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Chief (Mrs.) Olatunde Lawal at 95

Photography: Nifemi Mejula

Many of those who witnessed the 95th birthday celebration of Alhaja Chief (Mrs.) Olatunde Lawal, an event which could be described as a convention of the crème de la crème from different parts of the country, would be wondering why she was bestowed with so much honour. But for those who were not oblivious of her antecedent, it was an honour that she truly deserved. The assemblage of royal fathers and illustrious sons and daughters of Ado-Ekiti further added colour to the event and signified her nobility and clout. 

The birthday party began with a prayer session at the celebrant’s residence with Muslim clerics, family and friends in attendance. This was followed by the warm reception of guests at the AB Event Centre, where King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall performed to the delight of guests.
The celebrant was born into the prominent Sasere family of Ado-Ekiti and got married to the deceased High Chief Lawal Arowa dynasty in Ado Ekiti, while being conferred the Osemowe of Ado-Ekiti, her family’s chieftaincy title years ago. These clearly explain why pomp and pageantry rent the atmosphere in the course of the event. 

Her joy was all-pervasive, especially for the love and accorded her by her children, family, friends and, more especially, her grandchildren who flew in from the United Kingdom to attend the event. Also in attendance were the former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Sen. Abiodun Olujimi, former Chairman of Ado Local Government, Hon. (Mrs.) Tosin Aluko, business moguls, the Ewi-in-Council among others. 
Thrown into the mix to make the event memorable were exquisite decorations, delectable local and international dishes as well as exotic drinks.

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Spotlight Africa CEO, Mrs. Taiwo Adebiyi Is Plus 1

Mrs Taiwo Adebiyi

The Spotlight Africa Media family felicitates with our Chief Executive, Mrs. Taiwo Adebiyi on her birthday, the 19th of April.

A graduate of Banking and Finance from the Ekiti State University, Mrs. Taiwo Adebiyi is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.

Following her stint with the National Identity Management Commission, Mrs. Adebiyi left to pioneer Spotlight Media Africa – A Pan African media company with footprints in print and online media.

We wish her a very happy birthday and more fruitful years ahead.

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The Exclusive Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel in Abuja, Nigeria

Spotlight Africa was present to witness the Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel

Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel

The families of Brigadier General S. G. and Mrs. Oyeyemi Ladipo and the late Mr. Ibinabi Dodiyi-Manuel and Mrs. Mary Dodiyi-Manuel were in no small measure joyous as the day they had longed for finally arrived. The Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel.

Nothing beat the overwhelming joy displayed by the would-be couple as they relished the moment and validated the relationship which began at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, where they both studied engineering, a decade ago.

Amidst this scene of excitement was the assemblage of distinguished guests signaling the clout of both families as well as a society wedding.

The glittering ceremony kicked off on a high note with a photo session of the couple at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, after which the bride, in her elegant wedding dress, was chauffeur-driven to the church in a black Hummer Stretch Limo, followed by the groom in a black G-Wagon.

Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel

Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel

The solemnisation service was held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Holy Ghost Centre, Wuse II Abuja, where Pastor Odun Emasealu emphasized the importance of marriage and urged them to love one another. Afterwards, they exchanged marital vows and signed their marriage certificate.

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Following the close of service was the reception at the magnificently decorated Rabby Recreation Park owned by Brigadier General S. G. Ladipo, the groom’s father. Guests from all walks of life converged there, waiting to be kingly treated.

The long-awaited event commenced with an opening prayer said by Pastor Akin Benson, after which MC Frank took over as the compère of the event, intermittently enlivening the atmosphere with rib-cracking jokes. The tungba-gospel maestro, Dr. Yinka Ayefele and his Merry Makers’ Band were also on the ground to delight the guests with lovely songs. DJ Eye Bee was not left out as he dished out a wide repertoire at the event.

Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel

The event climaxed when the newly wedded couple gracefully arrived at the venue of the reception in an elevator from the underground amidst cheers from friends, relations and well-wishers. This was followed by the cutting of the exquisite cake and their graceful movement to the dance floor, where they were joined by family and friends.

Displayed effusively was the joy on Annabel, the chief bridesmaid and Olugbenga’s (the groom elder brother’s) faces as they proposed a toast, after which the groom and his mother took over the dance floor In a flurry of emotions.

Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel

Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel

Expressing her joy, the groom’s mom, Mrs Oyeyemi Ladipo thanked God for the couple, and wished them a successful marriage.

In a similar vein, Supreye the bride’s elder sister, acknowledged her consistency and kindness and sang a beautiful song to the delight of the guests, as varieties of both local and continental dishes, as well as exotic drinks, were plenteous for consumption.

