23
Mar2017

The sons, daughters of Ile Ife: Butchered, paraded, prisoners of war - Femi Fani-Kayode

The sons, daughters of Ile Ife: Butchered, paraded, prisoners of war - Femi Fani-Kayode

Permit me to begin this contribution with an aside. The barbarians that launched a terror attack in Westminster, London yesterday in which four people were killed and many more injured are the same type of people that attacked and beheaded the sons and daughters of Ile Ife in their own homes and on their own land earlier this month. They are also the same type of people that butchered the...

22
Mar2017

When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe - Susan Rice

When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe - Susan Rice

Last week, the British intelligence agency GCHQ took the rare step of debunking as “utterly ridiculous” the Trump administration’s insinuation that Britain spied on Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comeytestified plainly that “I have no information that supports” President Trump’s accusations that his predecessor ordered the “wires tapped” at Trump Tower. These false statements from the White House are part of a disturbing...

21
Mar2017

Saluting Bene Madunagu at 70 - Edwin Madunagu

Saluting Bene Madunagu at 70 - Edwin Madunagu

Our subject is known officially as Professor (Mrs) Bene Edwin Madunagu; but in the Nigerian Left she is simply Comrade Bene. In other spheres she is variously called Bene, Ben, Mumsy B, Mummy and Auntie Bene. To those old enough to remember the name she was given at birth, and insist on calling her so, she is Benedicta. In this tribute I shall refer to her as Bene, Bene Madunagu...

18
Mar2017

For Zimbabwe's Mugabes, marriage is political and personal - Christopher Torchia

For Zimbabwe's Mugabes, marriage is political and personal - Christopher Torchia

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe plucked her from the secretarial pool decades ago to become his wife. Now Grace Mugabe is stirring speculation that she wants to succeed her 93-year-old husband as leader. The power couple's extraordinary arc is deeply felt in this southern African nation. Many are pondering how their dynamic will affect the country, which is in economic decline and political limbo amid uncertainty how a leadership transition will...

18
Mar2017

Variety is the spice of a woman's life - Joke Omotayo

Variety is the spice of a woman's life - Joke Omotayo

Variety is the spice of life. For many years, this seemingly innocuous idiom had been accepted as a maxim for men - often listed amongst the explanations, justifications or excuses for the penchant of some men to have double or multiple sex partners. This article is to open your mind to the fact that contrary to the age-long assumption that the quest for variety is peculiar to men; variety actually...

17
Mar2017

Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo: A personal reminiscence - Tunde Olusunle

Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo: A personal reminiscence - Tunde Olusunle

As phone call after phone call woke me up in the early hours of March 6, 2017, my gaze was glued to my travelling bag on the left side of the foot of my bed. The bag had been lying there, packed, since the evening of Thursday, March 2, 2017. It was an unending relay of calls from friends, colleagues, political associates, even family members. Some were enquiries, some were...

17
Mar2017

How Nigerians obsess about life in the US - Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

How Nigerians obsess about life in the US - Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Nothing will stop Nigerians from aiming for America, writes novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. Not even the recent travel advisory by a special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari urging Nigerians with valid US visas to postpone their trips there. To many Nigerians, America is the Promised Land. A land where clear waters gush and trees flourish with fresh dollar notes, where bees lose their sting and pigs fly. A land where...

17
Mar2017

Tales by moonlight: Don Ruffy, the chocolate-loving Audu and five lessons- Abayomi Omotayo

Tales by moonlight: Don Ruffy, the chocolate-loving Audu and five lessons- Abayomi Omotayo

NTA’s Tales by Moonlight should be a national treasure but unfortunately it has been trashed in the national trash can. I read an unconfirmed report online that even NTA cannot account for the tapes. In other words, they are lost. What a shame. Before I go further, please note that emphasis is on ‘unconfirmed report’ before I get branded as a peddler of fake news. I certainly do not want...

13
Mar2017

Living with populism - Shlomo Ben-Ami

Living with populism - Shlomo Ben-Ami

"We must educate our masters,” Robert Lowe, a British statesman, told colleagues after the passage of the Second Reform Act of 1867, a law that added over a million voters to the Parliamentary Register. For Lowe, an educated populace was the best means to secure participatory governance in Britain. But 150 years later, the educated “masters” of liberal democracy have apparently learned little. Lowe, one may assume, would not be...

12
Mar2017

Call me a Buharist no more - Ope Banwo

Call me a Buharist no more - Ope Banwo

Now that President Buhari has arrived safely from his indefinite leave of absence, I hereby resign as a Buharist (instead, I choose to be non-aligned going forward). Hello dear friends, I had promised I would NEVER abandon President Buhari or withdraw my support for President Buhari, while he was obviously fighting for his life in London, despite the many lies of his officials. Now that he has arrived safely, and...

