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Women Are Problems To Themselves – Ajila-Ladipo

Ajila Ladipo

Mrs. Funmi Ajila-Ladipo is currently the president of Fashion Designers’ Association of Nigeria (FDAN). She won the best designer award in 1987 and 1988 and has being consistent in the fashion industry for almost three decades. She studied fashion designing at the Yaba College of Technology and have participated in different trainings and exhibitions, locally and international. This fashion icon in ...

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Glitz, Glamour, Colour At Lagos 2015 Carnival


By Ekene Okoro –  Lagos    Not many had believed that this year’s edition of the Lagos Carnival will eventually take place. The postponement of the general elections from February 14 and 28, had forced the organisers to postpone the carnival from the usual Easter Monday, when previous carnivals were held. The Easter weekend fell in between the two election dates, ...

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Good Wives, Mothers Create Time For Their Families –Thompson

She is many things rolled into one, a housewife, pastor and farmer. In this interview, Pastor (Mrs.) Moromoke Fatimo Thompson shares the secrets of her success in life, home and career as a farmer in spite of the challenges she faces in all her daily vocations. She spoke to ARAMIDE OIKELOME. It is a pleasure meeting you today. Would you ...

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Culture, Church meet as Igboukwu Community flags off planting season

By Christian Emeka,  Awka   In furtherance of its resolve to encourage and promote Igbo culture that are not in conflict with Christianity, the Mbido Igbo Association recently marked the Iba Ubi, an Igbo national festival signifying the flag-off of the  planting season for the year.   At the National Yam House, Igboukwu, Anambra State, venue of the occasion, it ...

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Amazons of 2015 elections

Sonaiya  Al-Hassan Shodipo-Clark

The 2015 general elections may have come and gone, but one cannot forget in hurry the roles played by some outstanding women across different part of the country. They contested, campaigned and are commended for their efforts in contributing to the development of Nigeria. Senior Reporter ANTHONIA SOYINGBE in this report, writes on some of the amazons who slugged it ...

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How Ishi Ubomiri celebrated monarch’s first anniversary

Eze Ekeh (middle) and wife being led out to his palace’s arena during the occasion

By  Anolu Vincent Snr Correspondent, Owerri The practice, promotion and preservation of their rich cultural heritage are paramount to all Igbo traditional settings and indigenes. Culture, apart from being the people’s way of life and a symbol of their identity, is a veritable instrument of strengthening unity, cohesion and solidarity among the indigenes of any given community. It is against ...

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Office of first lady comes with unnecessary glamour


As a delegate during the last National Conference, Olasanye said the report of the confab should be implemented by the current administration and subsequent governments, as some of the recommendations according to her do not require the normal constitutional review. Sh said, “I know that some of the recommendations are things that can pass through the normal constitution amendments; the ...

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Yeye Oge at 80: Recounts life without TOS Benson

Yeye Oge

She became an octogenarian few weeks back but this quintessential style  and beauty ambassador on her 80th birthday celebration didn’t look a day older than 60. Like a bejeweled crown, Opral Benson who proudly bears her sobriquet, ‘Yeye Oge’ to the admiration of all and sundry speaks with Senior Reporter, Anthonia Soyingbe on life at 80. Happy at 80 Actually ...

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I’ve always dreamt of motherhood –Adaobi Alex-Oni


Former TV presenter, Adaobi Alex-Oni, is the brain behind Role of Women in Emerging African Democracies (ROWEAD), a think-tank organisation which creates platform for women in position to take bold steps and make the right decision, but not to the detriment of their families and ideologies. In this interview with Senior Reporter, ANTHONIA SOYINGBE,  she spoke about motherhood and other ...

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My home is first priority –Mark


Foremost hat maker, Grace Mark, of Grace Hats fame, started making hats 35 years ago. Today, she is not just a successful entrepreneur, she is a force to reckon with in the business of hat making. Senior Reporter, ANTHONIA SOYINGBE, had a chat with her during which she spoke on her success story in the industry. We understand that you ...

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How Benin-Ore road got its groove back

Benin-Ore express way

By Isaac Olamikan Special Correspondent, Benin Twenty six-year-old Timi Adeoye graduated two years ago from the University of Benin and was a frequent user of the Benin-Ore route. According to him, “travelling on Nigerian roads used to be a nightmare for me; I still remember spending twelve long hours on a trip from Lagos to Benin regularly since I got ...

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Mbaise, community made popular by its people

Mbaise masquerade

By Uka Felix Senior Correspondent, Abakaliki Mbaise community, in Imo State is one of the most populous and popular tribal group in Igbo land. Even if you have not been to the community, which seats on a table land, you would have heard about the Mbaise people, their women, men and culture. The romantic, sonorous language of the Mbaise people distinguish ...

