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Otunba Gbenga Adeleke – Mr Intercontinental @ 50: Celebrating The Golden Exploits Of A Colossus



The true asset of man is entrenched in his will to become indispensably relevant to his immediate world. However, the success of a man does not come cheap! It hinges on its core fundamental, which is determination. Understanding the fact that success is not served à la carte, it is a buffet that you must rise and go for, this leaves you with the reflection that you must be habitual in consistency and curating ideas that would align with your big dreams and purpose.


Otunba Gbenga Emmanuel Adeleke, popularly called Mr. Intercontinental, is a man par excellence with D.I.E (Diligence, Integrity, and Excellence) spirit. His myriad of accomplishments within the purview of media and entertainment speaks volumes of him for a man, who doesn’t just know the onions of his craft, but how to cut them while curating a niche for himself.


Over many years, he has been at the fore of establishing a nexus of social lifestyle with our culture, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa and United Kingdom, however, informs his decision to found a publishing company, Intercontinental Events & Lifestyle Magazine.


Intercontinental Events & Lifestyle Magazine is a publication that lenses into showcasing diverse social events at their glitz which cuts across the activities within the purview of entertainment. Renowned as one of the best magazines in the Southwestern part of Nigeria, with its creativity in making a glimpse and wholesome relay of information, the publishing has enabled Mr. Intercontinental to garner huge success from the time of its establishment till date, with over 20,000 copies sold quarterly.


For a globetrotter, who has sought after knowledge far and wide, while inspiring lives around him, his resolve for an encompassing success has not weakened as he continuously unlearns and relearns his craft of journalism to stay afloat the prospect of being a man to reckon with in the society.


Although his journey to success was a rollercoaster, with a plethora of confrontations, disappointments, and waves of bad energy revolving around his cycle, Mr. Intercontinental was undeterred in his quest for excellence, instead, he got reinvigorated to further grind more with his diehard spirit to become a formidable force.


Furthermore, in his effort to corroborate social frontline with cultural events, especially as it concerns the Yoruba culture, the publisher of Intercontinental Magazine (Otunba Adeleke) got the royal ordinance and blessings of His Imperial Majesty, Arole Oduduwa and Olofin Adimula, Oba (Dr.) Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), the Ooni of Ife to establish another publishing outlook, Oonirisa Quartely Magazine.


Oonirisa Quarterly Magazine is a quarterly publication that “exclusively” makes coverage of events surrounding the Ooni of Ife. Mr. Intercontinental sits as the publisher of the magazine, which enhances its strides towards what can be referred to as “sociocultural accomplishment”.


His bid to forge a synergy between social demeanor and cultural value in recognizing individuals who have contributed immensely to the hoist of Yoruba glory triggers the initiative behind the Oodua Special Recognition Awards (OSRA).


The Oodua Special Recognition Awards (OSRA) in Ile-Ife (cradle of the Yoruba race), Osun State is an annual socio-cultural function.


Mr. Intercontinental, dubs the president of OSRA (Oodua Special Recognition Awards) while he champions both the Intercontinental Events & Lifestyle Magazine and Oonirisa Quarterly Magazine.


For a man to be able to ” effectively” juggle three (3) establishments without setbacks, Mr. Intercontinental’s dexterity is second to none without any compromise.


Moreover, being avidly passionate about ensuring success also ensues for people that cross his path, the golden celebrant has for many years been staunchly supporting businesses and persons who seek a better life.


Mr. Intercontinental’s mantra is “until my best is better, I shall continue to work to be successful.” Therefore, since he doesn’t stay complacent to celebrate his little wins, he is always on the move to get better while strategizing to effect changes that would make him switch gears to gather humongous traction.


It is no doubt that the 50 years of Mr. Intercontinental have been littered with pockets of hurdles to cross, but above all, he has been tenacious enough to weather the storms, defile odds, smash ceilings, and carve an inspirational success story that can be digested to the realization that success doesn’t come accidentally. Success strikes when opportunity meets preparedness.


For Mr. Intercontinental, he has paid his dues to be a dignified man of excellence in different specs of endeavor while he is still doing that to become rejuvenated and rebrand his success module.


Influential, pragmatic, resolute, industrious, optimistic, noble, reliable, hospitable, and above all, visionary are a few of the adjectives that can be used to serve up encomia for a persona of timbre and caliber, who is no pushover when it comes to professional publishing & journalism.


On May 14, 2022, all roads will be leading to Presken Hotel and Event Centre , Allen roundabout Ikeja, Lagos, to grandly celebrate the outstanding excellence of Mr. Intercontinental, who will be clocking a fabulous 50. The party is expected to be the cynosure of town as it is going to be an All White Party, with entrance restricted by official invitation.


It is a new dawn of a new era of greatness and we are proud to be a part of your success journey to a colossal relevance.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu cutting the tape, flanked by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right); Chairman, Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA, Hon. Olusesan Daini (second right); APC Chieftain, Chief Olorunfunmi Bashorun (left); Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi (second left) and others during the commissioning of new Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA secretariat in Ikorodu, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Newly built Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA secretariat in Ikorodu, commissioned by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

L-R: Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi; APC Chieftain, Chief Olorunfunmi Bashorun; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Chairman, Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA, Hon. Olusesan Daini; member, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Olujimi Benson and Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Semiu Kasali, during the commissioning of new Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA secretariat in Ikorodu, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

L-R: Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Chairman, Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA, Hon. Olusesan Daini and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the commissioning of new Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA secretariat in Ikorodu, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday assured Lagosians, especially the people of Ikorodu division of the State that the Ijede/Itamagun Road in Igbogbo/Baiyeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) will be commissioned in May.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who also disclosed that the Imota Rice Mill will be commissioned before middle of the year, said his administration is committed to completing all the ongoing projects and infrastructure in the Ikorodu axis before end of the year.

