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Meet The Okuns, The Most Educated Sub-Ethnic Group In Nigeria With Over 550 Professors

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While the town of Offa in Kwara State has been identified as the single town with the highest number of Professors in Nigeria and Ekiti State acclaimed as the most educated state in the country, the Okun People of Kogi State are arguably the most educated sub-ethnic group in Nigeria.

The Okuns are Yoruba descendants in Kogi state who made up over 20% of the entire population of the state. They are estimated to have a population of about 800,000 people spread across six local government areas, comprising Kabba-Bunu, Yagba-West, Yagba-East, Mopa-Muro, Ìjùmú and Lokoja local government areas .

They can also be found in parts of Ekiti local government of Kwara State and Ikole Local Government of Ekiti State. Apart from eminent Nigerians like late Chief SB Awoniyi, Major General David Jemibewon, Chief Kola Jamodu, Chief Bayo Ojo SAN, Cardinal John Onaiyekan among others who originated from the area, the Okun people also has the highest number of professors per capita in Nigeria with over 550 professors in varied academic fields.Prof.Eyitayo Lambo

Late. Prof Pius Adesanmi Among these professors are over 11 Vice Chancellors AND numerous deputy Vice Chancellors and professors who are first in their fields.

Here are some of them:

  1. Prof Wilson Bode Ayepeku is the first African Professor of Library Science.
  2. Prof Ajayi Seth Sunday is the first African Professor of Wildlife Conservation.
  3. Prof. Olatunji Matthew Kolawole, First Professor of Medical Virology 
  4. Prof Funmilayo Florence Obatoyinbo-Adeyanju is first Nigerian Professor of Sports Management.  
  5. Prof Ade Obayemi, 2nd Nigerian Professor of Archaeology and former MD National Council for Museums.  
  6. Prof Paul Omodare is 2nd Nigerian professor of Neuro-Surgery
  7. Prof Adeniyi Adeoye, Unilorin VC from 1985-1993. 
  8. Prof Emily Alemika, the first female Professor of Law from Kogi. 
  9. Prof Ade John Olorunmaye VC Crown Hill University Ilorin. 
  10. Prof. Charles Korede Ayo. Fmr VC Covenant University and current VC Trinity University Lagos. 
  11. Prof Dapo Asaju was VC Ajayi Crowther University Oyo. 
  12. Prof David Irefin, was acting VC Fed Univ Lokoja 
  13. Prof Sam Ale OFR, NPOM, mni:, former DG National Mathematical Centre. 
  14. Prof Rotimi Ajayi , immediate past VC of Landmark University, Omu-Aran. 
  15. Prof. Albert Anjorin is pioneer VC, Bingham University. 
  16. Prof. Gbenga Ibiyemi and VC Achievers University Owo. 
  17. Prof Ade John Olorunmaiye VC Crown Hill University Ilorin. 
  18. Prof. M.A Daniyan was VC FUTMinna from 1997-2002. 
  19. Prof. David Tuesday Adamo, Fmr DVC Admin KSU. 
  20. Prof. Adeoye, former DVC Admin KSU. 
  21. Prof. Deacon Steven Metiboba. former DVC Academics KSU
  22. Prof Tai Oluwagbemi, DVC Admin and fmr acting VC, KSU.
  23. Prof. Solomon Ajayi Adebola, DVC and Senior Vice President Adeleke University Ede, 
  24. Prof. Olawumi Akinyemi, He’s the DVC Academics Nasarawa State University Keffi. 
  25. Prof. Julius Orebiyi, DVC Admin, FUTO. 
  26. Prof. Makanjuola Oshagbemi, DVC FUL.
