It was a memorable day for Chief (Dr.) Rasaq Akanni Okoya (CON), the Aare of Lagos as family, friends and well-wishers gathered at his home, Oluwanishola Estate, Ajah to celebrate his 82nd birthday. The celebration was a low-key affair owing to the unexpected death of Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala, the former governor of Oyo state. In an exclusive chat with Chief Rasaq Okoya, he expressed his gratitude to Almighty God for his life at 82, and also expressed sadness that he lost an in-law (Chief Alao Akala) same day. While speaking further, he advised the Nigerian youths to work hard and be focused in order to be successful and wealthy, he stressed that it took him 60 years to build his business empire. He believes with hard work, Nigerian youths will be successful as he is today and they should always pray for good leadership, that Nigeria is a good country with many genuine business potentials to grow and progress. The birthday celebration started with Islamic prayer at his mosque within the Oluwanishola Estate, where dignitaries from all walks of life gathered to celebrate with the business mogul “Mr. Eleganza” The wife of the celebrant, Chief Dr. (Mrs) Shade Okoya also wished her husband a happy birthday in good health and longer life.
Her efforts to empower the less privileged and support government efforts in every area of endeavour has been acclaimed to be one of the most outstanding among the lots, who follow same passion as hers. Regardless of religion, tribe, ethnicity Dr Siju Iluyomade has continued to give her all to better the life of many, using her Arise Women Foundation to intervene in so many areas of human needs. This trait of hers, many agreed, resonated to the birth of the Non-Government Organisation (NGO). Not only that, Siju, as she’s fondly called, is known to have nurtured charitable hopes and determination to help women efficiently thrive in life. She institutionalised the Handmaidens Women in Leadership Series (HWILS) to build intentional leaders. While speaking recently during one of her programmes, Dr Siju who on January 8 2022, celebrated her 58th birthday by giving out to the less privileged in parts of the country says “ my dream is to make sure Arise affects every parts of human life globally in terms of health, housing, education, empowerment, farming and many more”. The gorgeously beautiful woman of substance disclosed again that ,”in the last 14 years, we have achieved so much by putting in place structures like Hospitals, School buildings, Computerised library, boreholes. These are some of the many infrastructures we have built in many communities like Dafara, Kabusa in Abuja, Ondo, Imo, Kebbi and Lagos States just to mention but few” The Arise Covid-19 Clinic through her initiative has also been activated where Booster and Covid-19 vaccine have been given to people through support from the Lagos State government. A lawyer of many decades, through her humanitarian work, she has also branded a food basket called ‘ARISE PINK BUCKET’. The content includes food items like rice, semo, tomato paste, groundnut which distribution to every local government
Kayode Tokede examines ways monthly salary earners with FirstBank accounts can benefit from the lender’s numerous loans initiatives amid harsh economy In time past, monthly income earners – especially bank customers – were unable to have quick access to personal loans to meet their immediate financial needs due to the stringent conditions. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had introduced the Know-Your-Customer (KYC), among other policies, to enhance financial inclusion and reduce the incidence of related identity fraud in the banking sector. These have enhanced the capabilities of banks to grant soft loans to customers. With these, monthly income earners have access to loans every month with an attractive interest rate, below the stipulated limit, which has eased customers with the opportunity to access soft loans (Personal loans) and meet urgent needs. Amid double-digit inflation rate, among other operating headwinds, meeting demands of owning a dream car, house, and travel for vacation become challenges as daily expenses inflate. Personal loans are borrowed money that can be used for large purchases, debt consolidation, emergency expenses, and much more. These loans are paid back within the period advised in the terms and conditions of the facility. The payback period can be within a month, a couple of months or a few years. Salary accounts can do more than just receive monthly pay; they have inherent wealth that can be unlocked to help customers achieve dreams as they advance in their careers and be on top of ‘money demanding’ situations at home and work. Over the years, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has adopted the strategy of creating opportunities for salary accounts holders to unlock the wealth in their accounts with numerous initiatives introduced to bridge the gap in the access of quick loans. The bank’s salary accounts offer zero opening balance, zero minimum daily operating balance, zero account maintenance charge, First
...As Brand Open More Branches Just like it has been in the past, staff of one of the best hospitality homes in Nigeria, Class Hospitality owned by London trained expert, Barr. Stephen Omamuli were thrown into ecstasy over the weekend, during their annual End of the Year Party held on Saturday 18th of December 2021. The Party which was held inside the open playground of Class Suites Apart, on Agbaoku Street, Opebi, witnessed many invitees who were all wowed by the show of love and reward for exemplary performance Barr. Omamuli showered on many of his staff. The highlights of the event was the presentation of the star prize of the day, a car to the Accountant of the Year, Chizorum Eluche, who was practically shocked and dumbfounded after her name was announced. , Gbemi Kade won the Manager of the Year, she was presented with a deep freezer, cash gift and a return trip abroad. Other categories rewarded includes but not limited to, Chef of the Year, Branch of the Year, Waiter of the Year, Receptionist of the Year, Housekeeper of the Year and Driver of the Year. They were all presented with prizes like cash gift, television set, Standing Fans among other items. At the event were personalities like Mayor Akinpelu, the Publisher of Global Excellence Magazine who among others were also given honour to pick a lucky dip where guests won several gifts: iron, blender, warmer among others. The Managing Director, Barr. Omamuli, while appreciating the hard work put into their job by staff, disclosed that the brand has 9 branches at the moment but by the first quarter of next year two other branches will be added including one in Abuja.
