Olawale Rasheed popularly known as MOR is a reputable journalist, media entrepreneur, philanthropist and a politician from Iwo, Osun West district, Osun state. He is aged 52 years and married to Sister Tolulope Olawale with maternal and paternal background from both Ekiti/Ijesaland.

Olawale had his Primary School Leaving Certificate from District School, Araromi Iwo,Osun State in 1979. Thereafter, he went to United Methodist High School, Iwo, Osun state, where he had his Secondary School Certificate in 1985. In 1990, he bagged Bachelor of Art Degree in English Language from the University of Ilorin, with Second Class Upper Division. Moreover, in 1993, the University of Ilorin awarded him a Professional Masters degree in Public Administration [MPA] with a focus on Public Policy analysis, Policy design, Policy management and Implementation

While at UNILORIN, Olawale was the Vice President, English Students Association, UNILORIN; General Secretary, Linguistic Students Association, Faculty of Arts, UNILORIN; and Editor of several departmental journals including Editor-in-Chief, Fesascope Press Club. His leadership trait was quickly noticed at the Post Graduate College, as he was made the Public Relations Officer, Post Graduate Students Association, and Social Director, Association of Masters of Public administration Students.

Politically, his Dad, late Pa Bilawu Akanji, who was a foundation member of Action Group, Unity Party of Nigeria, Social Democratic Party and Alliance for Democracy in Osun state, mentored Olawale Rasheed. Afterwards, he was a teenage member of the youth wing of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria. Also, a member of the defunct Peoples Solidarity Party; defunct Social Democratic Party; Member of the defunct Imeri Unity Group; and a member of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party. As a prelude to the fourth republic, Rasheed was a member of the New Dimension, one of the political associations that fused to form the Peoples Democratic Party. He was present at the maiden meetings of the PDP in Abuja and Ibadan in 1998.

His political grounding was sharpened by his presence as a political assistant to a leading delegate at the 1994/1995 National Political Conference under late General Sani Abacha.As an active political player, Olawale Rasheed has been involved in several local elections and as much as such as five national and state campaigns at topmost levels. In addition, he had strategic political consultancy experience at national level. More notably, he actively participated in the political process as a politics journalist for more than 20 years.

Olawale Rasheed’s private sector experience, which has largely contributed to his development process, included his role as Bar Manager at the defunct Olode Hotel, Iwo, in 1977. In addition, he served as Education Officer at the Federal Capital Development Authority, Abuja during his national service [NYSC] period from 1990-1991. He was also briefly an Education Officer, in Igbo Elerin Grammar School, Oyo state from 1992-1993.
In 1995, Olawale Rasheed began his rewarding journalistic experience when he was employed as Proof Reader /Senior Reporter at Third Eye Newspapers, Ibadan, Oyo state. Within a year at Third Eye Newspaper, his sterling attributes caught the attention of Tribune Newspapers, who poached him and made him Senior Reporter [Political Desk] in 1996.

Soon enough, he was re-drafted as Lagos Political Correspondent, Nigeria Tribune: 1998-1999 and became National Assembly Correspondent, Nigerian Tribune, Abuja, between 1999 -2004. Swiftly, his career progressed as he was promoted to the position of Assistant Editor, Politics, Abuja, a role he held from 2000 to 2003. From 2004 to 2007, his career saw a deserving promotion when he became the Group Politics Editor, Tribune Newspapers and later Abuja Bureau Chief, between 2005 -2006. Olawale Rasheed’s steady rise in his career goes on as he was made Deputy Editor/Northern Region Editor, Tribune newspapers from 2011 to 2012.


In a bid to fulfill his entrepreneurship goal, he quit Tribune newspapers to establish Sahel Media Group, collection of media outfits, where he is now the Group Chief Executive Officer.

On the public sector, Olawale Rasheed worked as the Media Officer to the Board of the Federal Capital Development Authority [FCDA] under Senator Olu Alabi in 2003. Prior to that, he had served as an unofficial Media Aide to late Minister of Internal Affairs, Chief SM Afolabi in 2002. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the sole Special Assistant to former Minister of Youth Development. In addition, he served as a Special Assistant to Minister of State Power: 2014-2015.

