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Tuesday, June 15, 2010


The Editor-in –Chief of True Love West Africa, Bola Atta has repacked and re -launched her glossy Life Style magazine. She has introduced FLAIR West Africa – a fresh and exciting new women’s publication. Without any doubt, True Love West Africa changed the game and left an indelible mark in the Nigerian news industry especially the women segment, but she will no longer be publishing it.The last edition of TRUE LOVE West Africa was in March 2010. FLAIR was originally launched by Bola Atta over a decade ago and was the first women’s lifestyle magazine in Nigeria. It is great to see the brand coming back and its satisfying that it’s a wholly Nigerian brand lead by an inspiring Nigerian woman. Flair West Africa will continue to bring to its reader the latest from the fashion and entertainment industries.FLAIR West Africa, like an inquisitive, beautiful butterfly, aims to be at the forefront to bring the relevant, informative and entertaining stories to the delight of its reader.

Monday, June 14, 2010


In the next couple of weeks, City People Media Group will be hosting the 4th edition of the Ankara Fashion Show which is scheduled to take place on Sunday July 4, 2010 at the Balmoral Hall, Oregun, Lagos. The event promises to be bigger and better than the previous edition. In this report by City People Fashion Editor BOLA AKINBOADE, brings to you some of the highlights of this event.

No doubt, Ankara which made a huge comes back couple of years back is here to stay. Its staying power is second-to-none. And that is why the City People Media group came up with a concept 3 years ago to celebrate this indigenous fabric that has infiltrated the fashion world. Blended with other matching fabrics and with a good design, Ankara fabrics are the fancy of many people. The aim is to create a platform for Nigerian designers, giving them the opportunity to display their own interpretation of this fabric.
And 3 years down the lane, this event is becoming bigger and fast gaining recognition.

This year’s Ankara Fashion Show will take place at the Balmoral Hall, located in Oregun- axis of Lagos. This is to give this edition another face which is different from the previous ones. This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than the previous ones, that was why the organizers had to look for a place that will accommodate all these new changes, and Balmoral Hall seems to be the right place to be.
Balmoral Hall is a classy multi-occasional banquet hall that has been around for couple of years now. It has hosted a lot of high profile events ever since it was established from Weddings, Birthday, Fashion Shows, Anniversaries, Gala Night, Product Launch amongst others. The hall can occupy a thousands guests as the hall space is massive. While the classy and chic décor does add glamour to any event been held there.

The Ankara Fashion Show will be introducing 6 new designers to the scene where they get the recognition they deserve. These designers include Bosun Kola-Adewale( Dazzle Pulse), Lara Sobowale( Lardiva Clothings), Ngozi Ukeredo, Irene Dumuje(DMJ), Ifeyinwa Shekinah Odo (Misiano) and Princess Aisha N-Hiris (Eternally Zoe).They will be unveiling their new collections at the event which are created using the Ankara fabrics. They are all young and talented and their designs are simply gorgeous. They are the new breeds of designers to definitely watch out for on the scene.

Apart from the 6 new designers that will be unveiling their collections at the event, there will also be a special appearance from 2 top designers; these include the duo of Amede Nzeribe of Amede and Ayotomi Rotimi of Xclamations. They will also be showcasing their latest collections at the event.
And even though the signature look of these designers differs, one thing you can’t take away from them is the fact that their label has become a synonym for modern design aligned to reliable quality for the sophisticated, up to date woman. Their fashion house is famous for it’s impeccably cut clothes in trendy fabrics with innovative finish techniques.

In line with the theme of the day, the Balmoral Hall will also be wearing an ethnic look. This will be achieved by one of the latest sensational in the event industry, Kehinde Onabanjo and the brain behind Finesse. She will be transforming the hall using Ankara Fabric mixed with other luxurious fabric for the decoration. She will be creating an ambience of Fuschia Pink and Black. Apart from the decoration, she will also be handling the coordination of the event, and her Ushers will be on ground to attend to the guests and make sure they are comfortable. Finesse is a one stop event outfit. It is a professional company that specializes in decoration, planning and coordination. The outfit is dedicated in providing all your needs in order to make your wedding, anniversary, corporate events amongst others elegant and unforgettable.

Sleek, a hair and make-up brand owned by 2 sisters, Ebele and Ify Ugochukwu will be responsible for the make up of the 30 models that will be strutting the runway in the designers’ collections. They will be storming the venue with a powerful team that will be working on the girls to achieve the desirable look of the day.
The brand Sleek was established in order to meet the cosmetic needs of women of colour who have great difficulty in finding cosmetic products that match their varying skin shades and tones. This unique product work with any skin type to enhance the natural color.

Noble hair range, manufactured by Rebbecca Fashion Company will also be rocking the run-way. This is because they will be supplying all the hair extensions that will be used by the models on that day. Not only that, they will also be giving out gifts to stylish ladies at the event. Noble is manufactured by Rebecca Fashion Company from the mother company in China. It is a top of the quality hair range. It comprises a wide range of styles from straight, curly, wavy, afro, and others.

This year’s event will be kicking off in a different way. It will be starting with a Cocktail session that will last for an hour. This will set the event rolling in a right mood as they mingle and have fun. The cocktail session will be handled by Memorable Events, one of the leading drink outfits in town. Memorable Events is a drink Management Company. They are the foremost in the field. The company started 5 years ago and they have risen to the top because of the quality of service they render. They handle a good number of A-Class events. They are the pacesetter in the drinks industry with the introduction of glamorous Mobile Cocktail bar where exotic Cocktail champagnes and wines are served. The outfit is owned by Aderonke Ajayi and her hubby, Oluseun

Since the event is all about celebrating our indigenous fabrics, all the guests are also expected to dress African in Ankara print. No doubt, this particular event will also record high fashion statement like the previous editions.


Eni Balogun, the CEO of Lise make-over outfit and Lise beauty range is at it again. Following the success of her Abuja make-up workshop, she jetted out of the country to attend the recently concluded New York Make-up show with other members of the Professional and Certified Make-up Artist of Nigeria (PCMAN), an association she founded 2 years ago. This is the members first trip together. They had the opportunity to dine and network with the world class make-up artists and the brains behind the popular top class make-up lines as the make-up industry came together to celebrate the craft of the professional makeup artists in the New York City.
Eni Balogun is an award winning and internationally recognized make-up artists. She has been in the industry for over 11 years and still going strong. With a thriving make-up studio and a one of the hottest make-up lines, Lise Beauty range, she has become a force to reckon with in the industry.


Bayo Hastrup needs little or no introduction. He is Nigeria’s premier fashion and editorial makeup artist. His outfit Ijade-Egbin has established itself as one of the leading make-up outfit in the country and is well recognized on the international scene. Bayo will be rolling out the drums very soon as his outfit will be marking 20 years in the make-up business. This has been 2 decades of unprecedented media blitz for the business of make-up styling, crafting advertising campaign that captured the nation’s imaginations. His excellence of vision, power of ideas, and the fearlessness of his passion has made him stand the test of time in the industry. Two decades down the line, Bayo is still very relevant and has also emerged as a role model and mentor to a lot of the new sensations in the industry. His clientele base ranges from First Ladies, Celebrities, Politicians, Corporate Titans, Style Icons, Beauty Queens and a host of others. He has also been recognized with several awards from special recognition awards to make-up artist of the year and others. He is planning something exclusive to celebrate this great landmark.


Joan Okorodudu, the Next Super Model Boss is planning something big for her modeling search. In the quest to build Africa biggest search, she has started to expand to other countries. She recently stormed Cameron and Ghana, as the 2 countries now have a franchise to host the Cameron Next Super Model Search and Ghana Next Super Model Search. She will be relenting on her efforts as she is also expanding to other countries in Africa. Afterwards, a grand finale tagged, “Africa Next Super Model Search” will be taking place towards the end of the year.


