Pages

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tyrese Gibson being investigated by child services for alleged abuse of his 10-year-old daughter


Tyrese Gibson being investigated by child services for alleged abuse of his 10-year-old daughter

Fast and Furious actor, Tyrese Gibson is being investigated by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services over abuse claims
The actor's ex-wife Norma Gibson alleged that he had 'viciously beat' their 10-year-old daughter Shayla so hard that she 'couldn't sit down'.
In legal documents seen by The Blast, Norma described an incident on August 19 in which she claims Tyrese pinned their daughter to the ground and viciously beat her. She alleges Tyrese 'went into a rage, pushed our daughter to the ground, pinned her face down, put his knees on her back, grabbed her hands with one arm and beat her with the other.'
Tyrese Gibson being investigated by child services for alleged abuse of his 10-year-old daughterShayla was staying with Tyrese at the time and Norma claims the fight started when he accused the girl of stealing money she got for her birthday from her own piggy bank.
Norma claimed that her daughter told her, 'Mum, dad beat me so hard that it hurts when I sit down.'
On Tuesday in court, Norma's attorney confirmed that the LA County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is now investigating Tyrese.
The pair who are currently in a court battle as Norma is trying to get a permanent restraining order prohibiting him from physically disciplining their kid. She also wants full physical and legal custody because she's worried Tyrese will take their daughter to Dubai, where he has business ties, and not come back.
In addition, the mother of one who also claimed that Tyrese "beat" the girl between 12 and 16 times wants him to take domestic violence courses.
However, the actor says he only struck his daughter once on her bottom and that Norma is bitter that he married someone else that's why she's coming up with false allegations out of revenge.
Also reacting to the claims, Tyrese's lawyer, Terry Levich Ross, told  TMZ: "She's a lying piece of s***. Tyrese is devastated. He's a good guy and I will prove that."
Tyrese Gibson who is now married to Samantha Lee was married to Norma from 2007 to 2009.
Tyrese Gibson being investigated by child services for alleged abuse of his 10-year-old daughter

Read More »

"3 of my 9 lovely children are adopted." - Afrobeat Legend, Femi Kuti



"3 of my 9 lovely children are adopted." - Afrobeat Legend, Femi Kuti
Three of Femi Kuti's nine children were adopted. This was revealed in a recent interview by the music icon himself.
The afrobeats king who is constantly travelling spoke about how much he loves his kids and how he balances being a father and a full on artiste as he practices and performs for long hours everyday. He also spoke about his influence on his kids citing his first son, Made, as a striking example. Made plays a number of musical instruments and he is immensely proud of his dexterity.
"3 of my 9 lovely children are adopted." - Afrobeat Legend, Femi Kuti
The music legend will perform live at the upcoming Felabration Music Festival slated for Monday, October 9 to Sunday, October 15 marking Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s 79th birthday. This year’s festival is themed “The Prophecy”.
Nigeria’s fastest growing stout brand, Legend Extra Stout will also be on ground at the week-long musical event which attracts thousands of visitors annually from all over the world to the New Africa Shrine, an official tourist destination of The Lagos State Government.
"3 of my 9 lovely children are adopted." - Afrobeat Legend, Femi Kuti
Legend Extra Stout hopes to connect with its existing and targeted consumers who will experience the unique bitter tasting stout in the midst of the fun and excitement that comes with the festival.
Every year, Felabration features an exciting lineup of artistes and this year will not be an exception. To find out more about Legend’s presence at Felabration, follow Legend on TwitterInstagramFacebook and join the conversation using the hashtag #FelabrationwithLegend.
Read More »

Dr. Chris Okafor explodes, declares ''Biafra is a spirit, you can't kill it with guns''

