The Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University Prof. Bamitale Omole, Pro-Chancellor, OAU Prof. Roland Ndoma-Egba and several other distinguished Alumni of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria have gathered in Dallas at the Hilton DFW Conference Center for the 8th Biennial International Reunion which is being hosted by the Dallas Chapter under the leadership of Mr. Deolu Esho. The three day event commenced with a social mixer suya at the Austin Ranch. The Alumni general meeting, a formal banquet and picnic also formed additional activities during the busy weekend.
The university was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in May 1987 in honor of its founding statesman and first Chancellor. The university had a student population of about 20,000 for the 2001 academic year and offers degrees in the following faculties;
Administration, Agriculture, Arts Education, Environmental Design and Management, Health Sciences and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Law, Science, Social Sciences, Pharmacy, Technology (Engineering).
Great Ife is consistently the university with the most applicants in the JAMB (Joint Admission Matriculation Board) university entrance examination and is perhaps the most selective university in most courses. Ife is the University where Wole Soyinka (Nobel laureate in literature in 1986) was appointed and later promoted to full professorship in 1975. Members of Ife faculty hold doctorates and highest diplomas from virtually all the most venerated and hallowed universities of Europe, Britain, Canada and the United States. Further, alumni of Ife have earned top degrees and honors from the finest universities and organizations of the world.
The university is located at Ile-Ife, (Osun State) in the southwestern region of Nigeria. This places the university 200km northwest of Lagos, the commercial nerve center of West Africa. The university is about 2 hours 15 minutes drive from Lagos, to which it is connected by dual carriage roads. International visitors arriving in Lagos by air can reach the University within 3 hours of leaving the Lagos airport.
Ile-Ife, which literally means “Home of all men” is regarded in Yoruba mythology to be the site of divine creation. Ife is an ancient town, at least 1000 years old in its present location, with about 200,000 population. Most Ife people are students, artisans, farmers and traders. Ife is noted for its arts, carvings, and rituals to its pantheon of gods. Most importantly however, it is world famous for its naturalistic bronze heads and other metallurgical wonders. The artifact of Oduduwa’s head [the mythical progenitor of the Yoruba kingdoms] is included in the university’s coat of arms.
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Penultimate three weeks past, my dear Uncle, Mr. Anthony Adokue Aduayi (1939-2014) was laid to rest in Lagos Nigeria at a befitting ceremony put together by his immediate family. Uncle Anthony as we fondly called him was a kind hearted and ever cheerful jolly good fellow. I remember his electronics sales and repair store on Hubert Macaulay Street Yaba, Lagos where he always entertained my family (late 70′s and 80′s) each time we visited Lagos from our Ile-Ife base. He always fascinated me with all the electronic diodes he toyed with and the wiring boards of grounded electronic appliances. Our Grundig TV set of old visited his store on several occasions.
Uncle Anthony always had the latest party Jams especially those of music Icons such as Fela, Ebenezer Obey and Sunny Ade. He was actually contracted to maintain concert amplifiers and equipment for most Nigerian veteran musicians. He was a very successful electronics engineers. Whenever we traveled to Anecho on vacation, he would lighten up “Kwale Ville” with vibes from an antique gramophone. Uncle generally had a smile on his face and was known to be very soft spoken. He loved the good life too. Your memories will surely linger on. RIP.
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Despite the downpour, carnival revelers showed up in droves to celebrate the 50th year of Notting Hill Carnival which was first held in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. Hundreds of performers wearing ponchos over their costumes and other rain deterring garments danced on the drenched streets of West London determined not to let the rain dampen their spirits.
“I came all the way from Huddersfield! Rain or shine, I was going to be here regardless,” said one reveler who had made the three and a half hour journey to attend this festival held annually over two days each August. “The rain is not going to kill the vibes for me,” claimed another reveler who comes each year and follows the IsisMas float. “I’ve been coming to this Carnival for over twenty years.”
