The counsel to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry investigating the clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Yusuf Ali, yesterday told the commission that he was able to see the IMN leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky who agreed to participate in the inquiry. The commission however again adjourned sitting yesterday to allow the movement submit its memorandum to commence proper public hearing.


The jihadist group troubling Nigeria’s northeastern region has surrendered.
Boko Haram made their surrender through a video. The video shows their leader, Abubakar Shekau, surrendering and advising followers to follow suit. Emerging reports suggest that Boko Haram has finally surrendered to the superior power of Nigeria. A video by the Leadership shows the kingpin, Abubakar Shekau who was rumoured to have been killed, advising his followers to “surrender to save themselves”. Shekau in the video below appeared to have surrendered to constant bombardments by the Nigerian army troops.
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‘Yoruba broadcasters should be flexible in the use of language’ – Ace Yoruba broadcaster, Damilola Banire

When talking of broadcasting in the broadcasting world in Nigeria, Damilola Banire will surely be on a front role, especially amongst the Yoruba broadcasters! Saharaweekly magazine and Sahara online reporter got hooked with the versatile full breasted  screen Goddess and had an exclusive chat with her which prompted her briefing on the dos and don’ts of broadcasting.IMG_20160313_00101633


    Basically ‘iya afin oni Miliki’ grew from the TV show Miliki Express on Orisun TV startimes cable showing every Wednesday and Friday. About November last year in Ibadan I met a young lady make-up artist, she actually did my make up, we were gisting and I had a reason to pick a call in her presence, it was a client, so I just concentrated on my call, and after the call she said I never knew you speak good English I watch your program a lot, and she went further to say she never believed most Yoruba presenters are this learned , now that got me dazed and I looked at her and said “I’m very literate I don’t know about others”… Now returning to Lagos this got me really thinking about our yourba content provision on radio and TV. Now I found out that most presenters /OAP have boxed themselves to the indigenous core Yoruba without flexibility, see I understand so much the meaning of broadcasting which is from a narrow place to a bigger picture that even your legs might never even take you.
I realized that we have a lot of viewers and listeners that are not Yoruba but they love the language so much and they want to learn and understand it, which makes them tune to a Yoruba speaking station, radio or TV, but when this language is even taking too seriously by the presenter, how do you carry the non Yorubas along?  They make the Yoruba presentation stiff and rigid am not saying don’t do the indigenous thing but give your listener’s a blend they can flow with.

This is urban times with so much civilization flying around, I believe we shouldn’t confuse our audience leaving them unravel what the OAP mentioned during the show E.g tabili, takada, iife, ferese! (table, paper, cup, window) in our homes here in Lagos and everywhere, in the Yoruba families cup is cup, biro is biro, window is window, that urbanization should also flow into our radio and TV presentation style, of course exempting news. We can be left with some programs that the audience will understand and know such program is a core Yoruba speaking program, considering the world of Internet and digitalization where TV is even mobile, the least we can do is open our arms and embrace the digital world and amend or fashion out old style of presentation that even make some OAP sound like they are singing nursery rhymes…

On changing my Instagram and bbm handle names, that came as a result of rebranding and accessibility, most people don’t even know how to pronounce “Iya Afin Onimiliki” to start with especially those of the other tribe, and with the nature of my profession and occupation I meet with a lot of people, as a TV/radio presenter, event anchor (MC), Engagement orator (Alaga Iduro and ijoko) event planner/director, Publicists etc, so I just said to myself it’s high time “Damilola Banire” came out from where she’d been hiding and since Jan 1st that the rebranding officially started I have felt more easy in dealing with people with my name.
But above all Yoruba is beautiful, it’s the easiest language to understand and learn. I am Yoruba, I am proudly Yoruba & I’ll love to come back as a Yoruba girl again to the world. Yoruba is a complete language when you hear a word of it you will know it’s a Yoruba word. God bless broadcast and entertainment, God bless Lagos & God bless Nigeria.

My name is Damilola Banire and this is my rebranding story.


A Thousand Ways To Dance Reloaded Shakes The Rock City

It was a day of many stars shaking Abeokuta to its foundation as the much anticipated atw2d held in a most ecstatic way at the Yusuf Mahmood hall of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Ogun state on Wednesday, May 9th, 2016.
The event unlike the previous edition had more dance groups but better than last year. Anchored by popular campus MC Taichi alongside Arole, it was fun from the beginning to the end.
Speaking to our correspondent Enitan Bridge, Murphy who is the one of the executives at Dvibes entertainment organizers of the show revealed that the show got the suport of the whole student community of FUNAAB hence the reason why every seat in the hall was occupied.

