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Oga Bello, Jide Kosoko mourn Rachel Oniga



Rachel Oniga for burial Aug. 26 – Son

… As Police say Attackers of Amuludun FM, Ibadan ‘ll be brought to justice***

Veteran Nollywood Actors, Adebayo Salami, popularly known as ‘Oga Bello” and Jide Kosoko, on Saturday mourned Nollywood thespian, Rachel Oniga, who died on Friday in Lagos at 64.

Salami in a telephone interview with the newsmen described Oniga as a loyal, hardworking and humble colleague who was after everyone’s peaceful co-existence.

He said that the Nollywood industry would miss her mastery of her profession and the unique way of interpreting her roles.

“Oniga’s death is really sad and a painful one. May her soul rest in peace and may God forgive her shortcomings.

“She was a loyal, humble and hard-working colleague, also a parent to the core. She did a lot over her children and I pray that God guide and protect them all.

“She is someone who looks out for others and ensures peaceful co-existence among artists.

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“The industry will miss her unique way of interpreting her roles,” he told newsmen.

Also, Kosoko in his tribute described late Oniga as a nice colleague whom he considered to be a friend and a sister.

“Late Oniga was a nice colleague and the memory of the time spent together will never be forgotten.

“She was a friend and a sister. In fact, she was one of those ladies in the profession that interprets her roles properly. She is one of those committed to moving the industry forward. May her soul rest in peace,” he said.

Veteran actress, Joke Silver, took to her instagram page to mourn Oniga with a display of her picture, as she wrote: “Incredibly committed colleague.

“You have to come correct when playing opposite Rachel Oniga, not much talk but all work.

“64 is a bit early. You have completely blindsided me, Rest in peace”.

Also, Waka Music Pioneer, Salawa Abeni, said: “Rest beautifully in the Lord’s bossom Rachel Oniga, a legend in its true definition. May God comfort your family”.

Rachel Oniga was born on May 23, 1957 in Ebute Metta, Lagos State. She began her acting career in 1993.

Oniga worked briefly at Ascoline Nigeria Limited, a Dutch Consultant company, before her first movie titled “Onome” and her debut Yoruba movie was “Owo Blow”.

Over the years, Oniga has featured in notable Nigerian films such as “Sango”, a movie scripted by Wale Ogunyemi, produced and directed by Obafemi Lasode and Wale Adenuga’s television series, Super story.

In another development, the Police Command in Oyo State has said that perpetrators of the attack on Amuludun FM 99.1, Moniya, Ibadan, will be brought to justice.

The command’s Spokesman, DSP Adewale Osifeso, stated this in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan.

The newsmen report that hoodlums had, on Saturday, attacked the radio station, vandalising the windscreens of the four vehicles parked within the premises as well as the station’s glass entrance door.

Osifeso quoted the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, as assuring all and sundry that the perpetrators of the dastardly act would be made to face full wrath of the law.

According to Onadeko, investigations into the incident are currently ongoing, adding that developments will be communicated to the public accordingly.

She called on the public to promptly inform the police any incident of this nature, for their quick intervention.

Giving update on what led to the attack, the police commissioner said that it was occasioned by the face-off between a vigilante group and some criminal elements.

“It was due to the face-off between members of Soludero, a local vigilante group, and some criminal elements around Sasa Area in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State while the latter was on routine patrol on Saturday, at about 4:00 pm,” she said.

Onadeko added that a member of the criminal gang sustained gunshot injuries during the clash and was confirmed dead at the hospital.

“Consequent upon this, the hoodlums, in their numbers, stormed Soludero’s presumed office, located at the premises of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Amuludun 99.1 FM, Moniya, Ibadan, in a bid to launch a reprisal attack.

“Preliminary investigation gathered from an on-the-spot assessment shows that upon the arrival of the hoodlums, they became agitated, as none of their targets was on sight.

“Consequently, windscreens of the four vehicles parked within the premises were broken, along with the glass door at the entrance of the media outfit, inferring that the attack was not targeted directly at the media outfit but the vigilante group,” Onadeko said.


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Lighter Mood: The Neighbour’s White Goat!



*1. The moment I knew Nigeria was in trouble was when someone stole his neighbor’s white goat and dyed it black, only for the neighbor to say he recognized the goat by it’s smile.*


*2. The best strategy to win arguements is to have serious mouth odour, they will just be nodding their head in agreement.*


*3. I don’t like people who can’t let go of the past – especially people I owe money.*


*4. Hmmm ….. When NEPA takes light, a true Nigerian will stand up and check outside, to make sure their neighbors don’t have light too! And you believe, you will make Heaven abi.*


*5. You will buy sachet water and finish it at once. But when you buy bottle water, you will be opening and closing it as if it’s doctor’s prescription.*


*6. At home you can’t sleep without switching off ‘ur small radio but you can sleep in Church with eight speakers blasting in ‘ur ear … it is called Demonic soft work.*


*7. In Africa once your phone rings in the church or mosque, everybody will start looking at you as if Satan is the one calling.* 😄😄😄😄

*8. I still don’t understand how Nigerian Cockroaches survive inside microwave, gas cooker oven, etc. You will be warming food and you will see them walking inside like Shedrack, Meshack & Abednego.* 🙄🙄 *Maybe they also serve a Mighty God.*

*Anybody with an explanation?*😜😜😜

*Please, put a smile 😊🙂😉🙂😘 on someone’s face to calm down tension caused by Political Jobbers and other stress.* 😁😁


Yemisi Owoeye

Ikotun, Lagos

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LIGHTER MOOD: Pocket-induced Common Sense…!



Sometimes, when what is laudable is not practicable, Commonsense simply takes over!


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Pilgrimage: Participation May Slide As Adamawa Announces N4.679m For 2024 Hajj



…Executive Secretary blames increment from N2.89m on rising operational costs, exchange rate fluctuations and inflation

Participation at the 2024 Pilgrimage in Adamawa may shrink as the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission has announced N4.679 million fare, for this year’s Hajj.

What goes for Adamawa, may similarly affect the other states of the country, as hajj fare in 2023 was only N2.89 million.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Malam Abubakar Salihu, made the announcement at a news briefing on Tuesday in Yola.

Salihu attributed the increment in the Hajj fare to rising operational costs, exchange rate fluctuations and inflation.
He said that the decision was made after careful consideration and consultations with relevant stakeholders.
According to him, the commission is committed to providing the best possible services, while ensuring transparency and accountability in the utilisation of the funds.

He called on intending pilgrims to always adhere to the rules and regulations both in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to enhance a hitch-free and successful pilgrimage.

Salihu also stressed the need for intending pilgrims to comply with the procedures and protocols established by the commission.
He emphasised the importance of continuous orientation and education for the intending pilgrims.

The executive secretary reiterated his commitment to ensuring a successful and memorable Hajj pilgrimage for the intending pilgrims in the state.

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