Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Festus Adedayo

    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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    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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