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Friday, October 30, 2015

Actress Dakore Akande looks unrecognizable in new shoot

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 Actress Dakore Akande looks unrecognizable in new shoot

The mother of two shared some photos from her latest shoot.  Gorgeous or not?

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Rihanna signs a $25 million deal with South Korean Electronics giant Samsung

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Rihanna has signed a $25 million deal with Samsung to sponsor her upcoming album as well as the accompanying tour. Rihanna and Samsung have apparently been working on the deal for 7 months.   This will help to promote the company's new line of Galaxy products as well as its new music streaming service, Milk Music, which will presumably gain some sort of exclusivity to the music off Anti.

Congrats to her.


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Pop Singer Selena Gomez to receive Chart Topper Award at Billboard's event

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Billboard has announced that singer Selena Gomez will be honored with the Chart Topper Award at Billboard's annual Women in Music event.  Her latest album "Revival," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

"The first single lifted from Revival, “Good For You” featuring A$AP Rocky, is Gomez’s fastest-ever platinum seller and highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 5. “Good For You” spent three consecutive weeks at No. 1 at Top 40 radio. 
“In the last few months, Selena has broken onto the scene as an adult, and come into her own as an artist with the success of Revival,” comments Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “We want to highlight this moment for a woman who has become a role model for many, a feminist, an independent voice whose new album truly showcases her as a mature artist.”
The event, which recognizes accomplishments by women in the music industry, will take place in New York on December 11, 2015.

The prestigious award was won by Iggy Azalea in the previous year.

Singer and actress Lady Gaga will also be honored at the event with the 2015 Woman of the Year award, while Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard will be named Billboard's 2015 Women in Music Powerhouse Artist.
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Cutting Sugar improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days - New Study

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Cutting Sugar improves Children’s Health in Just 10 Days - New Study

A new study has revealed that reducing sugar intake even without accompanying calorie reduction, made overweight children healthier in as little as 10 days.  The research, published on October 27, 2015 in the journal Obesity, was conducted by researchers from University of California San Francisco and Touro University California. 

The study analyzed 43 Latino and African-American children ages nine to 19 who were obese and had at least one chronic metabolic condition. For nine days their sugar was restricted – sugar reduced from 28 to 10 percent, fructose from 12 to 4 percent – but was maintained the same fat, protein, carbohydrate, and calorie levels reported to be consumed at home.

After nine days, nearly every aspect of their metabolic health improved without weight changes introduced. LDL or “bad” cholesterol was reduced by 10 points, diastolic blood pressure by 5mm, and triglycerides by 33 points. Insulin levels were cut by a third, fasting blood glucose decreased by five points, and liver function results improved.

Lead author Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, said that their findings definitively reflect the metabolic harms of sugar not because of its calories or weight impact. “Rather, sugar is metabolically harmful because it’s sugar,” he said the “strongest evidence to date” of sugar’s negative effects.  He further said “a calorie is not a calorie” – the calorie source is important, and added sugar is deemed the worst due to its ability to turn to fat in the liver and drive insulin resistance and disease risk.

Fructose also acts directly upon the reward system in a person's brain, causing them to crave more sugar. "The more sugar you get, the more you want," Lustig asserted.

Senior author Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz of Touro University added that when sugar was taken out of their diets, the children began heeding their bodies’ satiety cues.“They told us it felt like so much more food,” she said, highlighting the kids consumed the same number of calories.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kate Middleton dazzles in floral print dress at 100 Women in Hedge Funds event

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Kate Middleton dazzles in floral print dress at 100 Women in Hedge Funds event

Mother of two, Kate Middleton wore above outfit to attend the 100 Women in Hedge Funds event at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Duchess stunned in a beautiful floral silk dress by London-based Erdem worth £2,660 as she stepped out on Tuesday.

