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When Powerful Nigerians Stormed Oyo for Tomori Williams

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Sunday, February 28, will be etched in the history of Oyo Town for a very long time and this was because that day, the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, conferred the title of Aare Onikoyi of Yorubaland on Otunba Tomori Williams.

Indeed, on that day, endless blessings flowed, as the town was agog with activities.

The three days event was incomparable to anything that had been seen in the state, as mouths were left agape by the display of wealth, opulence and taste.

Kicking off with a DJ night on Friday, February 26, guests were treated to a night of dance music.

If the first day was for the young at heart, the second day which saw guests hosted to a Sabaka Night was something else, as a blend of adults and youths enjoyed themselves to traditional old school music.

The climax of the event was on Sunday, February 28. Guests witnessed a show stopper event with people from all works of life in attendance.

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Kicking off at 10am, the palatial marquee, the venue of the event stood tall at the Aganju Forecourt of Alaafin’s palace. Indeed, it was a sight to behold as it was tastefully designed with drapes of delicate fabrics, chill air conditions, metal detectors, and what have you.

Indeed, such a marquee had never been spotted in the history of the town, as a lot of people confessed.

While the massive marquee served as the venue of the event, a smaller one was made available for the comfort of food vendors. It was indeed mind-blowing.

As expected, inside the marquee was a gathering of who-is-who, as almost all the important personalities in the southwest were in attendance.

Present at the event were notables such as Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Alao Akala; House of Representative member, Shina Peller; Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom, Oba Saheed Elegushi; Akinsiku of Lagos, Olalekan Dosunmu; and Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Oloyede Gbadamosi.

Also present were Oloyan of Oyankingdom, Oba Kelani and his Olori; Alara of Ilara Epe, Oba Folarin Ogunsanwo; the Lagos/mainland council of white cap chiefs; Osolo of Isolo, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka; Onibogun of Ibogun, Oba Ifakayode Ajigbotifa; Chief Executive Officer of Sodium Brand Solutions Limited, Bisoye Fagade; Chief Olawale Andus, the Aro of Oto, representative of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Mogaji Nureni Akanbi; the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams and Onishagisha of Magodo.

Others at the event were Ambassador Ayanlakin, Oloye Akin Fijabi, Chief Wale Saranda, Chief (Mrs) Kadijat Bakare, Bashiru Fakorede, Mustapha Dodo among others.

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Music was supplied by the king of Fuji music, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, who doubles as the Mayegun of Yorubaland. He ensured that guests dance into the evening, as he dished out both old and new songs to the amazement of guests present.

Presenting a certificate of office to the newly installed Aare Onikoyi of Yorubaland, Oba Adeyemi described Aare Tomori Williams as a brave successful businessman whose philanthropic gestures can’t be overemphasized.

Aare Tomori Williams is the MD/CEO of T. Williams Construction Nig. Limited, the Managing Director of Olaleye Property and Investment Limited, MD Maintek Property, and MD Olaleye New Town Developments Ltd. His various working expertise includes real estate developments, construction, and consultancy.

Indeed, history will remember Aare Tomori Williams for a long time to come.

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Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Spotify Unveils Ad Studio in Nigeria, Jamaica, Others

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A self-serve ad platform of Spotify known as Ad Studio has been launched in Nigeria, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Ad Studio is a tool on the Spotify platform that allows artists, brands and businesses to easily run audio and video ads. Advertisers can create a campaign within minutes, and the platform provides flexibility and control to set up and manage campaigns in real time.

A statement from the organisation disclosed that the innovative advertising medium was designed to entertainers build a custom audio ad for free right in Ad Studio, in as little as 24 hours.

“Reaching audiences with Spotify Ad Studio is efficient and easy,” said Christopher Li, Director of Digital Planning & Products APAC at Live Nation and Spotify Ad Studio user. “You can decide to target listeners by genre preferences, interests, and context, etc. It only takes us a few minutes to create a campaign, and the free voiceover service saves a lot of effort, too.”

Before now, Spotify had launched Ad Studio in other markets, including America and Europe, and looks forward to the impact this will have in emerging markets like Sub-Saharan Africa, where audio streaming is on the rise.

In order to advertise with this tool, advertisers need to spend a minimum of N100,000. Ad Studio provides advertisers with free audio creation tools including background music mixing, voiceover talent, audience targeting and real-time reporting.

As the world leader in audio streaming, Spotify brings music and podcasts to nearly 365 million users in 184 markets, across hundreds of devices. This is where young people are — and where young people go, marketers follow. 71% of Spotify Free listeners are under 35 and the median age of podcast listeners is 27.

In Nigeria alone, over 100 million citizens are active internet users. Of this number, 57.9 per cent use music apps — up from 54 per cent last year.

The median age in this market is 18, meaning that the majority of smartphone users are Gen-Z. Similar to Ghana and Kenya, the Gen-Z market is increasing, and many young people are streaming audio.

The launch of Ad Studio is another way Spotify is leading the way in audio innovation globally, and providing advertisers with the opportunity to grow their audiences in these emerging markets.

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Take Baba Suwe’s Death as Act of God—Sanwo-Olu

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has described the death of popular Nigerian comic actor, Mr Babatunde Omidina, otherwise known as Baba Suwe, as painful.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Gboyega Akosile, the Governor also said the demise of the movie star was a great loss to his family, Nollywood and the country as a whole, especially his fans and lovers.

He urged the deceased family, friends, associates and the movie practitioners to take Baba Suwe’s death in good faith and as an act of God.

In his heartfelt condolences to the Omidina family and the Nigerian entertainment industry on the passage of the renowned actor, the Governor said, “The late Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe was a bundle of talent, who used his God-given gift to advance the course of mankind.”

“As an actor, he put smiles on the faces of many people through his comic roles in different movies and television drama series,” he added.

“No doubt the death of a loved one is usually painful because it is irreparable but we must always take solace in God, especially if the deceased had lived a fulfilled life, just like the late Babatunde Omidina, who was a celebrated actor during his lifetime.

“Baba Suwe’s death had left a vacuum that would take some time to be filled in the entertainment industry. I pray that God will grant the late Babatunde Omidina eternal rest and grant the family, colleagues and associates the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” Mr Sanwo-Olu further said.

Baba Suwe died on Monday at age 63. He nursed diabetes before his demise.

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Veteran Comic Yoruba Actor Baba Suwe Dies

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By Dipo Olowookere

A veteran comic actor in the Yoruba movie industry, Babatunde Omidina, otherwise known as Baba Suwe, is dead.

A close associate of the popular role-interpreter, Modupe Johnson, another veteran in the industry fondly known as Fali Werepe, confirmed the death of her colleague on Monday.

She posted on her social media platform that Baba Suwe, who married one of her close friends, Monsurat Omidina, popularly known as Omoladun Kenkelewu, breathed his last.

In 2009, Baba Suwe lost his actress wife, Omoladun, to the cold hands of death and two years later, he was apprehended by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos on the suspicion that he ingested cocaine wraps.

He later got a judgement in court against the agency, which was ordered to pay him N25 million as compensation.

A few years ago, the comic actor was down with sickness and funds were raised for his treatment abroad. Since then, he has not been too prominent on the television screen.

Before his demise, Baba Suwe acted and produced several movies.

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