12
Mar2017

‘O leader, while you were away...! -Bala Muhammad

‘O leader, while you were away...! -Bala Muhammad

Again, we have cause to welcome back Our Leader, as we welcomed another leader more than seven years ago on this same page. But alhamdu lilLah this time there is no sneaking in in the middle of the night. Good thing Abuja Airport is closed so Kaduna Airport took the limelight early Friday morning. Welcome, O Leader, Ya Shugaba! Sannu Baba! May that which we fear never happen to us...

12
Mar2017

Long road to recovery - Simon Kolawole

Long road to recovery - Simon Kolawole

President Muhammadu Buhari is back. Thank God. But seeing his pictures after his arrival on Friday morning shook me a bit. Surely, he looked better than this before he travelled. Contrary to repeated claims that “the president is hale, hearty and witty” by top government officials, Buhari said with his own mouth that he had never been this ill in his life. He said he would be returning to the...

12
Mar2017

The Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo Memorial Trust Fund - Sonala Olumhense

The Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo Memorial Trust Fund - Sonala Olumhense

If you never met Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo, who died last Sunday, you missed an exceptional human being. Anyone who knew him would attest to this. Yes, I know that when some someone dies, we tend to speak well of them. In every culture, unless someone has really been a scoundrel, good upbringing encourages us to say good things when they pass. Well, Onukaba is one of the few about whom you...

08
Mar2017

The dollar is your human right - Feyi Fawehinmi

The dollar is your human right - Feyi Fawehinmi

A couple of weeks ago, the Central Bank of Nigeria provided an answer – a special rate of around N380 to $1 was created for those travelling abroad, paying foreign school fees or medical expenses. From now on, every Tuesday, the CBN will sell forex to banks for the purpose of meeting the demand that falls into the above categories. If your flight time is 5 hours or more, you...

06
Mar2017

Tribute: My friend Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo - Taiwo Obe

Tribute: My friend Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo - Taiwo Obe

The book, Atiku-The Story of Atiku Abubakar, has the author’s name as Ojo Adinoyi. Unless, of course, you were familiar with the author or, and, knew that he was a special aide to the former Nigerian vice-president, you would have thought that it is not the same person as Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo. But then, when he joined The Guardian as a reporter in June 1983 immediately after his National Youth Service...

04
Mar2017

Propagandocracy and the Buhari Media Center - Farooq A. Kperogi

Propagandocracy and the Buhari Media Center - Farooq A. Kperogi

The Buhari government is an absolute propagandocracy, that is, a government conducted by intentionally false and manipulative information. And this is so because the very foundation of the government is fraud. When you defraud people into electing you and you have no substance to justify the trust they invested in you, you either apologize and be penitent (if you are honorable) or you perpetually churn out lie after lie to...

03
Mar2017

Beyond the Circus - Chidi Amuta

Beyond the Circus - Chidi Amuta

We must quickly draw the line. Between a groundswell of sincere well wishes for a president on medical leave and exporting our penchant for silly opportunistic sycophancy to London, there is a wide margin. We need to carefully mind the gap before it deepens into a dangerous political gorge. Empathy for the ailing president is normal and appropriate. Our common humanity and basic patriotism demand no less. Variously, our citizens...

03
Mar2017

Tribute to Obasanjo at 80 - Afe Babalola

Tribute to Obasanjo at 80 - Afe Babalola

Nature and history have their peculiar ways of shaping the destiny of a man or a nation. For Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), the courageous, fearless, highly cerebral elder statesman, who turns 80 on Sunday, the combination of nature and history has been generous and kind to him. Here is a lucky gentleman; a compatriot; a protagonist of hard work and decency; a man who...

02
Mar2017

Olusegun Obasanjo at 80 - Olusegun Adeniyi

Olusegun Obasanjo at 80 - Olusegun Adeniyi

Despite our own personal failings and inadequacies, we expect our leaders to do everything right—from finding solutions to complex problems affecting our lives to having the charisma and prescience to rally millions of people around a perfect vision to saying the right things at the right time. When they fall short, as even the best of them occasionally do, journalists, whose duty it is to hold people in public office...

01
Mar2017

Mimiko and the market of old wisdom - Dare Babarinsa

Mimiko and the market of old wisdom - Dare Babarinsa

Last Friday’s event in Ondo State when former Governor Olusegun Mimiko passed the baton to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was of singular significance. It was the first time in Ondo State that power was passing from one elected incumbent to another without the acrimonious atmosphere of intrigues and even violence. It was indeed time for both Mimiko and Akeredolu to make history and to signal to the rest of Yoruba land...

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