Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wale Fatade

Rethinking journalism in Nigeria

Two events last week brought journalism practice into focus again, at least for me. The first was the annual convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) under the able leadership of a senior colleague, and egbon in the truest Yoruba sense of it, the avuncular Femi Adesina. The other was my class reunion at the Columbia University Graduate School [...]

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You can do without DSTV

Long before the current wave of xenophobia descended on South Africa, I had intended to focus on the relationship between Nigerians and South Africans. But the recent price increase by Multichoice, operators of DSTV, in March, which has not been well received by subscribers, forced a change of direction.Like many things involving Nigerians, Multichoice customers have been huffing and puffing, [...]

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    Sleep well OND

Sleep well OND

It has taken me a long time to write this because I had to process the loss slowly. Bereavement is a natural thing in our lives but it assumes a different dimension when someone you know intimately is involved. Even though I always tell people that there’s a threshold of death that we all cross whenever a close person dies, [...]

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Still on the presidential election

It’s appropriate again to say congratulations to Nigerians for a successful outing at the polls. While there are many side issues to the March 28 presidential election, proving naysayers wrong that our country will end up in flames aftermath of the election is one that gladdens my heart. We have shown the world that we can conduct our affairs in [...]

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Nigerians are the real winners

Saturday, March 28 came and eventually went well. Even when many things conspired to make the election a painful experience for Nigerians, majority of our compatriots braced all odds to exercise their franchise. From non-cooperation of card reader to weather elements and absolute logistical nightmare on the part of the independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC), with a mixture of politicians [...]

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Beyond March 28…

Finally, election day is here. After all the arguments and counter arguments, campaigns without messages and rallies without substance, Nigerians can cast their votes and a winner will emerge. In the last two to three months, this column has written on different issues concerning the election, especially the presidential election holding this Saturday. We have examined how our fault lines [...]

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Much ado about endorsement

It’s a season of politics and nothing seems more important two weeks before the presidential election than endorsement. Candidates, suddenly, have become products that require celebrities to endorse them and give a seal of approval that they are the best. In what I’m sure would give marketing executives and political communication experts enough to chew as they examine Nigeria’s peculiar [...]

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Our legislators are rogues

On Friday, March 6, I saw a bevy of cars at the Murtala Muhammed international Airport tollgate. On closer look, I discovered that they were part of the convoy of our Senate President, the Rt. Hon. David Mark as he vacuously addresses himself in official correspondence.After counting eight cars, I gave up, as the opulence on display was sickening. [...]

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The St. Nicholas Hospital example

On Tuesday, February 24, The Punch newspaper published an interesting story (http://www.punchng.com/metro-plus/exam-fee-turned-me-into-conductor-%E2%94%80-accident-victim/).It got my attention because of several reasons. First was the refreshing action of a highbrow hospital in Lagos, St. Nicholas, which not only treated an accident victim for free, its management and staff further gave him a cash gift to pay for his examinations and take care of [...]

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    NLC’s house of scandal

NLC’s house of scandal

Sometimes we focus too much on our political leaders and forget that there are others who are as bad as they are. One of the pervasive effects of corruption in our society is that nearly all sectors are rotten. Corruption has rendered impotent critical components like labour, media, and student movements from playing the watchdog role they ought to be [...]

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Our soldiers deserve more support

It was heartwarming somehow to learn that the Nigeria Air Force had acquired some new warplanes as part of its armory. Ostensibly, this is to prosecute the Boko Haram war and as I watched the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu, on television talking about the latest acquisitions, I thought about the sacrifice and commitment of our [...]

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We are playing with fire

The long drama of 2015 elections provided another twist with the postponement announced by INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Jega, last Saturday. No playwright could have scripted a better play full of subplots than what is playing out currently. Painfully, the denouement seems to be far away. I will return to that shortly.Watching Channels Television news 10pm that day and seeing [...]

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No to media terrorism

In these days of political rallies without campaigns and posters bereft of messages, a new form of danger is creeping upon us. Slowly, like malignant cells, it is growing surreptitiously and many Nigerians do not seem to bother.I speak of a brand of terrorism, which a Facebook friend last week dubbed ‘media terrorism’. A dictionary defines terrorism as “the unofficial [...]

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Kerry, where is the empathy?

'The headmaster is around and all pupils must behave' seemed to be the message conveyed by the United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Lagos on Sunday, January 25.There are several angles to this parachute visit, the first to Nigeria by any high-ranking United States official since 2012. The visit must also be viewed against the not-so-good [...]

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Let’s talk more about issues  

The political atmosphere is getting tensed especially as campaigns increase across the land. There have been rallies and more rallies in the nation that politics seems to be the only vocation currently. As a Lagos resident, it is very painful to see the city becoming an eyesore again with posters everywhere. But the campaigns have been short on issues. Mudslinging [...]

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Lessons from France

Suddenly, we are all French citizens. The attacks last week Wednesday in France where two brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, methodically massacred 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices and also a police officer before escaping by car turned the world’s attention again to the threat posed by religious extremism. On Friday, another terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, attacked a Parisian kosher [...]

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