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Adeyeye Ogunwusi? Nigerian monarch, the Ooni of Ife of the Yoruba Kingdom



Adeyeye Ogunwusi
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, (Ojaja II)

Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, (Ojaja II), is a Nigerian monarch. He is the traditional ruler and the Ooni of Ile-Ife of the Yoruba Kingdom since 2015.

Early life
He started his elementary education at Subuola Memorial Nursery and Primary School, Ibadan and Ibadan District Council, Akobo, Ibadan.

He then proceeded to the prestigious Loyola College, Ibadan and later to St. Peters Secondary School, Ile-Ife, where he bagged his secondary school certificate (SSCE). He graduated as an accountant from The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

Professional career
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also an Associate Accounting Technician. Oba Ogunwusi is a certified member of the Institute of Directors.

He is also a member of the Global Real Estate Institute. He holds a number of honorary doctorate degrees: one in Public Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and another in Law from Igbinedion University.

Oba Ogunwusi is the Chancellor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Selection and coronation
Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi was selected from amongst several well to do indigenes of Ile-Ife who were also heirs to the throne on 26 October 2015. He received his staff of office on 7 December 2015.

He has been described as an ‘astute entrepreneur driven by the need to turn impossibilities into possibilities.

Oba Ogunwusi is the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people now saddled with the responsibility of making supplications to God and the Òrìṣà on behalf of his tribe and the world at large during annual festivals such as Olojo.

Shortly after his coronation, Ooni Ogunwusi met with the Alaafin of Oyo and by so doing initiated a new era in the history of the Yoruba States.

He effectively broke the jinx of institutionalized discord between the thrones that had plagued Ile-Ife and Oyo for decades.

The Oba is an advocate for the empowerment and emancipation of women and young people. He has transformed Ile-Ife into a tourist zone, with changes including the beautification, redesign, and reconstruction of the ancient city.

Oba Ogunwusi is also a renowned philanthropist who is committed to humanity and an advocate for the less privileged.

He has granted support over the years through the House of Oduduwa Foundation and, recently, through Hopes Alive Initiative.

Personal life
Oba Ogunwusi was born at 13.00GMT on 17 October 1974 to the family of Oluropo and Wuraola Ogunwusi of the Giesi Royal House, Agbedegbede Compound in the city of Ile-Ife.

His birth was predicted years before he was conceived. Hence, he was named Enitan by his mother while his grandfather named him Adeyeye, which means ‘the crown befits the throne. Oba Ogunwusi is the fifth child in a family of seven.

Oba Ogunwusi was involved in previous relationships. Notable among them is Adebukola Bombata, whom he married in 2008, Olori Wuraola Zaynab Otiti, his second wife (2016-2017), and Omolara Olatubosun, with whom he has his only daughter and with whom he is a co-parent.

The daughter’s name is Princess Adeola Aanuolouwapo Ogunwusi (born in May 1994). Ogunwusi married Prophetess Morenike Naomi Oluwaseyi in October 2018.


Who is Marytonette Okudare? Lawyer turned musician AKA Biwom



Marytonette Okudare AKA Biwom

Marytonette Okudare is a singer, songwriter, and entertainer from Cross-River State in Nigeria.

The Neo-Afropop artist started singing when she was 5 and her passion for music grew from just singing to playing the keyboard when she was nine.

She has a degree in Law and has been called to the Nigerian Bar. She left law to pursue a career in music.

Using her spare time in the university where she bagged a degree in Law, Biwom recorded her first single, participated in a handful of music competitions and gained a reasonable degree of recognition.

In the last quarter of 2018, she released a single titled Faya and has now followed up with the just-released Krizbeatz-produced pop ballad dubbed G-Wagon.

G-Wagon which is her debut since penning a deal with Xcelar Music Group puts her impressive vocal dexterity on display and is accompanied by a colorful Clarence Peters directed video.

The singer embodies a cool girl vibe with a bold alternative aesthetic and an unmistakable pop appeal.

Learn more about Biwom.

