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Olabode Olajumoke @78 Celebrating Extraordinary Years of Positive Impacts ,Sterling National Standing

Raji Bomodeoku

In today's climate, leadership is examined from one of the tenets mostly denoted by the values that are appreciated within a culture as an influence that is capable of producing some valuable results that are considered from that cultural standpoint.

Indeed ,many have done far better as individuals and as members of their local and national communities. When the attendance of those who have made remarkable memories in our Nation is called. One name that will feature prominently is Olabode Olajumoke . Olajumoke's impact can be traced to his strides in the political, economic and humanitarian landscape of Nigeria.

Olajumoke has gone on to show that creating insight and taking action are winning combination for anyone coming from a humble background . Only a few people have done more impacts to others like they would to themselves. Olajumoke is a deeply good man from searchlight and one of the evidences that Nigeria was blessed with great Leaders.

Growing up as a young Man in the Precincts of Imeri in Ondo State . Olajumoke's mission from outset was how to serve his fatherland, inspiring many other similar thinkers to stimulate a national synergy for his people’s emancipation at the National front.

One of the inspiring accounts of Olajumoke’s groundbreaking success in community development was the founding of Imeri Unity Group, a socio political group with the intention of increasing the presence of his Yoruba speaking Imeri minority people at the frontline of National Politics . He was concerned that his people of Yoruba extraction should move from regional political theatre to national as the centre influences so many critical decisions in Nigeria. The focus of IUG therefore was to galvanise the Yoruba speaking people of the six Southwest states and the two states of Kogi and Kwara to play central politics.

This strategy was successful as the movement attracted followers of Governor Lateef Jakande and his deputy Rafiu Jafojo, Chief J.S Olawoyin of Offa, Chief Yomi Akintola and Chief Oluwole Awolowo both from the prominent families of late S.L.A. Akintola’s family of Ogbomoso and late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s of Ikenne among other prominent Western flank leaders.

One of the most significant achievements of IUG was the unification of the two famous Yoruba families of Awolowo and Akintola. For almost 35 years - the rift that several Yoruba monarchs could not resolve at that time was settled. Indeed the only three instances that IUG monthly meetings were ever moved out of Imeri were when Chief Oluwole Awolowo hosted IUG meeting at Efunyela Hall, Ikenne and the following month in the Ogbomoso family home of late Chief SLA Akintola by his eldest son Chief Yomi Akintola. IUG also honoured late Chief J.S. Olawoyin by Senator Salawu of Offa hosting IUG in Offa after the Ogbomoso meeting.

Modern history will be kind with Olajumoke as his emergence to the elite group did not only open ways for a turnaround in public representation , he set some standard metrics for future seekers of public office, building a lasting legacy for his people of Ondo North and influencing a national landmark for people living with disabilities. Prior to being elected into the Nigerian Senate where he served as the Senate’s Committee Chairman on Navy. He is noted for sponsoring the disability bill which drew national consciousness to the need to make all public and private facilities accessible to people living with special needs as it is practiced in civilized world .

This remarkable bill had been tested and actualized some years earlier when Dr Bode Olajumoke was the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko. As the Pro-Chancellor, he converted the institution from a glorified secondary school into a modern University such that within two years of his being Chairman of Council, the school was adjudged the best state university in Nigeria by the Nigerian Universities Commission. Massive road networks sprawled the university landscapes, modern lecture theatres were constructed. He insisted that all the emerging structures - roads, buildings, lecture theatres were all disabled compliant. He did not limit this campaign to Adekunle Ajasin University. As a prominent member of the national conference of Pro-Chancellors, he persuaded his colleagues to adopt the policy of making their campuses disabled friendly. Some Pro-Chancellors visited his University to duplicate the concept. Such was his passion for the disabled and less privileged that at the earliest opportunity he had as a Senator, his major bill on disability in the one term he was privileged to serve was passed by the Senate into law. The Nigerian Navy honored him with a Navy Secondary School in his home town Imeri as a recognition for effective Senate Leadership.

