optiMYSTIC BREAKFAST Even Her: Lessons From Fatima Dangote.

If any one of us were in her shoes, we would probably be on an Island in the Bahamas, chilling and splashing Daddy’s money to enjoy life to the fullest.
Fatima Dangote, one of the four daughters of African-Nigerian Billionaire, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who is the richest man in Africa and the 25th on planet earth (2014 Forbes list).
Instead of doing what most of us would have done, she has decided to carve a niche for herself and make some cool money with her own efforts instead of relying solely on Daddy. She is the proud C.E.O of the Cup Cake Factory in Lagos where she makes spectacular designs of cakes. Just like any othe entrepreneur, she started out ‘small’. At least relatively small compared to the extent of her father’s riches. If she wanted to have a company with branches all over the world, I’m sure her father’s wealth would make that a piece of cake but she is the sole-brain behind this, she started out small in Lagos city.
What we should learn from this is simple. The wealth of parents should not be an excuse for a child to be lazy. Being the daughter of a billionaire, she may decide not to work at all, she’ll probably, I mean surely, get a very rich husband who will lavish cash on her effortlessly, if not for anything else, for her father’s economic favours.
Also, her father’s wealth did not kill her creativity, she went into a business that requires a high-level of creativity. Anyone in the cake industry can testify to this fact. You can ask the likes of Olasupo Demorin, a graduate of University of Ibadan who is the C.E.O of Cakes by Demorin.
This attitude calls for reflection from the Nigerian youths. When a person from such a wealthy and influential background is striving to make something out of life rather live solely on her rich father’s wealth, then what is the excuse of we from humble backgrounds?
Also, unlike her sister Halima, who after graduating from the American Intercontinental University, London and obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Webster Business School London immediately after her first degree, joined their father’s business empire as a strategist and is now a Director in the same company.
Instead of struggling in the economic rat-race, we should do a thorough self-searching and seek and utilise our potentials and God-given talents. We should look around and explore opportunities in our immediate environment. A degree is no more a guarantee for a good life, it might not necessarily get us that dream house and car.
A few of us have realized this and are now making some cash for themselves from being entrepreneurs, for example Diuz Clothing, Iyalode Plaza, Bodija, who graduted from U.I, House of Dabira, a fashion outfit owned by Inioluwa Ajayi, currently a 500 level law student at the University of Ibadan too.
This is a clarion call to the Nigerian youths to invest their time wisely in Entrepreneurship instead of always collecting from our parents.
You too can start earning something no matter how small you begin. The sky is your strating point.

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optiMYSTIC Breakfast REBECCA SAXE: HOW WE READ EACH OTHER’S MINDS.

Many of us really think we know how to read another person’s mind but we are actually wrong. Most times, those things we see in films about reading another person’s mind are not real. In those films, mind-reading is usually given this mystical feature so it looks as if only a specialist can read another person’s mind and feelings.

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Digging through my video library this morning, I have got something for you today. Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples’ thoughts — and judges their actions.

Rebecca Saxe is an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She is also an associate member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. She is known for her research on the neural basis of social cognition. And guess what? She is bespectacled! *H*

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16:51 minutes · TEDGlobal 2009
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PROF. ISAAC ALBERT ADVISES ELECTORATES TO SHUN CORRUPT POLITICIANS.

Ibadan- On Monday, during the 3rd Annual Zonal Symposium organised by Muslim Student Society of Nigeria (M.S.S.N) Zone B, Professor Albert Isaac, has advised the electorate to not to accept bribe from any corrupt politician for the purpose of manipulating the electoral process in the forthcoming election in 2015.
The Professor who lectures in the Department of Institute of African Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan explained that election is about the future of the nation and that it is our collective responsibility to make it portray the minds of the masses.
Also at the event was the Chief Imam of University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Abdul-Razaq Kilani who pointed out the role of the M.S.S.N in an election year and also urged the students not to mix religion with politics.