Top fashionista, Abiodun Odukoya and his upscale fashion house A.B Rollings Clothiers, is a fashion lovers dream come true, because of ABR's ability to uniquely combine fast and slow fashion together, under thesame umbrella and with great ease and precision. The fashion house whose vision is always constant - to rule the world of fashion and provide the needs of fashion savvy buddies - is at it again. The fashion outfit which had origin in the lively streets of Surulere, Lagos, has come a long way since the heady days of the '90's when it catered to the needs of fashion buffs in Lagos. The fashion house has grown into a recognized and trusted brand now straddling three continents with flagship stores in Lagos and London. With over two decades experience, A.B Rollings which started from a one stop store on Adelabu Street, in Surulere, Lagos many years ago has continued to meet the fashion needs of diverse clientele in Africa, Europe and America. The fashionpreneur, Abiodun Odukoya enthuses "at A.B Rollings there is something for everyone. We meet the needs of the young and the not so young, men and women, black and white and in all shapes and sizes". Word reaching us is that the fashion house is set to launch in London - to the general public - having gotten a nod of approval from a host of Nigeria and U.K's finest connoisseurs of high end fine fashion. A.B Rollings is set for the next phase of expansion as one of Africa's finest, Obi Cubana is set to collaborate with the fashion house. It would be recalled that a couple of weeks ago Obi Cubana, a Nigerian socialite stopped by at the A.B. Rollings Clothiers store in London, to buy some exclusive clothes and ordered for some personalized bespoke outfits. Obi Cubana is so
It was a moment filled with mind-blowing surprises, never-seen-before happenings when the Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele celebrated his mother, Mrs Margaret Ayodele as she clocked 80 years of age some weeks ago. The event took place in Lagos state with several dignitaries storming the venue to honour Mrs Magaret Ayodele JP, mother of the renowned prophet. The event started with a glorious grand entrance of the celebrant into the hall premises while the crowd cheered her as she walked into the hall. Primate Ayodele as a respectful son immediately prostrated to greet his mother who elegantly walked in. Without wasting time, Primate Ayodele presented a brand new vehicle to his mother and a multi-million naira house, making it his second house gift to his mother. In addition to the multi-million naira gifts, Primate Ayodele presented visas of three countries to her. Meanwhile, he had sponsored her to Jerusalem some years back. As if that wasn’t enough, the popular prophet gave a car to his Aunty, Mrs Dupe Akinfenwa who is his mother’s immediate junior sister. Primate Ayodele while presenting these gifts explained that his mother deserves everything and more than all he has done for her because she has done a lot for him and his siblings. He made it known that most of the things he learnt from her have helped him in relating with people from different race. He then prayed for many more years to come in good health for his mother. The birthday celebration was well garnished with good soulful music from renowned gospel musician, Dare Melody.
