Megalomania

Megalomania

No one of note has borne the title of Owelle since the great Zik. That is perhaps the genesis of
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Lazarus and the rich man

Lazarus and the rich man

Not many are thinking of Karl Max today. But 200 years after his birth, he is thinking about us. He
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Boy wonder

Boy wonder

It was all about the photos. They say photos don’t lie, but those photos exposed the lie of our democracy.
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The outcast

The outcast

He was the master once in the state. Now, he is neither home nor host. But hostile is what he
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In Touch Awards concluded

By   5 months ago

               Family of the Year That award goes to the presidency where the DSS and NIA did not see eye to eye in the homestead. The EFCC became the area of battle, and DSS called for Magu’s job not to be approved while the NIA wanted him. The president […]

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To tithe or not

Tithe

By   5 months ago

I decided to wade into the debate over tithing because this is December and Christmas season. I want to say that those who condemn or refrain from tithing, do so for the following reasons. One they are genuinely ignorant. Two, they are looking for an excuse not to spend. Three, they are put off by […]

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Ode to teachers (2)

Teachers

By   5 months ago

Some readers thought my last column was my last. It was only marking my thirty years in journalism, and I thought I should pay homage to those who taught me and buoyed me one way or another. In my year as a Gordon Fisher fellow at the University of Toronto in Canada, two professors made […]

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El-Rufai vs Teachers

By   6 months ago

 The diminutive governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, got in the eye of the storm over tests and presumable firing of teachers who could not pass primary four tests. What bothered me most in this furore is the Nigerian Union of Teachers who did not like the tests and the decision to separate the teachers […]

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Don’t bother OVI

Nnamdi Kanu Biafra

By   7 months ago

Ethnic entrepreneur Nnamdi Kanu came on the news last week for the wrong reason. Some mischief makers are asking Abia State Governor Okezie V. Ikpeazu to fish him out. When did Kanu ever become the problem of the state governor? Was it not the Operation Python Dance that had responsibility for the renegade? Was that […]

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The Ambassadors

By   8 months ago

A few months ago, some denizens of the Rivers State government characterised NIMASA boss, Dakuku Peterside, as a failure. They did not know what was coming. He proved them wrong without a word. He slammed them with his success story. As the finance minister announced, NIMASA turned billions of naira to the Federation Account, topping […]

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Lawmakers vs Lagos: A law against the law

By   8 months ago

The lawmakers in Abuja seem eager to stir trouble. Professor Itse Sagay has put their feet to the fire over their emperor’s salaries. They are still wining over it. Chidi Odinkalu has exposed a tyrant’s law they are cooking over NGOs. This page will address that soon. Now, amidst calls for restructuring, they are trying […]

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Anambra APC: No Private Eyes

Nwoye and Andy

By   8 months ago

The APC should be careful not to make itself a laughing stock of the electorate. We witnessed what happened in the Governors’ Form during the Jonathan era when state chief executives dramatised how the elite turned democracy into a system for jesters. We are hearing rumblings of that sort in Anambra State. The APC conducted […]

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Lawmakers: “You be thief”

Sagay

By   8 months ago

Professor Itse Sagay must be giving our lawmakers nightmare on their luxurious beds. He unveiled their pay package. Rather than rebut it with their own “factual” counterpunch, they asked Buhari to call him to order. They had wanted to browbeat the former law teacher and Senior Advocate of Nigeria by summoning him to the senate. […]

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Apostle of local content

By   9 months ago

Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu wants to make Abia State people follow the path of the indigene. He is showcasing Made in Aba products in the United States. Nor is he leaving China behind where he travelled to propagate the idea that citizens of his state have rival wares. He has become the apostle of local talent. […]

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    Serialization of a novel, The Crocodile Girl by Sam Omatseye (7)

    By   2 years ago

    The hiking was brief, about an hour. He was a little scared when they walked through the fat barks of the bushes, scaled the twigs and under-brush and his feet alternated between hard soil and carpets of wood chips. He heard the birds. But what struck him were the leaves. They were in their last […]

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    Serialization of a novel, The Crocodile Girl by Sam Omatseye (6)

    By   2 years ago

    The children of the rich in Nigeria were not destined to sit in class with a boy like Itse. He could not afford that. They belonged to the heavens. He was somewhere remote, on the humbler rungs of this wretched earth. But in America it happened. His girlfriend Cindy hailed from Chicago, the daughter of […]

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    Serialization of a novel, The Crocodile Girl by Sam Omatseye (5)

    By   2 years ago

    CHAPTER THREE  Itse’s planned return home to Nigeria came earlier than he anticipated. He craved the smell and sound of his home country. He craved the human chaos that marked sidewalks where shoulders brushed against shoulders on Upper Erejuwa Road in Warri. The smell of roasted corn contested with the stench from roadside sewers. The […]

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    Serialization of a novel, The Crocodile Girl by Sam Omatseye (4)

    By   2 years ago

    CHAPTER TWO CONT’D Tim rose to his feet and shook hands with the chiefs. If he were from the village, the chiefs noted in their minds, Tim should have bowed. He was evidently a younger man, although they did not know how to read the age of white people by simply looking. From the bounce […]

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    Serialization of a novel, The Crocodile Girl by Sam Omatseye (3)

    By   2 years ago

    CHAPTER TWO Relief to most people in the village meant that the oyibo called Tim Forester would thank his God, pack his belongings and leave. That was all they asked of the white man. The villagers reasoned that, if he wanted to seek his kind in the forest, the spirit of his ancestor in the […]

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    Serialization of a novel, The Crocodile Girl by Sam Omatseye (2)

    By   2 years ago

    CHAPTER ONE In the eyes of the villagers, Alero the juju girl cast her spell on Tim the white visitor. She turned the bright young man into a mumu, her special fool. At the snap of her fingers, so went the story, he would crawl blissfully into the jaws of a crocodile. Alero was the […]

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    Serialization of a novel, The Crocodile Girl by Sam Omatseye (1)

    By   2 years ago

    Prologue When Jim Fallows arrived in Orogun village with Tara in search of Tim, he was haunted by the event that had happened a few years back and he wondered if it accounted for his frenzy to investigate the Foresters.Maybe it was his own projection of denial. Guilt, as he once told Tim, had its […]

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    Lion Wind and Other Poems

    By   4 years ago

    In this volume of verses, Sam Omatseye digs deep into nature, the environment, man-made disasters and eulogies for some heroic and historical figures throughout the universe. Ponds are drying up. Pollutants defile the environment. Ponds poison our lives. Anomie dots the landscape. Why do good people, innocent children fall prey to human depravity and evil? […]

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    The Crocodile Girl

    By   4 years ago

    The Crocodile Girl is a tale of two strangers pulled together by the same hands of fate to uncover a secret tucked away in the scared forest of silence. Will Alero, the village belle and Tim, the American in search of certain pieces pertaining to his genealogy, overcome the insurmountable obstacles of evil and superstition? […]

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    Dear Baby Ramatu

    By   4 years ago

    Ramatu is buried in a forlorn earth by a mother who tries to later justify her action. In its vast sweep, it is not just a poem about a mother and child, but a whole existential foray about faith, love, loyalty, zealotry and survival in a dark and suffocating world. Sam Omatseye paints a poignant […]

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