Nyesom Wike, his Colleagues, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta,  Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and all the National campaign council.

He also commended Atiku Abubakar for his timely intervention and support, as well as the Edo State Chapter of  ASGs for mobilising voters for Obaseki’s re-election.

Oladimeji appealed to all stakeholders in the PDP to embrace the same strategy adopted and apply same during the upcoming Ondo Governorship election, Lagos senatorial by-election and Anambra governorship election.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Kiriji War: Leaders to celebrate 134 years of Yoruba unity

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A coalition of Yoruba groups, prominent monarchs and leaders of thought will converge in Ibadan on Wednesday to celebrate 134 years of peace and unity in Yorubaland after the Kiriji War.


The Kiriji War, also known as the Ekiti-Parapo War, was a 16-year-long civil war between the Yoruba people where all the sub-ethnic groups either supported the Ibadan or the Ekiti.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the war came to an end on Sept. 23, 1886, which marked the beginning of unification of Yoruba Land as one.

Prof. Banji Akintoye, Convener of the event and President-General of Yoruba World Congress (YWC), said in a statement that Sept. 23 will now be celebrated as Yoruba National Day annually.

Akintoye said prominent Yoruba monarchs and warrior families would on Tuesday revisit the battlefields in Igbajo and Imesi Ile, Osun, and Oke Imesi Ekiti to pour libations and dedicate foundation stone to peace in Yoruba Land.

The YWC leader described the event as a reawakening and restoration of Yoruba history and culture.

He said that Afenifere Chieftain, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu of Yoruba Unity Forum, Justice Ademola Bakare (Rtd), Chairman, Yoruba Council of Elders, and  Prof. Adetoun Ogunseye, National Council for Yoruba Women were among eminent Yoruba leaders of thought that would grace the occasion.

According to him, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi, and the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, are among prominent Yoruba monarchs expected at the ceremony.

“The purpose of the two-day ceremony is to unite the people of Yoruba Land towards achieving prosperity and development.

” The Owa Ooye of Okemesi, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, Owa Ooye of Imesi Ile, Oba Ademola Akinyemi, the Owa of Igbajo and Oba Adeniyi Fashade, are the Chief Hosts of the event in their various communities on Sept. 22.

“The traditional rulers would also converge to address the Yoruba people at Okemesi, Ekiti, Igbajo and Imesi Ile in Osun, respectively, where the war started and where the peace treaty that marked the end of the war, was signed.

“The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji who is the Chief Host, would celebrate the day on Sept. 23 in Ibadan,” he said.

According to Akintoye, all the first class Yoruba traditional rulers from Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Kogi, Kwara, Edo, Oyo and Lagos States would be in attendance for the anniversary.

He urged all Yoruba sons and daughters worldwide to make their presence felt at the events, both physically and morally.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi
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Youths should be drivers of innovation, creativity for a better Nigeria- Ex-VC Bell University 

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Prof. Isaac Adeyemi, the former Vice Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ogun, has charged Nigerian youths to harnessy their knowledge via the internet to be drivers of innovation and creativity for a better Nigeria.


Adeyemi gave the charge at the Mentoring and Capacity Building Summit of Shining Star Initiative International (SSII), an NGO, in Ibadan on Sunday.

According to him, the outbreak of COVID-19 is a game changer; it has changed everything and as such one should think of post COVID-19 activities and actions that will enable one to stay afloat.

“The youths are the most vulnerable to the post COVID-19 events, including the educational system.

“To position themselves for a successful career, the youths being exposed to technology should take the initiative to see to it that they use the knowledge for innovation and creativity.

‘’That will develop the economy of the country because each country is trying to design means of survival to float,” Adeyemi said.

The former VC said through collaboration with local or international agencies or organisations, some of which are online, youth can leverage and adapt knowledge to suit local situations.

“This can translate into national or state activities that can grow the economy of Nigeria and put it in the global stage.

Also speaking at the event, Prof. Seyi Osunade, Associate Professor, Computer Science department, University of Ibadan, said based on what was happening right now with the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, government and education stakeholders should do more of advocacy.

“That is creating an awareness for the youths on what the pandemic is, that it is real and people still need to take precautions.

“Though the number of infected people are dropping, people still need to take precautions and as schools are preparing to resume, people should work towards maintaining the safety protocols and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.

“Our curriculum should focus more on practical skills and expressions, that is they should teach things that our students can do here to provide local solutions to our challenges.

“Things they can develop into products, because if we can adapt the knowledge we have into a working solution it will go a long way for us.

“Technical and vocational education should be encouraged more even in our normal school curriculum,” Osunade said.

The Pioneer of SSII, Mrs Omokehinde Deji-Akinpelu said the organisation was focused on community service.

She said that the initiative started formally in 2014 with mentoring of undergraduate students at Lead City University.

Deji-Akinpelu stated that the vision of the organization was to raise purpose driven young men and women who would become world renowned in conduct, character and competence.

“We are set out to impart them with positive values and right attitude to life that will enable them become accountable and responsible adults

“You will agree with me that part of what we are facing today with our political leaders in Nigeria is lack of right mentoring.

“Some of these youths are taking wrong steps and decisions because they lack right and proper mentoring, we need to address this for a better Nigeria.”

Deji-Akinpelu further stated that youths would rather model their lives after celebrities and people they don’t even have direct access to and that had its disadvantages.

Two of the participants who spoke to NAN, Oluwatobi Oduola and Ayomide Olukorede said their passion to influence teenagers and mentor them towards greatness fueled their participation.

They identified lack of sense of direction and career choice as major challenges teenagers are faced with and the need to help as many youths to succeed in life despite all odds.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN

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Renown Ibadan-born businessman, Adegoke joins APC officially in Oyo

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Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, the Executive Director, OES Energy Services Limited, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State.


He made the announcement while addressing his supporters on Sunday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adegoke, a political disciple of Sen. Rasheed Ladoja, is the Ajia-Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland.

NAN also recalled that Adegoke contested the House of Representatives seat for  Ibadan South-West/North-West Federal constituency in 2015 on the platform of Accord Party (AP) and lost.

He was also part of those who worked for the emergence of the present administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Adegoke, who is eyeing the Oyo South Senatorial seat, said his decision was after several consultation with his political associates, leaders and supporters across the 33 local government of the state.

He dismissed speculations that he was still in the PDP, assuring his supporters that he was in the APC fully.

Adegoke thanked his supporters for their concern on the matter, saying there was no cause for alarm.

According to him, “Few days ago there was a fake news story that I, Olooye Adegboyega Taofeek Adegoke has decided to stay back in the PDP.

“Nothing could be far from the truth. I am in APC 100 percent and will remain in APC. Please disregard such fake news. Just be calm, there is no cause for alarm as victory is certain by His Grace.”

NAN reports that the Ibadan-born politician had been sighted at various reconciliation meetings of the APC in the state.

Supporters expressed joy over the news coming from their political leader and benefactor.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN

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