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Awo’s Bu(r)st

By   /  October 2, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

During the week, a statue startled. When alpha governor Akinwunmi Ambode unveiled it to the delight of some Awo faithful and family, he probably did not expect such firestorm from the critics. Some loved it as a tribute to an artist’s sense of the avatar. Others embraced his cap, his rimmed glasses, his stately pose. […]

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Song for Lagos

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Articles, My Column  /  No Comments

There lies Lagos, the city at the edge of the sea and always on edge. And the people are sometimes at sea. There I was almost born but grew up there. I saw it in the 1960’s, when I first understood the identity of things on Ijaoye Street, near Yaba. But it was a city […]

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A light touch

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  Articles, My Column  /  No Comments

Driving the other day in the Abule-Egba axis of Lagos State, I ran into a sort of traffic snag. I was forbidden to take my usual route to Otta, and I had to negotiate a diversion. It was a laborious engagement. With the diligence of ants, vehicle trailed vehicle in an eternal slog through serpentine […]

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Father and Son

By   /  August 22, 2016  /  Articles  /  1 Comment

What intrigues writers and philosophers about King Oedipus was not just that he killed his father and married his mother. It was that he didn’t mean to marry his mother and kill his father. He meant well for his people and himself. Dramatists say he had a ‘tragic flaw.” As the play winds down, you […]

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One year on

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Articles  /  No Comments

Lagos has always been a place of small beginnings. A small port town, a puny army, a humble royalty, a seeming patch of land, straggles of settlers. During the Yoruba Wars, it snorted under the shadows of valiant horsemen and kabooms of gunfire exchanges. But it has not taken its smallness with humility. It is […]

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Ambode goes global

By   /  May 9, 2016  /  Articles, Blog  /  No Comments

Barely a month of launching his Lagos Global, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has earned what is at once an accolade and a job. He has been appointed vice president of Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CEIC). This is a move that affirms the status of Lagos in the line of investment and in […]

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In the arena

By   /  April 4, 2016  /  Articles  /  1 Comment

The greatest asset in public life is courage. The worst is what Bola Ige, no laggard, called siddon look. Ige had to rise from the ennui of the onlooker to get his feet dirty, his brain tested and his life taken. All the men in our history who matter have not recoiled from the ring of […]

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Who’s Afraid of W.S.? (2)

By   /  March 21, 2016  /  Articles  /  No Comments

The Eko Foundation bought a full page advertorial in The Punch last week. They raged and flailed at the issue I raised about Soyinka as chairman of the Lagos @ 50 Committee set up by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. It was rage without rhythm. I advise the foundation to go for anger management counselling. After that, they can […]

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Who’s afraid of W.S.

By   /  March 14, 2016  /  Articles  /  No Comments

When two supposedly senior lawyers translate their thoughts into lines of commentary, you should expect to tap into wisdom. No matter what you say about lawyers, their calling affords them access to the fount of any society. From handling a slew of cases, they dip their fingers into the pulse of society. They see people […]

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Ambode, Agbaje and all that

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Articles  /  No Comments

The Appeal Court ruled in the past week that the PDP had no case against the victory of Akinwunmi Ambode as governor of Lagos. When I heard the news, I asked myself, why did Jimi Agbaje put himself through all these? It is still a question for which I have no answer. He put himself […]

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