The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has expressed worry over persistent cases of deaths of Ibadan elders in recent times.
Adetunji expressed his worry in a statement issued in Ibadan by his spokesperson, Mr Adeola Oloko, while reacting to the death of the Parakoyi of Ibadanland, Chief Bode Akindele,
The monarch expressed shock and disbelief over Akindele’s passage barely four days after the death of Oyo State immediate past govermor, Abiola Ajimobi.
He lamented the passing in recent times of high profile Ibadan indigenes such as the legal luminary, Chief Richard Akinjide.
Others, he said, were veteran journalist, Chief Areoye Oyebola, business mogul, Chief Muritala Adetunji; renowned educationist, Chief Emiola Adesina as well as renowned agronomist, Dr Lalekan Are.
Adetunji called on clerics and spiritual leaders, irrespective of affiliation, to intercede for the well-being of all citizens, particularly in Ibadanland where people had been dying slowly but steadily in recent times.
The Olubadan described Akindele as an astute businessman, entrepreneur of note and one whose life benefited many.
He recalled how the late Parakoyi of Ibadanland set up business outfits, employed hundreds of people and fixed destinies of otherwise hapless citizens.
” Even though a man who lives up to 82 can be said to be advanced in age, when people mourn their loses it is because the vacuum left behind is always difficult if not impossible to fill,” he said.
He said that Akindele bestrode the business world like a colossus for over 50 years, culminating in the establishment of Madandola Group of Companies with investment in shipping, fisheries, real estate and telecommunications among others.
The monarch prayed for the repose of the departed souls and called on men and women of God to stand in the gap for the protection and preservation of Ibadan people at home and in the Diaspora.
He also prayed God to give Akindele’s family, particularly his wives and children, the fortitude to bear the loss.
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Court adjourns suit challenging Akindele, others’ conviction
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday adjourned until July 21, to hear a suit challenging the legality of the conviction of Funke Akindele, her husband, Abdu-rasheed Bello, and 236 others.
Recall that Akindele, a popular actress; Bello, and others were arrested, tried and convicted for violating the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention)Regulations 2020.
She was said to have hosted a birthday party in her Lagos residence to celebrate her husband’s birthday, an act viewed as a violation of the state government’s regulation on infectious disease prevention.
Akindele rose to prominence for her series, Jenifa’s Diary broadcast on national television.
The case challenging the convictions, which was earlier slated for hearing on Friday before Justice Maureen Onyetenu, could not proceed following applications before the court.
When the case was called, a senior counsel from the office of Attorney General of Lagos State, Mr Jonathan Ogunsanya, informed the court of a notice of preliminary objection challenging the suit.
The said Notice of Preliminary objection was served on the plaintiff’s counsel, Mr Fatai Adebanjo.
Ogunsanya had also informed the court of a motion on notice seeking to regularise his processes before the court.
Consequently, Justice Onyetenu further adjourned the case until July 21 for substantive hearing.
According to the plaintiff, (Ogungbeje) the arrest, arraignment, trial, conviction and sentencing of Akindele and others is lacking in merit.
He said that the offence for which they were convicted was unknown to the law and could not be a ground for any criminal liability.
“I have a duty to protect and defend the sanctity of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from any contravention or infraction,” he said.
Citing an Appeal Court’s decisions in 2016 involving Faith Okafor vs Lagos State and another, Ogungbeje avers a that a violation of such regulation could not result in criminal liability.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Tinubu mourns renowned philanthropist, Bode Akindele
In his tribute to the late business mogul, Tinubu on Wednesday in Lagos said Akindele’s large-heartedness, the extraordinary enthusiasm with which he gave of his time and of himself, was what separated him from other men of means.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the late Akindele died in Lagos on Monday at 87 years.
The Parakoyi of Ibadan and the founder of the Bode Akindele Foundation, was renowned for his philanthropy which spanned several decades.