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Female politicians need family’s support to succeed – Shobajo


Agnes Adenike Shobajo, Member, Executive Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State and former Coordinator, Women for Change Initiative (WCI) believes that there is a place for Nigerian women in politics. This Public Relations guru, and a Council Member, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), in this interview with Senior Reporter, ANTHONIA SOYINGBE, speaks on issues ...

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No gender equality without constitutional backing – Philips

Mrs. Philips

As one of the few politicians who place patriotism above party politics, Teju Philips, former commissioner in Lagos State, a trained accountant who rose to the peak of her career through dedication and hard work, is bold and outspoken. Philips, a former gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State and fighter who strongly upholds the principle of gender equality, in the interview, ...

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Holocaust: Lagos unite against hate, discrimination

Soremekun engaging the students at the unveiling of the world’s largest straw-mat

By Ejikeme Omenazu Production Editor, Lagos On Tuesday January 27, over 615 secondary schools gathered in Lagos to observe the 2015 International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the holocaust. Participants unanimously echoed, ‘Holocaust…Never Again’. Capturing the mood of the students after watching the film, “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald”, 16-year-old Miss Miracle Mackson of Gbaja Girls ...

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There’re too many dubious people in politics – Grange


Nigeria’s first female Minster of Health, Professor Adenike Grange, in this interview with Senior Reporter, ANTHONIA SOYINGBE, speaks on her life after her forced resignation, her ordeal while in office, among other issues. Since you resigned as the Minister of Health over the N300 million unspent budget scandal, we have not really heard about you. What has been happening to you ...

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It’s lovely working in one’s spouse’s business – Uwadia


Bose Uwadia, Assistant General Manager, A and C Engineering and Marine Services Limited, is the incumbent President of Ikeja Pearls Lions Club. For 17 years, this Biology graduate of Bendel State University, now Delta State University, was a homemaker. Senior Reporter, ANTHONIA SOYINGBE, had a chat with her on her career and passion for charity among other issues. What has ...

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I’m Nigeria’s most investigated president –IBB


Former Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, called IBB for short, in his typical manner, stirred the air of controversy last week when he reportedly referred to his government as one that was run by angels. In this transcript of his culled from Zero Tolerance, a publication of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), IBB gave unusual insight into some ...

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Women don’t have heart for corruption – Olateru-Olagbegi

Olateru Olagbegi

Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi, a lawyer, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1976. A notary public and member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), she is an international gender consultant, researcher and board member of several international and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs). A former president of FIDA, she is the Executive Director, Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON), a women’s human ...

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In business you get as much as you put –Adewole


Bolanle Adewole, a lawyer-turned educationist founded The Learning Place (TLP) out of her passion for children, especially those with autism. She trained in Montessori education in United Kingdom and worked in several schools abroad before relocating to Nigeria. Senior Reporter, ANTHONIA SOYINGBE, recently had a chat with this expert in child related disorder and she spoke on her passion for ...

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Being widow, mother, career woman not easy – Jidenma

Mrs Ije Jidenma is the Chief Executive Officer of Leading Edge Consulting, a Human Resources and organisational development firm. She holds a PhD in Industrial Psychology with specialisation in Psychometrics. She has worked as a training and development officer with Industrial Training Fund (ITF). As a senior consultant in human resource with the then Price Waterhouse, she consulted extensively for ...

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Good homes don’t just happen – Ilechukwu


Dr. Adeola Olukemi Ilechukwu is the second National Vice President of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS).  One of the foremost women in Information Communication Technology (ICT), she is also  the National President of Nigeria Women In Information Technology (NIWIIT) and wife of the General Overseer of  Charismatic Renewal Ministries. Senior Reporter, ANTHONIA SOYINGBE, recently met with her and she spoke on ...

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You can’t catch me wearing suit, wrapper –Suleiman

By Nkasiobi Oluikpe Correspondent, Lagos For the aged to earn the respect and recognition of his kinsmen, he must have been a fellow of integrity, good moral background and exhibiting a high level of maturity. That way, such allusions as ‘old age comes with wisdom’ can be made about him. Since it is also common place to see old age ...

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‘Officers’ wives should be productively engaged’

Asonye, inspecting her catfish hatchery

Chinasa Earnestina Asonye, an accountant, is into aquaculture, majoring in fish and rice farming. She delved into farming nine years ago after her husband told her to resign her appointment with a multi-national company to take care of the home. Asonye, who embraced farming as a novice, was one of the winners of the 2014 National Female Food Hero (FFH) ...

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Couples must be physically, spiritually compatible –Adigun


 The event could be described as ‘A celebration of fulfilled career,’ because, she was glad the journey started well and the sailing was plain. Olufunmilayo Adigun, a retired school principal, was in delightful mood as she spoke with Senior Reporter, ANTHONIA SOYINGBE, about her years in Oyo State Teaching Service, her home, marriage, motherhood and marital life. She was a ...

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