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The British Prime Minister is currently on the Nigerian leg of her tour of Sub Sahara Africa.
But tongues have been wagging and questions asked about the striking jacket spotted by the Prime Minister while visiting the Lagos State Governor Ambode and later the President, Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja yesterday.
Well, it has now emerged that the jacket is from the Summer Spring Collection of an up-and-coming Nigerian fashion designer Emmanuel Okoro.
The Prime Minister sported the mustard-colour blazer which has got the fashion world all fired up.
The designer, who runs the Emmy Kasbit brand, took to Instagram to say he’s “honoured” to have the British leader wear a jacket from his brand’s Spring Summer 2018 collection.
Award winning novelist Adichie Chimandada is another celebrity that has been seen in EmmyKashit creation.
The 27 year old Abia State indigene is a Computer Science graduate of the University of Calabar, Nigeria.
Sadiq Khan was accused of putting a dampener on Donald Trump’s visit to London last month by allowing a giant balloon of him dressed in a nappy to fly over the capital.
But now the Mayor of London is to face his own humiliation as protesters prepare to launch an inflatable showing the London mayor dressed in a bright-yellow bikini.
Organisers raised more than £58,000 online to pay for the blimp of Mr Khan following the furore over the 20ft balloon, dubbed ‘Trump Baby’, which was granted permission to rise above Parliament Square during the US President’s visit last month.
The inflatable depicting a bikini-clad Mr Khan, which is slightly larger than its rival at 29ft, will be flown in the same Westminster location on Saturday morning.
Yanny Bruere, the 28-year-old marketing manager behind the effigy, said he had been angered by the Mayor’s focus on political point scoring instead of dealing with soaring crime.
He said: ‘I was just so irritated that Mr Khan took it upon himself to speak on behalf of the UK over the President’s visit.
Whatever anyone thinks of Mr Trump, he is still leader of the free world and should be accorded the respect of that position, especially at such a critical time for the UK as we face separation from the EU.
‘It feels like the Mayor of London prioritises personal enmity over the good of the country.’
The design of the inflatable showing Mr Khan dressed in a bikini pokes fun at one of his first decisions upon taking office when he banned adverts on the London Underground that promote an unhealthy body image.
The Prime Minister will be joined by a business delegation made up of 29 representatives from UK business – half of which are SMEs – from across all regions of the UK and its devolved administrations. The delegation shows the breadth and depth of British expertise in technology, infrastructure, and financial and professional services.
The annual Ojude Oba festival took place on Friday amidst the mandatory pomp, fanfare and pageantry the world know festival is famous for.
The Ojude Oba is a Yoruba festival held in Ijebu Ode, a town in Ogun State, Southwestern Nigeria. It is held annually the third day after Eid al-Kabir, the annual Muslim Festival.
The festival which began over 100 years ago, is attended by over bundreds of thousands of Ijebu sons and daughters and other Nigerians many who travel from out of the country and from across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
It also attracts many dignitaries and special guests who are personally invited by the Awujale himself.
The special guest at the festival this year was the Senate President Olubukonla Saraki.
The festival is often sponsored by the incumbent Awujale, the people of Ijebu-Ode, individuals and corporate organizations.
The main attractions of the festival are the horse parades of prominent Ijebu Ode families and the flamboyant processions of the various Ijebu age groups also known as the Regbe-regbes, each of which appears in glamourously traditional and beautifully colourful uniform attires.
*Pictures by Bravo_Photography, Ijebu Ode
Greenwich & Woolwich MP Matt Pennycook has launched a petition against plans to cut bus route 53 back to County Hall, after saying they will “punish” his low-paid constituents who rely on the service.
The plan to cut the 53, which currently runs from Plumstead station to Whitehall, was among a batch of oroposals revealed by 853 last week , causing a flurry of local, London and even national media coverage.
While Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that resources are being reallocated from central to outer London, the cuts are part of an overall plan to address Transport for London’s budget problems, which stem from the abolition of its government grant, the mayor’s fare freeze and falling public transport ridership.
Earlier in the week, wrote on his Facebook page that “the service needed increasing, rather than cutting”
He said: “I appreciate that they are facing cuts like other public services but I’m genuinely surprised that TfL are proposing cuts of any kind on this route. There is no doubt in my mind that any cut to services on this route would be bad news for huge numbers of people living in Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich and Plumstead. Indeed, as things stand in rush hour most 53 buses are frequently overcrowded by the time they get up the hill to Charlton.
“We need more frequent services on this route, not cuts to services.
“But my main concern is the impact on the large numbers of my constituents who get up at the crack of dawn to make the long journey into central London on the 53 to work low-paid jobs (if you think I’m exaggerating just catch one before 6.30am one morning and see for yourself).
“For them, the long journey on the 53 all the way to Whitehall is the only means of transport that is affordable into central London and it is therefore indispensable.
“As such, difficult to escape the conclusion that cuts to this service will punish my working-class constituents and at the very moment that a new Crossrail station is opened in Woolwich that will inevitably pile pressure onto our already over-stretched local transport network.
“So let me be as clear as I can possibly be: I will do absolutely everything in my power to fight cuts to the 53 bus service.
“Expect more from me on this one in the days and weeks ahead.”
Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe has also pledged to “stand up for residents” when boroughs are consulted on the proposals.
The changes are part of the biggest shake-up to the bus network since the early 1990s. They also affect the 171 from Bellingham to Holborn, which faces being cut to the Elephant & Castle, and the 172 from Brockley Rise to Clerkenwell Green, which is set to be cut back to Aldwych.
A public consultation on the cuts is due to start next month.
Pennycook also spoke out on the mayor’s decision to block Greenwich Council’s refusal of controversial plans to build 771 homes on the Charlton riverside, saying the council’s masterplan for the area should be respected.
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