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Apapo Okun Cultural Festival Targets N.6bn Revenue Annually
The maiden edition of Apapo Okun Cultural Festival, a gathering of Okun speaking peoples of Kogi, Ekiti, Ondo and Kwara States, which ended in Kabba, Kogi State at the weekend, is capable of generating over N6bn, yearly into the economy.
The curator of Gold Tourism and Sail Limited and Chairman of the organizing committee of AOCF 2016, Prince Olusesan Orebiyi  made the disclosure in his address at the ceremony held inside the Kabba Township Stadium.
“We are proud to tell you that it has the capacity to bring in to the economy of Okunland over 600 million naira yearly. It will develop the private and economic sector and revitalize the general landscape. It  will further engender  unity and progress and reduce the challenges of unemployment and curb the vices of youth and general crime”, he said.
“Today it is a new dawn, permit me to deliver to the entire world the birth of a great festival that shall sharpen the future of Okunland. It shall run yearly every November”.
He said the Okun festival was packaged as a brand with collaborations with the Okun Area Traditional Council led by the late Obaro of Kabba, Oba Michael Olobayo, Kogi State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Federal Ministry of Information, National Tourism Development Corporation, among others.
Chairman of the occasion,  former Military Governor of old Oyo State General David Jemibewon (rtd),  welcoming captains of industries, scholars, traditional rulers, members of state and national assembly,  government officials, and representatives of private organizations, described the Apapo Okun festival as “historic”, “important” and “one of the ways  we can network among ourselves and also make contacts with the rest of the world.”
According to him, “We have talents all over the world in every profession, this sort of festivals keeps us connected to our roots, our culture, our values and origin; and through festivals like this, we hope to preserve the best of Okunland”.
Apapo Okun Anchor, Prince Sesan Orebiyi, Olori Orebiyi and Yeye Okun
Apapo Okun Anchor, Prince Sesan Orebiyi, Olori Orebiyi and Yeye Okun
He described tourism as one of the largest industries contributing trillions of dollars to the global economy, through creation of jobs and wealth, generating exports, boosting taxes and stimulating capital investment. He commended the organizers describing Orebiyi  as ‘an international tourism promoter’ and  expressed optimism that  Apapo Okun Festival would “encourage the practice of cultural entertainment to attract tourists to Okunland”.   
Funke Eseyin after being unveiled as Yeye Okun 2016
Funke Eseyin after being unveiled as Yeye Okun 2016
The festival witnessed varieties of cultural display by representatives of each of the six Okun speaking local councils in Kogi West Senatorial District and award presentation to distinguished  personalities of Okun extraction from all callings. Highlights of the occasion was the unveiling of Mrs Funke Eseyin, a regional manager of United Bank of Africa (UBA) as Yeye Okun (a woman of substance/representation of who a real Okun woman should be) and the face of the event in Chief Mrs Nike Okundaiye of the popular Nike Arts Gallery.
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Governor Yahaya Bello was represented by the Secretary to Kogi State Government, Mrs Ayoade Folashade among other cabinet members.
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Yakubu Binuyaminu November 9, 2016
Ipinmisho: I ‘ll tackle failure of governance

Ipinmisho:  I ‘ll tackle failure of governance

Former Director-General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Otunba Olanrewaju Ipinmisho is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State. He explains his mission in politics to Assistant Editor GBADE OGUNWALE.

What is your plan for Kogi State?
The greatest problem we have in Kogi is that Kogi has not been fortunate to have a leader that can even diagnose and is willing to address the problems. You have somebody that all he understands about life is competition with people all over the place, materially. Not competition in developing his people. Those are the kind of characters that have been in charge of my state. Characters that have the hospital shut down for close to a year, schools shut down; first term, second term and third term. No examination and they say Your Excellency and you are just smiling. What does Excellency mean in governance when everything that is in governance is failing and they call you Excellency in the retinue of officers and you are excited. Indices of administration are not there and you say you are Excellency. This is my worry. I kept lamenting like this until I got the inspiration that stop this lamentation. What does it take to be a governor that I have not been given? I talked to myself that I don’t have money and he said no, there are people without money that have gotten there.

Go and do your survey, there is no other state in Nigeria in which poverty is so thoroughly symbolised. There is no state in Nigeria as at today that ranked with Kogi in poverty.