Other dignitaries present at the event include, the Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Nasir Ayilara ably represented by Mr. Najeem Adedokun and the National President of the M.S.S.N, Mallam Abdul-Azeez Folayemi. – NAN.

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MATA APOLOGISES FOR UNITED’S FAILURE

London- Manchester United foward, Juan Mata on Sunday after their loss against Leceister that left them 12th in the Laegue after five matches has aplogised for their failure in the match.

“I kept thinking about how we lost a game that was under control”

“It’s really tough to score three goals away and come back home with no points”

“Honestly I feel sorry that the weekend ended up for our fans in such a bad way”

United looked ready and fit for a clear win after a 3-1 win at the King Power Stadium on Sunday but some defense mistakes in the final hour gave Leceister an oppurtunity to record a home win agains the Devils in 29 years and winning with 5-2.

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REMINISCE TURNS PUBLIC SPEAKER

Ibadan- The popular Yoruba Rap artiste, Reminisce will lead a session at the upcoming TEDx event at the NuStreams Conference and Cultural Centre, Ibadan, Oyo State on September 20. It has been reported by the Nation that he would be speaking on the theme: “Ideas Hidden From Sight” with other speakers across the country, the United Kingdom and South Africa. It has also been reported that Reminisce has just been unveiled in August as the latest Samsung Nigeria Ambassador.

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BOKO HARAM ABDUCTS 50 WOMEN IN ADAMAWA.

In Yola, 50 women including children have been reportedly abducted by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group during an attack in Gulak town, Adamawa state, Daily trust has reported. A resident who identified himself as Tija for fear of being victimized said he got the news of the abduction while he was being trapped in a village near Gulak before he later escaped on Sunday. The terrorist group has been in control of Madagali, Gulakland Michika causing painic in other towns with thousands of people trooping in Yola, the state capital and beyond. Read more at daily trust.

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OIL SUBSIDY FRAUD TRIAL RESUMES TODAY

In Lagos today, the trial of the alleged oil subsidy fraud suspects resumed at the Lagos state High Court after some months of suspension due to the annual vacation holiday by the Lagos State Judiciary.

One of the suspects Ajuyah Ope Yemi and her company, Majope Investment Ltd are on trial for defrauding the Federal Government of about 1.1 billion through schemes. It has also been gathered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (E.F.C.C) is also seeking the prosecution of co-suspects including oil marketer, Abdullahi Alao and Olanrewaju Olalusi who is a staff of Sterling Bank Plc.

After so many arguments and counter-arguments, the matter has been adjourned to Friday for continuation for trial. – CAJ

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W.A.E.C- War Against Examination on Campus | Join the Solidarity!!!

