By Ishola Balogun

LAST week, the governor Emeritus, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu clocked 58.  With couple of activities marking the day, it was a tremendous success with tonnes of celebrities and political associates thronging different venues where each of the activities was held.

On Friday, 26, and at the LTV8 hall, party supporters and groups were seen dressed in unique clothes, including the wife of the celebrant, Chief Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu. She was every where looking very cute in her dark green flowing gown made up of local fabric, ensuring that nothing went wrong. She held meetings with some groups, who flocked around her apparently for ‘settlement.’ The ‘area boys’  formed another cloak of bodyguards. She had to contend with them even when their actions almost unnerved her.

But she kept her cool and opted to meet with them.  The meeting which lasted for about ten minutes got some thought provoking questions from the former first lady. She had asked the guys what they had brought for Asiwaju as birthday gifts.  There was a fleeting silence, then followed by discordant mumbles. ‘We don’t have jobs’ Asiwaju is our father etc. Still unsatisfied, she declared that she was not ready to dole out  money to jobless people.  Again, they changed tune, and attempted to impresses with their area of specialities. She went into her car, brought some mint naira notes and personally handled the distribution.  Ditto with other women and band groups. It was for the spirit of the birthday and Asiwaju was damn happy about that. Happy birthday!.

Lagos Carnival & Maltina
LAGOS State Government is hosting the premier edition of the Lagos Carnival on Easter Monday. This is expected to be a splendid event for residents of the state as well as tourists across the length and breadth of the country event.

During the  Carnival, the parades and floats will traverse major streets on Lagos Island and for the first time also include Ikoyi and Victoria Island and will all climax at the Tafawa Balewa Square for a grand display by all participating carnival groups.

Maltina, Nigeria’s number one  malt drink has been named as the official malt drink of the 2010 Lagos Carnival. As part of efforts to make the carnival an unforgettable experience, the brand  has pledged to reward participants who excel at the event with mouth-watering prizes.

According to the Senior brand manager, Maltina, Tokunbo Adodo, the brand would give a giant photocopier to the best choreographed secondary school in the carnival while the best choreographic group in the adult category would smile home with N1 million.  Other categories of prizes will also be awarded.

He disclosed that chilled free Maltina drink would be served at various points established by Nigerian Breweries Plc.

Justice Idoko remembered, 11 years after

PEOPLE say death is a terrible thing, but more terrible than death is to have existed without living. However, some people have passed on and they died without being remembered. For those who gave all to the benefit of humanity, they will forever be remembered.  One of such people is the late jurist,  a man of unpretentious disposition,  Hon. Justice Alhassan Idoko who died 11 years ago.

The late Justice Idoko was a well-known jurist and advocate who made substantial and lasting contributions to the development of the law and the legal profession in Nigeria both at the bar and on the bench. An eminent jurist who gave every case on his table a scholarly judgment.  He remains dear to the heart of the people of Benue State for his selfless and distinguished service to the state and the nation in general.

As Chief Judge and Chairman, Judicial Service Commission, Honorable Justice Idoko provided a radically progressive, transparent and exemplary leadership.  He promoted integrity, hard work and competence in the state judiciary system. He pioneered the Benue State biennial conference long before the setting up of the National Judicial Institute for continuing education of judicial officers and support staff. Now, families and friends of Justice Idoko will be holding a memorial service in his honor, reminding themselves of what a loss his exit has been and exhorting themselves to follow his footsteps.

Iyabo Ojo goes shopping for blue dresses
Like her colleagues in the industry who want to keep every thing going, get more scripts and smile to the bank, Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo wants to look new all the time, and that means going shopping for sexy dresses and other make-up accessories. The Nollywood star, was at some notable boutiques in Ikeja where she had gone to do some shopping recently.

The actress, decked in a fitted brown blouse and dark green skirt looked more like a teenager than a late 40s mother of three, coming out of the boutique with a feeling that she had spoiled herself silly with some wares. Societywatch was informed that the mother of three had picked some blue dresses.

I wonder if the delectable actress in several of the stores she visited will ever forget to pick some new make-up kits. With a punched nose and tattoos decorating her flesh, she’s got the groove.


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