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Dangote sneaks in and out of Lagos Boat Club

Aliko Dangote

Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote quietly drove into the Boat Club on Awolowo Road, ikoyi, Lagos, on Sunday evening (January 26, 2014).

Interestingly, the President of Dangote Group drove himself as the sole occupant of his silver G-Wagon Mercedes Benz.

The uncommon entrepreneur, who holds the GCON national honour, however, shocked the boat club’s security, beggars and hangers on who expected tips from him.

TIMAYA TRAPPED IN TRAFFIC

Sensational crooner and Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa, Timaya was held by traffic along Lekki Road, Lagos, on Monday, January 27, 2014. Spotted about 6:45pm, he spent close to 30 minutes there in his G-Wagon Mercedes Benz.

And while waiting for the traffic to decongest, the controversial music star was busy with his phones.

PADDY ADENUGA AT IKOYI BOAT CLUB

On Sunday evening (January 26, 2014), Dr. Mike Adenuga’s son, Paddy cruised into the boat club on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Paddy who came in a black Porsche Carrera car was accompanied by a police escort  van that was on standby until he was done.

JIDE COLE WAS ALSO THERE

That same Sunday (January 26), CEO, Silver Anchor Oil Services Company, Jide Cole was also at the Awolowo Road, Ikoyi Boat Club.

A proud owner of a luxury boat anchored at the Boat Club, Jide goes for picnics and sea trips every weekend, as long as he is in town.

EMEKA ODOGWU’S NEW BUSINESS

Also back to Nigeria is Chief Sunny Odogwu’s second son, Emeka Odogwu. Home after a business trip in Dubai and South Africa, Emeka is now into generator business.

His office is on Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

FEMI AKINRUNTAN JOINS POLO CLUB

Prince Femi Akinruntan’s love for polo is immeasurable. The MD of Obat Oil is training to become a polo player.

He was at polo ground on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Sunday, January 26, 2014, for this purpose.

MULTICHOICE MOVES TO SOBO HOUSE

Multichoice, owners of DSTV has rented an office at Sobo House, on Simpson Street, Lagos. Officially designed as Lagos Island DSTV Office, they have already started doing business there.

DAVIDO FLIRTS WITH COLOURS

Skelewu creator, Davido is fond of changing the colour of his automobiles. Since he bought his Sport Camaro car, he has repainted it twice. Adorning yellow when it first arrived, Davido later changed it to white. And when we saw the ride last week, it was glittering in white and black.

DATOVAL BOSS AT D’PLACE BY PAPAS

Nigerian big businessman who is based in Japan, Mr. Valentine is back to the country. The owner of Datoval returned in style in a black customized Range Rover jeep. The posh auto that cost him over N10 million has Datoval inscription all over it.

He was at the biggest lounge/nite club, D’Place by Papas Entertainment on the night of Friday, January 2014. Valentine came with his Japanese woman to have a feel of Lagos.

YINKA QUADRI JETS OUT

Veteran actor and leader of Odunfa Caucus (in the Yoruba movie genre), Yinka Quadri is in the UK as you read this. The popular filmmaker, who travelled out last week is expected back next week. Yinka Quadri is in Queen’s land in preparation for his book launch on April 27, 2014.

From Oro, Kwara State, the well known thespian is celebrating 36 years on stage.

COSON JOINS THE BIG WAR AGAINST CANCER IN NIGERIA

The music industry is set to mobilize its big guns in an unprecedented war against the medical scourge called cancer in Nigeria.

The industry which has lost a number of its top stars to the disease has reached an understanding with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), a platform promoted by Nigeria’s Organized Private Sector- to form a major partnership to halt the near uncontrollable spread of all forms of the terrible disease. The plan of action was consolidated in the second week of January, 2014 after several meetings between representatives of CECP Nigeria and the leadership of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) at which different battle strategies in the war against cancer were hatched. While the CECP team to the meetings was led by Dr. Abia Nzelu, the committee’s Executive Secretary, the COSON team was headed by the society’s chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji.

Said Chief Okoroji after the meetings, ‘We will be irresponsible not to join this battle after the frightening statistics that have been brought to our attention. While our country is giving a lot of attention to the battle against HIV/AIDS, cancer is wreaking havoc across our land. With 240 Nigerians dying every day from this disease, we are all practically on death row – no one is spared. From the information available from the experts, a lot of the deaths are preventable if the disease is discovered early. The unfortunate fact, however, is that there are virtually no facility in the country to detect the disease on time so many are dying without them or their relations even knowing what is killing them or they find out too late. The good news is that we can do something to significantly reduce this crazy death figures. At COSON, we plan to mobilize all ‘mobilizables’ in Nigeria to take action immediately.”

To achieve this, COSON is joining CECP in the effort to acquire thirty-seven (37) Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs), one for each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The MCCs will facilitate a nation-wide cancer screening/treatment campaign so that every Nigerian can have a fighting chance in the battle against cancer.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has also created a unique short code for those who want to contribute to this effort. By texting “CANCER” or any other chosen word to ”44777”, a person can contribute N100/sms towards this cause.

Cancer is the number one killer of mankind; it kills more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. One out of every three persons will be diagnosed with cancer, which now accounts for one out of every four deaths. Nigeria now has the 11th lowest life expectancy in the world. “Most Nigerians do not live to retire, to attend their children’s graduations or weddings, to see their grand children, or to enjoy the fruits of their labour. Cancer is a major contributor to untimely death in Nigeria. Cancer affects every ramification of life, all age groups and every social class. It has cut short the lives and careers of many gifted and talented professionals.

“Two past presidents of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Sonny Okosun and Mustapha Amego had their lives cut short by cancer.

“According to global statistics, over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer every year, and 80,000 die (10 deaths every hour!). Four out of every five cases of cancers in Nigeria die (the worst in the whole world). Fortunately, most of these cancer deaths are preventable.

“Let us not bother with the blame game. As the activities involving COSON and the other partners in this war are rolled out, let us participate fully because we may be saving our own lives, COSON Chairman,” Chief Tony Okoroji stated.

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