Saturday, February 17, 2018

Louis Odion

    Valentine in the age of ‘digisexuals’

Valentine in the age of ‘digisexuals’

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    Reggae in Nigeria, blues in Ethiopia 

Reggae in Nigeria, blues in Ethiopia 

Hip-hop musician Harrisong, it was, who grafted the slang into the national lexicon two years ago with his hit, "Reggae and Blues". Invoking the protest word "reggae" as metaphor for war and "blues" for peace, he muses about the desirability of making up after falling out."After the reggae," he croons, "Play the blues."Bearing this in mind, the casual beholder will [...]

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    Cow, colony and commonsense

Cow, colony and commonsense

Truth, as one likes to say, is a pest. It is left for those haunted to device their own coping strategies. As for President Muhammadu Buhari, it does appear that when silence is not deployed fiercely as shield against uncomfortable questions, a few other tactics are improvised with a view to purchasing time or rehabilitating the truth.The Osinbajo peace panel [...]

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    Benue pogrom: Dancing on victims’ graves

Benue pogrom: Dancing on victims’ graves

As the nation groped in fuel darkness during the Yuletide season, the Nobel laureate's distraught words perhaps best described the shame and tragedy of it all. The authorities in Abuja would rather indulge in the profanity of buck-passing, lamented Professor Wole Soyinka. That climate of shame would appear to have grown even more inclement and the midnight children of impunity more [...]

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    2019: Governors of consequence

2019: Governors of consequence

At the last count, no fewer than four national dailies have named them "Governor of the Year" for both 2016 and 2017, either jointly or individually. The casual observer will likely put this down to the infrastructural spectacle they evoked in their respective states at a time the rest of the nation stewed in the worst recession in recent memory; [...]

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    Yuletide and the stars of a twisted firmament

Yuletide and the stars of a twisted firmament

The medley of pulsating melodies, riding the tranquilizing breeze from the ocean, had soaked up the swanky ambience at the emerging Eko Atlantic City tonight until youthful Darey Art Alade took over the band-stand.The celebrant, General T Y Danjuma and his wife, Daisy, were on the dance-floor of lush velvet, cheered on by a sizable number of the nation's [...]

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    A commodore’s last voyage

A commodore’s last voyage

Part of the paradox of human nature is that those who made a career of putting others to death by the sword always become uneasy themselves at the sight of same weapon in the hand of a stranger.Such would seem the case of Bode George, erstwhile supremo of Peoples Democratic Party, whose dream of becoming national chair of the party [...]

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    GEJ, Abdullahi, Oduah and the missing verses

GEJ, Abdullahi, Oduah and the missing verses

Even days ahead of its unveiling, a new book by ace journalist and APC spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi, is surely stirring the political waters already. Since teasers began to appear in Simon Kolawole's TheCable last week, many can hardly wait anymore for tomorrow's presentation in Abuja to grab copy and see what fresh angles "On A Platter of Gold: How Jonathan [...]

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    Okorocha’s commercial monumentalism

Okorocha’s commercial monumentalism

The most recognizable symptoms of clinical delusion is usually an obsession with inanities. Bizarre developments in Imo lately should then be enough to so classify Rochas Okorocha. It explains why a man owing workers salary arrears and whose cheques to pensioners bounced and bounced, did not consider it shameful to instead splurge hundreds of millions of naira on the erection [...]

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    Of narco caste and Rivers’ political slaves

Of narco caste and Rivers’ political slaves

If any doubt had lingered on the certainty of opioid epidemic afflicting Nigeria's youthful population, it surely was removed last week with the cold statistics reeled out by the University of Lagos. For parents who might wish to stand up in arms against its new extra-ordinary policy to administer drug test batteries randomly on students with the same aplomb road safety [...]

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    Newspaperman as icon and iconoclast

Newspaperman as icon and iconoclast

"Always fight for progress and reforms, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged class and plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be dramatically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by [...]

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    Attorney gen as atanni je

Attorney gen as atanni je

We thought we had seen the worst mutation of fawning depravity in Michael Aondoakaa, the pathetically loquacious character who, as Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), strove tirelessly to pervert justice by openly putting the law at the service of shady political players during the Umar Yar'Adua administration, thereby dragging the nation's jurisprudence into utter disrepute.So embarrassed [...]

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    National condition and the OPC franchise

National condition and the OPC franchise

On his inaugural ride in the cultural chariot as the Yoruba generalissimo, he perhaps will first have to contend with that eerie numbness - the odd feeling experienced when euphoria mixes with trepidation. Joy at attaining an epic height; anxiety about meeting very high public expectation that comes with it.This might then tempt Gani Adams to imagine himself in [...]

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    Further entry in the diary of shame

Further entry in the diary of shame

With the stench of the NNPC affair starring Ibe Kachikwu and Maikanti Baru still choking the air, with national dignity looking sullied by suggestion that ailing president spent his 103-day supposed medical seclusion in London mostly signing away multi-billionaire dollar oil contracts presumably over expended injection syringes, a bizarre twist yet entered Aso Rock's comedy of errors last weekend following [...]

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    NNPC: Buhari’s autumn as moral Czar?

NNPC: Buhari’s autumn as moral Czar?

Iron-clad integrity was the chief credential General Muhammadu Buhari flaunted to win power in 2015. Today, that golden badge appears under grave erosion in view of rising tide of sleaze and tales of apparent presidential indifference.Last week's leaked memo by scorned junior oil minister, Ibe Kachikwu, provides what potentially may now be the tipping point.In a rather rambling response yesterday, [...]

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    October 1 and the torment of memory

October 1 and the torment of memory

Forget the rose-scented official statistics, the sweet words of the establishment. There can be no procedure to tracking Nigeria's progress graph more efficiently, more intimately than a gesture as ordinary as dusting up old copies of newspapers or journals to find just how much of yesterday's promises were eventually delivered and the gradient to which current lamentations in the land [...]

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