Olawale Rasheed had extensive experience in designing of many landmarks public policies as well as hands-on experience in the implementation of many public policies. He was part of the initiation of many public policy proposals. He served as a member of several sectoral policy committees and have deep experience in both social and infrastructural policy sectors.
Alongside his deep experience in intra and inter – governmental communications, he participated in many policy conferences, seminars, workshops and attended multiple international policy conferences and statutory meetings.
As a media and political consultant, his firm, Sahel Consult handles many high profile briefs both locally and internationally. His firm specializes in management of elections, media crisis and online reputation management. As a Government Relations practitioner, Rasheed specializes in management of inter face between citizens and government agencies and between agencies and other agencies of government.

In his quest for a better and just society, Olawale Rasheed founded the Society for Youth Research, an NGO devoted to advocating/sustaining innovative youth development. For his philanthropist gesture, he established the Olawale Rasheed Foundation in 2010 guided by the principle of “Charity in the Dark”. In addition, he founded the Osun Governance Society, a budding NGO devoted to study/analysis/innovation in policy process.

Olawale Rasheed has numerous awards, both locally and internationally to his name.

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BIOGRAPHY OF CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO G.C.F.R., S.A.N (March 6, 1909 – May 9, 1987)



Jeremiah Oyeniyi Obafemi Awolowo was born on March 6, 1909, to Chief David Sopolu Awolowo and his wife Mary Efunyela Awolowo in Ikenne, Remo, in what is now Ogun State of Nigeria..

He had his primary school education at St. Saviour’s School, Ikenne, and at Imo Wesleyan School, Abeokuta. His education at this early stage was interrupted for several years by the sudden death of his father in April 1920, an event that left him without financial support and compelled him to fetch firewood for sale, and do similar jobs, to support his schooling.

He had higher education at Wesley College, Ibadan (a teachers’ college) in 1927, and much later at the University of London as an External Student. He was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and the Bachelor of Laws by the University of London. He was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple on November 19, 1946.

On 26th December, 1937 Obafemi Awolowo got married to Miss Hannah Idowu Dideolu Adelana. They remained each other’s best friend to the end; together they fought for the cause of justice and for the release of their fellow man’s mind from ignorance and the freedom on his body from disease. They had 5 children: Olusegun (1939-1963), Omotola, Oluwole, Ayodele and Tokunbo.

After a brief spell as school teacher, stenographer, and Daily Timesreporter-in training, Obafemi Awolowo set himself up in Ibadan as a produce buyer and a transporter. It was in Ibadan that his political life began to unfold: he served there as secretary of the Nigerian Youth Movement before he went abroad to study Law in Great Britain.

Back home from Britain, Awolowo formed the cultural group known as “Egbe Omo Oduduwa” in 1949 and a political party, the Action Group, (AG), in 1951 also known as Egbe Afenifere in Western part of Nigeria as part of the Social Programme for the emancipation of Yoruba race. His party won the first elections ever conducted in Western Nigeria. As a result of that victory, the AG formed the first elected government in the Western Region and Obafemi Awolowo, now a Chief, became the Leader of Government Business and Minister for Local Government in 1952. In 1954, Awo (as he had come to be fondly known within his party) became the first Premier of the Western Region. His party won the elections again in May 1956 and Awo retained his position as Premier. He voluntarily gave up that position when, on December 12, 1959, he was elected into the House of Representatives where he became the Leader of Opposition in Nigeria’s central legislature.

He stood up stoutly against mediocrity and drift in government, and began to define alternative channels along which Nigeria’s government should go. His own concept of a Nigerian nation was probably too advanced for his opponents, who began to see the Awolowo-led opposition as a major threat. Following a trial for treasonable felony, he was jailed for 10 years in September 1963.

By July 1966, Nigeria’s problems had become so interactable that disintegration of the country seemed inevitable. A new Federal Military Government promptly opened the gates of Calabar Prison, brought Awolowo out and appointed him as a minister to take charge of the country’s treasury and to provide political support as Vice Chairman in the Federal administration. In those two roles, he was one of the major architects of Nigeria’s victory over s~cession in the 3D-month Civil War. When the war ended, Awo waited just long enough to give Nigeria a National Development Plan; as soon as the Plan was completed, he resigned from the government, although, to his last day, he remained grateful to the man who gave him an opportunity to serve his country.

When Nigeria’s Armed Forces lifted the ban on civilian participation in politics in September 1978, Nigerians who believed in Awo’s political ideas and principles joined him in forming the Unity Party of Nigeria which presented Nigeria with a dynamic programme of socio economic change along democratic socialist lines. Awo led the party until it was banned, along with Nigeria’s other political parties, during the military take-over at the end of 1983.

