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Monday, May 14, 2018

My Song 'Big Boy' Did Not Glorify Yahoo-Yahoo - ELDee The Don


Former Nigerian rapper, singer and record producer, Lanre Dabiri better known as eLDee the Don gave a vivid in-depth account of his experience with a journalist/interviewer back in 2010 where he was asked about the possibility of his then hit track 'big boy' being a little misleading as it could be seen as glorifying a materialistic lifestyle in great contrast with his already known style/brand of socially conscious music.

Here is the story as recounted by eLDee himself:

"One day in 2010 while doing a red carpet interview, an interviewer asked me: “I listened to your song big boy, while I do like and enjoy the song, don’t you think the lyrics are a little misleading? I mean you’re glorifying a materialistic lifestyle..."

She contd...”How do you reconcile that with some of your previous more socially conscious music?” Without thinking deeply about what she said, I immediately responded that I wrote the song to motivate young people to be successful.

I added that I don’t understand why anyone would try to suggest a negative meaning to this amazing song that is doing so well at inspiring young people to be everything they can be. We didn’t have time to talk any further because we had to move along quickly and do another interview and but I noticed as we walked away that she looked disappointed.

I didn’t think much of it at the time. I mean, she fell right into the category of the “haters” I was describing on the song, so I just moved on. There was a part of what she said though, that stayed with me and continued to echo in my head. It was the part where she asked how I was able to reconcile “big boy” with some of my previous more socially conscious music.

A few years before, I had released another successful record titled “I go yan”. I go yan is a socially conscious song that tackles the shortcomings of African leaders. When you place those two records side by side, the contrast is evident. The more I thought about what that interviewer said to me on the red carpet that day, the more clarity I had about the contradiction.

How can I care so much about the plight of my people and at the same time promote oppression and materialism? I struggled with it for a while but I eventually developed a coping mechanism that helped me get past the feeling of guilt.

My coping mechanism was that in the expression of art, it is ok to have contradicting positions from time to time so I thought it ok to one day feel like Bob Marley and another day feel like Diddy. Even the late great Tupac Shakur made records that if placed side by side are contradictory. Compare “Dear mama” to “Hit em up” for example, same artist, different emotions. That was how I coped with my own contradiction.

Truth is, people who are close to me know that I’m more of a Bob Marley than a Diddy. In my natural state, I'm more socially conscious than flashy. Much of my music doesn’t give off that vibe though, primarily because a lot of my music was made to cater to my audience.

Recently, I started wondering,...why do people connect so well with materialism? What is it about a flashy lifestyle that is more exciting? Why is more respect given to people who are considered to be rich and wealthy in society?

The answer may seem obvious but the more I learn about human behavioral psychology, the more I realize that a lot of it lies in our personal insecurities. Our insatiable need for acceptance and regard in our society drives much of how we perceive ourselves and the decisions we make in our daily lives.

And because of that, our perception of who we are and what we are worth has become one of our most basic human needs, right after food, and security. Poverty has a strong impact on our self esteem as a people. The need to fill a low self esteem gap with material things is what has led our society as a whole to where we are today.

Today, we have a society that doesn’t respect honest work. A society that insists on the display of wealth for social status. A society that has raised the bar so high for everyone that even the rich have to lie about their true financial capacity.

We have a society that today finds justification for corruption, armed robbery and fraud...because it doesn’t matter anymore how you get it, just get it, and for no other reason than to flaunt it.

I made the song “big boy” and unwittingly contributed to the decay...I know better today. For the record, I do not consider "big boy" a Yahoo-Yahoo song. What I feel bad about is that I promoted materialism and oppression.

I did not encourage anyone to steal, what I did was promote materialism, which is at the core of why stealing has become more justifiable/acceptable by many in our society.
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Lanre Dabiri aka eLDee The Don is now a retired musician who now works as an entrepreneur, a tech enthusiast and IT consultant in Georgia, USA

Friday, May 11, 2018

OYO LGA POLLS: ADELABU LED THE STAR PROMOTERS OF APC CANDIDATES


OYO LG POLLS: ADELABU LED THE STAR PROMOTERS OF APC CANDIDATES

Less than 20hrs to conduct of the long-awaited local government areas and local council development areas elections in Oyo State, the National Expo Magazine hereby reveal the star supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship and councillorship candidates.