  27. Prof. JJ Owonubi. Director General and CEO, Forest Research Institute of Nigeria Ibadan. 
  28. Prof. Bamidele Solomon, past DG, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Abuja. 
  29. Prof. Pius Adesanmi – Isanlu
  30. Prof. Eyitayo Lambo – Isanlu
  31. Prof Dele Ayo(late)
  32. Prof Peter Ajagbona. Fmr DVC Uniabuja. Yagba West.
  33. Prof A.A Olatunde. Fmr DVC Uniabuja..
  34. Prof. Adediran Mesubi. Former DVC Unilorin
  35. Prof Titilayo Esther Akinlabi
  36. Prof Timothy Jide Asobele
  37. Prof Albert Bamikole Olayemi. 
  38. Prof. Olorunju- Kabba
  39. Prof. Oduwobi- Kabba
  40. Prof. Omole(Canada)- Kabba
  41. Prof. Sunday Orebiyi- Ogbe
  42. Prof. Ayodele- Effo Amuro
  43. Prof. Makanjuola Oshagbemi- Jege Prof (Dr) S.B Agaja- Egbe
  44. Prof. Aiyedun Ernest- Isanlu
  45. Prof (Mrs) Toyin Babalola- Ekinrin Adde
  46. Prof J.K Saliu- Ayetoro Gbede
  47. Prof. Ipinyomi- Olle Bunu
  48. Prof. Bamidele Olobaniyi- Ekinrin Adde
  49. Prof. Ogidi- Ayetoro Gbede
  50. Prof. Kayode Oshagbemi- Ogga
  51. Prof. David Adamo- Isanlu
  52. Prof. Balogun (Snr)- Isanlu
  53. Prof. Balogun (Jnr)- Isanlu
  54. Prof. Johnson Orugun- Ikoyi Ijumu
  55. Prof Gbenga Omofa- Iluke Bunu
  56. Prof. Daniel- Iyamoye
  57. Prof. Abiodun Ojo- Iyamoye
  58. Prof. Funsho Eniojukan- Ayetoro Gbede
  59. Prof. Sunmonu- Ife-Olukotun
  60. Prof (Mrs) Babalola Toyin Abimbola- Ekinrin Adde
  61. Prof. Taiwo Fagbemi- Ekinrin Adde
  62. Prof. Moses Ayodele- Mopa
  63. Prof. Ademola John- Mopa
  64. Prof. Steven Bolu- Kabba
  65. Prof. Philip Ibinaiye- Ayetoro Gbede
  66. Prof. Omolehin- Illai
  67. Prof. Shola Kolawole- Illai
  68. Prof. Isaac Olaofe- Egbe
  69. Prof. TF Balogun- Mopa
  70. Prof. Tolorunleke- Ayeh Gbede
  71. Prof. SG Solomon- Ayetoro Gbede
  72. Prof. Blessing Oladele- Ayetoro Gbede
  73. Prof. Paul Bolorunduro- Ayetoro Gbede
  74. Prof. Steve Olayemi Olonitola- Ogbe
  75. Prof. Adewumi Osanaiye- Ogbe
  76. Prof(Mrs) Muhammed- Ayegunle Gbede
  77. Prof. Babatunde- Ponyan
  78. Prof. Adeniyi- Ejiba
  79. Prof Taye Amos (FUTA)- Ikoyi-Ijumu
  80. Prof Z K Oguntebi (USA)- Ikoyi-Ijumu
  81. Prof Oguntebi- Ikoyi-Ijum
  82. Prof Ijagbemi- Ikoyi-Ijum
  83. Prof Matthew Idowu Ajibero,  .
  84. Prof Olusegun Joseph Omoniyi, 
  85. Prof Olu Obafemi: 
  86. Prof Timothy Jide Asobele, 
  87. Prof. Joseph Omolehin, 
  88. Prof. SM Ayodele 
  89. Prof. Ayodele Odofin, 
  90. Prof Paul K Bayeri.
  91. Prof Ihimodu.
  92. Prof. Tolorunleke, 
  93. Prof. Sola Omotola, 
  94. Prof. Cornelius Orishagbemi. 
  95. Prof Tunde Aremu..
  96. Prof Ayedun.  Prof Munirat Yusuf. 
  97. Prof Yomi Omotesho. 
  98. Prof. A.D Ajayi 
  99. Prof. Olu Atte
  100. Prof. ASE Ajisegiri
  101. Prof John Aiyedogbon
  102. Prof. Eric Sunday Adewumi, 
  103. Prof. RM Ipinyomi
  104. Prof. C.O Adegoke
  105. Prof. Lateef Onundi
  106. Prof. Isah Bolaji Kashim
  107. Prof Biola Philip
  108. Prof. RA Akanmidu(late) 
  109. Prof. P.F Adebayo
  110. Prof. Bamidele Victor Owoyele
  111. Prof. Femi Balogun. 
  112. Prof. Bodunrin Bangudu. 
  113. Prof Segun Ogungbemi
  114. Prof. Joseph Abiodun Balogun
  115. Prof. Steve Bolu
  116. Prof. Amupitan Joash Ojo (SAN)
  117. Prof. Stephen Ibitoye. 
  118. Prof Solomon Adekunle Olorundare, 
