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Oluremi Tinubu: The Eloquent Nigeria First Lady



In the pulsating heart of Nigerian politics, where the echoes of ambition and the resonance of change collide, Oluremi Tinubu’s career illuminates the path for countless others, defying boundaries and shattering barriers in a realm dominated by men. With grace and resilience, she has carved her name into the annals of history as a leader whose journey represents the essence of equality and empowerment in public service.

Oluremi Tinubu was born on September 21, 1960, in Ogun State, Nigeria. She hails from a humble background and was raised with solid family values. Education was crucial in her household, and she pursued her academic goals with determination. She attended primary and secondary schools in Lagos before proceeding to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in Osun State, Nigeria.

Oluremi Tinubu’s journey into politics began when she joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP) during the transition to democracy in the early 1990s. However, it was in 1999, with the return of democracy to Nigeria, that she made her first major foray into politics.

Following her husband’s successful election as Governor of Lagos State in 1999, Oluremi Tinubu became the First Lady of the state. During her time in this role, she focused on several key issues, particularly those affecting women, children, and the less privileged in the society. She initiated and supported various programs aimed at empowering women and improving their access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

As the first lady, Oluremi Tinubu founded the New Era Foundation, with the mission to establish centers focusing on the all-round development of the youth and to raise public awareness about environmental health and community service.

After her tenure as First Lady of Lagos state, Oluremi Tinubu decided to venture into active politics. In 2011, she contested for a seat in the Nigerian National Assembly and was elected as a Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District.

Senator Tinubu’s election faced a challenge at the Legislative House Election Petition Tribunal when she was first elected. However, the tribunal later upheld the election in 2012.

In the 8th assembly of 2015, Tinubu was among the 100 senators elected, with only six of them being women, among which were Stella Oduah and Uche Ekwunife, both representing Anambra, as well as Fatimat Raji Rasaki, Rose Okoji Oko and Binta Garba.

During a closed-door session in the Senate in 2016, Senator Tinubu raised concerns about her safety and requested adequate security from the Inspector General of Police due to an alleged threat of assault by her colleague and fellow party member, Dino Melaye.

She represented the Lagos Central Senatorial District under the All Progressives Congress (APC) banner, having won re-election in the March 28, 2015 elections, continuing to serve the people of Lagos Central.

Again, in the subsequent 2019 general elections, she successfully retained her senatorial seat, marking her third term in office, receiving recognition in the same year at the Eko Excellence Awards, sharing the spotlight with prominent figures like Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Tony Elumelu. In 2020, she actively advocated for the establishment of state police as a viable solution to combat the escalating insecurity issues within the nation.

In March 2021, Senator Tinubu presented a bill aimed at reforming the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), seeking to enhance its viability as an entity.

As a Senator, Oluremi Tinubu was actively involved in legislative matters and championed several bills and motions aimed at addressing critical issues in her constituency and Nigeria as a whole. Her focus remained on education, women’s rights, youth empowerment and social development.

Oluremi Tinubu has made considerable philanthropic efforts to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged, with a particular focus on empowering girls and women in her constituency.

Her influence extended beyond Nigeria’s borders, as she actively participated in international forums, advocating for women’s rights on the global stage. Her contributions in forums like the United Nations further solidified her reputation as a steadfast champion for gender equality, earning her the respect and admiration of leaders worldwide.

Beyond the political sphere, Oluremi Tinubu’s philanthropic endeavors are equally commendable, as she spearheaded community-based initiatives, ranging from healthcare programs to educational scholarships, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals.

With her strong belief in investing in society’s human capital, Oluremi has demonstrated this through her Youth Empowerment and Skill Acquisition Scheme in partnership with the Good Boys and Girls Empowerment Scheme (GBGES), which has successfully empowered 1,172 beneficiaries. Notably, 164 young individuals were trained in various skills and provided with startup kits, as well as a capital of approximately N40,000 each.