Dr. Chris Okafor explodes, declares

The General Overseer of the Mountain of Liberation and Miracle Ministries a.k.a Liberation City has broken his silence over the on going Biafra agitation in the South East of Nigeria and the military exercise code named “Python Dance 2” or “Egwu Eke 2”. The renowned man of God who is today regarded as one of Africa’s most accurate and revered prophets is known to always bare his mind whenever he senses a leading of the Holy Spirit. He spoke from the headquarters of his thriving ministry in the Ojodu area of Lagos.
At the grande finale of an annual worldwide program of the church known as “Not My Head, Not My Blood” on Sunday, October the 1st, 2017, the man of God felicitated with Nigeria on her Independence Day Celebration and prayed for Peace and Unity. But he warned that no one ever achieves lasting peace and unity through the barrels of the gun.
On the on going Operation “Egwu Eke 2” in the South East of Nigeria, the fiery man of God known always for his unrivaled prophetic accuracy and point blankness on national issues declared that it’s unfair for the Nigerian government to deploy the full weight of the military in the manner they did, to quell the secessionist agitations of the IPOB members and in fact the people of that region. According to Dr. Okafor “our Government needs to learn how to resolve issues with dialogue. No amount of time or resources expended towards dialogue is a waste. This is not 1967. Anybody who thinks that they can kill an agitation like Biafra with force is truly living in fools’ paradise. It can never happen! Biafra is a spirit. Wasn’t it Ojukwu who started it? He’s gone but Biafra is still here. You can’t kill a spirit with guns and arrows, not even with a nuclear bomb. If Ojukwu’s exit did not kill the agitation, how can any human being think or believe that Nnamdi Kanu’s exit will kill the agitation. As a matter of fact, more people have now joined the agitation and mark my words, worst people than Nnamdi Kanu will soon emerge-they are already there and nobody knows how peaceful those ones will be. We should behave like a 21st century constitutional entity and stop using force to do everything. Dialogue is the only way out and the Government of the day must take advantage now!” he declared.
Continuing he said “for instance, when I heard that ipob was proscribed, classified as a terrorist organization, I had a big gasp. What terrorist organization?! They were duly registered, they haven’t beheaded anybody, they haven’t gone about killing people everywhere, they are known largely as a peaceful movement. I couldn’t just reconcile that proscription with what all of us have known ipob to be over the years. These kinds of things are the reason there are agitations in the first place. Today we have the Kurds in Iraq pushing for referendum, the English speaking area of cameroun pushing as well, the Catalonians, etc. Nigeria is not the only place where people have ever agitated or are agitating for self rule. It’s going on all over the world. Non of those organizations that are leading the agitations have been labeled terrorist organizations. Even the United States, the European Union, etc have also been shocked by this bizarre proscription. What is wrong with us? I think they should start talks immediately for Restructuring and Referendum if possible to lay all these to rest before it is too late.”
Going further he says, “i’m in no way advocating for the dismemberment of Nigeria and everyone who knows me knows my position on that, but I repeat, if Nigeria does not put its acts together, this thing will blow up in her face and no amount of force can stop the outcome.
According to the man of God “I see a situation where there was an escalation and there was bloodshed everywhere. I’m talking about the kind of bloodshed that even the Government couldn’t handle and everyone was involved. It’s going to be a nationwide thing, not just for the people in the South East or South South. See, i’m not a prophet of doom, but when God speaks, we must speak out also, no matter how people feel about it. I see a very black day for Nigeria if the government doesn’t immediately arrest this ugly situation that has led to agitations here and there. And I hope those concerned are listening.”
In closing, the fiery preacher declared, “let us keep praying for the country, because if we don’t pray, we will all share from what is to come. We must pray in particular that God should give our leaders the wisdom to steer the ship of State in the right direction. Wisdom, the bible says, is profitable to direct.”
Read More »

Corps member reveals how she punished a student for coming to school with a ski mask

Corps member reveals how she punished a student for coming to school with a ski mask. check the photos here:


Read More »

Nigerian mom kills a big snake that sneaked into her daughter’s room around 2a.m

Nigerian mom kills a big snake that sneaked into her daughter’s room around 2a.m. check the photos below:

Read More »

Two whistleblowers dragged to court for supplying false information on Gov. Dickson’s brother



