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Word on the Street: Africa’s Mona Lisa returns home, 30k minimum wage approved and more

November 7, 2018


Word on the Street: Africa’s Mona Lisa returns home, 30k minimum wage approved and more

Hello friends, I apologise for being MIA yesterday, been up and about. I wish I could say it would not happen again but I can’t. In the next ten days or so, I’ll be somewhat indisposed, so bear with me. I’ll try as much as I can to come through though. Now, to Word on the Street.

Tutu returns home after 40 years

Also known as Africa’s Mona Lisa, Tutu is the painting of a portrait of Adetutu Ademiluyi, a grand-daughter of a the Ooni of Ife, decades ago.

According to gist, Tutu was painted in 1974 by Ben Enwonwu, renowned Nigerian modern artist back in the day. A year after, the painting disappeared and reappeared in February this year, somewhere in London after 40 years

The painting was reportedly auctioned and sold to an anonymous buyer for £1.2 million. It was displayed this past weekend at the ArtX Lagos fair.

Trivia time! Did you know that Ben Enwonwu was a professor of Fine Arts at the University of Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife) where he met Princess Tutu and painted her portrait? The painting came at time when the country was recovering from the civil war so it was seen as an act of national reconciliation.

Buhari approves ₦30,000 minimum wage

On Monday, after much deliberation with the federal government’s negotiation committee, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) suspended the proposed nationwide industry strike scheduled to commence yesterday.

Apparently, they had reached a compromise and waiting for approval from the president. He did approve. From yesterday, November 6, 2018, minimum wage in Nigeria has become ₦30,000 per month.

Someone did the math of how much someone earning 30k per month would be getting per annum, it still would not be up to the amount our honourable senators earn per month. Isn’t that just lovely?

Unilorin increases school fees by 35%

We initially heard that it was a 100% but apparently, that was fake news. According to reports by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), it is indeed a 35% increase.

According to a representative of the university, the increase will help the school cover running costs on recurrent expenditure since the federal government had reduced its reimbursement.

“He explained that the new fees would be a little above N21,000 while other charges such as faculty and departmental charges would depend according to individual faculties in the university,” reads a report by NAN.

So the university isn’t getting enough money from the government and parents who are struggling to survive in this economy are at the receiving end? Oh well.

That’s all for today. Have a wonderful day.

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