Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

PERISCOPE For Fayemi, the fates are good


It was Trisha Yearwood that said, “What's meant to be will always find a way.” So it has turned out for Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is set to return to the Ekiti Government House as governor having trounced Governor Fayose’s proxy, Professor Ishola Eleka.

Four years ago, Fayemi, who I prefer to call, The Urbane, was booted out by Fayose who was governor previously.

If anything, it seems it is in the stars of the state for their governors to do a term, wait for another opportunity and return to the job.

Whatever it is, Fayemi the Urbane is a refined specie in the usually roforofo of South West politics, and Nigeria in general.

A sharp contrast to the verbose Fayose, he is nonetheless a politician with the vices of the political class who win by any means necessary.

Now that it is a certainty barring the intervention of the Divine that come October 16 he will be sworn in as governor, does the probability exists that he will do things differently?

Can he swear that he will not dip into the Ekiti public till and recompense all those who deployed heavy war chest in swinging the votes his way?

Despite his polished language and disposition, can he guarantee that he will not yield to some forces outside the state and ignore the needs of the Ekiti people?

Given that there are no absolutes in politics, and life in general, it is about what you see is what you get after all the Ekiti people demonstrated that by showing their votes for cash.

Congratulations Fayemi the Urbane on your victory!


Mariam Mohammed’s elegance of grace

The American writer, Richard Diaz, must have been talking about Mariam Mohammed when he said, “There has always been an elegance to the application of excellence.”

Mariam Mohammed, publisher of MAKTOUB, is not just like an oasis in the parched mediascape of Northern Nigerian and Nigeria in general, but one committed to elegance and excellence.

Last Friday, July 13, 2018 she brought to bear, once again, her signature of class, grace and fine grooming when she hosted the powerful crème de la crème of society at the special unveiling of her magazine: Journey to National Rebirth and Economical Revival at the International Conference Center, Abuja.

Mariam has come far and well as a U.K. trained media and communications expert, breaking barriers to be reputed as one of Nigeria’s upscale publicist and communications strategist.

With a Kano Islamic heritage and Yoruba bloodline, Mariam is a child of many experiences.

Before her foray into her core area of expertise, Mariam had founded one of the biggest real estate firm in Dubai, Saturn Gates, overseeing the development and sales of some of the biggest projects in the vibrant Arabian property market.


In answer to the yearning gap for something new and refreshing, she birthed Maktoub.

At the event which had Speaker Yakubu Dogara and a large number of reps, the SGF, governors and a host of other political and economic powerbrokers, Mariam shone like a million stars in leaf green flowing dress.

For a lady in a male dominated field, the consensus remains, she has done well and with her pace, she will do even better.


The epiphany of Maheeda

You remember her? Besides, who can easily forget the Nigerian porn star? The one who defied all of society’s backlash to ‘live according to her calling,” and styled herself as‘Goddess of X’ and ‘Naija Bad Girl’.

Well, it seems she has come full circle. She has come to her awakening; a sort of encountering her own Northern Star that gives knowledge and understanding.

For one so given to hedonism and the outward display of forbidden pleasure, many would have given up on Caroline Sam best known as Maheeda. Wrong!

“I have been bad. I have been naughty. I believe in being a sex symbol because sex sells. I want to make money and I want to make my name too at the same time and it’s the only space in the Nigerian music industry that is just there, everybody is scared to take it, so I took it,” Maheeda enthused recently.

But Maheeda says her kind of living is not what she desires for her daughter.

“She will and is already having the life I only dreamt of having! All my sacrifices are paying off.

“I gave her almost all my time so she don’t have to go through what I went through! Or do the things I had to do! I made great sacrifices so she can have a good life!”

Indeed the Bible does not lie, and Goddess X is living true to Matthew 7:11 which says: If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts…”

Somebody praise the Lord!
















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