As I was passing through Zik River around 2:3O am yesterday (Don’t ask me what I was doing outside so late, afterall I am a consenting adult), I heard the loud chant of the most popular Aluta song “Solidarity forever!!!”. I halted with a mixed feeling, one of fear and the other of curiosity. I waited silently and poked my head around carefully with rapt attention like one eavesdropping SDC meeting at Senate Building. I tried to decipher the direction where the noise is coming from, I moved closer to the bush at the back of the Department of Botany where the noise seems to be coming from. As I tip-toed carefully towards the venue of this late-night rendezvous. At first, I was pulled back by a voice telling me it may be a meeting of the ‘initiated’, I mean those that ‘belonged’ ( Don’t ask me what ‘belong’ means, I also don’t know). But my extreme curious mind spurred me on. As I got closer, I saw the silhouette of the delegates of this nightly conference. I hid in a dark corner near a tree where I’m sure the illumination from the inverter-powered ‘Halogen’ from Botany will not expose my ‘uninvited self’.
The ‘delegates’ where discussing how what they termed W.A.E.C. will be executed through various protests in Universities Campuses across the country, through actions such as a very serious academic apathy, civil disobedience towards the school authority, wilful stabbing of classes, and so on. From their discourse, I learnt W.A.E.C means War Against Examination on Campus. From their speeches, I guess this ‘conference’ involved ‘delegates’ from all the major Universities across the Federal Republic of Nigeria. There was a particular guy who I guess is from O.A.U, because of the way he was speaking with so much aggression, he opined that all the Deans should be kidnapped and hidden till the examination period is over, “Such wickedness”, I thought to myself. I think the U.I delegates were eight in number because I think heard eight familiar voices. The Ilorin guy said it cannot be possible because his own students are presently on break. The main guy from U.I complained that he was just elected as the ‘main guy’ recently amidst controversies and that he would not like any trouble because as he said, wants to ‘enjoy’ his tenure. But the ‘others’ allayed his fears by assuring him that the ‘War’ would be successful. The talkative among the U.I guys who I guess is from one of these motivational-speaking faculties showed his exceptional concern by telling the house that the situation in his own faculty is very extreme, saying that they set the exams as if ‘someone wants to write exam to be admitted into Paradise’. I think I saw a a guy that looks identical to this guy there too, they so much look alike that I can’t even differentiate them. Only God know what this look-alike is doing there because he is not among the ‘other eight’. Sincerely, I reason with these people, examinations can be very evil especially on this campus. That is when you see people exhibiting ‘hypocritical display of seriousness’, people running mad and screaming all sorts of trash like ‘iwe n le mi ooo’, and people looking for ‘Order 10’ in the waste bin (Courtesy Othello), people falling sick (real and fake inclusive) and seeking asylum in Jaja, etc. All these, all for exams and after everything, often, na ‘banging’ go end am. Person wey go pass and one wey go fail, na two of’em go jack to coma. This one no stop tsunami and erosion oo. Maybe I should join this people sef, no jare…Baba Tolu go kill me if SDC invites and finds me guilty…two semesters…home..hell…
This was the thought that drifted through my mind from gentleman English to angry pidgin when someone who I guess is one of the ‘Abefele’s on patrol poked me with his teezers on my rib thinking I am a ‘belonger’ then, I was shocked!…
When Idris kicked my side, hurting my fourth rib with his thick voice “Standa joor, time don reach”. Then I realised I had been dreaming and that I was not in the bush behind, I was in D36. He was waking me for the morning prayers. What made me mad and sad at the same time the most is the fact that no ‘conference’ was actually held and that I will write this ‘damned’ semester exam and what came to my mind instantly ( as a music enthusiast) is Falz The Bad Guy”s lyrics ‘O PARI O!”
Please Brotherly and Sisterly, exam is taking place ooo. If you are the KDL type and you have misplaced your Library Card, please go get another one ooo, Na N250 or so. All the photocopies of materials, no dull am. All those texbooks you lent out, go and collect your thing back. Eat and sleep well in preparation for this common-enemy. And you don’t need to run-away from your mates in the exam hall, Ebola is not yet in this our own side. Take you books more serious than ever now and don’t be like Ileria and I cos we have sworn to still execute the W.A.E.C -ish anyway, against all odds, even if you all don’t support us…

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DOWNLOAD LINK | HAGREEN DROPS NEW TRACK ‘THE STORY’ WITH SPYROPHREEZE.

Hey Eyin Goons Mi!!!
What’s up? Guess whafff?

It’s finally here! The most hyped and anticipated is here. Hot from the ‘Entertainment Oven’! U.I’s finest, yes, the guy that has just been nominated for the award of Next-Rated Artiste in the much anticipated Oyo State Youths and Students Award, Mr. Hagreen drops new sizzling hot track, ‘The Story’ under his new record label, GreenRepublic featuring the Grandpitch boy- Spyrophreeze (Mr Salary work) #GreenRepublic.

To download this sizzling hot track, quicly click on this link.
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Enjoy the track…don’t bother to thank me later…as per GOON MI.*winks*

optiMYSTIC INFOTAINMENT| HAGREEN BAGS ANOTHER AWARD NOMINATION!