He had served pre-eminently as a Federal Civil Servant and played notable roles in the return of democracy in 1999. His civil service years was condoned after twenty five years of meritorious service. Professionally , Olajumoke was inspired to read Law after covering the famous treasonable felony case of the FGN vs Dr Tunji Otegbeye as an intern-reporter with the Daily times of Nigeria in 1965. He got the Soviet Union Scholarship in 1965 to study law at the famous Friendship University , Moscow where he bagged LL.M in flying colours. He Later proceeded to the University of Edinburgh in the UK where he bagged a Doctorate Degree in the International Law Department of the Prestigious University. Olajumoke has been an advocate of true federalism tackling several extra-constitutional tendencies in teaching and through court prayers as a liberal exponent with complete believe in the principles of liberty, freedom of people and Nations.

Born on the 1st of July ,1944 , in Imeri ,Olajumoke’s growing up set the foundation for his exemplary journey and disciplined life as a member of the Boys Scout where he mastered the most important leadership lessons in developing young people to become self fulfilled as individuals and play constructive roles in the society using the scout method . He has throughout his scouting journey developed special interest in people living with special needs . At the 100th year celebration of the founding of Scouting in 2007 World Scout Jamboree at Essex, London. Olajumoke sponsored several Scouts from Schools of deaf and impaired hearing to the World events raising hope for the children to dream again . He has served on the Board of The Scout Association of Nigeria as its Deputy Board Chairman. He has strong passion for charity and his many years work has created some of the notable charity organizations that are restoring hopes for people with extreme conditions. Among these is the mission to save the helpless MITOSATH. - the first Chairman was late Prof. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti and was succeeded by Dr. Bode Olajumoke. Rtd General T.Y. Danjuma is the Grandpatron.

Dr Bode Olajumoke has been a member, Board of Trustees of PDP since year 2000. He is not a shifty politician and so has been very constant in his vision when he ran for the Nation’s Presidency under APP in 1999.

Long before Dr. Bode Olajumoke contested the Senate seat, he had sponsored many budding politicians for elective and executive offices. In year 2007, he eventually ran for the Senatorial seat of his Ondo North and won one of the largest votes nationwide.

He is a Member of the Board, University of Ibadan Advancement Centre since over a decade.

At 78 , Olajumoke’s example serving leadership is still rubbing positively in the heart of Nigeria and everywhere else that he has made footprints throughout his proud history .

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Statesman on the auspicious occasion of his 78th birthday.

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When we say relationship, what first comes to our mind is the connection between people and how people are connected.

Relationship means how two or more people or things are connected or related to each other by either blood or marriage or in different ways. In this world, in our society, people are related to each other in many ways, either by blood or marriage or by the relation love, friendship, hatred, humanity, etc.

We are connected and are in a relationship with each other, whether it's husband and wife, sister and brother, son/daughter and parents, etc.

Relationships are very delicate and sensitive. We must always be careful not to break them just due to a silly misunderstanding or a fight over a minor issue. They are very precious; take care of them because it is most painful for you to lose them when a person you know becomes a person you knew.

Relationships are very valuable (precious); only for those people that are fortunate to have them, to have someone who takes care, is concerned about them, love them, and were, is, and will always be there for them no matter what happens will always stand beside them.

Every relationship starts with being a stranger, full of excitement, joy, and long-time life commitments and promises.

When people get into relationships, they are always strangers to each other, and later on, they start knowing each other. That relationship begins turning out very precious for them, and every relationship is based on trust between each other.

Trust is the faith you have in someone that they will always remain loyal to you; to trust someone means you can rely on them and are comfortable confiding in them because you feel safe with them.

Trust is the building block for any relationship without which the foundation will always remain shaky, fall apart, won't survive, and tend to break within no time.

A good and healthy relationship is how PEACE, LOVE, RESPECT, and DIGNITY are maintained.

The leading five pillars of a healthy relationship are:

> Good communication and understanding between each other.

> Respect between each other.

> Equality amongst each other.

