Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Adeola Akinremi

    Sanwo-Olu, the governor who empathises

Sanwo-Olu, the governor who empathises

If you're looking for a good telling of humans of Lagos stories, you should check out the social media handles of the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. He connects in ways his colleagues around the country hardly do and he has surpassed his predecessors’ record in meeting people where they are. To use common, everyday words, Sanwo-Olu is a man [...]

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    Can Buhari bank big on Sunday Dare for economic vitality?

Can Buhari bank big on Sunday Dare for economic vitality?

President Muhammadu Buhari’s slow steps and poor vitality in governance continue to sow doubts about the commitment of his government to expanding economic prosperity and reducing inequality for the citizens.  First, just the facts. Most of his appointees executing economic development plan for the country are entangled in questionable conduct—leading to unprecedented probes and trust deficit.  The allegations of skullduggery are troubling [...]

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    China’s weird way with Africa

China’s weird way with Africa

As conversations around COVID-19 move from death to data, ventilator to survivor, spread to flattening the curve, and lockdown to re-open, the relationship between China and the rest of the world is once again a subject of scrutiny. The fallout of the coronavirus has moved China from a country that we all showed concerned for as the biggest victim of the [...]

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    Akinwunmi Adesina’s high 5 in deadly wind

Akinwunmi Adesina’s high 5 in deadly wind

There are many blights in Daniel F. Runde’s Op-ed on Africa Development Bank (AfDB) that he penned for The Hill—an American news website, based in Washington, D.C—in the summer of 2019, but it at least set off a deadly wind inside the operations of the 54-year-old multilateral development finance institution. On Sunday, April 5, President of the African Development Bank, Dr. [...]

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    Letters from my daughter’s teachers

Letters from my daughter’s teachers

With widening statistics of deaths and unending story of new cases of COVID-19, there is a cloud of uncertainty on when teachers will be back to the classroom. But there’s something that teachers can do. They can adapt their strategy. Let me make a connection to my first class at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for an illustration. My first class at [...]

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    Elumelu’s public good package

Elumelu’s public good package

In August of 2017, as Sierra Leone struggled with human tragedy and economic woes that resulted from a massive landslide that killed more than 800 people in its capital, Freetown, the chairman of Heirs Holdings—a philanthropist who made his fortune as a banker—Tony Elumelu stepped forward, pledging $500,000 to support national emergency and to improve the city’s fortune. Last week, he [...]

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    The charlatan-in-chief in coronavirus pandemic

The charlatan-in-chief in coronavirus pandemic

In a serious time of Coronavirus (COVID-19), when red alert is placed on increase risk of cross-border and community transmission by the world leaders, President Muhammadu Buhari's storied absent leadership and tradition of ducking responsibility for tough decisions, is to blame for the surge in the number of cases across the country. In another sign of incompetence that resonates with how [...]

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    Fight a good fight of rape

Fight a good fight of rape

A chorus is forming in the number of women accusing the lead pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, of sexual misconduct. Their outspoken complaints, through online communities and social media, have formed a collective protest. The most recent allegation by a former church member and wife of a Nigerian music star, Busola Dakolo, has amplified the [...]

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    It’s time to say ‘bye Baba, bye Buhari’

It’s time to say ‘bye Baba, bye Buhari’

There’s nothing left in President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians cannot dispense with. His corrosive body with failing energy cannot provide needed service that will justify his bogus payslip over the next four years, and in retirement. Buhari has not answered what ailed him in 2017 that made him choose United Kingdom over Nigeria for his six months medical treatment, despite his [...]

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    It’s Brutehari politics against PDP’s new deal

It’s Brutehari politics against PDP’s new deal

At first, he came with chaos. He appointed dead men to serve in his government. He looked the other way as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Department of State Service — two agencies under his watch — went into a duel. He told women their place is in the kitchen. He acquiesced to ridiculing statement by former British [...]

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    June 12: Why we fought

June 12: Why we fought

It was a common cliché back in the day: “on June 12 we stand.” The cliché is bigger than any special honor. It was a cliché everyone could identify with regardless of age, profession and ethnicity. It means emancipation from poverty, unemployment, corruption, nepotism intolerance, oppression, sexism and other forms of proliferating anti-people policies. It was for that reason that the late legal [...]

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    Chasing Elumelu: On the road with big-hearted billionaire

Chasing Elumelu: On the road with big-hearted billionaire

In contrast to what everyone will do, on his Twitter page, Africa’s front row businessman and philanthropist, Tony Elumelu, has his portrait looking over boundless water. The billionaire’s masterfully calibrated image in a slick suit on a lofty perch was photographed somewhere in Lagos business district. It mirrors one thing: his boundless beneficence. For decades, Elumelu has rolled up his sleeves [...]

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    Meet Olukorede Yishau, The Nation journalist who’s thinking outside the newsroom

Meet Olukorede Yishau, The Nation journalist who’s thinking outside the newsroom

The Nation newspaper has many good names written on it for bylines. Olukorede Yishau, an associate editor whose job at the newspaper is to plough through tons of news stories everyday for highest standards of journalism by The Nation reporters has an outstanding name. A back page columnist for its Niger-Delta edition, whose finely written essays from trivial and somewhat flippant [...]

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    Tinubu’s triumph and humbling of Oyegun

Tinubu’s triumph and humbling of Oyegun

If the message this week about the illegitimacy of the tenure elongation for the All Progressives Congress chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, isn’t quite the end of Oyegun’s politics in APC, it is undoubtedly the beginning of the end. President Muhammadu Buhari, asserting his authority over the party this week, technically ended Oyegun’s tenure with a subtle notice to him to prepare the [...]

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    Tapping Toyin Umesiri, others for Africa reputation building in United States

Tapping Toyin Umesiri, others for Africa reputation building in United States

Bentonville, Arkansas, in the United States, is the most unusual place to build good reputation for Africa. It is not considered an important place for international relations, yet businesses thrive there. It is the city of Walmart, the multinational retail corporation.  But the reason Bentonville is not considered a place for international relations is this: Bentonville is miles away from Washington [...]

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    Chibok, Dapchi, others and psychosis of Boko Haram terrorism

Chibok, Dapchi, others and psychosis of Boko Haram terrorism

I have lived with the trauma of threat to my life for nearly three years. Every day I see my body lower into the grave. It’s hard to deal with psychosis of fear. I know firsthand after I was declared a “walking dead” by Boko Haram militants in 2015. My wife can tell of how many times I jumped out [...]

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