The charity event was to raise funds for The Art Room, one of the charities she supports. The Duchess of Cambridge presented the 100WHF 2015 European Leadership Award ‎to Elizabeth Corley, chief executive officer of Allianz Global Investors, for her work mentoring future leaders of the investment banking industry at the occasion.

Gorgeous or not?
Kate Middleton dazzles in floral silk outfit at 100 Women in Hedge Funds eventThe royal looked demure as she walked down the stairsKate stepped out in a pair of earrings that used to belong to the Queen Mother
Kate's dress featured a dramatic peplum drop and low cut V-neck detailing at the back
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

#FightTheOdds: Tuface's Wife, Annie Idibia shaves her hair for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Annie Idibia teamed up with Make-up artiste ArabyLaide and photographer Emmanuel Oyeleke for a breast cancer awareness inspired photo shoot tagged #FightTheOdds. This is to create more awareness about cancer and the importance of self examination.

Nice concept!

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Royalty Menu! Would you Bid for Prince William and Princess Kate's Wedding Menu card?

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Prince William and Princess Kate's menu card for their April 29, 2011 wedding has been put up for auction by Nate D. Sanders Auctions online on October 29 with a starting bid of £650 (almost $1,000).

Prince William and Princess Kate’s Wedding Menu for Sale! What Was Served on Their Special Day?| The British Royals, The Royals, Kate Middleton, Prince William
The lavish wedding was attended by only 300 close friends and family though 1,900 people witnessed the ceremony. The dinner menu (posted above) is printed on on thick ivory cardstock and features a green floral border trimmed in gold.

Would you bid for it?
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Kim Kardashian flaunts her baby bump in white outfit, has more than 50 million followers on Instagram

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Kim Kardashian (Jordan Strauss/AP/PA)

The 35-year-old and eight-month pregnant reality star attended the InStyle Awards at the Getty Centre in Los Angeles.  She looked so stylish as she flaunted her bump in the Valentino dress on the black carpet.

Meanwhile, Kim K is gearing up to be the next Queen of social media.  She shared the news below to thank her fans on Instagram:


Taylor Swift is leading with 53.7 million fans while Kim has 50.2 million.

(Jordan Strauss/Invision/PA)Kim Kardashian shows off her baby bump as she joins fashionable friends at the InStyle Awards
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Monday, October 26, 2015

For Real! US Human DNA Found In Hot Dogs, Study Says

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Hamburgers and hot dogs are a classic at every tailgate. (Photo: Getty Images)

A new study by Clear Food, a subsidiary of food analyzation startup Clear Labs, has revealed that human DNA is present in 2 percent of hot dog and sausage brands.

The study also found that two thirds of the samples containing human DNA were advertised as vegetarian and almost 15 percent of products examined contained ingredients that differed from those included on the label.

“The food industry has been a black box for too long. Food consumers have to trust that food labels are accurate, but that isn’t always the case,” said Sasan Amini, Clear Labs CEO and co-founder, in a press release. “We’ve found a 10-15 percent rate of discrepancy between labeled ingredients and actual ingredients across our internal tests to date.”

The Clear Food study collected 345 samples of hot dogs and sausages — veggie dogs, sausages, and old-fashioned, all-beef hot dogs — from 75 different brands at 10 different retailers, according to their statement. They found that 14.4 percent of the samples were problematic in some way, due to ingredient substitution, addition, or hygienic issues.

“Substitution occurs when ingredients are added that do not show up on the label. Hygienic issues occur when some sort of non-harmful contaminant is introduced to the hot dog, in most cases, human DNA,” said Clear Food in their study.

Pork was found in 3 percent of samples, the majority of which were in products advertised as chicken- or turkey-only, especially problematic for people who avoid pork for religious reasons. In products not supposed to contain them, 10 contained traces of chicken meat, 9 pork, 4 beef, 3 turkey, and 2 lamb.

