Sports News: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Hospitality Packages Set to Go on Sale in Nigeria

MATCH Hospitality has today confirmed that leading sports management and marketing agency, Integral (, has been appointed as its Sales Agent in Nigeria for the sale of the Official Hospitality Programme of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

MATCH Hospitality is the global rights holder and the only company appointed by FIFA to exclusively promote and sell, either directly or via a network of sales agents, official commercial hospitality packages for the FIFA World Cup 2022™, including guaranteed match tickets. MATCH Hospitality has successfully operated the FIFA Commercial Hospitality Programmes for the previous three editions of the FIFA World Cup™ and FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, Brazil and Russia, and of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Germany, Canada and, most recently, France.

JAIME BYROM, Executive Chairman of MATCH Hospitality, said: “Qatar promises to deliver an amazing tournament that will capitalise on its principal attributes; the close proximity of its eight venues which are all located in or within short driving distance of Doha, and a fascinating region with unique attractions, spectacular state-of-the-art stadiums, and traditional Arabic hospitality. MATCH Hospitality strongly believes in the unique potential of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Hospitality Programme and in our ability to deliver truly ground-breaking and unprecedented sales globally. Our Sales Agents will be key to our success, and I am delighted to announce our decision to continue our long-standing collaboration with Integral in an exciting new chapter in our long-standing relationship.

Integral is honoured to act as the Exclusive Sales Agent for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Hospitality Programme in Nigeria

I have no doubt that Integral will help deliver the best possible results for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and open the door to a Nigerian market ready for the extraordinary experiences promised by what will be an exceptional FIFA World Cup.”

DEOLU LAMIKANRA, Associate Director at Integral and Chief Revenue Officer added: “Integral is honoured to act as the Exclusive Sales Agent for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Hospitality Programme in Nigeria. Thanks to this agreement, our company will bring this territory a lot closer to the most coveted football competition in the world, offering fans a unique opportunity to purchase ticket-inclusive hospitality packages for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”

Integral will also offer various services in conjunction with the hospitality packages, including flights, accommodation, end-to-end transportation and social experiences unique to this edition of the FIFA World Cup™.

MICHAEL KELLY, Chief Revenue Officer of MATCH Hospitality, said: “As part of our global tender process launched in February 2020, we have received proposals from most of the key territories from where we anticipate high demand for the Official Hospitality Programme for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.  We have been most encouraged by the remarkable global response, which has further cemented our belief that despite the unprecedented events of recent months, there remains unwavering enthusiasm and interest in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Hospitality Programme. Nigeria represents an important territory within our overall strategic sales operations for the FIFA Hospitality Programme and, working in partnership with Integral, we are extremely optimistic about its sales potential.”

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FESPACO 2021: One of Africa’s Biggest Film Festival is back!

The African film festival, FESPACO, is back this year after the pandemic, the lockdowns of the past year and a half, and an 8-months delay (the biennial event was originally scheduled for February 27 – March 6, but had to be postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic). It is back in Ouagadougou amidst the health situation and also the security issues that have surfaced in the Sahel region, and particularly in Burkina Faso, in the past few years.

The Festival Panafricain du cinema et de la television de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) is the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, which happens to be the largest African film festival. It is held biennially in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. First established in 1969, and boasting some of Africa’s greatest writers and filmmakers (like Ousmane Sembene), the FESPACO offers a chance for African filmmakers and professionals to showcase their work, exchange ideas, and meet other filmmakers, and sponsors.

This year’s FESPACO started on October 16th and will end on October 23rd. It promises to be great with filmmakers from around the continent coming to Ouagadougou to celebrate African cinema. After over a year of confinement, with life and particularly travel almost coming to a grinding stop, the festival promises to bring some much-needed entertainment and joy.

Golden Stallion of Yennenga
The Golden Stallion of Yennenga

Over 200 films made by Africans and mainly produced in Africa have been selected for the week-long event. The official selection will see 17 feature-length films compete for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.