Chief Awolowo was a great political thinker who committed many of his thoughts to writing. From 1946, he had started a long career in political writing, which flourished whether he was in freedom or in detention, whether he was in power or out of it. It continued to flourish till the very end of his life.

Chief Awolowo’s greatest achievements resulted from the foresight, clear sense of direction and sheer competence that he brought into government.

At the beginning of his career in government, Chief Awolowo quickly reformed the Local Government system of the Western Region and took revolutionary steps to Nigerianise and improve the Western Nigeria Civil Service. An extremely good judge of men’s qualities, he had also put together a very efficient team of ministers. Having taken those steps, he was set to achieve within 5 years a string of “Firsts” in the history of Africa. Between 1954 and 1959, his government

evolved, and was served by, the most efficient Civil Service in Black Africa;introduced and successfully implemented the first Free Primary Education programme in Africa;introduced and successfully managed the first Free Medical Service programme in Nigeria – for children up to the age of 18;established the first Television Station in Africa;built the Liberty Stadium, the first such modem sports facility in Nigeria;introduced and successfully implemented the first minimum wage policy in Nigeria and actually paid to Western Nigerians from October 1954 a minimum wage that was doublethe amount paid to workers of the same level in some other parts of Nigeria;set up Nigeria’s first industrial complex at Ikeja;set up Nigeria’s first commercial Housing Estates at Ikeja and Bodija, Ibadan.

Besides these, Chief Awolowo’s government had laid the foundation for development in commerce and industry by creating an efficient Western Nigeria Development Corporation, the ancestor of the present-day O’dua Investment Company;taken successful bold steps to revolutionise the production and marketing of cocoa by farmers in Western Nigeria; and .created the infrastructure for rural development by promoting 900 cooperative societies in about 3 years and by providing within 5 years almost 10 times as many miles of road as he inherited from the British administration.

There is a not-so-visible achievement arising from all these. By making election promises and fulfilling them within a few years, Awo had led his region to evolve a culture that demands and evaluates a socio economic programme from those who seek to govern them.

In the Federal government, Awo managed the finances of Nigeria so shrewdly and so competently that the Federal Government successfully waged an expensive 30-month war against secession without resorting to foreign loans and without compromising its sovereignty.

In recognition of his intellectual contributions, Awolowo was honoured by the following institutions of learning:
University of Nigeria, Nsukka: LL.D. (1962)
University of Ife, Ile-Ife: D.Sc. (1967)
University of Lagos: D.Litt. (1968)
University of Ibadan: LL.D. (1972)
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria: LL.D. (1975)
University of Cape Coast, Ghana: LL.D. (1976)

He was Chancellor of the University of Ife (1967 -1975) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1975-1978).
In recognition of his professional contributions at the Bar, he was made a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1978.

In recognition of his invaluable service to Nigeria, he was given the highest honour in the land, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR)in 1982.

He was honoured with many chieftaincy titles, including the following:

Asiwaju of Yoruba
Asiwaju of Remo
Losi of Ikenne
Lisa of Ijeun
Apesin of Osogbo
Odole of Ife
Ajagunla of Ado-Ekiti
Odofin of Owo and
Obong Ikpan Isong of Ibibio Land.

In recognition of his esteemed contributions, he was awarded the Grand Band of the Order of the Star of Africa by the Republic of Liberia in 1968, and made Grand-Officer de l’Ordre National du Lion, Republique du Senegal, in 1972.

Republished many books and still had some in the press at the time of his transition. Among his best-known works are: Path to Nigerian Freedom (1947), Awo – an autobiography (1960), Thoughts on the Nigerian Constitution (1966), The People’s Republic (1968), The Strategy and Tactics of the People’s Republic (1970), The Problems of Africa: The need for ideological reappraisal (1977), Adventures in PowerBook 1: My March Through Prison (1985). Re had planned to launch Book 2 entitled The Travails of Democracy and the Rule of Lawon 6th June 1987.

The oldest privately owned newspaper in Nigeria, the Nigerian Tribune, and two other newspapers (the weekly Sunday Tribune and Irohin Yoruba) were founded and owned by Chief Obafemi Awolowo.


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BERNICE ERIEMEGHE, Head of Finance & Administration. Reject greek gift offer from EFE OMOROGBE .


BERNICE ERIEMEGHE, Head of Finance & Administration.

