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OGBENI PHOTO NEWS: Aregbesola Visits African Heritage Research Library AND CULTURAL CENTRE,ADEYIPO VILLAGE,OYO STATE ON JAN.16,2016

November 27, 2017

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PHOTO NEWS: Aregbesola Visits African Heritage Research Library

Pictures of the Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the African Cultural Promoter, Yeye Akilimali Funma Olade, during a visit to African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Centre, Adeyipo Village, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday 19-01-2016.
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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (right) and African Cultural Promoter, Yeye Akilimali Funma Olade (middle), during a visit to African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Centre, Adeyipo Village, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday 19-01-2016.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle); Christian Cleric, Evangelist Oyewole Olowomojuore (right) and African Cultural Promoter, Yeye Akilimali Funma Olade, during a visit to African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Centre, Adeyipo Village, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday 19-01-2016.

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OBAMA O ! -OUR BLACK PRESIDENT GOES SHOPPING AT A BOOKSTORE WITH MALIA ATI SASHA!

December 10, 2013

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OLOYE(CHIEF) CHRISTY ADE-AJAYI -GREAT AFRICAN CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITER!

December 2, 2011

OLOYE(CHIEF) CHRISTY ADE-AJAYI AND HER ALSO FAMOUS HUSBAND,OJOGBON J.F. ADE-AJAYI,AFRICAN HISTORIAN

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BACK TO AFRICA !- THIS BLACK AMERIKKKAN DAN FOSTER DID SO WELL ADJUSTING IN NIGERIA THAT HE’S WRITING A BOOK ABOUT HOW TO DO BUSINESS IN NIGERIA- IMAGINE! BLACK ON!-FROM NAIRALAND.COM

May 26, 2011


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Mobinga
CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« on: September 01, 2010, 04:47 AM »

When yes means maybe: Doing business in Nigeria

Quote from: CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Dean Foster is the author of “The Global Etiquette Guide to Africa”

Foster believes the key to success in Nigeria depends on your contacts and commitment

Providing a tip or “dash” for services, including the processing of official documents, is normal

London, England (CNN) — In a business culture where negotiations are fluid and what’s agreed on Monday might not necessary mean the same thing on Tuesday, how do you get the job done?

It’s a challenge some foreigners encounter when doing business in Nigeria.

However, things don’t have to be difficult explains Dean Foster, president of the cross-cultural training company Dean Foster Associates and author of “The Global Etiquette Guide to Africa.”

According to Foster, as long as you understand the cultural etiquette, doing business in Nigeria can offer vast opportunities. But, he says, success comes down two key factors: contacts and commitment.

“The bottom line is that you cannot expect to go into Nigeria, make the deal, turn around, walk out and expect things to go as planned,” Foster told CNN.

You’ll build friendships and relationships that will last a life

–Dean Foster, author of “The Global Etiquette Guide to Africa.”

“If you’re committed to business in Nigeria you have to know that you’re entering an environment that requires your constant attention and constant renegotiation. Adaptability and flexibility on your part is key,” he continued.

Knowing the right person is also fundamental, according to Foster, who says personal relationships are often more important than regulations and laws. It’s something, he warns, many outsiders may feel uncomfortable with.

“You have to be wary of the old tradition of ‘dash,’ which in Nigeria essentially means putting money in the hands of an individual,” he said.

“It is of course in many respects illegal, but it is still quite a common convention. And the degree to which you, as a business person, want to co-operate with this will determine to a great degree the success you have in Nigeria.”

But despite the challenges, Foster is adamant business in Nigeria can be a rewarding experience — and not just financially.

“The people are fantastic — you realize that the social networks and relationships you put so some much energy and time into, are in fact is part of the great reward. You’ll build friendships and relationships that will last a life,” he told CNN.

Dean Foster’s top five tips for doing business in Nigeria.

1. Agreeing with people is considered to be a sign of respect. Nigerians generally say “yes” to a request because their respect for you does not allow them to say “no.”

2. Among traditional Nigerian business people, an appointment is rarely private. Try not to be irritated if your meeting is interrupted by phone calls and/or visits from your client’s friends and family.

3. Do not eat everything on your plate; leaving some food is a signal that you have had enough. If you clean your plate, you are indicating that you
want more food.

4. Nigerians tend to stand close to each other while speaking. If you are uncomfortable conversing at this distance, try to refrain from backing up.