Among them is Burkinabe Boubacar Diallo’s comedy Les Trois Lascars (The Three Lascars), Chadian Mahamat Saleh Haroun with Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the sacred links), Congolese Dieudo Hamadi with documentary En route pour le milliard (On the road for the billion), Ivorian Philippe Lacôte with his much appreciated La nuit des rois (The night of the kings), Senegalese Aissa Maiga with Marcher sur l’eau (Walking on water), Algerian Hassane Mezine with Fanon hier, aujourd’hui (Fanon yesterday, today), Tunisian Leyla Bouziz with Une histoire d’amour et de desir (a story of love and desire), Cameroonian Narcisse Wandji with Bendskins (Moto-taxis), Namibian  Desiree Kahikopo-Meiffret with The White Line, Tanzanian Ekwa Msangi with Farewell Amor, …  It will be impossible to list here all that the festival has to offer, but know that it is quite extensive and everybody will have its fill. Enjoy FESPACO 2021!!!


Written by DR.Y

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Jubilation As Fiditi Gets New King After 13 Years of Yearning

It was a celebration moment for the people of Fiditi town in Oyo State as they welcome a new king to fill the vacant stool after 13 years.  The historic event started with the presentation of staff of office to the newly installed Oba Oyelere Oyewole Sakirudeen as the Onifiditi of Fiditi by the Oyo State Government, amidst jubilation by his people at the Afijio Local Government Secretariat, Jobele , Oyo State.

Speaking during the event, the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has described the process leading to the installation as legal and historic because customs, traditions were taken to consideration

The governor, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Bashiru Olanrewaju, appreciated the importance of the critical role of a good ruler in the attainment of peace and prosperity, adding that “it is our determination to amicably resolve all disputes capable of inhibiting the state’s march from poverty to prosperity.”

Oba Oyelere Oyewole Sakirudeen as the Onifiditi of Fiditi

Makinde urged the king to see his installation as a call to service, adding that “as the Oba of Fiditi town, you should appropriately consult with other traditional rulers in Afijio to take an objective decision in approving appointments into the minor chieftaincies by those customarily and legally entitled to make such appointments. In a similar vein, your highness should try to understand the customary and statutory laws guiding your roles and be painstaking in embarking on activities that would complement the efforts of the present administration towards the development of Fiditi, Afijio Local Government, and Oyo State in general.”

In his acceptance speech, Oba Sakirudeen appreciated Governor Makinde for giving the people of Fiditi exactly what they want and have been looking for over a decade, adding that this is a new era in Fiditi as all other things will follow.

“I appreciate the governor, every Fiditi descendant both home and in the diaspora for standing by me, and I urge them all to please come home and develop our town. What is next for Fiditi is development; this is our first approach and because of the love that Fiditi descendants both at home and in the diaspora have been showing me since we started the struggle, I know that they are going to support me in developing Fiditi,” the new king stated.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Afijio Local Government Area, Sunday Akindele Ojo, stated that “I am one of the happiest people concerning today’s programme, I use this opportunity to thank our amiable governor, Engr Seyi Makinde for this big job he has done for us. We thank him and pray that God will continue to strengthen him. T

he stool that has been vacant for 13 years has now been filled. I urge our new Oba to accommodate everybody because it should be a case of everybody is a winner and there is no loser, he should try to accommodate everybody for the development of Afijio and Fiditi.”



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ANNOUCNEMENT: U.S.-Africa Energy Forum (USAEF) 2021 Confirms New Dates in December

The first-ever U.S.-Africa Energy Forum 2021 will now take place on December 9-10 (Houston, Texas) to better align with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to event organizers Energy Capital & Power (ECP) (; the two-day summit will serve as the premier platform for connecting U.S. companies and partners to the African energy sector; and has confirmed the attendance of seven African energy ministers; ECP invites media partners, delegates, speakers and sponsors to visit or contact James Chester at to secure their participation.