> Both of them must be within their boundaries and limits with each other.

> Be supportive and cooperate.

To have a healthy relationship, these five pillars must be considered, and not only that, but we should try our level best to avoid misunderstandings and ego. Ego has a role in spoiling relationships try avoiding having ego in relationships, EGO is a small three-letter word that can destroy a big twelve-letter word called RELATIONSHIP.

In the case of any problem, both parties should try and sit with each other alone and try to solve them amongst themselves. I believe that every situation has a solution, and that solution is hidden in the problem; we only have to find it, and I think it's possible.

Guys, please value your relations no matter how many difficulties arise but don't ever give up try to solve them and don't let the relationship fall apart. Most don't ever humiliate or insult that relationship. Try to handle them with care and love. You'll see everything will be possible and always have patience and in case of anything try and apologize to make the relationship more stronger.


While making decisions on certain relationships, always think twice, seek advice, research more about that, have patience, and don't hasten to make decisions.

In a relationship, both partners should try to understand each other and incase of compromising and sacrificing both partners should compromise not only one partner should do, both are supposed to compromise and sacrifice in order to balance the relationship equally. Most importantly, no one is perfect in this world; hence we should accept our partner's flaws, and the relationship will be more vital with time.

Never leave a true relationship for a few faults, nobody is perfect, nobody is correct.


At last I can say,

Strength grows when we dare, Unity grows when we pair, Love grows when we share & Relations grow when we care.



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Election Monitoring (The Law and The Politics)

At the core of an election is legitimacy. Absent legitimacy an election cannot be confirmed and allow for a legitimate outcome. A national election is of paramount importance and has profound individual and national consequences. Organizing an election is a prodigious task that has to be attended in a manner that secures credibility and legitimacy; it is the cornerstone of any democracy. In Zimbabwe the electoral process has been mired in controversy and this has greatly diminished the legitimacy of the entire electoral process. Regardless of comprehensive electoral processes, institutions, legislation and the Constitution 2013 of Zimbabwe, elections in Zimbabwe have fallen short of achieving a legitimate outcome; a situation that has all but led to a disaster to say the least. With the all important 2023 election drawing closer and closer it is crucial that the machinery that safeguards or promotes legitimacy of elections is built, strengthened and or activated. The electoral process is a multi-dimensional process that is as broad as it is complex. For purposes of this paper attention shall be primarily on elections monitoring and “protection of the vote.” We will further look into how private individuals can participate in the monitoring of elections as part of civil organization and or individuals.

The Constitution

Of course in order to understand and better interpret any provisions relating to any law, institution or national process we need to refer to the Constitution for guidance. With regard to election processes and election monitoring the Constitution is the go to provision. Chapter 7 of the Constitution makes provisions for Elections, related processes and principles. Section 155 of the Constitution 2013 sets out the principles of the electoral system in Zimbabwe and of importance to this paper is section 155(1)(d) which reads; Elections, which must be held regularly, and referendums, to which this Constitution applies must be free from violence and other electoral malpractices. This is a key provision that places a mandate on the state/government to ensure that all reasonable measures are in place that prevent election malpractices. Such measures include having independent election observers, transparent processes and a safe environment for voters and election officials alike.

Section 157 of the Constitution further provides the state must enact leglislation that give effect to the principles stated in subsection (1). In Zimbabwe the Electoral Act was enacted to give effect to the same among other electoral legislative provisions. The Act makes provisions for details relating to the electoral process which include voter registration, appointment of election officials, political parties and candidates, and election observers which are the primary subject of discussion herein. The Act sets out how different classes of election observers can be registered as such and what their role is within the confines of the law. This Act together with various other legal provisions are quite elaborate and clear on the principles, rules, and institutions that must be adhered to. However there are various provisions that certainly require reform as they do not serve the purpose of ensuring a free and fair election. Central to these reforms in as far as election observers are concerned is how the Accreditation Commission is constituted and its functions.

