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Houston remembers late Ishola Balogun, Presidential Candidate of the UPD

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Tragically, His Excellency Ishola Balogun, Presidential Candidate of the United Democratic Party, passed away in Nigeria while endeavoring to start a rice farm for the people of Nigeria, exemplifying his commitment to agricultural development and empowering his fellow citizens

“So, my people you cannot operate a Ferrari with kerosene, it seems we are asking a group of people who don’t understand the principles of basic mathematics to solve a calculus problem. I submit to you my brothers and sisters unless we want to continue turning over the running of the prison to the inmates, it’s time to change course completely…”
These are some of the words of His Excellency I. Ishola Balogun, Presidential Candidate of the United Democratic Party, who passed away in September 2022 after a brief illness.
On 20 September 2018, his he declared his intention to contest the seat of the No 1 citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Akure, Ondo State. Since this date, he had relentlessly fought through his party platform, the United Democratic Party, to become the President of Nigeria.


Isiaka Ishola Balogun, fondly known as IIB, was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend, and community leader popular in both Houston and Nigeria. His untimely passing has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him, as he was a man deeply loved and respected by many in his community. Born in Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria, IIB had a profound love for his homeland. However, his impact extended far beyond his native country.

As an American-based Nigerian businessman and respected statesman, he possessed a unique perspective on various matters, particularly in the realms of foreign and domestic policies. His insightful views and distinct approach made him a compelling figure in political discussions. The news of IIB’s entry into the Nigerian presidential sweepstakes in 2019 was thrilling for many Nigerians. With his extensive experience, exceptional leadership qualities, and deep understanding of both American and Nigerian contexts, his candidacy brought a fresh and interesting dimension to the presidential campaign.

His words and catchphrases were very philosophical and deeply persuasive. For instance, in one of his 2019 presidential campaign rallies, he said, “We have Senators that don’t know the difference between a bill and legislation; representatives that don’t know the real reasons for a debate; a military that does not protect or uphold our constitution; a Police that can’t differentiate between law enforcement and crime prevention; a judiciary of judges who have been on the bench before the constitution they are asked to interpret was enacted; and an executive branch that thinks making excuses and rationalizing failures in public policy….”

Running as a presidential aspirant on the platform of the United Democratic Party (UDP), IIB was motivated by a genuine desire to give his best for all Nigerians and his beloved fatherland. His vision and commitment to serving the nation were unwavering, and he aimed to make a positive difference in the lives of his fellow citizens.His accomplishments spanned various fields.

In a release made available by his beloved wife, Tina Ebe Balogun on behalf of the family, “Isiaka Ishola Balogun’s legacy as a visionary leader, entrepreneur, and advocate for progress will forever be cherished. His contributions to the Nigerian community in Houston and his beloved Nigeria will be remembered as a testament to his unwavering dedication and love for his country and its people. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

 

He made history as the first African in Houston to be featured on Cable Television, with appearances on Comcast and Dish Network. As the founder of A.M.E.N Networks, he brought African Music Entertainment News to audiences, leaving an indelible mark on the media industry. He was also involved in the Houston Punch Newspaper and AMEN Radio, further demonstrating his passion for communication and connecting people through various platforms. Notably, IIB’s movie, “My Husband’s Secret Life,” became the first African movie premier at an AMC cinema studio, a testament to his creative pursuits and determination to showcase African talent to a wider audience. Above all, IIB’s love for Nigeria was exemplified in his actions. In 2019, he fearlessly campaigned and received a presidential nomination as a candidate for the United Democratic Party, a Third Force in Nigerian politics.

His dedication to the betterment of his country was evident, even in his final days. Tragically, IIB passed away in Nigeria while endeavoring to start a rice farm for the people of Nigeria, exemplifying his commitment to agricultural development and empowering his fellow citizens.

In a release made available by his beloved wife, Tina Ebe Balogun on behalf of the family, “Isiaka Ishola Balogun’s legacy as a visionary leader, entrepreneur, and advocate for progress will forever be cherished. His contributions to the Nigerian community in Houston and his beloved Nigeria will be remembered as a testament to his unwavering dedication and love for his country and its people. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

On Saturday, June 24, 2003, at the RCCG on 8508 West Belfort in Houston, a memorial event will be held to honor the life and achievements of Ishola Balogun. This event starts at 5:30 pm.

For more information about this event, please call Pastor Felix: at 713-296-9491; or Tina Ebe Balogun, at 281-300-0645.

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Hurricane Beryl: Wazobia postpones family fanfare slated for this weekend  

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As Houston slowly struggles to recover after Hurricane Beryl left millions without power, the Wazobia Wazobia African Market has postponed its annual family fanfare, set to take place on Saturday, July 13, 2024.

