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Mayor Akinpelu Put The Record Straight, Tells The Story of ‘FAME MAGAZINE’, Says “Truth is Sacred” – Naijanewsdirect

I read excerpts of the story of FAME magazine written by one of the founders, Femi Akintunde-Johnson (FAJ) on Facebook. Two things stood out for me.     First, was his assertion that I assumed the “headship” of FAME because I was the oldest among the three founders (Mayor Akinpelu, Kunle Bakare and Femi Akintunde-Johnson) and no one was ready to drag the headship with me.     The other was the argument that the Ojukwu/Bianca story triggered the birth of FAME. That was a ridiculous assertion.     Before the Ojukwu/Bianca story, I had written the Tejuoso/ Okoya wedding story that started what is known today as celebrity journalism. Prior to that story, most of the lead stories in Prime People magazine at the time were strange or unusual stories. I also did the Akeem Olajuwon story titled ‘The Dream and His Millions’. That was when the NBA superstar came to Nigeria on a visit. So the Ojukwu/Bianca story couldn’t have triggered the formation of FAME.     It was true that FAJ gave Kunle Bakare the gist that the Biafran warlord, Odumegwu Ojukwu was romancing Bianca Onoh, the then most beautiful girl in Nigeria. Kunle Bakare mentioned it at the editorial meeting. The story was assigned to Kunle Bakare and me to work on. The source that assisted us in getting the details of the story was a friend of mine who was the daughter of a prominent politician from the East. This lady was also very close to Ojukwu. It was the lady in the course of working on the story that facilitated my entering Ojukwu’s Ikoyi home to confirm the large size portrait of Bianca that was placed in Ojukwu’s sitting room. In the course of moving around the house I encountered a guy, who was one of the aides of Ojukwu, who I suspected was the source that gave

Quintessential Journalist, Kunle Rasheed Pulls The High and Mighty To His 50th Birthday Shindig! – Naijanewsdirect

  ...Why He Will Remain A Big Shot In The Comity Of Socialites and Society Reporters For top journalist and cerebral Kunle Rasheed, it’s been five decades of God’s kindness in his earthly adventure. Sociable and man-about-town, Kunle Rasheed, threw a party to celebrate his 50th birthday in grand style on 23rd June, 2021, at the palatial Radisson Blu, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos. It is, however, no shock that the well-planned golden jubilee birthday celebration attracted the crème de la crème of high society, politics and corporate world. The celebrator, Kunle Rasheed, is a man of many parts. He mingles in high profile circles. Described as a bubbly personality, Kunle Rasheed is a man of grace and poise who has scored many first, both in academics and career. He read Insurance from the Lagos State Polytechnic, he also did short course on Creative Writing at London School of Journalism, and at present he is running a programme in Law at the prestigious Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Lagos. A member of League of Publishers (LOP), and Association of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria (AMPON), Kunle Rasheed is the publisher/Editor-in-Chief of City Rovers Magazine and the online version, The magnificent Radisson Blu played host to high-flying guests from all walks of life ranging from society bigwigs, prominent politicians, celebrities and successful business moguls. A book written by the celebrator titled “Without A Silver Spoon” was coincidentally launched on the day of the birthday celebration. The 207 pages book chronicled the lives of 50 top Nigerians who rose from nothing to something. Global Excellence Magazine publisher, Mayor Akinpelu wrote the foreword of the book, while legal luminary and former national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Muiz Adeyemi Banire (SAN) was the Chairman of the occasion. As expected, the classy golden jubilee birthday celebration was