In acknowledgment of her remarkable achievements and contributions to the betterment of society, she received local and international honors. Some of these accolades include the National award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger [OON], fellowships at both Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, and College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees of Kings’ University, Ode-Omu. She has also been honored with the Ghana Noble International Award for Leadership (2004) and the Gambian Diamond Award for her significant contributions to uplifting people from poverty (2005). Furthermore, she holds many citations and chieftain titles in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments. Her exceptional efforts as a senator earned her the prestigious award for the most impactful female legislator at The Guardian-organized International Women’s Day Summit in 2021.

To celebrate her role model status and impactful contributions, the AFAO/WAWA (Association Des Femmes De L’Afrique De L’Ouest/West African Women Association) named the Oluremi Tinubu Women Training Centre in Gorom, Senegal, in her honor.

With the recent election of her husband, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the President of Nigeria, Oluremi Tinubu again steps into limelight as she takes on a new role as the First Lady of the country on July 5th, 2023. Being the wife of the President, she holds a unique position to champion positive causes and play a pivotal role in shaping the country’s social and political landscape. However, the internet in no time began to buzz with responses to a viral photo featuring the First Lady, reportedly attending a high-level economic meeting with President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima.

According to reports, the photograph was captured during a crucial meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where President Tinubu was in discussion with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari. The meeting revolved around significant economic issues.

The image sparked curiosity and speculation, drawing widespread attention and mixed reactions from the public and media alike.

On July 14th, First Lady Oluremi Tinubu convened a meeting with the wives of the 36 state governors to formally introduce and familiarize them with the goals and mission of the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI), which is a project associated with her office and has been established with the primary aim of addressing socio-economic challenges and uplifting marginalized women and children, by providing them with valuable skills, essential healthcare services and educational support, while also promoting entrepreneurship development.

During the meeting, she urged the governors’ wives to utilize their positions to make a meaningful impact on the lives of the people in their respective states. She reminded them of the importance of delivering on every promise made during election campaigns, emphasizing the urgency of taking concrete actions to improve the well-being of their constituents.

Oluremi Tinubu continues to demonstrate a commitment to public service, as a vocal and influential personality.

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Gallery: Diaspora Excellence Award 2023



At the occasion organized in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Naija Diaspora Magazine, several individuals, companies, governors, traditional rulers, business owners, government agencies and parastatals as well as politicians were honored for their outstanding performances in 2023. The publication celebrated its
10th anniversary with a two-day event that included the Symposium and Annual Diaspora Excellence Award. This platform provided a unique opportunity for collective learning, networking, and gaining insights into government policies that relate to communities. Attendees were empowered to navigate pathways of positive change. The Symposium lecture was titled: ‘Building a Nation’, with several dignitaries as speakers.



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Inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament Triumphs Amidst Adversity



On the 6th of August 2023, a monumental event took place at St Michel, Terminus, Douala, marking the commencement of the First Edition of the Anambra State Union Football Tournament. Under the stewardship of Sir Emeka Uzoka, Chairman of the Anambra State Union, this tournament emerged as a testament to unity, sportsmanship, and the indomitable spirit of the Anambra community.

The opening ceremony set the stage for what would become an unforgettable showcase of camaraderie and competitive fervor. A true celebration of tradition and athleticism, the tournament kicked off with a Veteran Match at 2:00 pm. The clash between Aguata Local Government Union and Nnewi Local Government Union resulted in a gripping encounter, with Aguata securing victory with a 2-0 score line.

Distinguished figures graced the event with their presence, adding prestige to the occasion. Among them was Mr. Oliva Ochi, Consul 1 at the Consulate General Douala, representing the esteemed Consul General, H.E. Amb. (Mrs.) Efe A. Clark-Omeru.

The honorable gathering was further enriched by the participation of key personalities, including: Hon. BIC Okwujiaku, President of the Nigerian Community Douala, HRH Eze Jonathan T. Onyenagubor, Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Cameroon, Sir, Lovinus Ezeh, Vice President, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Alex Nwoye, Vice President 2, Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Uche Obiekwe, Patron of the Nigerian Community Douala, Chief Innocent Obiorah Odoh, Patron Anambra State Union, Chairmen of Imo and Enugu States Union, Esteemed members of the Anambra State Union.