Allure, a special style pull-out from the stable of Vanguard Newspaper hosted Barrister Grace Egbagbe and Pastor Paul Adefarasin, who was represented by one of the co-pastors in House of the Rock, Dr Austin Ebeneme, to a classy event having emerged as the Allure Style Icon 2010. Interestingly the duo, were also the winner last year at the maiden edition of the award.
The award nite took place on May 30, 2010 at the Atlantic Beach Center own by Erelu Abiola Dosunmu. The event kicked off with opening remarks by the Fashion Editor of Allure, Remi Diagbere who spoke on why the team is honoring Barrister Grace Egbabge and Pastor Paul Adefarasin. According to her, they were not celebrating them only because of their powerful dress sense alone, but also because of their contribution to the glamour industry as well. They have become a role model to the younger generation and their life has been a shinning light to others. And this made them a perfect candidate for the Style Icon Award. Their emergence wasn’t as a result of being Allure favorite as they were actually voted in by the readers after a list of outstanding and stylish women and men.
The evening was not only about awards as it was also packed with high loads of entertainment to thrill the guests. The event which was compered by Patrick Doyle had Tosin Band as the official band to entertain the guests at interval. Also Olumide Dada, did what he knows how to do best with his baritone voice. Ex-Beauty Queen, Helen Prest Ajayi also gave a short talk on style. And the height of the evening was a fashion show by award winning designer, Frank Osodi and one of the latest entrants into the fashion industry, Monash. They both dazzled the guests with their exquisite collections.
Notable among those who made it to the event to celebrate with these style icons were,
Nkiru Animudu, Joan Okpara, Bryan Okpara, Prince Idowu Oyefusi, Nikky Khiran, Kate Henshaw, Patricia Egbagbe, Helen Ajayi, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Folorunsho Alakija, Sam Amaga (the publisher of Vanguard Newspaper), Gbenga Adefaye(GM Publication/EIC of Vanguard Media Ltd) amongst others.


Sleek Nigeria is a Hair and Make-up brand owns by 2 sisters, Ebele and Ify Ugochukwu. They are renowned for their passion for beautiful glamorous hair and make-up. Recently they put together a garden soiree to appreciate and celebrate the stylish women. The event which took place at the California Spa & Wellness Resort in Ikoyi, combined all the feminine essentials that would make any woman feel and look beautiful. It was a great mix of fashion and beauty. The event was held in conjunction of Soraya Adji of Younass collection. At the event, Sleek unveiled one of its latest products, Kanellia. It is an absolute top of the range for black hair care and is manufactured exclusively in Paris. Established in Europe as the ethnic hair care specialist. Kanellia leaves your hair healthier, softer, smoother and moisturized with enhanced growth and completely frizz-free days, plus fabulous products for caring for your expensive human hair weaves.
There was also a know-your-weave segment where Sleek revealed the secret and telling the difference between an assortment of human hair extensions; and with silky lace wigs on display, hair divas are guaranteed a most satisfying experience. Guests were also treated to a fashion show featuring the Younass Spring Collection in conjunction with Nadji stones, a stunning exhibition of jewels to wet the appetite and tips on how to glow with Sleek. The event was coordinated by Enthyst event, who was on top of her game as usual. It was an evening of class and glamour.


To a lot of people, Pastor Adeboye , the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and Bishop Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Word Outreach(a.k.a Winners Chapel), are mostly regarded as contemporaries. This is because they are among the most admired men of God in the country. They are both seen as pioneers of the Christian Charismatic Movement in Africa, and are most known among the powerful preachers in Nigeria. But what a lot of people don’t know is that these 2 great men of God are more than just been colleagues in the Pastoral circle, as they come way back together.
City People can authoritatively reveal to you that there is a strong bond between these two men of God and their friendship dates back 30 years. Anyone who is close to them will testify to the close relationship they share and they have never missed out on each other’s milestone. No matter the exclusivity of the event; they will always be present and even play a visible role. A perfect example was when their sons got married. When Bishop Oyedepo’s son, David jnr, got married 2 years ago, it was an exclusive event, and the wedding which took place in Canaanland, Sango Otta, had Pastor Adeboye and some powerful men of God in attendance. But out of all the guests present, Pastor Adeboye played a special role at the event. The same was the case last year, when Pastor Adeboye’s son got married. The exclusive and private wedding also saw Bishop Oyedepo in attendance.
That’s not all about these 2 great men of God. They always support each other’s ministry. They have played the role of Chief speakers at a lot of the powerful crusades and anointing services organized both by Winners Chapel and Redeemed Christian Church of God. Despite their very busy schedules, they don’t joke with each other, when it comes to these special meetings.
What a lot of people also don’t know is that their friendship dates back to the 80s. According what City People gathered, they both met while in Ilorin, Kwara State, where Pastor Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo actually started their ministries. Pastor Adeboye was a mathematics lecturer, and worked at the universities of Lagos and Ilorin. He had PHD in applied mathematics from the University of Lagos.In 1981, Pastor Adeboye became General Overseer of the RCCG, making him head of the Church, after the death of the founder, Akindayomi the previous year. For three years he filled the role part-time, while still lecturing at Ilorin, Kwara State, until he gave up University position to preach full-time.
Bishop Oyedepo also used to work at the Federal Ministry of Housing Corporation in Ilorin, Kwara State, before resigning to concentrate on missionary work . He received a mandate from God in May 1981 to 'liberate the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith. This is the inaugural vision that led to the founding of the LFCWW, first called Liberation Faith Hour Ministries, in 1981. But unknown to many however, it was actually Pastor Adeboye of RCCG who ordained Bishop Oyedepo as a Pastor. Two years after after Bishop Oyedepo started his ministry, precisely 17 September 1983, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who at that time had become the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, ordained David and his wife, Florence Abiola Akano (now known as Faith Abiola Oyedepo) as Pastors. He also
officially commissioned the newly established church of Bishop Oyedepo, Winners Chapel.
Ever since, their friendship has continued to grow stronger . They are not just friends, they also shared a lot of similaries . For instance, they are both refered to as fathers of Christianity. While Bishop Oyedepo is fondly referred to as Papa, Pastor Adeboye is also popularly known as Daddy G.O. They both control two of the largest and fastest growing churches in Nigeria with over 100,000 worshippers. Their churches has made its presence known both within and outside Nigeria. Very few men of God in Nigeria possess their gift of presence, the aura to inspire people to act, to be active participants in the things concerning God’s word, as Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye and Bishop David Oyedepo. They both have special “power of anointing”, and their crusades both command gigantic audiences. Over the years, both Pastor Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo have continued to use their gift as Apostles of Christ as critical tools in reaching the hearts and minds of millions of people in Nigeria and beyond
Currently, they both run private universities, The Redeemer University and Covenant University, and both of them are Pro-chancellors of their respective universities. They are the first Pastors to acquire private jets and yatch in Nigeria. Pastor Adeboye acquired the aircraft years after Bishop Oyedepo acquired his own, a challenger aircraft, with number D6640, which was parked a few metres away from Bishop Oyedepo’s Gulfstream at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), Lagos.
They are also both highly connected and have friends in high places,like Head of States, Governors, Royal Fathers, top government officials, Captains of industry and a host of others.
They have both live an exemplemnary lives and have become role models to the new generations. Most importantly, they both wield massive influence within the Christendom and beyond.