The highly anticipated U.S.-Africa Energy Forum (USAEF) 2021 – organized by Energy Capital & Power (ECP) and the African Energy Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Committee – will shift its event dates to December 9-10, 2021, as it emerges as the premier platform for bilateral trade and investment.

USAEF 2021 is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic events in African energy history

Serving to connect American investors with African opportunities, USAEF 2021 is a business-to-business forum that will advance an agenda of sustainable investment in petroleum, clean energy, power infrastructure and mineral resource sectors across the continent. New dates have been adopted by event organizers ECP to make the event more accessible to the global, African and local energy community and align with shifting COVID-19 healthy and safety protocols.

“USAEF 2021 is shaping up to be one of the most dynamic events in African energy history, not only granting exclusive access to investment opportunities across the continent, but also engaging with leading U.S. innovators, financiers and renewable developers. We are honored to host this event in the City of Houston, in which progressive leadership and a burgeoning clean-tech industry have established the City has a pivotal player in the global energy transition,” said James Chester, Senior Director at ECP. “A shift in dates to December will enable USAEF 2021 to attract diverse, high-level participation from all of the major energy players and position the African energy sector for a robust 2022 ahead.”

Event organizers have been working closely with the City of Houston, Greater Houston Partnership and Visit Houston to implement COVID-19 protocols and make preparations for the inaugural event, which will take place under the theme, ‘New Horizons for U.S.-Africa Energy Investment.’ Last month, USAEF 2021 confirmed ministerial participation from seven strategic African energy markets, in which ministers will present investment projects and licensing opportunities to U.S. operators, finance firms and service providers.


Confirmed featured speakers include H.E. Gabriel Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea; H.E. Aissatou Sophie Gladima, Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Senegal; Hon. Puot Kang Chol, Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan; Hon. John Munyes, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining of Kenya; Hon. Jadeen Ali Abed Hassan, Minister of Energy and Petroleum of Sudan; Hon. Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Somalia; and the Minister of Energy of Zambia.

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Invest Africa, Standard Chartered Private Bank announce strategic partnership

Invest Africa (, the leading business and investment platform for African markets, and Standard Chartered Private Bank, a leading international private bank for emerging market clients, are pleased to announce a strategic partnership, focused on driving the growth of Standard Chartered’s private banking services across the continent.

We look forward to supporting Standard Chartered Private Bank, as a leading private bank of choice across the Continent

The new collaboration will involve a programme of targeted business development opportunities in key hubs such as London, Dubai and Cape Town to showcase the bank’s expertise and thought-leadership in areas like sustainable investing. Standard Chartered’s relationship managers, investment advisors and product specialists are also able to leverage Invest Africa’s global reach, market intelligence and networking opportunities with fellow members.

Karen Taylor, CEO of Invest Africa said, “In today’s turbulent times, the importance of effective wealth management and succession planning has never been more evident. We look forward to supporting Standard Chartered Private Bank, as a leading private bank of choice across the Continent, to develop its business and find new ways of connecting through our network.”


Demir Avigdor, Managing Director, Market Head, Private Banking, Europe and Africa, Standard Chartered Bank commented, “I’m delighted to announce our partnership with Invest Africa. The relationship shows our commitment to growing our private banking business in Africa and serving our clients in the continent, and supporting the long-term sustainable growth of the region.”

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2nd Edition Journalists’ Hang Out: Ibadan Media To Host Makinde’s CPS, Taiwo Adisa, Seun Okinbaloye, Tolu Akande-Sadipe, Others

All is set for the much anticipated 2nd edition of Journalists Hang Out event, which is scheduled for Thursday, 29th of July, 2021, at the Dapo Aderogba hall, NUJ Secretariat, Iyaganku quarters, Ibadan.

Seun Okinbaloye, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, Taiwo Adisa, Fatai Owoseni, others are expected to be on the panelists for the event, according to the convener, Olalekan Olanrewaju Ola.

