Friday July 25th, 2014
Friday July 25th, 2014
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A time to hide

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*Bello filming

I had heard a lot about the film. Renowned Oscar-winning director. Extremely popular male lead, a global superstar in the industry who had apparently given yet another career-defining performance.

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2014 World Cup: Nigeria set for Scotland friendly

  /   in Matters Arising, Sports 12:25 pm   /   Comments

*Joyous Eagles celebrating a goal

Nigeria will warm-up for the World Cup with a friendly against Scotland in May, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) announced on Friday.

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The parable of Nathan

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INEC officials at work:... premium on insurance covers for senior and ad hoc staff have not been paid to the firms.

We all know the story. Following King David’s act of adultery, the prophet visited him and narrated the account of the rich man who chose to forcibly abduct and sacrifice the only lamb of his poor neighbour to entertain his guests, rather than touch any of the several thousands that he personally possessed.

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The Senate defection anti-climax

  /   in Matters Arising 12:44 am   /   Comments

The Senate

Emotions were high, there was the anticipation that at least the era of the Peoples Democratic Party’s, PDP, sitting at the driver’s seat and dishing out instructions at the National Assembly was about to come to an end at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday, following the gale of defections especially that rocked the House of Representatives.

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From the House of Represenatives

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House of Representatives during plenary

In a bid to sustain the 2011 House project that produced the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, and his deputy, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, innermost members of the House, during the Yuletide break, in a meeting, resolved to retain Ihedioha as Deputy Speaker in case Tambuwal decamps from the PDP to APC.
Based on this arrangement, Ihedioha remains in PDP, but holds unto his position as DS.

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Minerals for Christmas

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xmas-shopping

I was listening on the car radio to an artiste being interviewed the other day, and had to smile at his response to what Christmas reminded him of.

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My encounter with Madiba

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MANDELA1

The year was 1990. I had just emerged from the cavernous bunkers that serve as Unilag’s Engineering Faculty, still dazed from the mauling I had received from the vengeful Thermodynamics exam I had just written. As I blinked in the mid-afternoon sunshine, I suddenly observed what I had desperately hoped not to see.

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A banner year for Joga Bonito

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EAGLES-A

Among the (depressingly few) lights that twinkle in the firmament of Nigerian sports, none shone brighter in 2013 than the so-called ‘beautiful game’.

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The Crossover

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*Firecrackers in Lagos warehouse

December is here again. So it means it’s that time of the year when several of us morph temporarily into accountants (albeit without due consent from ICAN). But of that estimable and multi-faceted profession, we constrain ourselves to a singular aspect: Stock-taking.

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A plague of wolves

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A table tennis game between Rivers state and  Delta State on the second day of the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos. PHOTO; Kehinde Gbadamosi.

Last weekend had elements of both the bitter and the sweet. With the National Youth Sports Festival coming up in Abuja in December, I had looked forward to monitoring the final preparation drills of the local athletics group that I’m associated with.

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Mind your lineguage

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lagos-house

Recently, I had cause to marvel as I wandered through the innards of a residential building constructed two decades earlier on the Lagos Mainland.

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Your kindly Nigerian Oga

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*No buying and selling for now..  Katankowa Market on Monday

A few days ago, I received a phone call from a friend who stumbled upon the last article I wrote in which I lamented the predatory instinct for pecuniary gain that seems to have established itself as a defining national characteristic across all facets of our daily lives.

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Your friendly Nigerian neighbour

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A Nigerian fan cheers prior to Argentina vs Nigeria

Recently, after a battle through morning rush hour traffic and meandering in search of a seemingly elusive address, I finally arrived at the destination for my appointment.

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The power of Infrastructure

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Newly Bridge, During the Commissioning of Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge to Commemorate Democracy day in Lagos. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

From the moment its conception was publicised, I had looked forward to the realization of the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge with eager anticipation. Not that I had heard anything about its architectural design (although I was of course familiar with the antecedents of the assigned contractor).

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The age of deception

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (L) crosses the line to win the men's 100m final at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO

In line with the fantasies I still harbour that the next generation of Usain Bolts will be unearthed from this country, I recently got involved with a group of upcoming local athletic talent which trains every weekend. Last Saturday I impulsively decided to conduct a series of impromptu interviews amongst the youths —primarily to record their hopes and aspirations for posterity, but also to imbue in them a sense of importance and purpose.

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Reflections of a road user

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Motorists in  a traffic gridlock  on Abuja–Keffi Road,  as a result of soldiers' check for bombs.

Languishing in the perennial traffic snarl-ups in Lagos provides ample opportunity for all manner of reflection. And as I surveyed the chaos of motorists jockeying belligerently for position around me, I recalled a mundane but enlightening incident I encountered not very long ago overseas.