This is the shocking revelation of how many celebrity men now use their teenage house maids for rituals. These maids are usually minors whom these men sexually abuse. According to what was gathered, most of these men who sleep with these girls however don’t do it for the sex alone, it’s actually as a means to renew their money ritual sacrifice. For these reasons, teenage virgins have suddenly become the latest victim of money rituals, which might even explain why a lot of rape has been heard lately across the country. City People gathered that a lot of young girls have found themselves forcefully taken advantage of sexually by men who are much older than them. Worst still is the fact that even some fathers have equally been found guilty sleeping with their teenage daughters all in the bid to acquire Money and Power. The usual practice these celebrity men indulge in is to rape these teenage girls, following which the rapist usually clean his victims' private parts with a white handkerchief as part of requirement for the money ritual.
The one that is becoming more and more rampant these days is how some Big Boys now sleep with their young house maids, courtesy of their unsuspecting wives, who make this easy for them. Few years back, no one would consider an underage girl as a maid, since they were considered to be too young to handle heavy chores in the house, so mature girls were employed. Not until there were recorded cases of these mature housemaids snatching husbands of their employers. These days, most women feel more comfortable with a teenage maid, but unknown to many of them, these young housemaids have suddenly become victim of sexual abuse committed by most of these big men in the society, who are rumored to make their money through occultic means.
In recent time, the number of these teenage girls who has been sexually abused by their Madam’s husband has been on the rise, and their age ranges between 13 and 17. most of the time, the wife only get to know about this abuse committed by her husband if the girl get pregnant ,or they are eventually caught in the act by chance. This is because; these men always threaten to kill their victims if they disclose what is going on between them to their wife. So most of the time, these teenage housemaids are always too afraid to open up to the Madam of the house.
There is a case of a girl called Blessing, a 14 years old maid who was brought in from the village to live and work with a Lagos Big Boy on the Island. Blessing has no noticeable physical attributes that could even attract any man. But unknown to the wife, the husband is into rituals, though he owns a thriving auto business which many thinks is the source of wealth.
Blessing had her first ordeal on a particular day, when the man came back to the house after the wife had gone to her fashion boutique shop also on the Island. The little girl was tidying up the house as ordered by her Madam, when the man arrived and called her to his room, ordered her to remove her cloths and forceful raped her, after which he cleaned her up with a white handkerchief. He also threatened to kill her if she ever tells his wife. The guy has been having canal knowledge of her ever since that fateful day, until one day when the wife noticed that the girl was pregnant. That was when all hell broke loose in the house, and the girl eventually revealed that it was the husband that put her in the family way. The girl is still pregnant with this Big Boy child, even though she has been thrown out of the house.
There is another case of a 15 years old girl, Hannah who also had a similar experience. In her own case, from the first day she was brought into the house, her Madam husband had been extremely nice to her. Most of the time, he would give her money and always tell her not to let his wife know. After he had succeeded in winning her heart, he made his intention known to the young girl. He usually come back home when the wife is not around. In his own case, he didn’t have to really force the girl as he practically lured the girl by promising her lots of money. However, before sleeping with the girl, he would spread a white cloth on the bed, which he removes immediately after the act. He would then clean her up too after having canal knowledge of her in a very caring way that the girl will never suspect that anything was wrong. Afterwards, Hannah became the unofficial second wife to her Madam’s husband. And because he was so nice to her, she didn’t sense any danger. The unholy tangle continued for months and the man continued to feast on her with impunity. And in other to curb against pregnancy, the man usually gives her contraceptive pills after each sexual act. In Hannah’s case, the wife wont have known, not until when she fell ill and was rushed to the hospital and the doctor diagnosed her of acute Syphilis which baffled her madam. She quickly sent for the girl’s family and after a lot of interogation and threat by her parents to disown her, she eventually opened up to them, revealing the identity of the man who put her in that state to be her Madam’s husband. She is currently battling with scanty and an irregular menstruation.
One can go on and on with the list of these young victims of some Lagos big boys who have silently suffered these sexual abuses. The quest to always renew their money source has blinded the conscience of these men, as they no longer see their act as child abuse. According to what was gathered, a lot of these girls are suffering in silence since there is no one to talk to, while the fear of poverty tearing their family apart have made them to continue to stay in these houses, where they suffer sexual abuse from their male boss regularly.


Studies have revealed that 80% of Nigerian women outlive men. It is a fact of life that men enjoy certain physical advantages over women. On average, men are stronger, muscular and weird authority in all ramifications. But none of these attributes seem to matter when it comes to longetivity, because providence seems to be partial to women in that regards. Studies have shown that women live longer than men sometimes by a margin as much as 10years. The death rates for women are lower than those for men at all ages. In this report, City People Fashion Editor, BOLA AKINBOADE brings to you the real reasons why women live longer than men. Some of these reasons are even more behavioral than the biological differences between the sexes. They can also be attributed to the differences in the effects of medical technology as well as socio and psychological factors.

Heard disease is the main cause of the gender gap. One important reason and advantage women have over men is the big delay in terms of cardiovascular disease like heart attack and stroke. Men are more prone to heart disease than women even at a very young age while for women, it is not until when they are over 50 years old.
One reason for that delay in onset of cardiovascular disease could be that women are relatively iron-deficient compared to men, especially younger women, mostly those in their late teens and early 20s, because of menstruation. Iron plays a very important part in the reactions in our cells which produce damaging free radicals, which glom onto cell membranes and DNA, and may translate into aging the cell.

Chromosomal differences between men and women also affect their mortality rates. The sex determining chromosomes can carry genetic mutations that cause a number of life threatening diseases, including muscular dystrophy and hemophilia. Because women have two X chromosomes, a female with an abnormal gene on one of her X chromosomes can use the normal gene on the other and thereby avoid the expression of the diseases (though she is still a carrier of the defect). Men, in contrast have one X chromosome and one Y chromosome, and so they cannot rely on an alternative chromosome if a gene on one of the sex chromosomes is defective.
There is also increasing interest in women’s second X chromosome as a longetivity factor in and of itself. Although one of the two Xs is randomly inactivated early in life, the second X seems to become more active with increasing age. Men don't have this luxury and don't get this choice.

Experts have revealed that the gender differences in mortality patterns may be influenced at least in part by sex hormones, namely the male hormone testosterone and the female hormone estrogen.Estrogen works differently than the testosterone that is produced in a man’s body. Because the male hormone has been linked with aggression and competitiveness as well as libido, doctors ascribe this spike in male mortality to “testosterone toxicity”. Later in life, testosterone puts men at risk biologically as well as behaviorally.It increases blood levels of the bad cholesterol (known as LDL- Low Density Lipoprotein) and decreases levels of the good one(HDL- High Density Lipoprotein), putting men at greater risk of heart disease and stroke.
Estrogen on the other hand, has beneficial effects on Cardiovascular health, loweing LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol. Estrogen is also an anti-oxidant, that is, it neutralizes certain naturally occuring , highly reactive chemicals, called oxygen radicals that have been implicated in neutral and vascular damage and aging. Experts also reveal that treatment with estrogen after menopause reduces a woman’s risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, as well as her risk of dying in general.

Another contribution to the longetivity in women is the role menstruation plays in women. Because of the monthly shedding of the uterine lining, premenppausal women typically have 20% less blood in their bodies than men and a correspondingly lower iron load. Because iron formations are essential for the formation of oxygen radicals, a lower iron load could lead to a lower rate of aging, cardiovascular disease and other age-related diseases in which oxygen radicals play a role.
Also a woman’s heart tends to be more active primarily because of how the menstruation process causes the heart to exercise and to work at a greater level.
What happens in menstruation that causes a woman’s heart to become active is that the estradiol hormone is released in the woman’s body during the process. Estradiol will work to give the woman’s heart a greater amount of energy because this is an especially powerful form of estrogen that can cause her heart to be more active. It is more powerful than other types of estrogen that can be found in a woman’s body. Because of the workout that is given to the heart during the menstruation period the heart will be able to work at a better rate and as a result, reduces aging and death rate.

Women also have a slower metabolism than men, a distinction that makes them more prone to obesity. But there may also be an inverse relation between metabolic rate and lifespan. Although, it is still not known why men’s metabolism rates are faster than women’s, it is becoming clear that this difference is present almost from the moment of conception, when male embryos divide faster than female ones. The faster metabolic rate may make men’s cells more vulnerable to breakdown, or it may simply mean that male life cycle is completed more promptly than the female one.

The lifestyle of both genders is another factor to consider in the longetivity disparity.
In general, there are maybe three things men do worse than women. They smoke a lot more. Men are generally found to be more likely to smoke or drink alcohol than women. And that is why illness related to smoking and alcohol consumption kill more men than women.

Most men tend not to deal with their stress as well as women. They may be more prone to internalizing their stress rather than letting go. And stress plays a very important role in cardiovascular disease.

Also, the fact that men have been tagged as the bread winner in the family also put them under a lot of pressure. The stress of providing for the family and meeting up with the standard of living in the current hard economic situation, has also lead to a lot of sudden death in men in recent times.


