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Olusunle speaks on the glamour of Ogidi Day

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A former presidential advisor Dr Tunde Olusunle, Scholar and Poet has described Ogidi day as Nigeria’s biggest cultural event.
While reminiscing on his past experiences he said he has attended Ogidi Day on a number of occasions, usually on the invitation of his senior professional colleague and brother, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho.

“I’ve always been thrilled at the ability of the fiesta to draw guests and invitees from across  the broad spectrum of society. This for sure, is an unmissable intersection of colours, cultures and history.

“The overall ambience, the dancing, the spell-binding performances  and displays, continue to intrigue you even after the event.

Continuing, he said  Ogidi Day among others, is one programme which re-enacts the Yoruba-ness of the Okun people of Kogi State’s Western Senatorial Zone that responds to the misgivings of doubters, and confused proponents of the sociocultural ambivalence of the Okun people.

“Ogidi Day challenges other communities in Okunland to take genuine pride in their heritage and culture, and to happily flaunt these in the face of the world.

“Ogidi Day, Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June comes up again on *Saturday, June 19, 2021.*Prepare to relish the grandeur of pure culture”

Ogidi-Ijumu, also affectionately called Ogidi-Ela by its people, is a small Yoruba town about 56 miles North West of Lokoja in Kogi State, Nigeria.
With s population of about 15,000 according to 2011 national census, Ogidi is known for its formations of igneous rock mountains, a traditional art industry, hospitality, valour and a deep tradition of self-reliance.

The language spoken in Ogidi is the Okun dialect of Yoruba. The men are traditionally farmers and hunters, and the women are renowned for arts, craft and trading.

Administratively, Ogidi-Ijumu was under the Northern Region with Kaduna as the capital. With the creation of 12 states, it came under Kwara State with Ilorin as the capital.

Today, Ogidi-Ijumu is under Ijumu Local Government Area (hereinafter referred to as “the LGA”) in Kogi State with Lokoja as the capital.
Ogidi shares boundaries with Kabba in Kabba/Bunnu LGA, and Ayere, Iyara and Ogale in Ijumu LGA.

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Tor Tiv turbans Nasarawa Gov with Tiv traditional title

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Tor Tiv turbans Nasarawa Gov with Tiv traditional title

Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa state Governor, Abdullahi Sule has been turbaned with the traditional tittle of “Asor Mtem U Tiv” meaning “The peace builder of the Tiv nation.”

While bestowing the traditional tittle on the governor, the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse, stated that the traditional tittle has
been approved by the Tiv area traditional council.

According to him, the governor was recognized for protecting all his people, particularly the Tiv indigenes resident in the state.

His words: “But because he is not here in person and we don’t send the tittle to the beneficiary, at his appropriate time he will come to the palace to be decorated and conferred.”

The paramount ruler also honoured the wife of the governor Hajiya Silfat Abdullahi Sule with the traditional tittle of “Hwan U Mtem U
Bem U Tiv” which also is translated as the “Rib of the peace builder of the Tiv Nation.

Expressing his gratitude on him via his tweeter handle @Abdullahi A Sule, governor Sule commended the Tor Tiv, and the entire Tiv nation.

“My immense gratitude to the Tor Tiv, His Majesty Prof. James Ayatse and the Tiv Nation for honouring me with the traditional tittle of “As or Mtem U Tiv” which translates to ” The peace builder of the Tiv Nation “.We will not relent in the search for peace in Nasarawa and beyond,” Sule added.

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Gov Bello felicitates with new Emir of Kagara

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Gov Bello felicitates with new Emir of Kagara

NIGER State Governor and Chairman North Central Governor’s Forum (NCGF), Abubakar Sani Bello has congratulated the newly appointed 3rd Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna.

Appointment of Garba Gunna followed the death of Alhaji Salihu Tanko who died Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 after 39 years on the throne.

Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna scored the highest number of votes in the recently concluded election by the electoral college of the Kagara Emirate and subsequently declared winner.

Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, described the appointment as well-deserved stressing that his nomination by the kingmakers stands him out as the one with the royal pedigree to stir the emirate to greatness.

Governor Sani Bello expressed the believe that, as a reputable professional and public servant, the new Emir has the capacity to build on the legacies of his predecessors by upholding the sanctity of the traditional institution.

“Your appointment, after serving the emirate as Dan Majen Kagara, to the exalted seat also represents the confidence and belief of the entire people of the emirate that you will bring your wisdom and expertise in preserving the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the people”.

He reminded the new Emir that he was ascending the throne at a critical period of insecurity in his domain and urged him to use his wealth of experience by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to bring enduring peace to the area.

The Governor called on the people of Kagara Emirate to support the New Emir to bring harmony and peaceful coexistence towards the socioeconomic development of the area in particular and the state in general.

The new Emir was, until his appointment, the Acting Chairman Niger State Board of Internal Revenue and the Dan Majen Kagara

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Asiwaju Asiru to Chair Ogidi Day 2021

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Kogi State Commissioner for Finance, Asiwaju Idris Asiru will be the Chairman of the Ogidi Day Festival holding in Ogidi, Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State on Saturday, June 19, this year.

Asiru, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) conveyed his acceptance of the invitation to the Ogidi Day Secretariat on Wednesday.

The Chairman gives overall strategic direction to the programme, deemed to be Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June.

Past Chairmen of the programme include former Health Minister, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, one time Managing Director of Daily Trust Newspapers, Akogun Isiaq Ajibola, former General Officer Commanding, 3 Armoured Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Julius Osanupin (rtd) and Chief Tunde Thani, a communication specialist and Chief Executive Officer of Explicit Communications Limited.

Before his foray into government, Asiru had worked meritoriously in the banking industry.

He has made great contributions towards the social and economic development of Isanlu, his home town and other communities in the state.

In accepting the invitation to Ogidi Day, the Commissioner said he saw it as an opportunity to join hands with the illustrious people of Ogidi towards the realization of their development aspirations.

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