Thursday, August 1, 2019

Louis Odion

    Python in the parliament

Python in the parliament

A serpent will ordinarily evoke anxiety. Fear is added if that nocturnal creature were found slithering up from the depth of a communal well. To the superstitious in these parts, such spectacle can only be indicative that the surrounding community had either come under a plague or arrived at its threshold.So, when reports came last week that the “hallowed chamber” [...]

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    Osoba’s cold wars and last laugh

Osoba’s cold wars and last laugh

Growing up, he flirted with boxing. We see a glimpse of that aspiration in the blurry picture of a puny ten-year-old raising a guard in over-sized gloves on page 176 of the book.But if any portrait is framed by the chronology of the many storms weathered, hurdles surmounted, adversities endured and foes conquered in Chief Olusegun Osoba’s new autobiography, it [...]

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    The conscience of a nation

The conscience of a nation

The cell-phone beeped frantically. With the caller ID with-held, it was easy to surmise that it was either a foreign call or someone preferring anonymity. Pressing the receive button, my hunch was dead right. The baritone voice was unmistakable: it was the literary lion himself roaring from his den on the other side of the Atlantic.“Hey Louis, what’s the trouble [...]

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    Rape, Fatoyinbo and Mrs Dakolo

Rape, Fatoyinbo and Mrs Dakolo

Not only the charge against the preacher appears abominable, his defence and the chorus of his supporters sound even strange. What would make the sin of rape Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is accused of more grave is the suspicion - let alone, the high probability - of deep trust being betrayed in the exploitation of the vulnerability of an under-age girl. Thus, [...]

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    Genocidal herders and the siege to Odualand

Genocidal herders and the siege to Odualand

After a long spell of portentous silence broken only by a few agitated whispers, the cultural establishment of the Yoruba nation would appear to be speaking up finally in a coherent voice on the perceived expansionist agenda by migrant killer herders, if the flurry of statements last weekend by the Ooni of Ife and the Aare Onakankafo (the native war [...]

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    June 12 and its new false interpreters 

June 12 and its new false interpreters 

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    APC and its midnight children 

APC and its midnight children 

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    The hemp in Aketi’s pocket at Kalokalo graveyard

The hemp in Aketi’s pocket at Kalokalo graveyard

Though bound by geography, they yet present two contrasting morality tales. The increasingly animated talk today of Indian hemp being refined into a legitimate business in Ondo and the fierce denunciation of pool-betting elsewhere in Bauchi surely depict, in some way, the stark contradictions of Nigeria’s federalism and her moral universe.  Moralists opposed to cannabis will, for instance, cite its pungent [...]

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    Kano: The insolent meets the unthinkable

Kano: The insolent meets the unthinkable

It is perhaps a measure of the ethical pestilence ravaging the land today that Cecilia Ibru too has suddenly recovered her voice to rail and rant against beleaguered Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the mercurial but gravely flawed emir of Kano. [...]

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    Stalking the affluent society

Stalking the affluent society

John Galbraith characterized the affluent society in part as the showpiece of the promise of capital in the post-industrial age. Once normalcy had been restored to America’s economic climate after the Great Depression of the 1930s on account of optimized production cementing her prestige as the wealthiest nation on earth, the acutely perceptive scholar often hailed as the “father of [...]

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    What ails Chris Ngige?

What ails Chris Ngige?

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    Comedian as president, pregnancy in prison

Comedian as president, pregnancy in prison

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    Regulating Anambra’s obituary economy 

Regulating Anambra’s obituary economy 

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    Aliko, Arewa and the multi-billionaire truth

Aliko, Arewa and the multi-billionaire truth

It is not exactly new talk; the news is that it came from the lips of Aliko Dangote, thus breaking the age-old culture of silence.Summoning a moral courage rare among the elite, the Forbes-certified richest black man came down hard on northern governors while lamenting the clear and present danger extreme poverty poses to his native Arewaland.Speaking at the fourth edition [...]

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    The shame of Zamfara’s zig-zag

The shame of Zamfara’s zig-zag

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    Karma and the parable of ‘Filadefia’

Karma and the parable of ‘Filadefia’

So, after the mammoth burnt offering at the altar of greed, Rochas Okorocha will still end up with the bread of political sorrow? The Imo west senatorial seat meant to be a “consolation prize” after the defeat of his stooge in the governorship polls of March 9 has been withdrawn by INEC over allegation that it was secured at gun-point on [...]

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