Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Magnus Onyibe

    Africapitalism and amazing Tony Elumelu

Africapitalism and amazing Tony Elumelu

Few Africans have talked about pan Africanism and made it happen.And one of such people is Tony Elumelu, the self appointed champion  of AFRICAPITALISM.The banker turned entrepreneur through his HEIRS holding has in the past three years been leveraging on his philanthropic platform, Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF to turn the whole African landscape of 54 countries into a sort of [...]

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    Buhari’s midterm report: CBN takes the cake

Buhari’s midterm report: CBN takes the cake

Being a farmer himself, it was easy for president Muhammadu Buhari to spot the fact that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Anchor Borrowers Program has been making waves by having massive impact on the farming sector across the country and by extension helping in lifting up Nigeria's economy which due to the sharp drop in crude oil price had [...]

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    Nigeria: ls the military strong only against the weak?

Nigeria: ls the military strong only against the weak?

On December 12, 2015 in Kaduna state, north-western Nigeria, the military allegedly mowed down hundreds of Shiite Muslims who allegedly tried to obstruct their path. Till date, their leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife are still in detention, although authorities like to sugarcoat it as protective custody.While Nigerians are still mortified by that horrific event in Kaduna, under the [...]

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    Mr President, there must be better ways to curb hate speeches

Mr President, there must be better ways to curb hate speeches

One of the best ways to reduce dissent and rebellion which hate speeches epitomize is to govern equitably through respect for the rule of law and observance of equity and justice in a polity. Inability or failure of leaders to adhere to those simple tenets, breeds resentment. Citizens or people generally often harbored ill feelings towards their Govt when they [...]

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    Threat to national unity: Let’s celebrate what binds us

Threat to national unity: Let’s celebrate what binds us

His eminence, Saad Abubaker III, the Sultan of Sokoto's admonition that God does not make mistakes, must have struck strong chords in the hearts of members of both the Islamic and Christian faiths in Nigeria.The assumption above is underscored by the fact that people of the two major religions believe there is one God. That is a fundamental and critical [...]

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    Nigeria’s constitution amendment: Failure of imagination and need for political courage

Nigeria’s constitution amendment: Failure of imagination and need for political courage

John McCain, the indomitable United States of America, USA senator whose vote torpedoed the Republican Party- his political party's attempt to repeal the USA affordable health care bill-dubbed Obamacare is a study in political courage.This is because along with two other senators - Suzan Collins and Lisa Murkowski who incidentally are ladies - he casted the vote that thwarted the [...]

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    Biafra: From monologue to dialogue and getting to yes?

Biafra: From monologue to dialogue and getting to yes?

The separatist politics of MASSOB - Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra led by Ralph Uwazurike - which has birthed Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, now branded BIAFRA EXIT and driven by Nnamdi Kanu, started slowly. But now the row has picked up so much steam that it appears as if the dreadful Bosnia-Herzegovina ethnic cleansing in [...]

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    Last letter to God: A death foreseen?

Last letter to God: A death foreseen?

The journey to the last institution of learning, University of Birmingham, that Kikaose attended before her sudden and avoidable demise, was torturing mentally. But it was inevitable, as my wife and l were required to do so in order to trace the events that lead to Kikaose's unfortunate death.The trip was also with a view to closing her records from [...]

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    Godwin Emefiele: From zero to hero?

Godwin Emefiele: From zero to hero?

At first, clawing Nigerian economy out from recession ditch was thought to be not only a Herculean task,but one that couldn't be achieved so fast.But at the rate at which the Naira/dollar exchange rate is converging, putting Nigerian economy back on even keel may be sooner than later.The analogy above may seem simplistic, but Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the [...]

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    Nigeria’s anti-corruption war: Has the chicken come home to roost?

Nigeria’s anti-corruption war: Has the chicken come home to roost?

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    Democracy Day: Dangote as a metaphor for Nigeria’s development

Democracy Day: Dangote as a metaphor for Nigeria’s development

At 60 years of age (April 10,2017), Aliko Dangote who is slightly older than Nigeria by a mere three years has become the richest man in Africa and the 23rd richest in the world according to Forbes list of billionaires.Comparatively,after nearly 57 years of the founding of Nigeria as a nation, and about eighteen, 18 years of continuously functioning as [...]

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    Good night at noontime: Lamenting the death of a loved one

Good night at noontime: Lamenting the death of a loved one

When I wrote what l thought was a thought provoking article on the steady descent of Nigerian socioeconomic environment into a situation that is comparable to an Intensive Care Unit, ICU of a hospital, l had no inkling that l will sooner than later be a victim of an ICU situation.The piece titled "Nigeria Now Looking Like An Intensive Care [...]

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    VeePee Yemi Osinbajo and the power of charm offensive

VeePee Yemi Osinbajo and the power of charm offensive

It was a former USA president Benjamin Franklin that's credited with the quote: "Some people are weather wise and otherwise".As a result of president Muhamadu Buhari's 49 days medical vacation which ended last Monday, March 13, Vice President,Yemi Osinbajo's hands were planted firmly on the wheel of the ship of state of Nigeria as acting president.As such, and as the [...]

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    Xenophobic South Africa, national assembly and value of Nigerian life

Xenophobic South Africa, national assembly and value of Nigerian life

That's why he unequivocally put his feelings on marble and which l  fittingly presented as the opening quote for this piece. However, many years after Nigerian govt made the bold and very significant sacrifice of railing against the USA and UK Govt that were supporting the supremacists regime's in former Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe and South Africa nation under the apartheid regime, [...]

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    Why those who bet against James Ibori in Nigerian politics failed

Why those who bet against James Ibori in Nigerian politics failed

"In it until you die - convicted Nigerian politician signals a come back"That's the screaming headline that  the number one global news leader, Reuters ascribed to former delta state governor, James lbori who was recently released from a UK penitentiary where he was convicted after pleading guilty (under duress) to money laundering charges.Having had his freedom curtailed for  nearly seven,7 [...]

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    Chris Akor’s fantastic lies against Ibori: Separating facts from fiction

Chris Akor’s fantastic lies against Ibori: Separating facts from fiction

Some of us suffer the malaise of not being able to decouple our personal ego from our jobs or functions and as such, more often than not, our ego gets in the way and we become feisty.The reality is that an editor is a gatekeeper in the public information management sphere.As news is a commodity,a good editor is obligated to [...]

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