Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Pa Ikpen dies, family mourns









Thedeath has occurred of Dr. James Pendah Ikpen, patriarch of the Ikpen family of Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, aged 87. 





A statement by Bar. Willington Ikpen on behalf of the family described the late clergy as a distinguished civil servant, pastor, community leader and philanthropist who served humanity, the nation and the Baptist denomination in glowing capacities. 

Fondly called JP by his contemporaries, Pa. Ikpen retired from the Delta State Judiciary as a Chief Registrar, before heeding God's call for ministerial work in the Ogorode area of Sapele which he did meritoriously from 2000 to 2015 with Ogorode (now Testimony) Baptist Church, Sapele.

At various times, he was the chairman, Christian Council of Nigeria (Sapele Chapter), chairman of the Pastors Fellowship (Sapele Baptist Association), president of the Men's Missionary Union (Sapele Baptist Association), chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners (Sapele Chapter) as well as other roles too numerous to mention. 

Papa Ikpen, who passed on to glory peacefully on Tuesday June 4, 2019 with members of family by his side, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eunice Ikpen, seven children, as well as many grand and great grandchildren and relatives. 

Burial arrangements to be announced by the family later.     


I have no triplets, says Yinka Ayefele

Nigerian gospel singer Yinka Ayefele has debunked the rumour of welcoming a set of triplets with his wife, Temitope. The music star made this known via his Instagram page @yinkaayefele where he asked recently and followers to ignore the rumour.

“Fake News, Fake Pictures. That picture was taken seven years ago during my younger brothers naming at music house in Ibadan. “Thank you all for wishing me well and I claim it in Jesus name,” he wrote.

The gospel singer said it was a rumour that his wife gave birth to triplets as reported on social media. His manager, David Ajiboye also confirmed that the news going around were just rumours in a mail sent to Pulse Ajiboye categorically debunked the news, stressing that Ayefele is in the United States with his ailing mother while his wife, Temitope is in Nigeria.

“We left Nigeria for the United States on Monday. While Yinka Ayefele, his mum and younger brother, Laolu headed to Maryland to give their mum a better medical care. Ayefele’s wife, Temitope is holding forte back in Nigeria,” the mail read.

The talented gospel singer has been releasing albums ever since 1998 and his music has become so popular that the man was awarded the cultural ambassador in Ekiti. The music star releases one album every year and sometimes even two albums which made him outstanding in his career.

The year 2009 to 2016 were marked by the release of new studio albums with Yinka Ayefele music, which include Transformation, Everlasting Grace, Prayer Point, Goodness of God, Comforter, Overcomer, Upliftment etc.

In 2017, there was the album titled Living Testimony and the song went viral. The gospel music artiste is really incredible because the man sings in different languages, including English, Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa.

The singer got married to Temitope Titilope in 2000. The talented Nigerian gospel singer is now a businessman and has over 200 awards for his musical talent and millions of fans who truly love his songs the 51- year- old renowned singer’s music radio station was demolished recently and Nigerians reacted to it.


Nigeria not the only country popular for internet fraud - Stella Damasus

Veteran Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus Aboderin, may not have joined the recent campaign against internet fraud, popularly known as Yahoo-Yahoo in Nigeria, but because the international community has been misled to believe that it is only in Nigeria that the crime is rampant, she has decided to share her view on the matter.

According to the actress who is currently based in the United States of America with her husband, Daniel Ademinokan, a popular Nigerian filmmaker, movie director and cinematographer, internet fraud is also on the rise in the United States.

“People think Nigeria is filled with scammers’ right? They have not experienced America. I get more than eight scam calls daily in this country and their methods are high tech. Please be careful with who you give information to. Scam alert, fraud America”, she said.

Speaking further, she advised people who mistake fame for wealth not to be deceived because they may end up shooting themselves in the foot.

“Fame does not mean success. Fame does not mean wealth. If you use fame to deceive others I truly hope you don’t end up deceiving yourself and believing your own lie. The good news is that you can use fame to become successful and wealthy. Take time off the fake life and learn from the millions of courses that can teach you how to create wealth.”


I’m not an atheist, I believe in spirituality over religion – Falz

Nigerian artiste, Folarin Falana, who is popularly known as Falz or Falz the Bad guy, in a chat revealed that he believes in God, but believes in spirituality than religion. He also spoke about his banned controversial song “This is Nigeria”

He said; ‘This Is Nigeria’ was still in court. He said, “If you’re making this kind of music, you have to always be ready for the worst. Of course, ‘This is Nigeria’ was banned. We’re still in court. But I have my fundamental rights so you can’t really stop that regardless of what body you are.”

Falz went on to talk about his belief on religion, he said; “I’m not an atheist. I believe there is a God. But I believe in spirituality over religion.”

Recently, mother of Falz, Funmi Falana during ‘Moral Instruction’ album listening session, expressed her worry about her son’s habit of not going to church. “Folarin, you don’t go to church and I am bothered,” she said, hope he’d start going to church this year.

Responding, Falz noted that he does not need to be in church to worship God. “I have nothing against the church or going to church; everyone has the right to practise the religion they desire but personally, as a Christian, it has been a while that I have been to church.

“It does not make me less of a Christian.

“The most important thing is spirituality and your personal connection with God,” he said.

According to the musician, any time he had been in church, too much attention was put on him than the activities of the church.






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