With an eclectic mix of color and cool vibes, rum punch was the drink of choice and food stands serving Caribbean dishes from Jerk chicken to Curry Goat were littered across the Carnival route which ran from Great Western Road, winding its way along Chepstow Road, then on to Westbourne Grove, and then down Ladbroke Grove in West London.
Over 6,000 Metropolitan Police Officers were deployed for the Carnival which ran past its 8pm wrap time as dancers and musicians paraded through the streets alongside floats. This year’s event paid tribute to the steel drum, a musical instrument originating from Trinidad and Tobago, and a significant aspect of the carnival.
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The Oragbon family in Houston Texas recently celebrated the life of their Father, Grandfather and Uncle, Sir Solomon Igbinoba Oragbon KSM, LLM who passed unto eternal glory on the 5th of August, 2014. Sir Oragbon was born to Late James Oragbon and Edith Esomo Oragbon (Nee Esama) of Ake, Igbanke, Edo State Nigeria. He was the second child of six children. His late father was a head court messenger and he died in 1943.
His Mother was a successful trader, politician and community leader. She headed the defunct NCNC in Igbanke. Sir Solomon Oragbon completed his secondary education in Ibadan and began lessons to master his typing skills. He worked at various times with the; Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, Ibadan, University College, Ibadan, John Holt Nigeria Limited Lagos, and the Nigerian Tobacco Company.
While at Nigerian Tobacco Company, Sir Oragbon underwent a residential diploma course in secretarial studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka which landed him a post of Executive Officer at the University of Lagos from 1964-1976. While there, he studied for a part-time degree in Law where he graduated and was called to the bar in 1978. He became the first lawyer in Ake, Igbanke.
He later worked at the University of Benin in different capacities as; Assistant Registrar (1976-78), Senior Assistant Registrar (1978-82), Principal Assistant Registrar-Head council and legal matters (1982-1988) and Deputy Registrar-Head Legal Matters (1988-92). He also served as President Area Customary Court, Edo State Judiciary (Nov 92- Dec 01), Lecturer 1 and Lecturer 2 at both the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and the Igbinedion University, Okada.
Sir Solomon Igbinoba Oragbon acquired a Masters in Law-LLM and became an advocate of the supreme court of Nigeria. He also has a published book to his name; “Fundamental Human Rights Under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
A devout Christian, Sir Oragbon was married to Late Lady Florence Edomoina Oragbon (nee Okhani) on August 26th, 1967 and blessed with five children- Osaretin, Austin, Iyen, Iye and Ogie.
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The Chairman of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, North America; Pastor James Fadele and his Wife; Pastor Manita Fadele renewed their vows in the presence of family at a befitting event in Dallas. Enjoy the photo highlights below.
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Houston – Fresh from his recently concluded 5-nation tour to Latin America, Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye; General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) worldwide recently dedicated the additional 20,000 sq ft. facility at the RCCG Dominion Chapel, Stafford, Texas.
Pastor Fadugba, GO Adeboye, Chairman Fadele
The facility boasts of a first floor Nursery and Daycare (Lighthouse Academy) and a second floor ultramodern multi-functional banquet facility (The Lighthouse), located at 1203 Cravens Road, Stafford Texas 77477. Adeboye had visited Dominion Chapel on Father’s Day in 2011 to lay the foundation of the now completed facility.
Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye
Pastor James Fadele
Mummy GO Adeboye
Host Pastor; Bayo Fadugba led the General Overseer and his entourage on a tour of the complex which as expected attracted very encouraging and positive remarks.
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This could simply be described as a weekend of maximum triple celebration for the Okeke family in Calgary, Alberta. First, its the 20th wedding anniversary for Dr. and Mrs. Theo Okeke; second, it’s Dr. Theo Okeke’s 50th birthday and third, it’s their daughters 8th birthday weekend. The rendezvous point for the event is the Coast Plaza Hotel and conference Center. The black and white themed pre-celebration event was an active session. The grand banquet at the Coast plaza? Another dimension to interactivity, creativity and entertainment all wrapped up in a single event. The grand finale birthday party event on day 3 at the celebrants posh home was one with a juicy twist as both youngsters and adults where generously entertained. View the chronology of events.
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