Monday, September 24, 2018

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An open letter to Nigerian youths

BY TIMOTHY OLA BAMGBOYE Dear Nigerian youths,LEST YOU SINK THIS COUNTRY OF OURSIt is yet another perplexing endeavour putting my thoughts in print. It is increasingly becoming difficult for me to attempt any intervention in the series of political discourse as they unfold in the Nigerian polity. This is not for want of what to say but as a result of [...]

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Luckier than Saul, Fayose needs Solomon’s wisdom not to end like him

BY OLUKAYODE THOMAS Christians and followers of other religion are probably familiar with the story of Saul, the son of Kish, the first King of the Jews.From the tribe of Benjamin, the least of the 12 tribes of Israel, Saul did not in any way qualify to be chosen as King. When the Jews cried for one, the Almighty God, in [...]

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Chibok girls: President Jonathan’s election joker or burden

BY JAMES YEKU The recent and sudden urgency that has facilitated the Nigerian military’s expurgation of terrorist activities in the country’s North-East would have been an epochal and celebrated march against Islamist insurgency had the Chibok girls not been pawns all along in the political chessboard of the Nigerian State. It is almost a year, and just some days before Nigerians [...]

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The tragedy of Nigeria’s journalism

By Godwin Onyeacholem For anyone who truly lays claim to the practise of journalism in Nigeria, this is the time to shield the face from a big shame. It is a season of great disappointment and embarrassment. Not to talk of immeasurable sorrow and unrelieved nausea. This period really induces vomiting. And, boy, does journalism on this space stink!To be fair, [...]

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    A true tale of beggars: Silent cries in Nigerian markets and street corners (2)

A true tale of beggars: Silent cries in Nigerian markets and street corners (2)

BY OMAR ATIRI HELP! In less than 20 minutes, three different donors have come and gone. First was a very tall lady in a black dress well made up. She parked a Nissan Altima 2010 edition across the street before coming to the pavilion; she distributes crisp N50 notes to the women section of the pavilion without saying a word as she [...]

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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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