Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Louis Odion

    Profiles in fortitude and courage

Profiles in fortitude and courage

For those tempted to give up on the Nigerian identity, three recent events should offer some reassurance. Though disparate in circumstances, they nonetheless collectively tell the story of tenacity in the face of denial, character under temptation and courage under peril.After slaying another victim last weekend in Cardiff, United Kingdom to reaffirm his invincibility in the rope square, emerging heavyweight [...]

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    Gates and the Nigerian ostriches

Gates and the Nigerian ostriches

In the last decade, billionaire Bill Gates is reputed to have funneled estimated $1.6b (Over N500bn) of his own hard-earned fortune into humanitarian causes in Nigeria, especially immunisation for kids against polio with a view to helping to end the nation’s shame as the world’s capital of the horrific yet preventable disease.Without being prompted, the Bill & Melinda Gates [...]

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    The barbarians at Edo gate

The barbarians at Edo gate

It was typical of punctilious Godwin Obaseki to assume that mere appeal to reason - this pious invocation of the spirit of good neighborliness - would be enough to rein in the Barbarians arriving Edo’s ancient gate.But as he seemed to have realized with regret at the weekend after yet another hand-wringing visitation to the grieving and the traumatized in [...]

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    Lagos, garbage and its profiteers

Lagos, garbage and its profiteers

When this writer and the likes of Professor Pat Utomi, Sahara desert explorer Newton Jibunoh, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM 1) and Lagbaja were named Lagos State Ambassadors for Environment in 2009, then Governor Tunde Fashola was trenchant in his expectation: deploy your individual talent and platform to help create awareness for the sustainability of the environment in a world ensnared [...]

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    From Imo to Zamfara: Monarchy trumps democracy

From Imo to Zamfara: Monarchy trumps democracy

A dialogue imaginatively ascribed to what would ordinarily pass as an innocuous photograph from a routine official event opens perhaps the best aperture on the festering culture of political degeneracy. (The author of the mischief that trended in the social media is understandably anonymous.) Face lit up with his trademark fawning smile, Rochas Okorocha is shown drawing close to President Buhari, [...]

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    Obaseki help! — my community besieged

Obaseki help! — my community besieged

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    The Bayelsa children are coming

The Bayelsa children are coming

The debate on the corrosive impact of social media is certainly not about to end. It continued last week in the little aquatic city of Yenagoa at a colloquium hosted by the Bayelsa State Government as part of activities marking the sixth anniversary of the Seriake Dickson administration.The theme was: Managing Government Information In This Volatile New Media Age [...]

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    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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