I have been informed that Mr. Efe Omorogbe and his group have asked me to take over as Acting General Manager of COSON.
I am a woman of honour and I hereby say ‘No’ to what I consider a Greek gift and a scheme that will result in divide and rule. My colleagues and I in the Management of COSON jointly signed a letter to the NCC in which we emphasized our position and informed them that issuing opaque directives to COSON which they know cannot be obeyed will result in chaos in the organization. We have also warned of our massive resignation should they continue to meddle in the internal affairs of the organization which we are capable of resolving. I have no intention of betraying my colleagues.
Furthermore, I was present at the COSON Extra- Ordinary General Meeting held in COSON Arena on December 19, 2017 when the members of COSON from every part of Nigeria spoke loudly and clearly in one voice that Chief Tony Okoroji should remain as the Chairman among other issues. Please let us all respect the collective will of the majority of the members of COSON that we are all accountable to and represent their interest.
Mr. Efe Omorogbe is a very good friend of mine but the interest and desires of the members of COSON is most paramount at this point. It is a statement of fact that the members of COSON do not want Mr. Omorogbe as their Chairman at this time. That is clear to me. Anyone trying to force him on the members of COSON does not mean well for COSON as this clearly is capable of destroying the organization.
For the avoidance of doubt, I will continue to support Mr. Chinedu Angus Chukwuji as General Manager of COSON and Chief Tony Okoroji as Chairman.
Thank you.

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Osun Governorship Race – Why I’m the Best. Olawale Rasheed

In this interview with one of the guber aspirants in Osun State, Mr Olawale Rasheed, he speaks on his political sojourn, integrated experience that qualifies him fit for the office, his convincingly innovative five point agenda for the state and other issues evolving the guber race.



Can we meet you sir?

I’m Mr Olawale Rasheed (MOR), a media enterprenuer, policy analyst, former ministerial adviser and a former editor with Tribune newspapers. I hail from Iwo town, Osun west. I am the Director, Society for Youth Research in Nigeria and President, Olawale Rasheed Foundation. Equally, I am a Council Member, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Director of the Chamber’s Policy Advocacy Centre. I am a foundation member of PDP and a political actor since the defunct Third Republic.

What is the current state of your political party, People’s Democratic Party both at state and federal level?

PDP has moved closer to resolution of her leadership crisis. What we await is a date for the conclusion of the congresses. Behind what you see as crisis is an unwritten agreement among all leaders that we must get over this mess and unite for victory in September. All leaders across factions agree to this. Leaders are aware that Osun people are waiting patiently and we have resolved not to disappoint our people. Also I must add that despite the internal feud, mobilisation for victory is ongoing state wide. The gubernatorial aspirants are winning more souls and are marketing the party to Osun people. Eventually, PDP will present an acceptable candidate to redeem the state from these years of locust.

There are reports that you’re likely to contest in the coming guber race in Osun State, how true is that?

That is very true. We are very much in the race because we know Osun state at this point in time deserves a new millennium, new age leadership. On all parameters, we are convinced we have a lot to offer the state at this critical point in time.We have over two decades of political experience during which we served many leaders. We have close to three decades of private sector experience during which time we traversed the length and breadth of Nigeria as a politics journalist. We have close to six years government service experience from the social to infrastructure sectors during which time we partook in critical policy making and implementation. We have also devoted our time working on policy design and innovation in a depressed economy both as Director of Society for Youth Research and Director, Policy Advocacy Centre of Abuja, Commerce Chamber. We thus have an all round integrated experience qualifying us for the top job.

Beyond that, Osun at this point does not need a super human as a leader. We need a leader who can identify with the poor and govern with the fear of God. We need a leader who will govern from the people and not from the shadow. We need a leader who will simplify governance and enforce truly pro-people, pro-good governance agenda. We need a leader who will embrace open government initiatives. Let open up government’s accounts to the people; let embrace open procurement; let embrace open budget; let embrace open information access; let embrace open expenditure; let embrace open decision making. To all these I am committed to, hence my interest in the guber race.

From historical trace, you’re one of the founding members of the People’s Democratic Party, will you say this will enhance your chances of getting the guber ticket of your party?

The beauty of my aspiration is that I am a political son of most key leaders of the party. We have been with many of the leaders for long. They know me growing up politically. I worked with many of them at close quarters. I was there at the maiden meeting in Abuja in 1998 and at the maiden meeting for South West at Ibadan. I was the Director of Publicty for the governorship campaign in 1999 when our leader and elder, Senator Oluwole Alabi was the guber candidate.We are like party strategists.We have paid our dues.