Vegetarian products were another source of issue in the study. Besides frequently containing human DNA, 67 percent of the hygienic issues within the samples were caused by vegetarian products. Ten percent of all vegetarian samples contained meat; Clear Food found chicken in a ‘vegetarian’ breakfast sausage and pork in a ‘vegetarian’ hot dog. Based on their study of retailers, they advise that vegetarians buy their products from Trader Joe’s.

“While some of these substitutions, hygienic issues, other variances, or off-label ingredients may be permitted by the FDA, our scientific disclosure allows you, as the consumer, to decide whether the variance or problems meet your personal standard in your buying decision,” Clear Food says in their study.

The overall best retailers for hot dog and sausage products are Target, Walmart, and Safeway, and the top brands are, in order, Butterball, McCormick, Ekrich, and Hebrew National, who all received a ‘Clear Score’ of 96, meaning ‘highest quality, great value, and safe.’ Clear Food says is it promising that there are “a number of hot dog manufacturers, large and small, that are producing high-quality hot dogs with integrity.”

Amini, in the press release, added that she and her co-founder “started Clear Food to pave the way for consumers to make more informed choices about what they eat while rewarding companies and products with integrity — those that are what they say they are.” Clear Food was designed to be the customer initiative division of Clear Labs, and aims to reveal issues with food and ways to ensure food matches the advertised quality.

Clear Food will release findings of their studies each month for free to the public on their website.

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Here are 4 Ways To Build A Career And Life That's Worth Talking About

7 Tips To Raise Your Visibility And Advance Your Career

Are you building a career that’s worth writing about? Nely Galan answered that question when she was 22 years old, and her answer led to a high-powered career: Nely has been an Emmy award winning producer (produced over 600 TV shows), the first Latina president of U.S. television network Telemundo, the first Latina female to appear on Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump, and she now owns and operates her own media company, Galan Entertainment. Nely doesn’t just talk about empowering women, she takes action. She is the founder of the Adelante Movement that aims to elevate and train 30,000 Latinas by the year 2020. Nely didn’t come from power or privilege — she is a first generation immigrant, who moved from Cuba to America when she was five with her parents who didn’t speak English.

Recently, Andrea Guendelman, cofounder and CEO of BeVisible, and I interviewed Nely for this Self-Made Women series. We had one thing to say about Nely after the interview: “WOW.” Then we brought the 10,000 word interview down to four lessons we learned from Nely in her own words:

1.  Don’t Be A Wimp

I was a sophomore in high school in New Jersey and we had an assignment to write a story. I turned mine in and one of the nuns said to me, “I don’t think you wrote this story. I think this is an Ernest Hemingway short story.” I was suspended for plagiarism for three days. I was furious. But my parents didn’t see it the same way as I did. They wanted to stay under the radar and not rock the boat. They told me to apologize, but I refused because I didn’t do anything wrong.

Instead of apologizing I called the Board of Education for the state of New Jersey. This guy answered the phone, listened to my story and said, “Why don’t I set you up with an interview with the local newspaper, and you tell them the story?”

The headline read: “Cuban Girl Gets Expelled for First Amendment Issue.” I was freaking out. My parents were freaking out. So were the nuns but in a different way. They met with me and apologized, saying they overreacted and instead of suspending me, they put me on the fast track to graduate early.

My whole life changed because of that scandal. By the time I was 17, I was the youngest guest editor in the history of Seventeen magazine. That led to a job offer in Texas to be a researcher on a TV show. I accepted the job offer, moved to Texas and was quickly promoted to a correspondent.

That was one of the most important lessons in my life: It doesn't pay to just take it and be wimpy. You've got to stand up and speak up when things are not fair.

2.  Get Your Own Chips

When I was 22, I worked in Boston for the CBS network interviewing people for news stories, but often I wasn’t even in the story. Then one day, I interviewed Hollywood producer Norman Lear, and he said, “My god, you’re feisty.” Then he offered me a job to work at a rinky-dink Spanish TV station in New York that he and his partner purchased. I was like, “No offense, but why would I want to leave CBS Network and come work for a tiny operation?”