5. Nigerians are good bargainers, and you should expect to bargain and compromise in the marketplace and at the negotiating table.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/BUSINESS/08/31/business.etiquette.nigeria/index.html

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sweet03 I personally will not do business in Nigeria again, i dont believe them and they r not worth the hassle. THey are sweet talkers, so do not try it.

Indykid Is there any Nigerians in this forum??? If so , put your wallet in your front pocket. just sayin, Angry Angry

heo9542 Doing business in Nigeria, thats a good idea. I get emails for it all the time and they seem trustworthy to me. I cant even tell you how many millions of dollars I have waiting for me in escrow over there. This guy neva jam Grin Grin

Dis Guy
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #1 on: September 01, 2010, 04:57 AM »

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According to Foster, as long as you understand the cultural etiquette, doing business in Nigeria can offer vast opportunities. But, he says, success comes down two key factors: contacts and commitment.

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Foster is adamant business in Nigeria can be a rewarding experience — and not just financially.
“The people are fantastic — you realize that the social networks and relationships you put so some much energy and time into, are in fact is part of the great reward. You’ll build friendships and relationships that will last a life,” he told CNN.

so whats bad about this article, look at the glowing compliments Grin

Dis Guy
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #2 on: September 01, 2010, 04:59 AM »

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1. Agreeing with people is considered to be a sign of respect. Nigerians generally say “yes” to a request because their respect for you does not allow them to say “no.”

this is a solution to all those fights on Nairaland, everyone should just agree and say yes sir yes ma! simples!

gozzilla (m)
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #3 on: September 01, 2010, 08:35 AM »

I am still trying to pick out the the bad in this article.

calyx
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #4 on: September 01, 2010, 08:57 AM »

99% of the content of this article is true and well informed.

Care-Taker (m)
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #5 on: September 01, 2010, 09:29 AM »

The man is a ”been to”

Those are the attitudes Nigerians have that we are going to change for the better.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GodBlessNigeria

deor03 (m)
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #6 on: September 01, 2010, 09:38 AM »

Quote from: gozzilla on September 01, 2010, 08:35 AM
I am still trying to pick out the the bad in this article.

Me too !

Quote from: calyx on September 01, 2010, 08:57 AM
99% of the content of this article is true and well informed.
Also, True !

PapaBrowne (m)
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #7 on: September 01, 2010, 09:39 AM »

Very accurate article!!! The guys knows so well!!

jba203
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #8 on: September 01, 2010, 10:08 AM »

The bright side of the article is that, it paints a picture that doing business in Nigeria can potetially pay dividends. However, 90% of the article shows Nigeria’s volatility in establishing a working sytem. It is also written as an arlet to those who may wish to do business over there. It talks about contacts and commitment: that in stable economies cannot serve as a determinant for good business.

ziga
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #9 on: September 01, 2010, 10:50 AM »

@OP

I don’t agree with you that the article painted Nigeria black. The writer is obviously someone who has done some real research on Nigeria because he actually presented the facts as they are.

He gave the positives and negatives, and he tried to rationalize the reasons for it and he was not in anyway sarcastic about his remarks. This is unlike some other reports that i’ve seen that look like they were written from the seat of a plane.

This report is a very honest evaluation of the situation on ground. Thanks to the reporter for being factual.

Mobinga
Re: Cnn Article Paints Nigeria Black
« #10 on: September 01, 2010, 11:08 AM »

Hehehe!! Oya let me modify the topic

goldplated (m)
Re: CNN :: Doing Business In Nigeria
« #11 on: September 01, 2010, 07:54 PM »

A wonderful tribute!

kulyie
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #12 on: September 02, 2010, 03:53 PM »

he’s sure right.he’s bin in nigeria 4 over 10 yrs,so he shud know wot livin n doing buisness in nigeria entails especially doing business in lagos.we have a lotta cultural influences wen doing business n foreign counterparts who arent aware of dis may experience cultural shock Lips sealed Lips sealed Lips sealed Lips sealed

Ranoscky (m)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #13 on: September 02, 2010, 04:14 PM »

Pls, i’ll lyk to know if Dan Foster is back in nigeria, any1 to help me out with d answer? Undecided

nanidee (f)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #14 on: September 02, 2010, 04:28 PM »

@ poster, Dan Foster, or Dean Foster?, Undecided Undecided Undecided

bones1 (m)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #15 on: September 02, 2010, 04:31 PM »

