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Group of People Waving Flag of Nigeria in Back Lit

My friend Sowore…and what really is ours

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To the thinking man, the world is a comedy; to the feeling man, it's a tragedy. I think all the time--Ken Saro Wiwa. The young...
Nigeria

Nigeria, is she really 59 years old?

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Akì í mú ìbọn tetere. One does not hold a gun carelessly. (Always be careful in handling dangerous matters.) So Nigeria is 59 years,...
Nigeria

Are you ashamed, but proud of Nigeria?

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A stone that is visible cannot destroy a hoe. Rwandan Proverb I am tucked in my hotel room in the Nobleza, their motto quality and...

My dying arewa and aboki na El-Rufai

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Some seven years ago thereabout I had written an essay Northern Nigeria, and her mythical realities, I repeated same, only two years ago, in...
Group of People Waving Flag of Nigeria in Back Lit

The story of the Foolish Nigerian

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The 'Olodo' analogy is at the heart of my conversation this week; Nigerians are a people that are easily blown by the wind. 'Olodo...
Nigeria

In Nigeria, If the people aren’t happy…

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I went to a friend’s house and in the kitchen, I saw in their kitchen refrigerator, “If Momma isn’t happy... ain’t nobody happy.” It’s...
Nigeria

Nigeria, if only we had fathers

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So, very quickly I can tell loads of columns, and columnists this week like meself did be writing on everything politics, June 12, APC,...
Nigeria

Nigeria’s once upon a time leaders

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams In the United...
Nigeria

The Nigerian Patriots or ‘Playtriots’

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Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria's call obey To serve our fatherland With love and strength and faith The labour of our heroes past Shall never be in vain To serve...
Nigeria

Nigeria, again unchaining the dogs of war

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“Nigeria is not at peace and unity and cooperation with itself. Great chasms yawn between ethnographic, ethnofaith and ethnocentric groups. Our unhappy Nigeria is...
Buhari And Osinbajo

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches Mr. Buhari

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“For four years, Mr. President, the nation has accorded you such servile obeisance on the understanding that you inherited a weak state and that...
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Abuja Prostitutes, almajiris, and the future

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In the lasts three weeks, the Abuja board for something and onething (forgive me) has been engaged in some moral war against prostitutes, strip...
migration

Exodus—regular and irregular migration of ze people

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Let me start with this short story, as told me by a colleague—during the civil war in Nigeria, at one of the frontiers, neighboring...
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How much is a Nigerian life worth?

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My friend's family is grieving. Their beloved golden retriever, Scout, has died. It’s hard to describe this loss, because you would have to have...
Nigeria

South of Nigeria and Bourgeois Yan Iskas

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If you must buy a baboon don't buy the one with a 10% discount. PCD So while you call them the Ibos, are they...
Nigeria

North of Nigeria and Iberiberism

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Very quickly these are not the best of times for my friend and brother, Owelle Rochas iScAriot Okorocha, the outgoing Imo state governor and...
Nigeria

Divided: a people, versus a nation

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As oyinbo (whiteman) take like Black Maria, blackmail, black angels, black coffee, the black man still proudly uses the white tissue roll for black...
President Muhammadu Buhari

Good morning and Congratulations Mr. Buhari

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Wislawa Szymborska’s poem, The End and the Beginning (translated by Johanna Trzeciak): ...
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Nigerian elections and right to life

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“No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that...
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Make we thief these politicians pants

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Very quickly for my ‘tush, ajebo, high class, sophisticated’ readership let me explain what pants are; in the UK "Pants" typically refers to underwear....
Nigeria

…Still nothing for the Nigerian Pikin

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An estimated 25,685 babies (was supposedly) born in Nigeria on New Year's Day, according to UNICEF, with Nigerian babies making up 6.5 percent of...
Nigeria

Whether Naija spoil or good…

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Running and scratching oneself is not possible With 2019 now in full swing, let me share a short story with you and give you...
Nigeria

2019; The Butcher Washes His Hands Before Weighing the Meat

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So it’s some 24hours into 2019, Nigerians would be going to the polls, to imagine that only 19 years ago, her democracy was only...
4. A mob setting a young man on fire for allegedly stealing a wallet

2019: the year of stealing

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"Kowa ya dade yaga dadau". - Hausa (Whoever lives long, will see wonders). Them belly full, but we hungry A hungry mob is a angry...
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Nigerian Elections; selling the girl to buy a lantern…

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The person we were supposed to sell and buy a lantern, asked, "if you sell me to buy the lantern, of what use, when...
President Muhammadu Buhari

Light no dey…the matter pass N16 billion

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16bn Power Saga; Obj, Buhari generate more heat than electricity, this headline by Blueprint Newspaper sums it all up, in the same week that...
Buhari artwork

Inadequate transmission oil to pump Nigeria’s Economy

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In recent months and as the General Elections draw nigh, President Buhari and his team has insisted that economic growth under his presidency “is...
Northern women

Nigeria; her women and mothers (Proverbs)

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Yet another mothers' day celebrations across various faiths in Nigerian Christendom, I love women, and graciously say that I am jealous of them; when...
Main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari speaks after casting his vote at a polling station in the 'Gidan Niyam Sakin Yara A ward' at Daura in Katsina State on March 28, 2015. Voting began in Nigeria's general election but delays were reported countrywide because of technical problems in accrediting electors. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Buhari vs Buhari…them and us

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A puppy thinks: “Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a warm, dry home, pet me and take...

…Playing perpetually with fire; Nigeria

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One who believes that the earth is chasing him, where did he put his feet while running? I recall those pente-rascal god of men...