Dance groups that electrified the audience includes Twisters, SOL group, Also in attendance at the event were popular dancer and dance instructor or repute, Wale Rubber, Oraka Nanyelu whose organization of the Miss Unilag pageant is legendary. Others were the CEO of Guguru FM, Mr. Kingsley Momoh and Mrs Taiyese Ebun who is a renowned fashion and modelling trainer.

Guguru FM's CEO - Kingsley Momoh Honoured In Abeokuta Alongside Dayo Adeneye, Wale Rubber.

Guguru FM's helmsman, Mr. Kingsley Momoh was the recipient of an award in respect of his contributions to entertainment and talent development in Nigeria by Dvibes entertainment, an organization made up of students of the Federal university of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria. The group are the organizers of the biggest campus dance festival in Ogun state tagged - A thousand ways to dance atw2d.

Abiodun Jimoh And Jumoke Odetola Bag AMVCA With Binta Ofege

Gbemisola Momoh - Lagos

Abiodun Jimoh, the popular producer of TV Series - Kilanta has eventually carted home the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2016 for the best indigenous Yoruba movie/series via Binta Ofege alongside his protégée Olajumoke Odetola who co-produced the flick.

The other nominated productions in the category which included Victims by Mercy Aigbe-Gentry which incidentally was written by Abiodun Jimoh, nearly put Binta Ofege in a no chance situation. However, when Veteran thespians, Lanre Hassan and Jide Kosoko announced the winners, Abiodun Jimoh who has been producing Kilanta for several years was officially inducted into the class of the best of the best in Nollywood alongside Olajumoke Odetola.

In a brief interview with Kingsley Momoh on phone, Jimoh said he was lost for words and would properly respond after the after party where he was savouring the beginning of the new phase of his career and life.

Binta Ofege features Femi Adebayo, Joseph Benjamin, Francis Onwochei and Ireti Osayemi among other stars. Movie pundits describe the movie as one that exhibits the potency of the new generation of Nigerian movie producers, particularly of the Yoruba genre. Binta Ofege is centered on Binta (Jumoke Odetola) a con artiste who marries (Ligali) Femi Adebayo; a trickster which further enlarges their business empire. The movie takes you on a ride of hilarious exploits and con activities.

Tunde Coker Buries Wife

Kingsley Momoh - Lagos

Veteran actor and model, Tunde Coker on Friday 4th of March finally laid to rest his wife, Dupe died last week after a protracted illness.
The burial which took place at Ikoyi cemetry in Lagos had close friends and family members in attendance.
The late Dupe was described as  by her friends as loving and jovial. She was 46 years old.

Late Dupe Coker

EDITORIAL: Agiliti Crisis And Systematic Approach To Solution

Clashes of interests in cities where there are multi ethnic businessmen and women is not news per se, chances are that there would be conflicts once in a while because the resources available may never be enough to go round or satisfy them all. Hence, various ways of checking disputes have been created by security experts, community leaders, religious leaders and other stakeholders. However, it is important to note that the steps at settling the disputes differ from clime to clime.

If the Lagos state government is going to get a long lasting solution to the crisis at Agiliti, it should send in plain clothes investigators to mingle with residents and other stakeholders in Agiliti, Mile 12 and close environs to have clear feel of the situation and not just rely on the words of community leaders and residents who have been infiltrated with the bias bug which rules Agiliti and beyond right now.

From investigations of Guguru FM, the crisis has polarized the residents and the yorubas feel the northerners are over using their citizenship of the federal republic of Nigeria with their effrontery at fighting their 'hosts' (the Yorubas) while they ( the northerners) feel the Yorubas are trying to reduce their citizenship and freedom to second class.

The blame game continues among the onlookers who by their discussions fan the violence stylishly. Meanwhile, hoodlums have taken the situation into their hands as a means of settling old scores against rivals and enemies.

While most of the news reports Friday night was that normalcy was returning back to the community, none reported that there was burning of buildings Friday afternoon and there was still some physical clashes of rival groups on Friday evening.

Adjoining streets like Omojuwa street by First bank along the Ikorodu road should have had the presence of security personnel but there was none there as at 9pm Friday. The local security guards were seen alone. The street serves as an alternative route into areas close to the crisis spots and could be used by hoodlums as an avenue to bypass the security officials whose presence are felt more at the entrances to Agiliti and environs.

The government must rise up to the occasion to prevent further loss of lives and properties. The federal republic of Nigeria belongs to all is a belief only heard in the media, is it true?

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