Norman’s partner, Jerry Perenchio answered that question for me: “You’re Latina. We’re at the forefront of the Latina market and you can be on the ground floor. You can be a big fish in a small pond and really make your own way in the world. Or you can be one of thousands of correspondents that are sent out on assignments. That could be great work, but you aren’t building anything. You’re watching what other people do. Instead, you could do what other people interview people about.” I thought, "Iwant to be the person who is doing things that are game changing and worth talking aobut." So I took the job.

Three years later, my boss announced that this company was being sold. I didn’t even know the company was for sale. I felt like it was my company and they were plotting against me. I asked my boss, “How could you do this to me? You know I’ve worked like a dog.” He said, “Young lady, those are my chips. If you want to play, go get your own chips.” I hated him so much at that moment.

But he told me what I needed to hear: “Go do it yourself. What are you waiting for?” When they sold the company, they gave me $350,000 and a Mercedes Benz (which I sold for $50,000). I was 25 and that’s when I started my own business, and I built something worth talking about.

3.  Listen To People Who Are Smarter Than You

A former boss gave me some good advice that I didn’t even realize was good at the time. He would always say, “When I was your age, I started a business and I lowered my overhead, it took me 10 years to make money, but then I became a millionaire."

A few years later I took that advice when I started a production company business. I moved from my nice Central Park West apartment to a dumpy fourth floor walk-up studio in the East Village.

I decided to start this production company because when I was running the Spanish TV station, I never had enough programming. I thought I would solve that problem by creating content. But it didn’t go well. I didn’t make money for years. The problem was that there weren’t enough channels to buy the programming I produced. I went to all those Hollywood people and said, “You guys need to invest in content in the Latina market because it’s going to be huge.” Every single person responded with something like this: “I’ll offer you a job but we don’t really want to get into this Latina thing.”

Thank God that my old boss at CBS loved me and hired me to do interviews as a freelancer — that’s how I survived during those startup days. My mother and father were freaking out, saying, “Ay, dios mio, you’re going to lose your looks, you haven’t found your husband. You’re wasting time.”

The one thing that kept me going for those four years was my ex-boss’s voice in my head saying, “It took me 10 years to make money, but then I became a millionaire.”

In year four, I got my first piece of business and then my second. The third piece of business was the life changer. Rupert Murdoch’s people called me. I didn’t even know who the hell Rupert Murdoch was — he had just come to America and was in the process of buying Twentieth Century Fox. I met with him, and he told me that he wanted me to launch six channels in Latin America. I said, “I want to do programming.” He told me I was wrong — distribution comes before content, and if I wanted to have a successful business, I needed to be the person creating the channels. I thought, “No wonder, I haven’t been making money — my business model is wrong.”

I told Rubert, “I’ll launch your six channels, but I don’t want to work for you. I want you to outsource the business to me and my own company, and lend me the money I need to scale my business to do this.” He agreed, but on the condition that I couldn’t work for anyone else except for him and my existing clients (HBO and ESPN) until I paid him back the money.

I moved to Latin America, lived in Mexico City, Argentina, Chile and Brazil and launched the channels. I paid Rupert back in two years, and then I was able to take on clients like MGM and Sony. That’s when I started making a lot of money. All because I listened and learned from people who were smarter than me. They may not have been more intelligent than me, but they were more experienced than me and they were empowered. By listening to them, I learned how to be empowered.

4.  Be The Architect Of Your Life

When I was 45, I decided to go back to school and get my masters. There was never a question that I would complete the program and get the degree, even though I was tempted with incredible business opportunities. That’s because I’m a “completion” person. There are a few things that I’ve begun that I haven’t finished.

That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had failures. My biggest failures have been in my personal life because I thought that I could fix people. I learned we can’t fix other people. But we can fix things.

Here’s why I went back to school. At age 45, the economy crashed and I was blessed to have invested my money in things that provided me enough income that I didn’t have to work for a living. My husband asked me, “If you were going to die in a year, what would you regret in your life?”