There are over 20 aspirants in the APC. Is the list not outrageous?
With what I have told you, if you have less than 20, you won’t take us seriously. If this fire is burning the way I am telling you, if it is true, don’t you think we should even have more? Everybody is feeling what I am telling you, I do not blame them because they find it difficult to trust anybody anymore. Wada came in as a very humble, smiling governor. But we can see what he is doing now. So, this is the reason and it is not their fault. Sometimes we meet and think, what if I concede to this man, based on what he used to be before he got there. He was doing his small business and people thought maybe this is the man. So it is not their fault. I was even expecting more people to come up but at the end of the day, when we continue to meet, we will come to the conclusion, that okay, let’s have a gentleman agreement that this is what I was contesting to do. I have seen it in your own papers, if you are sincere with this, I am ready to concede to you because there is no way we will have more than one governor on January 27. We are 27 people from the same party, the list is not outrageous. I know people from all over the place.

I have also travelled all over the state, East, West and Central and I have seen that all the 17 years of PDP governance in Kogi has endangered the people of  the East more than the other two parts of Kogi. The poverty is even more apparent in the East and at the end of the day, I discovered that there just a little above one percent from the east, centre and the west that have been sitting atop Kogi and insisting that the people must remain poor. There has been no governor in Kogi that did not have active participants from the other parts. So, when people shout this power shift without considering that it has to shift to an individual that has the capacity, that has the fear of God, that is gentlemanly enough to respect the right of the people. It has to be someone that is focused enough, that understands the norms and problems of the people and that is willing and ready to deliver. Unless we get the right person, will be back to square one.

The East Senatorial District is always producing the governor. Is your party considering power shift this time around?
Let me tell you, if you check the statistics at the last election, it was highly revealing. The figures that were being used to declare those results of those days were not there. The reality has dawned on us and that is why some of the politicians will do whatever they can to make sure that this card reader thing does not work in the November election. So, I want the federal government to be at alert. Now that we are having election in Kogi, whatever it takes to have the card reader to work must be done. The people from the east, the Igalas are not desperate. The average person from the Igala part are not desperate for the position. I have them in my committee, they are not desperate because they cannot justify what their leaders have done holding unto power for these number of years. All they get is blame and blame for the woes of Kogi as an Igala man. They know that the various governors have not impacted on their lives. So go and find out and you will discover that it is a myth to think that Igala man wants to retain the governorship. They are asking what they have done with it. Let it go to the west, let it go to the central. Maybe we will be better taken care of. So, the figures are not there upon which they did all that fraud. I have also told you also that an average Igala man has not been a beneficiary of this holding unto power by the East since the advent of democracy in Nigeria.

What is your chance as an aspirant?
I will like you to also understand that there were masters of the game in APC when Buhari emerged. It is not politics now, it is the life of our people. You have been a general in the field of politics and people cannot see how it has impacted on their lives. You have only bought houses in Asokoro and Maitama and your children have also started buying houses in Abuja. They are not interested in the years of experience as a politician because if being  a politician means enrich yourself and your family at the expense of the life of an average Kohi man, they are not interested. They want to give this new man a trial because in my own little resources, they have seen what I have done in my home within my own little earnings and they believe if I control the state treasury, I will do more.


Yakubu Binuyaminu August 28, 2015
Grand Plan to Crush Wada With Okun PDP Delegates
Idris Wada and Jibrin Isa Echocho 

Ahead of the September 10 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primary election in Kogi State, the incumbent governor Idris Wada may lose the substantial votes of delegates coming from Okun area and especially Kabba/Bunu, Ijumu, Yagba West, Yagba East Local Government Areas as most of the people penciled down to be delegates to the said election may not vote for Wada due to their personal grouse against the governor.

According to a reliable source, in  kabba/Bunu for example, the Leadership forum with the support of the Majority Leader endorsed the dissolved immediate past councilors  from the 15 wards in the area council, noting that the set of people who have vowed in the recent past not to work for the success of Wada due to their untimely dismissal from office without due compensations.

It will be recalled that late last year a court of jurisdiction in the state had nullified the local government elections which produced the local government council then due to the incompetent formation of the State Independent Electoral Commission which renders the said election nor and void.

The source further revealed that majority of the leaders are seriously in touch and romancing with Alhaji Isah Jibrin Echocho as against Wada. Adding that the leaders are only playing games with Wada, to collect his money and use same for the success of Echocho.

In Ijumu, Yagba West and Yagba East, the source also confirmed that the group of Senator Smart Adeyemi who were seen to have followed Echocho to collect his nomination form last week were the people in charged of the party machinery to produce the delegates.


Yakubu Binuyaminu August 26, 2015