Tuesday, March 20, 2018

House of Representatives Aspirant, Asiwaju Abayomi Oke Releases Profile

Abayomi Isola Oke was born on November 28th 1985 in Ogun State, Nigeria. He attended primary and Secondary schools in Ota before proceeding to Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and Allover Central Polytechnic, Ota for his Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma respectively.
As a student, he was involved with campus politics in his drive to see that student welfare and interests are protected. He was the General Secretary of the Student Union Government of Osun State Polytechnic during his OND programme as well as the pioneer president of NABAMS of Allover Central Polytechnic. 
As part of his duty during the mandatory NYSC, he was a subject teacher at Isunjaba Comprehensive High School, Imo State as well as the staff adviser of the school press club. He coordinated Community Development Service in Environmental Sanitation in Isu Local Government. He served as the General Secretary of Nigerian Christian Corpers' Fellowship in his LG. 
A former banker, he worked with the then BankPHB (Now Keystone Bank) where he was responsible for sensitive and important functions like cheque printing, cheque maintenance as well as the helpdesk of the operational hub of the bank. His commitment on the job attracted award of the Best Staff of the month and also nominations in other categories.
After the stint with banking, Oke set up his company, Novent concept which is an agency in the business of film making, model training, events planning, shows promotion etc.
Novent has over the years organized trainings for those in the world of media and entertainment in Ota and environs, organized the first ever Fashion show in Ota that is also the biggest in Ogun State; talent, artists, comedians and models promotion etc.
Recently, Novent Concept organized and successfully held the Life is Eazi concert in Ota where Mr Eazi, Small Doctor amongst other artists performed to a sold out crowd, it was the first in Ota.
An actor, filmmaker, TV presenter, compere, public speaker, model trainer, Asiwaju (as he is popularly called) is also the founder of De CHAMPS, a gathering of youths from every part of the country who are mentored into becoming good ambassadors of this country.
The annual Youth Leaders Forum in Sango Ota organized by De CHAMPS brings together youths from diverse cultures and background to discuss and deliberate on issues facing the youths and how to succeed. The event which is in its 4th year has attracted youths who have gone on to become a success in their various fields.
Oke is also a member of Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI) and has spoken at over 50 events in the last 12 months about talents promotion, skill development, leadership and communication skill.
He was instrumental to bringing Google to Ota to train youths on digital skills and the ever changing and dynamic world of the social media management and use.
A recipient of various awards right from his school days to his former place of work as well as his church where he is a dedicated worker and head of the media and publicity arm.
Asiwaju is married to Olamide Oke and they are blessed with wonderful children.

Abayomi Oke (Asiwaju) to run under Accord Party

Abayomi Oke popularly called  Asiwaju on Friday 16th March 2018 finally declared his intention to run for House of Representatives under the umbrella of the Accord Party at a press conference held at Celebration Hall, Ijoko Rd. Ota, Ogun State. The press conference was well attended by representatives of several media houses.
Accord Party members were lead to press conference by the Assistant State Secretary; Comrade Opakunle Oyetunji, the Senatorial Chairman; Elder Ola Olugbenga, Local Government Chairman; Hon. Oluade Ayotunde and other party faithfuls.
After taking the opening prayer and the National Anthem Asiwaju delved into the declaration of his intentions. In his words
“I am Abayomi Oke but I prefer to be called Asiwaju, on February 5th 2018 we intimated the people of Ado-Odo Ota Federal Constituency of our ambition to represent them in the National Assembly. The message was streamed on all our social media platforms, the feedback we got was people asking the platform on which we intend to run to which we responded that ‘getting to know the candidate is our primary aim at the moment’.
On Tuesday 13th 2018 the Asiwaju campaign team led by the aspirant; Asiwaju Abayomi Oke, was at the party secretariat to submit our letter of intent and to intimate the party leadership of our ambition. We were well received, the party leadership and our team discussed at length and we are glad to announce ‘we are in One Accord’. We will be contesting the next House of Representatives election in 2019 on the platform of Accord Party.
We remain resolute and audacious and we have a party that shares our audacity and resolution to save our people. On this note I will like to say God bless Ado-Odo Ota Federal Constituency, God bless Ogun State, God bless Nigeria and God bless our great party ACCORD.”
The aspirant after his declaration fielded questions from various pressmen present to which he favorably provided answers to.
The Accord Party Senatorial Chairman who spoke on behalf of other executives stated his happiness and total support for Asiwaju and enjoined others to join in the party and also support the aspirant. Prayers were said in earnest for the aspirant and an appeal to support him all the way.
With this declaration done the Asiwaju Campaign Team tagged ‘ACT 2019’ stated their readiness to begin serious engagement of the entire people of Ado-Odo/Ota federal constituency.  

Monday, February 12, 2018


Friday 9th February 2018 was the date, Ogun State Recreation Centre along Ilo-Awela Rd, Ota was the convergence point where photographers within and around Ota met.

They gathered for the purpose of telling the Ota story through their lenses bringing their individual perspectives to bear in their quest to project the culture and lifestyle of the people.