That experience is combined with competency. We are lucky to have distinguished ourselves in many critical assignments. So our candidacy is an integration of qualification, experience and competency. Olawale Rasheed as a guber candidate will unite the leaders and win the state for us.

Our partnership with the youth sector is the strongest among all the aspirants. Our five point agenda is convincingly innovative and workable -10 point action plan against debt; Human Approach to Governance; Business-State Property Partnership; Local Content Infrastructural Plan; and Open Government Initiatives .

And of course, we are seeking for one thing – the grace to serve the under-privilged, the neglected, the jobless, the poor, the abandoned, the greater mass of our people. We will govern with fear of God and we will redeem our state from this repressive reign.

Do you think your party has the wherewithal to wrestle with the ruling party, considering the internal wrangling in your party?

The fight for change of government in September is beyond PDP. It is of the people backed by God. Our God has seen the suffering of our people. The Israelites were powerless before Pharaoh but the strong arm of God fought for them. So I can assure you PDP will win with God and the people. That is why many leaders are careful about the guber candidate. The leaders are listening and studying the feelings of the people to ensure we have the right man for the job. Just go to the streets of our major towns -our citizens want a new face, unsoiled hand with requisite integrated experience to tackle the job at hand. The job at hand is that of technocat with applicable political understanding and emphaty for the poor.

How would you access the government of the ruling All Progressives Congress at the state and federal level?

If Osun state is to be a company, by now it would have entered into receivership and the managers probably in jail. That is the bitter truth. So my view – Governor Aregbesola is an ambitious developmental planner with skewed financial skill. It is great to have huge infrastructures. But many questions will follow. Why the huge contract cost? Why the unsustainable borrowing habit? Why the failure to balance human and infrastructural needs of the people? Why the opaqueness in government contract and finance? Why the arrogance of power and neglect of leadership responsiveness? Why the near zero love for workers welfare?

Osun state is in a mess irrespective of white washing and propaganda.

What will you do differently?

As a Governor, I won’t probe my predecessor. I won’t probe the tenure of Governor Aregbesola. I would rather concentrate on cleaning the mess using my five point agenda. First, I would tackle the debt crisis. I have a ten point action plan specifically designed to address this. Then I will go into creating prosperity through business government partnership ,our number two agenda. Here Osun will be transformed into a huge economic machine alongside a modified Japanese/Korean model. The partnership will raise revenue, create massive jobs and ensure communal prosperity in place of growing poverty. Three, we will enforce human approach in governmental plans. Education and health will be handled innovatively and workers welfare will become first line charge. We have the best integrated youth development agenda. This is our area of speciality. We have about 12 sub-plans under the human approach. Four, we will stop capital flights by innovatively implementing a comprehensive local content infrastructural plan. Local contractors and local content are key policy direction. We will implement social procurement, the first of its kind in Nigeria. And lastly, we will rebuild trust in government. We will do this by adopting open government initiatives.

Like I said above, Let’s open up government’s accounts to the people; let’s embrace open procurement; let’s embrace open budget; let’s embrace open information access; let’s embrace open expenditure; let’s embrace open decision making. To all these I am committed to, hence my interest in the guber race.

By then Osun people will trust the governor to lead them to prosperity.

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Postcode 01032018: Postcards, Philately and my attraction to the Post Office (1) . Awofeso Pelu


Pelus Awofeso with Post Cards

Recently, I have had two things on my mind: postcards and stamps. Both are secret passions that I have yet to explore actively. Some years ago I received postcards from Eastern and Southern Africa, and they are such lovable prints. It’s amazing how vividly they portray particular aspects of the countries they’ve been sent from.

The point has been made that Nigeria “is a land so picturesque that innovative postcard marketers should have no reason complaining of being poor”. Beyond the money, though, I believe postcards have a bit of Public Relations power and can help change people’s perception of Nigeria for good, especially overseas.

Two of my photographer friends who used to produce a series of postcards a decade ago felt the same way. They told me: “we want to use our photos to serve as image ambassadors for Nigeria, to present Nigeria the way we want it to be seen outside these shores”. To the best of my knowledge, their postcards were well received.

In the last five years I have seen some creative postcard designs in and around some stores in some Nigerian cities I have visited but they don’t appear to be common commodities at the airports, where thousands of traveling tourists could easily admire and buy them.

