Ogun State Government has presented cash prices ranging from N2 million and 5,000 Dollars to winners in various categories at the just concluded African Drum Festival held in Abeokuta.
The Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun while presenting the cheques to the winners expressed gladness for the successful hosting of the festival, describing drum as a veritable tool and catalyst for the socio-economic development of the state, assuring that the next edition will witness more countries, states and private troupes’ participation.
Dateline: Friday 23 of February, 2018 and the venue was the palace of Olu Itori of Egbaland, while the event of the day was the 14th coronation anniversary of the royal father of the town, Oba Abul- Fatai Akamo.
The ceremony started with a prayer held at the mosque opposite the palace in the town located in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, to give thanks and praises to Allah for sparing his life and guiding him on the throne.
Penpushing report that, the town was agog as the monarch rolled out drums to celebrate his reign on the royal seat. And shortly after the prayers, the worshippers and other guests from within and outside the town moved to entertainment venue, which is the spacious palace.
The reception was colourfully decorated to taste, while on band stand was the famous Islamic singer, popularly called Ere Asalatu, as well as a contracted first class caterer that provided delicious delicacies. It was all wine and dine affairs, while the Oloris were not left out, as they dressed gorgeously and glued to their royal husband.
The famous Yoruba movie actor, Owolabi Ajasa, who commenced his mandatory National Youth Service in Asaya, Kabba town of Kogi State, has just redeployed to Ogun State to complete the one year service
The star actor who graduated from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, after obtaining Higher National Diploma (HND) in Marketing is currently serving at Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State. He is member of Batch B, stream 2 of the exercise
Ajasa has featured in various Yoruba movies, and he is the producer of the hit movie, Owu Funfun, and also the Chairman, Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria(TAMPAN),Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State. He majorly played role of policeman in number of movies
Speaking exclusively with Penpushing, Ajasa, said, his decision to attain higher certificate, was to ensure that, he remained relevant in the society, aside being a movie actor, pointing that, without sound education such fame may go into oblivion at the end of the day
His name is Rilwan Sanusi, a 14 year old and Jss 2 student of Coralreef College, Onikolobo, Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, who through his talent in the comedy world has become a household name across the globe.
The boy is born into a poor family of a taxi driver father, and a petty trader mother, Abeokuta indigenes and resident in Ita-Bayinbo, Ijemo area of the ancient town. Rilwan today has brought fame into the family as a result of his comedy act, while numbers of his stage performances have gone viral on social media.
Penpushing findings showed that, the kid comedian is unique on the field, and also distinguish his talent among his colleagues, with the use of Egba dialect, as his trade mark, to bring smiles into faces of his fans, across Nigeria and beyond.
In an exclusive interview with Penpushing after his show at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Abeokuta, monthly get together for the children, he explained his journey into the comedy world, and how he ensured, the act does not affect his education.
Penpushing further findings also showed that, his talent and skill has equally earned him a scholarship, offered him by a lawyer who watched some of his comedy video clips. He was attending , Nawairdeen Grammar School, a public institution in Abeokuta, before he was moved to a private school, Coralreef College, Abeokuta, with the support of the sponsor.
The kid comedian popularly called, ’Real Joke Omo Egba’, narrated how he started the comedy career, stating that his journey started at age 8, when he was a pupil of Amazon Grace Primary School, in Ita Bayinbo, Abeokuta.
‘I started at age 8 when I was in primary school, and I used to gather my mates to listen to my jokes, and in the course of that, they were enjoying the jokes, and this further propelled me to improve on it, and this has since become part of me’, he said.
Rilman added further that, his choice of using Egba dialect was embraced through one of his teachers, who is into Ewi rendition, and used Egba dialect in the rendition, adding that realizing the uniqueness of the language, he decided to adopt it, as his own style of communication in the comedy industry.
Hear him, ’I started emulating one of my teachers, who is also into Ewi rendition, and uses Egba dialect, which made him unique among others. Having studied this, and the relevance of the dialect, I also adopted it as my official language in cracking jokes’.
The young lad, who expressed optimism to study law, said her parents were not aware of his journey into the comedy, when he started, until when they saw one of his video clips, shown to them by their neighbours.
He said at this stage, the parents were overwhelmed and joyful, and have since being encouraging him, but with a clause that, it should not affect his education, adding that, he is also cautious of the importance of education.
‘My parents were not aware when I ventured into the comedy, until one day, when one of our neghbours showed my video clips on youtube to them, and they became excited, and said they did not believe they can produce a child that, would make the family popular like this’
‘They have since being in support of it, but said I should not let it affect my education, and am also cautious of this, because I want to read to become a lawyer. Infact, one of my fans, a lawyer who watched my performances on youtube located me and offered me a scholarship and changed my school to a privately owned college, and I am currently in Jss 2