The electoral process is highly regulated and the primary reason is for its legitimacy. A free and fair election that is legitimate can only be achieved if there are checks and balances that satisfy all stakeholders, that is the citizens, civil society organization, the government, opposition parties and the international community. Central to this is the reports made by the observers who serve to confirm if the election was conducted in a lawful, free and fair manner. The Constitution deliberately sets out an extensive process and principles that ensure an outcome that satisfies all actors as stated above.

The Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] (Act No. 25 of 2004) (The Act)

The Act enables the said electoral provisions as stated in the Constitution. It lays out the provisions that are to be followed and establishes the various institutions that are responsible for organizing Elections in the country. It is a very extensive document and is accompanied by various Regulations that serve to regulate the process in a satisfactory matter. Section 40 of the Act sets out the provisions relating to election observers. That is their registration, accreditation, activities and responsibilities. As per the Electoral (Accreditation of Observers) Regulations, 2013; a local organization wishing to apply for accreditation of its representatives as observers must be registered as a Private Voluntary Organization in terms of the Private Voluntary Organizations Act [Chapter 17:05] or established under a notarial deed of trust that is registered in the Deeds Office in terms of the Deeds Registries Act [Chapter 20:05]. This provision is primary designed to provide formality, certainty and accountability for any person who intends be an election observer. This is indeed a well founded provision that furthermore reduces potential anarchy especially in compiling observer reports and assessing the credibility of the observers which can be an administrative nightmare and worst case scenario this can lead manipulation and exploitation by actors acting in bad faith.

At section 40(1)(H) the Act provides for an Observers Accreditation Committee. This Committee constitutes of the Chairperson and other commissioners appointed by different Cabinet Ministers as provided for in the Act. This provision and manner which Commissioners are appointed however allows for political appointments who may be biased. In as far as accreditation of observers is concerned this compromises the legitimacy of the election as the observers can be accredited along party lines especially if the government is comprised of a cabinet belonging to a single party. This is a critical area that must receive attention and be reformed. Instead of appointment by cabinet members other independent Actors must take part in the appointment of the Accreditation Committee. This must include other state institutions and civil society individuals and organizations that are non aligned politically. With the very important work that election observers carryout having objective observers in of paramount importance. The significance of the mentioned need to reform is definitely an area that needs urgent attention before the 2023 election arrives; absent the same, credibility of the electoral system is already in jeopardy.

Registration and Process

Accreditation of Observers is provided for in Section 40(I) of the Act. Subsection (1) provides that An application for accreditation as an observer must be made no later than the fourth day before the first day of polling fixed in a proclamation made under section 38(1)(a), (b) or (c) for the election of the President, constituency members of the National Assembly or councilors. In the event of local observers (that is to say, individuals representing local organizations and eminent persons from within Zimbabwe), application must be made indirectly to the Chief Elections Officer through the appropriate provincial elections officer of the province in which the observers propose to discharge their functions while international observers shall apply directly to the Chief Elections officer.The application shall be made by any of the following persons, the individual or eminent person who wishes to be accredited; or the organization that wishes its representatives to be accredited; or the Minister responsible for foreign affairs, in respect of individuals whom the Minister has invited to observe an election; as the case may be. Once the individuals or organization has made the application the Committee must submit same to the Commission for consideration. The commission must respond to said applications within 48hrs and should it reject said application it must furnish the Committee with sound reasons as to why not.

Section 40(H)(2) sets out that the functions of the Observers Accreditation Committee shall be, subject to this Part, to recommend to the Commission the accreditation of different classes of observers from foreign observers to local observers as provided for therein. Subsection (2b) provides for local observers which are individuals representing local organizations and eminent persons from within Zimbabwe who have applied to be accepted as observers. Such observers must register with the Commission via the Accreditation committee. Citizens can therefore organize themselves and register as election observers that can participate in the election and lawfully observe and monitor the election as provided for in the Constitution and legislation. However as mentioned above the appointment of the Commissioners to the OAC gives the government of the day leeway to appoint biased commissioner. The lack of balance/objectivity in the appointments further compromises the functions and work of the observer mission. Should it turn out that the Commissioners are indeed biased this could further result in the work of the observers being compromised as well. Observers accredited by a partisan Committee and Commission are susceptible to influence and bias which is fatal to the legitimacy of an election. Observers under partisan influence cannot produce credible reports that are factual and unbiased.

