The reigning Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA), Miss Adedamola Toluhi, on Tuesday condemned the get-rich-quick syndrome popularly called ‘yahoo, yahoo’ among youths saying that was why many of them commit various crimes.
The queen, also a student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, said this at an interactive session with some NAN reporters during her visit to the Lagos office of the agency.
She said that youths’ quest for prosperity and instant wealth had prompted them to go into internet fraud or “yahoo, yahoo’’.
The queen said, “I want to advise parents and guardians to always discourage their children and wards from venturing into illegal businesses that will fetch them quick wealth whose sources neither the parents nor the children can establish.
“Parents should always ask questions from their children when they are suspicious of the flamboyant lives such children are living.’’
She also advised her contemporaries to pursue their academic careers to such a level that they would be able to defend their certificates and be proud of their worth in the society.
The queen said that students should not stop their educational careers due to peer group influence.
She encouraged them to make hard work and integrity their watchwords as well as protect the names of their various families.
Speaking earlier, the agency’s Head of Lagos Operations and Director, Mr Ibrahim Mamaga, said that the queen’s visit to NAN could be likened to touring the world.
“NAN is the only media outfit in Nigeria that has the widest reach, with offices across and outside the country,’’ the Managing Editor said.
He said that the agency would help her promote her pet project which is about making youths become self-reliant.
Also, the head of editorial operations and an Acting Director, Mr Idonije Obakhedo, reassured the queen and her team that NAN would continue to project her cultural activities.
Responding, the cultural ambassador to the queen, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, commended NAN for always supporting cultural projects.
“We are glad to be associated with NAN, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, sends his appreciation for the wonderful relationship we have maintained in the past years.
“You have proven your mission of being a cultural promoter that has both national and international reach, we are proud to be associated with you, “ she said.
The queen and the cultural ambassador, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi were received by the Head of Lagos Operations, Mr Ibrahim Mamaga, and the Head of Editorial Operations, Mr Idonije Obakhedo.
Also on ground to receive her were the Deputy Editor-In-Chief (DEIC) of Metro Desk, Mr Silas Nwoha, the Assistant Editor – In-Chief (AEIC) of Culture and Tourism desk, Mr Peter Dada and the Head of the Multimedia desk, Mrs Bola Akingbehin.
NAN reports that Toluhi is the third and current holder of the Queen Moremi Ajasoro beauty pageant while her predecessors-in-office included Miss Blessing Animashaun and Miss Shola Shittu.
The concept of crowning a young lady as Queen Moremi Ajasoro was initiated by the current Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to showcase the strength of womanhood to community and national development.
This was patterned after the heroic deeds of the legendary Queen Moremi Ajasoro who through her patriotic zeal and nationalistic disposition discovered the strength of those who used to attack the people of Ile- Ife several decades ago.
She revealed it to the Ife hunters who used it to conquer their enemies.
Moremi had to sacrifice her only son to the goddess of Esinmrin River after the Ife hunters had succeeded in conquering their enemies.
This was to fulfl the pledge she made before going to explore the strength of the enemies of the people of Ile-Ife.