I wonder why. In the recent past, we spent a lot on greeting cards — but we didn’t transfer that same affection to postcards. Yet if we did, Nigeria would probably have been the better for it, particularly in the eyes of those who think of the country is a no-go area. I keep hoping that someday we will get round to buying and sending postcards as we do those greeting cards.

Now, to Stamps: it is hard to tell how much of a philatelist kingdom Nigeria is. But I have kept a cutting from This Day (published in July 2004) in which a keen stamp collector was campaigning in favour of the art.

“The impression that those used postage stamps whether Nigerian or overseas that are affixed to the various letters or postal packages are mere useless pieces of paper to be thrown away is very, very wrong,” the article stated. “Those stamps are not only educative, but money-spinning items. Remember also that a postage stamp is a living reminder of events, an aid to learning, a miniature encyclopedia, and a country’s ambassador.”

The collector’s interest in philately was stoked way back in 1958, when he was still a student. But half a century later, “I have since graduated from a collector to the status of a philatelic trader of international repute.”

A postcard produced for my company @TravelNextDoor (2016)

I have been drawn to post offices since I was a boy. When I was barely 17 the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) opened for business a short distance from where I grew up in Ijeshatedo, a Lagos suburb. Apart from offering all the basic services (like selling stamps and registering letters over the counter) the facility came with hundreds of olive green private boxes, which people in the neighbourhood were encouraged to rent for N25 a year.

I was thrilled at the sheer novelty of having correspondences to the family tucked in our own exclusive post box; after much pressure from my siblings and me, Mom paid for one before too long.

When the documentation was complete, we got a pair of cutely-shaped 3cm-long keys, one of which was hooked on a nail next to the parlour window. Any one of us picked it from there whenever there was a need to go check the box for mails. Before that time, post men slugging zip-less leaf green bags would hand-deliver letters to the house, slotting them in a wooden box mounted on the fence. Sometimes, they handed it over to anyone in the compound. And this they did house after house in the area.


The closest thing to a post office there was before the new branch opened was a postal agency tucked in a tiny shop on a main road nearby. It was run by an elderly woman, who also sold other odds and ends, including school stationery. I don’t recall ever sending any letters through it.

A little over a year after we had grown used to the box, I went over to check if there were any letters. I could see outlines of a few envelopes through a glass barrier but the key wouldn’t turn in the little square door. I tried a second and third time. No dice. Alarmed, I breezed into the main office and made straight for the counter. What might the problem be?

“It means you have not renewed your rental,” the middle-aged woman behind the counter answered pleasantly. Now, I wasn’t thinking of that at all. None of us had remembered that fact. “It will be open once the annual fee is paid, or else it will be transferred to someone else.”

What? There was no way we were ever going to lose the box, not when dozens of our friends already had the number and were sure to send all future correspondence to us through it. Besides, taking a stroll to the post office every now and then had become such a pleasure that the thought of losing the tiny treasure proved too much a grief to bear. Mom would just have to find the money and pay.

The shiny blue walls of the post office were plastered with posters and public notices, and the wooden boxes for outgoing mails sat further from the entrance. The windows and doors, as always, were open and a pair of ceiling fans rolled lazily and noiselessly overhead.

While I stood wondering how I could pick up the letters I had seen a moment earlier, the woman — perhaps on compassionate grounds — motioned me to go further inside so as to speak with the controller. I met the man flipping through a file, a biro in hand. I greeted, explained the situation to him and asked for his assistance. He let the file be for a while, and — like his colleague had done a moment earlier — stressed the importance of ensuring that we renewed our rent as and when due.

“I’ll keep that in mind,” I answered, both my hands resting on my laps. “We will pay up and won’t delay next time.”

As we talked, my eyes scanned the surrounding. It was more of a clearing room, where three men sorted incoming and outgoing mails in different containers and sacs. In between this activity, they would walk over to slip envelopes into the open back ends of the boxes. How thrilling it was to have seen what went on behind the scenes. How come my school didn’t plan an excursion to a place like this?

“Ok, go and collect your letters,” the supervisor said, clearly seeing no point in keeping me there further. Was I glad! I turned a corner and in an instant I gazed delightedly at the tens of green square boxes; some had documents in them, others were empty.

