Louis Odion

    Majek: A rainmaker and his unique augury

Majek: A rainmaker and his unique augury

Cassock is no ordinary apparel. Neither are handcuffs choice ornament. So, when by mid 80s a fresh-faced minstrel from a cultural cauldron like Benin City spotting this unlikely fashion combo burst onto the big stage presented by Lagos, the nation was bound to take notice. His modest academic background notwithstanding, Majekodunmi Fasheke (Majek Fashek) surely demonstrated sufficient cognitive sophistication early enough [...]

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    Wanted: Vaccine against academic Covid-19 

Wanted: Vaccine against academic Covid-19 

On a good day, Abimbola Adelakun is a compelling read. But writers do have dry days, when the muse fails the quill abysmally. Such must have been the misfortune of the columnist in her April 23 outing. The tragedy was however not her failure to deliver; the real catastrophe was actually the pedestrian intellection unwittingly exposed within a spell of creative [...]

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    THISDAY @ 25: Monument to inventive spirit

THISDAY @ 25: Monument to inventive spirit

The easy business plan will assume that cash - tones of it - performs all the magic. But not in all cases. As anyone familiar with the difficult beginnings of THISDAY will attest, guts and sheer improvisation sometimes prove far more invaluable resource. If the earth indeed shook a quarter century ago when THISDAY emerged, it was largely because it started [...]

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    Atiku, ambition and the endgame

Atiku, ambition and the endgame

So, after all his thunderous imprecations and venomous profiling of the Wazirin Adamawa as “hopelessly corrupt”, OBJ could not resist the temptation of a N50m “egunje” from the same tainted hand. Perhaps, our ever sanctimonious patriarch never reckoned the secret would leak. No less amusing was the explanation offered by the giver when the EFCC hound uncovered an assortment of fingerprints [...]

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    Heeding the national call again…

Heeding the national call again…

No longer speculation; this is to confirm that, God willing, I shall assume duties in the coming days as the Senior Technical Assistant (Media) to President Muhammadu Buhari.  In media circles, they call me “Capacity” or “Unbreakable” because, I guess, I don’t fit into regular category. Truly, my clothiers, Goddy Mekwene (Vivid Imagination) and Benny Obaze (Bevista), often tease that nothing [...]

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    A Butcher’s judgement … typically British

A Butcher’s judgement … typically British

A poor reading of the verdict by the London court slapping a historic penalty of $9b on Nigeria last Friday is viewing it as an affirmation of the law of contract. No, it is not. Rather, it is the orchestration of international politics and neo-colonial power-play at their vilest. Indeed, let no one be deceived that objectivity is assured in the [...]

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    Invoking Gibran in a troubled time

Invoking Gibran in a troubled time

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    The return of Krest and Tuketuke 

The return of Krest and Tuketuke 

After a rather long spell, it is time to pause our weekly diagnosis of the Nigerian condition and examine a raft of treacherous words or phrases that has since infiltrated national conversation whose ubiquity or frequency is likely to leave the casual readers or the uninitiated utterly befuddled.  The whole idea is to provide contexts and contents to such mutants. Krest: Its [...]

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    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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