Wednesday, 27 July 2016

2016 Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam final holds Friday

The ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State capital will on Friday (July 29, 2016) play host to the final of the 2016 Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam after a rigorous two months of drills, excitement and tensions amongst promising Fuji artistes.

Toyin Aimakhu Out With Her Own Set of Emoji called ‘Teemoji’

Actress cum producer Toyin Aimakhu is set to launch her very own line of emojis called ‘Teemoji'. The subscription based Toyin Aimakhu - themed emoji app is a collection of replications of many of Toyin’s unique facial expressions matched with everyday local phrases and parlance in Yoruba Language. This unique emojis would allow users express themselves in more fun and relatable ways.

The Teemojis would be available for download soon.

PHOTOS: 50th Remembrance of Late Lt. Col. Francis Adekunle Fajuyi.

Lt. Col. Adekunle Fajuyi was the First Military Governor, Western Region who was assassinated by the revenge seeking counter-coupists on July 29, 1966 at Ibadan, along with General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, the Head of State and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who had arrived in Ibadan on July 28, 1966 to address a conference of natural rulers of Western Nigeria.

The event was held today Wednesday 27th July at Adetokunbo Ademola Hall, Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island. Lagos.



In view of the increasing spate of kidnapping in Kogi State, the  Service  has  intensified  efforts  towards  curtailing  this threat. As such, within the last six (6) weeks, the Command had arrested  about ten (10) suspected  kidnappers,  most  of whom have been charged to Court. 


Arigidi Akoko, Ondo State stood still on the 22nd of July, 2016 as royal fathers, celebrities and dignitaries stormed the town to witness the annual Okota festival. To add value and colour to the celebration, Olokun Foundation has instituted an annual beauty pageant.
According to the Chairman, Olokun Foundation, Otunba (Dr) Gani Adams, Miss Okota Beauty Pageant is to engage the younger generation and refuelling their knowledge on African social value system and a blend of contemporary reality.


The Federal Government of Nigeria had on the 20th of July, 2016 deported three (3) Koreans namely Lee Yoo Song, Lee Byeung Woo and Moon Een Soo for Immigration related offences.  The Hon. Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahaman  Dambuzau (Rtd) in the exercise of the powers  conferred on him by sections 45(2) and (3) and  44( 1e) of the Immigration Act 2015 signed the Deportation Order.


The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright has commended Nigerians in the Diaspora for their positive roles in enhancing the image of the country.
In a statement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Special Assistant on Media to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Arkwright gave the commendation during a courtesy call on Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora in Abuja.

Group Woos Otunba Gbenga Daniel To Contest For PDP Chairmanship

Ahead of the forthcoming National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, a formidable group within the party, the PDP New Era, has started wooing the immediate past Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, to contest for the National Chairmanship of the party.
The PDP zoning committee has already zoned the position of National Chairman and 20 others to the Southern part of the country.
The New Era group, which addressed a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, pointed out that after wide and extensive consultations among the various stakeholders within the PDP, the consensus of opinion was that Daniel is the right person for the position of the National Chairman.
The Secretary of the group, Obute Benji, who is from the South-East and who read its speech, stated that going by his antecedents, the former Ogun State Governor parades all the leadership qualities required to fix the PDP “at this critical time”.
According to the New Era Group, the leadership the PDP needs, as of now, should be of uncompromising integrity, dynamic and sagacious, far sighted and focused with towering capacity of a team builder and player.

GTBank Commonwealth Team Wins Royal Salute Coronation Cup

On Saturday July 23, 2016, the GTBank Common Wealth Team, made up of players from Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada, emerged victorious against the England team to win one of Polo's most iconic trophies. The Commonwealth Team, sponsored by leading African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, defeated the England Team 12 – 11 in what was an amazing showpiece of fast-paced polo filled with pure passion, competitiveness and fair play.


A good percentage of women drink beer, however many know their limitations. It is said that about 75% of women over estimate the calorie content of beer. They believe it is beer that gave their husbands the abdominal fat “beer belly”, not knowing that it is their over-feeding of the man. Nutritionists have maintained that Beer does not contain fat and in fact, has less calories than wine. 

Grace Hats Celebrating 36 years in existence

The sensational artist who recently dropped a very big wave making song, a club banger titled (OurLove)  just rocked the red carpet at Grace Hats Celebrating 36 years in existence , which took place on the 24 th July, 2016 in Lagos.


After 17 years of promoting designers from Nigeria and Africa in the world's fashion capital, Paris and other parts of the world, African Fashion Ambassador, Lexy Mojo-Eyes recently met the French President in Paris, France.