After bagging various notable awards such as The Artiste of the Year of the Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan (2014), Artiste of the year for the Department of Guidance and Counselling (2014), Nominee for the Artiste of the year for the Great Independence Hall, University of Ibadan (2014), he has been recognised once again for his great musical talent. On Wednesday 23rd July 2014, our home-boy, HAGREEN was nominated for the award of ‘Next Rated Student Artiste’ in the much anticipated Oyo State Youths And Students Award. This young man has been so much talked about lately in the entertainment scene in the prestigious Premier University as it is also no news that he is about to drop a new hot track titled ‘The Story’ in which he features one of U.I’s finests, SpyroPhreeze, a.k.a. Mr. Salary Work.
We hope to see this talented young man with likes of Wizkid and Davido in the nearest future. Congratulations to Mr. Hagreen on this notable nomination . I guess 2014 is Mr. Hagreen’s ‘blowing point’.

To see the other awards and nominees in the Oyo State Youths and Students Award, click on this link:http://jkrueent.blogspot.nl/2014/07/students-category.html?m=1

Saturday, August 2, 2014.

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THE OUTBREAK: EBOLA VIRUS || DEMYSTIFICATION OR THE MYSTIFICATION?

The first time I knew about the Ebola virus was in 2007 when I read about it in ‘Outbreak’ by Robin Cook, published in 1987 by Macmillan London Limited where Dr. Marissa Blumenthal of the CDC investigated a series of deadly ebola outbreaks.

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria recently has called for very great concern.

The Nigerian government says it has put all entries into the country on red alert after confirming the death of a Liberian man who was carrying the Ebola virus.

The man died after arriving at Lagos airport on Tuesday, in the first Ebola case in Africa’s most populous country.

Let me give you an insight into what Ebola really is.

SYMPTOMS
Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by ebola viruses. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. There is then nausea, vomiting and diarrhea along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point some people begin to have problems with bleeding. The bleeding affect every outlet in the body, including the eyes, ears, nostrils and so on.

The disease is first acquired by a population when a person comes into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal such as a monkey or fruit bat. Fruit bats are believed to carry and spread the disease without being affected by it. Once infection occurs, the disease may be spread from one person to another. People who survive may be able to transmit the disease sexually for nearly two months. To make the diagnosis, typically other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fever are excluded. The blood may then be tested for either antibodies to the virus, the viral RNA, or the virus itself to confirm the diagnosis.[1]

PREVENTION OF THE DISEASE
Prevention involves decreasing the spread of the disease from infected monkeys and pigs to humans. This may be done by checking these animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooking meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may be helpful, as may wearing protective clothing and washing hands when around someone sick with the disease. Samples from people with the disease should be handled with an extra degree of caution.

There is no specific treatment for the virus with efforts to help people including giving the person either oral rehydration therapy or intravenous fluids. The disease has a high death rate: often between 50% and 90%. It typically occurs in outbreaks in tropical regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. Between 1976, when it was first identified, and 2014, fewer than 1,000 people a year have been infected. The largest outbreak to date is the ongoing 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, which is affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and NIGERIA in which it has caused a red alert in LAGOS especially. The disease was first identified in the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Efforts are ongoing to develop a vaccine; however, none exists as of present.

It should be noted that this disease is transmitted mainly be body fluids such as blood, sweat, saliva, etc. And the victim dies in two weeks with various shocking physical symptoms such as skin thwarts apart from the severe fever and among others. Let us be very careful. Take precautions such as washing your hands very well after shaking a stranger etc.
Below is a picture of an infected person.

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WHICH OF YOU DOES NOT KNOW FRANK DONGA? One of the most stupid men I have ever seen!

