Sunday, June 16, 2019

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    How to deal with haters of history

How to deal with haters of history

BY FESTUS ADEDAYOIf you didn’t know the gravity of the offence committed by those who decreed history out of the Nigerian educational curriculum, when you read Femi Kehinde’s 'Of Rusts and Gold: Snippets of History', you will agree that they deserve to be arraigned by the public square and forced to drink a more poisonous variant of the Socratic hemlock. Indeed, [...]

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    Recession: It’s time to invest in Strategic Brand Communications

Recession: It’s time to invest in Strategic Brand Communications

BY MORUFF ADENEKANNigeria’s economy slid into recession after negative growth in the first two quarters of the year 2016. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) puts the blame for the sudden slump of Africa’s largest economy on low oil prices, which has significantly slashed government revenues and led to the weakening of the national currency with inflation rising to an [...]

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    Bola Tinubu: The exceptional warrior

Bola Tinubu: The exceptional warrior

BY OGUNTOYE OPEYEMISome people can spot the good in others even when miles away.They are too good to see the quality in themselves, know how to find it in others and use the two for a particular task. The most surprising out of all is that only few could be able to do such. Shouldn't we envy them?In 2014, when [...]

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    Ken Wiwa Jr: A storyteller’s transition into memory

Ken Wiwa Jr: A storyteller’s transition into memory

BY ALKASIM ABDULKADIR"I am happy that in the event of death, which will surely come, I can only pass into Ogoni folklore if nothing else".This is a phrase from one of the letters Ken Saro Wiwa wrote to his son Ken Wiwa Jr before his death. It is a gutting thought that Ken Wiwa Jr has now become a story [...]

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    On ‘my wife belongs in the kitchen’ comments

On ‘my wife belongs in the kitchen’ comments

By Baba Grumpy I guess we have all been well entertained or embarrassed by the comments made by President Buhari while standing next to Chancellor Merkel in Germany over the last few days.  Your entertainment or embarrassment or both probably depends on what side of the divide you are in political space in Nigeria. Everything in Nigeria is now political. I [...]

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    Nigeria fractured ethnically, religiously

Nigeria fractured ethnically, religiously

BY DEJI ADEYANJUWednesday’s brutal attacks on Shiite Muslims in Kaduna, Katsina and Plateau states corroborate the assertion that Nigeria is at its most fractured state – politically, socio-economically, ethnically & religiously – since the Civil War.These attacks by murderous mobs were predictable in the wake by the recent proscription of Shiite Islam by the administrations of Kaduna, Katsina and Kebbi [...]

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    Making Nigerian girls count

Making Nigerian girls count

BY ‘SOLA FAGORUSIAs we commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, it is difficult not to remember the night of 14th/15th April, 2014 in Chibok, a community in Borno State, North East Nigeria where 276 girls were kidnapped.It was an easy task for the Boko Haram religious extremists that executed this sordid task as the girls were [...]

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    Governor Wike’s finest hour

Governor Wike’s finest hour

By Austin Tam-George Barely 24 hours after I described the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as Nigeria’s ultimate “outdoor leader”, in a Facebook tribute to his impressive achievements in the State, the governor was out at 1:00 AM on the streets of Port Harcourt to stop the abduction of a federal high court judge, by hooded men of the Department of [...]

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    Between Tinubu and many Brutus in APC

Between Tinubu and many Brutus in APC

MAXWELL ADEGBENROI am a Shakespearean. I enjoy his work. I'm moved by his tales. The depth of his work amazes me.It was one of Shakespeare work ‘The tragedy of Julius Cesar Is A Tragedy’ that first opened my eyes to the word of betrayal. The book written in 1599, deals on how the Roman senate claimed the life of Julius [...]

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    What Fela won’t say yeah-yeah to

What Fela won’t say yeah-yeah to

BY PELU AWOFESOI'm pacing the terrace-bar of the Kalakuta Museum on a weekday afternoon. It's a mildly sunny day and Gbemisola Street is all quiet, as I reckon it always is at this time. The flat-screen television is off, and so is the music box. The breeze blows gently, complementing the air of serenity around the two-storey building.Except for a [...]

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    Tinubu and the generation of Astyanax bimaculatus

Tinubu and the generation of Astyanax bimaculatus

By Idowu Ajanaku “Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.” ― Mineko IwasakiThe grand conspiracy and recent desperate attempts to de-construct and indeed, de-mystify one of Africa’s most decorated political colossuses, who, incidentally remains an enduring metaphor for what true democratic culture represents in Nigeria smirks of gross ingratitude. The pain runs [...]

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    ‘Crackdown’ on judicial officers — separating the law from sentiments

‘Crackdown’ on judicial officers — separating the law from sentiments

BY INIBEHE EFFIONGThe State Security Service (SSS) embarked on an unprecedented "crackdown" on allegedly corrupt judicial officers across the country over the weekend. Among the judicial officers whose houses were searched and thereafter arrested and detained are two Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro.As expected, the action has polarised lawyers, commentators, the media, [...]

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    5 years of GOtv in Nigeria: An appraisal

5 years of GOtv in Nigeria: An appraisal

BY LINUS ACHOLONOUIbadan, Oyo State. October 11, 2011. The importance of the location and date may have slipped from consciousness, but the occasion was one that announced a sea change in the Nigerian broadcast industry. It was the launch of GOtv, the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service provider, in the country. Why Ibadan? The Oyo State capital had, in 1959, [...]

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    Frivolous spending in the 2016 Kwara state budget

Frivolous spending in the 2016 Kwara state budget

BY KAREEM ABDULRASAQIn recent year, the management of the nation resources has met with reaction and dissatisfaction by the aggrieved individual who believed the government has not done much to relief people from suffering instead intensifying people’s pain. Government had been accused for lack of vision, poor leadership, and bad governance. This might due to the ineffectiveness of the government [...]

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    Offodile’s thoughtful contribution to Biafra conversation

Offodile’s thoughtful contribution to Biafra conversation

By C. Don Adinuba “A state built on tribal foundations”, observes Francis Fukuyama in his 2011 magnum opus, The Origins of Political Order, “is inherently weak and unstable”. Yet, Nigerian politics is defined by ethnic identity but also the brand which the political science scholar Richard Joseph has identified as prebendalism, making rulers see themselves as not national leaders but representatives [...]

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    Kogi: How can the supreme court do this to Nigeria and democracy?

Kogi: How can the supreme court do this to Nigeria and democracy?

BY DEJI ADEYANJUThe judgment of the Supreme Court determining the governorship tussle involving Captain Idris Wada, Hon. James Faleke and Alhaji Yahaya Bello was surprising to say the least. In the judgment given on September 20, 2016, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeals of Wada and Faleke and affirmed Bello as Governor of Kogi State.To my mind, this judgment – [...]

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