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Osoba at 80: How I met the love of my life

Chief Olusegun Osoba, former Governor of Ogun State, will be 80 in July. He is celebrating this milestone on Monday, 8 July, 2019 with a book titled ”Battlelines: Adventures in Journalism and Politics” at Eko Hotel, Lagos. The autobiography is published by Diamond Publications Limited. The book gives a detailed account of Chief Osoba’s life. As the title indicates, there are stories about his school days, his pranks, his life as a great reporter, his genius as a manager, his politics, and his pro-democracy struggles, etc. PM NEWS finds a chapter titled: “The Customs Woman who arrested my Heart,” very interesting. It is a story about how he met his wife and the romance and deep understanding that have sustained their relationship.

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Former Governor of Ogun State and veteran journalist, Chief Olusegun Osoba has narrated how he met the love of his life, Aderinsola and their getting married in 1973.

In his book that will be launched on July 8, 2019 heralding his birthday on July 15, Osoba devoted a full chapter to celebrate the love of his life and how he met her as a Customs officer. He simply captioned the chapter as “The Customs Woman who arrested my Heart.”

According to Osoba, it was in the heat of the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970), that he met a pretty woman who would end up as his wife and the mother of his children.

He narrated: “I was returning from England by ship. In the course of going through customs clearance, I noticed an efficient female customs officer, who seemed interested only in her work and not any idle chatter.  She checked the papers, without being overbearing or overtly friendly. When it was my turn, I just stared at how this lady was conducting her business, searching my luggage and clearing me with ease, decorum and professional efficiency.

“Deep down, she struck me as a good-looking lady. She arrested my attention so much that the reporter in me couldn’t ask her anything all through. I was too mesmerized to even ask of her name and her personal details. But, in tune with a hit song of that era, what will be, will be, ‘Que sera, sera.’”

He said a week after, as destiny would have it; he met her again at a party in Apapa and that he was wondering: “Was she not that girl, that customs officer?” He said she came in the company of a close friend of hers, the then Miss. Moji Kukoyi, his wife was then Miss. Adeyemi.

“I happened to know Moji very well because she was dating one of my friends. “Is she not the same customs lady?” I kept asking myself. In her, I saw an image of a reserved, unobtrusive person, a wife material.  At that time, I was a man-about-town. I had all kinds of women around me. But then, I saw this “game-changer” of a lady and I said to myself: “This looks like a girl that I could be involved in something serious.

“Moji created the link. When I then started courting her, I found that she came from a highly disciplined home. The first heat I got was from the father. In those days, the best you could do is to take your girlfriend to the cinema or maybe take her on a walk along the Marina. Marina in those days was not sand-filled. It was so close to the Lagoon with small boats floating and dangling on the waters, with trading taking place on the waters. It was the place of buy cheap bric-a-brac from seamen who wanted quick money for their imported wares.

“I can never forget this experience as boyfriend and girlfriend. I took ‘Derin one day to go and watch a football match at Onikan Stadium. Those were the days when going to the stadium to watch live football match was a big national passion, not just in Lagos. We went to the stadium and to my shock, by the time we came back, the father had written a query for her to explain why he should come home and not find her at home. And that struck me positively. A father who gives a written query to the daughter is a disciplinarian who wants only the best for her daughter.

“That disciplined background further endeared me to her. My father-in-law, Pa S.O. Adeyemi, remains dear in my heart. Throughout our marriage till he died, if there were issues between me and his daughter, I was never wrong. His stance angered my wife at a point that she wrote him off as incapable of seeing things from her own viewpoint. His attitude was: You are married. As a married woman, you just have to respect and honour your husband at all times and in all circumstances.

“He would chastise her openly, but behind, he would call me and whisper to me that women are difficult to manage and that I too should learn to be patient and tolerant. My father-in-law’s attitude, I must say, contributed a lot to saving our marriage. His influence was one that weighed on me to make the marriage to succeed in spite of all the challenges, in spite of all the odds,” he explained.

