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Celebrating Wole Soyinka at 86

By Kayode Fayemi AFRICA’s most iconic literary maestro and one of the world’s most influential citizens is 86 today. With his ageless physique, it is almost difficult to acknowledge that our own Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka, affectionately…
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Reading God into COVID-19

By, Prof. Wale Olajide This will only concern those who believe in the existence of God, be they Muslims or Christians or traditionalists. They need not be monotheists either since African traditional religion skin-deep is essentially…
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As Covid-19 makes landfall in Nigeria

By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu  When it fully makes landfall in Nigeria, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic (COVID-19) will discover a country already at the mercy of pandemic-level hunger and chronic…
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Revisiting a national political debate

Edwin MADUNAGU  ONE of the first definitive steps taken by General Ibrahim Babangida on displacing General Muhammadu Buhari in a “palace coup” and coming to power in Nigeria in August 1985 was to set up, four months later, a 17-member…
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Poems written in the time of Corona

By Obemata X farther away from home, nearer home, the news gallops like the speed of light and arrives at the continents' shut doors - the world is hiding. between the keyholes, eyes press up against time, spying; bodies want to love,…
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Time to silence the guns

By Ayodele AKINKUOTU  Last month, in Addis Ababa, the Heads of State and Governments of the Africa Union, AU, held their annual meeting. The theme of this year’s summit was, ‘Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s…
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Is terrorism here for the long haul?

By Ayodele AKINKUOTU GENERAL Tukur Yusuf Buratai, chief of army staff, is likely to answer the above question in the affirmative. That is considering his explanations in a recent interview with the Cable, an online newspaper. The…
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If Britain could exit Europe…

By Bola BOLAWOLE IF Britain could exit Europe, as it did close to the midnight of 31st January 2020; if Eritrea could exit Ethiopia; if Southern Sudan could exit Sudan, then, there is nothing that says nations cannot exit nations. To say…
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Shrinking rivers, wilting lives

 In the first of a two-part report, our correspondent Terkula IGIDI travels across Nigeria to find out how Nigeria’s drying up rivers have caused fish species to disappear, while fishermen and their families suffer SEVENTY-two-year-old…
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How to spot a fascist

By Abdul MAHMUD IF the Savoyard philosopher, Joseph de Maistre, lent himself as the philosophical inspirator of fascists, Mussolini remains the poster-boy of an ideology that appeals to dirty men and women, who crave power to wreak…
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OPINION: The open society endangered

(Being a talk delivered at the UN World Anti-Corruption Day, Abuja, Dec. 9. 2019)                By Wole SOYINKA PRESENT here, I fully expect, is the Youth contingent of this undertaking. We are still within the United Nations…
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Recalling Tai Solarin’s prediction

By Edwin MADUNAGU NIGERIA'S 2019 elections, particularly the recent governorship contests in Kogi and Bayelsa states, have forcefully brought back a prediction which the late Tai Solarin made about 40 years ago in the aftermath of the…
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The economy of loss

By Abdul Mahmud Reading Homer’s epic poem, ‘The Iliad’, in my Advanced Level class many years ago, I was confronted with the human condition. The evil that men do, evil that withers good and destroys humanity, so easily recognizable in…
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Why the blind beg in Nigeria

By Gbenga OGUNDARE NIGERIA’s ineffective inclusive education policy, aggravated by widespread fraud and infrastructure dearth, is driving more of its blind population to beg for a living A quick fact-check: Presenting the 2019 budget…
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Of cancers and media reportage

By Wole SOYINKA HERE we go again! I have not seen the final presentation of a BBC feature programme on Health Awareness in which my 2014 experience with cancer was featured, but have been bombarded by narratives of the most disquieting…
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Anxiety brews in Bayelsa   

From: Jennifer UGWA and Olugbenga ADANIKIN (Reporting from Yenagoa) THERE is rising tension in Bayelsa State ahead of Saturday – November 16 Governorship election scheduled to hold in eight local government areas (LGAs) of the state.…
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Confession of Yahoo Plus boys

IN their desperation to join the ranks of their compatriots who have been making millions of dollars out of online-scams, young Nigeria- based wannabe scammers known as ‘yahoo boys’ are resorting to the use of traditional charms and…
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Asaba massacre: A note of warning

By Cheta NWANZE THERE is an Igbo saying about when you wake up is your morning. It simply means that it is never too late to start. This is, in my view, a good thing as it engenders an attitude that does not allow people to give up on…
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OPINION: On journalism and patriotism

By Simon Kolawole WHAT is patriotism? The definition should be fairly straightforward: loving your country. One of my favourite all-time tunes is the 1988 song, “Nation and the People”, by The Mandators, with the refrain: “Love your…
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OPINION: Like Buhari, I love cartoons!

By BOLA Bolawole RENO Omokri, one of the most virulent and partisan – even if forthright – critics of President Muhammadu Buhari, his administration and party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), took the president to the cleaners on…
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OPINION: Who will take over in Nigeria?

By Cheta Nwanze GEOPOLITICS is the study of the effects of geography on politics and human relations, mainly the relationships between nations. To most people, the word “nation” refers to countries, but the study of geopolitics may also…
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Preliminary notes on #RevolutionNow

By Edwin MADUNAGU For the Nigerian Left, the strongest lesson of what may now be called Nigeria’s #RevolutionNow—that is, the August 5 mass protests organized by some young fragments of the movement—may be formulated as a warning: If…
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