Prisons Wardress Dismissed for Trafficking

A female Prisons staff attached to Kirikiri female prisons, Lagos has been dismissed from the service for smuggling alcoholic drinks into the prison yard. The dismissal letter signed on behalf of the Controller-General of Prisons by the officer incharge of discipline, DCP Agun Olatunji Esq, stated that the staff was found guilty of negative activities which borders on trafficking, an act that contravenes the enabling provisions of Sections 14 (i) (a) and Section 82 (n) of Prisons Act Cap P.29 LFN 2004 and punishable under Sections 14 (i) (g) and Section 83 of same Act.

Standard Bank Group granted full banking license in fast-growing Côte d’Ivoire

Standard Bank – trading as Stanbic Bank – has been formally awarded a banking license in Côte d’Ivoire.  The Group opened a Representative Office in December 2013, signalling a drive towards establishing a presence in Francophone West Africa, and is now gearing up to commence banking operations in a market which stands out for its diverse, rapidly growing economy and business friendly reputation.    


The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of
the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have earmarked four cities in
Nigeria to host the third edition of the All Africa Music Awards,
(AFRIMA) which holds in November 2016.
This was disclosed at just concluded 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on
July 17, 2016.

Peak Wazobia – opportunity to enjoy quality milk at such a time as this….

Lagos, Nigeria – It is no news that clothes are being cut not according to size but according to available material. The increased cost of basic amenities including food without a corresponding increase in income has put consumers especially the emerging middle class under intense pressure. While food is the primary sustenance of every living being, its incessant rise in cost in present day Nigeria has made some edibles available only to the rich; the case of a basic necessity becoming a luxury.

Celestial Church Of Christ, Worldwide Officially Reacts To The Chained 9-Year-Old Boy Saga

At last, Celestial Church of Christ, Worldwide under the leadership of His Eminence, Pastor Mobiyina  Oshoffa, has issued an official statement signed by one of the top members of the church, Superior Evangelist (Prof) Bola A. Akinterinwa, fssan, Secretary, BOT, CCC Worldwide condemning the dastardly act of Francis Taiwo who chained and tortured his 9-year-old son….


The African Union Commission has invited Dr (Mrs) Sandra Nwugo, Managing Director/CEO, Femaz Micro Finance Bank to address the African Fashion Business Summit scheduled for 13th – 15th September, 2016 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa. She will join other business leaders from around the world to address practitioners in the fashion, garment and textile industry from over 30 African countries.

Ondo 2016: Ariyomo galvanizes APC youths’ momentum

Ondo Progressive Congress, a youth group under the banner of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday ​stormed the party secretariat in ​Akure to demand inclusiveness for the youths and the adoption of one of them as the gubernatorial candidate of the party.

Read Late Oba Sijuwade's First Year Remembrance Details

Family Plans Classy First Year Remembrance For Oba Okunade Sijuwade...Details of The Event

The first year Remembrance of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, the 50th Ooni of Ife, has been fixed to hold next week. The two-day event will kick off on Thursday, 28 July, 2016, with a Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Ayegbaju, Ife. This will then be followed by a grand reception at the Castle of Mercy, Ede Road, Ile-Ife. 

 The following day, Friday. 29 July, a Colloquium, titled, “The Life and Times of Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, The 50th Ooni of Ife, will be hosted by The Institute of Cultural Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, at Oduduwa Hall, OAU. Another reception will follow at Motel Royal, KM 4, Ede Road, Ile-Ife. 

It will be recalled that Oba Sijuwade joined his ancestors, last year on the evening of that fateful Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at around 7pm. He was aged 85.

The revered royal father passed on at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, United Kingdom (U.K), where he was being treated, after he was flown out, when his health reportedly suffered a relapse.

Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade was born on 1 January 1930.

He became the fiftieth traditional ruler or Ooni of Ife in 1980, taking the regnal name Olubuse II. He was crowned on 6 December 1980 in a ceremony attended by the Emir of Kano, Oba of Benin, Amayanabo of Opobo and Olu of Warri, as well as by representatives of the Queen of England.

Oba Sijuwade was born on 1 January 1930 in Ile-Ife to the Ogboru ruling house, grandson of the Ooni Sijuwade Adelekan Olubuse I.

He studied at Abeokuta Grammar School and Oduduwa College in Ile-Ife. He worked for three years in his father’s business, then for two years with the Nigerian Tribune, before attending Northampton College in the United Kingdom to study business management.

By the age of 30 he was a manager in Leventis, a Greek-Nigerian conglomerate. In 1963 he became Sales Director of the state-owned National Motor in Lagos.