The deadly storm slammed into Texas early Monday, knocking out power to nearly 3 million homes and businesses, unleashing heavy rain, and killing at least 11 people before it weakened to a tropical depression.

Mr. Tunde Fasina, the owner of Wazobia, said that a new date for this event will be announced. “While we sympathize and pray for all those affected by this storm, we wish everyone a safe recovery and will announce a new date for this event,” he said.

The Wazobia family fanfare and Customer Appreciation event has become a beloved summer tradition, offering a diverse range of activities for both adults and children to enjoy. The festivities include a variety of games, live Afrobeat music, and a dedicated kid’s zone to keep the whole family entertained.

Established on June 18, 2013, Wazobia African Market has quickly become the premier African grocery store in Houston. The store is committed to promoting economic development, fostering community connections, and providing authentic products from various African cultures.

This free event will be held at the George Bush Park Pavilions located at 16756 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston, TX 77082. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable day of celebration and appreciation!

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AfriPAC Hosts Houston African Community Fair

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Event will celebrate Houston’s Diversity and Civic Engagement

The African Public Affairs Committee (AfriPAC) is thrilled to announce the Houston African Community Fair on Saturday, August 3, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alief Community Center, located at 11903 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas 77072. Renowned for its vibrant African Diaspora and immigrant communities, AfriPAC invites you to join us in

Houston, for a day dedicated to civic engagement and cultural celebration.

The community fair will feature organizational booths, local resources, and a variety of food, and cultural experiences showcasing the rich heritage of Houston’s African communities. Additionally, attendees can look forward to an enlightening panel discussion on the demographics of the African Diaspora in Texas. AfriPAC, in collaboration with its organizational partners, will provide on-site free naturalization legal services, and voter registration information. “Houston is home to one of the largest African Diaspora and immigrant communities in the U.S,” said Nneka Achapu, Founder of AfriPAC. “It is time for our community to learn about the community organizations and the civic engagement resources around the City of Houston. We are excited to come together and build a stronger, more engaged community.”

AfriPAC is leveraging this event to bring awareness of the civic process directly into the community. “We are reaching out to communities eager to engage,” Achapu stated. “Our goal is to empower individuals to take an active role in building power for all African communities living in the United States.”

The African Public Affairs Committee (AfriPAC) is a non-partisan political organization that builds political power within the African immigrant community through education, advocacy & civic engagement.

For more information about the Houston African Community Fair and how to get involved, please visit AfriPAC’s website. Join us for a day of empowerment, celebration, and community building!

For more information and RSVP please visit https://bit.ly/houstonafricancommunityfair. To volunteer with AfriPAC or for more information please contact info@afripac.org

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America “Healing & Revival” Fire Conference Arrives in Houston July 2nd to July 4th

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“Healing & Revival” Fire Conference 2024, taking place at the Fort Bend County Epicenter (28505 Southwest

Freeway) in Rosenberg from July 2nd to July 4th. The conference, hosted by Pastor Dr. Paul Enenche and First Lady Dr. Becky Enenche, will feature renowned guest ministers, performers, and speakers, including Dr. Ron Kenoly, Micah Stampley, Julia Emunah, Chioma Jesus, Debee, and Anna Golden. The America “Healing & Revival” Fire Conference is designed to help attendees cultivate a more intimate relationship with God through powerful prayer and word sessions, passionate praise and worship, and special healing ministrations. Returning to the Greater Houston area after last year’s impactful conference which welcomed attendees from across the U.S. and around the world, this event promises to deliver a dynamic and very transformative experience for everyone who attends.

The first conference day session on July 2nd will kick off at 6:00 PM. The following conference dates (July 3rd and July 4th) will feature two daily sessions, starting promptly at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for each session to secure seating. This incredible event is free to attend, but registration is required. To RSVP for the America “Healing & Revival” Fire Conference 2024, please visit the official conference website online at www.dunamisrevival.org, and follow on Instagram and Facebook (@americarevivalfire).

Dr. Paul Idoko Enenche, alongside his amiable spouse, Dr. Becky Enenche, are the founders of Dunamis International Gospel Centre Worldwide, with headquarters located in Abuja, Nigeria. Dr. Enenche ministers to hundreds of thousands of worshippers across the globe. The network of churches under Dr. Enenche’s leadership cuts across the states in Nigeria, and extends to several countries – including the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, and other parts of Africa. Dr. Enenche’s ministry is renowned for its profound delivery of God’s word, powerful miracles, demonstrations of signs and wonders, and a tangible presence of the Holy Spirit. The Nigerian Voice aptly describes Dr. Enenche as “an apostle on assignment to help people discover, rediscover, and recover their destinies.”

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