On my way out I cast a final look at the mail men. The supervisor had made my day. Many years later, NIPOST introduced the postcode system to ease its mail delivery process. The Ijeshatedo branch was “code-named” 101015, a number that stuck in my mind from the get go.


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Pastor Sam Adeyemi

Senior Pastor of Day Star Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi has lent his voice to the growing debate on tithe and offering describing the law on tithe as recorded in the Old Testament as an expired law which has no relevance in the New Dispensation.

This is contrary to what he had preached in the past. It also goes against the grain of teachings by those he regards as fathers of faith.

Adeyemi who took time to preach on the subject of giving to his Lagos, Nigeria Church members on Sunday February 25, urged his listeners not to entertain any guilt for not paying tithe adding that “People should not give out of fear”

He said he personally took interest in the tithe debate, did a lot of study and came to the conclusion that God is not angry with anybody that does not pay tithe neither is the person under any form of curse.

He said, “I have been following the tithe debate. I discovered that it has been an age long debate and it will be on for a long time. My first observation is that church people are behaving as if we own the word tithe. We don’t own the word. It is an English word. I want to say clearly that tithe as practiced under the law of Moses has expired. The death and resurrection of Jesus has put paid to it. It has expired.”

While explaining that there are different types of tithe he said, “All the requirements of the law were satisfied under Christ adding however that “It is a gamble to say Jesus never paid tithe. The fact that it was not written that Jesus paid tithe does not mean he did not do it. I can also claim that Jesus did not go to the toilet because it is not written. 18 years of his life were not recorded in the Bible. When he was born his parents satisfied the requirements of the law. John 21v25 says there are many things he did that were not recorded. Jesus did not say it was wrong to pay tithe in his day.”

Adeyemi however stressed again at the risk of repeating himself that Tithing as it is in the law has expired. He noted, “The law of the spirit of life in Christ has made us free. Romans 8 clearly tells us that we are free. No Christian should feel guilty for not paying tithe. There is nothing you can add to what Jesus did to be qualified before God. When Jesus said it is finished it was finished. Gal 3v13 says Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. A Christian is not cursed because he or she did not pay tithe. A Christian should not give out of fear. A Christian should give out of love. We are free from guilt, from fear. We are in a dispensation of grace.”

He however warned that though we live under grace man will have to bear the consequences of his action. “If you commit murder, you realise what you did and you repent God will forgive you. But bear in mind that Police will arrest you and prosecute you. The forgiveness of God does not remove the consequences of our action.”

The church leader who has many young people in his church and who served under Rev George Adegboye of Rhema Chapel in Ilorin, Nigeria before he established his own ministry however noted that a stingy Christian will be greatly hurt.

“You are free to decide what to give. But if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly. Tithing as practiced under the law has expired but tithing as a general principle cannot expire. A Christian is free to give any percentage of his money. But just bear in mind that 10 percent is still part of the number. If somebody chooses to give 10 percent he should not be condemned and if he gives less or more than that he has a right to decide on what to do”

Earlier, he gave a graphic illustration on where and how the believer should give. Using scriptures to back his points he said, “We should give to the poor because giving to the poor is giving to God. If we love God we should give to men. We should also be responsible citizens by paying our tax. We should give to our parents and be a blessing to them. We should give towards the work of God and we should give to servants of God and we should give to our immediate family and take care of them.”

He however lamented that many Christians have been quite intolerant of one another on the tithe debate noting that we “all know in part. Priscilla and Acqulla had to put Apollos in the way of the gospel. But Apollos had been preaching the John’s gospel before Priscilla and Aquilla came to correct him and show him the message of the kingdom. We all know in part. As we grow we learn and adjust.”

…now that my pastor have spoken, it is case closed on this matter for me. I careless what anyone says about this. The oracle have spoken, ire ooo!- TOS . article from TOS facebook page.

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Exploring The Citycape “Oshodi Evolving”

The Nlele Institute | African Centre for Photography embark on the project of documenting for future reference.

Day 1 in Oshodi with Uche Okpa-Iroha (Director The Nlele) Otuke Charles Ologeh (Technical Director Photography, The Nlele), Jesse Ekwuruibe, Kane Nwatu and Eniola Khadijah Odunuga.

We had a nice time with the Police Task force and the “Boys” on ground in Oshodi – “Ejima” and “Ahmed”.


Uche Okpa-Iroha with fellow photographer during the the Oshodi the tour


Ologeh Otuke Charles with photographers



Day 2 loading – 7th March, 2018


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