Of particular importance is section 40J of the Act. Herein the provision states that only the prescribed number of observers shall be permitted to enter and remain at a poling stations and to be present at the counting or collating of votes at a polling station or constituency centre. The Electoral Regulations of 2018 at section 7 provides that Not more than six observers, or, if there are more than six observers wishing to observe inside a polling station or collation centre, not more than six observers representing different observer groups, may be present at once inside a polling station or a collation centre. Unaccredited persons are not allowed near the or in the polling station. It is therefore crucial to have an adequate number of people and organizations accredited in order have a lawful observer mission especially for the local missions. It is unlawful for a private citizen to be in or near to a polling station during counting as only accredited observers are allowed. Ordinary citizens seeking to participate as observers must contact the Commission or observer missions in order to get direction on how to lawfully participate.

The Politics of Election Monitoring


One cannot stress the importance of political parties having election observers that monitor the happenings at and around the polling stations. However political party observers tend to be or are viewed as partial and biased towards their parties. Their credibility of their reports can easily be dismissed as biased. It is therefore important to rope in more independent observers that are non aligned and independent of party influence and interests. Regardless it is crucial for political parties more so opposition parties to deploy adequate enough observers that serve to monitor the entire process more the conduct of Election Agents, voters, counting and announcing.

Training of Observers

Critical to achieving a legitimate result in an election is having observers that are well trained and able to diligently execute their duties. If the observers are able to give an accurate report of what transpired during the casting of votes and counting. This adds confidence to the process and reduces the prospects of having a disputed outcome as well trained observers can provide reports that can be trusted by all stakeholders. The funding of such an endeavour is of fundamental importance to the extent that there may be a need for the legislature to craft laws that set an amount that should be allocated to election observers in as far as their training is concerned.

Foreign Observer

Though this paper did not delve into the subject of foreign observers in great detail, it is essential that foreign observer missions are appointed and given a mandate by an objective Observers Accreditation Committee and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Foreign observers moreso from nations and organization that do not have direct interests in Zimbabwe provide further cause to trust the outcome depending on the outcome of the result. The current Government in the 2018 election did allow for foreign observer missions which included the likes of the EU, US, UN, SADC and AU. However it seems their invitation was in bad faith where the observers are from nations that have the Zimbabwe under sanctions and their reports can easily disregarded as being biased against the Zanu Pf government.

Any foreign observer mission must be accredited by a properly constituted and non biased commission that objectively takes into consideration all relevant factors that allow for credible and non biased observers. Again the reforms regarding the Accreditation Commission are crucial here in as far as having observers that can give a balanced report that can be accepted by all interested actors.

Citizen Participation

When all is said and done and the dust settles elections are all about the citizens as the primary stakeholder in any election is the citizen. The primary goal is therefore to express the will of the people. The main objective being the people appointing a government that represents their interest and serves the entire nation. This however does not come naturally or organically. Governments tend to “fly off the hinges” and abandon the very important mandate of serving the people. In Zimbabwe were the Global Corruption Index ranks the country 157 - 180, where human rights are constantly violated and elections are often absent transparency, the government has shown itself to not represent the best interests of the people. Elections are therefore a particular flash point in as far as nation building is concerned. It is crucial thus that citizens participate in their civilian capacity in all aspects of the electoral process in order to make sure that a legitimate and accountable government governs the nation.

As shown above both the Constitution and the Electoral Act provide for citizen participation in the electoral process. Legally citizens can individually or collectively gather and lawfully take part in the process. This is the most important ingredient in the securing of legitimacy in an election. Having citizens report on their own election provides confidence, trust and legitimacy. Further, the more citizens we have involved in the process the more we can strengthen the accountability of all related state institutions, more so the electoral commission and the the Constitution as a whole. If citizens can step up to fulfil their Constitution duties a legitimate election can be a firm reality.

