Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Louis Odion

    Invoking Gibran in a troubled time

Invoking Gibran in a troubled time

At first, it could be mistaken for a pornographic studio. The walls are sculpted with assorted portraits of nudity, sensuous imageries, certain to trigger the testosterone, if not stoke the loins.With illumination made dim by a syncopation of delicately angled recess lights and the antique windows shaded by sparse curtains, the air around the four-floor covent hewn from ancient cave [...]

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    Embedded in Beirut: A communion with ancestors

Embedded in Beirut: A communion with ancestors

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    Interrogating ‘Change’: ‘Genital test’ revisited 

Interrogating ‘Change’: ‘Genital test’ revisited 

Talk is cheap, according to a common wisecrack.At a time hierarchs of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party would probably be seen scratching their heads in search of answers whenever asked to furnish tangible dividends of the “Change” extravagantly promised in 2015, how soul-lifting that there remain folks truly committed to filling the void.Through personal examples, these exemplars - [...]

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    Ajimobi and the Ayefele affair

Ajimobi and the Ayefele affair

At the temple of justice on Monday, the Oyo government lawyer apparently feared the wrath of the law named contempt. So, the senior advocate sought the easiest getaway by telling a lie whose incredulity can only be likened to the futility of seeking to hide behind a finger. When confronted on the effrontery of his client to demolish a property when the case was already being heard by the [...]

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    Odili, Ekpu @ 70: Of patriarchs and their progenies

Odili, Ekpu @ 70: Of patriarchs and their progenies

Astrologers paint them in sometimes conflicting colours: generous yet needy of attention, forgiving yet vengeful, loyal yet flirty, and charming even though insecure. It is from such maelstrom of cosmic contradictions, we are made to believe, that the Leo persona crystallizes. While the rest of us may be handicapped to join in such astral speculations, what is however not in [...]

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    Ambode and the Apapa question 

Ambode and the Apapa question 

Only those assailed by the traumatizing memory of being trapped before or those left to endure the yoke of failed infrastructure are perhaps better placed to tell the pain of a broken Apapa today. This writer counts himself among this tribe, having survived a life-and-death situation in that blighted neighbourhood over a decade ago.That fateful Friday night in December 2007, I had [...]

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    Okorocha’s second Judas kiss

Okorocha’s second Judas kiss

With Monday’s purported impeachment of Eze Madumere as Imo deputy governor, the conversion of the acclaimed “Heartland” of the South-east to Rochas Okorocha’s comic show now appears complete. But the trouble is that the entire gallery is already deserted and the theatre crew left to seek pleasure only in self-entertainment.With another clown already being dressed up as replacement before the conniving state [...]

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    Ekiti: The triumph of stomach infrastructure

Ekiti: The triumph of stomach infrastructure

If history is classified as truly the prerogative of the victor, then one concept likely to be revisited in the times ahead will be the vexatious “stomach infrastructure”. Ordinarily, the imagery evoked would perhaps not be more than the entrails of oesophagus, kidneys, intestines down to the rectum in human skeleton commonly displayed in the biology lab.But not until after [...]

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    Alas, APC’s illegitimate kids come of age

Alas, APC’s illegitimate kids come of age

The moment is here again that we pause from the routine to address the raft of words or phrases that have crept treacherously into national conversation lately. By furnishing the content and context, the idea is to strip such terms of all ambiguities to the clearest meaning possible, thereby helping the general public - particularly the casual readers or the uninitiated - to [...]

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    Flesh trader and the Idia spirit

Flesh trader and the Idia spirit

With the nation half immersed in soccer opium and half yoked with another mass slaughter by the genocidal herders on the Plateau this past fortnight, two otherwise profound morality tales would appear to have completely evaded the national orbit, denied the public attention deserved.Indeed, they contrast in circumstances, time and space. The protagonist in one is wide-lipped, the other chubby-faced.Again, [...]

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    June 12, military cult and PMB’s ritual offering 

June 12, military cult and PMB’s ritual offering 

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    The politics of age

The politics of age

Easily given to ceremony than substance, it is no surprise that we seem carried away yet again by the enactment last week of the “Not-Too-Young-To-Run” Act. By “we”, I refer to citizens of my generation and the millennials, many of whom probably view the development as no more than a tacit official acknowledgement of “our own turn to eat”.True, there [...]

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    OBJ and the ‘ogboju’ syndrome

OBJ and the ‘ogboju’ syndrome

“Ogboju” is no ordinary term in Yoruba speak. It describes a false bravado by the daring in pursuit of often dubious end. It happens when the marauder is, for instance, audacious enough to turn around and blame the very crime on their supposed victim. More and more, we are witnessing the “Ogboju” syndrome in the simmering Buhari/Obasanjo tiff. With the [...]

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    IGP’s ‘transmission’ and other treacherous tales

IGP’s ‘transmission’ and other treacherous tales

As is customary, today, we shall be making a detour from the usual to dissect just two of the slew of words that has lately crept treacherously into national conversation since our last enumeration. The mission is to provide context and content, so that the uninitiated may better understand. Transmission: Goodluck Jonathan gave us “transformation” even though it turned out [...]

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    Verily, Oyegun’s cry-babies need nose-wipe

Verily, Oyegun’s cry-babies need nose-wipe

Were Ehiogie West Idahosa not a familiar name, one would have been tempted to dismiss the graffiti credited to him recently in the media as composed by a stark illiterate at a pepper-soup joint at the popular Agbado market in Benin City. Aside the farrago of illogicalities, seeking to ethnicize the circumstances that forced Chief John Odigie-Oyegun’s fall as APC [...]

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    2019 and Yakubu’s wake-up call

2019 and Yakubu’s wake-up call

Though he set out to tackle the allegation of complicity in reported underage voting in recent Kano polls, INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, has inadvertently reopened the extant debate on the forces undermining the integrity of the electoral process in Nigeria. Back in February, tongues naturally began to wag across the land after the social media was awash with footages of [...]

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