“Chief Akindele was a renowned philanthropist whose foundation employed and empowered many people.
“Throughout the span of his life, Chief Akindele lived charitably and his passing will be keenly felt by the multitude of young Nigerians touched by his generosity.
“His beneficence towards his fellow man, particularly the people of Ibadan, was legendary.
“He shall be sorely missed by the needy and oppressed Nigerians whom he so loved and cared for,” he said
According to the former Lagos State governor, the late industrialist lived a long and fulfilled life, marked by a multitude of impressive achievements.
“Akindele was a self-made man who single-handedly built a large and successful business empire with interests spanning from maritime to property, manufacturing, real estate, finance and flour milling.
“He was an astute and driven businessman through his perseverance, determination and consistency of effort and character, he was able to achieve greatness on a global scale.
“His accomplishments in life stand testament to all that can be achieved by tenacious and astute African businessmen,” Tinubu said
The APC leader thanked God that the late industrialist was able to live a long and fulfilled life, adding that his passing was a great loss to the Nigerian people.
He condoled with the government and people of Oyo State, particularly the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1.
“We are grateful to Almighty God for the time that we spent with Chief Akindele here on earth and for the way he was able to touch the lives of so many with his philanthropy.
“He left his footprint in the sands of time and his memory will live long in the hearts and minds of all of us, who were blessed to have known him personally and a multitude of those who did not,” he said
Tinubu prayed solace to Bolaji, his son and all other members of his family.
“May Almighty God grant them all the resolve to bear this loss and the fortitude to carry on in honour of his legacy,” he said
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Akindele: We lost a patriot, business mentor- Sen. Balogun
Sen. Kola Balogun (PDP-Oyo South)has described the death of Chief Bode Akindele, a foremost industrialist, as a terrible blow to the younger generation.
Balogun said this in a condolence message issued in Ibadan by his media aide, Rotimi Johnson.
Balogun, who described the late Akindele as a great man in all ramifications, said he was a patriot and good business
mentor to the younger generation.
“Chief Bode Akindele was a great businessman and philanthropist. He was a renowned businessman of international repute. He has a conglomerate with arms in many countries.
“This is yet another terrible blow, but we take solace in the fact that he finished strong and very accomplished at 87 years,” Balogun said.
“We pray God gives the family and associates the fortitude to bear the loss and continue from where Baba Akindele stopped,” he said.
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Buhari mourns renowned philanthropist, Bode Akindele
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of foremost philanthropist and entrepreneur, Chief Bode Akindele, as an irreparable loss to the country.
The president made his feelings known in a condolence message released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday.
“Chief Akindele was a man of many parts. He was a creator of jobs who demonstrated untiring love for the down-trodden.
”His philanthropic gestures knew no bounds, intervening especially in critical sectors of the economy,” he said.
Buhari acknowledged that the late industrialist was one of the early groups of private individuals to support government intervention in the fight against the COVID-19 scourge, donating handsomely to the fund.
He condoled with the government and people of Oyo State, particularly the Olubadan-in-Council on the loss of the Parakoyi of Ibadanland.
He noted Akindele’s immeasurable contributions to development and progress of his community and country remained paramount till the very end.
The president also commiserated with the Organised Private Sector on the departure of a key member whose imprints in various sectors would remain indelible.
Buhari urged the family, friends and associates to take solace in the fact that Akindele touched lives, wrote his name in gold and lived a life of accomplishments.
He prayed that God would grant the deceased eternal rest.
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Bode Akindele ‘ill be greatly missed – Ibadan Chamber of Commerce
The Ibadan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI), on Monday, condoles the family of the late Chief Bode Akindele, saying that the renowned industrialist would be greatly missed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akindele, the Parakoyi of Ibadanland, died in the early hours of Monday in Lagos, at the age of 87.
The President of ICCI, Chief Sola Abodunrin, told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview that the deceased had done well for Ibadanland by facilitating the establishment of many industries.