Speaking at commissioning of the Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA new ultra-modern council secretariat on Wednesday, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was received by mammoth crowd, promised to pay the compensation that is due for those affected by construction of the Igbogbo/Baiyeku Road. He said the compensation will be paid within the next 30 to 60 days.

Governor Sanwo-Olu while expressing his administration’s commitment to meeting the needs of the people said the construction of the Igbogbo Mini Stadium will be awarded to a contractor before end of the year while the jetties around Ikorodu and Ibeshe Housing Estate will be delivered this year.

He said: “I must use this opportunity to charge and tell our citizens in Igbogbo division some of our modest ongoing projects and attempts to bring about quality good governance to your door step.

“We are working on the Ipakodo/Oba Sekumade Road being done by Arab Contractors and they have assured me that we will see tremendous improvements within the next two to four weeks on the project.

“We will be handing over the Ijede/Itamaga Phase 1 Road to you in the month of May; the six kilometers road is almost completed. But we are not leaving you to that; we will ensure that we start the Phase ll.

“I have driven and seen the state of roads in Obafemi Awolowo/Baiyeku Road. I will arrange to see how we will award these roads as soon as possible. The Igbogbo/Baiyeku Road, which is a tough one, is being run by Hitech. We have called Hitech to speed up that road so that we can give our citizens the desired relief.

“But it is not only that, I am standing before you and giving you a commitment that the compensation that is due on that road will be paid within the next 30 to 60 days. We are working on the Agric-Isawo Road. We are pushing the contractor to take it to a logical conclusion.”

Stressing his administration’s commitment to the first pillar of the THEMES Agenda; Traffic Management and Transportation, Governor Sanwo-Olu said his administration will soon address the gridlock in Ikorodu Garage Roundabout.

He said: “We are about to have a massive transformation at the Garage Roundabout in Ikorodu, which is a major source of gridlock. We have been reviewing what the best model of solving the traffic on that corridor is. The Ayangburen of Ikorodu will attest to it that we have taken representation to his palace on how best to do that road; whether there is going to be flyover or junction improvement, in the next two months, work will start on that roundabout.

“The Fourth Mainland Bridge will take effect from Badore on the Ajah axis and it would be landing at Bayeku/Aiyetoro and will move from Aiyetoro to Igbogbo before getting to Lagos/Ibadan Expressway. We are working assiduously to ensure that our PPP Model works well and we are expecting to flag it off before end of this year.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu while commissioning the ultra-modern council secretariat commended the Chairman of Igbogbo-Baiyeku LCDA, Comrade Olusesan Daini, for the courage to initiate and implement this laudable project.

He said: “The completion of this project is proof that with the right attitude to governance and a sense of purpose, we can touch the lives of our people at the grassroots level and give them a sense of belonging.

“I am confident that this elegant edifice will boost the productivity of staff and make them more dedicated to their duties, which will in turn lead to improved service delivery; a key goal of this administration.”

Speaking earlier, Comrade Daini commended Governor Sanwo-Olu and his team for the hard work and efforts directed at changing the trajectory of development in Ikorodu division and across Lagos State.

Daini said the first structures on the site where the Ultra-modern council Secretariat was built was an office and a dispensary of the then Igbogbo/Baiyeku Local Council which was created in 1955 by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the Premier of Western Region.

“The completion of this edifice, in record time, marks a significant milestone in the life of our administration and alluded to the well-established fact that Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State are well-prepared to take off as full-fledged and statutory Local Government Areas as soon as the necessary constitutional amendments/provisions are effected

“We will continue to intensify our efforts towards the realization of our administration’s cardinal goals anchored on infrastructure development, improved healthcare system, youth/women empowerment and human capacity development.”

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Hijab Controversy: Bishop Oyedepo fumes, vows to show Muslim the consuming fire of God



There has been a conflict amongst Muslims and Christians for some days now over hijab wearing for female students in 10 government grant-aided missionary schools in Oyo State.

Reacting, Oyedepo who said the controversy was a nasty development urged the Kwara State Government to return the schools to the missionary.

He said, ”It is such a nasty development in Kwara State where Muslims are asking their students in our schools to wear Hijab, and the church said “no”

”You know the reason why, we have never showed the world the other side of God. God is not a toy, let us show them the consuming fire part of God. They need to know.

”Leave the schools for the owner, go to your schools. Is there any fight? Stop putting fingers in the eyes of others, the world should be warned against the church. The church is a time bomb.

”When God turns his back on anyone or any system, that system is cursed. My advice is leave the schools for the owners, find your schools. Men and women can wear hijab there. Stop putting your fingers in the eyes of others when they are not blind.

“The music We have never showed the world the other side of God. God is not a toy, let us show them the consuming fire of God” He said.

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