Rev.George Adegboye is the President and Founder of Rhema Chapel International Churches with headquarters in Ilorin, Kwara State. He is an Apostle of the New Testament, with a mission “Take the Word to the nations of the World, emphasizing its integrity. He is the President of the Ever Increasing Word Ministries, also known as Rhema Chapel International Churches, with many branches worldwide. He is also the President of the Word of Victory Bible Training Institute and the Young Ministers Teaching School , which are the training arm of the ministry. He teaches the word extensively with a simplistic practical prophetic insight.He is known for his prophetic and peculiar anointing, especially at crusade grounds. He has a dynamic insight into the Word of God. His ability to memorize and quote the Scriptures copiously has endeared him to many Christians earning him the name “The Walking Bible”. Humble and down-to-earth , he is also been referred as one of the Fathers of Christianity as his ministry has produced a lot of the top pastors in the country such as Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Pastor Samuel Olubiyo, Pastor Victor Adeyemi and a host of others.
He has being instrumental in helping to birth, father, mentor, train, adjust, repair, place, encourage, motivate and send forth Men of God into the harvest fields of the earth. He has been used to impart and transform many young men and women into flaming fire brand ministers of the Gospel in several nations of the world.
He is happily married to Oloruntoyin Modupeola who is also the Vice President of the Ministry and they are blessed with three children; Faith, Faithful, Faithfulness. Recently, City People Fashion Editor BOLA AKINBOADE was in Ilorin where she had an encourter with this great man of God. And for the first time ever he opened up on his life, ministry, marriage and his TV ministry.

In the 90s, Rhema Chapel was a very big thing then and you were everywhere. All of a sudden you just went quiet. Why did that happen?
I always like to tell people that, I have never intended to be a General Overseer. I am an Apostle and my ministry is more of an iterant ministry. I am not like a general overseer who sits down with the churches he has established, I supervise pastors, I supervise program, and events. My heart desire from the beginning has always been to set up the church and release the church to be coordinated by a bishop, while I face my international apostolic traveling ministry which I believe that is what God called me to do. Because in December 19, 1981 when God called me, He said, I have called you; I have chosen you, ordained and anointed you, to take my word to the nations, emphasizing this integrity. So that is my calling, but the church arm became necessary because as I was training minister, I have to put them in places where they can have practical experience in terms of coordinating churches, holding ministry and organizing events. I am an Apostle and my work is interdenominational. And that is a lot of work; I have mentored so many pastors across this country and across the whole world. At least, at the last count I would have traveled to 121 countries. So I am not like a denominational person who stays with a church and set up only churches. And that is why probably you may not be hearing about me. But Rhema is still growing, we are still planting churches, we have a plan to plant a church almost every month this year in the various places across the country, depending on the area we feel our presence is needed. Our presence right now is not as we expect it to be, so we are planning to go into such areas.

Your TV ministry was also very big back in those days, so why did you stop?
We started emphasizing other areas of our ministry. We went into publication, we went into Church Planting, we went into putting structure in England for our international office, And so as we are doing that, we were not able to keep up with all the places we had opened,Lokoja, Abuja, we were in Ibadan,Lagos, Porthacourt, Ilorin,and so on and so forth. It was because emphasis shifted towards the other areas of the ministry then, and since then, we have not been able to come back like we want. And I think we are ready now

Now that we are coming back, what should we expect?
You expect us to come in a big way; in fact, part of our programs is also to be on satellite in the United Kingdom. So we are coming back in a big way, we want to come into Lagos again. We had a very extensive program on NTA then, and we want to come back to Lagos and go to other parts of the country.

TV Ministry obviously is a very big project, how do want to bankroll it?
This time around, we are trying to raise partners, we are trying to get people on board who are going to be committed and support the mission because of the peculiar nature of ministry God has given me, that is, to take his word to the nations emphasizing its integrity. So our believe is that because God has called us to eradicate ignorance in the body of Christ, that will be something that will attract the attention of several people. We want to go on satellite, which will probably catch many more people at the same time, but at the same time, we also want to go on some stations. Like now, we are in Ilorin and also on NTA Ibadan; those are the 2 we are running currently. The one in Ilorin, we have run it for 20 years and because we finance it from the church, there has been no problem because people we are supporting it here. But by the time we go on Lagos, Ogun State, Abuja and other states, that is what makes it a little bit expensive. So what we intend to do is to have partners in those catchment areas who will be able to keep the TV program on air.

But for a church like Rhema chapel which is believed to be financially buoyant, why the need for Partners?
Let me give you about 4 reasons why we need partners, number one, the scope of what we have to do, the scope of it in terms of number of places, is the sort that requires a big financial support. We want to go as many stations as possible, and we want to do other things like radio and outreaches, seminars, mentoring clinic. Then secondly, the intensity, we want to have many, not just having in many places, but we want to come up like 2 times a week, 4 times a week and probably go on daily. And you know that is very expensive. So not just in the scope in terms of coverage but we want to also be constant with it. Then the third one, I have come to discover that the ministry that God has given me is more than the financial support I have. I have supported this over the years myself, I have done investments, and I have individuals who are my partners who have supported me on their own, but I have discovered that with the scope of what we want to do, I have discovered that there is no way that I can do on my own. The capital on a TV ministry is so massive and you can’t put it on the church. And for what we want to do now, not even the present resources are enough. So we need many people who are going to hold our hands, who are going to work with us, who are going to get committed and assist us to be able to do. And fourthly, I have come to discover that generally Media is expensive, I know we need a lot of money, and we are going to be consistent, we they want to go and leave. And if God sent you to a place, God will send people to you, and I believe God will send people to me.

Apart from the TV ministry, which other area of your ministry are you reviving? Maybe you used to do it before and you have to stop it due to one reason or the other?
We are also going into publication of books. Quite a number of years ago, I was into publication of books, but I now have to go into mass production of audio CD, DVD which we distribute all over the world. We have been able to capture a major part of the world in our distribution of those materials. But we expect that apart from TV, we want to go into books, we want to go into bibles. I have been given a commission by God to have a little bit of bible commentaries, my own version of the bible which I have been studying 31 years and I believe it will help people to be able to read and understand in a simple way. So we want to go into some other areas like that. Then we want to have mentoring seminars, training institute for ministers which we do now in Europe but we have not been able to do in Nigeria. My burden is actually for young ministers, for those who are just into the body of the Lord. My burden is to make sure they have a good foundation, they start well and they can progress well along the line which I believe will help their ministries.

When you started Rhema chapel, it was just a small church in Ilorin but now you have grown tremendously with branches all over the country. So how many branches do you have now and how do you coordinate those branches?
What we have done in the case of Nigeria is to Zone the country to Lagos Zone, Ibadan Zone, Ile-Ife Zone, Abuja Zone, and others. And then, under each zone, churches that are there are coordinated by a Zonal Pastor. So it’s the Zonal Pastors that report to me directly. We used to have a Bishop which I ordained in 2005, but the Bishop absconded, I mean when we posted him to England, he went to England and took the church in England and fled with it. So we just use the zonal pastors to coordinate the churches.

Having spent over 2 decades in the ministry, what is the secret of your deep commitment to God?
There are quite a number of things one can look at that I believe maybe responsible for my deep commitment. The first one is, I have a real call of God on my life to do what I am doing, and the second one is that I was properly trained. And No.3 is that, I have come to realize what God has called me to do and I am attaching passion to it and if that is what God made me for, there is no other thing that gives me satisfaction than that, so I have applied myself to it. And then, I have been able to have so many helpers along the line, who have helped me at the various stages of my ministry. It was someone who introduced my ministry to the United States, now I have covered 48 states out 0f the 52 states in the United States. Someone also introduced my ministry to England in 1989 and by the grace of God since then. I have gone to Italy, Germany, and other parts of Europe. And various people have helped in various ways. God has given me men as gift and they have been instruments of blessing one way or the other.
A lot of people are amazed with your ability to quote the scriptures off hand and often referred to as the “Walking Bible”, how did you come up with that grace?
(Laughs) When God gave me that call, the first thing I said was, God if that is the call you have given me, then you must give me special abilities through which I will be able to make an impact in the nations of the world. If you are going to have the commission that God has given me, you need something more than the ordinary. And I just trusted the Lord. So God told me he wants me to read the bible through several times which I started doing. At the last time, I would have read the bible through over 200 times now. And I have read it and studied the word of God. Along the line, I just noticed that there is this extra grace to read, remember with ease, recall and present it in a way that startled the imagination of people, and that will provoke them to receive the word of God in a different way. And since then, it’s been like that.