  119. Prof. Makun Ojogbede. 
  120. Prof. Abiye Solomon
  121. Prof. Ayodele Jimoh 
  122. Prof Arosanyin
  123. Prof. Joseph Kolade
  124. Prof. Iwarere 
  125. Prof. Joseph Eniola Olajide
  126. Prof Isah Bolaji Kashim
  127. Prof. B.J Olufeagba 
  128. Prof. Samson Aribido- Kabba
  129. Prof. Kutu Raphael – Kabba
  130. . Matthew Alegbejo – Kabba
  131. Prof. Hambolu – Ekinrin Adde
  132. Shola Omotola – Ekinrin Adde
  133. Prof. Matthew Ibejugba -Kabba
  134. Prof. Abdulmalik Abdulwahab – Isanlu
  135. Prof. Segun Akanbi- Isanlu
  136. Prof. Zacchaeus Olorunipa – Igbo- Bunu
  137. Prof. Alemika – Odoape
  138. Prof. David Jimoh – Odoape Bunu
  139. Prof. (Mrs.) BABALOLA, Oluwatoyin Abimbola – Ekirin-Adde.
  140. Prof. Gbenga Ibileye – Ekinrin Adde
  141. Prof M. B Ajakaiye 
  142. Prof. Funlola Alabi 
  143. Prof. Abubakar Musa – Mopa
  144. Prof. A.A Olatunde – Ogidi
  145. Prof. Ezekiel Olumodeji – Ayere
  146. Prof. T K . Adeyanju – Ayere
  147. Prof. taiwo Fagbemi – Ekinrin Adde
  148. Prof. Taiwo Daramola – Mopa
  149. Prof. Jimoh Salami – Ayegunle Gbede
  150. Prof. Sulaiman Idris – Aiyegunle Gbede
  151. Prof. Mujitaba Abdullahi -Aiyegunle Gbede
  152. Prof. Isah Bonire – Ayegunle Gbede
  153. Prof. Nasir Sulaiman – Aiyegunle Gbede.
  154. Prof. Prince Mike Ikupolati – Iyara Emmanuel Rotimi Sadiku – Ogidi
  155. Prof. David Omokore – Isanlu P
  156. Timothy Asobele – Kabba,
  157. Prof. Joseph Ojo – kabba
  158. . J. K. Ipinjolu – Itakete Idde
  159. Prof. Ojo Olorunfemi – Kabba
  160. Prof. Matthew Okotoni – Kabba
  161. Prof. Charles K. Ayo – Egbe
  162. . Stephen Owa -Egbe
  163. Prof. Joaz Afamo – Isanlu
  164. Prof. Moses Ayodele -Mopa.
  165. Prof. Jerome Gefu – Kabba Prof. Samuel Adelaiye -Isanlu
  166. Prof. Iloyd Baiyeguhi – Kabba
  167. Prof. Titilayo nee Olorunfemi – Kabba
  168. Prof. Joseph Owonubi – Kabba
  169. Prof.Matthew Rotimi Ajayi – Kabba
  170. Prof. Timothy Asobele – Kabba
  171. Prof. Ladeinde Foluso – Kabba
  172. Prof. Sunday Isehunwa – Kabba
  173. Prof. Dada Otu Adebayo – Kabba
  174. Prof. David Sunday Adegboye -Oke-Ere
  175. Prof. Samuel Anjorin – Isanlu
  176. Prof. Sunday Eric Adewumi -Ekinrin Adde Prof. Folu Ologe – Ayetoro Gbede.
  177. Prof. Segun Ogungbemi – Isanlu
  178. Prof. Kolade Obamiro – Isanlu
  179. Prof. Subomi. Aina David – Isanlu
  180. Prof. (Mrs) Veronica B. Ayelabola – Isanlu
  181. Prof. Isaac Megbolugbe – Kabba Prof. Malik Abu – Isanlu
  182. Prof. Tunde OYINBO – Kabba
  183. Prof. Dare Afolabi – Kabba
  184. Prof. Samuel Olowo – Kabba
  185. Prof. K.O Ologe – Iyah Gbede
  186. Prof. Juwon Ore – Iyah Gbede
  187. Prof. GD Momoh – Kabba
  188. Prof. Kayode Joshua Simoyan -odo-ara
  189. Prof. Femi Eseyin – Aiyedayo Amuro
  190. Prof.(mrs) Eseyin. (law) – Ayedayo Amuro
  191. Prof. Tolorunleke – Ayeh Gbede
  192. Prof. Blessing Oladele – Ayetoro Gbede 
  193. Prof. Paul Bolorunduro – Ayetoro Gbede
  194. Prof. Steve Olayeni Olonitola -Ogbe.
  195. Prof. Adewumi Osanaye -Ogbe.
  196. Prof. S. Jayeoba – Ejuku
  197. Prof. Ihimodu -Ayetoro Gbede
  198. Prof Aro Mopa
  199. Prof Juwon Arotiba Mopa
  200. Prof komolafe Mopa
  201. Prof. Tanimola Akande 
  202. Professor Durojaiye Kenny Olushola
  203. Prof. Buhari Salaudeen