Since Governor Abiola Ajimobi came to power in 2011, this will be the first council poll to be conducted in the state. The last time residents of the state had the luxury of electing their counsellors and council chairmen was in 2007, when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was the ruling party, and Otunba Christopher Alao-Akala was governor.

The tenure of that set of elected council officers ended in 2010. Since then, the third tier of government in the state has been governed by administrators handpicked by the governor, with the approval of the state House of Assembly.

Previous efforts by Ajimobi to conduct council election were put on hold by legal encumbrances, which have just been resolved.

For politicians in the state, the May 12th (tomorrow) council election is not just about electing councillors and chairmen alone, but also to show the strength of political parties in the state, and to even decide which of the cleavages within the parties that call the shot.

That the APC is firmly rooted in Oyo State is not in doubt, but an independent thorough investigation into the campaigns and the events leading to the council polls by the National Expo Magazine revealed that some governorship aspirants on the platform of ruling APC gave their financial and material supports to the party's candidates; a move to curry their favours in the forthcoming governorship primaries.

The investigation revealed that only four out of the fourteen notable governorship aspirants threw their financial weights behind the candidates. It was gathered that Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) donated cash to the campaigns of APC chairmanship candidates from Ibadan zone; the commissioner for health, Dr. Abdulazeez Adeduntan, gave cash to almost 40 carefully selected APC chairmanship candidates while the commissioner for finance, Mr. Bimbo Adekanbi financially supported all the 68 APC chairmanship candidates.

The last man standing was Chief Adebayo Adelabu alias Penkelemesi who singlehandedly funded the whole 68 APC chairmanship candidates as well as all the party's councillorship candidates whose total number is close to 700. The essence of the support was to help the candidates defray part of the legitimate campaign expenses of the candidates.

The magnitude of the supports and financial donations to the course of the party, All Progressive Congress and her candidates by the aforementioned aspirants clearly showed their preparedness and determination to win this September governorship ticket of APC in Oyo State.

Our investigation also revealed that Adelabu's gesture to reach out to all was borne out of his dedication and loyalty to the party and Governor Abiola Ajimobi. A close aide who spoke with by our correspondent said that his boss is always ready to give his best to the party and the Government of Oyo State led by Governor Ajimobi.

As we count down to the party's governorship primaries in September, we cannot wait to find out who will eventually fly the APC ticket among the top-four governorship hopefuls.

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Adebayo Kareemot
(Editor-in-Chief, The National Expo Magazine)


Saturday, April 21, 2018

OKE-OGUN Calls Bayo Adelabu for Governor, 2019


It was a bright atmosphere yesterday in Saki as OKE-OGUN PEOPLE'S ALLIANCE (OOPA): An alliance for all sons and daughters of Oke-Ogun indigenes as they gather to call Oloye Bayo Adelabu Penkelemesi, the grandson of Adegoke Adelabu, to run for Governor come 2019.
The event which took place at Saki-Parapo City Hall, Saki OKE-OGUN on Satuday 21st of April 2018 was attended by numerous indigenes and residents of Oke-Ogun cut across all towns in the zones which include Saki, Iseyin, Igboho, Kishi, Tede, Gbopa, Ago Amodu, Sepeteri, Ipapo, Ofiki, Olaka etc.

Speaking at the event, Hon Moradesa Sunday described Bayo Adelabu as the most qualified person to paddle the affairs of Oyo State after Governor Abiola Ajimobi. He described Adelabu as a brilliant man blessed with a lot of experiences referencing to his engagements in both private and public sectors. He cited numerous economic and infrastructural developments Adelabu has brought to Oyo State and therefore urged people of Oke-Ogun to support him come 2019.

In his own remark, Michael Ogunsola who hails from Saki-West Local Government and also the President of Federation of Oyo State Students' Union (FOSSU) at The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic attested that Adelabu is a lover of education at all levels. Ogunsola buttressed that Adelabu, through his foundation (BAF), recently disbursed over #20 million bursary and scholarships to Oyo State indigenes across notable institutions in Nigeria where Oke-Ogun indigenes benefitted bountifully.

In his own attestation, Mr Isiaka Jaba commended OOPA for the programme as he described calling Adelabu for the state number one seat as putting a round peg in a round hole. He made it known that, despite not currently holding any political office, Adelabu provided a standard borehole for the people of Saki-Toro which permanently solved water problem in that locality where he (Jaba) comes from at Saki West local government, he also made mention of his many projects and programs aimed at improving the lives of the physically challenged people in the Oke-Ogun zones.

