SPYGLASS with Eddy Odivwri
About Stella Oduah’s Abuja Mansion
Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah evidently has an uncanny love for luxury. Oduah holds the keys to store house of wealth. Even before she found her way into government, she was stupendously rich. She could afford anything that money could buy because she had the means. And she has never made any attempt to hide her wealth. She flaunts it likes it’s hot. Oduah who was sacked from her ministerial job last year in the heat of the uproar that followed her acquisition of two bullet proof cars at an incredible sum and alleged forgery of certificate may possibly have by far in her possession more than what she was accused of. Nestled in the quiet reserve (at the foot of a hill) at Mohammed Isma Street, off TY Danjuma Street, Asokoro Extension, Abuja is a lavish mansion worth hundreds of millions of Naira belonging to Oduah. The mansion boasts of 10 living rooms and an intricate design that speaks volumes about wealth. The mansion is a glaring indication that the former minister has entered an embarrassing level of gaudy living despite the scandals that had rocked her life in recent times. Definitely, the tides have been against her but that won’t put a brake on her lavish lifestyle, at least, not for the moment.
Between Dame Patience Jonathan and Aisha Buhari
Having decided the fate of their husbands, we can’t help but relieve how these two women: Dame Patience Jonathan and Aisha Buhari supported their husbands in the. Patience Jonathan has been in the limelight right from the Chibok Girls saga and already has an enviable record of making headlines with her ‘grammatical.’ Being a woman of a sturdy character, the First Lady has remained unperturbed by the viral videos and caricatures poked at her. Even when she is blatantly reviled for her uncouth manners, she never hesitates to grab the mic and paint her husband in the most colourful words in her dictionary. Her rallies never failed to amuse the public.
Whether her speeches are laughable or not, it is undoubtedly true that Patience steals the show each time she embarks on her campaign in any part of the country. She never fails to remind Nigerian women that her husband is the best leader they can have. She occasionally takes a swipe at the opposition party, making bold and daring statements about her husband’s opponent without a care in the world. It is evident that the First lady is solidly behind her husband’s success and political ambitions and should be applauded for that.
On the other hand, Aisha Buhari came into the scene a bit too late. We were first of all regaled with her beautiful pictures but not until recently did she get the spotlight beamed on her. During her recent rally in Edo state, while singing about her husband’s endless promises for the women if elected, Aisha went off tune when she labelled Edo women as prostitutes. This sparked off reactions from indigenes and non-indigenes of the state who deemed the labelling not only wrong but demeaning. To aggravate the matter, a statement released to her defence as a victim of rape has inadvertently cast her husband in a bad light. Now, with both women making such errors in the public sphere, we can’t help but wonder who is more tolerable between the two women.
Muma Gee Tastes Bitter Side of Politics
Chief (Mrs.) Gift Iyumame Eke, better known as Muma Gee who wanted to represent Abua-Odual/Ahoada East Federal Constituency on the platform of Labour Party recently escaped assassination by unknown gunmen who fired shots at her and members of her campaign team. Muma Gee who wanted to unseat the incumbent legislator, Hon. Betty Apiafi of the PDP reportedly got an anonymous phone call warning her not to set foot on Abua. But she insisted on going, arguing that she could not be intimidated from moving freely around her constituency to canvass for votes. Following that tip-off, she reported to the security agents and a couple of policemen were detailed to cover her campaign tour to Abua. The anonymous caller repeated his warning again as her team was about to enter Abua. Not too long after, a hail of gunfire greeted them and many in her team scampered into safety. Fortunately, God gave her another chance to live to tell the story. The team of policemen in her convoy were able to repel the attack and she went ahead to have a very successful campaign. Investigation has since begun to unravel the brains behind the gun attack on Muma Gee.
Unusual Birthday for Theo Lawson
It was not the usual gathering of friends and colleagues dressed in suits and ties, or aso-ebis. Nor the hall ostentatiously decorated to exude the familiar nostalgia that comes with such celebration. But the camaraderie at the gathering was infectious and created the right ambience for the celebration. Prominent architect and arts and culture aficionado, Theo Lawson turned a year older on Monday and to celebrate him, his friends and colleagues threw a party for him at Freedom Park. The evening reeked of laughter, cheers and whistles as they took turns in raining accolades at the profound architect. Renowned arts and culture journalist and film critic, Jahman Anikulapo was at his best as the compere of the celebration.
He whisked friends and colleagues from their seats with his mimics and jokes. However, it was Yeni Kuti’s speech that captivated Lawson’s heart the most. The elegant and fashionable daughter of the late afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti speech was infused with so much emotion that one wonders if she was going to break down at the spot. But she didn’t, instead she openly proclaimed her undying love for Lawson in a quavering voice and promised to always be there for him. With such public display of affection, one wonders when Lawson will pop the question to Yeni Kuti.
The two lovers are always in each other’s company and exude such an amiable respect and maturity in their relationship. While many described him as an achiever, Lawson humbly believed that he is yet to gain the bragging rights of such title. Lawson is the CEO to Total Consult Ltd. It was Lawson who transformed the Old Prison Ground in Broad Street to what is today known as a leisure and arts and culture haven, Freedom Park. It was also Lawson that remodelled the former home of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti at Gbemisola Street, Ikeja, Lagos to what is known today as Kalakuta Museum. Apparently, Lawson is committed to preserving historical landmarks in the state. For example, he recently took to his Facebook page to lament on the rot and decay that is benignly engulfing the once corporate centre of Lagos state, Broad Street. His post elicited favourable reactions on ways to preserve the legacy of the environment.
Also at the gathering were Makin Soyinka, son of Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka; CEO of Luzol brand, Austin Aimankhu, Sadare Ayoola and others.
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