Olanrewaju, the CEO/Publisher of Ibadan Media Ltd, however reveals that up to 12 panelist have confirmed their participation in the event.

Some of these panelists are Seun Okinbaloye of Channels TV, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, Member, House of Representatives, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, (Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde), Rtrd. CP. Fatai Owoseni, (S. A. Security to Oyo State Governor), Mr. Taiwo Adisa ,(Chief Press Secretary to Oyo State Governor), Mr. Tunde Olawuwo, (GM Splash 105.5FM), Mr. Tunde Ajayi, (GM BCOS TV), Mr. Ademolu Okuneye, (News Debuty Director, NTA, Ibadan), Comdt. Kunle Togun,(Chairman Amotekun, Oyo State), Mr. Sam Nwaoko, (Chairman NUJ, Tribune Newspaper Chapel), Com. Olayinka Agboola, (Publisher ParrotXtra & SWEGOP Chairman), Com. Samson Akindele, GM Fresh 107.9FM, Abeokuta, Mrs. Jadesola Jadesola Ajibola, (Jamz 100.1FM & NAWOJ Chairperson.)

“The event, which is in partnership with Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, is tagged: Security Colloquium, Tackling Security Challenges in Nigeria: The role of Media – Oyo State in focus, is promised to bring people, especially media practitioners together to give them inspiration about how we can jointly tackle insecurity in Nigeria“, said the convener.

He added that “We want to provoke discussion through the program and raise awareness, which we hope will also provide solutions to the current challenges we are facing in the country, and Oyo State in particular”.

The will be moderated by: Yousuph Adebayo, Head of Station, Agidigbo 88.7FM, Ibadan with Adewunmi Aluko from Premier 93.5FM, FRCN, Ibadan.

Olanrewaju also revealed that, the event, which will starts by 10am will present to all participants the certificate of participation.

“We want impact of the programme to stays in people’s mind forever, the certificate of participation would be given to all the attendees free of charge.”

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Insecurity: Nigeria’s UK envoy meets with Igbo, Yoruba leaders in London

Sarafa Isola, Nigerian high commissioner to the UK, has met with Yoruba leaders and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, in London to dialogue on current security issues in Nigeria.

According to NAN, the meeting which took place on Friday, centered on the efforts of the federal government to tackle insecurity.

The Yoruba and Igbo leaders expressed their belief in the unity of Nigeria and the need to preserve it as a corporate entity.

The Igbo leaders called for equity, justice and fairness in the country, and for the Igbo to be accorded their rightful position in the Nigeria project.

On their part, the Yoruba leaders also spoke on the need for Nigerian unity, adding that the Yoruba people would continue to remain in Nigeria.

They, however, demanded that power should evolve to the various components of the federation through restructuring and federalism.

Both parties also stated the need for dialogue and continuous engagement on matters of concern to all Nigerians, particularly those in the UK

The Yoruba leaders were led to the meeting by Adebayo Oladimeji, a chartered biologist and chairman of Nigerian Elders in the UK.

The Ohanaeze team was led by Nnanna Igwe, president of the group in the UK

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AWIEF Awards 2021: Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Announces Call for Nominations

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) ( opens the nominations for the 2021 annual AWIEF Awards.

Currently in its fifth edition, the prestigious AWIEF Awards recognise, honour, and celebrate women entrepreneurs and business owners in Africa and across various industry sectors for their  achievements and contribution to Africa’s inclusive economic growth and social development.

AWIEF Awards cover emerging and established entrepreneurship in the private and not-for-profit sectors. AWIEF Awards noninees are women who have demonstrated outstanding vision and inspiration and have overcome challenges to make a significant social impact and/or become successful in their businesses in line with AWIEF’s core areas of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and socio-economic development.