The police on Tuesday arraigned two persons before the Magistrate Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, for supplying false information on Governor Seriake Dickson’s younger brother, Moses Dickson.
.
The suspects – Francis Babatunde and John James – pleaded guilty for peddling false accusation against the governor’s brother.
.
Babatunde, a plumber working in the residence of Dickson reportedly conspired with James and one Obiene Matthew, who is said to be at large, to send a report to the Inspector- General of Police (IGP) monitoring team that the governor’s brother was in possession of firearms and narcotics.
.
Following the information, the police team besieged the residence of Dickson at Yenezue- Epie and demanded to ransack the house.
.
It was gathered that after searching the house, policemen found nothing and were compelled to arrest the whistleblowers. The two accused persons were arraigned on two- count charge by Mr. Matthew Umana from the IGP team.
Read More »

Lagos hoodlums clash over girlfriend who’s double dating, vandalize over 150 vehicles


No fewer than 150 vehicles parked in compounds and by the roadsides at Idi Araba and Olorunishola communities in the Mushin LGA of Lagos State, were reportedly vandalised during the clashes between two factional gangs, while some members of the factions were injured.
.
Punchng reports that the rift was the climax of a supremacy battle between Idi Araba boys and Olorunnishola boys which started about four years ago.
.
It was learnt that the rival gangs had maintained peace for some months before the battle was rekindled penultimate Saturday during a party organised by a lady on Olanrewaju Street, off Itire Road.
.
The unnamed lady was reportedly in a relationship with two men, each from the two factions. It was said that members of both gangs had attended the party that day and as it progressed, a fight broke out between gang members.
.
A resident said one Faruk of Olorunnishola boys escalated the fight after he smashed a bottle on Abbey, a “strong member of Idi Araba boys.” He said Abbey’s gang members regrouped and went on a reprisal to Olorunishola community to unleash mayhem.
.
He said, “Olorunishola boys also came to Idi Araba, Folarin Street and other neighouring streets around 12.30am on Sunday, September 10. They destroyed about 150 vehicles.
.
The lady that organised the party was dating members of both factions. The lady was given a post in her church and she celebrated it on that day. The party could not contain the two rival gangs.”
.
Another resident, Samuel, said the hoodlums cashed in on the clashes to rob residents of their valuables. He added that the gangs clashed again last Friday during which two persons were hit with cutlasses in the head and hand respectively.
Read More »

Police arrest Uber drivers who specialized in robbing female clients at night




Two Uber drivers who specialized in robbing women of their valuables at gunpoint, have been arrested by the Lagos State police command.
.
Fosta Rufus, 30, and Franklin Jogbodo, according to the Special Anti Robbery squad boss, Mohammed Sanusi, picked up their targets around Lekki, Ajah and Victoria Island areas of Lagos.
.
This is the second of such arrest of Uber drivers in Lagos. The suspects were accused of robbing their victims of valuables such as jewelry, expensive phones and cash, and their victims are mainly ladies who go out at night.
.
Lagos State police boss, Imohimi Edgal, said the suspects sometimes would follow their victims to an ATM machine from where they would force them to withdraw cash at gunpoint.
.
He added that the suspects have admitted participating in three different robbery operations in the past.
.
He said that a KIA Rio used in perpetrating the crime and other valuables, which including Samsung Galaxy 7edge plus and iPhone 6 plus, allegedly collected from their victims identified as Nancy Nzuegbo and Eze Chinonso, were recovered from the suspects. credit: Guardian
Read More »

Veteran Benin musician kidnapped at his residence in Edo State; wife shot



Popular Benin legendary musician, Osayomore Joseph have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen. He was kidnapped at his residence on Tuesday after performing at the Oba of Benin 1 year coronation anniversary.
.
According to sources, the wife of the social critic and Ulele Power Sound Exponent, reportedly sustained gun shot wounds to the head and she is currently receiving treatment at a hospital. The incident happened at his house in Oko area of Benin City.
Read More »