In his book, ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’, Oscar Wilde said inter alia that whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
The most stupid man I have come across in recent times is Frank Donga. A young man probably in his late 30s who is constantly conducting one interview or the other and uses his extreme display of stupidity to ruin it all. Interviews such as employment interview, visa application interview and so on, are his stock-in-trade. He sometimes moves away from this and goes to other places to commit this devastating faux pas like a supermarket. You need to see this man to know that stupidity is not an easy task.

The most interesting and funniest thing about this man’s puerile countenance is the utmost innocence with which they are displayed. See, Mr. Frank is not actually trying to make you laugh, that is just the way he is, he is stupid!

To have a glimpse into Franks escapades, you can download his videos from http://www.youtube.com and type the name of the interview episode you want to watch. Below is a list of episodes of Frank Donga’s interview.


Digging Deep
Visa Application
The Salary
Former Boss
False Alert, etc.

Watch and enjoy…and please don’t try this anywhere!

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INTERVIEW WITH HAGREEN| “I am Handsome, I have got a unique voice and also have a crazy stage performance”-HAGREEN.


We promised to publish the interview with a fast-rising upcoming star in the Nigerian Music industry, also one of U.I’s finest musicians. In fufillment of that promise, we hereby present the interview with Hagreen which conducted by our correspondent on Wednesday 9th July, 2014.
Read and Enjoy. And please drop your comments in the comment box below. Thanks.
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O: Please introduce yourself Sir.
H: Please I am a young ooo. No ‘Sirs’. My name is Kolapo Oluwatosin Habeeb from Ogun state. I was born on 29/01/1995. A 300 level student of the Department of Guidance and Counselling, Faculty of Education in the Premier University. I hail from Oyo state.
O: Why did you choose music?
H: As I have often said, I found music and music found me, it’s just a part of my life.
O: When did you start music professionally?
H: 2012
O: How many songs do you have so far, name them.?
H: I have GO ROCKING, FOLLOW FOLLOW ft OXYGENE, NO BE LIE ft BIG MUZ and CLERIO C, DANCIA FOR ME, WINE AM and some freestyles like that .I also did T.O.T’s campaign jingle alongside Spyro Phreeze and Vivian.
O :What is your selling point?
H: I am Handsome, I have got a unique voice and also have a crazy stage performance.
O: Do you feel you are better than Spyro Freeze, Oxygene and co?
H: I don’t feel I am better than anyone in particular. I just think I am the best.
O: What are your hobbies?
H: Hanging out with friends and meeting new people,and singing, most especially.
O: Are you in a relationship? (Brief pause) Not really, but I have someone I love so much.
O: What is your ideology about life?
H: It takes grace and not only hardwork to be successful in life. The G-Factor is essential.
O: Where do you see yourself in the next three years?
H: I see myself being among the best in the music industry
O: Are you currently under any label?
H: Yes, Green Republic but still dreaming bigger.
O: Sources revealed that you are about to drop a new single soon, is that correct?
H: Yes, that’s true. The song is titled ‘STORY’ featuring one of U.I’s best, Spyro Phreeze.
O: So what should we expect from the new single?
H: Expect a hit, just the best. This one is fresh, I promise.
O: Holla at your fans.
H: Fans! Keep supporting your boy, expect the best always, I will not let you down. I remain loyal.
O: And your critics?
H: Keep it constructive. You are my best fans. I love you all.
O: Hagreen, thank you for granting. I hope any other we call on you, you will grant us audience?
H: Always loyal Sir.
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UNVEILING A STAR| “MUSIC IS MY LIFE” says Famous U.I upcoming musician.

