Sunday, April 7, 2019

Reuben Abati

    Tales from Rio

Tales from Rio

In some other countries of the world, a bronze medal at the Olympics is not something to be talked about or celebrated. Not even silver is satisfactory sometimes, just remember that look on Russian athlete Yulia Efimova’s face as her arch-rival, Lilly King of the United States took the gold in 100m women’s breastroke swimming. Nothing but gold is good [...]

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    Nigeria, 2016 Olympics and other stories

Nigeria, 2016 Olympics and other stories

“I hear we are no longer Nigeria, but the United States of Nigeria”“You didn’t hear anything. Stop being hypocritical, my friend.”“But the incumbent Minister of Sports is on record as having said something like that”“I know. That dumb Minister who wears the red cap that looks like something taken and approved from a shrine?”“Ye, that one, Solomon Dalung. The same [...]

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    Endorsing Hillary Clinton

Endorsing Hillary Clinton

If there was any hope that Donald Trump would change tactics and be more restrained after winning the Republican party Presidential nomination for the November 8 US election, that hope is now lost.  The fellow has remained aggressive, incorrigibly brash and completely negative. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has asked: “Is Donald Trump just plain crazy?”  (August 1).  Robinson says [...]

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    Let’s talk turkey about Turkey

Let’s talk turkey about Turkey

I was shocked by the trenchant reaction to my piece on the July 15 attempted coup in Turkey from at least two persons. The piece titled “Nigerians and the Failed Coup in Turkey” (The Guardian, Sunday, July 17) had fetched a mail and direct messages from a concerned Nigerian who objected to my description of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [...]

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    The bleaching, chameleon crowd

The bleaching, chameleon crowd

I wrote a piece recently, a tribute to the late veteran actress Bukky Ajayi and the multi-instrumentalist OJB Jezreel, in which I raised a number of issues, including how in Nollywood today, there is an obsession with the whitening of skin, an anti-Negritude yellowing, what I referred to as “the bleaching, chameleon crowd of Nollywood beauties.” The various reactions to [...]

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    All protocol(s) observed

All protocol(s) observed

Nigerians love events and ceremonies.  The engine of governance in fact runs on this special fuel, which in many ways has become an occasional excuse for waste and idleness. I have in the course of work attended and compered many of such events; one thing that I find curious is the obsession with acknowledgements. If you are the compere at [...]

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    Nigerians and the failed coup in Turkey

Nigerians and the failed coup in Turkey

Turkey is about five hours away from Nigeria by air, about 2, 634 miles from here, but the night there was a coup attempt in Turkey, July 15, with soldiers shutting down parts of Ankara and Istanbul, you’d think Ankara is a city somewhere in Nigeria and Istanbul is an extension of our country. Commentaries kept flying up and down [...]

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    Theresa May, Melaye and the leader’s wife

Theresa May, Melaye and the leader’s wife

“Have you been to Bourdillon? Or rather I should ask when are you going to Bourdillon?”“What’s happening?”“I hear people are paying solidarity visits to the Tinubus to express their dismay over Senator Dino Melaye’s assault on Senator Remi Tinubu, wife of the APC National Leader.”“Assault?”“That is precisely what it is.  Assault. Sexual harassment. Abuse. Threat of rape. Definite expression of [...]

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    Two lives and other stories

Two lives and other stories

Two lives lost recently in the creative industry convey useful messages in terms of the import of their careers and the circumstances of their departure: the elderly actress, simply known as Bukky Ajayi, and the music entrepreneur, multi-talented artiste, producer and musician, Babatunde Okungbowa, popularly known as OJB Jezreel. Bukky Ajayi died aged 82, and she has been well mourned [...]

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    ‘Biafrexit’ is different from Brexit

‘Biafrexit’ is different from Brexit

What has the United Kingdom just done to itself, its people and the future of its youth? It is difficult to fully understand why a country in taking a decision about its future will decide on a false option that seems to negate long-term interests.  And this, just because a total of 17.4 million people out of over 61 million [...]

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    The game has changed

The game has changed

“My brother, I think all the people saying they have not seen any change should by now be convinced that truly, truly, the game has changed.”“Football? Euro 2016? Brexit?”“What is wrong with you?”“Or may be you are talking about the death of Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu and the fact that Nigeria’s House of Football needs to be re-organized.”“I really [...]

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    America and the man-no-be-wood Nigerian lawmakers

America and the man-no-be-wood Nigerian lawmakers

There has been no shortage of controversy and hair-raising incidents from the 8thNational Assembly of Nigeria, but nothing breaks the heart more than the name-them-shame-them letter that has been sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives by the US Ambassador in which he accused three Nigerian lawmakers of sexual misconduct during an April 7-13, 2016 participation in the [...]

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    Dis Fela Sef!: He lives

Dis Fela Sef!: He lives

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, Benson Idonije, who is arguably Nigeria’s most informed analyst of jazz music and an enthusiastic promoter of popular culture and music has released for public review and consideration an absolutely well-informed biography of Fela, the Afro-beat music maestro. The book is a useful contribution in my opinion. But the first thing I noticed- signposted [...]

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    June 12 annulment: Babangida’s final error

June 12 annulment: Babangida’s final error

This day, June 12 will always be remembered by those who have defied the culture of silence and conspiracy against a significant moment in Nigerian history, to remind us of how today, 23 years ago, the battle against the exit of the military from power was fought at the ballot by a determined Nigerian people. It is indeed sad that [...]

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    The national brain in recession

The national brain in recession

“Have you eaten today? If not, let me show you this new restaurant. Good food, the service girls specially attractive, the Madam herself is quite friendly.”“What are you proposing: the food, the service girls or the Madam? Sorry to disappoint you, I am fasting.”“When did you become a Muslim?”“Is it only Muslims that fast? Fasting is good for everyone’s spirit [...]

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    Muhammad Ali, the Greatest (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali, the Greatest (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali, who died late Friday evening aged 74, was one of the greatest icons of the 20th century, one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time, and certainly in his time, and during the era that he dominated the ring, the greatest among his contemporaries, the inimitable master of his game. The polyvalent nature of his talent: athlete, [...]

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