Article is an accurate and non biased account of Nigeria

agitator
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #16 on: September 02, 2010, 05:00 PM »

Perfect analysis Cool

matiltom_d (f)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #17 on: September 02, 2010, 05:23 PM »

I’m confused in here o! Dan Foster the OAP or Dean Foster?

ayex0001
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #18 on: September 02, 2010, 05:33 PM »

Maybe he wanted to say Usman Dan vodio, lol

xtremeidea (m)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #19 on: September 02, 2010, 05:38 PM »

Dan Foster has written a book? woooooooooow Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

Tokotaya
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #20 on: September 02, 2010, 05:41 PM »

It’s an error by the OP. This is about a different Dan, from the OAP

chosen04 (f)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #21 on: September 02, 2010, 06:57 PM »

Quote from: Tokotaya on September 02, 2010, 05:41 PM
It’s an error by the OP. This is about a different Dan, from the OAP

Are you serious?

JUO
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #22 on: September 02, 2010, 07:48 PM »

this guy don drink nija water

blakduches
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #23 on: September 02, 2010, 08:17 PM »

A true depiction of the nigerian system.

oladayo042
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #24 on: September 02, 2010, 08:20 PM »

Factual truth abt Naija.
3. Do not eat everything on your plate; leaving some food is a signal that you have had enough. If you clean your plate, you are indicating that you want more food. Shocked Shocked

rebranded (m)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #25 on: September 02, 2010, 09:28 PM »

I see Dean Foster NOT Dan Foster pls change the heading its misleading!

Nymph node (m)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #26 on: September 02, 2010, 11:45 PM »

The dark dude is a presenter, Inspiration FM Lagos the other is a US based writer he wrote Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle East

* Dan-foster Inspiration Fm.jpg (10.52 KB, 299×448 )

* dean+foster.jpg (16.8 KB, 320×240 )

Dis Guy
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #27 on: September 03, 2010, 01:47 AM »

Quote
4. Nigerians tend to stand close to each other while speaking. If you are uncomfortable conversing at this distance, try to refrain from backing up.

so why do we still talk like we have loudspeakers in our mouth??

shilling (f)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #28 on: September 03, 2010, 07:02 AM »

Quote from: Dis Guy on September 03, 2010, 01:47 AM
so why do we still talk like we have loudspeakers in our mouth??

I was also wondering about that. I’ve never noticed that about Nigerians whenever I visit – standing so close. I feel super-uncomfortable when a person does that.

rasputinn (m)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #29 on: September 03, 2010, 07:22 AM »

The day a man as unserious as Dan Foster(sorry Dan,but you know what I mean)writes a book about doing business anywhere,,,,,,,, ,,,,.,.,.,.,

agitator
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #30 on: September 03, 2010, 07:44 AM »

MTN knew about this and they are the greatest in africa, vodacom didn’t and they lost
Julius Berger also towed this line, and some new foreign construction companies are following their footsteps. Cool

Jakumo (m)
Re: CNN: Doing Business In Nigeria (Review Of Dan Foster’s Book)
« #31 on: September 03, 2010, 07:54 AM »

Quote from: shilling on September 03, 2010, 07:02 AM
I was also wondering about that. I’ve never noticed that about Nigerians whenever I visit – standing so close. I feel super-uncomfortable when a person does that.

Please don’t feel uncomfortable, since a true Nigerian conversation is not in progress until you can SMELL the breath and body odor of the person invading your personal space, and feel your ears ringing from the glass-breaking volume of their speech.

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OBAMA!- NEW BOOK ON OBAMA-“THE FIRST:PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE” BY BLACK JOURNALIST ROLAND S. MARTIN

February 17, 2011

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“On February 10, 2007, Barack Hussein Obama stood before thousands waiting in the cold in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois and made his intentions known: he was running for president. This book traces tracks this journey through my eyes as I covered the improbable road to the presidency of Obama…
My aim in publishing this book is to offer an historical account of covering this stunning and exciting race, but to also offer in real-time the ups and downs of the campaign, and even take a look back at various moments from my perspective , as well as those of some of the entertainers and others I crossed paths with along the way.”
-Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. xxii-xxiii)
If you’re interested in revisiting the 2008 Presidential campaign from the perspective of an African-American journalist afforded access to candidate Barack Obama, then this coffee table keepsake was undoubtedly designed with you in mind. For, between December of 2006 and Election Day a couple years later, Roland Martin filed hundreds of reports, in his capacity as a political correspondent for the CNN and TV-One Networks, as a radio talk show host, and as a nationally-syndicated columnist.