Wedding of Oladimeji Ladipo and Ibimina Dodiyi-Manuel

Dignitaries who graced the memorable occasion with their presence were the Santuraki Babba Zazzau, Alhaji Suraju Balarabe Yakubu, General Oyebode (rtd.), Major General Saliu, Major General Okoro (rtd.), Major General Oyefeso (rtd.),
Commodore Fadeyi among others.

Spotlight Africa Media wishes the couple a happy married life.


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Coalition Of Protest Groups Outlines Way Forward For #EndSARS Campaign

Coalition Of Protest Groups has set in motion plans to nominate representatives to spearhead engagement with government

Coalition Of Protest Groups

As the #EndSARS protests wind down and normalcy begins to come back to the streets of the major cities in Nigeria, the Coalition Of Protest Groups have put out a statement outlining the next phase of action.

Lagos, the epicenter of the protests has been under state-wide curfew imposed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu after the peaceful protests were hijacked by hoodlums. Prior to that, Soldiers attacked peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate shooting live ammunition at unarmed protesters.

In a statement put out by the Coalition Of Protest Groups, “For the sake of the wellbeing of our comrades and ordinary citizens being adversely affected by this, we will deprioritize the physical protests, for now”

The identity of the people behind this coalition has become a talking point bearing in mind that their has been a vehement refusal by majority of the protesters across the country to put up a leadership structure around the movement.

The people behind this coalition remain unknown though their line of action look in tandem with the demands of the protesters. They have outlined  seven objectives in the next few days and are proposing the nominations of leaders and representatives to meet with different protest leaders/blocs across the country/states, and consolidate on a vehicle for continuous demands and engagements with government. 

Read the full Statement the Coalition Of Protest Groups Below: 

1. Clean Up
During our protests, we made a conscious effort to clean up the venues and keep our environment safe for everyone. Following the condemnable vandalizations that took place since the curfews began, we are volunteering efforts towards the clean-up and rebuilding of the state.
2. Online Protest
We will continue to intensify online publicity and protest of the issues and demands made. We will be hosting conversations, sharing articles and amplifying voices of thought leaders in that direction.
3. Offline Community Engagement
We will continue grassroot mobilization and civic education of the masses, providing tools for education to enable them to understand the scale and scope of what is at stake.
4. Timelines
We are putting a timeline together to track actions taken to meet our demands. This way, we know what has been done, what is being done, and what can be ticked off our list. This way, we know if and when the government defaults, and we can decide if a return to the streets is necessary.

Also Read: Lekki Massacre: Prominent Voices From Around The World Condemn Shooting Of Protesters

5. Strategy
We are building short, medium- and long-term strategies to sustain this momentum and keep this fire that has been ignited by the actions of young people across Nigeria burning. The strategies are pillared on and geared towards Education, Voter Registration, Political Consciousness and Representation for Young People in government.
6. Structure
We will create a structure to strategically consolidate demands, formalize the coalition, galvanize the continued online protest, develop standards for monitoring and evaluation, and continue the mobilization and education of the citizens.

7. Representation
The leaderless nature of this protest but consistent oneness in demands have been part of our unique strengths. As we move towards consolidation and negotiation, it is now pertinent we put forward a diverse group to represent the different coalitions; from celebrities to activists, legal minds to strategists, journalists to entrepreneurs, etc. We consulted far and wide, to come up with these names, and while this may not be exhaustive, it offers us an interim basis to begin the negotiation and consolidation.
The nominees will meet with different protest leaders/blocs across the country/states, and consolidate on a vehicle for continuous demands. They will also track actions of the Government, represent our demands and provide feedback to us regularly.

They are:
Names of Nominees at the Federal level:

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Names of Nominees at the State level: (Lagos)

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Due to the decentralized nature of this movement across the country, we nominate a team with experience in leadership and diplomacy, to assist in advisory and other support. This team will be consulted from time to time within the process. The criteria are people with integrity, people who have a vast experience in national issues, and who have a track record of being pro-young people.

Nominees for Advisory Board

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All nominations are provisional. If there are people you think should be on the list, people who have been critical in the success of these protests and can work towards the actualization of our demands, and the ultimate mission — a better government/future for Nigeria, please nominate.
In conclusion, these protests have never been politically motivated. It is not about ethnicity or tribalism. The young people across the country are demanding justice, good governance, accountability and reforms. These protests have no sponsor nor agenda other than what we have stated repeatedly; better governance, accountability and an end to brutality.
To everyone who has lost someone or something, we stand in solidarity with you.
To all our heroes that died before and during these struggles, we say Rest in Power! Your deaths will not be in vain.
It is NOT finished!
On behalf of the Coalition.
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