Osoba said his mother never bothered who he married or where he married from, saying she was just too happy to see him married at long last because at a point, she was getting worried that he had stayed too long as a bachelor and that like all mothers, she was too eager to see her grandchildren before passing on, adding that the only thing she objected to was marrying a white woman, as he was at that time had a white girlfriend long before he met his wife.

The former governor said people often said he was impatient and that he hed a volcanic temperament, which he said he got from the newsroom, as one could not be in the newsroom and not be temperamental.

“The pressure of the newsroom acts on your system. Newspaper production of my time entailed working late into the night to get the first edition out and following up with developments to ensure the second edition was even fresher. That way you stayed ahead of the competition. The result is that my sleeping pattern is distorted. Up till today, I cannot sleep before 1 or 2 in the morning. And it has affected my children, too. Nobody in Osoba house goes to bed before midnight. The pressure cooker of running a newsroom has so affected my life that I am very impatient, I can’t suffer fools gladly.

“It even got to a point where my wife granted an interview to a magazine saying there is no other woman who can live with me as she is the only one who can cope with Segun Osoba. She said that for many reasons. At that time, monitoring radio, particularly foreign radio stations was a daily habit that had almost become an addiction. Foreign radio was a major source of news for newspapers. By 6.30 in the morning, I will be on BBC, VOA monitoring news while she was still sleeping. Of course, I disturbed her sleep daily with the buzz and crackling sounds of the radio. And late in the night, I am still on radio, on BBC, VOA and other foreign news source, because in those days, there was no CNN, on BBC TV, no Sky news, no Aljazeera in our time. So she was always feeling that I was a thorough nuisance-or “newsance” if the pun can be permitted.

“But eventually, she too imbibed that culture and gradually became an uninitiated journalist. As Yorubas say, if you wrap black soap for a long time in leaf, the leaf will eventually turn to soap. It will decay into the soap and become part of the soap. She herself had developed a good nose for news and information gathering. The day Chief Awolowo died, we were in Argentina but she was the one who broke the news to us. The first day I introduced her to my friend Sam Amuka and his friend Torch Taire, they both hailed her as the queen and said: “Long may you reign.”

“Because they had seen so many women reign, so many women come and go, but this one looked like she had come to stay and would reign for a long time. They were clairvoyant. They had spotted the woman they believed would be my wife. Today, Sam Amuka remains a close friend of the family. He knows everything about marital life and he is one of the few that my wife has tremendous love and respect for. If she has any problem today, Sam would be one of the first she will call,” he narrated.

Osoba said he wedded his wife in 1973 and their first child came nine months after the wedding, saying that his wife obviously iwas one woman who had continued to fill him with admiration, as he admired her beauty and simplicity and ever natural.

“She wears what suits her. She is just a simple African lady. All the successes I have been able to make in life, she had made tremendous contribution to them. First, she has stabilized the home, stabilized my life, showing understanding in the face of my harassments of her and the emotional destabilization of her mind.  But she weathered them all. I have a background of a disciplined home too.  My father and mother had just me and my brother. There is no issue outside the family. I have no reason or cause to go into a polygamous relationship. I thank God that He gave me the discipline and restraint to know when to stop, to know how to go with women. She is my adviser. Even in public office, when I am speaking in public, she is the one pinching me and letting me to know that “it is enough.” In my temper, she is the one restraining me and telling me: “You are going too far.” She is one lady who tells me bluntly what she feels,” he praised her virtues.

Source: PM News

ECOWAS honours Ameyo Adadevoh, Kofi Annan, Acogny, first of its type

The Economic Commission of West African States at its 55th Ordinary Session in Abuja took a historic step today to honour three persons with excellence awards and giving them cash gifts.

One of the beneficiaries was Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, who died after taking great risk to prevent Ebola virus from spreading in the city of Lagos after attending to a Liberian patient, Patrick Sawyer in her First Consultant Hospital, Ikoyi. She placed the man in quarantine despite pressures from the Liberian government. And she paid for it, contacting the virus and dying in August 2014 at the age of 57.

She was given posthumously a prize of $10,000.

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General was also given an award of $20,000 posthumously. It was received by his wife, Nane Annah.

