Sunday, 4 June 2017

Ogunde celebrates birthday at orphanage, pledges support for outstanding students

For the children and staff of Goshen Home & Orphanage, Akute, Ogun State, Monday, May 29th, 2017 will for a long time remain memorable; not just because it marked Nigeria’s Democracy Day but because the vulnerable children at the home were treated to an elaborate birthday bash by one of Nigeria’s amazons, a foremost educationist, Managing Director at Goals & Ideas and Principal Partner at Edumark Consult, Mrs Yinka Ogunde.
The celebrant, who came in the company of her husband, Barrister Wemimo Ogunde (SAN), her children, siblings and employees expressed great delight at the opportunity to share the joy of her special day with the less privileged, stressing that such vulnerable children need be showered with love, even as they are encouraged and supported to reach their full potential in spite of the loss or rejection they might have suffered in time past.
The children at Goshen Home were also joined by the vibrant and upward-mobile youths ofBestspring Foundation, Ijegun, Ikotun in fulfilment of Mrs. Ogunde’s promise to visit them when the students attended the 2017 edition of her annual WATFON educational summit, which held in March at Vintage Point, Ikeja.
Speaking on this occasion of his wife’s birthday, Barrister Wemimo Ogunderecalled how that he suffered a major setback in his academics at the tender age of 12 due to the loss of his mother.
“I was born into a polygamous family, the popular Pa Hubert Ogunde dynasty. Unfortunately, my mother died when I was 12 years old, hence she did not even see me wear secondary school uniform. As in every polygamous house, the mother is the advocate for her children and she is the one to fight their course before other contenders in the home. So, where she is not there, the child is left to wander with no one to plead his case before his father. And so, in my case, my mother was not there to advocate for me and this of course marked the beginning of my failure. I started failing at school because there was no mother or father to check on me.My case was indeed hopeless until God raised some destiny helpers to counsel and mentor me. And that was how my life changed for good and today, I am a foremost lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria”, narrated Ogunde.
The erudite lawyer therefore charged the children/youths not to bemoan the loss of their parents or cling to their pain as an excuse for failure.  He urged them to rather make good use of the opportunities and destiny helpers that God sends their way and remain focused as they navigate through the hurdles of life.
Corroborating this, his wife and celebrant, Mrs Yinka Ogunde urged the children to look on the brighter side of life, stressing that regardless of whatever situation or challenge that comes, they can still get to the top. Recounting how she and her siblings were raised by a single mother and how that in spite of the untold hardship all of them still turned out successful and outstanding in their different careers, she urged all vulnerable children to remain undeterred, work hard and put their trust in God who is able to see them through.
She also charged well-meaning Nigerians to invest their time and resources towardshelping less privileged children achieve their dream through provision of educational scholarship, mentorship and welfare support.
She promised to support those of that emerge with excellent result at the just concluded WAEC.
While commending the amazing work and dedication of Mrs.AramideOikelome, the Executive Director of Goshen Orphanage and Bestspring Foundation in nurturing these hapless children and youths over the years, Ogunde prayed that God will continue to send helpers to the organization that will support it with their resources and time.
In her response, Oikelome thanked Mrs. Yinka Ogunde and her family for believing in her vision and identifying with it. She also thanked them for defying all odds, including the deplorable condition of the Alagbole/Akute Roadto travel all the way to celebrate her birthday with the children and youths when she could have opted for more prominent and successful orphanages in the heart of town.
The two-hour event was thoroughly fun-filled, with lots of wining and dining, dancing and exchange of pleasantries. The youths from Ijegun also seized the opportunity to tell Mrs.Ogunde howWATFON 2017 impacted their lives positively and changed their mind-set from that of mediocres to become change-makers that are confident that they have what it takes to excel in life and make Nigeria better.
Goshen Home & Orphanage was recently commissioned, precisely on 4th March 2017 by the duo of Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media & Publicity and the General Overseer of New Testament Assembly, Pastor Samson Bamgbayan with a mandate to give orphans and vulnerable children a beautiful and purposeful life.
Mrs. Ogunde taking picture with the children and staff of the orphanage home

Saturday, 27 May 2017

‘Motherland Beckons’ Partners Turkey’s MUSIAD, To Facilitate Business Opportunities Among Youths