After spotting a business opportunity during a 1964 visit to the Soviet Union, he formed a company to distribute Soviet-built vehicles and equipment in Nigeria, which became the nucleus of a widespread business empire.

He also invested in real estate in his home town of Ile Ife. By the time Sijuwade was crowned Ooni in 1980 he had become a wealthy man.

Sijuwade was a Christian. In November 2009 he attended the annual general meeting of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria accompanied by 17 other traditional rulers.

He declared that he a was full member of the church, and said all the monarchs who accompanied him would now become members.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


One of the leading financial institutes in Nigeria and Africa, UBA has received a recognition award as ‘Best Bank of the Year 2016’ from Shybell Media, an online leading portal.


The battle for the 2016 Wura 1 crown of Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam took a more dramatic and entertaining turn in the city of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Friday July 22, 2016, as six of the twenty semi-finalists, emerged for the final scheduled for Ibadan on July 29, 2016.


His travails began some 40 days ago in calabar in the early hours of 17th June, 2016 at about 1am, a time when ordinary men succumb to the call of nature of slumbering.  Some  heavily armed  men numbering about ten decked in black uniform with  hood drawn over their faces to conceal their identities broke into his house where he lives with his wife and three very young children aged between 2 and 5. They dragged him from his bed, stripped the wife naked for God- knows-reason, and handcuffed him in the presence of the wife and the young children.

For a grueling 45 minutes, they virtually turned the house upside down as they searched every nook and cranny apparently in search of incriminating objects. When they could not find any, the men who introduced themselves as operatives of the Department of State Security elected to literarily drag him from the house, impounded his entire phones to put him in comunicado before bundling him into a waiting vehicle and took him to an unknown destination.

Pictures:Inspector General of Police Visits Army Headquaters

The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, mni, psc, paid courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, in his office @ the Army Headquarters Abuja on 25th July, 2016.

UBA explains involvement in Turkey coup

The United Bank of Africa, UBA has denied involvement in the funding of the failed coup plot in Turkey.
A Turkey-based newspaper, Yenisafak, had reported that some of those arrested in connection with the July 15, 2016 failed coup plot had told their interrogators that UBA Plc and a United States of America Army General, John F. Campbell, arranged for the funding of the coup plot.

2026 World Cup: Africa to get additional slots

Abuja, July 26, 2016 (NAN) FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Monday that Africa would get additional two slots from the 2026 edition of the World Cup.
Infantino who said this in Abuja during his interaction with the newsmen noted that the idea was part of his vision to transform football in Africa. 
``I promised few things during my campaign, the first one was reforms and the second one was that we should invest more in football development and this has already happened.

Afreximbank Supports Heritage Bank Growth With $150million

African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) has provided a $150 million funding support for Heritage Bank Limited.
 In a statement announcing this development yesterday, Divisional Head, Corporate Communications, Olusola Longe-Okenimkpe said, “HBCL Investment Services Limited (HISL) a major shareholder of Heritage Bank Limited has executed the term sheet for the issuance of guarantee for its $150 million Convertible Bond with the African Export Import Bank (AfreximbanK) to support Heritage Bank Plc in its next phase of growth.

Afreximbank Supports Heritage Bank Growth With $150million

African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) has provided a $150 million funding support for Heritage Bank Limited.
 In a statement announcing this development yesterday, Divisional Head, Corporate Communications, Olusola Longe-Okenimkpe said, “HBCL Investment Services Limited (HISL) a major shareholder of Heritage Bank Limited has executed the term sheet for the issuance of guarantee for its $150 million Convertible Bond with the African Export Import Bank (AfreximbanK) to support Heritage Bank Plc in its next phase of growth.

Monday, 25 July 2016


In a recent poll conducted by leading advisory and consultancy firm, KPMG, Diamond Bank was ranked as one of the top three most customer-focused banks in the country. Participating in a keenly contested category, the Bank emerged overall third best in the customer satisfaction index (CSI) with 73.5 points.

Why Governor Ambode Relocated To Badagry

For the second time in less than two weeks, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the weekend, spent his time in the historic town of Badagry brainstorming with cabinet members, permanent secretaries and heads of government agencies and parastatals on charting a way forward for the State.

The Governor, who arrived in Badagry on Thursday for the three-day retreat, stayed in the town until Sunday before departing to Alausa in Ikeja.

Governor Ambode, had in previous week, stayed in  Badagry for three days during which he presided over the quarterly Town Hall Meeting and the State Executive Council Meeting, as well as inspected some ongoing projects of the State Government, many of which are geared towards developing the tourism potentials of the town.

