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When Runsewe took cultural exhibition to mother’s celebration of life



The Director-General, National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC), Chief Segun Runsewe has continued to give Nigeria rich cultural potentialities a vintage position in all sphere of life through innovative brand promotion and diplomacy.

His practical interest in making culture hold the ace at all times is also a credit that has not only stood him out as a cultural ambassador, but has also made him a point of reference in cultural promotion in Nigeria and Africa; one of the reasons he was appointed President, World Craft Council, African Region.

His promises to give his mother (late Mrs Felicia Adesola Runsewe) a cultural burial came to play at the venue of the post interment reception, Eagle Club, Surulere in Lagos, where the hall was beautifully adorned with arts, crafts and cultural symbols of a country with diverse and unique identity.

It was a showcase of the richness of Nigeria’s cultural splendour, displaying iconic cultural souvenirs that cut across the six geo political zones, showing how late Mrs Felicia Runsewe, popularly called Mama Kaduna touched lives during her life-time without considering boundaries and borders.

The upscale venue wore various indigenous craft works, made from art materials carefully blended with local fabrics, showcasing the unique and entrepreneurial skills of Nigerians in interior and exterior decorations.

At the entrance, a canoe fully captured in a row mission, flanked by a dummy of the iconic Eyo masquerade raved the imagination of invitees, who reflexively took to selfies to capture the grand cultural innovation.

Runsewe had assured that the burial activities of his late mother, would become a veritable platform to empower and showcase talents and community of craft entrepreneurs with gifts and skills on indigenous decorative fabrics and Arts works and without holding brief for anyone, the hall was a display of Nigeria culture in all ramification.

Also the music entertainers at the venue were not left out as they added glamour through their cross-cultural music vendition, bringing back sweet memories of indigenous and contemporary folk songs.

The high point of the performance was when the Nigerian Afrojuju crooner, Sir Shina Peters took to the stage for his astounding display of different tracks from his many hit albums.

Mama Kaduna

The 3,000 capacity Eagle Club hall, no doubt was the talk of the reception as local craft and art works were lavishly and creatively employed as a true reflection of the emerging Nigerian cultural market, with potential to create jobs and generate revenue while closing the door to reliance on foreign decor market.

The use of balloons and other foreign decorations materials is certainly threatened with this new Nigerian cultural initiative.

Apart from the crafts and arts display which attracted the guests at the event, the Nigerian rich kitchens were not left out, as guests had sumptuous flavour of various indigenous cuisines to pick from, an indication that Nigerian creative gastronomy can compete favourably with any other brands on the world cuisines stage.

Indeed, the cultural pre and post transition outings for Runsewe’s mother had opened up the many value chain in the Nigerian creative cultural tourism industry, hardly factored and appreciated before now.

No doubt, mama Kaduna is no more with us, the culturaliasation of her passage by her only son, had enriched the community of local crafts enterprenueurs, empowering their very visibility and their job creation potentiality, a post COVID-19 gains which must push the button of cultural tourism beyond the national frontier.

And in line with the COVID-19 protocols, all the gates and entrances, at the chapel of light church Idi Araba, venue of the commendation service and the reception at the eagle club, were manned by a medical emergency team, with face masks and sanitisers for all invitees, in total compliance with the mandatory COVID preventive culture.(with media reports)

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Freedom At Last, as Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame are Release



Two former governors Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye have been released by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS).

They were serving jail terms for corruption allegations until they were granted a presidential pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari a few months ago.

The Council of State had approved the pardon alongside 157 other convicts in April this year.

The former governors were convicted by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal High Court, Abuja in 2018.

Dariye was convicted of stealing N1.16 billion while serving as Plateau governor from 1999 to 2007 and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. But his term was eventually reduced to 10 years by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, while his conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Nyame, who was Taraba governor from 1999 to 2007, was convicted of stealing N1.6 billion from the state’s treasury and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The judgment was also upheld by the Supreme Court.