Also an award of excellence went to Madame Germaine Acogny, as a deserving citizen of the Community on Violet Art Choregraphique.

Germaine Acogny, is a Senegalese dancer and choreographer. She is responsible for developing “African Dance”, as well as the creation of several dance schools in both France and Senegal. She hailed originally from Benin and is now 75 years old.

All the awards and certificates were presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, chair of the 44 year-old regional bloc.

Annan, who died on Aug. 18, 2018 was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from Jan. 1997 to Dec. 2006.

He and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize and was also the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Annan joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Geneva office.

He went on to work in several capacities at the UN Headquarters including serving as the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping between March 1992 and Dec. 1996.

He was appointed the Secretary-General on Dec. 13, 1996 by the Security Council, and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first office holder to be elected from among UN staff.

He was re-elected for a second term in 2001, and was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 1, 2007.

Nane Annan, who gave an appreciation speech on behalf of the recipients, expressed gratitude to ECOWAS for the award.

“Thank you for this generous recognition of the immense contribution to the objectives of ECOWAS by my husband and dear friend.

“I would also like to thank ECOWAS on behalf of the two other laureates, two outstanding women of West Africa, the late Dr Ameyo Adadevoh her selfless sacrifice to curb the spread of Ebola in Nigeria.

“And Madam Germaine Acogny for the quality and richness of your artistic production,” she said.

She also said the Kofi Annan Foundation was working with ECOWAS and other partners in West Africa to strengthen democracy and elections, resolve conflicts, support reconciliation and improve food security.

*Editor’s Note: This story has been updated and correction made about Kofi and not Nane Annan as the recipient of one of the awards.

Source: PM News

Pastor Fatoyinbo: Another rape victim speaks

Nollywood actress Stella Damasus has hinted about another rape victim of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Academy(COZA).

In a tweet posted Friday night,Stella mentioned the story of an unidentified lady she has known for 15 years, who also shared her rape experience with Fatoyinbo.

“I am in tears right now. Just got off the phone with someone I have known for 15 years. She had the same experience with this same pastor. The details of her experience were so shocking. She told people around him, but they all suppressed it. Are people still doubting this incident?”, Stella who is now based in New York wrote.

In another tweet, and against Fatoyinbo’s denial of raping Busola Dakolo, Stella again wrote:”Some people have mastered the art of manipulation and brainwashing. It’s not easy to break free from that. God help and heal us”.

Ace music producer, Don Jazzy also hinted about three persons who have shared their experiences, in relation with the COZA boss.

“At least we are having the conversations. In the last hour I have seen 3 different people voice out their own stories that they have been carrying, buried deep inside them painfully for years. May GOD help them all get justice. May they find closure. #SayNoToRape”, Don Jazzy wrote.

Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has been in the eye of the storm following revelation in a TV interview by celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo, that she was raped repeatedly by him, while she was 16 years old.

The first time was when she was alone in her family house in Ilorin:

“Immediately I opened the door (of her house in Ilorin), he just pushed me, he didn’t say anything, he didn’t utter any word, he just pushed me to one of the chairs in my living room.”

“I saw him, he was removing his belt, he just said: ‘keep quiet, do what I want you to do and you will be fine.”

“He didn’t say anything after, left to his car, returned with a bottle of Krest and forced her to drink it, probably as some crude contraceptive.”

She also said he told her,” You should be happy that a man of God did this to you.

“I have kept quiet over the years. I had to come out to say this because another narrative was being said.”

Her story has shocked Nigerians and the hordes of celebrities, with Fatoyinbo having to come out Friday night to deny ever raping any woman, ‘even when he was an unbeliever’.

He has also threatened legal action, against Busola.

Source: PM News

Buhari seeks collective West African response to terrorism, banditry

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a joint strategic response by West African leaders to combat the menace of banditry and terrorism afflicting the region.

He made the call today at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Abuja.

President Buhari, who chairs the regional economic bloc, said the problems distracted from the progress being made in enthroning good governance in the region.