Three men rescued while about to be buried alive in Rivers State



Three men were, on Saturday, rescued by the youths of Mgbuosimini Community and the Nigerian Police, while about to be buried by members of an unknown gang. According to an eyewitness, Olavokere, the whereabouts of the rescued men, has however, remained unknown since then.
.
In an alarm he raised through his Facebook page, Olavokere said: “Sotonye, Bobmanuel and Opusunji are indigenes of Abonnema. They were rescued on Saturday but till today, their whereabout is yet to be known. Please, help the Police and their families with relevant information on how to reach them.”
Read More »

Nigerian couple who got engaged 3 days after they met, celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary

Nigerian couple who got engaged 3 days after they met, celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary. check their photos here:


Read More »

Footballer Victor Anichebe debunks claim that he was thrown out of a hotel by Cuppy

Footballer Victor Anichebe debunks claim that he was thrown out of a hotel by Cuppy. check his tweet here:

Read More »

American lady tackles her mom for complaining about her tweet

American lady tackles her mom for complaining about her tweet. read her tweet below:

Read More »

Fashion designer who followed his friend to rob, out of pity, arrested; friend escapes


A fashion designer, Adeshina Adeyemi, 23, has been arrested by the police in Lagos for alleged robbery. But the suspect said he only accompanied his friend, Chibuzo, a robber, for an operation at Adeniran in Ajao Estate.
.
Adeyemi said they went for the operation, about 11:30 pm on Saturday. He said: “When we got to the building that night, I wore hood so that I would not be identified because it is my territory.
.
We entered through the kitchen window and went to the sitting room. “My friend collected an IPad in the sitting room. As we were contemplating on which of the bedrooms to go into, a lady came out and raised the alarm.
.
This was followed by an alarm bell, which vibrated in the vicinity. At that point, we fled in different directions. I jumped through the fence into our building, forgetting to remove my hood.
.
Our guard, who sighted me, ran after me and caught me. He collected the axe I went with and held me until other guards came around. By the time they removed the hood, they discovered that I was the one.
.
I have brought shame to my family. This is the first time I would be involved in a mess like this. I went with my friend Chibuzo, who was in dire need of money. The most painful aspect of it is that Chibuzo, who I followed out of pity, escaped while I am left to pay the price.” credit: Guardian
Read More »

16 dead, 2 missing following a boat mishap in Kebbi State


At least 16 people have been confirmed dead and another 2 missing, following a boat mishap, yesterday, at Jalbabu, Zamare area of Yauri, Kebbi State.
.
According to reports the victims were heading to the market when the incident occurred. 17 people however survived.
Read More »

After dreaming of being arrested over drug possession, US-based Nigerian man finds a bag of marijuana planted in his car

Read More »

24 hours after Tagbo’s death under yet unclear circumstance, Davido breaks his silence

24 hours after Tagbo’s death under yet unclear circumstance, Davido breaks his silence. read davido tweet here:

Read More »

Largest Golf Resort in Nigeria, Longest Hill in West Africa, Biggest Palace in Africa; Inside Story of NAIJANOMAD’s Tour of Tourist Centres in Ondo State