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Former NARSDA Boss, Prof Seidu Mohammed Passes On



Former Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NARSDA, and one-time governorship aspirant,  Professor Seidu Muhammed Ogah has been confirmed dead. It was gathered that he died in Abuja.

A statement by Agency disclosed that the former NARSDA boss died at Nisa Premier Hospital in the early hours of Monday. .

”It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Prof Seidu Mohammed Onailo, our former Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency, NARSDA which occurred on August 8, 2022, at Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja,” the statement read.

The 62-year old former NARSDA boss,  a Professor of Space Science,  hailed from Abejukolo in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State and is survived by his wife, children and other relatives.

He was a visiting Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS, Kaduna State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Remote Sensing from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria in 2004, and received his M.Sc. degree in Soil Survey /Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System from International Institute for Geo-information and Earth Observation (ITC) Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands in 1993, where he studied as a European Economic Commission Scholar.

He also served as a senior lecturer in the department of Geology, University of Jos from 2007-2009. Over the years, he made significant contributions to the development of models for desertification assessment and predictions in the North West region of Nigeria. This model has been applied by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) as well as other Nigerian institutions in studying the menace of desertification in the country. The model is currently being used to study the green belt region in West Africa.

An erudite scholar prolific writer,  he had over 40 publications in applied space science. He has made tremendous contributions to the implementation of the space programme in Nigeria.

Under his leadership at NARSDA, Nigeria launched three satellites. He was the Chairman, Governing Board, African Regional Centre for Space Technology Education, Ile-Ife as well as the Chairman, Board of Directors, GeoApps + Limited.

He was also a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Radio and Planetary Sciences, the Astronomical Society of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Physics, the Cartographic Association of Nigeria as well as a fellow and board member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Meanwhile, reactions and condolence messages have been coming in, as the people mourn the demise the thoroughbred intellectual.

Reacting to the death of the foremost academic and researcher, prominent indigene of Abejukolo and Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation, Dr James Odaudu said the death was a great loss to the people of Omala Local government, Igala Kingdom, the Nigerian nation and the academic world.

Late Prof S. O Mohammed

“Professor Seidu Mohammed was not only a leader of the people of Omala Local government, Kogi State and the entire nation, but an intellectual colossus whose academic works have been of immense benefit to scientific research, especially in the area of remote sensing”.

Director-General of the National Productivity Centre, Dr Kashim Akor in a message of condolence to the family and people of Kogi State described the death of the space and remote sensing expert who developed and advanced space technology across the continent, as a colossal loss to Nigeria.

He further described the space Professor as a rare gem who had distinguished himself both in the academic, administrative and space management across the world.

He said during his tenure he resolved alot of thorny issues in the country with the aid of space technology, as he was still rendering professional advises to the current handlers.

Also reacting, former Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris commiserated with the people of Kogi State, particularly Omala local government over the sudden death of Professor Seidu Onailo Mohammed who also served as Director General, Directorate of Rural Development DRD during his first term between 2003-2007.

Idris who expressed shock over the sad development, described his death as a great loss to Kogi State and Nigeria at large.

He recalled how he contributed greatly to the rural electrification efforts of his administration,  having served as Director General at that point in time, during his administration in Kogi State.

The former Governor stated that his death came at a time when his services were needed both at the state and national level, praying to Almighty God to forgive him his shortcomings while on earth.

His burial is expected to be held at Abejukolo in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State Tuesday according to Islamic rites.

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Hanifa : Court Sentences School Proprietor to Death



Remember Hanifa the little girl who was abducted on December 4, 2021 on her way home from Islamiyya and subsequently discovered to have been killed by  her teacher and school proprietor, after demanding N6m ransom, at Dakata, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State?

Well, Justice has been served as Kano State High Court on Thursday sentenced the Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School, Abdulmalik Tanko, the principal suspect who masterminded the kidnap and killing of the 5-year old school girl, Hanifa Abubakar, to death.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Usman Na’abba, sentenced him to death by hanging while delivering his judgment on Thursday.

Details later….

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