The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House is essentially a chronological rehash of Martin’s interviews, articles and news stories which collectively paint a complete picture of the evolution of Obama from long shot to contender to favorite to the first black President of the United States.
What is likely to make this opus fairly absorbing for the average history buff is the fact that these real-time entries accurately reflect the pulse of the country at each moment of the campaign, as the political sands shifted back and forth beneath the feet of the pivotal players.
It’s all recounted here, mostly in the author’s own words, from the Iowa caucuses (“All of a sudden, there is a sense that Obama actually could win this thing.”) to the Michelle Obama patriotism question (“Was it a big deal. Nope?”) to the Reverend Wright controversy (“I fundamentally believe that whites and blacks reacted differently [to] the snippets of Wright’s preaching.”). Overall, the astute observations of a partisan who never hid his allegiances yet still proved pretty prescient in terms of forecasting the outcome of the landmark presidential election.

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“It was always amazing to listen to journalism icons like Vernon Jarrett, Lerone Bennett and Sam Lacy talk about covering some of the major stories of the 20th century, such as Jackie Robinson breaking the baseball color barrier, Muhammad Ali’s rise to become heavyweight champion, and the Civil Rights Movement. Covering the eventual election of President Barack Obama was on par with those historic achievements. To have a front row seat at history was amazing, and I wanted to serve as sort of my recollection of the campaign as it was unfolding. It was also amazing to go back and talk to individuals who hit the campaign for then-Sen. Obama, and get an understanding of their motivations, and the raw emotions they felt as the race went down to the wire and history was made. “This campaign dominated my life for two years and it was worth every moment.”
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Adeyipo is fast becoming a tourist destination. Located on the outskirts of Ibadan in Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State, the village has become home of culture, tradition and knowledge, attracting scholars. Yet, it is still lacking basic social amenities.

As one of the over 200 villages that was once part of the Igbo-Elerin District, the place has not lost its natural appeal. When translated, literally, Igbo-Elerin means “Forest occupied by elephants”. According to the oldest man in the place, Baba Eniayewu, elephants once occupied the place. “Then, it was a thick forest.” Even though, elephants no longer tread its path, nevertheless, Adeyipo, today, remains an enclave surrounded by thick forest; home of traditional drummers, singers, dancers, story-tellers and rara chanters, having its natural habitat intact. These local artistes are always on ground to entertain visitors at occasions.

In addition to its arts, its serene environment has continued to inspire filmmakers, writers and musicians, serving as a setting for literary, artistic works and films. The novel, The Virgin by Bayo Adebowale, which Tunde Kelani’s adapted in his film The Narrow Path, is set in the village. Academic films depicting poems studied by senior secondary students such as Ebiks waec Poems on CD have also been set in the place, among others.

Interestingly, the village is a small community with not more than 10 buildings belonging to eight families, and a population of not more than 700. Small as it is, the place prides itself as home to a unique edifice – the African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Centre (AHRLC).

For years, visitors have continued to troop into the place in search of knowledge. On a visit to the place, one will find AHRLC, a documentation resort of a sort, where one can camp and do research at the same time. Researchers on any subject relating to Africa will find the place helpful; its libraries are full of such books. The place houses the African Heritage Research Library, Afe Babalola Rural Community Service building, N.O. Idowu Visitors Chalets, Victor Olaiya Music of Africa Library, and African Talking Drum Museum.

The place, founded by Dr. Bayo Adebowale in 1989, has as its Chief Librarian, Chief Yeye Akilimali Fanua Olade, an African-American who has worked in AHRLC since inception. Overtime, it has come to mean different things to each visitor. Students of literature would find the place an interesting repertoire.

According to Olade, AHRLC has hosted many dignitaries and groups from within and outside the country, who left their marks behind. “We have had the opportunity of hosting the Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, ex-governor of Oyo State, Chief Omololu Olunloyo, Ambassador Segun Olusola, former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Chief Akin Oluyinmi (SAN), former Commissioner of Women Affairs, Community Development and Social Welfare, Oyo State, Princess A. Babalola, Egbe Omo Yoruba USA and Canada and Prof. Akinwunmi Ishola, Hon. Abike Dabiri, Chief N.O. Idowu, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), Prof. Femi Osofisan, Prof. Demola Dasilva, Adebayo Faleti, Tunde Kelani, among others,” she said.