Several other attestation and appraisal were delivered at the event by various groups and individuals from the zone where they all declared their support for Adelabu and urged him to adhere to the call without hesitation for the betterment of Oke-Ogun and Oyo state at large. They even went as far as vowing to pay for his nomination form whenever the day arises for him to purchase the governorship candidature form.

The events came to a ceremonious end after so many other outpour of their profound gratitude towards Oloye Adebayo Adelabu and the continued emphasis on the imperatives of the call to serve his fatherland. They concluded that Oloye Adebayo Adelabu through his organization; Bayo Adelabu Foundation had done so much for their people, that he is very highly deserving and merit the role of the chief orchestra in moving Oyo State to its rightful destination as the nation's pacesetter and it is only proper for them to push all their weights behind him.

Also at the event were:
*Alhaji Hammed Ayila
*Alhaji Balake Alawiye
*Chief Mayor Balogun
*Mr T. O. Adetoro
*Alhaja Khuburat Adijat
*Mrs Bimpe Abe
*Mr Dodomi Ishola
etc.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Bayo Adelabu Gives #20m Bursary and Scholarship to Oyo State Students


It was an educative, entertaining and cash rewarding event at Bayo Adelabu Foundation Hall, Jericho, Ibadan on April 1, 2018 where a large crowd gathered to witness the  ground storming event. Many cynics and Thomases would be forgiven for thinking it was an April Fools prank event because many doubted the possibility of dolling such humongous amount of money to such a large crowd within a day. Quite unbelievably it was a reality and now a thing of the past.

The Agbaakin Parakoyi of Ibadanland himself, Oloye Adebayo Adelabu, was on hand to make possible this huge task of bursary disbursement to over 800 pupils of various institutions. He exercised so much aura, and complete control of the event which marvelled the onlookers.

A man of sincere philanthropy, conscious of the need of his people, the bravery to avoid keeping them waiting a minute longer and within the short period of arrangement, he made the program a reality. It was Eli Broad who commented that 'Charity is just writing cheques and not being engaged. Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven't been done before'. He was indeed a man of the people and of his words.

The Essay competition stole the headlines for the brilliant participants and the high level of intellectual prowess displayed by all the competitors. The root cause plummeting our economy, associated challenges and unbiased remarks were unlocked, the rots in the system were exclusively elaborated upon and the pragmatic approach to providing lasting solutions were ably pontificated. The essay itself served as a basis for careful research and analysis bothering on inclusive governance in the whole of Oyo state, titled: Achieving Inclusive Development through Government Policy, Programs and Institutions. Quite enlightening, you will remark. Jamiu Idowu, a 500 level student of the Great Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, went home with the star prize of #100,000 while the second and third prizes went to Asudemade Habeebullah and Adeniran Mutolyb Adekola who are both students of the University of Ibadan and they both went home with #75,000 and #50,000 respectively.




There was also the scholarship awards of #50,000 each given out to10 indigenous first class students of Oyo State and you can bet, there was joy and admirations written all over the faces of the recipients.



The event was then capped with beautiful musical performances, motivational talk and talent showcase within the students present. Oyo state have never seen anything like this, many philanthropists anticipate this class act but they are merely mouth actions as they never witness the light of the day.

On behalf of Oyo state students, we therefore express our sincere gratitude to Oloye Adebayo Adelabu for his profound gesture towards the students of the state and like Jonas Salk expressed that 'the reward for work weldone is the opportunity to do more' and we'll certainly do so to offer him the big opportunity in Oyo State come 2019.

OAU Student Wins Bayo Adelabu Essay Competition


It was an educative, entertaining and cash rewarding event at Bayo Adelabu Foundation Hall, Jericho, Ibadan on April 1, 2018 where a large crowd gathered to witness the  ground storming event. Many cynics and Thomases would be forgiven for thinking it was an April Fools prank event because many doubted the possibility of dolling such humongous amount of money to such a large crowd within a day. Quite unbelievably it was a reality and now a thing of the past.

The Agbaakin Parakoyi of Ibadanland himself, Oloye Adebayo Adelabu, was on hand to make possible this huge task of bursary disbursement to over 800 pupils of various institutions. He exercised so much aura, and complete control of the event which marvelled the onlookers.