Motherland Beckons has recently signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) with world class business enterprise, MUSIAD which would avail youths in Nigeria and Africa at large an opportunity to tap into the business and culture mix of both continents.
Motherland Beckons is a creation of Otunba Olawanle Akinboboye, who is dedicated to opening Africa to the world and attracting Africans in Diaspora to the motherland. Over the years, Motherland Beckons has contributed to the wellbeing of Africans in no small way by offering a veritable platform to the Africans in the Diaspora and lovers of Africa to visit, invest and possibly come back to settle down in Africa.
MUSIAD which stands for Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association is a “BUSINESSMEN’S ASSOCIATION” founded on May 5, 1990, in Istanbul, Turkey, by concerned businessmen who have a vision to forestall human rights and supremacy of the law, justice and equality, peace and security, and the welfare and happiness of the people.
The Company in its philantropic modality is an active and strong Non-governmental organisation (NGO) that provides the platform for development, with dialogue, co-operation and solidarity as tools created for the purpose of contributing to the social, cultural, political, economic, scientific and technological development of individuals and institutions.
With over 50,000 members cut across 11,000 corporations with branches in over 175 locations throughout the world, MUSIAD with the activation of the MoU has established an e-commerce portal where all Africans people can connect to purchase products from Turkey.
The main headliner for this signed agreement is to create a concerted effort to connect Turkey with the entire continent of Africa and at the same time, create a platform in Turkey for Africa where the whole world can come to trade and exchange cultures with Africa .
In other words, those who deem the travel miles of Africa enervating can fly in from Europe, Asia and the Americas to Konya, Turkey, to connect with all parts of Africa.
This was what gave birth to ATTC which stands for Africa Turkey Trade Center situated on the 20th floor of KULE plaza, Konya.
In connecting with the entire continent of Africa, plans have been made to establish business offices in all the 54 African countries which commenced last year with the Lagos and Ghana offices opened.
This is a platform created for the whole continent of Africa in one portal for the world to trade and connect with especially people of African descent and lovers of Africa. People all around the world can log on to www.attc.web and be rest assured of a business like never before.
Cote Divoire and the rest are slated for 2017. The forum welcomes business interactions amongst entrepeneurs and investors, so only serious minded business people and organizations are given audience on the platform.
Also, they are in the process of twinning a major city in Nigeria with a major city, Konya. This process is meant to set the shores of Africa ablaze beyond the borders and as well bring together universities of varying culture, customs and lifestyle for educational enhancement. This platform also births the mixture of African and Turkish music in a concert tagged “Africa Turkey Music amalgamation”.
Motherland Beckons on the 1st of May, 2017 unveiled the Diaspora Nigerian Economic Recovery and Growth Plan–DNERGP at its headquarters in Lekki Lagos. It is a tourism initiative to revive the ailing Nigerian economy, in consonance with the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020-ERGP by the federal government.
This comes as an actualization of the benefits and vision of the MoU signed in December. The efforts to resurrect the ailing tourism sector and yet convalesce the entertainment industry has brought to the fore a leisure and entertainment ‘investment’ which would cover accommodation, feeding and transport for three days of fun, recreation, authentic African music, drama, poetry, nightclubbing, etc.
Hence, for ease of operations and logistic flexibility, activities have been covered with the creation of Destination Lagos; Destination Cross River; Destination Abuja and Destination South West. A foremost tour operator in Nigeria has been appointed to see the activities through. With this initiative, expectations are high for the first operational year to the tune of one million Nigerians and their one million friends,with a corresponding $2B injection into the Nigerian economy.
Earlier estimates did not take into consideration the cost of a return ticket by diasporans who would eventually spend 1000USD and additional expenses on up-keep, souvenirs, shopping, and sometimes, tips. Hence this would most likely translate to about $4,000 per visiting diasporan in rough estimates. Some diasporans may come with more than one friend with each friend spending a minimum of 1000USD.
Moreover, with convictions and belief that from the projected 2 million visitors annually, about ten percent (about 200,000) would take advantage of the available business opportunities offered by the Motherland Beckons/MUSIAD Agreement to invest a minimum of $10,000 in the economy. This automatically translates to an additional $20B investment into the Nigerian economy.
As MUSIAD is a conglomerate of business minds, there is also the business plan where Diaspora Nigerians who are interested in doing business at home but cannot fathom what to do and how to go about it can be distributors and part owners in companies and businesses with good rate of returns on investment,under the auspices of the Motherland Beckons/MUSIAD Treaty,signed in December,2016.
MUSIAD is bent on creating a Diaspora Nigerian Industrial Zone for an eventual production of the products of these companies after three years of test run and acclimatization with the huge Nigerian market.About 2000 of these companies are ready to start business in Nigeria as soon as possible.
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Beejaysax Live! Unforgettable and Remarkable

