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Ile-Ife indigenes in Nigeria go spiritual, storm University with charms to force out new VC (Video)

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African traditional beliefs and spiritualism played out when some indigenes of Ile-Ife in Osun State, Nigeria, stormed the campus of one of the oldest universities in the country, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), with assorted charms, amulets and other fetish objects, to force out the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the institution which is located in the town.

Their grouse?
The indigenes of the town were angry that the new VC was not one of them but someone from another town, despite the fact that there are eminently qualified natives who can take up the position.

The University’s Governing Council led by its Chairman, Chief Owelle Udoji, had on Thursday, March 17, announced Prof. Adebayo Simeon Bamire, a Professor of Agricultural Economics as the 12th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the university.

But the decision of the Council angered the indigenes and to show their grievances, they decided to go spiritual and storm the main campus of the school with their charms and paraphernalia of their spirituality.

The indigenes who are adherents of the traditional Yoruba religion, invaded the institution with charms and other fetish objects, and closed the two major gates of the institution, and prevented staff, students, and other stakeholders from coming into or leaving the campus.

The University’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abiodun Olarewaju, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the people “became very violent as they beat up workers, particularly the staff of the Security Unit, and vandalised their office at the main gate.”

“The protests by the Ife indigenes started on Thursday, March 17, 2022, shortly after the University Governing Council, led by its Chairman, Owelle Oscar Udoji, announced a Professor of Agricultural Economics, Prof. Adebayo Simeon Bamire, as the 12th substantive Vice-Chancellor.

“On Monday, March 21, 2022, things took more dangerous dimensions as the indigenes beat up some OAU students whom they met at the gate, blocked the two major gates as early as 6: 00 am, and came into the campus with charms, and other fetish items.

“They assembled at the motion ground of the University Secretariat, dressed in all-white spiritual traditional attire, chanting incantations while performing rituals.

Indigenes of Ile-Ife pride themselves as the true custodians of Yoruba culture and traditions and are known to settle their differences with the employment of their revered charms.

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The Yorubas of Nigeria believe their civilization began in Ile-Ife where the gods descended to earth, thus the name, Ile-Ife, which literally means “place of dispersion.”

According to Yoruba tradition and mythology, Ife was founded by the deities Oduduwa and Obatala when they created the world. Obatala was said to have fashioned the first humans out of clay while Oduduwa became the first divine king of the Yoruba people.

The first traditional ruler, the Oòni of Ife, was said to be a direct descendant of Oduduwa, which was the 401st Orisha.

Ife is home to many traditional worshippers of deities and is where they are routinely celebrated through festivals.

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Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, celebrates father as he wins governorship election

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Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, has celebrated her father, Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong’o, after he was declared the winner of the governorship election for the Kisumu county for a second and final term.

Lupita’s father was announced winner on Wednesday following Kenya’s general elections held on Tuesday.

Following the announcement, the US-based multiple award winning actress took to her verified Twiter handle to congratulate her father, and also thanked the people of the Kisumu county for voting for him.

“ABICH MORO! Congratulations to my Daddy and THANK YOU to the people of Kisumu for their overwhelming support at the polls. @AnyangNyongo #5moro #TichTire,” she wrote.

Prof. Nyong’o was a former Senator representing Kisumu County from 2013 to 2017, before he contested and became the county’s governor on the ticket of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

He was also a Member of Parliament for Kisumu Rural constituency, having been elected on a NARC ticket in December 2002.

Prof. Nyongo’o began his political career in 1992 when he was first elected to parliament and served as a nominated MP from 1998 to 2002.

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How Tanzania star, Diamond Platnumz, pocketed $100,000 for 10-minute performance at Odinga’s rally in Kenya

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Tanzanian Bongo singer, Diamond Platinumz, is currently smiling to the bank after he was paid a whopping $100, 000 (KSh230 million Kenyan Shillings) for a 10-miute performance on Saturday to endorse presidential aspirant, Raila Odinga, ahead of Tuesday’s general election in the East African country.

Diamond Platinumz, (real name Nasibu Abdul Juma) who is unarguably the biggest artiste in the region, was contracted to appear at the final Azimio rally where he endorsed Odinga, which, according to The Citizen, has angered a lot of Kenyan artistes who felt they were overlooked.

“Many Kenyan artists are furious about the huge pay despite his electrifying performance at a fully packed stadium in Nairobi.

“They feel devalued since none of them could have earned that amount of cash at a political rally,” The Citizen noted.

“The Waah! hitmaker made most out of the event without wiping much of a sweat off his brow.

“Diamond made millions in perhaps one of the shortest ever performances of his life and was off the skies back to South Africa to celebrate his daughter’s birthday before the trolls began.

“The Tanzanian performance at a fully packed Moi Stadium in Kasarani left a number of Kenyan artists unimpressed, particularly rapper Juliani.

“An irked Juliani described the performance as distasteful, while comedian Eric Omondi used the situation again to brand Kenyan artistes lazy,” it said.

Another Kenyan entertainment tabloid, Daily Nation, in its report, said Diamond’s performance at the final campaign rally, was meant to be a surprise in a last attempt to woo youthful voters by Odinga in his fifth bid to become the president of Kenya.

“The singer wasn’t in the picture as preparations for the last rally geared up, until three weeks ago when he was contacted and the conversation began.

“As such he had to raise his rate card from the normal $70,000 he charges for an hour show outside Tanzania. Negotiations dragged a little bit and a fee of $100,000 was agreed and contract signed,” The Nation reported.

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