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Ilesa: City of Peace, Hospitality, and Warmth



Looking at the name Ilesa (Iléṣà), you will think it is one of those rural, rustic and pastoral Nigerian communities. However, a visit to the city will definitely make you abdicate and purge yourself of such a perception. Although the pace of the city cannot be compared with other vibrant Nigerian cities like Lagos, Port Harcourt, Aba, and Kano, it has some measure of peace, order, hospitality and warmth which are visibly absent in the aforementioned city. This is what makes Ilesa stand out from others and it is a destination every tourist must check out on a visit to Osun state.

Ilesa, is a city located in Osun State, Southwest, Nigeria. People from Ilesa are referred to as Ijesas. The towns which make up Ilesa include Erin Ijesa, Ipetu-Jesa, Ijebu-Jesa, Esa-Oke,  Ibokun, Ifewara, Ipole and Idominasi among others. Ilesa is a 6 hours drive from Lagos. It is a day’s journey if you leave early., Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares how you can experience and negotiate the home the of the popular Olumirin Waterfall.

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The Olumirin Waterfall

This is the most popular tourist destination in Ilesa. Any tourist visiting the city is most likely to visit the Olumirin Waterfall. The Waterfall is located in Erin Ijesa, one of the local divisions of Ilesa. The waterfall has 7 layers from which it cascades from and visitors only need to pay N500 to gain entry.  Climbing the Waterfall is a different experience. Although it is enthralling, it takes only the strong and the patient to climb. If you are able t get to the 7th layer, you will have a panoramic view of the locale. However, it is a whole different challenge coming down. Importantly, do not forget to enmesh your whole being in the water which is said to have spiritual significance. And if you want to really enjoy your time at the Waterfall, arrive early.

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Kiriji war Museum

The Kiriji war was sour phase in the history of the Ijesas. It was a war between two powerful Yoruba groups which share the same lineage. They are the Western Yorubas (Ibadan and its allies) and Eastern Yorubas (Ijesas and Ekitis’). According to findings, the war was as a result of the crash of the Oyo Empire  as well as the domination of the Ibadan soldiers despite the collapse of the Oyo Empire. This led to bitter rivalry and eventual war. The war lasted for 16 years. Thus in order not to forget this important part of Ilesa history, a museum was established. This is a museum featuring the ancient weapons and history behind the Kiriji war.

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Iwude festival

For 11 days in December, persons who trace their heritage to Ijesaland, return home to celebrate the Iwude festival. The festival showcases the culture, dance, music and tradition of the people. It also features game and a procession which affords the

Where to eat

In the center of the city, there are restaurants where you can have the best of  Nigerian cuisines. Just ask the locals and one of the restaurants they will direct you to is The African Restaurant. Other places to eat include Bukateria, and Royal restaurants among others.


Where to shop

You may not find the high-end shopping malls in Ilesa but the small scale shops can suffice. Some of the spots where you can shop include Format Ventures, Phonson Boutique, Adebambo Tayo stores, and Brainfield shopping mall. You can also visit the popular Atakumosa Market to shop.

Where to sleep

With; you do not need to worry about where to sleep in Ilesa. You simply walk into your hotel, settle your bills and relax. Some of the hotels on your Africa’s no 1 hotel booking portal include Spring Hill Hotel, GoldCity HotelGarrett Hotel, Royal Park International Hotel and Heis Hotel. 

Fun fact  

Ilesa is the home of the Olumirin Waterfall.

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CAMA 2019 Chats Way Forward For Nigeria’s Security, Economic and Political Stability



…Sanwo-olu, Ganduje, Nwoko, Kanu, Akiolu, Sunday Dare, Obasa, Akande, Rashida Yahaya Bello, others gears up for honour
The much-awaited and much publicized glamorous event of class and panache, Classic Africa Merit Award (CAMA season 9), is on daily basis gaining momentum as D-day draws near as the evening of candor and splendor is all set to hold on Sunday 29th September, 2019. The event, which has been on the mouth of many in the know, is tagged CAMA 2019.
Designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Classic International Magazine, this year’s edition of the most sought after award event in African promises to cut across the frontiers of this country to other parts of the continent.
With the harsh realities of a biting economy and challenging security situation across the nation more than ever, organizers of the award led by the publisher of Classic International Magazine, Mr. Dave Agwazim has decided to chat a way forward for the nation with the gathering of eminent personalities to deliberate on the missing link in our nationhood and how to get out of the quagmire, hence the theme, “Next Level: Chatting A Way Forward On Infrastructural Development For Economic And Security Stability in Nigeria”
The expansive and beautiful 10 Degree Events Center, Billings way Alausa Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos will play host to CAMA 2019; kicking off with sultry Green Carpet “Meet ‘n’ Greet” event at 4pm while the main event commences at 5pm..
The basic and essential objectives of the event is to identify, screen and objectively honour and recognize without bias or sentiment, selfless and industrious individuals across the nation who have severally and individually excelled and performed exceptionally in their respective areas of endeavors and chosen fields, even as this applies to responsive and responsible corporate citizens and industry giants who have brought their products and services to bear on the collective growth of the economy.
Feelers and responses we are getting so far have been encouraging, but like Oliver Twist, we are all expecting more, just as dignitaries, movers and shakers of industries, showbiz impresarios, top notch politicians, top government functionaries and media gurus are billed to attend the all-embracing annual event.  The veteran versatile writer, David Agwazim, whose style of doing things is never in small measure. No doubt, from analysis, CAMA 2019 promises to be a memorable event as usual for those who will attend.
Some of the expected dignitaries to grace this grand high octane event are His Excellences, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu and Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, executive governors of Lagos and Kano States respectively.  Others are the highly revered Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Prince (Dr.) Ned Nwoko, an accomplished and cerebral international legal luminary; First Lady of Kogi State, Hajia Rashida Yahaya Bello, MD of Sonola Foods, Dr. Satish Nair; Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr. Sunday Akin Dare; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Lagos State Commission for Commerce, Chief (Mrs.) Lola Akande, highly celebrated Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson, Bishop Anene Nwachukwu, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, honourable member representing Kosofe Constituency 1 at Lagos State House of Assembly; fastest rising film-maker, Mrs. Regina Daniel Nwoko, and chairman of Classic International Magazine, Dr. Iyke Kanu, etc.
Distinguished sons and daughters of African descent, nay brands will be honoured with merit awards for their dexterity and quality service within the year under review.
There is always a reward for every good work done on this planet earth.  Man does not only work to earn a living but also to make a contribution to life, to make an impact and living his name in the sands of time.  This fulfillment is the real purpose of life.  ‘There is dignity in labour’, they say, and when a man does not work hard to justify his pay, he of course does not show that he is worthy to live.
CAMA is an award event endowed in 2011 by celebrity journal, Classic International Magazine to reward and celebrate excellence in service across the length and breadth of Africa, promote African culture and provide opportunity for networking.
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How Police Arrested Port Harcourt Serial Killer



