Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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    A true tale of beggars: Silent cries in Nigerian markets and street corners (1)

A true tale of beggars: Silent cries in Nigerian markets and street corners (1)

BY OMAR ATIRI The sight is colourful from afar. But the lives of beggars in Sabo; Ibadan is not all that colourful. Approaching the three pavilions, in the shape of an open square, from the Mokola axis, three groups of people are immediately noticeable. The middle pavilion shelters mostly males seated in an orderly manner betraying hierarchy. The pavilion off to the right [...]

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Re: Soludo, Fayemi and Buhari’s ‘experts’

BY KUNLE DANIELS The above titled speech by Mr. Chuks Iloegbunam on Page 19 Vanguard newspapers of February 3, 2015 tells the tale of the stumble and fall of emergency ‘commentators on national issues’ as the writer describes himself. With the title, one had thought he was going to read of another interesting and progressive contribution to the erudite and earth-shaking [...]

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Change? From where?

BY FAITH ABIODUN It is the season for change! Passions boil over in Nigeria, particularly regarding the upcoming presidential election. It is the season for promises; candidates dust off their worn-out manifesto books and recant the same assurances as before – jobs for youth, unending power supply, boost for the agricultural sector, reduced reliance on oil, improved road infrastructure and bla [...]

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    Banky W, D’Banj unveiled CIROC ambassadors for Nigeria

Banky W, D’Banj unveiled CIROC ambassadors for Nigeria

BY DIPO AKINKUGBE Two of Nigeria’s most successful artistes, Banky W and D’banj, have been signed to represent one of the world’s most exclusive lifestyle brands, CIROC Ultra-Premium vodka.The two superstars were unveiled at a press conference, which held at the Ariya bar of the Intercontinental hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. Banky W and D’banj join an international cast of entertainers [...]

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Re: 2015 elections: The devil’s alternative

BY ABIMBOLA OJENIKE Sunny Ikhioya’s piece titled '2015 Election: The devil’s alternative' and published in the Vanguard of Tuesday, February 3, 2015 revisits the somewhat stale story line that puts religion and ethnicity as front burner issues in the choice of the president of Nigeria on March 28, 2015. Many discerning minds may have completely dismissed Sunny’s divisive sentiments as unworthy [...]

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Do not die in their war

BY DELE FAROTIMI Quote: I implore Nigerians, please, do not die in their war. Resist all invitations to violence… The PDP is the APC, and the APC is the PDP… They are one and the same. Do not die in their war.I had resolved to watch the coming elections with some sense of detachment for a season. There was nothing to be excited about. I was [...]

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    The Bishop Oyedepo I know

The Bishop Oyedepo I know

By Joshua Ocheja When the news of Bishop David Oyedepo cursing those that oppose President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election broke out, I wasn't surprised with the manner it went viral on the social media space. In a jiffy, there were countless retweets, BBM broadcasts were ripping through phones. Facebook was abuzz with echoes of Armageddon. Even WhatsApp wasn’t left out of this frenzy. As usual, public [...]

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    Media role in football deeper than publicity

Media role in football deeper than publicity

BY HARRY IWUALA There has been a rash of guilt-driven responses to an observation by the chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Hon. Nduka Irabor, calling on the media to devote quality time to the domestic league. Interestingly, those who have joined issues with him did not disclaim the points he raised, particularly on their concentration on promoting European league but [...]

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    Top five potential winners at this year’s Grammy Awards

Top five potential winners at this year’s Grammy Awards

DIPO AKINKUGBE The annual show of music’s biggest night is upon us once again. The 57th edition Grammy awards is scheduled to hold at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday February 8.Rapper LL Cool J is set to host the event for the fourth consecutive time and 70 Grammy awards will be presented at this year’s ceremony.The event promises [...]

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Why Nollywood can’t lose Goodluck

BY CHARLES NOVIA Let us admit it – we have never seen any president so besotted with entertainment like Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, especially the movie-making sector. And this is not a satire.Yes, his detractors may point at "weakness" for entertainment as a signpost of an unserious mind frittering the commonwealth on 'joli-joli' matters! Even the opposition may grumble loudly that [...]

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Rule of law: The choice between Buhari and Jonathan

BY ABIMBOLA OJENIKE President Jonathan stirred a debate on what is deservedly a defining issue of the forthcoming election when he said that a “nation without rule of law is a jungle”. This one-liner was perhaps the cleverest statement of the president’s campaign, suggesting that the president considers respect for rule of law a plus point of his government.It was also [...]

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Resisting the allure of a lie

BY YINKA ADEOSUN “If you must tell a lie, be brief; that’s why adverts are short”. The whirling nature of life today projects a radical departure from this unwritten aphorism that defines the creation of persuasive messaging. We are inundated with barefaced lies shielded in shades of hypocrisy and falsehood. From the office, to the community, on the television, on the internet, [...]

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    D’banj marks 10th anniversary with Amber Rose, friends

D’banj marks 10th anniversary with Amber Rose, friends

BY DIPO AKINKUGBE The Ocean view restaurant was the scene of a celeb frenzy on Saturday, as D’banj and American glamour model Amber Rose partied hard with celebrity friends and fans to celebrate the Nigerian star's 10th anniversary since releasing his debut album 'No Long Thing’.The party opened what is poised to be a yearlong celebration of parties, album release and other scheduled events [...]

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    February 14 poll: Not even close

February 14 poll: Not even close

By Bolaji Abdullahi Afrobarometer, a research network, released a few days ago results of a survey it conducted on the impending presidential elections in Nigeria.  Its main message that “Nigeria Heads for Closest Election on Record”, in the February 14, 2015 elections, flies in the face of the extraordinary momentum of the opposition party candidate; the likes of which has never [...]

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    ‘APC’s culture of violence’

‘APC’s culture of violence’

By Femi Fani-Kayode Once again supporters of the APC, whilst chanting ''sai Buhari'' and carrying brooms, have stoned our candidate President Goodluck Jonathan whilst he was on his way to a rally in the north. It happened in Yola, Adamawa state. This is the third time that this has happened in the last few days. The first time it happened in [...]

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A vote of thanks for Jonathan’s second term agenda to free Chibok girls

 By FEMI EGBEWOLEWhen on Saturday, January 24, 2015, President Jonathan, during his presidential campaign in Maiduguri, Borno State, declared that his first priority, if elected on February 14, would be to commence total war against Boko Haram insurgents, my initial reaction was that of an audience at a comedy show, reeling from the toxic laughter of a spell-binding joke.“We have [...]

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