Your ministry has produced a lot of top pastors that are making waves both locally and internationally. How does that makes you feel?
It makes me feel that I am fulfilling my purpose and that I am working in line with my mandates. It doesn’t make me feel extra happy because I know many more are still coming. There are still so many young people, because our ministry is like God has given us the grace whereby young people come. So we are able to affect them when they are young, we are able to put certain foundation in place in their lives. And with that, they have been able to run with it. And I always say this to people, the people I have raised are nothing to compare to people I have not raised, there are still many more.

Some of those Pastors left years back to start their own ministry, was it a big thing when they left and how did you handle their exit?
It was a big thing when they left, but we have since matured. It was a very harrowing experience. It was harrowing because one just has this assumption that they were never going to leave, and that they are sons in the house and if they are going to leave, they will leave in a different way. But things happened the way they did, and it was a harrowing experience for me then. But we have since matured, have gone back to God, and have asked him if there is anything I did wrong. It was just that we didn’t manage the exit which we would have managed. And the reason was some other people got involve and they manipulated the situation and used it to their own advantage but I know God has punished those people in line with how he does things. But I have prayed for them accordingly.

What is your relationship with likes of Sam Adeyemi, Victor Adeyemi and others that have left your ministry?
My relationship with them is good. In the beginning, it was hard, but now, it’s okay. And moreover, I have matured and also grown. I have seen that some children will leave home and the fact that they have left home does not cancel them out as being children. Of course, you have to come to terms with that. There are those who are going to come and train in the ministry and continue, some will come train and leave, some will come, train, serve and leave. We have since matured and we have since been able to compare notes. Having gone to 121 countries, I have seen a lot, and I know that it wasn’t the way I thought then. Then I was still young, and my knowledge and wisdom was not deep and wide, but that has since change. And we are working in a different spirit right now.

The interesting about Adegboye family is that all of you are into ministries . Was it something about your background, maybe you came from a very religious home?
We didn’t even come from a religious home. My father was an idol worshipper to start with, he became a Muslim along the line, and then he joined the Methodist church and became a nominal Christian. And my mother died when I was very young, I was just probably 7 when my mother died. But the point was that when my father died, I was 16, there was nobody to look forward too, so we children grew on our own. And the fact that we grew on our own helped us encounter lives and helped us discover God. It helped us realized the place and the value of God, and so one after the other, from my sister who got saved at the age of 9, all of us started getting saved. And we are passionate people, whatever we do; we do it with all of our heart. It is “me and my household”, that is the way we operate in my family. When we were all in the world, we were all in the world, and immediately people started coming into faith, we started inviting each other. And before we knew it, everybody is now in Christ without any exception.

But according to what I heard, you practiced occultism for 8 years, how did that happen?
Between 1973 and 1980, I was involved in occultism. I finished from Offa grammar school in 1973 and I came out with the best result in arts. And that was the time that my father died. Before my father’s death, because I was very close to him, all of the other children went back to school but I decided to stay with him at home while he was sick, he was diagnosed with cancer of the Liver, so I stayed with him. Immediately my father died, the first thing that occurred to me was that, he used to be the person I looked up to, to defend me, protect me and keep me back from all manners of evil and all of that. So I felt very empty and alone. Towards the end of 1973 when my father died, I had a very terrible experience, a nightmare, whereby I saw myself been put into the coffin, then I shouted and came back. So I told my father’s junior brother about it and he said “ they want to turn you into a man”. And he said I need to now begin to become a man. I was only 16 years old then. So the man started introducing me to incisions, concotion, herbalists, and I started entering into it. By the time I was with him for 2 years, after then, I was into it by myself. And I started going around. All the time I was in the university, I was into it big time. And this was just because I wanted to sick for protection, because I thought that these people who killed my father are coming to me as well since I was very close to my father. And before I knew it, I was very strong, before I knew it, I was enjoying it, before I knew it, and I was getting more and more of it. And I have so many experiences; rivers, cemeteries junction, hamlet, swallowing, drinking, and so on. That happened between 1973 and 1980 and it was bad.

So what led you to Christ?
My been led to Christ was something that happened in stages. I was into cigarette smoking, alcohol excessively, and occultist practice. I wasn’t into womanizing, that is not my area. And the more I was going into these things; it was like there was no end to it. Then I got to a point that I had to ask myself, why did I keep doing these things, what is the end of it. So one day, I went to one man, I needed money for medicine and power. So when I got to the man and talked and all that, the man made a statement, and that was the statement that got me thinking, he said, all these things we have done is nothing , but that God, the God of heaven is one who will make them work. So I said to myself, I am wasting my time with these people, so why don’t I go and meet that God. So one day, on one of my drinking sprees, I left the beer parlor with the intention to go home, but I ended up in a football field, so I looked up to heaven and said God if you are there and there is something you can do with this life, please help me, I mean I was 23, and I was almost dying. Immediately I said that, there was this quite gentle presence that flooded me. But I slept that day on that field, woke up in the early hours of the morning and I was able to get my bearing, and that for me was the beginning of a turning point.
And that how I went for NYSC. When I was in NYSC, I went for a program in 1979, and I answered the altar call, but the people did not follow me up, so I went back. I was only a Christian for about probably 2 days. But in 1980, one thing led to the other, and then I gave my life to Christ. This time because I had support structure round me, I didn’t go back. And that is how I have kept it on for over 30 years.

Looking back now, would you say there is something you wish you would have changed or done differently?
So many things, the death of my mother and father, the lack of their presence in the early stage of my life, evidently did not make things work for me. And I did not have the opportunity my children now have, to have father, mother present, I would have been a different person today. But, I know, I have made the best use of what God gave me. And I am still improving.

You are one of the scandal free pastors, but last year, the ministry also had a fair share of negative press about crisis rocking the church. Where was that coming from?
One thing I have a problem generally with the press and all that is when, they hear things, the word of God says prove it, and then hold fast to what is true. Come and ask questions. I am not a press person as such but I like clarifying issues when things happen. But nothing was asked, statement were just made, written and presented. You know, it was a mixture of so many things; it looks like there is a little bit of truth, misinformation and all that. And that was my reaction then.

But what is the real fact that then, because you even mentioned earlier on how the Bishop absconded with the church members and I believe that was also the gist then.
You see, at every point in time, I always says this, when a pastor leaves a church, he may not actively take them, but people will always go with them and there is no way you can deal with that. But when it is said that I reacted in a particular way when I did not react at all, because by then, I had a grip on everything, I was more matured, I was wiser. Like if 10 pastors say they want to go today, I will pray for them, we have since sent fort pastors and gave them millions of naira to go and set up their ministries. But at that time, when that report came, you see, the worst that we will ever had was when Sam Adeyemi and Victor Adeyemi left on the same day. Not only him, our Port Harcourt pastor also left. Now, they were our 3 churches then, and there was no way, you know because of the kind of ministry they brought and the way I presented them to the people, most of the people followed. So the 3 churches that were our satellite churches almost died. And that was really bad, and I was not matured enough in 1994, 1995, my response and the things I said then, I shouldn’t have said anything. Now I won’t say anything if a pastor leaves. I have soon realized that a pastor leaving the church does not kill the church, and I have realized how to structure a church that when a pastor leaves, the church does not suffer much as it suffered then.

Another thing that always causes crises in a lot of the big churches in Nigeria is the issue of change of leadership when the founder or GO goes home. In your own case, do you have a succession plan?
Well, we have a constitution and the constitution tells the procedure if the baton is going to change. And that is what we are going to follow, if and when I go to my reward. I am not going to insist that any particular person except the Lord so instruct me. Because it is not impossible that God in his providence may instruct me directly to pick a particular person to take over from me when I go. But it’s not like automatically, it has to be my wife. No! My wife is the Vice president of this ministry and she is happy to be that. She is a British, she has lived with me in this country, and she would have gone back to Britain, she would have encouraged me to go there and lived there, but I said no, I will live here. This is where my destiny is, this is why I will live, serve God and go to my reward. But like I say, there is nothing automatic, who ever God wants to put there, let him do, but we have a procedure by which someone can take over. If the Lord instructs me differently, I will have to call a meeting of those involved and table it before them.

