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Oyo govt., Iseyin weavers collaborate to revive Aso-Ofi Festival

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The Oyo State Government and Iseyin Weavers, on Thursday, collaborated to revive and further promote Aso-Ofi festival in the state.

This was disclosed in Iseyin during the grand-finale of Aso-Ofi festival, witnessed by dignitaries in and outside Oyo State.

Speaking at the event, Wife of the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Tamunomini Olufunke Makinde said the festival would promote the cultural values and heritage of the State.

She appealed to Iseyin weavers not to compromise the originality of the wool used in weaving Aso-ofi, adding that it can never be duplicated.

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She also hinted that Aso-ofi has grown to be one of Nigeria’s internationally recognised fabrics, known for its rich cultural values.

“I appeal to our weavers, put a mark on our heritage, it can not be made elsewhere. If it is not made here, it is counterfeit”, she said.

She added, “Ensure you protect our heritage, promote what we have and keep our culture for our generations unborn. Don’t sell out your trade’s secrets. Do your best to protect our heritage”.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, said the present administration in Oyo State is committed to showcasing and harnessing the tourism and economic potentials embedded in the festival.

He said that the Aso-Ofi festival, which was last celebrated in 2018, is set for revival and unhindered annual celebrations.

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Olatunbosun said, with the Aso-Ofi fabrics and resolution by the State Government to promote it, there will be a revolution in the tourism sector of the state.

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He hinted that the Oyo State Government is resolute to champion the exportation of Aso-Ofi fabrics in the state, adding that the cultural, tourism, and creative industry have been identified as one of the major sectors to diversify the economy.

The State Government’s Spokesman added that Oyo State Government is formulating policies that will aid the promotion of this sector, while actions are being taken to unlock the huge potentials in the sector

He said the State government has found it expedient to increase awareness about the annual festival due to its potential.

“We are confident that the Aso-Ofi festival is back and the State Government in collaboration with major stakeholders will be working to revive the festival and promote Aso-ofi beyond the shores of Nigeria.

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“We are working hard to ensure that all potentials are harnessed. We are set to work with sponsors, exporters and promoters in order to make it as international as possible to attract cultural enthusiasts and huge buyers,” he said.

Highlight of the programme was the presentation of “The Ambassador of Aso-ofi of the Year” award to Governor Seyi Makinde and some notable Iseyin indigenes.

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Nollywood Actor Lateef Adedimeji Bags Honourary Degree

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Popular Nollywood actor Lateef Adedimeji has added a new feather to his cap by receiving an honorary doctorate degree in the field of Art and Culture from a prestigious university in Benin Republic.

The accomplished actor took to his Instagram on November 28, 2023, to share the emotional announcement and express his gratitude for the recognition.

Adedimeji, known for his remarkable contributions to the entertainment industry, was visibly moved during the ceremony, where he was draped in the ceremonial robe. In an Instagram post capturing the inspiring moment, he shared, “I was moved to tears as I got adorned in this beautiful robe. I have never been interested in fame, I just wanted to be happy with my craft and the lives that I inspire.”

In a heartfelt caption accompanying the post, the actor revealed the depth of his emotions, saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, today, I have a new title, one I couldn’t have imagined would come without me facing invigilators and keeping late nights to study.” Adedimeji acknowledged the significance of the honor, stating, “The irony is really interesting. I burn midnight candles to master my lines and perfect my expressions, now I’m getting rewarded with what could have been if I did it for classroom reasons.”

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Expressing humility, he reintroduced himself as “DR. ABDULLATEEF ADEDIMEJI ADETOLA, Doctor of Philosophy in Art and Culture from Estam University, Benin.” The actor attributed this achievement to his dedication and hard work in his chosen field, emphasizing that his focus has always been on the art itself rather than the pursuit of fame.

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Adedimeji’s accomplishment aligns with a recent trend among Nigerian celebrities receiving honorary doctorate degrees. In the same month, both Mr. Macaroni and reality star Frodd were celebrated for attaining similar honors, showcasing the industry’s recognition of outstanding individuals.

With this newfound title, Lateef Adedimeji joins the distinguished league of Nigerian celebrities who have received acknowledgment for their remarkable contributions to their respective fields. His journey from mastering lines to receiving an honorary doctorate degree stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication to the art and culture that he so passionately embraces.

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Actor, Amaechi Mounagor Battling Kidney Disease, Diabetes, And Stroke

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In a recent update, Tony Muonagor, cousin to the popular Nollywood actor Amaechi Mounagor, shared the actor’s health struggles. Amaechi, known for his roles in the film industry, is currently facing kidney disease, diabetes, and a recent stroke during his three-week hospital stay.

