Monday, September 3, 2018

Louis Odion

    Ogbemudia: The perils of longevity

Ogbemudia: The perils of longevity

To secure a durable place in history, said John Kenneth Galbraith, you have to die young.By this assertion, the late great American economist would seem to underline the paradox of early bloomers, the hyper-achievers who, on account of packing so much Alphas into their early lives, often end up being sentenced to the drudgery of spending their remaining years on [...]

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    OBJ’s missing guests

OBJ’s missing guests

It was inevitable that a deluge of stirring tributes and a contagion of saccharin smiles would pervade the unveiling last weekend of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo's latest monument, the Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, to mark his "estimated" 80th birthday.Doubtless, OBJ's odyssey in the past sixty years is intricately woven into the nation's own trajectory, as acting President Yemi Osinbajo [...]

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    Of 5% bargain-hunters and the London opera

Of 5% bargain-hunters and the London opera

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    VCI @ 70: An old boy’s declassified file

VCI @ 70: An old boy’s declassified file

Even as a rookie reporter with Concord Press back in 1993, I did not have to scale any big hurdle to see legal icon, Chief Gani Fewinhinmi, SAN, that very first day. Once the receptionist at his Anthony, Lagos chambers announced via the intercom that the visitor was "from Victory College Ikare", I was immediately led upstairs and ushered into his expansive [...]

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    Lo, this ‘jungle don mature’

Lo, this ‘jungle don mature’

It would sound a perfect ad lib to his most overly political song yet, "E be like say". With a single Instagram anti-establishment post a fortnight ago, Nigerian pop star, Innocent Idibia (aka 2Face), stampeded the nation into what some, given the timing, began to fear might finally usher our own Arab Spring.His lamentation on social media was arguably prosaic of the biting poetry of the old song, "E be [...]

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    Secrets Masaba took away

Secrets Masaba took away

Customarily, love is thought to be two hearts beating as one. What then defined the enigma of Abubakar Bello Masaba was an uncanny skill to stir and replicate such heartbeat in multiple dozens of liaison, sustaining the magic till he drew his last breath last Saturday at a time the society had otherwise come under what could be termed an [...]

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    The age of AK47 Pastor

The age of AK47 Pastor

Like the proverbial stubborn grass that defies the gardener's sickle - quick to sprout after every cut, the lexicon of public conversation has undoubtedly grown with a raft of terms and phrases since the last compilation on the page. Consistent with our tradition, we shall be undertaking an update - an induction, if you like - of the new entrants [...]

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    Endgame and Abacha’s last disciple

Endgame and Abacha’s last disciple

Those skilled in psychoanalysis could not have missed the telltale hint. Newspaper images we saw of Yahya Jammeh receiving ECOWAS emissaries at the Banjul airport last Friday clearly depicted acute weight loss, accentuated by a distant look on his face.Really, it would have been humanly impossible to be haunted at home and heckled from outside like Jammeh in the past [...]

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    Buhari and the FRC affair

Buhari and the FRC affair

For once, President Buhari on Monday chose to act with a despatch and clarity rarely seen in his tenancy at Aso Rock in the last twenty months. The ink of the reports of the forced resignation of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, arguably the dean of Pentecostal district of the nation's Christian community, had barely dried before someone was made to lose [...]

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    OBJ vs Adenuga: A memory

OBJ vs Adenuga: A memory

The following, an abridgement of a two-part series entitled "Michael Ishola Adenuga" and "Of War, Stray Bullets & P.O.Ws" first carried 11 years ago (2006) by Sunday Sun, is rerun today with a view to offering readers some illumination to better dissect the epistolary grenade hurled Wednesday by former President Olusegun Obasanjo against Oba Sikuri Adetona of Ijebuland over the [...]

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    Leadership recruitment: The Adefarasin doctrine

Leadership recruitment: The Adefarasin doctrine

Lately, the chief priest of the House on the Rock, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, has been championing an advocacy of sorts. Merely professing Christianity, he postulates, is not what prospers a nation. Which explains why most of the supposedly prosperous nations in Asia and the Gulf today are homes to worshippers of faiths other than Christianity.Instead, Pastor Adefarasin preaches righteousness. Religiosity [...]

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    Mimiko: Profile in treachery

Mimiko: Profile in treachery

A cartoon published earlier by Punch offers perhaps the most prophetic foreword to the political tragedy that climaxed in Ondo on November 26. Someone in an unconscious state is sketched being hustled away from the shelter of the Iroko (big oak tree) as the Good Samaritan mutters, "struck by lightning".Indisputably, the Iroko moniker is patent for the brand of politics [...]

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    Soyinka and Trump’s illegitimate kids

Soyinka and Trump’s illegitimate kids

This must be a depressing hour indeed for the man who “fashioned the drama of existence” and first black Nobel prizewinner in Literature, Professor Wole Soyinka. A comment uttered in what could only be a protest against the willful trampling on the dignity of the African immigrants and other "underdogs" has, alas, been twisted out of its moral joint and now [...]

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    Oshiomhole in Edo history

Oshiomhole in Edo history

Though continents apart, there are a surfeit of parallels between outgoing US President Barak Obama and retiring Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State. Both are not only southpaw and gifted orators, but also united on account of timing and circumstances of their ascension of office.Eight years ago, the world was confounded by the fairy tale of the son of an African [...]

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    Love in the time of recession 

Love in the time of recession 

With the stocks looking stuck on the economy front, with figures simply no longer adding up, it seems inevitable that more and more Nigerians would instinctively seek solace in the elementary, yet most transcendental, vocation ever known to man - the pursuit of love.Even at that, there is no guaranty of easy win. For rarely is the amatory arrow fired from the [...]

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    Executive vigilante and other apparitions 

Executive vigilante and other apparitions 

In line with the tradition of this column, today, we look back with a view to compiling words/phrases which have crept treacherously into public conversation lately. As we shall soon find, nothing best dramatises, with searing intensity, the national condition presently than the frequency of the use and abuse of such terms in the ensuing public chatter. [...]

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