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Secrets for good health at 80- Obidairo

•Professor Thomas Kehinde Obidairo

At the University of Benin where he was popularly known as TKO, after his initials, Professor Thomas Kehinde Obidairo was one of the least expected to engage in a brawl or even post a Technical Knock Out on anyone. However, what he lacked in physical aggressiveness, he more than made up for in his academic calling, pioneering academic departments and ventures in the Universities of Lagos, Benin, the Lagos State University and the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN.

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•Femi Giwa, Head of Operations and Logistics, LASEMA

Looming floods: Thousands of Lagosians may be displaced- Giwa, LASEMA chief

Right from the onset, we had always stepped up our emergency preparedness and response, and, in view of the advice from the Office of the Security Adviser to the president concerning the high level of flood that will occur in some states which include Lagos, we have stepped up high level of preparedness at our two relief camps; the relief and emergency camp at Agbowa in Lagos East and the one at Igando, Lagos West.

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SBF: Fresh hope for frustrated teenage mothers

There are many of them stranded out there. And, it seems clear that it is difficult for them to be able to keep themselves afloat or to return to the classroom after missing the first opportunity. They are found everywhere across the length and breadth of Nigeria. They are young. Some are strikingly beautiful and others are awful. But they have one thing in common: frustration, arising from unwanted pregnancy that has put a wedge between them and their parents on one hand and their future on the other hand.

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Just one glass of wine a week while pregnant ‘can harm a baby’s IQ’

‘Moderate’ drinking was regarded as anything less than six units of alcohol a week—the equivalent of three standard glasses of wine—while some of the women abstained through the whole of their pregnancy. Heavy drinkers were excluded. When youngsters whose mothers were moderate drinkers were tested at the age of eight, those who had three of the gene variants—meaning they were slower to rid alcohol from their systems—had a lower intelligence when compared with those who had either one or two.

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The cost of widowhood in Igboland

Widowhood practices, which, to some people, violate the fundamental human rights of women through culturally prescribed seclusion, exist in most parts of Igbo land. In Nimbo, in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, wives of kings mourned their husbands for seven years before they were buried and another one year after their interment.

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Late Erediauwa

Benin mourns as Oba of Benin, Erediauwa joins ancestors

OMON N’OBA Ne Edo, Uku Akpolokpolor, Oba Erediauwa has joined his ancestors. He was the 38th Oba of Benin Kingdom. A terse announcement yesterday in Benin by the Iyase of Benin Kingdom (the Traditional Prime Minister), Chief Sam Igbe who spoke in Bini dialect said, “OSORHUE BUNRUN; Oba Erediauwa of Benin Kingdom, the Prince of Peace, Ebo, Ayemwirhe, Emimi Mini Mini, has re-united with his ancestors. May he find perfect peace with God.”

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Ibadan: A melting point

Ibadan from its early history, had always been circumstantial and cosmopolitan. It is undisputable, that Lagelu, the Yoruba Warlord and Generalissimo was its founder around 1829. It became a British Protectorate in 1893, after a treaty, signed by Baale Fijabi, the then Baale of Ibadan, with the British Acting Governor of Lagos, George C.

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Bizarre: Village where periwinkles are gods

Most people of the coastal areas of the Niger Delta Region hardly prepare a meal without periwinkles, the delicious species of small edible sea snails. Periwinkles are harvested from the seabed and are such a veritable source of income. Expectedly, these molluscs of various species enjoy immense acceptance among the Nembe people of Nembe Local Government Area and the ancient town of Twon Brass and Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

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Eze Ndigbo of Akure, Gregory Iloehike: In a sober mood

How market leadership tussle demotes Akure’s Eze Ndigbo

UNTIL last week, the Eze Ndigbo of Akure, Gregory Iloehike was a man about town. He used to go about in Akure, the Ondo state capital with all the paraphernalia of a traditional ruler and served as the voice of the Igbo in the metropolis. But his over bloated ego of many years was deflated when he reportedly “ disrespected the town’s monarch’’ by uttering uncomplimentary remarks to the Deji of Akureland, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, who invited him to the palace in Akure to find a lasting solution to a leadership tussle in a popular market in the ancient town.

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From left: Obinna Nweke...injured during invasion by armed men; *Samuel Nweke, the new Traditional Prime Minister and Sunday Okoli....also injured during the attack

Leadership dispute, N15m tear Abia community apart

IT has been a case of accusations and counter-accusations being the fallout of the communal crisis rocking the people of Eluama community, Lokpaukwu Umuchieze automonous community in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State. At the centre of the crisis, which has so far split the community into two factions, are the traditional ruler of the community, Eze Moses Okwale and his younger brother, Dr. Borke Okwale and others loyal to them on one side. On the opposing side is the other faction comprising the newly elected EDU executive, teaming up with those who identified themselves as concerned citizens of Eluama who claimed to have the support of about 90 percent of the entire populace.

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