Largest Golf Resort in Nigeria, Longest Hill in West Africa, Biggest Palace in Africa; Inside Story of NAIJANOMAD’s Tour of Tourist Centres in Ondo State
Story by Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Ondo State, Southwest, Nigeria, was first created on 3rd of February 1976 by the Muritala/Obasanjo military administration before a state, Ekiti was carved out of it in 1996. It is a land filled with abundance mineral and natural resources -from large deposit of Crude Oil, Bitumen, Limestone, Kaolin, glass sand, granites, tar sand, clay, iron ore, quartz sand, coal and marble to agricultural products such as Cocoa, Oil Palm, Cassava, Rice, Cocoanut and thick forest. Ondo, known as the Sunshine State, is a haven of honey and grandeur.
With a population of 3.4million people comprises of riverine communities of Ilaje-Eseodo and Ijaw; the Ikale ethnic nationality with their headquarters at Okitipupa; Ore, the land of the Odigbos; to the Ileoluji/Okeigbo occupying the southern senatorial district of Ondo State; the Akures, the Ondos, the Idanres and the Ifedores comprising of six local government areas inhabit the Central while the Akokos, the Owo and the Oses dominate the North senatorial district.
The Sunshine State has a youthful population that provides affordable labour for industrial activities. Ondo State puts education as a high priority, which is evident from the fact that the State has the largest number of public schools in Nigeria. Ondo’s considerable crop of educated elites has led to its classification as one of the most educationally advanced states in Nigeria.
Its economy, which is thirteenth largest in Nigeria, is dominated by oil & gas and agriculture which together generate 90% of the State’s Gross Domestic Product. The State has an extensive deposit of crude oil. In addition, Ondo State is arguably the most peaceful state in the oil-rich Niger-Delta region, boasting a stable political atmosphere and a relatively peaceful coexistence among its various ethnic and religious groups.
The State’s economy is basically agrarian with 65% percent of the State’s labour force in the agriculture sub-sector. There is large scale production of cocoa, oil-palm produce and rubber. Other crops like maize, cashew, kolanut, yam and cassava are also produced in large quantities. Ondo State is richly blessed with varied and favourable ecological and climatic conditions with vegetation ranging from mangrove swamps to southern coastal riverine areas through the rainforest of the midlands to derived savannah in the northern part of the state suitable for cattle grazing.
The southern zone is home to some of the most exotic timber in Nigeria and forest resources like teak, gmeligna and indigenous tree species. However, unknown to many that aside the coastline and agricultural products embedded in the state, Ondo is also a sanctuary of many natural and record-breaking tourist centres. The three-day tour of some tourist sites in the state recently facilitated by NAIJANOMAD, an organization that specializes in selling tourist centres in Nigeria to lovers of tourism within and outside the shore of Nigeria was an eye opener.
Led by the Executive Director of the organization, Mrs Yejide Akeredolu-Runsewe, the first point of call of the fun-loving tourists who are Lagos based young professionals numbering about 20, was the Smoking Hills Golf Resort located on the outskirt of the quiet town of Ilaramokin, 15 minutes from Akure the capital city of the state.
A truly challenging course with world class features, waiting to be tamed by adventurous golfers, the resort is strategically situated in a beautifully endowed location where the golf course has been carefully carved out of 140 acres of surrounding jungle and rolling hills which emit smoke early in the morning and also at dawn to derive the name of the resort. The Ilaramokin Smokin Hills Golf resort is the leading endurance private golf course in Nigeria with standard facilities which includes a practice area, driving range and a Par 3 course for beginners.
From the championship tees, the course measures a healthy 6510 meters and from the members tee, the course measures in at 6044 meters. With a course par of 72, there are two par 5’s each on both the front nine and back nine. The signature hole is number 16, a par 3 – 160 meters from the members tee over water to an island green – Golfers have compared this hole to No.17 in T.P.C. Sawgrass, United States.
According to its head, Marketing and Promotions, Prince Bayo Aderinto, the Smoking Hills and golf course which is presently the third largest in Africa was designed by Ron Garl in 2010 and constructed by one of the top leading certified golf course builders in the world – Messers Total Golf Construction Company of Florida, U.S.A at a cost of over Fifteen million dollars ($15M) with annual maintenance fee of One million dollars ($1M)It was opened for play in 2012 is owned by Chief Michael sAde Ojo – the founder, Elizade Nigeria Limited, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Lagos and Elizade University, also situated at Ilaramokin.
