Saturday, January 19, 2019

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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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    TRIBUTE: The unsung Liberian health workers who fought – and defeated – Ebola   

TRIBUTE: The unsung Liberian health workers who fought – and defeated – Ebola  

The talking points of Liberia’s victory over Ebola have centred on medical and financial aid from world super powers and international agencies. But little has been said of the courage and human-capital contributions of local health workers. With a focus on Redemption Hospital, where the country’s first Ebola case was recorded, ‘FISAYO SOYOMBO tells the story of a few Ebola [...]

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    RMAFC set to slash salaries of public officers

RMAFC set to slash salaries of public officers

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) says it it has finished its paper work on a downward review of the salaries of public office holders in line with current economic realities.Elias Mbam, chairman of RMAFC, disclosed this to state house correspondents on Tuesday shortly after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the commission's activities inside.He said the draft of the [...]

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    Stranded survivors, ’embezzled’ donor funds prove Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery hasn’t begun

Stranded survivors, ’embezzled’ donor funds prove Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery hasn’t begun

Liberian Ebola survivors are frustrated by the lack of government involvement in their efforts to rebuild their lives, and their discontent has been further heightened by the emergence of reports confirming government profligacy in the management of donor funds sent to combat the virus and quicken the country’s recovery from the epidemic.Foday Kutuku Sheriff is hurriedly exiting the building housing [...]

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    Buhari appoints Gusau DG of budget office

Buhari appoints Gusau DG of budget office

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Aliyu Yahaya Gusau as the new director-general of the Budget Office of the Federation.According to a statement by Marshall Gundu, director of press and public relations at the federal ministry of finance, the appointment takes effect from Tuesday, August 18, 2015 with a term of four years renewable for another four years. ‎ Gusau hails from Zamfara [...]

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    Miscarriage on the streets, shattered love lives… how Ebola ruined Liberian families

Miscarriage on the streets, shattered love lives… how Ebola ruined Liberian families

One year after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Ebola “a public health emergency of international concern”, Liberian Ebola survivors are still struggling to get their lives back on track.It is a drizzly morning in the poshest hotel in the biggest Liberian city. But when Patrick Farley and his three friends enter, a new air of warmth suddenly takes over [...]

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    The ‘return’ of Boko Haram under Buhari

The ‘return’ of Boko Haram under Buhari

Aside from relocating the military command centre to Borno state on his first day in office, travelling out of the country to solicit the help of world leaders in battling the insurgents, and sacking his predecessor's service chiefs and national security adviser, Nigeria can hardly point to a single Boko Haram success story under Buhari.Therefore, it is no surprise that questions [...]

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