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Eye for an eye

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

I don’t believe that hell is a place of fire. The scriptures are vivid enough. Hell simply means the grave or death. But it boils only in the fancy of those who view God as eternal terror, which negates David’s notion that “his mercies endure forever.” This is no theological column and so would not […]

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Process is restructuring

By   /  January 8, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Then a year opens with sobriety, it sometimes portends a glum ending. But what a better way to start than with humour, and we had that with two important events. The first was the appointment of board chairpersons and members. Those who flayed Buhari for being mister Go-slow had to shut their lips. The man […]

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Ghost of the year

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  My Column  /  No Comments

The year never ends until we chronicle its kingpins of comedy, those who unveil its underbellies of humour. The real humourists, though, are not persons who go out of their ways to crack our ribs. They make us laugh just by being themselves in the routine glories of their days. And they could even be […]

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem

By   /  December 25, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Donald Trump

When he decided that the U.S. was going to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, I began to hear Christians applaud him. Some saw Trump as a godsend, fulfilling the destiny of prophesy. So, suddenly the man who loathes other creatures of God, who believes only whites matter in the divine system, who does […]

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Father and Son

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

In the beginning was the father. The son was yet in the womb when a certain Koro was misbegotten by the father Bode George. Many believed that Koro was the legitimate son and had earned the right to the cot to suckle on the milk of childhood. But Jimi Agbaje came in from another mother, […]

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The Lalong effect

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Lalong

A sense of peace crippled me as I boarded the aircraft and left behind the crisp air of Jos. I reflected on the irony first: Jos of firebombs and fleeing feet, of internecine feud, of blood-stained fault lines and arbitrary borders and breach of borders, of prostrate streets and pious hate, of Muslims at the […]

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Ode to teachers

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Teachers

My neck dripped with sweat when I arrived home that afternoon. Feet fatigued, tongue lolling for water, I had not slumped into the sofa at home when my father, Moses, materialised from his room with a letter. “A dispatch man delivered this, this morning,” he said as he thrust it toward me, half curious, half […]

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Another Judas Kiss

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Atiku

When last week, Atiku Abubakar announced he was leaving APC, few were surprised. It was not whether but when. We anticipated it. As Poet Samuel Coleridge wrote, “anticipation is more potent than surprise.” Atiku did not stun anyone by walking out of the APC tent because he was a tenant. The landlords branded him a […]

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The dark gentleman

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Robert Mugabe

When the Greek philosopher Pliny the Elder opined that “there is always something new out of Africa,” was he not referring to the quiet storm of Zimbabwe? The unfolding scenario in that country has no precedent in history. Where else do soldiers “remove” a despot and say it is no coup? Robert Mugabe cannot issue […]

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Paideia

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Nestled in one of the high-flown suburbs of Lagos, The Civic Centre was a place for a sober event. Not often do ex-classmates amass big names to a hall to ponder the dynamic of secondary education in Nigeria. Especially at a time like this when few pay attention to our schools. Rather, everyone who can […]

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