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Awolowo Statue by Hamza Atta

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First of all, I would like to thank the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the entire Lagos State Government and the consultants Terra Kulture who invited Polystyrene Industries Ltd to design and construct this monumental piece of artwork.
I was in the FCT yesterday and they were all talking of the great significance of what the Lagos State Government is doing in creating awareness of our arts and culture. Creating monuments and memorials needs to be part of our urban policy and urban design. Not only does it enliven communities, but these works of art serve as an expression of common community values and preserve the heritage of our country.
What was the concept behind the sculpture?
When we were asked by Terra Kulture to carry out our interpretation of this great man, our first course was to research him further. Pa Awolowo was a great reader and thinker and this is the aspect of him that we wanted to capture. Awo had mental magnitude, he recognised that in this changing world brain power as opposed to brawn was where we must invest, especially in the youth. That is why he extolled education and a minimum wage and the benefits of this vision are seen throughout this nation.
The sitting posture of the new monument, keeps him in good company. The statue of arguably the most famous of the American Presidents, Abraham Lincoln, was done with him sitting majestically. It was this majesty that we sought to capture in our depiction of him. A leader of men. A standing Awo has been done several times before. Our philosophy is not to copy but to create original works of art.
We only feel joy when we see the droves of people who have been making their way to its location to take pictures alongside this great man. That was the intention of Lagos State and that is what we hoped that we would assist Lagos State to achieve.
This is community art that we hope will create attachment and pride in one’s community and a desire to make things better for all. We also hope that it inspires all citizens to read about this great man and learn lessons from what he was able to achieve. Our youth should be trying to implement all the good things that they learn from great leaders. As a result of this sculpture I also have learnt so much of what this great son of Nigeria achieved and sacrificed on behalf of Nigeria. I am ecstatic that in all the noise, no one has said that it does not look like him!
There has also been much talk of his shoes and the fact that they are laced. Pa Awolowo did also wear shoes with laces but to be very honest it was because of the detail that we wanted to put into the sculpture that we chose to sculpt laced shoes. It is an expression of our art and attention to detail. We never foresaw that it would create such controversy. Our intention was to show that his were large shoes to fill.
We feel that we have participated in something that is home-grown and celebrates our own. This is what we have to do to create awareness, inspire and give confidence to our youth. Can you imagine the kind of confidence a Mandela, Martin Luther King and even our Barack Obama have given to the black race and to humanity as a whole?
We have local champions here and I am delighted that Lagos State and their wonderful Governor Ambode see it fit to honour a national leader, even though he was not from Lagos State.
This is the kind of inclusion that we must have in our country if Nigeria is to be great. We must celebrate our own.
HAMZA ATTA 2017.

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Employment seeking girl steals N108k from her prospective employer

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Opportunity comes but once, this young girl believes as she stole N108k from her prospective employer. A female jobseeker has been captured for taking One Hundred and Eight Thousand Naira amid her prospective employee meeting in Delta State.

It was accumulated that the businessperson at the organization had ventured out to get something, leaving the suspect in the workplace. The young lady professedly utilized the chance to take N108k and fled.

Good fortune, be that as it may, ran out on her, days after the fact, while going through the road where the workplace is found. She was expeditiously caught and dragged to her home where the rest of the cash was recovered.

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Lagos tenant uses Landlord’s apartment to dupe house appliance vendors of N50 million

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Read this narration by twitter handle, @Wenogetjob, which tells of how he eavesdropped on a couples conversation of a duping man. The man rented a house for 2 month, bought expensive items worth up to N50 million on credit. Left the rented apartment with all the appliances he has not paid for, after winning the trust of the sellers.

Hey peepz, I have a gist tho I don’t know if it’s true or not..But I will say it Sha. I was just walking on the street 2receive fresh air when I saw a couple. d man was telling his wife about an incident. I kukuma slowed down an walked behind them to hear d full gist.

It was more like a scam story. A certain man walked up to a Landlord in our area and requested to rent his apartment for 2 months, with the excuse that he was traveling to Canada and just came to Lagos for the Visa Processing.. They agreed on 150K.

The man paid and took ownership of the apartment.He then went out to Vendors in town and negotiated to buy expensive items on lease. With installment payment plans.. He was said to have collected home appliance worth N50,000,000 from various vendors.

He then took them all to the apartment one by one to build trust. At least once they know he lives there, they can easily come around and pack their stuffs if he defaults, these people didn’t know what would hit them was going to be deadlier than Tsunami.

As agreed with the Landlord, the man packed out even earlier than expected… Left with all the items, of which he had not finished the payment..and the Landlord was so happy to have struck a better deal He immediately rented out the apartment to another family.

One by one, the creditors began to come in and same story was relieved to them.. Some fainted, some threatened hell fire …. To cut the long story short, Baba Ijebu was arrested alongside the new tenant.. You know Naija now… #POLICE  no wan hear wuen

They were only saved after a Landlord intervened. He is a legal practitioner and took up the case. But sincerely speaking. I wonder how some people feel at rest knowing fully well their victims would suffer.  I guess it all centers on lack of conscience. This is bad #dojon

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How a middle-aged man died after withdrawing N100,200 from the bank will shock you

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How a middle-aged man died after withdrawing N100,200 from the bank will shock you

What could have taken the life of a middle-aged man, identified only as Muyibi, who collapsed and died in a commercial cab in the Ojota area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro reports that Muyibi boarded the cab after withdrawing money from a United Bank for Africa branch in the Ogudu area. Then the driver had turned to to take his fee from Muyibi when he realized the man had become motionless. After reaching the terminus, a resident told Punch’s correspondent that the driver alighted from the cab to slightly push Muyibi, who was cold.

The resident, who did not want to be identified, said,

“The driver had picked some other passengers along the way, and they had all paid and dropped off at their various bus stops.
“When the victim did not respond when they got to the terminus, the driver parked the cab to rouse him, but he was cold.
The driver raised the alarm, which drew the attention of commuters and passersby to the scene. People checked him and discovered that the man was dead.”

Policemen from the Ogudu division were said to have been alerted to the incident. The driver’s vehicle was impounded just like that, while the man’s body was deposited in a morgue.

A source person at the terminus who spoke with Punch newspaper confirmed the incident, saying:

“It happened around 3pm on Friday. The man went to withdraw some money in UBA. The Ogudu Divisional Police Officer was compassionate; she pitied the cab driver, who had become jittery.
Although the man was not detained, his cab was impounded at the station pending when the deceased’s family would show up,” he added.

Lagos state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said the police recovered N100,200 from the victim’s bag.

He said:

“The man was on his way to Ojota when he collapsed and died. We recovered the sum of N100,200 from his bag.
He also had a phone, which had a new SIM card. There is no contact on the phone and nobody has called him. We have a lead as to where he could be living.
His body has been deposited in a morgue for autopsy.”

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