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Ara the Drummer narrates her grass to grace story



Nigeria’s foremost female drummer, Aralola Olamuyiwa popularly known as Ara, has made more revelations about her journey of life, recalling how she lost almost everything she laboured for in life, after things went from bad to worse for her.

The goddess of drums made these revelations during the week, while unveiling her pet project, a reality TV show tagged, “Eko Inspire Me By Ara”, and an academy for “Area Boys and Girls.”

Sharing her bitter experience at the unveiling ceremony, which was held at the EbonyLife Place, Victoria Island, Lagos, Ara said God took her on a journey to prepare her for what she’s doing today.

“In 2019”, she began, “I lost everything. When I say I lost everything, I lost everything I laboured for in life.”

She continued: “I sold all my cars and I was homeless. Nobody knew about my predicament except my family.”

“As at that time, I was somebody who used to give, not receive. I didn’t want to reach out to anybody. My landlord sent me packing because I couldn’t pay my house rent. On the day I was ejected from my house, I moved into a hotel with my child. While I was in the hotel, I reached out to one or two people whom I felt I could talk to.

“Sadly, I ended up staying in that one-room hotel for almost a year. I could not afford to feed myself and my child. In fact, I was eating the food that was meant for the kitchen staff. I moved from grace to grass and I started questioning God, why me?

“Everything I tried to do wasn’t working out for me. God practically cut everyone off me. When my mum knew what I was passing through, she reached out to me, but I told her I didn’t want to bother her. I started going to shows again. But the show that I normally charged between N3 million and N5 million, they started offering me between N100,000 and N150,000. I said to myself, what’s this?

“One day, I got a revelation and I said to God, is that the reason you are taking me on this journey? I prayed about it and I was told that nothing was wrong with me. This is God teaching me a lesson for a greater purpose. Nobody knew about what I was passing through because I am not a social media kind of person. Eventually, I picked the project again because I dumped it before now.

“I got frustrated trying to get people to key into the project. I went from organization to organization, but nothing seemed to be working out. So I dumped the project and God dumped me. I realized that He wanted me to feel what it feels like not to have a roof over your head, not to know where your next meal will come from.

“I cried profusely when they told me they were going to shut down the hotel where I was staying with my child because of COVID-19. I begged God to forgive me if I have done anything wrong. Later, they called me and said they weren’t going to shut down the hotel because of me. So, the moment I picked the project again, doors started opening for me. I said to God is that why you took me through this journey. Everything I lost gradually started coming back. I went from 100% to zero %. That’s why I said this project is the beginning of the beginnings for me,” the celebrity drummer, who was emotional, narrated.

Ara further explained that the initiative was borne out of her experience with some hoodlums over 10 years ago when she went to visit a friend at Oshodi area of Lagos. She said she made a promise to return to them in future, which she never fulfilled.

According to her, the experience changed her mentality about the street urchins. The drummer said she and her team were poised to make life better for over 2,000 area boys and girls in the next 10 years.

“Eko Inspire Me was conceived in my heart about 10 years ago due to a personal experience I had with some area boys in Oshodi,” she added.

Ara, however, thanked the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his support to make the initiative a dream come true.

On the reality show, the celebrity drummer said “Nigerians will vote 100 of them, 20 out of the 100 into the reality show. The academy will run throughout the year while the reality TV show is once a year.

“We cannot take more than 20 people for the reality TV show, but the Academy can take as many as possible. We also want volunteers.

“If anyone has touched your life, it’s time to pay back by helping these guys.”

Also speaking at the event, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said the initiative was in line with the Sanwo-Olu-led administration’s vision and pledged that the government will continue to offer support to ensure that more area boys and girls are kept out of the streets.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who spoke via a recorded video, also pledged to pick 20 area boys for mentorship.

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Bodex Hungbo shortlisted for African civic engagement summit in Kenya




An award winning digital and traditional media program, Bodex social media hangout has been shortlisted for the African civic engagement summit in Kenya by the University of Georgia.

This was revealed in a statement by the Convener of the initiative, Bodex F. Hungbo made available to journalists.

“When the event started in 2019 in Nigeria, little did we know it will get an international recognition award talk more of an international summit presentation. Though, the aim of the event is to contribute to the global objective of deploying social media for social good, promote culture and tradition in the society and encourage the efforts of ethical adopters also, to recognize the impact of social media while celebrating, inspiring and motivating Netizens to ethically use social media in creating value,” she said.