About twenty (20) photographers came together on this unique project, a first of its kind in Ota; also joining on the project were bloggers who are equally enthusiastic about community news and its development.  It was indeed an opportunity for networking and sharing of ideas.  The warm reception and friendly attitude shown by members of the community further boosted the moral of the photographers.

The photowalk tagged FOCAL POINT “Ota in Pics 1.0” was an initiative of Cynthia Njoku of CyAN Concepts, a renowned photographer, photoartist and a photojournalist (with Ota ‘n’ Environs Magazine) and proudly supported by the Management of Ota ‘n’ Environs Magazine.

N.B: Special thanks to the Executive Chairman Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Hon. Prince Oladele Adeniji, the Vice Chairman Hon. Rotimi Ojugbele and the MD/CEO D’Czars Hotel and Suites Alhaji Salman Kassim for their support.

See pictures below:

Monday, January 29, 2018


Speakers Connect is an initiative of Bolaji Femi a renowned public speaker, trainer and entrepreneur of repute. The idea was to create a hub for existing and budding speakers to network, share knowledge and become better at what they do. It is this idea that birthed the Speakers Academy which held her maiden edition between 4th & 5th January 2018. The launch of the Speakers Academy is to teach those exploring a career in professional speaking (people who want to turn their passion for Speaking into a full-time profession). 
The first edition was a huge success, over fifteen (15) participants registered and attended several  intensive labs,  a deep-dive on speaking business, marketing, eloquence, ethics and other  topics that helps professional speakers grow their business and perfect their speaking craft.
The impact of the Speakers Academy can only be explained through the overwhelming request received by the association from people who are either willing to join Speakers Connect (which has become the umbrella body for public speakers) or ready to attend the next edition of the Speakers Academy which comes up in the 2nd quarter of the year 2018. Details of the next Academy will be made available in due course.
Below are pictures from the 1st edition of The Speakers Academy.    

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Telling the Ota Story with Pictures

FOCAL POINT is an initiative of CyAN Concepts –a brand identity of Cynthia Njoku, an Ota based Photographer and Photoartist of international repute, with the collaborative effort of Ota’n’Environs Magazine -a community-based magazine with a knack for authentic news dissemination and community development. Having been into photography for a while now, I’ve been privileged to attend a few gatherings outside of Ota such as:
* Unabashed Africa -Abeokuta a photowalk organized by Bayo Omoboriowo (official photographer to President Muhammed Buhari),
* Slum2School Initiative organized by Otto Orondaam consisting a photowalk with  other reputable photographers telling the stories from the slum and  interaction with children from Makoko area of Lagos,
 Canon Street Photography Workshop which included a photowalk to designated parts of Lagos Island –put together by Canon MEA in conjunction with African Artists Foundation, Victoria Island.

Also, in my experience working with a media outfit; Ota’n’Environs Magazine, both as official photographer and columnist, I have come to understand the place of photography in Public Relations and as a tool for social re-engineering and community development.

Many occasions in my photography journey outside of Ota I have come across photographers who also live in Ota but operate outside and after exchange of pleasantries, I do get some few reactions when I introduce myself as coming from Ota. Reactions such as “so you’re from Ota! Wow! I used to think it was only point-and-shoot photographers we have in Ota”. “Are there really other contemporary photographers in Ota?”

I have equally had the privilege to do some solo photo walk in Ota mostly as a result of my journalistic adventures and out of sheer passion, what I see is quite inspiring and calls for more organized effort from other professionals. I believe we can tell the Ota story through our different lenses, capture moments and showcase it to the world.    

Hence FOCAL POINT birthed to bring together photographers within Ota and its environs. You will agree with me that “no man is an island”, I believe that our coming together will avail us opportunity to share and learn from one another.

This photowalk is open to all photographers who wish to join us as we walk and capture impressive moments to tell the Ota story.

Participation details:
Send an email indicating interest and availability for the walk with the caption “Focal Point” to cyanconceptsphoto@gmail.com and otanenvirons@gmail.com
Follow @cyan_concepts on Instagram.
Phone number: 08093588423

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


All is now set for the finale of the well anticipated talent hunt competition; Diva of the Moment 2017. The event will feature different display of talents from the top ten finalists that came through after a rigorous and competitive selection process that includes online voting and talent challenge screening.     
The C.E.O of Grooves Events Center Mr. Uchenna Okeke disclosed to our correspondent yesterday that they are leaving no stones unturned in hosting an ‘A-list event’ that will change the face of events and entertainment in Ota. ‘’ This is an opportunity to further showcase Ota to the world and we are set to put up a standard event suitable as a good TV content as we will be having Planet TV and other reputable media houses to cover the event’’ Mr Uchenna added. He implores all fun seekers and fun loving individuals to come along and let’s turn up together. He also assures that maximum security arrangement will be put in place. Our crew who were on ground can confirm that Grooves Events Center is already wearing new looks with a lot of facelift going in preparation for this anticipated event.  
Celebrities expected to grace the event include two Nollywood superstars Mercy Aigbe Gentry and Nkechi Blessing Sunday.
The event will be heralded with a welcome reception party on Friday 22nd December while the grand finale is slated for Saturday 23rd December 2017 at the same venue. Please note that this event is strictly by reservation
Find below the details of the reservation. Learn more about the event on www.divaofthemoment.com