“Chief Bode Akindele was one of the prominent people, who have brought industries to Ibadanland and he will greatly missed.
“He was a great industrialist in Ibadanland. He brought was the one who brought Standard Breweries Nigeria Limited and United Beverages Limited, which produces Zinc Lemon and Afri-Cola.
“He also brought other companies like Diamond Foods, producing biscuits and Standard Packages. Indeed, we cannot forget his immense contributions to the socio-economic development of Ibadan and Oyo State in general,” he said.
Abodunrin prayed God to rest the soul of the late industrialist and grant his family the fortitude to be the irreparable loss.
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Ajimobi, senators mourn Akindele
Ajimobi said this on Monday while paying tribute to Akindele in a statement signed his media aide, Bolaji Tunji.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akindele died on Sunday, a few days after the party lost the pioneer chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Pa Samuel Farinu, and another leader, Pa Salaudeen Adelere.
Ajimobi said the death of Akindele was a personal loss, adding that the late politician was a pillar of support in his political odyssey.
According to him, Akindele was a progressive to the core who remained active and never wavered in his ideology.
“He identified with, served and nurtured progressive ideas and ideals from the time of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, till he breathed his last,” Ajimobi said.
The former governor said that the late politician was a repository of progressive history who would be missed for his wisdom, candour and counsel which were always laced with proverbs and witticism.
“He was one of the pillars of development who rendered selfless service to the state.
” His robust contribution to the development of Oyo town, Oyo State and by extension Nigeria cannot be overemphasised.
“He was an uncle, brother and father figure for us in the progressives fold. His only concerns have been the development of Oyo state,” he said.
Ajimobi said Akindele’s death would create a vacuum that would be difficult to fill for a long time.
He also expressed his condolences to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, over the death of Akindele.
“My heartfelt condolences to Iku Baba Yeye, the Alaafin of Oyo, the people of Oyo, his immediate family and members of our party (APC) on the death of this illustrious son of Oyo. May his soul rest in peace,”he said.
Folarin, in a statement signed by his media aide, Yekeen Olaniyi, expressed shock, sadness and regret over the death of ” another staunch Awoist” in the state.
The former senate leader said Akindele would be sorely missed by the progressives, APC and the people of Oyo town.
“I feel deeply sad and shattered to learn of the death of our father and great leader, Chief SM Akindele. Baba was an Awoist all through his lifetime. His contributions to progressives causes were laudable.
“He was quite steadfast and dogged in defence of good governance as well as progressive politicking in Nigeria. His death has robbed the progressives family of one of its eloquent defenders.
“Baba passed on at a time when his wealth of experience and qualitative leadership would have been useful to the reconciliation agenda of Oyo APC,” he said.
He commiserated with Akindele’s family, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, APC and the people of Oyo, praying the deceased’s soul find solace in the bosom of God.
Buhari, in a statement he personally signed, described Akindele as a man who spent his life to serve God and contribute immensely to the advancement of humanity through his progressive path in politics.
He prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and give the family as well as friends the fortitude to bear the loss.
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Nollywood’s Akindele extols Ighodalo
Akindele took to her Instagram page to pay tribute to Ighodalo, describing her as a good friend, who impacted on her life and career.
Akindele said that Ighodalo helped her in promoting the ‘Jenifa brand’ and taught her to be classy and decent.
The late Ighodalo ran an events company, Elizabeth R, alongside her foundation, Ibidun Ighodalo Foundation, during her lifetime.
Akindele wrote: “So confused!! Don’t know what to write!! Ibidun you were a good friend, you supported my brand when I was very low.
“You helped position the Jenifa brand. You taught me how to be classy and decent. You were always there for me.
“Ha!! Why? We can’t question you oh Lord!!! Rest in peace my beautiful sister. May God comfort uncle’s heart.”
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
COVID-19: NFVCB, Nollywood appeal to LASG to grant Funke Akindele state pardon
The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), regulator Nigeria’ film industry has joined Nollywood stakeholders to appealed to Lagos State Government to grant state pardon to actress Funke Akindele.