But does that different person mean your son as most men of God would always love their sons taking over from them.
I am not that crazy about putting my son in charge, putting my daughter in charge. If I am doing that, it’s not God. Jesus never handed his ministry to his junior brother. If it’s Africa, he would have insisted that he wants his junior brother to take over since he was not married. But I am not into all of that. My son has his own calling, upon his life. God told me about his calling before he was born. He is 24 years old and he is doing Medicine, he will have a trade, he is a Doctor, so he doesn’t need anything like that to survive, but if the Lord leads me and if he comes to work with us. He is not working with us now, my son’s vision is completely different, and if he is doing something different I can’t now bring him because I am going to my reward into what he doesn’t know anything about, what he has not been part of, it’s not easy. So many ministries do that, but I think I know too much.

Most Pentecostal churches always have the pastor and his wife as the face of the ministry, but in your case it’s quite different. You are the only face of the ministry. Why is it that your wife is not playing a major role?
My wife is not called into what I am called into. My wife takes care of the softer part of the ministry, children’s ministry. The children ministry has a daycare center, they have a primary school and secondary school, and she is doing a great job coordinating the children ministry. The bible schools, she is the director in those places. I told her and she told me when I said I am going to the nation and she is also going, she said to go and do what? You don’t have a call to the nation. It is not every wife that is called to the nations, or called to be like that with the husband. But many families because of their lack of understanding think that you have to translate it to that. But I am very secured in my call and my wife is secured in what she is doing. And she does not compete with anybody, she is happy with what she is doing.

But since you travel a lot, how have you been able to sustain your marriage?
The marriage is built on Christ and on the word. One thing about my marriage is that I courted for 3 years, before I got married and my wife is a definite specific choice by God for me. The only reason I married her is because God said, this is your wife, and this is my will for you. And she is a good Christian. I tell people she is my first baby. I groomed her. I taught her to preach, write and all that. And I always tell her when I am away; you do something with your time, because when I am around, she can’t do anything, she has to attend to me, 24/7. So by the time I leave, she is tired and need rest. And then she wants to reboot and get back on track. Because she has to pastor and oversee the church when I am not around.

How did you meet her?
I met her same place where I got saved in Ilesha. I met her in 1981 and I got saved in 1980. So I went back to Ilesha where I gave my life to Christ, and when I got there, I saw her with my own junior sister. Immediately I saw her, the Holyspirit said that is your wife. I said no it cannot be. Because in those days, whenever a woman is light skinned, you will always think that she must be possessed or be Ogbanje. So I fought with that for about 2 months. So I waited till when I was convinced, so I spoke to her and we courted for 3 years and got married 1984. And last year, we celebrated our 25 years, our silver wedding anniversary. We renewed our vows and exchange rings.

You have been rated as one of the richest and highest paid pastors, what is the secret of your amazing wealth?
(Laughs) Let me say this, I am just someone who has been favored by God, called by God to what I am doing. I believe one of the reasons why God has helped over the years is because he sees my heart. I do whatever I do sacrificially, I don’t bother what it costs me, and so far the work of God goes on. I thank God I am blessed and people have blessed me and when I go to preach in other ministries, I don’t charge anyone. But I trust God to touch people to meet my need and support in whatever I do. People have given me cars. One of my Jeep cars I have now was a gift. I went to a church in England, and I finished preaching, they brought the same kind of car to my hotel to come and pick me, so when I got to the church, the pastor said, do you like the car that they brought to the hotel to pick you and I said yes and he said I will send one to Nigeria, and that was it. I didn’t pray for it, I didn’t ask for it, such things happen in various ways.
I went to a church some years ago, I finished preaching; the pastor came and gave me $5,000 dollars, the next day he came in crying, I said what happened, he said God told him that all the money they collected during that program should be handed over to me. And I can tell you so many examples. So those are the kind of things that God has used to support me. God knows that I am here in this town; I could live anywhere in the world. But for me to stay here because I am convinced that I have something to do here is something I believe God sees and God has been able to help in such a way that though I am here, but, there is nothing anybody can do anywhere that I can’t do.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


It is no longer news that these days, a lot of women, mostly celebrity ones prefer male hairstylist over their female counterparts. As a matter of fact, hairdressing which is often considered as a woman’s job has been taken over by men, who now dictate the trend in that industry, and who have also elevated it while adding touch of creativity to the profession.
Interestingly, most of the top stylists that you often hear about these days are Men, such as the likes of Bobby Eke, Chief Abogo of Downtown Salon, Ugo of Make-me, Zubby and a host of others. These men have since become the most sought after. The reason why women prefer these male stylists however vary. Some of these reasons include the fact that men are more meticulous in styling, and they always try their best to make the woman look good. In some cases, men are seen as being more professional than the women. Besides, women prefer to entrust their hair to an efficient service provider. They have more confidence in male hairstylists because, having a point to prove in the industry, men take their job more professionally.
There are also those that believe that male stylists do a better job than their female counterparts. When a male hairdresser touches them they feel more relaxed. They also like them because they spend more time on their clients. Women feel more comfortable with the suggestions of the male hairstylists and they concur without questions. The male stylists are also a bit steadier. They are less temperamental than their female counterparts, as they rarely have as much off days. Even though both sexes are almost equal in terms of their competence, but it is often noted that most male hair stylists tend to be more flamboyant and are perceived to be more creative.
But what a lot of people don’t know is that most of these male hairstylists not only make hair, but some of them have also become the bed mates of their famous female customers, unknown to the women spouse. And what makes it easier is because home service is now the order of the day in the industry, as it’s tends to be more lucrative than the sit-in salon styling. A hairstylist makes more money when he has to come over to the house to make hair for his clients. But these days, a lot of super rich women do not only engage these guys, mostly the young ones in the hair business to render hairdressing services at home for them, they also attend to seek their services to fulfill their sexual needs.
According to what was gathered, these women find these male stylists very attractive as they always looked well groomed. It doesn’t hurt that these hairdressers are often younger, more handsome and sexier than the average men, which is a boost to most of these women’s ego, especially when they have been derived of sex by their spouse who are always preoccupied with work. The men in their life are too self-absorbed to notice such vital details as their hairdo or even compliment their style which makes the women feel ignored.
On the other hand, the hairdresser tells her how good she looks, flatter her and even listens to her stories about the issues in her life and marriage, sympathetically offering soothing advice to her.
That’s how it starts, and before long, they begin to call and texts each other, where the guy showers her with compliments and in no time, a clandestine affair kicks off. These women are often able to pull off the affairs with their hair stylists and sustain them discreetly over a long period of time.
We gathered that, these young guys are usually lured into the act by these ladies after promises of heaven and earth have been made to them. With their financial power, coupled with the present economic melt down, the boys’ spirit of resistance is easily subdued. These ladies’ desperation is induced by the sweet feelings they experience during hair treatment. In the process, they dangle car keys, accommodation, cash and all kinds of attractive gifts, just to have their way. The major gist is that majority of these affluent ladies are married with kids.
This might also explain the amazing wealth of some male hairstylists in town. Some of them own cozy hair salon in some high brow area in Lagos, courtesy of these super-rich women. They also cruise around in state-of-the-art cars and live in very comfortable, tastefully furnished homes.
And even though they were lured into the act, they now enjoy the other benefit of the business.
There is a case of Kelvin, who has his salon in Ikeja. He is very young and is doing very well for himself. He is equally talented and good at what he does. He was introduced into the business years back by a particular top business woman who owns one of the biggest shops in Alade market in Ikeja, Lagos. And ever since then, he has grown to become a master in that field, as he now has a long list of these women he serves on regular bases. What they like about him is his physique. These women spoil him with lots of money in return for the care he gives them. He changes his cars regularly, which makes many people wonder whether he is making so much beyond the N5,000 and above he charges for home service depending on the hairstyle.
There is another guy called Martins who also has a salon around Ikeja. This guy enjoys living big. He was also lured into business years back, and since then, he has discovered the other lucrative side of the business, as he now goes around seducing these women anytime he meets one who is super-rich. And most of the time, its difficult for most of these women to wade him off, as he has a very irresistible physique with charisma to go with it.
There is another instance of another Island based hairstylist called Donald who has also joined the league of stylist who indulge in illicit affairs with their customers. According to what was gathered, he was very naïve when he just came into the industry. The whole thing started when a particular customer who used to come to his salon on the Island who was very fond of him began to lavish him with money when she comes to his salon. Then she invited him over to her house for home service. Sources revealed that while he was making the hair, the woman started making sexual advances at him, since the husband was not around and the children have gone to school. It all started with the woman demanding for massage, but they both got carried away and ended up having sex. He became her regular and she has kept this thrilling affair discretely from the husband. In return, the woman also transformed his business by getting him a bigger salon, still on the Island, and a car among other gifts.
According to an older hairstylist in the business who spoke to City People, he confirmed that all these things have actually been going on for a while now, and it has become more rampant because more of these guys involve in this act are younger boys who are eager to make quick money. “Men who have affairs with their clients are usually new in the industry and excitable. When you have a reputation to protect as a professional hairdresser, you do not behave inappropriately with your customers. Even when a customer comes on to you, you keep it strictly business.”
But for these young guys, that does not seem to matter; as all want to do is to collect money from these women in exchange for sex, as there is no string attached.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


