Friday, September 21, 2018

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    In memory of Michael

In memory of Michael

By Peace Anyiam-Osigwe When a family and siblings are as close as ours, it is pretty difficult to think that one of us will not be seen again. When our father, my best friend, Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe transcended to the other side after his earthly sojourn it hurt like hell, but I had time to say goodbye to him. But [...]

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    How Airtel is driving financial inclusion

How Airtel is driving financial inclusion

By Erhumu Bayagbon A 2012 Access to Financial Services in Nigeria Survey conducted by Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFINA), an independent financial sector development organisation, indicates that 56.3 million adults, representing 64.1 per cent of the adult population in Nigeria, do not have bank accounts. The study also revealed that 76.2 per cent of the rural population had no bank [...]

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    Metrogypsie’s 5 tips to a functional work style

Metrogypsie’s 5 tips to a functional work style

By Stephanie Okafor Have you landed that dream job? Are you just trying to pass time with a company while you wait for your next move? Is your current job a prerequisite for degree? Or are you with that organization just for the pay?Whatever your reason may be for working where you do, there is a great sense of accomplishment and [...]

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On NBA’s position on the withdrawal of Tambuwal’s security

By Sotonye Frank I read with much unease the press statement of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on the withdrawal of the security personnel attached to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives following his defection from the PDP to the APC. In the said statement, the NBA, through its national president, Augustine Alegeh, SAN passed judgment on the action [...]

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My skepticism about the inquest into Synagogue’s collapse

By Marelise Van der Merwe Let me begin by stating that this opinion is not solely based on my own personal ruminations but rather on a relatively collective notion opined by South Africans of varying degrees whom I have discussed this salient topic with.If truth be told, a certain negative connotation is unfortunately attached to the image of Nigerians in South [...]

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Why Jonathan may win again

By Edozie Okeiyi Now it is official. The worst kept secret in Nigeria has finally been confirmed. Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan is going to contest the 2015 Presidential Election. He has obviously accepted the honour of being nominated as the sole Presidential Candidate of the PDP. Apparently this has been a very difficult decision for Mr Jonathan. Having received endorsements [...]

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Can Atiku make good things happen?  

By Diana-Abasi Alphonsus Udoh “Does Atiku intend to make good things happen in Nigeria or make corruption happen?” Nigerians especially young intellects and professionals seriously question the former Vice President’s ability, capacity and intention to truly make good things happen in the economy."Make good things happen? This was the political slogan of former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar during his 2011 [...]

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Religion is not the issue

By Okoi Obono-Obla The brouhaha or controversies being generated in certain quarters by some vested interest over the statement made by General Muhammadu Buhari on an interview with The Cable Online Newspaper that he has not made up his mind on whether or not he would choose a Christian or Muslim as his running mate, is needless, a distraction, and indeed a [...]

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    Tambuwal: The master of ‘strategic defection’

Tambuwal: The master of ‘strategic defection’

(Metropole, Abuja) When on June 6th, 2011, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal representing Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State in the House of Representatives emerged Speaker of the House, feathers were ruffled. The establishment was surprised. And clearly a palace coup had taken place in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Hon. Tambuwal emerged against the wishes of the hierarchy of the [...]

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    Nigerian football: A tale of indolent sporting press

Nigerian football: A tale of indolent sporting press

BY OLUKAYODE THOMAS For over two decades, a cabal, who has no stake in Nigerian football, other than being government appointees, has used FIFA’s statutes and the threat of ban from international football to manipulate Nigerians while our inept sporting journalists who ordinarily should expose their deceit remain either passive or fight one another for a cut of the spoils.My mentor [...]

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    Fela: A good man in a not-so-good country

Fela: A good man in a not-so-good country

BY PELU AWOFESO “This country is bad!” cries Tony, one of the main characters in Cornel-Best Onyekaba’s punchy play, Fela: Son of Kuti.A moment later, he laments: “Our Republic is over. Kalakuta has been razed to the ground…Kalakuta is gone forever.”Time check: what’s unfolding before our eyes inside the National theatre is a playwright’s re-imagining of what might have transpired among [...]

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    Linda Ikeji and the plagiarist in all of us

Linda Ikeji and the plagiarist in all of us

BY OLUKAYODE THOMAS The more I read about the hullabaloo over Linda Ikeji’s plagiarism  and the eventual shutting down of her blog on Wednesday by Google after incessant complaints by mainstream journalists and co-bloggers, the more I remember Jesus Christ’s trial by the Scribes and Pharisees in the book of John Chapter 8.They had brought unto him a woman caught [...]

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    Alan Pardew, the sacked man warming the dugout

Alan Pardew, the sacked man warming the dugout

By Sunday Omeike It is with heavy heart I write this piece, albeit with a touch of optimism because I am a Newcastle united fan.I have been a part of the Toon Army since 1995 and became a lifelong member the day Alan Shearer returned home in a then-world record £15 million transfer from Blackburn Rovers, with the Geordies flooding both [...]

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    Looking for agility ‘as a service’

Looking for agility ‘as a service’

By Adebayo Sanni The drive for improved agility and more rapid deployment of services is a main concern for business leaders across virtually all industry sectors. For their part, IT decision-makers are under increased pressure to make sure business solutions can deliver on these ambitions. In its latest “Business Value Scorecard”, Forrester found that business leaders increasingly measure success by comparing what [...]

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    10 ways to spark Nigeria’s sickly tourism sector

10 ways to spark Nigeria’s sickly tourism sector

By Pelu AwofesoTourism in Nigeria has stagnated for as long as I can remember. In the last few decades every new government has promised (but failed) to breathe life into the sector, even when it is clear that tourism is a key driver of many economies in Africa and around the world. Annual budgets for the Ministry of Culture, Tourism [...]

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    Frequently Asked Questions on the NYSC online registration

Frequently Asked Questions on the NYSC online registration

By NYSC Prospective corps members and other critical stakeholders have been asking certain important questions and seeking clarifications on the online registration initiative recently introduced by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Below are some of those questions and the answers to them:Why are Nigerian youths being asked to pay to serve their country?It is not true that corps members [...]

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