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Ochor Ochor Mourns The Death of Senator Osakwe

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ASABA/Nigeria: The Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, and Member representing Ukwuani State Constituency, Rt. Hon Ochor C. Ochor has condoled with the family of Chief Patrick Enebeli Osakwe, and the people of Ndokwa on the death of the former Senator who represented the Delta North Senator District, between 1999-2007 as a three-time Senator in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

The Deputy Speaker, in a statement by the Press Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Enebeli, stated that the late Senator as a successful businessman, who entered politics and blazed the trail of success, was his Father, Boss and Leader.

He stated that as a Personal Assistant, and Legislative Aide to the Late Senator between 1999 and 2003, he learnt so much from him such as hard work, selflessness, long patience, thoughtfulness at all times and circumstances.

“I learnt many virtues of hard work, selflessness, long patience, thoughtfulness at all times and circumstances.”

“He was a father, Boss and Leader.” He said.

He pointed out that his family and the people of Ndokwa, and the entire Delta North had lost a pillar of knowledge and achievements in business and politics, most especially in his Ndokwa solidarity, which he held till his death.

“Senator Patrick Enebeli Osakwe was a man who loved the people of Ndokwa, and Delta North, and this he held on to, till he passed on.”

“He was a successful businessman who entered politics and also became successful, and became a leader not only to his family but also to different persons in the state.”

“We have lost one of our best in Ndokwa, and the entire state, who was an encyclopaedia of business, leadership, and political knowledge.”

“On behalf of my family, aides, and political families, I condole with us all on this painful passage. “ He said

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Mobility fintech Moove secures $105m to scale its vehicle financing business globally

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Moove, a Nigerian automobile financing startup and Uber’s exclusive vehicle supply partner in Africa, on Monday, said it has raised $105 million in equity and debt to power a global expansion.

Existing investors Speedinvest, Left Lane Capital, and the latest.ventures led the Series A2 round*, which Moove says was oversubscribed, with participation from new investors including AfricInvest, MUFG Innovation Partners, Latitude, and Kreos Capital.

