Thursday, November 15, 2018

Louis Odion

    Poisoning the Nigerian child quietly

Poisoning the Nigerian child quietly

Christian clerics currently raising hell over the subsuming of CRK under another subject in the school curriculum could not be said to have a full view of the bigger sharp razor grating the soft underbelly of the nation's education system.Far more lethal, in my view, is the subtle but sustained sexualization of the curriculum at the secondary level. This existential threat, [...]

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    Evans: Rise of the invisible neighbour

Evans: Rise of the invisible neighbour

Mathew Hassan Kukah (MHK), it was, who perhaps best framed a key ethical question bogging the contemporary society with collapsing values. To reclaim the moral boundary, the engaging Catholic Bishop once argued that it is no longer enough for the cleric to expressly grant request by a congregant to bless their endeavor out of shared ecumenical spirit without first ascertaining [...]

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    Gomina’s Ghost: A case for séance

Gomina’s Ghost: A case for séance

Before we set forth, some clarity might be necessary on the two odd words above. "Gomina" is the corruption of "governor" in Yoruba. Rooted in French mythology, "séance", on the other hand, refers to a psychic channel of communicating with the dead. The phenomenon is however not exclusive to the French; it permeates most superstitious civilizations including Africa.This astral route may well [...]

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    Neo-Biafra: Of sense and nonsense

Neo-Biafra: Of sense and nonsense

Just when the rest of the nation on Wednesday began a postmortem of the Biafra Day celebration following media reports of "total compliance" in Igbo land of a sit-at-home-order by IPOB/MASSOB, the following are excerpts from the riposte by one Ken Henshaw (obviously from the South-South) trended in the social media: "I think the current generation of 'Biafrans' are the most (unprintable) [...]

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    Presidential infirmity: The futility of cameo

Presidential infirmity: The futility of cameo

In case they don't yet know, budding spin doctors who conspired behind Aso Rock high walls to package ailing President Buhari to, against all wild expectations and cold permutations, make a dramatic office appearance on Tuesday should by now be patting themselves on the back for a distinction they, in all probability, never anticipated: letting the world of political strategy [...]

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    Oyegun and the Abuja disease

Oyegun and the Abuja disease

Abuja disease is a peculiar affliction in Nigerian politics. It refers to the tendency of an actor with otherwise modest endowment or from humble station to transmute to a monstrous creature once he/she enters the nation's capital and begins to frequent the power circles. Intoxicated by a new false sense of identity, such upstart does not consider it abominable to now [...]

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    Ghost dollars, grotesque state

Ghost dollars, grotesque state

Like a typical Shakespearean comedy, the great dollar find in Lagos penultimate Thursday following a whistleblower's tip-off seems to have inadvertently bequeathed to the public space a slew of memorable jokes - some quite libelous.In the ensuing orgy of finger-pointing, someone would ask that his quarry be made to excrete more of the alleged loot so that the latter's now [...]

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    Dogara vs el-Rufai: A-looter continua…

Dogara vs el-Rufai: A-looter continua…

Though elegant-sounding and seemingly mouthful, the word "subterfuge" actually connotes and denotes something far from noble - treachery.It describes a bid to draw a red herring and, in the context of an argument, disrupt the opponent's stream of consciousness by smuggling a diversionary matter into the loop.One cannot find a better word to classify the war of pay slips that [...]

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    The shame of a diminished senate

The shame of a diminished senate

Increasingly obsessed with sleaze and scandals, it is unknown how many of our conniving senators still have the presence of mind today to ponder history. Those who do would perhaps have encountered the name Oliver Cromwell, the British general, who turned England a republic and taught it puritan values.Convinced the parliament had transmuted to the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah by [...]

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    Asiwaju @ 65: To fight is to live

Asiwaju @ 65: To fight is to live

He who has not discovered what he/she can die can die for is not fit to live.- Martin Luther-KingThe organizers probably only intended an entertainment for charity. But, beyond raising cash for the needy, the brainchild of the novelty duel would, at the end, find they have also helped fashion an enduring allegory for what often animates enlightened conversations in [...]

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    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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