Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Festus Adedayo

    When Ibadan interrogated Segun Adeniyi

When Ibadan interrogated Segun Adeniyi

At a time like this when virtually everyone in Nigeria is scrambling for material survival to enable them rise above our numerous problems of existence, if you ever come across those who still lay store by the pursuit of knowledge, please stop by and raise your thumb in their salute.I raised mine on Thursday last week at the Ibadan [...]

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    Buhari: Back to our sick season

Buhari: Back to our sick season

It will seem that again, Nigeria is back to the narrative of her President’s health. Senior Special Assistant on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, had on Monday issued a press release intimating the public of the president’s itinerary. He would be absent from the country for four days to attend to his health in the United Kingdom, so [...]

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    Travails and trial of Ayo Opadokun

Travails and trial of Ayo Opadokun

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, a gang of armed robbers had stormed the sleepy town of Offa in Kwara State and inflicted one of the most horrendous savageries ever on the town. Six policemen, several residents and innocent passersby were killed in the raid by robbers said to be about 30 in number. They eventually blew five bank’s entrances with [...]

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    In defence of Muhammadu Buhari

In defence of Muhammadu Buhari

Having once gone through a road of similar nature as theirs, I can access the state of mind of Nigerian presidential media handlers today. If Lai Mohammed, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu could rudely snatch the microphone from their principal, Muhammadu Buhari, each time he speaks extempore, they would do so without batting an eyelid.For a media minder of [...]

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    Nigeria as Buhari’s ‘Suara Sobo’ lorry

Nigeria as Buhari’s ‘Suara Sobo’ lorry

Nigeria of the 1950s and early 1960s had very many interesting personalities. Western Region had its fair share of such. One of them was a man named Suara Sobo (Sobo pronounced as Sorbor). He was a prominent transporter who held the transportation industry of the time by its jugular. An Ibadan man of the Opo Yeosa clan who lived in an [...]

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    OAU prof and sex predators on the streets

OAU prof and sex predators on the streets

The groin is perhaps where providence hid the bomb that will detonate mankind. Even in ancient history, for a tiny drop of seminal fluid, nations have gone into war with nations and a whole city lay in ruins just because one man wanted to engage in the animal desire of hoisting his erect flag in an island that is just [...]

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    A o m’erin j’oba at Tinubu’s colloquium

A o m’erin j’oba at Tinubu’s colloquium

Pardon this piece’s headline’s recourse to the Yoruba language. Finding an English synonym that aptly describes the trajectory of the unseen battles besieging the Jagaban Borgu, former governor of Lagos State and a man who stands by the periphery of Yoruba leadership, has been a herculean task. I am aware that, in just two previous sentences, I have provoked two [...]

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    Buhari and his Dapchi girls

Buhari and his Dapchi girls

Senator Marco Rubio stood ramrod in the midst of the rancorous audience. He looked at the audience’s insolent countenance like a subpoenaed witness in a murder case. He indeed had been summoned to the CNN-organized Town Hall meeting on the United States’ Parkland shooting on February 14. A grieving father of one of the students who was killed in the Marjory [...]

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    We’re Jonah in our boats

We’re Jonah in our boats

American novelist and essayist, James Baldwin, in virtually all his books, underscores the interconnectivity of our life experiences and the strands that tie the world together. If you read the semi-autobiographical Go Tell It on the Mountain, one of Baldwin’s most read novels and which was placed 39th on TIME’s 100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to 2005, you will see interconnectivity in action. In [...]

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    Buhari’s ‘Marriage of Anansewa’

Buhari’s ‘Marriage of Anansewa’

In Ghana during the week that just ended, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, acted the script of late Ghanaian playwright, director, children's author, poet and dramatist, Efua Theodora Sutherland’s The Marriage of Anansewa, to the delight of the crew, Production Director and the benumbed audience. His performance of the legendary drama was so scintillating that Buhari may get a medal, with [...]

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    The church and 2019 elections

The church and 2019 elections

The Church, right from the medieval times, performed the role of the main stabilizing force in Western Europe. Not only did it provide religious leadership, it also offered the world secular leadership as well. Through the Roman Catholic Church, the Church satisfied the spiritual needs of the medieval society. The Pope, who headed the Roman Catholic Church, offered ordinary folks [...]

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    Will you be at the funeral? An oration at Nigerian political parties’ graveyard 

Will you be at the funeral? An oration at Nigerian political parties’ graveyard 

The die was cast. The party had met and decided. The Action Group, at its 8th Annual Congress held at the African Sports Club, Jos, from February 1 to 8, 1962 had concluded on the alleged anti-party allegations leveled against Premier of the Western Region, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola. In his opening remarks, Leader of the party, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, acknowledged [...]

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    Tinubu and Iyorchia Ayu’s prophecy

Tinubu and Iyorchia Ayu’s prophecy

I ordinarily do not take Third World, especially Nigerian, politicians seriously. Their analyses and predictions, I take with a pint of salt. They seem to have a genetic dysfunction which manifests in acute love of self and self alone. A Nigerian politician will kill his father and rope his mother for the murder so far it guarantees the next election [...]

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    Language as development: The Lagos example

Language as development: The Lagos example

It is compulsory for all primary and secondary schools – private or public – to make the teaching of Yoruba Language a core subject at all levels. The purpose, according to the government, is “to provide for the preservation and promotion of the use of Yoruba Language.” No state in Nigeria, prior to this, had enacted such law which seeks [...]

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    IBB, Catholic bishops and Buhari’s pillows

IBB, Catholic bishops and Buhari’s pillows

Of a truth, Nigeria is a very great country. Each time you are downcast, wondering why providence was this unkind to have herded you among this lot, something to cheer just juts out from the dark to brighten your face. It tells you that Nigeria may not be a lost case after all. The past years have been very dispiriting [...]

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    Shittu, chief the groveling minister

Shittu, chief the groveling minister

By no means a recent phenomenon, the fad of political appointees groveling before their principal is a concept that undergirds Third World politicking. Some people even claim that it is as ancient as the African. In spite of the several positive attributes of the African, his tendency to kowtow in the presence of his benefactor and snigger at him from behind [...]

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