Hungbo who just completed her civic engagement course in University of Georgia, by African Civic engagement Academy submitted her annual digital media program as her action plan for the course and as gracious as she has been, the event has just been shortlisted for a presentation in Kenya.

She stated that “the vision is to contribute to the global objective of social media use but, we didn’t know it will come this soon to have a global recognition while planning just the fourth edition.

“I did my civic engagement course at University of Georgia for African Civic Engagement Academy and finished in December 2022. Before the completion of the course, we have been told to do a project plan around our course of studies and any jaw dropping plan giving the wow moment during vetting will be shortlisted for the Kenya Summit2023.

“Since the topics were about inclusion, education, media and journalism, governance, NGO. I decided to tailor Bodex Social Media Hangout to suit the topic which is media related and to our greatest surprise it got selected for the presentation.

“Our event is part of the 60 chosen for the summit out of thousands of participants to discuss our challenges, impacts and fulfillment to several other countries present.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported us in anyway and attended the event. Y’all just made us go GLOBAL. Good things will never depart from you and your household. We are honored and grateful,” the statement read.

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Bodex Hungbo Celebrates Career Day at Princeton College, Urges Students to be Resilient in the face of Challenges




Bodex Hungbo Celebrates Career Day at Princeton College, Urges Students to be Resilient in the face of Challenges.

Organized by Princeton College, a prestigious school reputed for nurturing students to meet the 21st century academic and non-academic needs on Friday, the 31st of March 2023, the career day was titled “Maximizing Opportunities and Succeeding in a World of Challenges”.  

The principal, Steve Obiakor in his opening speech, urged the students to pay more attention to self-development which is currently very critical irrespective of a chosen course of study adding that self-development is achieved by acquiring 21st century career skills which serves as a credible catalyst for maximizing opportunities and meeting challenges.

The principal asked the students to pay attention to such skills as: communication, critical thinking, networking, digital literacy and cultural appreciation through reading, participating in online/offline training programs and making good use of their study times.

The event was graced by a celebrated multiple award-inning Nigerian digital media practitioner, Bodex Hungbo, CEO Bodex International, a company that prides itself in digital strategy, public relations consultancy, brand and event management and many more.

Other speakers at the event were Lady Franca Orakwue, the national coordinator/founder of Positive Values Initiative International, the CEO of Oraks Konsult Ltd and Kelechi Anyalechi, a prolific author and the founder of the Young High Flyer Coaching Academy as well as Revamp Africa Foundation. The speakers took turn to relay their life experiences and how they have persevered in the face of daunting challenges to come thus far.

Bodex specifically reflected on her experiences in the media industry as a blogger and a PR consultant.

She specifically relayed and recounted her experiences and the hurdles she needed to cross when it was imperative that her PR business needed a breakthrough which eventually happened when she had the opportunity to work for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria a few years ago.

She charged the students and gave them the needed tips for recognizing opportunities when it comes calling, adding that opportunities most times, come with responsibilities and therefore must be met with preparedness.  

The other speakers also dwelled on encouraging the students to pursue their careers side by side the development of their talents. Kelechi Anyalechi asked the students not to abandon such talents and skills such as music and sports which he readily noticed amongst the students.

The event was highlighted by award presentations to the speakers and musical performance by the school’s orchestra group.

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Maj Gen OC Ajunwa hosts members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm (Media reps) in Lagos to a get together party




The General Officer Commanding 81 Division Nigerian Army, Maj Gen OC Ajunwa hosted members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm (Media reps) in Lagos State to a get together party on 16 Feb 2023.

The event was held at Hippo House, Oyinkan Abayomi Street, (old Queens Drive) Ikoyi Lagos.

While delivering his remarks, the GOC cautioned the media to avoid placing personal interest over national interest in the forthcoming general elections.

Speaking earlier, some of the media practitioners thanked the GOC for the gesture, describing the event as unique and a welcome initiative.

The event witnessed the attendance of Maj Gen KO Aliegbe, the Chief of Staff, Brig Gen MB Wabilli, Comd 55 Signal Bde, Brig Gen K Abdulkareem, Comd 81 Div Provost, Brig Gen ML Abubakar and Comd Div Education Services, Brig Gen AA Ahmed amongst others.

Others include, members of Defence Correspondents Association of Nigeria, Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria, Online Security Reporters of Nigeria and Digital Media Practitioners of Nigeria.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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