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Let’s drain out the negative stuff…

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A Nollywood  film shooting location

It is amazing how many Nollywood productions disappear into the annals of oblivion simply because (aside from quality issues) their owners fail to invest the same financial and creative commitment in marketing as they did in production (unlike Hollywood where marketing budgets frequently outstrip the cost of producing the movies themselves).

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Nollywood goes to school (2) Some of the fundamental examples include:

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A Nollywood  film shooting location

Production Quality: Contemporary Afro Pop music videos are among the most edgy visual content you could hope to see. From their flamboyant costumes and dance steps, to the props, set design and special effects, the creative effort that has been invested to achieve a product of international calibre can be clearly seen.

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Nollywood goes to school

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sexiest-Nollywood1

A few days ago, I made my way to the salon for my quarterly … ehm … toenail management (three months of hard grinding on the fitness trail had rendered them somewhat unpresentable). I reclined as the thickset attendant went to work. Gazed up idly at the TV as dazzling Afro Pop music video images of the latest sensation I had never heard of flashed by.

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From Russia with love (4)

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Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan with Blessing Okagbare yesterday

The following day … 100m semi finals. Three of them. The favourites in the other two duly won theirs in impressive style. Especially the Jamaican.

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From Russia with love (3)

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Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare (2nd-R) wins heat 1 during the women's 100 metres semi-final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on August 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO

The first twinges of disquiet came when, knowing my irrepressibly optimistic compatriots, I investigated a suspicion and discovered that the gazelle from Sapele had been registered for combat in 4 events at the championships, three of which were individual (100m, 200m, Long Jump; plus the 4x100m relay).

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From Russia with love (2)

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Okagbare

Some attribute this cruel but recurring phenomenon to nerves, burnout, inferiority complex, inadequate preparation, inexperience, unpaid allowances … there’s a whole host of reasons why that green and white vest continues to flap futilely in the wake of the overachievers (usually several meters ahead).

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From Russia with Love (1)

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Okagbare

Exactly three weeks ago, I was in a state of quiet euphoria. Why? It was the 10th of August. A date I had been awaiting all year. Why?? For some, a birthday. A cherished wedding anniversary. Or their flight departure date to finally ‘check out’ of the shores of this land for a hopefully better life elsewhere.

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Raising the spectre of political violence

  /   in Matters Arising 12:39 am   /   Comments

Bomb scares have become a new phenomenon on our already dangerous political space. That is the obvious conclusion to make from events of the last couple of weeks as people were made to scamper around in Abuja shortly after the Eagle Square blasts on the 50th Anniversary celebration.

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A presidential time-bomb ticks

  /   in Matters Arising 12:37 am   /   Comments

Even at 50 years when we austensibly celebrated “maturity”as a country, it is now clearer than crystal that we are into the vicious circle of instability all over again. And it is instructive that this instability surfaced right on the day that we were celebrating 50 years of independence!!

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2011: No time for a long debate

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The big question however is whether the National Assembly will be able and willing to do this within the shortest possible time in the next couple of weeks. If it can, good enough; but if it cannot because of the process involved in constitutional amendment, then we have to accept the inevitable; that May 29th handover date would be impossible.

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One thoughtful evening with Kola (2)

  /   in Matters Arising 1:19 am   /   Comments

The conversation between Kola and I had been on for about half an hour when his son, Afolabi, entered to announce that he was ready to travel to Lagos, enroute a West African country to resume his summer school.

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2011 Presidency: Scaling down the absurdities

  /   in Matters Arising 12:03 am   /   Comments

Since 1998, the Nigerian Political environment has been evolving into one huge theatre of the absurd. And one of the most hopelessly absurd event then was the choice by the Northern Political elite of who the Yoruba Presidential candidate should be in 1999.

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Has the end-time apocalpse started?

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The world is in a very terrible state. Tune in your radio, all you hear is disaster, crisis and conflict everywhere. Mankind is gasping, and the fear is palpable that this world may no longer be saved. We are well into the grips of the end-times prophetic collapse.

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The presidential chessboard

  /   in Matters Arising 12:55 am   /   Comments

The political “game” of the 2011 presidency is becoming fascinating. As people voice their support for or opposition to the candidates on offer, the plot to win thickens, making it even more difficult for observers to attempt a prediction.

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2011 PRESIDENCY: Where are the alternatives?

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IN 1979, Nigeria had a wonderful bouquet of presidential candidates to choose from. Not a single one of them, however, was as rich as, or have access to unlimited finances as the two current front runners in the 2011 presidential race — IBB and Goodluck Jonathan.

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We’re one step over the edge

  /   in Matters Arising 12:43 am   /   Comments

Criminality and insecurity are turning Nigeria into a nightmare. From all indications, we are now moving one step over the edge into the abyss. This is not a statement of despair, it is a conscious acknowledgement of the cold fact. We are past midnight before dawn into the status of a failed state. And it is unclear if any person is actually in charge any more!!

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