Music is found in every known culture, past and present, varying widely between times and places. From research, it has been concluded that music may have been in existence for over 50, 000 years and the first music may have been invented in Africa and the evolved to become a fundamental constituent of human life. In the world of today, so many types of music has evolved, each type striving to gain superiority over the others. But among the youths of these century, Hip-hop has made its way to the top, it is the trending music. So many songs are churned out daily in this industry by various artistes, from the famous ones to rising-stars. Among these people, only a few from each of both categories really understand the idea of music and how it works, what I call ‘music mechanics’. One of these few I have met in recent times is an enthusiastic, young and brilliant upcoming artiste by the stage-name HAGREEN.
HAGREEN was the Artiste of the year for Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan in 2013. He has a song in the mix which will be dropped pretty soon in which he featured SPYRO PHREEZE. An interview with this handsome young man three (3) days ago revealed so many interesting things about him. On what motivates him, surprisingly, he simply said, “Music is my life”. He explained that the creativity comes so easy.
The full interview will be published soon with his full profile…WATCH OUT!!!
Meanwhile you can follow him on twitter @Its_Hagreen also on Facebook via Hagreen Baba.
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optiMYSTIC News| IBADAN BILLIONAIRE, ARISEKOLA DIES AT 69.

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Arisekola Alao dies at 69

JUNE 19, 2014 BY OLUFEMI ATOYEBI
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Are Musulumi of Yoruba land and billionaire businessman, Alhaji Azeez Arisekola Alao, is dead. Family sources told our correspondent that the religious leader died in his London home on Wednesdaywhere he had been since last week Thursday. He died on the day he was expected back in Nigeria. He was aged 69.

The family source said that the Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria did not show any sign of ill health, although he was said to have embarked on the journey on medical grounds.

“On the day he was going, he told us that he would be back on Wednesday so we were expecting him today (Wednesday). Unfortunately, the news of his death was all we heard,” said the source who pleaded anonymity.

One of the deceased siblings, Alhaji Abu, who confirmed his death, said he was too shocked to comment on Arisekola’s death.

A source at the family house in Oluwo Nla, Basorun Ibadan, also told our correspondent that Arisekola died in his sleep after breakfast on Wednesday. President-General SCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, was said to have flown to London to join family members to bring Arisekola’s corpse for burial on Thursday (today).

Some of the early callers at the house included the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his wife, Florence, Head of Service in the state, Tajudeen Aremu, Chairman of First Bank, Ajibola Afonja, Chief Imam of Ibadan, Sheik Suara Haruna, others are a former deputy governor in the state, Azeem Gbolarumi, a former Congress for Progressive Change governorship candidate in the state, Bayo Shittu, Chief Lekan Alabi, Rasheed Adesokan, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, religious leaders, sympathisers and government officials.

In his reaction, Ajimobi described Arisekola’s death, as tragic, disheartening and a big blow to the entire nation.

“Aare cannot die as those who lived the kind of life he lived, with imprints in the lives of millions of people, never die. He lived a life that was devoted to the lives of others. It is indeed the end of an era for us in Ibadan and Nigeria in general. Uncle Arisekola-Alao was an upright, consistent and principled man. He called a spade by its name without minding whose ox was gored.

“Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland was also a pillar of support to our administration whose wise counsel had helped tremendously in the success story so far recorded by our government,’’ he remarked.

The first son of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana, Prof. Femi, told our correspondent that Arisekola’s death was a tragedy to Ibadanland.

“Arisekola was a leader in Ibadan, who stood by my father. He has left us too early. He contributed immensely to the development of the city and Nigeria. With my father, they brought peace to Oyo State.

“He knew the Bible so well that he offered to read the first reading during the centenary celebration of my father at St. Peter’s Church, Aremo on April 14. That showed that he was a balanced religious leader. It’s a big loss to all of us and I don’t know how to break the news to Olubadan, who is like a father to him,” he said.

Also, a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said his demise was a loss to Nigeria.

Atiku said in a statement by his media office in Abuja on Wednesday that he was shocked and saddened by the death of Arisekola-Alao.

He noted that “the colourful and astute businessman” was passionate about Nigeria.

“Arisekola was a devout Muslim and community leader. He was generous and loved his people; the quality of his humanity and compassion was unprecedented. The country will surely miss him,” Atiku said.

“I visited him recently after the death of his wife and he hosted me to a lunch in his palatial Ibadan home. He related well with all Nigerians,” the Turakin Adamawa recalled.