A man of sincere philanthropy, conscious of the need of his people, the bravery to avoid keeping them waiting a minute longer and within the short period of arrangement, he made the program a reality. It was Eli Broad who commented that 'Charity is just writing cheques and not being engaged. Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven't been done before'. He was indeed a man of the people and of his words.

The Essay competition stole the headlines for the brilliant participants and the high level of intellectual prowess displayed by all the competitors. The root cause plummeting our economy, associated challenges and unbiased remarks were unlocked, the rots in the system were exclusively elaborated upon and the pragmatic approach to providing lasting solutions were ably pontificated. The essay itself served as a basis for careful research and analysis bothering on inclusive governance in the whole of Oyo state, titled: Achieving Inclusive Development through Government Policy, Programs and Institutions. Quite enlightening, you will remark. Jamiu Idowu, a 500 level student of the Great Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, went home with the star prize of #100,000 while the second and third prizes went to Asudemade Habeebullah and Adeniran Mutolyb Adekola who are both students of the University of Ibadan and they both went home with #75,000 and #50,000 respectively.




There was also the scholarship awards of #50,000 each given out to10 indigenous first class students of Oyo State and you can bet, there was joy and admirations written all over the faces of the recipients.



The event was then capped with beautiful musical performances, motivational talk and talent showcase within the students present. Oyo state have never seen anything like this, many philanthropists anticipate this class act but they are merely mouth actions as they never witness the light of the day.

On behalf of Oyo state students, we therefore express our sincere gratitude to Oloye Adebayo Adelabu for his profound gesture towards the students of the state and like Jonas Salk expressed that 'the reward for work weldone is the opportunity to do more' and we'll certainly do so to offer him the big opportunity in Oyo State come 2019.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Download 'Son of Distephano' by Qaniola (SOD)


Home boy Qaniola is dropping it like it's hot with his hood and club banger episode 'Son of Distephano', the Legendary Real Madrid footballer. It speaks about the street and what he has up his sleeves for the hood. He's definitely full of talent and has more to offer the music industry. You need to listen to the track and I'm certain you'll love it, every moment of it.

Download Here

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Getting New or Older? - By Awelewa Stanley

The answer lies in the Upgrade Paradox: Version 2 is always both older and newer than Version 1.

In past times, before regular upgrades, a product or a person would simply get older. Each year, whether you liked it or not, you’d age by another year.

Today, with regular upgrades, the latest version of Adidas or Apple or Adele is newer than last year’s, even though the brand is older. “Our children are our elders in universe time.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

When we think in earth time, we thing of things getting older. When we think in universe time, we thing of things getting more advanced. Bucky meant that as our children are born into a universe more advanced than the one we were born into, they are already advanced versions of ourselves.

In today's fast changing times, the beauty is that you can continue to upgrade yourself to become newer each year.

We live with a body that we can maintain, and a mind that we can upgrade. For your 2017 upgrade:

What are the best parts you choose to keep?
Which are the parts you choose to take out?
Which are the parts you choose to add?

Upgrading yourself is a conscious choice - which automatically leads to a newer you. By upgrading yourself, the 2017 version of you is newer and more advanced than the 2016 version of you.
And the opposite is also true. By failing to upgrade yourself, you’re simply choosing to step in to a new year and a new universe equipped with the old version of you, built for another time.

So if you haven’t already undergone a full system upgrade for the year ahead, do it now! Become the wise child of your past self. “We turn not older with years but newer every day.” ~Emily Dickinson

Credit: Roger James Hamilton

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Man who will be our Next Governor: The Philosophical Lens. Part 1 - By Isiaka Kehinde

 Competence should be qualification for authority. The ruler should be he who has peculiar ability to fulfill that function. - Plato.

Incidentally, those people whose names crest the list of aspirants for the governorship position under PDP in Oyo state are all familiar to me like duck to water. They are all my brothers and leaders. And truth be told,  this is one time that my emotional intelligence can not suffice to narrow down my selective disposition. However,  I need no crystal ball to know that not all of them have what it takes to lead the state out of its present statis position, hence, their best, saying some of them, may not be good enough. I kid you not, if we fail in our search, we are all going to be victims. 