Daisy Mmabatho Molefhi, Founder and Vice Chancellor of ABM University College, the oldest private tertiary education institution in Bostwana, and last year’s winner in the category of Lifetime Achievement Award, had this to say, “It was a great honour to receive this award. I want to see many more women holding this trophy. It’s so significant to me, and I want to encourage women out there to enter or nominate someone so that Africa can recognise them.”

Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder and Chief Executive Officer commented: “We have been amazed by the standard of entries over the years. This year we project entries from entrepreneurs who will be addressing some of humanities greatest concerns, especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic challenges. Each entrant is firmly grounded in the reality of the African landscape, presenting practical solutions to address relevant issues. We will continue to identify and bring these women to AWIEF to recognise and celebrate them for their passion and determination in making a difference in their countries and on the continent”.

This year we project entries from entrepreneurs who will be addressing some of humanities greatest concerns

Entries and nominations for the 2021 AWIEF Awards begin on 15 July 2021 and close on 23 August 2021. You can either nominate yourself or be nominated by someone else.

Winners of the 2021 AWIEF Awards will be announced and celebrated at the 7th Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Virtual Conference and Awards hosted on 2-3 December 2021, with the theme ‘Advancing inclusive, resilient and sustainable growth in the post-COVID-19 African economy’.

AWIEF’s prestigious annual event is a platform that sees global thought leaders, industry experts, policymakers, academics, development partners, investors, and the media gather to dialogue, connect, network, share, collaborate and transact in a combined effort to boost Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem for women.

The eight AWIEF Awards categories are:

  • Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Tech Entrepreneur Award
  • Agri Entrepreneur Award
  • Creative Industry Award
  • Empowerment Award
  • Energy Entrepreneur Award
  • Social Entrepreneur Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award


To nominate yourself or someone you know, go to

Click here to listen to the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:

Entries and nominations close on 23 August 2021

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Date for 2021 Eid-el-Kabir announced

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III: clarifies Eid-el-Kabir day

Nigerian Muslims will observe the 2021 Eid-el-Kabir on Tuesday, 20 July, contrary to the earlier expectation it would hold 21 July.

The clarification followed the declaration of today as the first day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH by the Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.

The Eid-el Kabir is usually celebrated ten days after, which is equivalent to 10th of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.

Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto announced this today.

“The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in Conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee on Saturday received reports on the sighting of the crescent of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.

“The Sultan accepted the report and accordingly declared Sunday, July 11, as the first day of Dhul-Hijja 1442AH.

“He felicitates Nigerian Muslim Ummah and wish them Allah’s guidance and blessings,” he said.

The Sultan urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country, while wishing them happy Eid-el-Kabir in advance.

Dhul-Hijja is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.

It is a sacred month in Islam, one in which Muslims perform the Ḥajj (Holy Pilgrimage) as well as observe the Festival of Sacrifice.


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10th Year Heartfelt Remembrance for Engr. Alh. GAZAL  BOLAJI ADEWALE


In loving memory of our father and grandfather,  Engr. Alh. GAZAL  BOLAJI ADEWALE. We can’t believe it is already 10 years since you left us. (July 6, 2011- July 6, 2021)  You were a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather who had a heart of Gold. We miss your radiating and infectious sense of humour.  You will forever and always remain in our heart.

Our respectable father,  Engr. Alh. GAZAL  BOLAJI ADEWALE, We pray to Almighty Allah that may he keep you happy as you used to be. Today on your 10th year remembrance we are praying for your peace and comfort.  We pray to Allah that may he bless you. We hope that you are very well in Jannah as Islamic believers.

May Allah accept you into Aljannat-Firdaous (AMEEN)

May the Grave be a spacious blessing for you.(AMEEN)

May you be honored on the Day of Reckoning.(AMEEN)


Fondly remembered by:

Wife:  Alhaja Wulaimot Oluwatoyin Adewale


Mrs Adenike Adetunji (Nee Adewale) ,Mr. Adewale Adenrele , Mrs. Adejoke Abdulwahab (Nee Adewale), Mr. Adewale Adegoke and Grandchildren.



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