I said, “I would regret that I didn’t finish school.” My son was eight years old at the time, he told me, “Mom, why do I have to go to college? You didn’t finish college and you’ve done really well.” I thought, “That’s not the message I want for my kid.” I had joined the board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. I’m very committed to school, I love school, and I thought, “I’ve got to practice what I preach and I’ve got to go back to school.”

During those years, I got more than a formal education. I found my work-home balance. Prior to that, I was on the treadmill, always putting my family last. I had to rediscover my family in order to switch my priorities. And I discovered my “next.” I wrote my dissertation for school on Latinas in America and it’s like the bible of Latinas. I dissected the mindsets of Latinas. That became the business plan for what I needed to do next. That’s when I launched Adelante, knowing that I will do whatever it takes to make it work. I know that when things don’t work out at first, I’ll figure it out or find others who are smarter than me to help fix it. I will do whatever it takes to snap out of a bad situation.

That’s what keeps me going. It’s like a math formula, and when you get to the equation that works, the doors open and everything happens easily.

I am truly the architect of my life. Here’s a lesson for all women, especially twenty- and thirty something women: There's no boss that's going to miraculously give you a raise or give you money without you earning it. There’s no Prince Charming that’s going to take care of you. You have got to really own your happiness and that means you have to be self-reliant financially. Empowerment begins with knowing you can do it for yourself.

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Meet Unoaku Anyadike, the 2015 MBGN in Nigeria

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Meet the Unoak Anyadike, the 2015 MBGN in Nigeria

Unoaku Anyadike has been crowned the 2015 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. She beat 36 other contestants to emerge winner.The event was held on Saturday evening in Calabar.   Unoaku hails from Ekwuloba, Aguata local government in Anambra state.

Congrats to her.

Meet Unoak Anyadike, the 2015 MBGN in Nigeria Meet the Unoak Anyadike, the 2015 MBGN in Nigeria

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Meet the New Ooni of Ife Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Read His Profile

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Meet the New Ooni of Ife Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has been announced as the new Ooni of Ife after the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade on July 28, 2015. He is from the Giesi Ruling House of Ile Ife Osun State. Read the press release from Governor Rauf Aregbesola below:

Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi's Profile

Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi holds a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from the Polytechnic of Ibadan, where he started cutting his teeth in outstanding entrepreneurship, even as a student. To mention a few, he is a member of dignified professional bodies, namely, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate Accounting Technician and a certified member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria. He is also an active member of Global Real Estate Institute (GRI), having participated at various levels.

He has been involved in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) locally and abroad for over 12 years and he is also actively involved in the development of over 2,500 housing units with various consortia of developers/promoters over the last 8 years in Nigeria. He facilitated strong trade relationship through Association for International Business (AIB) with presence in over 200 member countries across the globe which he set up in Nigeria. One of the key achievements of this body is the trade facilitation between the United Arab Emirates (Jebel Ali free Trade Zone development) and Federal Government of Nigeria through Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

He was a co-organizer for Ondo State Economic Planning and Implementation Committee. He led the Government delegation team to Canada in 2002 for strategic alliances and partnership with Ondo State Government on solid mineral potentials of the State (Bitumen, Dimension Stones, Granite, etc.) which led to the formation of Amalgamated Mining and Exploration Company Limited – wholly owned by Ondo State Government. He was involved in the facilitation and development of Sparkwest Steel Galvanizing Plant (the only Steel Galvanizing Plant in Nigeria), National Iron Ore Mining Company Limited and Jakura Mines resuscitation projects, which has eventually become the major limestone feed stock to Obajana Cement Plant in Kogi State, Nigeria.

Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was involved with trading and marketing of commodities, the main facilitator for Dangote Group’s break into the ‘up-country supply chain consortium’ between 1996 and 1999. He also traded for Dohagro Allied, Global Apex, Olam, Clemco, Stallion Group, Milan Group etc, at about the same period. This is where he gained expertise in marketing prowess which up till date is one of his major strengths. He also facilitated the biggest Lead and Aluminum recycling plant set up in Nigeria by National Steel Company of India in Ota, Ogun State.

