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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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El-Rufai vs Teachers

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Articles, Blog  /  No Comments

 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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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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Et tu Jonat

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

Ibe Kachukwu rocked the chair of his boss last week. The chair is not yet at anchor over his NNPC expose. It came like the dossier of betrayal. But while most Nigerians set eyes on the stark irony of a man of integrity facing the biggest allegation of fraud in Nigeria’s history, my mind went […]

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Ajimobi tackles the noise

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  Articles  /  No Comments

Few Nigerians are now learning the meaning of the environment. Some think it is only when you plant trees and clean the yard. But they are learning only by necessary force. Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has raised the ante. He has handed out ultimatum to churches, mosques, clubs, restaurants, etc. to pare down the […]

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It’s a sunny day

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

When a patient gets the doctor’s nod to go home from a United States hospital, a wheelchair whirs into view and poises at the bedside. The patient plops into the seat, and a nurse hovers behind and wheels him. The chair rolls through the hallway and stops in the car park where the patient stands […]

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#89

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  My Column  /  No Comments

All along we were waiting for that part of the story, even if we did not know it. The Jonathan-era larceny has given us a plate nearly full. Billions of Naira, and even dollars, entertained us with characters who carted them away. Or allegedly. An ex-soldier started the tale. Many followed: political impresarios, media moguls, […]

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