CULTURE AND TRADITION

Query: Sanusi Lamido Replies Governor Ganduje

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has replied a query issued him by the Kano State Government over alleged misappropriation of N3.4 billion. The one-page reply with reference number KEC/CF/FIN/1/162, dated June 7, 2019, was signed by the Acting Secretary to the Kano Emirate Council, Alhaji Abba Yusuf. The letter titled “Re-Report of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti–Corruption Commission”, was addressed to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG). According to the letter, at the time Muhammadu Sanusi was installed as the Emir of Kano, the exact amount in the accounts of the Emirate Council was N1,893,927.38 (One Billion Eight Hundred, Nine Hundred and Twenty Seven Naira, Thirty [Read]

Federal Government Declares Tuesday June 4th And Wednesday June 5th Public Holidays For Eid-Al -Fitr Celebration

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th June as public holidays to mark the Muslim Eid-Al-Fitr celebration. A statement released by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Barrister Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, congratulated Muslim faithful on successful completion of the Ramadan Fast and enjoined all Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity, and stability of the nation. [Read]

YORUBA OBASHIP: Awujale, Alake in supremacy battle

NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and  the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona are reportedly engaged in a supremacy battle.  It was recently reported that the Alake of Egbaland had rated himself higher than the Awujale of Ijebuland. While everyone expected Oba Adetona to respond, he didn’t say a word immediately. However, last week, at the launch of an endowment fund for the Oba Sikiru Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance, Department of Political Science, Olabisi Onabanjo University, held at Oriental Hotel, in Victoria Island Lagos, the Awujale finally spoke. He said when he learnt that the Alake rated himself higher than him, he [Read]

Zimbabwe sells 100 Elephants to China, Dubai

Zimbabwe has sold nearly 100 elephants to China and Dubai for a total price of $2.7 million over six years, the country’s wildlife agency said Wednesday, citing overpopulation. Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo told AFP Zimbabwe’s elephants were overcrowding national parks, encroaching into human settlements, destroying crops and posing a risk to human life. “We have 84,000 elephants against a carrying capacity of 50,000,” he said, justifying the sales. “We believe in the sustainable use of resources, so we sell a few elephants to take care of the rest. Farawo said 200 people have died in “human-and-animal conflict” in the past five years, “and at least 7,000 [Read]

BREAKING: Court Sacks Four New Emirs Appointed By Gov Ganduje

A Kano State high court on Wednesday declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by the Kano State government as null and void. It ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs. The emirs were installed by the Governor Umaru Ganduje at the weekend following the balkanisation of the century-old emirate by the Kano state government that followed an unusually fast passage of a bill by the Kano State House of Assembly. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Ganduje was accused of carrying out a personal vendetta against the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II in order to [Read]

Marry Five wives or be jailed, Swaziland King orders country men

The King of Swaziland, King Mswati III has made a declaration in the country that from June 2019, men will be required to marry at least five wives or go to jail. A statement by the King called for all men in the country to marry at least five wives, assuring the men that government would pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for them. “Here’s the deal, marry at least five wives and you’re assured that the government will pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for them.” NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that King Mswati warned that any man or woman who opposes the decision “will face [Read]

Sanusi resigns after Ganduje’s installation of new emirate heads in Kano

Haruna Sanusi, the district head to Be Local Government Area of Kano State, On Monday resigned his appointment. His decision was in opposition to the installation of heads of new emirates by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and loyalty to the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the traditional leader cited “health ground and recent changes in the emirate system” as reason for his resignation. The state now has five emirates: Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi. All Emirs would have equal powers and are to be on same first class status as Sanusi. The new heads include Aminu Ado Bayero, son of late emir of Kano, Ado [Read]

[DEVELOPING STORY] Court Restrains Ganduje From Implementing New Emirates In Kano

The Kano State High Court has granted an order restraining Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from implementing the breakup of Kano Emirate. Mr Ganduje signed a law on Wednesday which created additional four emirates, a move that was widely seen as a depletion of Emir Lamido Sanusi’s influence. The matter immediately took a political dimension with the Peoples Democratic Party members in the House saying that the additional four emirates were not properly created, accusing the All Progressives Congress majority of disregarding extant parliamentary procedures. Two PDP House members, including the minority leader, said they received a court order against the new emirates on Friday afternoon. The lawmakers said the House was [Read]