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Who is Idia Aisien? Nigerian-Cameroonian model, TV presenter



Idia Aisien

Idia Aisien is a Nigerian-Cameroonian model and television presenter who, within one year, has made her voice heard in the Nigerian, and international fashion and television industry.

Idia was born on July 4, 1991, in Lagos, Nigeria. At age 15, she finished high school and her first modeling job was a UNICEF charity fashion show in Lagos.

In 2011, she graduated from American University with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Business Administration. After working for prestigious companies like Discovery Communications, Fox 5 News, the AARP Foundation, and the Foreign Policy Initiative, she moved to New York City.

She has also modeled for U.S. based designers like Alice + Olivia, J Brand, Cashhimi, Samantha Pleet, Jovani, Evelyn Lambert, Danny Nguyen, Sarah Bacchus, Undecillion by Rachel Walters, Nikki Angelique, and An Alili.

Idia is proud to have graced the catwalk for African designers like Maki Oh, Ituen Basi, Deola Sagoe and Lanre Da Silva.

She is currently a Talk Show host on Style 101, Nigeria’s version of Fashion Police, and You got Issues, a lifestyle show that caters to career, family and relationship issues, which both air on Spice TV.

Idia has been featured in both local and international magazines like Vogue USA, Elle South Africa, Blanck Digital London, ThisDay Style, Genevieve Magazine, TW Magazine; and graced the covers of Vanguard Allure, Exquisite Magazine, Guardian Life, Zen Magazine, Trendee Magazine and more.

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Who is Timi Dakolo? Nigerian singer, Idols West Africa winner



Timi Dakolo

Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo emerged winner of the inaugural season of Idols West Africa in 2007, with his victory, he got a recording contract with Sony BMG, in addition to other prizes.

Dakolo was born on January 20, 1981 in Accra, Ghana to a Nigerian father, Bayelsa-native David and a Ghanaian mother, Norah, who died when Dakolo was thirteen years of age.

Despite being born in Ghana, Timi has a Nigerian passport and does not claim dual citizenship. His grandmother Ateni Dakolo and his aunty Susan Larry, who lived in Port Harcourt raised him, and he credits her as his early singing teacher.

So deep was their relationship that Timi declined an offer to move to Lagos with his parents, opting to stay back in Port-harcourt with his grandmother.

He started singing in church at the age of twelve. In 2003 he joined the singing group Purple Love as a founding member. They dominated the Port Harcourt club circuit, but disbanded in 2005 as all its members had gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt. Around that same period, Timi won a local talent hunt contest G.E FACTO held in Port Harcourt.

In 2006, Dakolo auditioned for reality show Idols West Africa in Calabar. His songs of choice were Commissioned’s More Than I and Lemar’s Time to Grow.

His vocals impressed the judges, and he was seen as a contender for the prize. A week before the viewing of the Top 24 performances, Dakolo received the news that his grandmother had died.

Dakolo first auditioned in Calabar, Cross River State of Nigeria with Commissioned More Than I and Lemar’s Time to Grow. While in the competition, Timi Dakolo was never in the bottom 3. In the final three weeks of the competition it was revealed by the producers of the show that Timi had the highest number of votes each of those weeks.

While in the competition, Timi’s grandmother died, a week before the viewing of the Top 24 performances. This was a big emotional blow to him. At that time, he turned to his Christian faith for strength to pull through in the competition. Before going to Idols West Africa, Timi was a student of Communication Studies in the University of Port Harcourt.

After winning Idol West Africa in 2007, on January 1, 2008, on New Year’s Day, Timi Dakolo was shot at the lobby of the Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt.

He had gone to the hotel to attend a church service in the company of his friends. The attack was a random act of violence by a faction of Niger Delta militants and did not target Timi.

Although a hotel security guard was murdered in the attack, Timi escaped with a flesh wound, was rushed to the hospital, treated and discharged on the same day.

Dakolo released his first single comprising three songs in October 2009.

In 2011, he released the song “There’s a Cry”. The music video was filmed in Nigeria. He is currently signed with Lone Records/Now Muzik.

Timi Dakolo is one of the Judges on The Voice Nigeria.

He married his sweetheart, Busola Dakolo (nee Amupitan) in 2010. They have three children.

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