It may not be as clear as bright day devoid of wild south wind to point out who the next governor will be, let's leave that to Providence. However, it is rational to identify those who can only end their aspiration inside the comfort of their living  rooms. The saying by Eugone Wares that "fortune favours who dares" does not apply in politics. It is a matter of self-interest to some people. Can you blame them? Self interest, as Eric Beinhocker, the author of "Origin of wealth" says, "is every individual's inalienable right". Thank God that in democracy, self interest not backed by people's nod, is a forlorn hope . 

Foremost, we need to jettison sentiments and put on our thinking caps and in the words of President Trump "think big, dream bigger". As he aptly said "we would no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action. The time for empty talk is over".

We, to get the desired result, must act like platonic realists, who don't just accept anything that has not proved itself or that was merely thrust upon them. To them, the truth of  the statement of the form of  XYZ  can hold only, if we can prove X, prove Y, and prove Z. 

A state is a reflection of the nature of  individuals that it is made of. We don't demand just a prince that is so anointed by a larger than life authority-speaking, political "king". We need a prince who is shrewd enough to have his own mind working full blast unaided. That's the moral  of opening this piece with that memorable quote by Plato.

On the other hand, We demand a level playing field, for the aspirants to show us what they have up their sleeves. As the great Boethius captures it "do not look for violets in purple meadows when fields are blasted by winter winds". The ground must be flat without any banana peels.

We need a man who is only in politics to find his passion who has what in theology of existentialism is called "a deep and abiding commitment of the heart". The era of settling for what is available instead of what is desirable is gone for good, using   Ike Odimegu's voice .

We need a man who is a master of himself, who is not burdened by fears and desires.  As a sage says, "ravenous greed would devour everything and then discover other wants"  .

Integrity matters in our operations.  Without integrity, nothing else matters says Allan Simpson. A leader who in moral value judgement stands like a rock should Top our preference.

The final word and most germane - is he a man of the people? Here, we should place people's interests above party. This is the theory of common perspective. Elections, according to Abraham Lincoln belong to the people. It is their decision. 

What matters are marketability, reliability  and sellability value of whoever ultimately clinch party ticket. People, (the silent majority) not only party leaders determine  elections. Do you have anyone in mind?  Please argue with facts and not friction.

On a final note, Thomas Leslie Jones says that "equation of truth when in the context of communication amongst minds is very complex". The points in this piece represent my personal opinion without being sophistical. If you disagree, you are entitled to form your own opinion.

Watch out for part 2.
Enjoy your weekend folks.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Senator Ladoja in Ethical Dilemma by Alh Isiaka Kehinde

"You must have it in mind that anyone else involved in your decision has a right of their own" - Immanuel Kant.

When I read the passionate appeal made by Engr Seyi Makinde to Senator Ladoja not to exit PDP,  the first thing that crossed my mind was Bernard Joinet,  who said "of all three basic elements of democracy: Liberty, Equality and Dialogue, the most supreme is dialogue". Because, no one can clap with one hand,  I think, OYO State PDP stakeholders should never dream of going for destructionist approach of smothering a party they struggled to rebuild. My take - Senator Ladoja should still hang around so that the party will not hang itself. 

When Senator Markafi led caretaker committee waved it's olive branch to the leaders of PDP who had jumped ship to come back, some people felt, it was a mere contraption of an insipid calm sea which invites sailors to a voyage only to terrify them in the middle of the sail. Has recent unfolding events in PDP not proved those cynics right?

Arguably, before Senator Ladoja would ever conceived the idea of leaving PDP, he must have ruminated over it and found it to be a deep seated pain which he could no longer bear. Every moral being at one time or the other finds himself in this situation of choosing between devil and a deep blue sea. In philosophy, this is called "ethical dilemma".

In the present situation, it is best for Senator lLadoja to take a decision that can gratify his interest, rather, he should consider "common good". He should learn wisdom in the words of utilitarian philosophers that "the moral worth of an action is measured by its usefulness to the generality of the people. He should also read the 33 strategies of war to know that,  "in a battle, your enemies will relish your failures, therefore, use that as a pressure to fight harder". In this case, we all know those lurking around to 'mock" Baba Ladoja should PDP fails to wrestle power from the incumbent.

With the gravitas of his position in the party as a reinforcing element, the high Chief should know that any action he takes can only be ethically right if it does not violates the rights of others. Has he bothered to sample opinions of cross section of his followers if they are willing to move out of PDP? Here again, I will refer our esteemed Osi Olubadan to borrow the counsel of Mark Twain "when you are on the side of the majority, always pause and reflect before you take any action."