HealthPlus, Nigeria’s first integrative pharmacy has made history by launching West Africa’s first-ever ePharmacy and digital prescription Platform. Nigerians located anywhere in the country and indeed anywhere in the world can get a prescription from a certified pharmacist and have the medicines delivered promptly. This game changing application will facilitate the interaction between patients (customers) and health-service providers nationwide. It also marks a big step in the democratization of health in Nigeria and providing unprecedented healthcare access for Nigerians in all geographical locations. The HealthPlus ePharmacy is attributed to a rise in the number of internet consumers, increased access to web-based and online services, and the rising implementation of e-prescriptions in hospitals and other healthcare services. With 108 million internet users in Nigeria and an estimated 120 million mobile phone holders, HealthPlus is now able to connect more Nigerians to qualified pharmacists and fast track the provision of efficient health care. In a statement by the Chief Transformational Officer at the launch of this unique service, Mr. Chidi Okoro remarked: “Pharmacists are the first point of care for many Nigerians and are critical to ensure access to essential drugs. The HealthPlus ePharmacy platform is following the mission to enhance access to wholesome medicines and good pharmacy care services. Customers can now access professional pharmacists online from the comfort of their homes using mobile devices.” Nigeria is also severely under served in the aspect of pharmacy stores locations. Only 25% of Nigeria's local governments have any sort of pharmacy. That means, 70% of Nigeria's local government areas have no access to a pharmacist. Chidi Okoro pledged that “HealthPlus will help bridge this gap. Furthermore Nigeria has one of the lowest productivity rates in the world. This is due to absenteeism and inadequate health care. If more Nigerians have access to health and we take a more proactive approach, productivity will
KO Ready-To-Wear, a Lagos top fashion retail store, has announced a three-day sales extravaganza ahead of the 2021 Black Friday discount season. A statement from the fashion outfit noted that the store will be offering its numerous customers the best fashion deals of the season ahead of the yuletide from Friday 26 November to 29 November. Kiki Okewale, style icon and CEO of the eponymous fashion brand, noted that this year’s Black Friday falls on November 26 but KO Ready-To-Wear will be hosting a three-day shopping extravaganza tagged E Choke!!! “Handily, Black Friday falls just before the countdown to Christmas, so it’s a great opportunity to get a head-start on your wish list,” Okewale stated. “For our ‘E Choke’ Black Friday Sales, everywhere will be jolly because shoppers will have so much to save up to 50% discount. This means that they have the chance to buy at half price. And if this one ‘no choke’, I don’t know what else will choke for black Friday. “From quality fabrics, seasonal wardrobe essentials, hard-to-find designer handbags and jewelry, whatever you are hunting for, our fashion store ticks plenty of boxes and there’s no better time to snap up a bargain. “It’s never too early to start crafting your Black Friday wish list —even if the discount season is just some days away. You can shop up to 50 per cent off thousands of items, and the discounts will only get better closer to the big day,” Okewale said. It will be recalled that all through the month of October, the fashion retail outfit hosted a ‘Ember To Remember Sales’ where it offered numerous customers huge discounts plus free gift on all items purchased in the store. Okewale’s distinctive stock and creations have seen her shoot to the top of the fashion and clothing business in Nigeria within a short
To round off activities for Verve Life 4.0, Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, Verve, hosted thousands of fitness enthusiasts to a Verve Life grand finale event tagged, 'Fit to Live' . Verve Life was designed to promote healthy living and wellness among Verve cardholders and Nigerians in general. This year’s event featured renowned fitness experts from across the continent, including Queenfitnass from South Africa, Alvin Lee from Kenya; as well as Nigeria’s Kemen, Enobong Ekpeyong, Ihuoma Nwigwe and Isoken Uwaifo among others. Participants were treated to fun, engaging and stress-relieving sessions including fitness challenges and masterclasses on boxing, strength and conditioning, dance, yoga, zumba, martial arts. nutrition and much more. Mavin Records singer and songwriter, Ayra Starr was also on ground to perform some of her hit singles including ‘Bloody Samaritan' and ‘Away’ to the excitement of participants at the event. Africa’s premium band, Alternate Sound, also serenaded the participants with an electrifying performance. The event was attended by other celebrities including celebrity dancer Kafayat Shafau aka Kaffy, and Nollywood stars; Odunlade Adekola and Sani Danja. Speaking at the Verve Life fitness event grand finale, Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Marketing and Communication Officer at Interswitch said "We are thrilled to have ended this year's event on a high note. As promised, the Verve Life 4.0 grand finale was nothing short of excellent.” She said participants were engaged in fun and engaging activities that resonated with the theme of the year's event, 'Fit to Live', as all lined-up activities were specifically tailored to address issues connected with fitness and good living. Eromosele said "And with this, we would like to say a big thank you to all participants and our dedicated fitness instructors and partners who have made the Verve Life 4.0 fitness event a success. We hope that the Verve Life fitness event has