The stats are however not very encouraging. In the 2018 election it is reported that voter registration was under 60% while turnout was about 40%. Civil society participation though visible with the likes of ZESN was largely lacking especially in as far as observers are concerned. There is need for more participation by citizens to ensure that a legitimate election can be achieved. The youths, women and rural based folks are going to be central in this election. Only a hands on approach at all sectors of the electoral process will achieve a legitimate outcome that all stakeholders can accept without much reservations.


Observers are the guardians of Elections. They are essential in providing legitimacy to the election process. The process by which they apply and are accredited is therefore immensely important. The appointment of the Accreditation Committee is thus a cause for concern as highlighted above. It allows for the manipulation and bias of the Commissioner tasked with processing observer mission applications. Both foreign and local observer missions are of fundamental importance in an election. Their registration and accreditation is a process that is at the heart of ensuring a legitimate election that satisfied all Actors and citizens. A negative report compiled by observers indicating malpractices by any Actor can render the election illegitimate. The Constitution though very extensive regarding election together with supporting legislation and institutions, the ultimate guarantor of a free and fair election is the citizen who must register to vote, vote and participate in all spheres of the election especially in observer missions that allow for oversight and accountability.

By Danny M

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Nasir Zaman as known professionally as Nasir Ranjhy Wala is an pakistani singer-songwriter and music composer He is best known for his singles "Makeup", "Gangwar","Yaar Beli" His single Makeup has featured on the UK Asian Music Chart and also the Global YouTube weekly chart.

Personal life - Nasir Ranjhy Wala was bron in punjabi muslim Family. Ranjhy Wala Village in Bahawalnagar Punjab Pakistan Father Muhammad Zaman Nasir Ranjhy Wala he completed his school education in city Bahawalnagar.

Career - Ranjhy Wala he started his music journey in June 2021 with a song name Makeup. makeup Full song with lyrical video in the voice of Nasir Ranjhy Wala The music of this song is given by Mehmood J and written by Nasir Ranjhy Wala The lyrical video made by Huzaifa Sharif. In June 2021, his song Makeup was released under the label of Lahoriye.

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It's unfortunate how we become political every electioneering year

Shouting who we are supporting

Who supported you for the last five years?

God, your love Kenya

Who paid Your rent, school fees for your kids,facilities food on your table just to name a few

God, your love Kenya

Cutting across tribal lines... This is mediocrity Bana,

We need to think inner ward lyrics and outside the box,

It's no longer about where the president, comes from, my tribe how did it benefit you?

You probably buying cooking Oil the same price as everyone else is...

This frustrating country my Kenya

God, Your love Kenya

Everything is above the sky

skyrocketing prices on every basic commodity

Kutoka kwa mafuta hadi Unga

God, your love Kenya

I walk into a Supermarket I no longer buy any commodity for quality but for quantity and price consideration is my first priority.

God, your love Kenya

But till when will this go On....


I will not be put in the same shifty hole after 8th August 2022

God, Your love Kenya

We can't tell but then again we are left with ONE, To gather our thoughts and, for once make a sober and informed decisions in terms of who you vote in various seats....

God, Your love Kenya

Fail to which the suffering continues and we pass it to the next generation what a shame?

I wonder what our forefathers are thinking at this certain moments

God, Your love Kenya

It's like we probably sold our country but for WHAT?, You would ask yourself... Is it worth

We have spearheaded development in East and Central Africa we are so Much head compared with other neighboring countries...

But at what expense?


I really wonder...

God, Your love Kenya

We live at a time where the money you earn is not enough to cater most people livelihoods

Living in a deficit chasing money more than yourself....

God, your love Kenya

CATCH it if you may, Your life depends on it

Save yourself from the life your have created around yourself

Staying true to your course, your true happiness, love and harmony essentials for our soul

God, your love Kenya

My Country Kenya as we Go to Elections

I love you

May you be Peaceful

I pray and believe


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