At this defining moment, Senator Ladoja should call all the governorship aspirants together in a room and allow them to do a SWOT analysis of themselves to know where they can be properly situated. It will be ludicrous to give ticket to whoever can't win even his immediate constituency. More so, we can only have one person to occupy One seat, no matter how covetous the seat is.

If this attempt ends in a fiasco, he should give room for an open, credible and acceptable primaries where the aspirants will flaunt the cards. In their sleeves and  only he who gets the majority nod grabs the ticket. 
By so doing, he would have been that "great star" in the words of Nietzsche.

Any other step aside the foregoing will be flat out wrong. My candid opinion. God bless you sir.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hope Alive for 100 Victimised Women in Ibadan

By: Initiative Against Gender Discrimination and Female Abuse


Help us keep hope alive, project to empower 100 victimised women (victim of domestic violence and single mothers) in Ibadan to be self-reliant, Ibadan is the largest ancient city in Nigeria, had been the centre of administration of the old western region since the days of the British colonial rule, women shoulder 2/3 of the world's problem and that's why we are giving our nurturing supports to the victimised women to be mentored by experts in diverse fields such as: fashion designing and hair making

Challenge

Ibadan is the largest ancient city in Nigeria, had been the centre of administration of the old western region since the days of the British colonial rule, most of the victims of domestic violence are those that are lacking in vocational training and capacity building if not educated and also early marriage and sexual education are the cause of these problem. Findings have shown that 2/3 of the women in this community, they shoulder the responsibilities of their kids after leaving their abuser.

Solution

Solution hope alive, a project to empower 100 victimised women (victim of domestic violence and single mothers) in ibadan, Nigeria, to be self reliant. Helping victims of circumstances with poor or no orientation about choices they have in the diversification created by life's opportunities i e they would be mentored and trained by experts in diverse fields, vocational training such as hair making, fashion designing, craft/design, ICT, etc.

Long-Term Impact

This project will bring the women out of the stagnation caused by abuse for both young and old, this also gives an idea to prolonged economic advancement for the community by pruning unemployment rate in the city by half as each of the participants will train another over 200 and will help the community in capacity building to achieve sustainable development and to end Domestic Violence in our society. This will also help to them to take care of their kids and well being without any fear.

Resources

http:/​/​www.inagfa.org

Sunday, March 11, 2018

BAYO ADELABU FOUNDATION: ESSAY COMPETITION


Bayo Adelabu through his blossoming NGO, Bayo Adelabu Foundation, BAF has announced the call for entries for the 2018 edition of its annual Essay competition. The winners of the competition will be announced and awarded at the Bayo Adelabu Easter Party with Students of Tertiary Instititutions which is  scheduled to hold at Bayo Adelabu Foundation's House, Jericho Area, lbadan on Sunday, 01 April 2019.

The essay competition which is organised exclusively for students of Oyo State origin is part of Bayo Adelabu Foundation's Educational initiative to promote reading culture and encourage socio-political awareness and intellectual development amongst students of public higher institutions in Oyo State, Nigeria.

The founder of  BAF, Adebayo Adelabu 'Penkelemesi', who announced the call for entries said the Essay Competition will provide an opportunity for the progressive students across the institutions in Oyo state to contribute their quota, and also to  offer a workable model to revamp and sustain the current transformation going on in Oyo state. This will also enhance sustainable development, accountability and inclusiveness in all facets of governance through strong policy, institutions and programs.

Strong Policy, programs and Institutions are factors that need to be looked into in achieving inclusive development pointed out above for the benefits of common man and society as a whole.

The topic for the essay is:

*'ACHIEVING INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH GOVERNMENT POLICY, PROGRAMS AND INSTITUTIONS'.*

It should be an essay of about 500-700 words, with 1.5 line space of about 12fonts of Time News Roman.

It should clearly and concisely enumerate the problems limiting overall development in Oyo State, reasons why the few economic breakthrough is not reaching the common man, identifying the possible way out of this dilemma, using the government, businesses and individuals as the basis of analysis.

*ELIGIBILITY: OPEN ONLY TO STUDENTS OF PUBLIC HIGHER INSTITUTIONS.*

*Deadline: 22nd March, 2018*

All entries should be sent by email to: essaybaf@gmail.com

For Enquiries: 08022042254, 08038237429

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