The retreat tagged: "Reflect, Reappraise, Restrategise: Raising The Bar Of Governance," is the second in the series, and was held at the VIP Chalets, Badagry.

Speaking on the implication of the retreat for Badagry, the State's Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade said aside the fact that the event was aimed at discussing ways to add value to Lagosians, the holding of the retreat in Badagry was an eloquent testimony of government of inclusion promised by Governor Ambode, in which no area of the State will be left behind.

He said: "Badagry continues to be the tourism capital of the State. It is the headquarter of one of the five divisions of the State and we believe as part of the government of inclusion that Governor Ambode is running, every part of the State should feel governance and coming to Badagry is to showcase the fact that we have peace in the State, the State is secured and governance can happen in every part of the State. That is just the message and it is more about inclusion."

On his part, the State's Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said the development was part of the grand plan of Governor Ambode to transform Badagry as the number one tourism destination not only in Nigeria but Africa.

According to him: "This is a demonstrable evidence of a thinking government. Last week, we were here for the Town Hall Meeting and then the first Exco meeting outside of Alausa held here in Badagry and of course the Governor with his team went round the city.

"Now, we are back here in Badagry because this is the home of tourism. The Governor has said that he wants to make Badagry the number one when it comes to tourism not only in Nigeria, but in Africa and this is coming barely a week to the grand launch of the One Lagos brand which will happen between the 27th and 29th of July. So, a lot is happening and it is good that this is also coming up at a time we are having a retreat here in Badagry.

"The retreat offers us the opportunity to reflect, reappraise and restrategise and of course tourism is a core component of the strategy that this administration wants to work on," Ayorinde said.

Pastor Oshoffa To Receive Meritorious Award In Makoko

Pastor Mobiyina Oshoffa Set To Receive Meritorious Service Award At Makoko’s Annual Harvest

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching,” -1 Timothy 5:17.

Pastor and Spiritual Head of Celestial Church of Christ, Worldwide, His Eminence, Mobiyina Friday Oshoffa, is set to  be honoured  by an organization who has taken it upon itself to promote and celebrate  the core values and teachings of the Celestial Church of Christ alongside the sheer dedication of notable priest, elders and other parishioners, who have decided to continuously uphold the doctrines and ensure that the flame of the church keeps glowing  as charged by the founding pastor of the church, the late Pastor SBJ Oschoffa.

To set the honour rolling, the very first of the award will be going to none other than his eminence, Pastor Mobiyina Oshoffa with the Meritorious Service Award for his dedication, leadership skills and an all-encompassing wide accommodating arms to have steered the ship of the church out of turbulence to  its present enviable status against all odds. The event is slated to hold on Sunday 7th, August, 2016 at the National Headquarters, Makoko, Yaba area of Lagos under the leadership of Assistant Venerable Superior Evangelist Avis Kiki, Shepherd-In-Charge.

Pastor Mobiyina, ever since he was ordained as pastor and spiritual Head of the church on Wednesday 25th day of December, 2002 in the Holy land of Celestial City, Imeko, Ogun State, with the huge acceptance and undeniable goodwill showered on him by elders and followers of the church, has brought about the peace that has taken over the church.

Born Friday 25th of December 1948 in Republic of Benin, after his first degree, he got his Master’s degree in Animal Biological Science at the University of Biological Science, Nancy in France. As a mark of excellence, the then Mr. Mobiyina got an award as best scholar during his second degree in Nancy.

Pastor Mobiyina, for those who didn’t know before now, is a multi instrumentalist, multi linguistic who speaks French, Dutch, and English. He also speaks some local dialects like, Egun and Yoruba, the First Child of the late sage, pastor, founder and carbon copy in every aspect of life, Rev Samuel Bilehou Joseph Oshoffa, (Emmanuel Mobiyina Friday Adebowale Abiodun vihan Oshoffa is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Awards to be presented by H/S/E Ajala Kayode, Editorial Adviser for Celestial News Online (CNO) an online news service provider aimed at propagating the work of God in the church to the global audience.

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Celestial News is an online news service portal aimed to propagate the work of God in Celestial Church of Christ and stand as a credible and unbiased site to highlight the doctrines, divine orders, teachings and the truth governing and concerning the church as a spiritual body which many parishioners do not understand or are not aware of.  It is also geared to serve as a medium for the correction of so many misconceived notions and myths concerning the Celestial Church of Christ as erroneously  perceived by other denominations about the church's activities, doctrine, tenets and her members.  CNO is a sister establishment of Mindsgate Media, publishers of The Celestial Magazine and