15. Chris Oyakhilome
Popularly known as Pastor Chris, his ministry runs several arms including the Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities – likely the most translated book in the whole world, 660 translations – and an NGO called the Innercity Missions for Children as well as three Christian television channels: LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld SAT and LoveWorld Plus.
The controversial Man of God made the headlines on papers and social media, when news filtered of his divorce to estranged wife, Rev. Anita Oyakhilome. Unconfirmed reports later emerged that they had buried the hatchet.
On August 29, reports surfaced online that Rev. Anita had filed an action at a UK court to end their 20-year-old marriage on the grounds of “adultery” and “unreasonable behaviour”. It was later reported that the church had removed all information about Rev. Anita Oyakhilome including her pictures from its website, www.christembassy.org.
Reacting to the divorce, Pastor Chris said, being married to a man of God doesn’t automatically make you a woman of God and that is why you don’t really find wives of men of God listed in the Bible. He also said there was a difference between being a preacher and man of God and he is not a preacher but a man of God.
Pastor Chris further blamed the media houses particularly in Nigeria and South Africa for prying into his private life and also for inflating reports, as he threatened to sue them for publishing news of their divorce.
14. Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan (Mama Taraba)
Born on September 16, 1959, Senator Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, is a Nigerian politician who was elected Senator for North constituency of Taraba state, in the April 2011 federal elections when she ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Aisha, who is popularly known as ‘Mama Taraba’ later defected to the main opposition party, All Progressive Congress (APC) and became the Gubernatorial Candidate of Taraba State for the 2015 general elections.
Mama Taraba, who is a Fulani and Lawyer by training, was defeated in the election re-run held on 25th of April 2015, but on 7 November 2015 the election petition tribunal allegedly removed Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku, and declared Aisha Alhassan of the All Progressives Congress winner of April 11, 2015 poll.
She became the cynosure of gender discourse as mixed reactions ensued on social media over her emergence as the first ever elected female governor of Nigeria.
Mrs Aisha, who is currently the Minister of Women Affairs in the President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration, will be Nigeria’s first female governor if Mr. Ishaku fails to challenge the ruling, or loses the appeal.
13. Vic O
Vic O, whose real name is Victor Odu is a controversial Nigerian rap phenomenon, who hails from Boki Local Government in Cross River state in south eastern Nigeria. In 2004, he moved to Italy with his aunt. He is a graduate of the University of Italy where he studied Business Administration.
Vic O began his professional music career in 2007 and released his debut album in 2008. He writes his own lyrics, produces his tracks and calls the shots on the artistic direction of his music videos.
He drew the attention of Nigerians in 2012 when he dropped a single, ‘Why Evils’, based on a Don Jazzy beat, which had more than 26,000 views on Youtube. The single was greeted with incredulity from Nigerians on social media.
Since he emerged on the scene, Vic O continued to make controversial headlines in the music industry. On August 2, 2015, he tweeted that if he could get 5,000 retweets, he would release a diss track targeted at Drake and Meek Mill which will crown him as the king of rap.
The tweet got 5,500 retweets and guess what? He dropped the song titled Rip Drake and Meek Mill. Vic O has since then been one of the most popular discussions on social media. He trended for 2 days on Twitter with many hurling abuse at him.
In subsequent interviews, he’s claimed to be the king of rap, once saying that Jay Z had tried to sign him, and even organizing a concert. The irony to all of this is that Vic O does not technically have the talent to be a rapper.
12. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha
Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha (“DSP”) was born in 16 November 1952 in Amassoma, Ogboin North Local Government Area, Bayelsa State. He attended the Bishop Dimeari Grammar School, Yenagoa. He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy as a Cadet Officer in 1974, and then joined the Nigerian Air Force, where he served in the department of Logistics and Supply.
Alamieyeseigha was a Nigerian politician, who was Governor of Bayelsa State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 9 December 2005. He was elected as Governor of Bayelsa State in May 1999 as a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was re-elected in 2003.
Popularly called the ‘Governor-General of the Ijaw Nation,’ Mr Alamieyeseigha was reported to have died of cardiac arrest at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital on 10 October 2015. The verisimilitude of his death ignited controversial headlines among Newspapers, some media reports said he died after a brief illness, The Punch alleged that he died of high blood pressure, while Channels Television said he died of a heart attack. The only piece of information common in all the reports is that he died.
However, in a later interview, Bayelsa State Information Commissioner, Esueme Kikile revealed that the former Governor “died of complications arising from high blood pressure and diabetes which affected his kidney.
Few days later, Nigerians,mostly Doubting Thomases, took to social media to express their disbelief over his death.
According to Nigerians, Alamieyeseigha was perceived to be a cunning man following his escapade in Britain years ago. The UK authorities during the week of his death made a move for his extradition to answer to criminal charges leveled against him. The heated discourse became tensed when no photos of him at his hospital bed or of his corpse emerged.
Reports later emerged that the late Alamieyeseigha built a tomb for himself where he is supposed to be laid to rest.
11. Bola Tinubu
Born on 29 March 1952 in the city of Lagos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu attended St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan, and then proceeded to the United States in 1975, where he studied first at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, Illinois and then at Chicago State University. He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Popularly called Jagaban, Tinubu was elected Senator for the Lagos West constituency in Lagos State, Nigeria in 1993, just before a military take-over in December 1993. After the return to democracy, he was elected governor of Lagos State, holding office from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is married to Oluremi Tiniubu, the current Senator of central Lagos State.
Currently the most influential member of the All Progressives Congress party; Tinubu also holds both the chieftaincy of the Asiwaju of Lagos and that of the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in the Northern Niger State of Nigeria. His immense contribution during the 2015 presidential election, which helped Gen. Muhammadu Buhari defeat the then Incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan was not left unnoticed as some Nigerians lavishly adorned him with the garland of monumental sobriquet (The Godfather).
The APC charismatic bigwig was accused of unalloyed perfidy by many and it became evident in October 2015. Things turned out sour as reports emerged that the Presidency had via security agencies launched a surveillance ring around Tinubu as alleged plot against President Buhari heightened.
The report said the subterfuge is not unconnected to the decision of President Buhari to dump several nominees submitted by him for ministerial appointments. It was believed that Tinubu was badly hurt by the rejection.
To be continued….