NAN recalls that a Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos had on April convicted Funke Akindele and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz, for flaunting the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020.
The couple were arrested and arraigned for hosting a birthday party at their residence at Amen Estate in Lagos in contravention of government’s lockdown order on social distancing amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
They pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 14 days of community service, in addition to a fine of N100,000 each and an order that the state should keep them in isolation for 14 days.
The development, however, generated sympathy from within and outside the Nigerian entertainment industry for the thespian, popularly known as ‘Jenifa’ by fans.
Fans of the actress, industry watchers, guilds and even human rights activists, have continued to appeal to relevant authorities to officially pardon the artiste.
According to Thomas, the board and other stakeholders in the industry want the state government to grant state pardon to Funke Akindele on compassionate grounds and by extension, her husband.
The NFVCB chief said that the appeal became necessary for the conviction not to hamper her future engagements and contributions as a stakeholder in the nation’s growing creative industry.
He said that the board had received a deluge of pleas from concerned stakeholders, including Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) and the Association of Movie Proucers (AMP) on behalf of Funke Akindele.
Thomas added that over 10,000 industry players, including Jide Kosoko and Ralph Nwadike among others had lend their voices to the call for pardon from relevant authorities.
“As a regulatory agency, we see her inexcusable action as a punishable oversight, and an act that should be widely condemned considering her roles and status in the society.
“However, in as much as we agree to the fact that she erred and would have been a good example in words and deeds, we also empathise with her and the family having heard her explanation.
“We are not oblivious of the roles she has played in times past in getting the message of the preventive measures of COVID-19 across, and by taking up the gauntlet to apologise.
“She is global ambassador of not just the Nigerian film industry but the nation at large through her trailblazing successes and awards recorded across board.
“We trust and have confirmation that she has realised her errors, which was never intended to undermine the state government’s efforts at managing the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.
Thomas said that the board had officially made an appeal to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, to grant state pardon to Funke Akindele.
He said that having learnt her lessons, he believed that the actress was committed to exercising extra caution and discretion in future activities and engagements.
“Funke has also been at the forefront of selfless media campaigns and sensitisation for the state government in times past.
“Also, in setting another example, she took up her cross and has soberly served out the terms of her conviction.
“We strongly believe that having learnt her lessons, she is committed to exercising extra caution and discretion in future activities and engagements.
“In light of this, we are passionately appealing to Gov. Sanwo-Olu to grant state pardon to Funke Akindele and by extension, her husband, Abdul Rasheed-Bello, on compassionate grounds.”
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Funke Akindele, others felicitate with Genevieve Nnaji @41
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Genevieve Nnaji won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role in 2005, making her the first actress to win the award.
In 2011, she was honoured as a member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contributions to the film industry.
Nnaji’s directorial debut movie, ‘Lionheart’, was the first Netflix original from Nigeria and first Nigerian submission for the Oscars.
Sola Sobowale and Rachael Okonkwo were also among other celebrities who felicitated with her.
The celebrities took to their instagram handles to celebrate the actress, and they all prayed for her success in all endeavours.
Actress Funke Akindele said: ” Happy birthday my darling sister. Here is wishing you many more fruitful years on earth. Keep soaring Genny”.
Similarly, Sobowale, with a display of Genevieve Nnaji’s picture on her page wrote: “I congratulate you for all you have accomplished, today another year has been added on to you. I celebrate you.
” In this new age, you will say there is a lifting up. May the divine joy and peace of the Lord continue to abide in you. May He renew your strength and grant the desires of your heart.
” Happy birthday my darling Genevieve. Love you always”.
Also, Rachael Okonkwo wrote: ” Happy birthday to you my legendary Genevieve Nnaji. Thanks for being a huge inspiration and role model. May God continue to keep you in wisdom and good health.”
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/ Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)
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