Abolaji Banjoko professionally known as BeejaySax held concert goers and sax lovers spellbound on Sunday May 14th 2017, at the prestigious Eko Hotel and suites Victoria Island, Lagos. 

The hall was filled with over 2000 guest inclusive of Royal fathers, Captains of industries, past and present state leaders who were seated in less than one hour into the event proper, hence making the concert a sold out show.

The atmosphere was electric and the air was thick with every act like Big Bolaji, Tosin Bee, Psalmos, Tim Godfrey, Nosa, Odunayo, Femi Okunuga, Tosin Alao, Olaolu Gbenjo, Segunfunmi, First Born, Saco, Damola, Palmira, Grand Komanda and Kenny Blaq raising the bar one after the other.

Ushering BeejaySax on stage was the host, Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st who without prompting any idea had the whole hall in a rousing ovation as Beejaysax mounted the stage in a choreographed entrance; lights, fireworks and applause were relentless in his first 45 minutes of performance.

He also launched his 7 track album {Awesome God},which is his second album. 

Beejaysax Live 2017, indeed had everyone blown away.

Best Regards,

Helen Ozor
Twitter/Facebook/Instagram - @heleneventblog

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has commended the Editorial Board of Nigeria’s foremost Online Media Platform CKN NEWS for its effort at bringing credibility to online publication practice in Nigeria

He made this assertion in Umuahia at the weekend when he received in audience, members of the Editorial Board of CKN News who were at the State House on a courtesy visit.

Dr Okezie Ikpeazu admonished online media practitioners and bloggers to see themselves as major stakeholders in the Nigerian dream.

“You should always strive to be above board in whatever you do. Avoid sensationalism in your reportage .Think about your country in your write up and most importantly, remain on the path of truth always irrespective of whose ox is gored”,the Governor opined .

He commended the CKN News platform for showing exemplary professionalism in its reportage since it was established eight years ago.

“Yours has become a very reliable platform, you exude a lot of professionalism in discharging your duties as Journalists, I can only but wish you the best of luck in all you do”

In his own remark, the Publisher /Editor In Chief of CKN News, Mr Chris Kehinde Nwandu (CKN) who is also the President of Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria (GPBN) said his team was in Umuahia to formally invite the governor to CKN News 1st Annual Lecture scheduled to hold on Tuesday 13th June 2017 at Renaissance Hotel, 38 Isaac John Street,GRA Ikeja Lagos starting from 11am.

The theme of the lecture according to him is  :”The Role Of Social Media To The Socio Economic And Political Development Of Nigeria

Mr Nwandu said told the Governor that it’ll be a privilege to have him Chair the maiden edition of the CKN News Annual lecture.

He also used the opportunity to congratulate the governor on his recent Supreme Court victory.

According to him, the Annual Lecture will be delivered by the Minister of Transportation; Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi will be the Guest Speaker.

The Guest of Honor is Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of FRSC.

Prof Umar Danbatta, the EVC/CEO of Nigerian Communications Commission will give the keynote address, while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos will be the Chief host.

The highlight of the visit was the presentation of the CKN News Governor of the Year Award for Infrastructural Development And security 2015.