Serial Killer

The Rivers State Police Command has arrested an ex-militant turned serial killer.

Gracious David West who has been killing girls in hotels in the state was arrested by the police following a close monitoring of clips obtained from a Close Circuit Televusion (CCTV) of one of the hotels he lodged a girl in.

The serial killer confessed to killing some girls in hotels across the state and tying white handkerchiefs on their leg and neck.

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Confessing to the crime while being paraded before newsmen, he revealed how he contacted the girls, the name of the hotels he took some of them to and how he carried out the killing late in the night.Serial Killer

Confirming the arrest, spokesperson for the state command, Nnamdi Omoni, said:

“I can confirm the arrest but the details will be made public by the Commissioner of Police on Friday.”

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Recall that a peaceful protest was held by concerned citizens in the state on Wednesday, where they called on relevant authorities to wade into the incident of killing of young ladies in the state.


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Wellness HMO Again Adopts Three Women for ‘Wellness for Life’



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Leading Nigerian health insurance provider, Wellness HMO, on Saturday, September 15, adopted a total of three women with their ‘Wellness for Life’ initiative, thereby giving the beneficiaries access to quality health care for the rest of their lives.


The winners were all selected by raffle during the Hadassah Healing Conference 2019, which took place on Saturday, August 24 at Ikorodu and Saturday, September 15 at Sabo, Yaba; the winners were also each given a ‘Wellness for Life’ gift certificate.


The event was attended by over a thousand women from various walks of life.


Speaking on behalf of Wellness at the event was Mrs Adetutu Afolabi, pharmacist and Executive Director, Wellness.


She said, “Women are like the nexus in most homes, they are the caregivers who many times ignore their own health needs. For this reason, we have a role to play in ensuring that women remain a priority where health needs are concerned. That is the reason we are doing this. The Wellness ‘For Life’ initiative is a gift that these women will enjoy for the rest of their lives; without the worry about health care needs, these women can focus on their families and contribute positively to the society.

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Afolabi also stated, “last year at the Hadassah Healing Conference when we had the maiden edition of the initiative, three women won, but only one of them showed up. The others didn’t come, possibly because they thought such gifts for a lifetime was not possible. This year, we are back again, and we have picked two people from Ikorodu and the last person we picked today from Yaba. In Ikorodu, we had Mrs. Leji Abosede and Mrs Aribabagun Adejoke. Today, Mrs Ramota Lawal won through the raffle draw.”


The excited Mrs Ramota Lawal, who resides in Makoko, Yaba and hails from Ibadan shared with members of the press that she is indeed grateful to have won such a gift. “I am really grateful to Wellness HMO. By God’s grace, Wellness will continue to grow and find favour. I got here about 6 AM today and I am thankful that I won,” she said in her native parlance.


Wellness HMO, which has been in existence for over 10 years has on a yearly basis partnered with the Hadassah Healing Foundation to provide free health services and screenings for women and the underprivileged. ‘Wellness for Life’ is simply another of their initiative to create and add more value to these women.

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When asked if Wellness HMO would be able to sustain this initiative, Afolabi promised that “As long as Wellness is in business, we will ensure the sustainability of this initiative.


She also thanked the convener of the conference, Pastor Nike for creating the platform that gives Wellness HMO the opportunity to add value to the lives of women every year. She equally appreciated the women for attending the yearly conference.


Also weighing in on the state of health insurance in Nigeria, Afolabi said: “There is the need for better sensitisation on the benefits of health insurance in Nigeria, and the people too need some mind shift on making provision for the future unknown as regards their health, which is the concept of insurance. Health insurance is not a scam, Wellness HMO has tailored their products to meet individuals’ and corporate organisations’ health needs by giving access to quality healthcare at pocket-friendly rates.”


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