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A native returns

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

SO, it’s all over. Kayode Fayemi, the donnish fellow with a guttural voice, will now return to the mound he vacated four years ago. Ayo Fayose, the governor as theatre, now retreats either to the shadow of oblivion or ignominy. And it was a long way coming. Like the words of T.S. Eliot in his […]

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The “Rs”

By   /  July 9, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

The birth of the Reformed APC has set a problem for those interested in the clarity of language, especially the spoilt brat called the adjective. I say so, because this new incarnation will collide with the remainers in the party. After the wave or waves of exit from the APC as we have known it, […]

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Are they spirits?

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

I must first bow to the Imam who saved about 262 lives in a village during the barbarous episodes in Plateau State. He granted an interview to BBC in pidgin and was able to stay off the beasts of plunder and murder by denying that he was hiding Christians under his holy shelter. The village, […]

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Mountain out of molehill

By   /  June 25, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

He stands spry on the factory floor, his eyes shining underneath his low-cut hair parted on the side. He looks young but his parted hair harks back to a fashion style of the 1970’s. But with his audacious thoughts, his foppish shirt and trousers, his fascination with twenty-first century technology and gadgetry, he straddles the […]

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Only human

By   /  June 18, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

We have often said that President Muhammadu Buhari was an unlikely figure to bestow the GCFR on M.K.O. Abiola as well as restore the integrity of the June 12 story. What is often forgotten in this mushy conversation is that Abiola was an unlikely person to earn it. It is the quirk of history that […]

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A glorious bribe

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

When people say that the June 12 crisis invested the country with fear, they are right. When they say, it immiserated Nigerians with hunger, they are also on the money. I am a personal testimony. On hunger, I had it. I lost my job like many others when the soldiers shut the gates of the […]

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Not too young

By   /  June 4, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

For theatre, he stood amidst young men and women. He was not only the tallest in the room. He was the oldest. The young, swathed in smiles, applauded his septuagenarian hands on a document. He was giving the generation of those on his left and right the right to topple him. The gangling man had […]

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The word and the law

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

I saw both of them as fellow students of the Obafemi Awolowo University. We never spoke. We were not even acquaintances. Far away from my ken but in the boil of campus politics, Femi Falana was unmistakable as a stormy young man and nemesis of the university authorities. Kunle Ajibade I saw around and remembered […]

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Megalomania

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

No one of note has borne the title of Owelle since the great Zik. That is perhaps the genesis of Rochas Okorocha’s delusion of grandeur. Maybe he believes he is equal to the Owelle of Onitsha. To his credit, Okorocha has not made such a grandiloquent claim in public, although we know that he believes […]

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Lazarus and the rich man

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Not many are thinking of Karl Max today. But 200 years after his birth, he is thinking about us. He is in our rooms at night when power is out. In our work place when the salary is not paid. In our sick bed when we cannot afford to fly to London for check-up or […]

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