The event also extended its reach to include esteemed guests from Douala and beyond.
In recognition of the paramount importance of safety and well-being, the organizers ensured the presence of dedicated medical health and security personnel, assuring attendees a secure environment throughout the event.

Despite the inclement weather characterized by heavy rain, the unyielding spirit of the Anambra community remained unshaken. A testament to their passion for football and unity, a remarkable number of attendees braved the elements, converging to witness the unfolding of history on the lush fields of St Michel, Terminus.

The final was held on Sunday 12th of November 2023 @ Bonamousadi Stadium Douala. Oyi Local Government lifted the trophy while Aguta Local Government took the bronze and Idemili Local Government took silver.

The inaugural Anambra State Union Football Tournament stands as an embodiment of shared values, intercommunity collaboration, and the timeless appeal of sport. This event not only etched a significant mark on the sporting calendar but also served as a reminder of the resilience and unity that define the Anambra community.

As the tournament concluded its first chapter, it left in its wake a legacy of camaraderie, sporting excellence, and the promise of more remarkable editions to come.

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CAMEROON: Miniature Africa



Cameroon, nestled in the heart of Central Africa, is a country with a captivating blend of rich cultural diversity, stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. Often referred to as « Miniature Africa, » Cameroon offers travelers a unique and multifaceted experience, showcasing the continent’s essence in a single destination.

With more than 250 ethnic groups and languages, Cameroon is a melting pot of diverse cultures, traditions and customs. The capital city, Yaoundé, and the economic hub, Douala, provide excellent starting points to dive into Cameroon’s cultural wealth.

Cameroon’s diverse geography offers a plethora of breathtaking landscapes, each with its unique charm.
In the West, the mist-covered peaks of Mount Cameroon, the highest mountain in West Africa, beckon adventurous hikers to climb and witness awe-inspiring views of the surrounding scenery.
Towards the North, the Sahelian region boasts vast savannas and semi-arid landscapes, offering visitors an opportunity to spot magnificent wildlife, and in the East, the dense rainforests of the Congo Basin teem with a rich variety of flora and fauna, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and exotic bird species.

Tourism Spots on a Budget
Here are a selection of the most distinguished and captivating tourist destinations in Cameroon. These remarkable locales boast accessibility without undue strain on one’s financial resources, making them irresistible choices for tourists.

Mefou National Park:
Mefou National Park houses the Mefou Primate Sanctuary, a rescue center managed by Ape Action Africa. With over 300 rare and endangered primates, it’s a significant conservation project in Africa, providing lifelong care and rehabilitation for animals rescued from illegal trades.

Formerly known as Victoria, Limbe is a port city with a diverse flora and fauna influenced by its colonial past. The Limbe Wildlife Centre/Botanical Centre offers a close-to-nature experience, rescuing and caring for ill-treated and endangered animals.

Mount Cameroon:
Mount Cameroon, also called the « Chariot of the Gods, » is West Africa’s highest mountain and an active volcano. A popular destination for adventurers and hikers, the trek offers stunning views, diverse landscapes and encounters with wildlife like monkeys and birds.

Kribi Beach:
Kribi Beach, in the southwestern region, boasts long white sand beaches and clear waters. It’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing and water sports. Visitors can also enjoy the Chutes de la Lobé waterfall, where they can swim under the falls. Local cuisine and seafood delicacies await at various restaurants.

Korup National Park:
Korup National Park, renowned for its bird species, offers pristine tropical wilderness. Visitors can enjoy lodging infrastructure and spot unique primates like the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee and Perseus’s red colobus. Located near the ocean, Mundemba serves as a starting point for tours to the park, where guides often speak the local Cameroonian language.

Cameroon stands tall as a remarkable destination for audacious travelers seeking a blend of cultural diversity, awe-inspiring landscapes and thrilling adventures. From the depths of the rainforests to the heights of its mountains, and from the bustling cities to the serene beaches, the land beckons with open arms, ready to share its enchanting beauty and warm hospitality with all who venture to explore its wonders. As tourism in Cameroon continues to grow sustainably, the country’s potential as a captivating and memorable destination will undoubtedly flourish.


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