Presently, the Smoking Hills Resort boasts of suitable accommodation at the Travellers Lodge with a total of 14 two-bedroom chalets, well furnished with kitchenette and internet facilities. Aderinto also disclosed that the management of the Smoking hills and golf resorts will at any moment from now commence the construction of a new 5 star hotel with swimming pools to provide world class accommodation to the 18-hole championship course and it will come with shops, hair and nail salons and a relaxation spa so that those who do not play golf you can enjoy the food and entertainment that will be on offer in Nigeria’s latest get-away resort.
On the acceptability and how lucrative the smoking hills and golf resort has been to Nigerians, Aderinto said though that has not been encouraging but it’s no issue as the vision of the founder is long-term and not aimed at immediate profit maximization. He however said the recent Air Peace daily passenger flight from Lagos to Akure and the reconstruction of the access road to Ilaramokin by the Akeredolu administration has tremendously improved patronage to the golf course.
Obviously happy with what she saw at the Smokin Hills and Resort, a tourist in the delegation of NAIJANOMAD, Miss Adeola Ibitola, a Human Resource Manager at Guinness Nigeria PLC said the visit to Ondo State which she described as “Independent Groove” is going to be memorable for her, calling on all Nigerians to come as see things for themselves herein.
On why chose to come all the way from Lagos to Ondo State to catch fun, Ibitola, a native of UsiEkiti in Ido/Osi Local Government of Area of Ekiti State, said “I am here to get fresh air, catch fun, meet new people; even though I am from Ekiti State I never knew something like this exist here. The nature, the calmness, the serenity, the fresh air, the standard; this is incomparable to what I have seen everywhere, even in America. I am impressed. I am surprised at the extent of development here. Now, I could fly in and out of Ondo State. I was at Muritala Mohammed Aiport in Lagos and here I am in Ondo State. We flew Air Peace Airline with just N10, 000. You can imagine! I urge Nigerians to come and see things for themselves here.”
After Ilaramokin, the next point of call was Idanre Hills Resort in the hilly town of Idanre, an agrarian community reputed for producing 10% of the cocoa being exported out of the country. The Idanre Hills is an indication that God truly exist. The Hill(s) listed in UNESCO world heritage sites in 2007, is one of the most awesome and beautiful natural landscapes in Ondo State and Nigeria. Located in Idanre Town, about 24 kilometres drive from Akure, the state capital, the flora, fauna and the topography of the place is a great virtue of mankind creating excitement to fun lovers of nature witnessing spectacular view of the town. The hills which is 3000 feet above sea level, have a deeper place in Yoruba folklore with talk of Oduduwa, Olofin and other Yoruba founders having contact with them.
The NAIJANOMAD team, led by its Initiator, Mrs Runsewe, climbed the first 100 steps in a twinkle of an eye and found the first resting room where the head of maintenance and administration of the Hills Reosrt, Mr. Gbenga Oyinbo expressly told fun-catching tourists the history behind the rock. According to him, the rock was a useful hideout for the indigenes during the time of war in 19th century. He showed them a point which was called Dagunro, which means the end of war.
The people of the ancient city actually lived up the hill before heading down in favour of civilization, said Oyinbo to the NAIJANOMAD team; that they had 682 steps to climb. Up on the hills are several attractions like the unreadable letters of the flood, the Arun River which is said to contain healing powers, an ancient palace courtyard, great steps, the Aghaga Hill and the wonderful mat, shrines and others.
The Climbing by NAIJANOMAD continued until the end of the 682nd steps which most of the delegates had lost their breaths before they could complete. Lo and behold, the place was a beauty place to see. We, the tourists were shown a chalet; then proceeded to some other parts of the hills such as the first primary school in Idanre which was called Igboore standard school. The delegation were shown the Ancient Oba’s Palace which was in the middle of another hill.
Next point of call on the hill was the Arun River where the NAIJANOMAD were told the healing power of the God creature. Also visited on the hill were the Agbogun footprint, the wonderful, ark of Noah and the unreadable letters of the flood.
After the tour of the old city on the hill, it was time to go home but this time through a different route, a very challenging one but never mind, NAIJANOMAD team were master-rock climbers. Down, they descended the hills safely and headed back to the resort of the hills. The resort has lodges for people who would like to stay over. The lodges are actually wooden chalets which come in different sizes and fittings. They also have swimming pools, an outdoor entertainment area, a playground, indoor sports facility and events hall respectively.
Speaking after the tour, a member of the NAIJANOMAD team, Akeem Olonisakin, an indigene of Osun State said he love the adventure and won’t mind visiting the hills again.