Olade said the AHRLC project is the manifestation of how one man’s dream can affect many lives. Aside storing research materials, she added the centre is an all-round educational and cultural centre geared towards serving the academic needs of enlightened Africans and the people of the community.

She said: “The centre runs a Rural Community Development and Literacy Centre aimed at educating and enlightening the non-literate inhabitants of Adeyipo and villages such as Akokura, Kufi, Aderogba, Ladunni, Apon Onilu, etc. The library was established with the mind of meeting the educational needs of scholars, researchers and students, and, the non-educated indigenes – farmers, petty traders and artisans.”

Speaking on the founding of AHRLC, Olade said: “When the Director of the centre, Dr. Bayo Adebowale, first established the library in March 1988, it was at Ila-Orangun, Osun State. It began with 500 books, journals and magazines, at Prince Isaac Adebayo’s home. Later, it moved to an old post office building in the central part of the town; while in Ila-Orangun, the collection grew to 12, 000 volumes, she said.

With a mind of moving educational enlightenment to his people, Olade said: “It moved to Adeyipo in 1992, and by this time, the collection and vision had grown. Today, AHRLC is a centre of culture and knowledge; a depository and clearing house for all publications on Africa, Africans in the Diaspora of the Americas, Europe, Asia the Pacific and the Caribbean Island. We have the largest collection of books on Africa. AHRLC currently has over 100, 000 volumes that cuts across all branches of knowledge as they relate to Africa. And our chalets are open to visitors wishing to lodge while carrying out research. ”

As an indigene of Adeyipo, Adebowale said: “The need to give back to his community, inspired the moving of the library to his hometown. The love for education motivated the establishing the library initially.

Aside books, Adebowale added that: “The music library and museum is aimed at preserving African musical heritage. Recently, the centre named a poetry section in honour of the acclaimed poet, J.P. Clark. And we are currently working on a Wole Soyinka African Writers’ Enclave which would run a writer-in-residence programme.”

Surrounded by such impressive qualities, one would have thought Adeyipo would have experienced tremendous development. However, this is not the case. The place is in dire need of government intervention. Visitors still have to contend with the bad road leading to the place, among other amenities that are lacking. The road from Idi-Igba to Adeyipo is actually a bumpy and jagged broad path consisting of red earth in dry season that turns muddy and almost impassable during the rainy season. Describing his experience to the place, J.P. Clark called the experience a “turbulent ride”.

Aside the writer, the community people are lamenting everyday over the state of the road. Most of them are farmers. They complained they are faced with tremendous suffering while transporting their goods to neighbouring towns.

A woman, known simply as Iya Alakara, wondered why the government had abandoned them. She said most of their children going to school also contend with the road, leaving their socks and uniforms dirty. Speaking in Yoruba, she said: “They (the government) have refused to come to our aid. Please tell them to give us light and water. A ni ina”.

A female writer, Chief Ada Onwu, once wrote “AHRLC is a wonderful library. The Oyo State government should be interested in it, and see to the terrifying state of the road leading to it.”

The bad road is not their only challenge. There is no pipe-borne water in the place; the people are still ultilising a small stream, and very recently, a well dug by AHRLC. Visitors at the centre will also need to arm themselves with purified water, as there is no borehole.

Like the villagers, visitors who intend to lodge in in the place, also have to contend with fighting the darkness as the place is yet to be connected with electricity. A staff of AHRLC who pleaded anonymity lamented: “The governor and some government officials have been here several times. In fact, when the governor first visited on December 20, 2007, he promised he would do something about the road and the electricity, but till date nothing had been done.”

As it is with most lofty projects managed by one person, the centre is also faced with its own challenges; hence, the need for financial assistance from individuals and corporate bodies. Some of the structures, particularly the chalets, are beginning to experience cracks, probably due to lack of constant maintenance.

Olade, who welcomes support from well-meaning groups, called on the Government to fulfill its promises towards the centre and the village.

On his part, Adebowale said he is not unaware of the teething problems facing the centre but, added that determination against the odds had kept the dream alive

While praising the centre’s advisory board for its effort at ensuring the edifice continuous existence, Adebowale said: “It is our desire to continue to share or wealth of knowledge with the natives and the world. This has kept the dream alive. I cannot but appreciate the friends of AHRLC which have not left us alone to the arduous work of this centre. We call on the government to come to our aid, in terms of amenities for the people of Adeyipo,” he said.

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