He expressed his condolences to the family and people and government of Oyo State over the loss.

In a statement, a former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, described the deceased as the father of all whose death was a loss to the nation.

“The news of his death was a shock to me. He was a devoted Muslim and a philanthropist who will be greatly missed by Nigeria. I pray that God will grant him god rest.”

In his tribute, Gbolarunmi said he spoke with the deceased on Tuesday and that it was a big shock that he died on Wednesday.

BREAKING NEWS!| WHAT IS NIGERIA TURNING INTO??? EXPLOSION HITS WORLD CUP VIEWING CENTRE.

DAMATURU, Nigeria –  A suicide bomber detonated a tricycle taxi packed with explosives at an outdoor World Cup viewing center in a northeast Nigerian city Tuesday night, and witnesses said several people were killed.

Hospital workers said the death likely will rise with 15 people critically wounded and casualties still coming in to the main hospital at Damaturu, capital of Yobe state.

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Police Assistant Superintendent Nathan Cheghan confirmed the explosion but said rescue workers were being careful for fear of secondary explosions. Islamic extremists of the Boko Haram group frequently time secondary explosions to kill people who rush to the scene of a bomb blast.

Cheghan said he had no casualty figures.

There was no immediate claim for the blast witnesses were blaming on Boko Haram fighters who have targeted football viewing centers and sports bars in the past. Two explosions in recent weeks killed at least 40 people in two northern cities.

Witnesses said the tricycle taxi was driven into the outdoor area soon after the Brazil-Mexico match started Tuesday night.  All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

One hospital worker said he saw at least seven bodies. Another said 15 casualties were in intensive care. Both asked that their names not be published because they are not authorized to speak to reporters.

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FAYOSE’S ALLEGED ‘RICE OF DEATH’

Thai officials have announced the arrest of a crooked businessman, Udeh Ikem, who is the Chairman of Udeh and Sons Holdings, over the illegal purchase of 30 tons of expired rice from Thailand for export to the Nigerian market.
It is believed that part of the rice, said to have expired since 2006, is at the heart of the alleged unsafe rice said to have been distributed by the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
The head of the Public Affairs Section of the Thailand Embassy, Mr. Chun Kun Yrung, in a letter to  the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and NAFDAC, stated that the rice had expired and that they were bought from unscrupulous business men after the Thailand  Agency for Food and Drugs had ordered they should be destroyed.
“A Nigerian man bought the expired rice from Dai Sun central store in Chiangmai, North of Thailand. The 30 tons of rice were meant to be destroyed by the Thailand Ministry of Commerce and Trade.
Unfortunately, a Nigerian business man, Chief Udeh Ikem, who is the Chairman of Udeh and Sons Holdings, bought the consignment illegally in collaboration with some corrupt Thai officials. As at now, the business man has been arrested in Bangkok and he will be prosecuted by the Thailand police authorities”, the Thailand Embassy stated.
Mr Fayose recently distributed some 30,000 bags of rice to students and market women in the state ahead of this Saturday’s governorship election.
But the Thailand Agency for Food Quality and Control, (TAFQC) said it was worried that the rice could harm Nigerians, hence the need to send a strong protest to the Federal Government on the importation of  several “fake, dangerous and harmful” bags of expired rice being imported to Nigeria for human consumption.
The Thailand government  said it was disturbed that Nigerian politicians are buying expired food stuff from Asia without consideration for the impact on the health of consumers.
Efforts to get Mr Fayose to respond to the allegation was unsuccessful, as he refused to pick his call or respond to a text sent to him.
 However, leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Caucus, Williams Akintunde, said is group has launched a campaign to warn the  people against the bags of rice.
“The bags of rice are not good for the spiritual well being of Ekiti people. The rice is harmful. Fayose brought these bags of rice to destroy the lives of young people in Ekiti state. They must be careful so that they do not become zombies after eating Fayose’s rice,” he said.