Launched in 2020 by Ladi Delano and Jide Odunsi, Moove provides mobility entrepreneurs with access to revenue-based financing in markets where there’s low access to credit. Its customers, who are typically ride-hailing drivers, can purchase brand new vehicles using a percentage of their weekly revenue.

The mobility space in emerging markets is often highly fragmented and informal. Also, insufficient purchasing power among middle-class citizens coupled with limited or no access to vehicle financing often put cars out of reach for the majority of populations in these countries.

With its revenue-based financing model, Moove is addressing this problem albeit for a segment of the population: mobility entrepreneurs.

In addition to scaling globally, the startup plans to expand its partnerships and vehicle classes to include cars, trucks, bikes, three-wheelers, and buses.

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Russia seeking military aid from China, says US official

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Beijing rejects the US assertions as ‘disinformation’, as senior US and Chinese officials set to meet in Rome.
A United States official says Russia has asked China for military equipment to use in its invasion of Ukraine, a request that heightened tensions about the ongoing war before a meeting between senior US and Chinese officials in Rome.

In advance of the talks on Monday, White House NSA Jake Sullivan bluntly warned China to avoid helping Russia evade punishment from global sanctions that have hammered the Russian economy.
“We will not allow that to go forward,” he said.

The White House said the talks in Rome will focus on the direct effect of Russia’s war against Ukraine on regional and global security.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said in recent days, Russia had requested support from China – including military equipment – to press forward in its ongoing war with Ukraine. The official did not provide details on the scope of the request. The request was first reported by the Financial Times and The Washington Post newspapers.

The Biden administration is also accusing China of spreading Russian disinformation that could be a pretext for President Vladimir Putin’s forces to attack Ukraine with chemical or biological weapons.

Beijing on Monday accused Washington of spreading “disinformation” over China’s role in the Ukraine war, ahead of talks between the two countries’ envoys in Rome.

Without directly addressing US media reports of a Russian request for help from Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “The US has been spreading disinformation targeting China on the Ukraine issue, with malicious intentions.”
Lifeline against Russia sanctions not ‘allowed’
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put China in a delicate spot with two of its biggest trading partners: the US and the European Union. China needs access to those markets, yet it has also shown support for Moscow, joining with Russia in declaring a friendship with “no limits”.

In his talks with senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi, Sullivan will indeed be looking for limits in what Beijing will do for Moscow.

“I’m not going to sit here publicly and brandish threats,” he told CNN on Sunday. “But what I will tell you is we are communicating directly and privately to Beijing that there absolutely will be consequences” if China helps Russia “backfill” its losses from the sanctions.

“We will not allow that to go forward and allow there to be a lifeline to Russia from these economic sanctions from any country anywhere in the world,” Sullivan said.

In brief comments on the talks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian did not mention Ukraine, saying the “key issue of this meeting is to implement the important consensus reached by the Chinese and US heads of state in their virtual summit in November last year”.

“They will exchange views on China-US relations and international and regional issues of common concern,” Zhao said in comments posted on the ministry’s website late on Sunday.
China-Russa cosy relations
China has been one of the few countries to avoid criticising the Russians for their invasion of Ukraine. China’s leader Xi Jinping hosted Putin for the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing just three weeks before Russia invaded on February 24.

During Putin’s visit, the two leaders issued a 5,000-word statement declaring limitless friendship.

China abstained on the United Nations votes censuring Russia and criticised economic sanctions against Moscow. It has expressed its support for peace talks and offered its services as a mediator, despite questions about its neutrality and scant experience mediating international conflict.

But questions remain over how far Beijing will go to alienate the West and put its own economy at risk. Sullivan said China and all countries are on notice that they cannot “basically bail Russia out … give Russia a workaround to the sanctions” with impunity.

Chinese officials have said Washington should not be able to complain about Russia’s actions because the US invaded Iraq under false pretences. The US claimed to have evidence Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction though none was ever found.

On CNN, Sullivan said the administration believes China knew that Putin “was planning something” before the invasion of Ukraine. But he said the Chinese government “may not have understood the full extent of it because it’s very possible that Putin lied to them the same way that he lied to Europeans and others.”

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