After a prolong bachelorhood, top Nigerian gospel musician and Globacom ambassador, Sammie Okposo has now made up his mind to settle down and leave the single men’s club! The news of his wedding his coming as a surprise to many because he has been promising to get married since 2004. He appears to have found his missing rib, and he’s not wasting time before he ties the knot.
The wedding announcement is coming after a rumor of an affair between Sammie and close friend, Stella Damasus, a relationship he denied several times, maintaining that they are just friends. The rumour mill was again agog when at Stella’s birthday, held on April 24, the duo were said to have been spotted leaving the Soul Lounge, a hang-out inside the Palms Shopping Mall in Lagos in the same car.
The musician did not seem disturbs by all the rumors. He waited to find his heartthrob and finally, he will be walking down the aisle.
Going by the information reaching us from his publicist, “The traditional wedding is scheduled for June 26 in Anambra State and the white wedding will take place in Lagos on July 1st, 2010″
“God has given me my soul mate. A virtuous woman that will complement me, loves me for who I am and is not intimidated or perturbed by my status. This is the lord’s doing and it’s timely and marvellous”, Okposo said in the release.
Okposo’s bride is simply identified as Nwanne


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Elohor Isiohor is a success by all socio-economic calibrations. With a royal background depicting royalty, wealth and class, the extremely sophisticated boss of Beth Models is a beauty whom many princes and oil sheiks would compete to have as their better half. It therefore came as a surprise that she has to wait this long to finally take a journey down the aisle.
When news of her courtship with Owen Aisen became a product for public consumption, many had nursed reservations about the lifespan of the relationship. Then months roll into years, the relationship was not only asserted, sounds of wedding bells also began to ring. May 29th,2010 was a day that witnessed another classy wedding that would comfortably take its unassailable place among the best wedding ceremonies ever held in Lagos. It was a well packaged event at the prestigious 10th Degrees in Oregun, Ikeja. The high-octane ceremony attracted who is who in Lagos in-crowd.
Interestingly a lot of people did not know what the super model went through before she could drag the tall handsome dude to the altar. When Owen introduced Elohor to his wealthy parents, Chief Joe and Mrs Emmanuella Aisen Ogbegbor as his fiancé, they gave them the condition that Elohor had to be pregnant before they could give their blessings. That was why it took close to a year before they could formalize the wedding. Elohor is now on the nine month course.


Molade Okoya Thomas, trained accountant and business mogul, is in celebration mood as activities for celebrating his 75th birthday are at advance.
Precisely on Monday June 8, the philanthropist will hit the age of 75. Already, activities have been lined up for the celebration.
We gathered that on 8th of June, he will host guests, friends and associates at a lecture organized for him at the Hussam Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Lagos. We heard, family members are already planning a big celebration slated for Saturday June 12 at the New Expo Hall, Victorial Island, Lagos.
The industrialist as a lover of sports has once served as Chairman National Sports Trust Fund, National Sports Development Appeal Fund and member of Lagos State Development and Property Corporation.
He has also been honored with national award of member of the Federal Republic (MFR).


Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu just returned into the country from his 18 month self-exile in the United States of America.
Ribadu who arrived in Lagos aboard Delta Air’s flight DL1053 from Atlanta Georgia was received by his wife and 3 children.Others who welcome him were friends and security operatives who immediately surrounded him as soon as he emerged from the terminal building of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
When asked to comment on how he has fared overseas and his final return home. Ribadu said: “Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful. I am very happy, I feel great. I’m back home.”
Heavy security presence prevented him from speaking further as he was whisked into a black Mercedes Benz AMG Jeep.
It was recently speculated that Ribadu, the former chief of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency might have accepted an offer from President Goodluck Jonathan, to be his special adviser on anti-corruption, good governance and sundry matters.
Ribadu is expected to supervise a broad sector of anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria. The agencies include the EFCC; the ICPC, the Code of Conduct Bureau and others.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Unlike most men of God whose wives also play key roles in the running of the church , such as the likes of Pastor Adeboye and wife, Bishop Oyedepo and wife, Bishop Okonkwo and wife, Peace; Pastor Sam and Nike Adeyemi, Pastor Paul Adefarasin and wife, Ifeanyi and a host of others. These men of God are married to beautiful wives who are equally doing wonderfully well in the Lord’s vineyard. They are as well admired and wield as much power as their husbands. On the billboards, posters and leaflets, they also get publicity and space too just like their husband. Some of them share the responsibility of evangelism, and preach publicly with their men. Often addressed as, Mummy or Mama, they are also as hardworking as their husbands, and some even more popular than their husbands.
But in the case of Rev. Toyin George, the wife of the founder of the popular Rhema Chapel International, Rev. George Adegboye, not much is known about her and this is deliberate. She prefers to silently steer and co-ordinate affairs of the church from the background. This elegant and soft-spoken woman is on the quite side. Even though she is the Vice President of the ministry, she does not co-run the church in a very visible way with her husband. She prefers to be in the background giving her husband all the full support he needs. She can be describe as the wind beneath his wing as she is very supportive and encouraging. She is a tremendous asset to the church.
She takes care of the softer part of the ministry, The Children’s Ministry. The Children Ministry has a daycare centre, they have a primary school and a secondary school and she is doing a great job coordinating the ministry. She is also the director of the Bible School. She is one of the first students to be produced by the school which was founded over a decade ago.
She is pleased that she is a friend and lover to her husband, a nurturer and blessing to their three children, and a hostess to guests in their home. She is also delighted supporting her husband in the growth of the church.
She has always respected the call of God on Rev. George’s life and has been supportive of it. She realized at the beginning of the ministry that it is her husband that is called to the nations and not her. And rather than competing with the husband, she actually complement him.
And with the ever busy schedules of her husband, such as teaching, speaking and leading ten thousands of worshippers, she is always a shoulder to lead on when he is weak. She attends to the needs of her husband 24/7.
Affectionately known as “Faith Mummy”, she is well loved by the congregation of the church. She pastors and oversees the church when Rev. George is not around. . She welcomes members and visitors to the church, and reaches out to them. She also help establish an atmosphere conducive to spiritual growth.
Rev. George met his wife in 1981, in Ilesha, the same place he gave his life to christ. She was a specific choice from God.They courted for 3 years and got married in 1984. Though a Briton, she shunned settling down in her UK based, letting go of that part of her , so as to be with her husband in his Ilorin homebase.
Last year, they celebrated their 25 years wedding anniversary where they renewed their vows and exchange rings. They are blessed with 3 lovely children; Faith, Faithful and Faithfulness who are all doing well for themselves.
Rev.George Adegboye is the president and founder of Rhema Chapel International Churches with headquarters in Ilorin, Kwara State. He is an Apostle of the New Testament, with a commission to “Take the Word to the nations of the World, emphasizing its integrity. He is the President of the Ever Increasing Word Ministries, also known as Rhema Chapel International Churches, with many branches worldwide. He is also the President of the Word of Victory Bible Training Institute and the Young Ministers Teaching School , which are the training arm of the ministry. He teaches the word extensively with a simplistic practical prophetic insight.He is known for his prophetic and peculiar anointing, especially at crusade grounds. He has a dynamic insight into the Word of God. His ability to memorize and quote the Scriptures copiously has endeared him to many Christians earning him the name “The Walking Bible”. Humble and down-to-earth also been referred as one of the Fathers of Christianity as his ministry has produced a lot of the top pastors in the country such as the like of Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Pastor Samuel Olubiyo, Pastor Victor Adeyemi and a host of others.
He has being instrumental in helping to birth, father, mentor, train, adjust, repair, place, encourage, motivate and send forth several fit and capable ministers into the harvest fields of the earth. He has been used to impart and transform many young men and women into flaming fire brand ministers of the Gospel in several nations of the world.