Emir Sanusi: Kano Princes Snub, Reject Ganduje’s Offer To Head New Emirates

NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that three Kano princes have rejected an offer for appointment as Emir of Bichi, one of the four new emirates created Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on May 8 amid his face-off with the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II. Nationnewslead reports that the governor had a meeting with Wamban Kano, Aminu Bayero; Chiroman Kano, Nasiru Bayero and district heads of Rano, Gaya, and Karaye at the Government House on Thursday night. The offer to serve as Emir of Bichi was first made to Chiroman Kano Nasiru Bayero, who rejected outrightly. The governor then pushed the offer to Chiroma’s elder brother, Aminu Bayero, who also turned it down. [Read]

AFRICAN DRUM FESTIVAL: Gov Amosun thrills Audience as he turns Professional Fashion Model [SEE PHOTOS]

Outgoing Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun yesterday in Abeokuta thrilled watching audiences from across the globe  as he added glamour to the grand finale of the 4th edition of the African Drum Festival featuring as a fashion model. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the sudden appearance of Amosun caught thousands of guests at the ceremony unawares, as he walked majestically into the stage, to display his skill in the fashion competition. The anchor had earlier kept guests in suspense, when he jokingly announced that, a world renowned, who had feature in CNN, Al Jazeera and other international television stations as a model, was in attendance at the ceremony, and appear [Read]

Yoruba-Igbo Ties: Oduduwa was never last born to Igbo Prince, says Oluwo

  “Place the two cultures side by side in greetings, communication, language, clothing, idols, dancing, wedding etc,one needs no teacher to tell you there are clear distinction. We only must respect the nation that binds us together, Nigeria” NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that in a bid to lay the controversy of Yoruba-Igbo ties to rest, the first class natural paramount monarch, Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has said the founding father of Yoruba, Oduduwa was never last born to the Igbos prince as claimed by Ohaneze Indigbo. Oluwo described the claim as unfounded, false and misleading to the stalwarts of history, beseeching Igbo community to further their [Read]

Ooni reaffirms Igbo-Yoruba Family Ties, says “we’re inseparable” [READ MORE]

  The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has reaffirmed his position on the family ties between Yoruba and Igbo nations, saying the two ethnic groups are inseparable members of the same family. Ooni Ogunwusi stated this last weekend at his Ile-Oodua palace in Ile-Ife while receiving the Lagos state president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Solomon Ogbonna who had as a member accompanied the delegation of African Farmers And Cultural Organization on a courtesy visit to the palace. “I am so happy to have the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos State President here as part of this empowerment initiative. Lagos is part of Yoruba land we [Read]

I won’t stop working until midnight of May 28 when my tenure expires – Gov Amosun 

  ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has said he will not relent towards working for the development of Ogun -State pledging that he work tirelessly till the midnight May 28 before his tenure expires on 29. He disclosed this known during a world press briefing on the unveiling of African Drum Fe with the theme: DRUMING FOR THE FUTURE at Mitros hall, Ibara Housing Estate, Okelewo, Abeokuta. The governor also maintained that the unveiling  of the 2019 4th African Drum festival is par his promises that he promised to fulfil before tenure expires on may 29, adding that he will work tirelessly to make a Ogun [Read]

2019 African Drum Festival: Ogun Set to Host 21 Countries, 71 Independent Participants, Others

ABEOKUTA – Not less 21 African countries, 23 troupes and 71 independent participants will feature at the 2019 edition of African Drum Festival annually held in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria. The drum festival according to the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee who is also the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, about 26 states of the federation have also signified interest in participating in this year’s edition. Onanuga said the festival which berthed in 2016 has not only repositioned and placed Ogun State on the world map of culture and tourism, but has become an enduring legacy. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the LOC Chairman equally added that few European and American [Read]

Ooni of Ife: Google Cannot Exist Without ‘Ifa’

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, on Wednesday said that the Google originated from the ‘Ifa’ also known as the oracle. The traditional leader said that without ‘Ifa’ , google would not have been created. Ogunwusi said this during the press tour of the tourists sites within the ancient city ahead of the Tourism Innovation and Development Innovation Conference (TIDA) slated for April 24. The theme of the forthcoming conference is: “Impact of Sustainable Tourism Development and Marketing of Tourism Destinations on Host Communities”. ‘Odu Ifa’ refers to the verses of the literary corpus that are usually consulted by people who believe in its efficacy before embarking on any [Read]