Also in attendance at the visit were the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, Special Adviser To the Governor on ICT And Social Media Chief John Okiyi Kalu among other top government functionaries

Friday, 19 May 2017


The Minister of Transportation, Honorable Chibuike Amaechi has been selected to deliver the first Annual Lecture of Nigeria’s foremost Blog CKN News.
This was announced in a Press Statement pushed out by the online portal .According to the release personally signed by the Publisher/Editor In Chief of CKN News Chris Kehinde Nwandu (CKN),the event will in a class of it’s own.
The organizers said, Hon Amaechi was chosen to deliver the inaugural lecture based on his vast experience as a Legislator, former Chief Executive of one of Nigeria’s most viable States, as  a former Student/youth leader, an astute mobilizer, a successful manager of men and resources , a world acclaimed personality and politician, a rare attribute not found in many Nigerians.
According to the organizers, the objectives of the lecture are:
  • To Provide A Platform For Intellectual discuss On Issues Of National Importance
  • To Create An Avenue For Cross Fertilization Of Ideas On Topical Issues as it affects blogging and online media practice
  • To Act As A forum To Set Agenda On Topical Socio-Economic And Political Issues
  • To Create An Avenue For Online Practitioners/Bloggers To Meet And Exchange Notes On How To Improve Their Practice 
The CKN News Annual Lecture will hold on Tuesday 13th June 2017 at Renaissance, Lagos, Ikeja Hotel, 38/40 Isaac John Street, GRA Ikeja Lagos at 11. am
The event will be attended by Nigerians and foreigners from all walks of life.
Already arrangement is in top gear to make the event a success. Chris Kehinde Nwandu who is also the President of Guild Of Professional Bloggers in Nigeria (GPBN) said this will be the first time any Nigerian blogger will put up such an interactive intellectual based event.
To him, the act of Blogging as a means of information dissimilation has gone beyond being mere gossip platforms.
It has over the years revolved into a viable tool for information management, shaping opinions and spreading news with the speed of lightning.
Act of blogging has become real business with followers running into millions across the globe. There is the need therefore to reposition the platforms in tune with best global practice and set ethical standard and behaviors for it’s practitioners which was the aim of setting up the Guild Of Professional Bloggers Of Nigeria (GPBN) in the first place he said.
CKN News was established in 2009 to give Nigeria’s at home and in diaspora an undiluted first hand information on happenings within and outside the Nigerian .It’s contents are 90% Nigerian News

It started as an interactive platform on Facebook, twitter, blackberry and later as a fully fledged news portal.
CKN News, over the years, realized that the future of information dissemination will be wholly depended online via social media platforms.
It also realized that social media will become the greatest form of mass mobilization and expression of ideas.
In its over eight years of existence; the media outfit has won over twenty local and international awards.
 The organizers said the names of the Chairman ,Special Guests Of Honour,Keynote Speaker and Chief Host for the event and other partners will be unveiled in the next few days.
Chris Kehinde Nwandu
Editor In Chief,CKN News
Tel:+234 803 721 7013

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Mercy Aigbe: Police declares estranged husband, Lanre Gentry wanted, 3 others arrested

The Lagos State Police Command has declared the estrange husband of Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe wanted. Three other uspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.
The Divisional Police officer of the Ojudu division, CSP, Fatai Shoetan, in a report, said “Lanre Gentry is now at large and three suspects arrested were charged to Magistrate court 8 Ogba.”
A video footage also shows the three arrested suspects harassing the actress outside her home.
Recall that the crisis rocking the marriage of the actress went viral last week and has escalated, leading to the Lagos State Government ​opening a probe into the alleged domestic violence. 
Lanre Gentry, who came out to deny battering his wife, also claimed that the actress had been going through mental disorder. 
See Police report below

I’ve remained single because men are scared of me – Actress Yvonne Okoro

Popular Ghanaian Actress, Yvonne Okoro, has revealed why she has been single for over two years.

She said the reason is that men are scared to ask her out because they see her as a high-class lady.
She said this in an interview during the launch of Glam Africa Magazine in Accra.
According to her, she is willing to date any man as long as he understands and makes her happy, contrary to perceptions that she prefers high society men.
“The issue is men don’t have balls to come forward to ask me out because they think I am already hooked or perhaps I am very high maintenance.
“Also, I may still be single because most people think celebrities are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing partners but that is a very wrong perception.
“A good number of celebs are single because they are confused as to who to accept in their life. You see, you are not sure if the person is coming in because of your fame and money or the person wants to be with you because of real love.
“It is not about money but if a man is not brave enough to come forward then I do not think I want to be with such a person.
“Anyway, who wants to be with a timid man? She queried.
When asked if she had met her dream man, Yvonne said “No I haven’t but I hope to meet him very soon.”

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