Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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    TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, ‘intelligent’ lieutenant-colonel who ‘doesn’t brag’ but is killing off Boko Haram in Borno

TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, ‘intelligent’ lieutenant-colonel who ‘doesn’t brag’ but is killing off Boko Haram in Borno

Muhammed Abu Ali is the name. You may have heard about him before: he is the officer who was granted accelerated promotion from rank of major to lieutenant-colonel in September 2015, for his courageous performance in a series of the army's engagements with Boko Haram.His elevation was first announced shortly after one of the army's fiercest-ever battles with Boko Haram, [...]

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    OBITUARY: OJB Jezreel, the ‘Jah man’ who married 3 wives but became ‘half-woman’

OBITUARY: OJB Jezreel, the ‘Jah man’ who married 3 wives but became ‘half-woman’

Shock!!! That is how many have described the sudden death of Babatunde Jezreel Okungbowa, popular musical artiste and producer better known as OJB Jezreel, which occurred after more than four years of battling acute kidney failure.Not that his health condition was secret — he was forced to seek public help after doctors said his death was imminent if he didn't undergo a [...]

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    THE INSIDER: How soldiers ‘finished off’ 16 Boko Haram members in Kala Balge

THE INSIDER: How soldiers ‘finished off’ 16 Boko Haram members in Kala Balge

In the past, you read stories and watched videos of how Nigerian soldiers fled from Boko Haram. Not anymore.On April 30 — and as has been happening since the final months of President Goodluck Jonathan's tenure — it was the turn of Boko Haram to flee from the army. Sixteen of them fell to soldiers' bullets in the raid, which happened in [...]

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    OBITUARY: Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, ‘secretive’ Oba of Benin who united enemies

OBITUARY: Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, ‘secretive’ Oba of Benin who united enemies

At birth, he was proclaimed a "Solomon" – one who would grow up with a deposit of wisdom rarely found in humans."You Agho! You again, you have passed through this route. You have reincarnated to become an Oba. An Oba indeed!" Oba Akenzua II, his father, had screamed on June 22, 1923 while announcing his birth.Lifting the baby up, he added: "You will [...]

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    One year ago, Buhari promised to change Nigeria

One year ago, Buhari promised to change Nigeria

When Nigerians rouse from sleep on April 1, they will again head for filling stations to join the now de rigueur queues for Premium Motor Spirit.This is no big news; queueing for hours at petrol stations has been the most recurring item on the itinerary of Nigerians not only for the past month, but also for the third spell in [...]

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    Boko Haram has lost its fearsomeness

Boko Haram has lost its fearsomeness

There is a deafening bang - a bomb blast. Then another. Dismembered bodies litter the ground. Agonising wailings rent the air. Emergency aid workers scuttle to the scene. The dead are relocated to the morgue, and the injured to the hospital. Security operatives arrive to cordon off the area. The opposition party screams government incompetence. The president releases a statement [...]

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    TRIBUTE: Olumide Oresegun’s ‘perfect’ paintings

TRIBUTE: Olumide Oresegun’s ‘perfect’ paintings

If, over the last few days, you haven't bumped into the name 'Oresegun Olumide', you are clearly a member of either of two groups: those who are not avid users of the Internet/social media, or those who are indifferent to the aesthetic power of the arts.Perhaps you have, and you have turned the other way, you may want to have [...]

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    TRIBUTE: Ilo, brave soldier killed by Boko Haram on Val’s Day ‘because of arms fund diversion’

TRIBUTE: Ilo, brave soldier killed by Boko Haram on Val’s Day ‘because of arms fund diversion’

They were his final words. And they summarize the kind of life he lived, his commitment to his job and dedication to fatherland. With his sacrifices for his country and its people, it is fitting that he uttered those words on February 14, the Valentine's Day of 2015.As exuberant youth were having a ball from club to club or hanging out [...]

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    TRIBUTE: Jayeola, Nigeria’s 1st female helicopter captain who ‘saved’ 11 lives in Bristow crash

TRIBUTE: Jayeola, Nigeria’s 1st female helicopter captain who ‘saved’ 11 lives in Bristow crash

In a world where evil is far easier to remember than good, Abimbola Jayeola's landmark achievement in December 2014 largely escaped the notice of mainstream media. That month, she became Nigeria's first female helicopter captain.But it does seem that Jayeola is one woman who is irrevocably destined for glory; and if she won't be properly celebrated for making history back then, [...]

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    The plunder of West Africa Ebola funds

The plunder of West Africa Ebola funds

In early 2014, when the Ebola virus began ravaging three West African countries, it came with an all-shattering venom. Although Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and the Congo were all affected, the real devastation occurred in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.In these three countries, humans were crushed by the virus. Dozens died long before medics reached an understanding of the intruder they were [...]

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    UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: Nigeria’s ‘Customs of corruption, bribery and forgery’   

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: Nigeria’s ‘Customs of corruption, bribery and forgery’  

For nine straight working days in December, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, editor of TheCable, disguised his appearance – first as a hungry, hapless job seeker; later as a trainee clearing agent; and finally as an intending importer of cars, computers and Italian suits and shoes – to penetrate into the importing and clearing ring at the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). Presented in [...]

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    [ABRIDGED]: Imprisoned without offence: The pain-filled, asexual world of genitally-mutilated women

[ABRIDGED]: Imprisoned without offence: The pain-filled, asexual world of genitally-mutilated women

Sunday Salawa may never have sat in a classroom or profited from any formal form of learning, but she knows "female circumcision is dangerous".She didn’t have to be told by staff or consultants of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – one of the UN agencies leading advocacy against the practice. Salawa is herself a victim – a convict, so to [...]

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    Who will save the girl-child from the circumciser’s knife?

Who will save the girl-child from the circumciser’s knife?

Until July 2015, my knowledge of the adverse effects of “female circumcision” was woefully limited. I knew that circumcised women could not live normal sexual lives. My idea of circumcision was just “removal of the clitoris”. My understanding of its occurrence: just some parts of eastern Nigeria.Everything changed when I attended a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) training on ‘female [...]

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    Imprisoned without offence: The pain-filled, asexual world of genitally-mutilated women

Imprisoned without offence: The pain-filled, asexual world of genitally-mutilated women

Sunday Salawa may never have sat in a classroom or profited from any formal form of learning. She may not even know the English expression for an act she describes in Yoruba as didabe f’omobinrin, but she does know it is dangerous.She didn’t have to be told by staff or consultants of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – one [...]

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    OBITUARY: Onosode, the man who rejected an award because his name was misspelt

OBITUARY: Onosode, the man who rejected an award because his name was misspelt

This is an obituary that could have been written 36 years ago. Sometime in June 1979, Gamaliel Offoritsenere Onosode could have died. In fact, he thought he was going to. But then, he could also have survived. And he did.He had just quit his position as chairman and chief executive of the company now known as Sterling Bank. While he did not [...]

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    OBITUARY: HID, the one Awo nearly didn’t marry but became his ‘jewel of inestimable value’

OBITUARY: HID, the one Awo nearly didn’t marry but became his ‘jewel of inestimable value’

For 99 years and 10 months, Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo somewhat rubbished the invincibility of death. In the past, there were many rumours of her death; and after each one, it turned out that HID, as she was fondly known, was alive after all. Although her frail looks betrayed her advancement in age, her soul came off as immortal – always able to [...]

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