THE NATION ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012
ADETUTU AUDU (E-mail: email@example.com, Tel: 08023849036)
Pastor Okotie’s amazing Christmas dance
HE 2012 Xmas day will not be forgotten in a hurry among the congregation of Household of God led by flamboyant Pastor Chris Okotie. The FRESH Democratic Party presidential candidate displayed rare dancing skills on the altar to the amazement and enjoyment of his teeming followers.
Ibidun Ighodalo dazzles again
ORMER beauty queen and wife of popular pastor, Ituah Ighodalo of the wave-making church, Trinity House, is sure good in what she does. The beautiful lady behind Elizabeth R has been able to sustain the annual Christmas street lighting and decoration, with each year an improvement on the previous. This year, the Alausa Open Garden and the Falomo Roundabout, both in Lagos, have remained two centres of attraction and family fun for revellers, tourists and fun-seekers. In one piece, the entire roundabout is an artistic replica of the ancient biblical manger in which the Virgin Mary was delivered of Baby Jesus. Donkeys, reindeers, cows and bundles of cakebrown hays are a few of the awesome decorative props. Baby Jesus occupies a “cot” at the centre of the whole setting, admired and attended to by both his parents the Virgin Mary and Joseph the son of the carpenter - as well as the wise men who brought him the gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. All of them are mounted on a raised platform at the centre of the garden. An outstanding feature of the Falomo Christmas Garden is a gold-polished, mock-up carving of “EKO-O-NIBAJE” which poses as a sort of reminder, showing that the Lagos State Government led by His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) has once again added values to the state. Over the years, the street décor has been consistently adjudged as Nigeria's most exceptional Christmas street décor, garnering rave reviews in leading news media, and inspiring reputable corporate bodies who have been emulating the BRF's initiative of boosting the Lagos Christmas mood for all through street decoration.
Ernest and Margaret Shonekan: Soul mates for life
N the world where marriage is falling like a pack of cards, Chief Ernest Shonekan, industrialist and one-time interim head of state and his wife, Margaret, have continued to wax stronger in love and at every opportunity proved that they are soul mates for life. The Egba, Ogun State-born Chief and his delectable wife at every opportunity always find time to grace occasions together and they are always cynosure of all eyes. Unlike other glamorous first ladies, Margaret also graceful with panache did not really exhibit her glamorous side while in office, which many attribute to her husband's short lived tenure.
Ramon Adedoyin rocks @55 @56
OME January 1 2013, Dr Ramon Adedoyin, the proprietor of Oduduwa University and the popular Universal College of Technology, will be 56. The Maye of the source (Ile-Ife) is leaving no stone unturned to make the day grand. At 56, Dr Adedoyin is fulfilled as President of three great institutions. While he was an undergraduate, he established a remedial school called Universal Tutorial College which later metamorphosed to Universal College of Technology, now The Polytechnic, Ile-Ife. Recently, Adedoyin got a license to run a university. His Oduduwa University has started making waves in Nigeria. Also to Adedoyin's credit is Our Saviours University in the State of Delaware in USA. Adedoyin was recently offered a professorial seat at the popular Littoral University, Port Novo in the Republic of Benin. His Imperial Majesty Oba Okunade Sijuwade also honoured him with the Chieftaincy title of Maye of Ife. The Ife central local government also honoured him by naming a street in Ile-Ife after him. The Ife Development Board also bestowed the BEST IFE SON award on him.
The Nation December 30, 2012