Tony revealed in a heartfelt Facebook post on Sunday that Amaechi has been managing his diabetes for years, with the family bearing the financial burden. Unfortunately, a recent stroke has intensified his health challenges, making the situation more serious.

Tony’s post stated, “Two weeks ago, I visited my cousin Amaechi Mounagor at the Nnewi Teaching Hospital. Amaechi is currently down with kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke. He had been managing his diabetes over the years and living his life. He is presently undergoing weekly dialysis and other treatments at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi.”

He further clarified, “Contrary to most online publications, Amaechi is my first cousin. His father and my father are of the same father. We have had a wonderful relationship as members of the same industry, and I am proud of him as a ‘brother.’”

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Tony also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from fans, friends, and well-wishers, noting that many groups have been contributing to help with Amaechi’s hospital bills.

Providing an update on Amaechi’s current condition, Tony shared, “As of today, there’s some improvement. His blood sugar is under control, but he is still on admission, weekly dialysis, physiotherapy, and other treatments. His full treatments and recovery require sustained funding or donations.”

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Amaechi Mounagor’s health struggles have garnered attention from fans and supporters worldwide, with various groups rallying together to assist in his recovery. The actor’s cousin emphasized the ongoing need for financial support to ensure Amaechi receives the necessary treatments for a full recovery.

As the entertainment industry unites in support, updates on Amaechi’s health continue to be shared with fans and the wider online community.

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Fans cannot ask for Mohbad’s corpse, say police

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The Lagos State Police Command has said fans of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba aka Mohbad, cannot request the corpse of the deceased.

This is coming following an outcry by fans and friends of the late singer for the release his corpse for burial.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023, made it two months since the corpse of the late Mohbad was exhumed and an autopsy conducted to unravel the cause of the death of the singer.

The police have said the autopsy report is not with them yet.

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The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, had tweeted in September that an “autopsy has been concluded” and the police were “awaiting result.”

When asked by one of our correspondents on Monday about the release of Mohbad’s autopsy report, Hundeyin disclosed that the command had yet to get the report officially.

Hundeyin said, “The autopsy report has not been given to us. Some people have been carrying rumours that it’s ready. It’s one thing for it to be ready, it’s another thing for it to be given to us officially – that we would receive and sign a copy that we have received it. So, we don’t work with rumours, we work with facts.”

Nigerian artiste, Bella Shmurda, among other netizens and fans had appealed to the police to release the remains of Mohbad.

Mohbad’s mother, Olumiyi, also disclosed on Tuesday that she was at the state command last week and she was told his late son’s remains had since been ready for release.

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She alleged that the father of the deceased was behind the reason her late son was not buried, insisting that the police had released the body but awaiting the family to come and take it for burial.

Olumiyi made this claim in a viral video on Tuesday while seeking support from Nigerians to appeal to the father to collect the remains of the late singer from Lagos State Police Command.

She said, “Nigerians, I cry to you to help demand the release of my son’s corpse. I pray that you will not witness your children’s death too.

“Mohbad’s corpse has been released since the completion of the autopsy but his father has refused to let his corpse be released for burial despite me begging him repeatedly.

“I went to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police last week, and he told me that Mohbad’s remains had been released before now, questioning why we are letting his body waste away and if we are happy that he’s dead,” she added.

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“All of you that have gone to exhume Mohbad’s body should wake up now and insist that he (should) be buried. It is not like I have not been willing to voice out since but I leave everything to God. All the things the father has been saying are also left to God.”

But Joseph Aloba, the father of the late singer, had stated that nobody should collect his son’s body for burial without his authorisation.

He made this known in a video shared on TikTok on Sunday.

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“When this boy was alive, he was alive. When he (left), he still retained my name. Nobody should go there and take his body, please,” he warned.

The singer’s father added, “If they want to do anything there, I’ll be the one to authorise them. Nobody should go and carry MohBad’s body from there.”

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When quizzed further on Monday for a reaction to the delay of the autopsy result, Mohbad’s father went mum on the case.

“For now, I can’t say anything until we have another meeting in court. So, I don’t want to say anything concerning that now,” Aloba said.

Reacting during an exclusive interview on Monday evening with one of our correspondents, the police PRO said only Mohbad’s family could take his corpse.

The PPRO said, “On the issue of the corpse, fans cannot request the corpse, well-wishers cannot request the corpse, only the family can request the corpse and the family has not done that.”

Hundeyin added, “They (the family) will request it when they’re ready. If they request it today, they will get it today.”

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