“Despite the overall appreciable progress we have made, particularly in the field of political governance, our sub-region continues to face considerable security challenges. We are all witnesses to the recurring incidents of inter-communal clashes, herders-farmers conflicts, banditry and terrorist attacks in all our countries.

“These threats, you will agree with me, have consequences on the peaceful co-existence between our communities and peoples as well as their livelihoods.

“This unrest also undermines all our efforts in achieving full regional integration. It is, therefore, necessary that we act collectively to end this menace in the interest of regional stability and wellbeing of our people”.

Buhari offered condolences to the families of the victims of terrorist attacks, “banditry and inter-communal clashes perpetrated by some misguided elements in our societies.

“We shall not relent in our efforts to protect our peace loving people and their properties, while vigorously sustaining the war against terrorism and criminality”, he said.

Buhari called for a collective response to send a message to the terrorists and bandits that the region is united.

“Taking into account the transnational nature of the threats confronting us, the need for the adoption of a common strategy at the national and regional level to combat them, has become imperative. By so doing, we will reinforce our actions and resources for a more effective response to protect our citizens and secure our common space.

“While I acknowledge that several initiatives and measures have been taken in our respective countries recent developments have shown that we must cooperate more effectively to achieve our goals.

“We should send a strong and unified message to the perpetrators of violence that we are resolute in our collective determination to confront and defeat them”.

Five West African countries, the G5 in the Sahel zone are already collaborating to combat the security menace. Nigeria also has the Multinational Joint Task Force, that includes, Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin, that is also working, focussed on the Boko Haram war..

Buhari thanked leaders who he said had skilfully conducted the political mediation missions entrusted to them. He did not mention the conflicts, but the region has political problems in Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Togo.

Source: PM News

Busola Dakolo: Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Mama G, Shade Ladipo speak

Popular Nigerian entertainers have been reacting to the rape allegations levelled against Biodun Fatoyinbo, Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) by Busola Dakolo, mother of three and wife of Nigeria’s soul music singer Timi Dakolo.

Read what some of them are saying below:

Genevieve Nnaji in her reaction described Busola Dakolo as a brave woman.

She took a swipe at those defending the rape act;

Omotola Jalade in her post stated that she knows it took a lot for Busola Dakolo to go public with the rape claims. She wrote;

“Just off my coaching at @realtimefest and have seen the interview of #Rape by #BusolaDakolo against the #Coza pastor. First, As a Mother, Wife,Career Woman and Activist I know what it’s taken for this Lady to BRAVELY speak up. I join Many other Nigerians to Demand justice ..”

Media personality, Shade Ladipo also released a video blasting Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA church.

In a video on Instagram, Shade Ladipo described Pastor Biodun as an “animal” who “needs to be deleted from the world.

She called on Pastors Sam Adeyemi, Ituah, Tony Rapu, and other well-respected pastors to speak up and condemn Pastor Fatoyinbo for raping Busola Dakolo twice when she was a minor.

Patience Ozokwo a.k.a. Mama G, in a video she shared, vehemently stated that she hates rape.

”There is no excuse for rape whatsoever!,” she wrote.

Source: PM News

Rape: Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo in trouble, protesters storm church Sunday

Biodun Fatoyinbo Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) is in serious trouble following allegation of rape levelled against him by Busola Dakolo, wife of Nigeria’s sensational soul singer, Timi Dakolo.

Come tomorrow some protesters under the aegis of #ChurchTooMovement have vowed to storm the church in Abuja.

The notice to storm the church tomorrow was widely circulated on social media.

“If you are outraged by the alleged sexual abuses perpetrated by pastors and so-called ‘men of God’, join us for protest March to COZA church. Meeting point: NNPC filling station, Guzape. Sunday June 30, 2019 8:00am. Dress code: White top,” it read.

Read the notice below:

Busola Dakolo, a mother of three alleged in an interview which went viral on social media that she was raped repeatedly by the COZA pastor when she was 16.

The accusation generated a lot of reactions, with many commentators calling for the head of the pastor.

Though Fatoyinbo has denied the allegation, this is not the first time the pastor would be accused of rape.

In 2013, one Ese Walter, a member of his church accused him of molesting her.

Source: PM News