20
May2017

Week two of acting presidency: Osinbajo twice lucky - Levinus Nwabughiogu

Week two of acting presidency: Osinbajo twice lucky - Levinus Nwabughiogu

Though he had previously functioned as Acting President in 2016, he didn’t break the ice until January 19, 2017 when his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, traveled to London on medical vacation. A couple of activities gave him some resonance. Yet, again, another opportunity has presented itself and he has grabbed it with both hands, obviously fulfilling the dreams of his boss. While the opportunity is usually hard to come by,...

20
May2017

Blame Fraudulent centres, candidates for UTME challenges –Prof. Oloyede, JAMB Registrar

Blame Fraudulent centres, candidates for UTME challenges –Prof. Oloyede, JAMB Registrar

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, addresses the challenges around the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and other issues in this interview with OLALEYE ALUKO The JAMB 2017 registration has been fraught with problems. According to NOI Polls, 60 per cent of the 2017 JAMB registration applicants experienced one form of difficulty or the other during registration. Is that a source of worry to...

19
May2017

Students starve as politicians eat fat

Students starve as politicians eat fat

Students in public boarding schools are fed with an average of N200 a day per student, Daily Trust investigations have shown. This fact contrasts sharply with what their leaders at the national and state levels spend to feed themselves as reflected in their annual budgets. Analysis of the 2017 budget figures shows that the students in the federal government unity colleges across the country are being fed with less than...

10
May2017

President Buhari’s prolonged absences put Nigeria on edge -Dionne Searcey and Tony Iyare

President Buhari’s prolonged absences put Nigeria on edge -Dionne Searcey and Tony Iyare

Nigeria’s ailing president, Muhammadu Buhari, had been seen in public so rarely that some Nigerians were convinced he was dead. Some of his supporters have called on him to step down, at least until his health improves. His wife recently defended him, posting on Twitter that the president’s condition was “not as bad as it’s being perceived.” As the worries grew, Mr. Buhari desperately needed a victory to show that...

19
Apr2017

I defied pressure to disqualify Buhari in 2015 – Ex-AGF, Adoke

I defied pressure to disqualify Buhari in 2015 – Ex-AGF, Adoke

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke has disclosed how he came under pressure to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from the 2015 election upon claims the then All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate was guilty of certificate forgery. Adoke now on exile from the country in a lengthy interview also disclosed how former President Goodluck Jonathan was denied access into the Presidential Lounge at the...

19
Apr2017

Algeria parties ordered to show female faces on posters

Algeria parties ordered to show female faces on posters

Algerian political parties have agreed to show female candidates' faces after some posters displayed blank avatars instead, the state news agency says. Parties in Bordj Bou Arreridj Province had been showing hijabs surrounding blank spaces alongside photos of male candidates. On Tuesday the election authorities gave parties two days to display photos or be removed from the vote. An official said the practice was illegal. "This kind of encroachment is...

18
Apr2017

Emekus: The frustrations of a young professional -Blessing Akinsehinwa

Emekus: The frustrations of a young professional -Blessing Akinsehinwa

‘Mekus Mekus’, ‘Emekus my man’, ‘My guy open door nau, I know say you dey dis house’. The wooden door opened slowly, and there he was standing by the door wearing a long face, looking downcast and dejected. ‘Ahnahn, Emeka. Guy wetin do you. You dey so? I dey pass for dis your area come say make I come hala you.’ ‘T-Money’, Emeka said to me as he stepped aside...

16
Apr2017

T-BOSS: I’m not a witch

T-BOSS: I’m not a witch

Taking time out of her busy itinerary, Tokunbo Idowu, aka T-Boss, second-runner of the recently concluded Big Brother Naija reality show who generated so much buzz and controversy, speaks to JOE AGBRO JR. about her experience and relationships in the house and how she takes negative comments like water on a duck. Two months in the Big Brother Naija house. How does it feel being outside? Actually, it was almost...

12
Apr2017

Yemi Ogunbiyi at 70 - Tunde Olusunle

Yemi Ogunbiyi at 70 - Tunde Olusunle

This essay attempts an examination of the variegated professional career of Yemi Ogunbiyi, one of the most prominent shapers of the contemporary media practice in Nigeria and his contributions to Nigerian theatre scholarship; literary criticism and new journalism in Nigeria. It traces his vocational origins as a theatre scholar and practitioner, through his venture into journalism, as an innovator and seasoned administrator in two of Nigeria’s largest newspaper conglomerates in...

10
Apr2017

Nigeria would ‘ve been better with Obasanjo’s third term – Osuntokun

Nigeria would ‘ve been better with Obasanjo’s third term – Osuntokun

Chief Akin Osuntokun, erudite public affairs commentator was a senior aide in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration serving variously as a campaign adviser, presidential adviser and as Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN. Osuntokun, who is worried by the state of affairs in the country in this interview makes profound comments and suggestions not only in solving the present drift, but also gives insights on how the component...

