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First Call: Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs, celebrities endorse Walk Against Rape campaign

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The fifth edition of the much awaited Walk Against Rape has again got a nod from the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Also in support of the campaign are Nigerian celebrities like Kate Henshaw, Monalisa Chinda, Toke Makinwa, Desmond Elliot, Ini Edo, Omotola Ekeinde, Emmanuel Ikubese (Mr. Nigeria), Gbemi Olateru, Iyanya and Emma Nyra.

Others are Mercy Aigbe, Iyabo Ojo, Kemi Akindoju, among others.

Walk Against Rape Campaign is a special demonstration that brings together mothers, fathers, guardians, teachers, youths, advocates and other stakeholders to lend a voice to sexually abused persons, particularly women and children, and also show their support to the cause of bringing an end to rape in Nigeria where the heinous act is on the increase.

“Our aim is to help in encouraging victims of rape to speak up and to reduce the stigmatization attached to the victims of sexual abuse and rape; as well as use Walk Against Rape as a platform to inform society about the soaring scourge of sexual abuse, especially as it relates to young girls and women in general.

“We intend achieving a lot more with the campaign this year as we would be having a three-month sensitization workshop, College Acquaintance Rape Education (CARE), in partnership with the Lagos State Government and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team for young people of secondary and primary school age. The aim is to sensitize and educate them on rape and encourage them to speak out.

The workshop kicked off on February 18, 2015 with star actor, Desmond Elliot, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos, Mr. Ade Ipaye and a host of other stakeholders in attendance,” Walk Against Rape Campaign co-ordinator, Esther Ijewere-Kalejaiye said in a chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly.

The Walk Against Rape campaign organized by Rubies Ink Initiative is slated for Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Participants would converge at Archbishop Vinning Memorial Church ground, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, while the walk ends at Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

AY FLAUNTS NEW RIDE

Millionaire entertainer, AY is living large. The producer of the blockbuster, 30 Days in Atlanta was spotted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in a black Jaguar with customized registration number, 3D.

Ayo Makun was actually at a Zenith Bank branch in Lekki, Lagos to withdraw some cash.

2 LOUNGE BOSS, UCHE OLISEH RESURFACES

Remember it was alleged that Uche Oliseh, younger brother of former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh abandoned 2 Lounge late last year.

Now, the dude is back to the lounge on Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos. The fortunes of 2 Lounge dwindled beyond the owner’s imagination before Uche jetted out.

And while he was away, it was rumoured he was wanted by his partners who needed him to update his books. Uche Oliseh was at 2 Lounge on Monday, February 23, 2015 evening. And now he’s back, let’s see what would happen next.

BIODUN GBOYEGA EXPANDS GARAGE

Managing Director, Fleets Communication, Biodun Gboyega has acquired a Range Rover. We sighted the tycoon in his new ride on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The black machine has AGL 32 AZ as its registration number.

WOLE OMOBORIOWO SIGHTED

Son of former governor of Ondo state, Wole Omoboriowo was at Zenith Bank on Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, on the evening of Monday, February 23, 2015. The oil and gas mogul came to withdraw some money.

JOHNNY OKOSUN JETS OUT

Publisher of Reality magazine, Mr. Johnny Okosun is in Paris, France as you read this. He would spend three weeks there.

BABATUNDE ANJORIN IS BACK TO LAGOS

City clothier, Babatunde Anjorin is back to the country. The founder of Anjoreen Couture was in Toronto, Canada and France for fashion shows.

EDITH EGUDA JOINS LEAGUE OF CAR OWNERS

Pretty Edith Eguda is an executive RP with D’Place by Papas. The hard working lady recently joined the league of car owners with a 2012 Toyota Camry. Edith, who is well known in the circle of Lagos club owners, has already started cruising in her first automobile.

RIVERS GUBER HOPEFUL, LULU BRIGGS STORMS D’PLACE

PDP governorship aspirant in Rivers State, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs was at D’Place by Papas on Tuesday, February 24. The billionaire businessman came with his aides.

RICHARD NNADI CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY

Boss of Excape Nightclub, Richard Nnadi added a year on Sunday, February 22, 2015. And he marked the day in a special way at his club.  He later moved the party to G12 Bar at Oniru Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos.

KOFFI ANNAN’S SON, KOJO SHOPS FOR ELECTRONICS

Kojo Annan, son of former UN Secretary General, Mr. Koffi Annan, was at Mega Plaza, on Tuesday  (February 24) night to buy some electronics. Though we didn’t wait to see what items Laolu Saraki’s close friend finally purchased, it’s unlikely he wouldn’t get all he wanted at the shopping mall.

SEAN PRIDDY AT CHINA TOWN

Also spotted at Mega Plaza was Louise Priddy’s younger brother, Sean. The dude, who just returned from the UK, patronized the popular China Town, a Chinese restaurant at the plaza, that Thursday, February 26, 2015.

KABIRU RAFAI GETS MERCEDES BENZ 550 4MATIC

Big businessman, Alhaji Rufai Kabiru is sure a car freak. The man of means stepped out in his latest acquisition, a Mercedes Benz 550 4Matic. Registered in a customized number, CHOP MONEY, we spotted Alhaji in his wondrous ride on the night of Friday, February 27, 2015.

LEMUEL IYALIA STORMS UNILAG WITH CLASSIC CONCERT IN MARS

The main auditorium of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, will be agog on Sunday, March 15, 2015, when the first edition of the long -awaited The Lemuel Iyalla Classic Concert in Mars, storms the revered institution of higher learning.

In a chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly, the prime mover and founder of the forthcoming evening event, Lemuel Iyalla, disclosed that the concert will feature comedy and other side attractions for all lovers and patrons of classical music.

Iyalla, a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the same university, who equally has a distinction in the Association Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM), London Grade 5 Examination, further maintained that the concert would definitely change the face and concept of classical music in Nigeria.

Interestingly, as one of the best tenor singers in Nigeria, Iyalla, who has performed in many high profile events both within and outside Nigeria, added that tickets for his talk-of-the-town concert were already sold out.

Iyalla, who was first introduced to classical music at eight listed some of the gains and benefits of the high-end music, which he has helped to spread round the country as an ambassador.

“Classical music lowers your blood pressure, according to a British study. It relieves your stress levels, according to a Taiwanese study. Also, it helps fight depression and manage pain, according to a Glasgow University Study. Again, a Dutch study revealed it improves your sleep quality.

“Classical music, makes you more at ease and open with yourself, according to Edinburgh University.

“Finally, it enhances mental alertness and memory according to a Northumbria University study.

I am therefore inviting you to The Lemuel Iyalla Classic Concert in Mars slated for March 15, 2015, at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium, from 6pm.”

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