Yinka Olaito

    Much ado about VATs and charges

Much ado about VATs and charges

Every great and rational leader means well for the governed. Many want to be remembered for good by leaving behind great legacy. The challenge in this is the process, attitude and communications. President Buhari’s team seems to have good plan and mean well if one looks behind the veils. Unfortunately what I have seen over the years is government keeps [...]

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    National Library, a national embarrassment?

National Library, a national embarrassment?

President Buhari’s economic team led by the Vice President had promised to make sure there is ease of doing business. Government Agencies, MDAs or parastatals had been mandated to ensure compliance through effective structure which makes its processes flow with ease. Corporate Affairs Commission seems to be leading in this space. Unfortunately many other government agencies had not seen the [...]

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    Nigerians, people with no self esteem?

Nigerians, people with no self esteem?

A song we hear every day is Nigerians have prowess with a 'can do' spirit. We are die-hard hard workers who can squeeze water out of the rock. In the course of the last few years, I have tried hard to re evaluate the above in the real sense of what we are facing today. My conclusion is we may [...]

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    Akinwunmi Adesina and the parable of the bramble tree

Akinwunmi Adesina and the parable of the bramble tree

In the last forty eight hours, Akinwunmi Adesina's name on Nigeria's twitter space has become the buzzword . His name was on 'fire' or trending as the case may be for doing a great work as President of African Development Bank, especially with his presence and networking ability in the ongoing G-7 meeting. In fact yesterday, many facebook users joined [...]

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    Public events and photographs, a case study of Festus Keyamo

Public events and photographs, a case study of Festus Keyamo

There are events, meetings and there are high level meetings. Events are categorised by the position of the people who would attend.  In protocols and other diplomatic issues, meetings to be attended by heads of state or high ranking diplomatic, government officials are not just ordinary meetings. Such meetings are classified as high level meetings. It is not always free [...]

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    Gov. Makinde’s asset declaration and…

Gov. Makinde’s asset declaration and…

With the outrage which followed Governor Seyi Makinde’s asset declaration, one cannot but be concerned about Nigeria's situation. What is the noise all about? A 51 year old, professional engineer, oil and gas businessman declare asset of about $133 Million US Dollar and we doubt his ability of making that kind of money legally speaks volume about many of us.I [...]

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    Sycophants at the corridors of power

Sycophants at the corridors of power

In my little years as a trained media and Communications professional, I had scanned international political arena for great leaders. My conclusion is it will be unwise to say our world lacks supposedly great leaders who can turnaround things. But major problem of such individuals are sycophants around them.For many sane leaders, says Daniel Vasella, former Novartis Chairman, the urge to be [...]

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    Makinde, populism and sustainability

Makinde, populism and sustainability

The election into office of Engineer Seyi Makinde as Governor of Oyo State was a by a stroke of luck. His supporters may argue otherwise and attributed his victory to hard work. Now in power, he is trading with populism. Before his election, Oyo state had been a domain of the progressive. At the initial stage, not many thought he [...]

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    Will the ‘ayee’ still have it?

Will the ‘ayee’ still have it?

With the recent inauguration of 9th national assembly and the election of Ahmad Lawan, a doctorate degree holder and Femi Gbajabiama, a lawyer, at the helm of the affairs; one can say the ruling All progressive Congress (APC) got its axle together and got what it aimed for. Be that as it may, one needs to ask if the ‘ayee’ will [...]

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    Has Buhari started his second term?

Has Buhari started his second term?

An adage says ‘when big challenges are giving hard blows to a person, smaller ones will have a field day’. No matter what this present administration says, there is fire on the mountain. Like joke like play a big conflagration is already consuming our big edifice as we used to make jest. The earlier we agreed on this and map [...]

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    President Buhari, the law is never fair

President Buhari, the law is never fair

That the law is seen as a two-edged sword and justice system represented by a blind woman speaks volume. Unfortunately many of us human are not gifted with wisdom and hindsight. This gross assumption and   lack of attention to details when it comes to law make us fight needless battles. We cry when there is no wolf as our hopes [...]

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    Fake news credibility and source influence

Fake news credibility and source influence

Fake news has grown in an astronomic proportion. This is a major challenge of our ever involving technological advancement. Technological advancement as we know gave rise to information overload and unhealthy competition for a desire to be top news breaker. Many care less about the source. Professional laziness is now in the increase within the fourth estate of the realm [...]

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    Media, political campaign and ethical compromises

Media, political campaign and ethical compromises

Two significant events in the right direction took place this week. One, political campaigns towards 2019 general election began in earnest. Two, the world television day celebration across the globe took place on November 21. These two events are very significant because they reinforced what roles media should play in the body polity and democracy at large. Some had jokingly [...]

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    Nigerian media and mental health challenges

Nigerian media and mental health challenges

Increase in mental health cases, which leads to various crimes: suicide, murder and other self-destruct are common today in our nation. We do not believe this is peculiar to Nigeria but it has become a major concern across the continent.Even in the US, national alliance in mental health statistics showed about 43.8 million adults, which is one out of five [...]

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    Changing Nigeria, Africa’s media narratives

Changing Nigeria, Africa’s media narratives

Africa’s media landscape has come of age. Given where it all began, we cannot but say there have been a couple of improvements when compared to what obtains today. The only challenge is that the media narrative is still being dominated and controlled by advanced or western media.Africa’s stories have not enjoyed the kind of attention one expects. The simple [...]

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    Extreme commercialisation of media contents

Extreme commercialisation of media contents

What makes media industry unique from others is it is not solely for profit. An effective media enterprise which worth its name must as a matter of exigency gives premium attention to its public goods orientation. Any attempt to treat this with glove hand will undermine media company's values and roles in the society. Unfortunately today, the dwindling fortune of [...]

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