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Posts From Azu Ishiekwene

Busybodies outside the Gates

    Busybodies outside the Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates had barely finished saying the “D” word when all kinds of marriage counsellors and grief-mongers besieged social media with suggestions of why they think the couple

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‘Follow me to the market…’

    ‘Follow me to the market…’

Everyone has their meal of the day, and mine happens to be dinner. Having dinner, for me, is a ritual, but one that has evolved over the years. Back in

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First jollof, now Twitter. What next?

    First jollof, now Twitter. What next?

Something Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said reminded me of British political journalist, Andrew Marr. Journalism, Marr wrote in his book, My Trade, is a chaotic form

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Generational tension and children up in arms

    Generational tension and children up in arms

I was visiting a senior over the weekend when our conversation devolved into the soul of the Nigerian banter: how is the country going, I asked? He paused. After a

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The audacity of anarchy

  The audacity of anarchy

There was a BBC News story in February that caught me between laughter and bemusement. The news channel reported, in

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Brazil, Zambia and echoes of a $1.5bn Nigerian repair

  Brazil, Zambia and echoes of a $1.5bn Nigerian repair

Brazil has proved a disaster in the management of COVID-19, but there are other areas where we can use their

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My vaccination story

  My vaccination story

It wasn’t planned. I was seeing off my neighbour and friend on Thursday evening when one of the officers of

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Monguno is damned in translation

  Monguno is damned in translation

Last week, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno, stripped the government bare in public only to try hiding the

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The story of the naira-for-dollar promo

  The story of the naira-for-dollar promo

It would seem harsh to judge the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) solely by its intentions, especially in the last

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Ganduje’s genius is his hypocrisy

  Ganduje’s genius is his hypocrisy

There’s a model for managing rebels in government that the American political drama, “Designated Survivor”, teaches so well. In one

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