Thursday, November 29, 2018

Festus Adedayo

    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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    SLA: Warrior enslaved by history

SLA: Warrior enslaved by history

BY FESTUS ADEDAYO A number of books have been written on the collapse of the Nigerian First Republic. Not even one has had the historical temerity to posit that the destructive feud between Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola and his erstwhile boss and friend, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was not the primary reason for the collapse, a process which Awolowo himself called a “journey [...]

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    Awo: Humanising an earthly god

Awo: Humanising an earthly god

The select crowd that gathered at the Obafemi Awolowo’s Efunyela Hall in Ikenne, Ogun State on that Thursday, May 4 , 2017, was obviously bifurcated into two: one, a set of people (about five in all) who had met, associated with and had the opportunity of accessing the man Awolowo; the other, a number of youths who never met, never related with, nor [...]

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    Buhari’s absence and dilemma of the media office

Buhari’s absence and dilemma of the media office

Nigerians were afforded another rare opportunity to peer into the operational limitations of the presidential media office recently. Within the 50-day absence of President Muhammadu Buhari from office on what was initially dubbed a vacation in the United Kingdom, the whole media apparatus of the Federal Government and the presidency was subjected to the rigor of scrutiny over its relationship [...]

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