08
Apr2017

Gen. Bamaiyi is "a bloody liar" -Col. Gabriel Ajayi

Gen. Bamaiyi is "a bloody liar" -Col. Gabriel Ajayi

Ex-Army chief’s deputy describes his boss’ book as a fictional thriller Recently, former Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ishaya Bamaiyi (Retd) stirred the hornet’s nest when he unveiled his book: “Vindication of a General” to the public. His account of the government of late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha in the book has continued to generate controversy. In this interview with WILLY EYA, one of the victims of that...

08
Apr2017

Accusing me of sleeping with my brother’s wife most painful— Bamaiyi

Accusing me of sleeping with my brother’s wife most painful— Bamaiyi

 •Says his brother, Gen Musa Bamaiyi campaigned for his conviction Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, has revealed how the feud between him and his late elder brother, Gen. Musa Bamaiyi remains a pain to him. In his book, “Vindication of A General”, Gen. Bamaiyi said that he was shocked that his elder brother could go to the extent of campaigning for his conviction while he...

08
Apr2017

Goodnight Teacher: a brave dog that gave its life to save others from Boko Haram - Timothy Olanrewaju

Goodnight Teacher: a brave dog that gave its life to save others from Boko Haram  - Timothy Olanrewaju

“Teacher;” that was the name its owner gave the dog for its unusual instinct in accomplishing and even surpassing task given to it. Last Sunday, dog ‘teacher’ rose to the occasion like a brave warrior, chose to die to save the lives of many people from a Boko Haram suicide bomber at a wedding in a remote community in Borno. Four female suicide bombers had attacked some communities at the...

07
Apr2017

Women's dismay at gender-neutral toilets - Emine Sinmaz and Katie Strick

Women's dismay at gender-neutral toilets  - Emine Sinmaz and Katie Strick

• The Barbican Centre in London has now changed the signage outside its toilets • They have introduced toilets which are 'gender-neutral' with cubicles and urinals • But women have suggested that the new move could result in longer queues The trend for 'gender neutral' toilets is putting women's safety at risk and forcing them to queue longer, it was claimed last night. Women have criticised the increasing number of...

05
Apr2017

The dog who saved my life and came to live with me - Jeff De Young

The dog who saved my life and came to live with me - Jeff De Young

Jeff De Young served in Afghanistan with a bomb-detection dog named Cena N641, a black Labrador. In the intense atmosphere of war the two developed an unbreakable bond. This is the story of how Cena helped Jeff survive not only war, but also life after war. The day I turned 18 I started Marine Corps boot camp, and 15 months later I went to Afghanistan. It was 2009 and I...

02
Apr2017

Telling True Stories: Insights from a White House speechwriter

Telling True Stories: Insights from a White House speechwriter

During her eight years at the White House, Michelle Obama became known for her frank, personal speeches that often drew upon her childhood growing up on the South Side of Chicago. For most of those eight years, the First Lady shared what was on her mind with the help of speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz, who joined the Obama campaign after working as chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton during her 2008 run...

02
Apr2017

Indians think Nigerian students are cannibals — Union leader

Indians think Nigerian students are cannibals — Union leader

The A of Welfare, Association of African Students in India, Mr. Bukola Oluwafemi, tells TOBI AWORINDE that Nigerians in India are victims of racial profiling What was the reason for the recent attacks on Nigerians in India? It started on the evening of Friday (March 24) when a 19-year-old Indian boy in the neighbourhood of some accused people got missing. Some of the Indians here believe that Africans eat human...

02
Apr2017

Dino was a crowd-puller in school – Former schoolmate, Ahmed Abubakar

Dino was a crowd-puller in school – Former schoolmate, Ahmed Abubakar

Ahmed Abubakar, a legal practitioner and former schoolmate of Senator Dino Melaye at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, tells BAYO AKINLOYE that the lawmaker was a respected union leader while in school What name did you know Senator Dino Melaye as while you were a student in Ahmadu Bello University? He was popularly called ‘Dino’. I guess that is a nickname or middle name, which most of us have as names...

02
Apr2017

Dino was a noisemaker in ABU – Ex-schoolmate, Deji Yesufu

Dino was a noisemaker in ABU – Ex-schoolmate, Deji Yesufu

Mr. Deji Yesufu, who was admitted to the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria same year with Senator Dino Melaye, in this interview with BAYO AKINLOYE talks about what he knows about the controversial legislator as a university student and his certificate scandal What year did you gain admission into Ahmadu Bello University? I was admitted into Ahmadu Bello University during the 1993/94 session. The year was regarded as the ‘U93’ set....

02
Apr2017

A man fell asleep with his iPhone charging in bed. It nearly electrocuted him

A man fell asleep with his iPhone charging in bed. It nearly electrocuted him

When Wiley Day fell asleep on March 22, his iPhone was not far away. Like so many others, he had grown used to keeping his phone with him in bed, via an extension cord, as it charged overnight. The 32-year-old Huntsville, Ala., man would soon regret that habit. The next morning, Day woke up and rolled over. As he did so, a dog-tag necklace that he was wearing happened to...

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