He began his strides in the Real Estate sector with various dredging and land reclamation projects in Lagos State. Adeyeye is the initiator of EssentialHomes, a real estate product launched in January 2014 formed to deliver affordable upscale homes to the middle and low income earners. The 1st phase of the product (The Southpointe Estate, Lafiaji Road, Lekki, Lagos State) started in February 2014, and has been successfully delivered within 1 year with about 60% occupancy recorded. This attests to the huge market demand and acceptability of the EssentialHomes product. He also led the team that developed the beautiful Northpointe Estate Phase I,II,III and Midland Court on Chevron Drive Lekki Lagos.

In addition, Prince Adyeye has successfully undertaken more multi-billion Naira projects across Lagos and environs; Jacob Mews Estate Yaba, Lakeview Park I and II Estates Lekki, the ongoing Golden Leaf Estate Lafiaji, Lekki and Grand Lake Estate Ajah, Lagos.

Adeyeye is presently an employer of over 300 indigenous youth at the Inagbe Cocowood Factory – EssentialHomes Furniture brand, first of its kind in Nigeria using 100% indigenous raw materials for production. He has over 450 direct employees across his various companies, and over 3000 indirect employees.

Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is a Director on the Board of Directors of Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited, (formerly GTHomes), a leading National Mortgage Bank and former subsidiary of one of the biggest banks in Africa, GTBank Plc. He is also a Director, FinaTrust Microfinance Bank Limited, one of Nigeria’s foremost Microfinance Banks focusing on SMEs and micro credit facilities. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Gran Imperio Group, the holding company of Real Estate and Construction, Manufacturing, Facilities Management, Leisure and Tourism companies in Nigeria.

Prince Ogunwusi has been involved in remarkable partnerships with dignified Royal Fathers in some of his Real Estate developments; HRM, Oba Saheed Elegushi, Kusenla III, Elegushi of Ikate Land, Lagos (Development of LakeView Park 2, Lafiaji, Off Orchid Hotel Road, Lekki – Epe Expressway), HRM, The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, (development of Northpointe Estate, Chevron Drive, Lekki, Lagos), HRM, Oba Oyekan, Onilado, of Ilado Inagbe Island, Lagos, (Development of Inagbe Grand Resorts and Leisure, Lagos), HRM, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, The Oranmiyan Osile Oke Ona of Egba Land, Abeokuta (development of The Lord’s Estate, Buckswood College Abeokuta), HRM, Oba Oloruntoyin Saliu, the Oloworo of Oworonsoki, Lagos (partners in the proposed Oworonsoki Redevelopment Scheme, Lagos), HRM Oba Akinloye, Ojomu of Ajiran Land, Lekki – a host to several developments which Adeyeye has embarked on, HRM, The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Muhammed Gbadamosi (partnership during the rice and sugar merchandising for Dangote Group and others).

He is loved and highly respected by the people of Ile-Ife. As a Prince, he has stayed and is very much in touch with his roots and tradition. He has close alliances with some of the most esteemed Royal fathers, leaders and kings men.
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Check out Pictures from Actress Susan Peters Traditional Marriage

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Susan Peters had her traditional marriage in her hometown, Benue State, on October 24, 2015. Recall that the actress and her Dutch husband signed the dotted lines at the Federal Marriage Registry, Ikoyi in Lagos two weeks ago.

Congrats to them.



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It's a boy! Stephanie Okereke Welcomes First Child with Linus Idahosa

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It's a boy! Stephanie Okereke Welcome First Child with Linus Idahosa
The actress and her husband Linus Idahosa welcomed their first child together.  The happy mother shared the news on her Facebook page with the caption: "It’s A Boy! All Glory belongs to God!!!"

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