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The countdown has begun to the most anticipated and insightful learning experience at the Runway Jazz 2017 Music and Business Masterclass, taking place on April 29, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos, Nigeria.  The Masterclass is a prelude to the Runway Jazz Concert, a special celebration of the International Jazz Day. 

Powered by UBA, the Music and Business Masterclass is being facilitated by George W. Russell Jr, Professor and Chair of the Harmony Department at Berklee College of Music, California (the most prestigious music institution in the world), which has produced Grammy award winners Quincy Jones, Lalah Hathaway, Nick Baxter, as well as Nigerian talent like Tiwa Savage and Kaline Akinkugbe to mention but a few. 

The Runway Jazz 2017 Music and Business Masterclass is open to individuals, groups, record labels, established and emerging musicians as well as students of music. It will seminar and open up dialogue that will encourage talented musicians and lovers of music to enhance their abilities and turn their gifts into profitable ventures. 

"The education is key as it enables the fulfilment of UNESCO's mandate to encourage peaceful relations and foster the education, participation and creation of unity through the celebration of Jazz Music", says the convener, Afolabi Oke. 

Professor George Russell holds many accolades and is the recipient of the highest award that Berklee gives to faculty, the Most Distinguished Faculty Award. Russell served as a Professor of Harmony and Piano, prior to becoming Chair.  He holds the Ted Pease Award for Excellence in Teaching, along with the Curriculum Development Award for the Writing Division at the Berklee College of Music. 

Najee, a Grammy Award winner and American saxophonist, who will be headlining the Runway Jazz Concert on April 30, will join the Professor to facilitate this unique and inspiring Masterclass.

Speaking about the event, Professor Russell says, "Many people understand, or think they understand music, some understand business, but there is a Business of Music that when you get the formula right, will open doors that you never even knew were there in the first place". 

This Masterclass is a result of a strategic partnership with Berklee College of Music and Runway Jazz, partnered by the United Bank for Africa. It will allow participants get a better understanding of the access to scholarship opportunities at Berklee College as they learn how to turn their talent and passion into business opportunites. It promises to be interactive, fun, instructive and inspiring. 

To register for the Masterclass, visit For group bookings and discounts, call 08180694465 or email

An aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola who was attacked at the burial of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke on Monday, Hon Idiat Babalola, on Tuesday said her attackers picked on her simply over unfounded rumors that she wants to be Deputy Governor after the current tenure of the governor.

Babalola, who was attacked shortly after arriving the venue of the burial, said she sensed trouble when some of the hoodlums started to make utterances which suggested that her rumored deputy governorship ambition was to checkmate the governorship ambition of the late Senator, who had openly declared his intention to succeed Governor Aregbesola.
Explaining further, Babalola, who served in the last cabinet as Special Adviser to the Governor on Federal Matters, said her attackers could not have been acting over anything against Governor Aregbesola but simply on the local politics of Ede, where she also hails from just as the late Senator Adeleke.
“I am a proud daughter of Ede and Uncle Isiaka has been a mentor and we never had any disagreement till the news of his death was broken to me while in Lagos on Sunday morning. I was heartbroken and immediately cut all my other engagements and came down to Ede from Lagos.
“We worked together with Uncle for the re-election of Governor Aregbesola in 2014 and for his own election into the Senate in 2015.

“Those who masterminded the attacks on me are people with poor understanding of the relationship between us and who act based on their own political permutations only,” Babalola said .

She explained that she was at the burial in company with her father, Chief SOB Babalola, a prominent industrialist who is also a friend to the late father of now late Senator Adeleke.

“Not long after we sat down for the prayers, I sensed some hoodlums saying some things like I wanting to be deputy governor while Uncle (Senator Adeleke) has declared his ambition to be governor from the same Ede. I heard them talking about the new caretaker committee members being more of my loyalists than those of Senator Adeleke.

And before we knew it, they grew more daring and unruly and brought down the canopy on the dignitaries present. It was the most unruly and irresponsible act I have seen in our land in history,” Babalola said

She said it was unfortunate that the unruly behaviors of the miscreants robbed a prominent son of Ede, the state burial that he deserved and which state government planned for him.

“That cannot be the best way to honour he memory of Uncle Adeleke. Senator Adeleke was a man of his people; a lover of peace and a political associate of Governor Aregbesola. Senator Adeleke could not have countenanced such misconduct in his lifetime,” she added.

She said there is no reason for the people of Ede, in spite of their political differences, to have any misgiving against Aregbesola saying that the city has benefitted immensely under the Aregbesola administration.

She said with Ede being a beneficiary of the some of the best schools, roads, industrialization, youth employment and others, the city owes the administration appreciation.

Babalola expressed appreciation to Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, whom she said dropped the honour of being a governor to practically engage the hoodlums not to carry out their more dastardly plots

A Lagos School teacher has been murdered by her husband in Lagos.

Mrs. Titilayo Shodipo, who was allegedly killed by her husband, was three months pregnant, neighbours have said.

It was learnt that after the police locked up the house of the couple shortly after the incident on Monday, their four children were left stranded.

They reportedly slept in the open air.

It was reported that Titilayo and her husband, Omolaja, had been married for over seven years and had four children together.

It was reported that the relationship was fraught with disagreements, which often resulted in fights.

Titilayo, who was said to be a choir mistress at a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, however, refused to quit the marriage.

Residents stated that on Monday, there was another disagreement between the couple, during which her husband stabbed her with a sharp object.

Neighbours, who visited the scene, were said to have found her remains and alerted policemen from the Owutu division, who removed the corpse.

It was gathered on Tuesday that Titilayo, who came from the Republic of Benin, was pregnant with another baby when she was killed.

A resident said, “She was three months pregnant at the time of the incident. Her mother, who kept lamenting the incident, also confirmed it when she came to the scene. The unfortunate part of the story was that after the police removed the corpse and locked up their house, their four children had nowhere to go. They slept outside in the open. The eldest of them is just five-year-old; others are four, three and two years. ”

The resident, who did not want to be identified, asked the Lagos State Government to take charge of the children.

Omolaja, an indigene of Ogun State, had yet to be apprehended.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said it was normal for the police to cordon off crime scenes, adding that it was unfortunate that the children were affected.

He promised to brief newsmen on the update of the case after speaking with the Owutu Divisional Police Officer.

He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.


Another set of Nigerians, 253 in number, voluntarily returned from Libya, on Tuesday, aboard a chartered Airbus A330-200  with registration number 5A-LAT operated by Libya Airlines

 The aircraft landed about 6.45 pm at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The returnees were made up of of 102 males, 140 females, six children and five infants.
They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian embassy in Libya.

The returnees were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Protection of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Addressing newsmen, Dr Onimode Bandele, Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, said two of the returnees had medical issues.

Onimode while speaking, Sai d :”Let’s thank God that these ones have returned safely because Libya is not what it used to be. As a government, our advice is that young Nigerians should strive to work hard and tap into vast opportunities available in the country instead of seeking greener pastures elsewhere. “

According to Onimode, some state governments had initiated various programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees back into the society even as he promised that NEMA would continue to work with IOM to bring back Nigerians who are willing to return, adding that the programme was continuous.

Speaking to newsmen, the returnee (names withheld) who suffered the severe burns on her face, said she arrived Libya in February after making a payment of N300, 000 to her traffickers.

The returnee said she suffered the injury while working for her “madam” who only went to dump her at the hospital where she had been abandoned.

She,  therefore appealed to the government for assistance to carry out a reconstructive surgery on her face in order for her life to return to normalcy.