Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Yinka Olaito

    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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    Ambode, please heed this call

Ambode, please heed this call

Over the weekend, Lagos State Governor's Advisory Council(GAC), a leading voice within the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, came up with its final verdict: the incumbent Governor Akin Ambode will not be given a consensus candidate status.Akin Ambode will have to struggle it out with the other two contestants: Jide Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat. This has tighten the [...]

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    That Nigeria Air’s financial jamboree

That Nigeria Air’s financial jamboree

Every strategic manager understands the importance and principles that guide successful project management. This starts with clear objective with regards to project viability, documented tactical process; shrewd resource management as well as clear outcome before embarking on any journey.Unfortunately, when it comes to public fund, emotion and populist theory often take the centre stage. Projects are products of popularity, [...]

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    Entrepreneurial journalism as a bailout?

Entrepreneurial journalism as a bailout?

With the dwindling fortune of many media houses across the globe, there is no job security anymore. The drumbeat is sounding clear and loud. In the space of a year and a half, hundreds of media professionals have been relieved of their jobs. It started with Continental Broadcasting Service, owner of TV Continental, reducing its staff strength by 145. This [...]

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    There is ‘oil’ in education and health

There is ‘oil’ in education and health

In the past 40 years or more, Nigeria had been a mono-product country exporting crude oil. This is understandable.  Crude oil produces easy cash without much effort. Much effort would have been required if we had decided to refine the oil and sell the finished product.  The government has not made any sustainable effort to divert attention to other sectors [...]

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    Why Buhari’s anti-corruption war is failing

Why Buhari’s anti-corruption war is failing

Nigeria's corruption rating around the globe has refused to be significantly decimated despite every effort the present administration claims to be putting in.  Year in year out, Nigeria's rating on international corruption rating table is either static or taking a nose-dive. Many wonder why it has been so hard for us to fight and win the battle. Most concerned Nigerians [...]

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    How Nigerians are destroying Nigeria

How Nigerians are destroying Nigeria

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying the systemic destruction of Nigeria from the past till now should not be placed on his leadership only. Indirectly, what the president was saying was that each and everyone of us must take responsibility for where we find ourselves today. Through reflections, I have come to the conclusion there is an element [...]

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    Nigerian political transfer window

Nigerian political transfer window

In football, transfer window is open and common at a specific time of the season. The major motive is to enhance personal and team formation. With the perceived benefits in football transfer window, Nigeria politicians are now applying the tactics in this opportunity.The essence of transfer window is not to please the football fans. Players and team who get involved [...]

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    Nigerian Politicians, electorate and vote-buying

Nigerian Politicians, electorate and vote-buying

Election period in Nigeria comes with its own unique 'sales strategy'. It is a season of give and take with lots of commercial activities in the red light street. A time when voter's prostitution reaches its crescendo. As in the real world, what makes prostitution industry thrives is not the availability of female sex hawkers, it is the large supply [...]

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     Mental versus stomach infrastructure

 Mental versus stomach infrastructure

There had been many negative voices trailing federal executive's proposed sharing formula for the recovered Abacha loots. While the federal executive claimed to have budgeted the sum for monthly stipends to be given to poor households, the Legislative arm had raised concerns. No one can blame the federal executive for proposing this kind of allocation given the level of suffering [...]

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    APC, is this a family affair?

APC, is this a family affair?

All Progressives Congress (APC) held its nationwide ward congresses yesterday. The reports coming from Ekiti, Oyo, Adamawa, Imo, Rivers, Delta and many other states are better imagined as  fairy tales. A common response when there is internal crisis and chaos within a party in Nigeria is 'it is a family affairs'. Is this a family affair also?I am tempted to [...]

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    Politicians are not to be blamed

Politicians are not to be blamed

It was Workers' Day yesterday. As a keen observer, I paid close attention to events organised by various groups as well as speeches made. I checked activities of labour unions, labour-related nonprofits and semi-religious bodies across Africa or where the day was marked. My conclusion was that the politicians are not to be blamed for our national woes. Many of [...]

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    Chimamanda Adichie, feminism and the single story

Chimamanda Adichie, feminism and the single story

An interview conducted by Chimamanda Adichie with Mrs Hillary Clinton had sparked off a thunderstorm. The backlash on the social media, especially on the Nigeria social media ecosystem, had been majorly negative. Some of these feedbacks may or may not be unwarranted depending on which position one holds but more importantly if those who reacted had done so based on [...]

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