Monday April 21st, 2014
Monday April 21st, 2014
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Sentient instruments

  /   in From the Departure Lounge 8:44 pm   /   Comments

President Barack Obama of the United States

BY sentient instruments is meant instruments which refuse to be deployed in the achievement of evil, sinful and inhuman purposes. These would be instruments such as knives, clubs, base ball bats, guns, 747s and nuclear weapons which are sentient to recognise when they are being used to stab innocent bystanders, to bash people on unoffending heads, to smash weakening knee caps, to shoot unwary toddlers and to blast into smithereens entire cities to show that it could be done.

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Social Media and Social Exchange theory and Strategic Contingencies theory (2)

  /   in From the Departure Lounge 12:04 am   /   Comments

social-media-icons

IN the recently concluded campaign for re-election, Barack Obama posted more than 250 videos on Youtube. He was not using Youtube to broadcast his material. Rather, he would link these videos in emails that followed.

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Social Media and Social Exchange theory and Strategic Contingencies theory (1)

  /   in From the Departure Lounge 12:03 am   /   Comments

WHAT constitutes power and influence? The most powerful and most influential among us invariably becomes our leader or is made our leader. Information and the acquisition of which constitutes knowledge becomes the leader. Secrecy, the hoarding and guarding of knowledge, becomes the ‘sole preserve’ of the powerful. When we choose our leaders we have hand over the power we have to them. If that power is misused, we have the right to take back our power and give it to someone else. Until now, the Secrecy of the powerful and the consequent ignorance of the people have always made such processes of taking back the power from an erring leader virtually impossible.

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Book review: REFORMING THE UNREFORMABLE: Lessons from Nigeria

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REFORMING-THE-UNREFORMABLE

THE process of finding this book to buy and to read and write this review is worth narrating.

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The moral high ground of Gabriel Allon, Israeli spy and assassin

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Gabriel Allon, Israeli spy

IF the Israeli “Never Again!” applied to all humans on earth without any discrimination, humanity would have taken a giant step in doing good for all and sundry.

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South Africa in recent times

  /   in From the Departure Lounge 12:20 am   /   Comments

South African female cultural dancers

A FRIEND in Nigeria asked recently if the present spate of strikes and mayhem on the streets of the cities of South Africa and in the townships and the mining single hostel places would lead to a declaration of a state of emergency.

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Irrational remedies

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Mobile policemen on duty  Photo: Bunmi Azeez

BEFORE the tragic South African Police Service shooting of 34 miners at Marikana, there had been a gathering the night before.

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Good hair, bad hair

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Women in an Indian hair processing factory

THE other Wednesday night I was sharing a table with South African music icon, Mr. Hugh Masekela, Bra Hugh as everybody in Jo’burg calls him.

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Shame and pride in Nigeria

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CARTOON-NIGERIA

MOST Nigerians, in speaking, pyro-technically about the country’s problems – shouting and daring any one to contradict them – say that we no longer have a sense of shame.

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The trouble with Achebe

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, From the Departure Lounge 3:34 am   /   Comments

biafra-awo

IF there is nothing to say, there are some people who would say, one should shut up. But, for writers, when there is nothing to say, is when they are at their best in saying nothing new.

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