Monday, September 24, 2018

Festus Adedayo

    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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    Obasanjo: This is your life

Obasanjo: This is your life

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo literally set the polity on fire during the week. In a lengthy epistolary during the week, he had put into writing what many Nigerians have been saying in their closets, in public, in offices but which were, to President Muhammadu Buhari and his government, as light as feather. There is no single allegation against the Fulani-born [...]

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    Nigeria: It’s just a few hours to Kigali

Nigeria: It’s just a few hours to Kigali

Narratives of hatred and violence are similar all over the world. Take for instance Hitler’s Nazis. Jews were subhuman and were comparable only to maggots, lice and rats, the narrative went. In pre and post-President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda’s murder in April 1994, (the Falcon 50 aircraft conveying him and Burundi’s President, Cyprien Ntaryamira, as well as twelve presidential aides, was [...]

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    Benue massacre and Buhari’s tragic silence

Benue massacre and Buhari’s tragic silence

The incessant Fulani herdsmen’s attacks got messier during the week that just ended. Victims of the most recent horrendous attacks in Nigeria, numbering 73, who died during the attack on villagers and farmers at Guma and Logo local government area of Benue state, were given mass burial in Makurdi with a tear-provoking public display of their caskets. At their burial on [...]

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    Zacchaeus: Youth with liberating ideas

Zacchaeus: Youth with liberating ideas

Why do men and women who were fed with “wooden spoons,” immediately they gravitate to the top, cut the ladder which links their present position and the humble background they come from? This is a Third World situation that seems to defy any solid answer. Attempts have however been made to answer this very knotty question. Some people reason that [...]

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    The day Amasa Firdaus hugged Rosa Parks, Henry Thordeau

The day Amasa Firdaus hugged Rosa Parks, Henry Thordeau

Tradition and custom received a jolt at the Nigerian Law School a few weeks back. The school’s graduate, Miss Amasa Firdaus, had been denied the prestigious honour of being called to the Nigerian bar for flagrantly refusing to remove her hijab for onward procession to the venue of the ceremony. Back and forth arguments have been bandied for and against her [...]

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    The crazy journey to Lampedusa

The crazy journey to Lampedusa

The world is sounding appalled and thoroughly shocked by the gory news emanating from Libya about the return to the slave trade era ended centuries ago, which specifically reigned from the 16th to 19th centuries. As it was when it began, Africa is the butt of this inhuman trans-Atlantic trade, but now, there is an intra-African slavery. Jolt was the [...]

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    With this dagger I thee wed…

With this dagger I thee wed…

As lawyers do while warning buyers to beware of what they want to purchase, this writer must warn the reader, ab initio: I am acquainted with Yewande Oyediran, the lady accused of having murdered her husband in Ibadan, Oyo State on February 2, 2016 and who was handed a 7-year jail sentence by an Ibadan High Court last Monday. We [...]

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    Murder on the Mediterranean

Murder on the Mediterranean

Each time I read about Nigeria and the various existential problems she battles, what comes to mind is a short story written by late South African writer, Can Themba. Ever read about Themba? He was born in Marabastad, near Pretoria, South Africa. Most of his works were done in Sophiatown, Johannesburg. An investigative journalist, Themba later worked with the defunct [...]

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    Tinubu, why you must discuss Buhari, 2019

Tinubu, why you must discuss Buhari, 2019

Before commencing the writing of this piece, it is essential that one joins one’s particle-weight voice to the heaps of condolences which have been shoveled into the Bourdillon, Lagos home of Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. His first son, Jide Tinubu, died during the week. Anyone who knows the emotional, financial and other investments parents make [...]

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    Our water bottle children are here

Our water bottle children are here

Today, let us briefly shift our attention from the damning stories emanating from the political and shuttle into the social. Unfortunately, we can hardly divorce ourselves from the political as it dictates the social; reason why we must constantly interrogate the political. That probably was why great Peter Tosh, at the One Love Peace Concert held on April 22, 1978, [...]

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    Ayinla Omowura: 37 years after the sybarite 

Ayinla Omowura: 37 years after the sybarite 

On May 6, 1980, leader of a Yoruba genre of music called Apala, which had quite a sizeable number of cultic following, was stabbed to death on the head with a beer glass cup in a barroom brawl at Itoko, Abeokuta. Ayinla Waidi Omowura, son of Yusuff Gbogbolowo the blacksmith and Wuramontu Morenike, had finally been killed by the scary black [...]

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    Fatherland, motherland as murderland

Fatherland, motherland as murderland

The inspiration for this piece came from a poem written by a young poet and final year Law student of the University of Ibadan, Kunle Adebajo entitled Goodbye, Murderland. The poet lamented why the tree was rendered fatherless like an oak at autumn and why "mothers are murdered and slaughtered for their daughters to watch".Between Adebajo and Daniel Canodoce, popularly [...]

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    Nnamdi Kanu and dance of a cold-blooded python

Nnamdi Kanu and dance of a cold-blooded python

Even though the Nigerian military, like the military all over the world, is used to christening its strike operations scary cognomens, finding out what informed its latest operations in the South East which it codenamed Operation Python Dance may open a vista into what the military thinks of us as a people. Or what it thinks of the latest victim of its [...]

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    Peter Tosh: 30 years after the iconoclast

Peter Tosh: 30 years after the iconoclast

Exactly 30 years ago, reggae music and indeed the world, lost iconic maestro, poet, philosopher and a staunch defender of African rights, Winston Hubert MclnTosh, popularly known as Peter Tosh. Three gunmen, led by Dennis "Leppo" Lobban, one of Tosh’s ‘boys’ whom he sustained as part of the communal Rastafarian injunction of brotherly co-existence, had stormed his house at Barbican [...]

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    The palace coup in Ibadan

The palace coup in Ibadan

A number of attempts have been made to reconstruct the events before and on the night of April 20, 1990 when a bloody attempt was made to overthrow General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida by Major Gideon Orkar and co at the Lagos Dodan Barracks fortress of the wily ex-Head of State. Two previous bloody attempts of that type – Col Bukar [...]

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