Friday 9th April and Saturday 10th April, 2010, will forever remain memorable in the lives of the families of Dr. Olabode Omoleye, Justice Oyebisi Omoleye and Prof. Olaide Oluboyede. The occasion was their children, Oyinkansola and Timileyin’s marriage ceremony.The wedding was grand in all ramifications. From the engagement ceremony which took place on Friday 9th April, 2010 at the Ondo State House of Assembly Arcade, Oda Road, Akure to the wedding proper which took place on Saturday 10th April 2010 followed by a grand reception also at the House of Assembly Ground Arcade, Akure, it was an atmosphere of joy and happiness. In this report, City People Fashion Editor BOLA AKINBOADE who was in Akure for the ceremony brings you gists from the 2 days event

The bride, Oyinkansola Omoleye is the daughter of Late Dr. Olabode Omoleye and Hon. Justice Oyebisi Omoleye. Her mother is the Chief Justice of Ekiti State. She is a graduate of Law from the Lagos State University and her mum used to be the Chief Justice of Ekiti State, Ojoo, Lagos. The groom, Oloruntimileyin Oreoluwa Oluboyede is the son of Prof. Olaide Oluboyede and Late Mrs Mopelola Oluboboyede. His father is a lecturer at the University of Ibadan. Timileyin, just like his wife is a Lawyer.

Oyinkan and Timilehin met in 2007 at Oyinkan’s friend wedding. Immediately Timileyin set his eyes on her, he knew Oyinkan was the one he would spend the rest of his life with. So he walked up to her and made his intention known, but she kept warding off his proposal. Timileyin never gave up on her.In 2008, she agreed to his proposal and they started dating. And after 2 years of long and quality time of getting to know each other better, Timileyin asked Oyinkan to marry him and this led to their decision of formalize the relationship.

The 2 days event kicked off with an Engagement ceremony on Friday 9th April 2010, at the House of Assembly Ground, Oda Road, Akure. The wedding proper held the following day on Saturday April 10th at the Agape Christian Assembly auditorium, Ilesha Road, Akure. After the exchange of marital vows at the church, guests were treated to a grand reception still at the House of Assembly Ground, Akure. The reception was an elaborate affair as it had a touch of class and glamour. The couples were ushered into the reception in a grand way in the company of the bridal train and groom’s men. They chose an upbeat song to liven up the reception and immediately they stepped in, the event was officially declared open by the MC, Seyi Law. It was a smooth ride all the way as no stone was left unturned by the two families to make the event a memorable one.
Oyinkan looked gorgeous in her wedding dress and the groom, Timileyin was dressed in an elegant dark suit. As they danced and celebrated with their friends and family at the reception, it was clear that this indeed was a splendid beginning for the couple.

The chairman of the occasion was Justice Adesuyi Olateru Olagbegi, a Lagos High Court Judge. He is a colleague and close associate of the bride’s mum. He advised the couple on the benefits of good matrimony. Some of the tips he gave them include Planning and Setting goals for each other and the family, sharing the same matrimonial bed among several other tips.

Lagos comedian, Seyi Lawrence popularly known as Seyi Law was the MC of the occasion. He is one of the new faces of the comedy industry and his profile has been on the rise lately as he has made appearances at some A-class event across the country. His jokes are very refreshing and he has become a unique brand with his use of Yoruba language and idioms. This has set him apart from others. At the event, he set the ball rolling in a very exciting manner. He also ensured that the reception went smoothly by keeping everyone entertained with his hilarious jokes

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State was at the event to honor the bride’s mother. He was at church service to witness this great occasion. He was at the church service and also came for the reception, accompanied by a retinue of aides. He was one of the early birds at the reception. Decked in a black outfit, Gov. Segun Mimiko was very relaxed at the event. He was moving from one table to the other to exchange pleasantries with some of the guests at the event. Though his stay was brief at the reception ceremony, his presence was electrifying. He made an impression on everyone with his humble and down to earth spirit at the event.

Another prominent personality that made it both to the church service and reception ceremony was Otunba Niyi Adebayo, former Governor of Ekiti state. He came to honor the bride’s mum. His presence was also highly felt at the event.

A particular set of people who were very visible at the event are the judges from the high court and Supreme Court. They came to honor their own, the bride’s mother. Notable among those who were present at the event includes; Hon. Justice Akintayo, Hon. Justice Akeredolu,Hon. Justice Ajakaiye, Hon Justice Osoba, Hon Justice Yussuf, Hon. Justice Komolafe, Hon. Justice Nwosu, Hon. Justice Adeyeye and others.

Father of the groom, Prof. Olaide Oluboyede was a proud father. He was in a happy mood throughout the event. His joy knew no bounds as he watched his son exchange marital vows with his heartthrob. He sat with the groom siblings and other family members and friends who came all the way to support him.

The bride’s mum, Hon. Justice Omoleye, former chief justice of Ekiti state, and now a justice at the Appeal Court, Benin, was full of joy at the event as she beamed with smiles and excitement all through the event. She was ushered into the reception ground with a sonorous rendition from, Solek, the musician on the band stand, in the company of her friends .She looked elegant in her Iro and Buba Lace outfit with a matching green headgear, which was nicely complemented with a bold and chunky necklace. To show appreciation for guests for honoring her invitation, she personally distributed Thank you cards at the end of the event.

The event was handled by the best hands in the event packaging industry. They were all brought in from Lagos to render various services. The event was planned and coordinated by Kehinde Onabanjo of Finesse Event. She also worked-hand-in-hand with other event experts to ensure that the outing was a successful one. Astoria handled the foods, Security was provided by Ksquare security outfit. H2F was in charge of all the various drinks at the event while Shadowze supplied all the Multimedia Screen and projectors.

Prof Biodun Ilesanmi, the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital (UCH) was also at the event. He came to honor the groom’s father who is also a professor in the University of Ibadan.

Hon. Jumike Okoya, a member of the National Assembly representing Lagos Island Federal Constituency was also at the event. She is a very close friend of the bride’s mother, Justice Omoleye. She stood by her all through given her all the support she needed to make the event a success.

Adesoji Adebayo popularly known as Solek thrilled everyone at the event with his captivating performance. London based musician who recently relocated back to Nigeria was the toast of all at event. He made a bold statement with his mixture of juju, hip-hop, gospel, Africana and contemporary music. This Stylish and dynamic afro-urban musician packaged his lyrics to suit the mood of the guests.

The event was planned by one of the latest sensation in the event industry, Kehinde Onabanjo of Finesse event. She took care of the proceedings at the event and her outfit really did a good job. She was responsible for the beautiful turn out of the event as she took charge of the coordination of the affair of the day. She brought the highly detailed reception to life and also stunned everyone with her beautiful décor. She decorated the wedding reception in a no-holds barred level of opulence as the venue shone in beautiful draperies and lightings. Olive/Leaf/Mint Green and Gold were the colors for the wedding day, so the reception venue was lavishly decorated in these colors.