Next after Idanre Hills resort was a visit to the palace of Olowo of Owo, known for being the largest on the continent of Africa. The NAIJANORMAD delegation was received by a high chief of the town who does not want his name mentioned on the print. The palace sits on nine and half acres of land with over one hundred courts of which about 13 are still in use.
The high chief who traced the origin to the ancient city of Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yoruba land, led the NAIJANORMAD delegation in and out of about 30 courts, patiently explaining the purpose and significance of each. First in line was the court where the Olowo came out to relax and play ayo (Strategy board) game with some of his chiefs. It was usually out of bounds to all, except to a few invited by the king himself.
According to the Chief, only the Olowo sits inside the place and only calls on his subjects who are expected to sit feet away from his reserved area if he needs to discuss with them.
“Each of the courts, though serving various purposes has a reserved area for the king; the other parts are also apportioned for some of the town’s chiefs. All the town’s title holders know their place in the various courts and they all know better than to cross their bounds; and nowhere is this sitting arrangement more enforced than in one of the largest courts in the collection, where vital aspect of the all-important Igogo festival takes place”, he said.
Also visited in the palace was the court where every chieftaincy installation ceremony in Owo is performed. The Chief further showed the delegation a red and black Rolls Royce and a white Benz, Clear signs that a past Olowo rode in style back in the day. As a parting shot, the chief showed the delegation an extension of the present palace and where all the kings that have reigned from inception of Owo are buried.
What a trip to behold. A three-day adventure ended with everyone telling their stories. The trip, however, did not end without the initiator of NAIJANOMAD; Mrs Yejide Runsewe telling this writer what led her to establishment of NAIJANOMAD.
In her words, Runsewe who is the first daughter of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State said “I got the initiative when I got to United Kingdom (UK) in 2011 for my Masters Degree. I met people from different countries; different culture, different languages, different ideas; people from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, etc. and we exchanged ideas. After my academic programme in the UK, I travelled to Morocco, in North Africa where I slept in the desert of the country for three days.”
Runsewe said on her return to Nigeria in 2014, she started writing on tourist centres across the world through her blog, naijanomads.com. “I started blogging about my experience in the UK when I returned to Nigeria through my blog which I started in 2014. When I started the blog, people started showing interest; some would even send me their stories to publish for them.” She stated.
On the journey thus far, Runsewe said the first place she visited in Nigeria was Kajuru Medieval Castle in Kaduna state in 2015 and today, she has led many tourists on holidays to different part of the world such as Rwanda, Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, Chad, South Africa, etc.
She said people were shocked when she uploaded the pictures of Ilaramokun smoking hills and resort on her facebook page early this year. Runsewe said she hope to visit the popular Igbo Olodumare, situated at Okeigbo in IleolujiOkeigbo local government area and Araromi Beach in Ilaje Local Government Area all in Ondo State, soon.
In the same vein, the mother of one called on the state government to provide a cable car for Idanre resort. She equally suggested that government to build proper infrastructures around all tourist centres in the state.
She commended the Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA) for facilitating the Air Peace’s Lagos to Akure daily passenger flight to the near-moribund state airport. She said the development will help to attract investors who are interested in making money through tourism to the state to tap from the tourism potentials that litter across the state but remained untapped.
The NAIJANOMAD team, who arrives Akure by road from Lagos on Friday September 30th, departed the state through air peace airline from Akure airport to Lagos on October 2nd 2017.
The Special Adviser to the state Governor on Development and Investment, ONDIPA, Mr. Boye Oyewumi in a chat with me said one of the ways the Akeredolu led administration plan to industrialize the state is through tourism.
Oyewumi said the state hope to start create thousands of jobs and improve her Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through tourism in three years to come, hence the first thing his agency, ONDIPA, did upon resumption was to approach air peace to be plying Lagos-Akure.
The widely travelled Oyewumi said “tourists do not like spending much time on the road; they prefer to travel by air. The essence of tourism is to catch fun, not to suffer”.
Adeleye is a Journalist/Researcher. He can be reached via Maxwell_adeleye@yahoo.com

Read More »

Clink Banner