Tuesday July 28th, 2015
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Releasing the book inside you

  /   in My World, News 1:31 am   /   Comments

MimikoBooklaunch

The book inside us. Many of us believe we have at least one creative book inside us and would love to have a published book to our name. It is one of the reasons, if I must be honest, I took to journalism. It is also one of the reasons I believe that many journalists all over the world, take to the pen profession. Journalism, for us, is a sort of half-way house which is supposed to satisfy the hunger for the written word while preparing us for that one book that will catapult us to the literary hall of fame. And for that, we are prepared to suffer the poor pay and inhuman working hours that journalism offers.

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Let our children marry

  /   in My World 2:31 am   /   Comments

Marriage-Cartoon

An article appeared in the Daily Times of the late 70s that struck a chord in me. It was written by one of Nigerians’ most celebrated columnists. Mr Peter Enahoro, writing as Peter Pan, wrote an article titled: ‘Let Papa Die’. It was an incisive commentary on a major social issue of that time.

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Seizing the momentum

  /   in My World 6:00 pm   /   Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari attending to some files in his office as he resumed duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

The current APC saga reminds me of one of those folklores. You know, the one where three people came together to plan a major heist. At the successful completion of their dare-devil operation, they faltered at the sharing of spoils. Each wanted the entire spoil to himself and planned on how to eliminate the other two.

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The more things change, the more they remain the same

  /   in My World 2:22 am   /   Comments

A mother carries banner to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo during a rally christened 'Walk for Change" in Lagos, on March 7, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.   Presidential elections scheduled for February 14 were delayed for six weeks as the military said the ongoing counter-offensive against Islamists Boko Haram meant that troops could not provide security on polling day. AFP PHOTO

There was a hit song in the 80s that had a refrain which went something like this: ‘Now that we’ve found love what are we going to do with it?’ This song came to my consciousness each time the APC members went from one comedy of error to another in their quest to acquire or consolidate power. Substitute the word love with power and you will have the APC scenario which has found power but is fumbling so terribly with it.

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The power of choice

  /   in My World, News 12:15 am   /   Comments

Dutse acb

If you get up in the morning expecting a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. It’s about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly and the customers were unhappy.

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A hungry man can be an angry man

  /   in My World 1:07 am   /   Comments

Aregbosola

People who know Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor of Osun State say he is a brilliant man. I have never met him despite my close ties with Osun State but have watched him on the soap box a couple of times and I can attest to his oratorical prowess. But there was nothing brilliant or oratorical about him last week when he appeared on TV trying to defend his inability to pay salaries. He looked incoherent and pathetic.

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Is change coming to the beautiful game at last?

  /   in My World 12:36 am   /   Comments

BRAZIL, Costa do Sauipe : Fifa president Joseph Blatter gestures during a press conference in Costa do Sauipe, state of Bahia, Brazil on December 3, 2013. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final draw will take place December 6. AFP PHOTO

Last Saturday was the kind of day you’d want to stay at home.
Apart from the fact that it was wet, cool and therefore cosy, there were two major sporting events lined up for the day, not to mention the Canadian Grand Prix for the growing number of Formula One fans.

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President Buhari, you own the sheets now

  /   in My World 12:46 am   /   Comments

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari swears to an oath during his inauguration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO

Three years ago in far-away America, a General like our General Buhari who found himself in politics at the highest level, wrote an interesting book on leadership. His name is Colin Powel, a four-star general of the US army, a former Secretary of State and a one-time aspirant to the world’s most coveted seat. Titled: ‘It Worked for Me’, this best seller is a compilation of the experiences and lessons learnt during his illustrious public life, especially the ‘The thirteen Rules’ which had shaped his life and career.

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What a way to go

  /   in My World, News 12:49 am   /   Comments

NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

Barely two weeks after the prestigious Yale University’ awarded Dr of Humane Letters to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for her economic transformation of Nigeria among other achievements, another ‘prestigious’ American institution, the CNN, announced somewhat gleefully, that the economy of the same country had shut down. Makes you question not only the claims, but the agenda of these American institutions.

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You become what you consume

  /   in My World 12:11 am   /   Comments

where he ministered at this  year's Vanguard Media Christian Fellowship, yesterday.

As the weeks roll into days for the 80th birthday of Uncle Sam Amuka, Chairman of the Vanguard Newspapers, many articles as well as tributes will begin to pour in to celebrate this true icon of the Nigerian press.

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Why Buhari has to hurt us in order to save us

  /   in My World 2:51 am   /   Comments

Buhari-Nigeria

It is generally accepted that most Newspaper Editors know more than they let on. The ability to know what to use and what to withhold is part of your information management; it is also part of your professional and ethical responsibilities because some ‘truths’ can have unwholesome ripple effects if used in their entirety. I will give an example.

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The xenophobic attacks spell one thing: Failure

  /   in My World 12:43 am   /   Comments

Xenophobia

A close interaction with Kunle as he is fondly called by many will leave you with a lasting and pleasant impression because of his humble disposition and creative mind. He combines creative flair and technical skills to design information and communication technology (ICT) base products and services that entertain, educate and inform the users. Kunle is a journalist, creative director, photographer, traveller, and activist. At 30, he has successfully managed Kstunt Media, his creative agency based in South Africa, and this has earned him some international awards.

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Our societal values need overhauling

  /   in My World 1:09 am   /   Comments

Nigerian-Footbal-Fan

By Omuyiwa Adetiba Let me start by relating experiences I have had in the past ten years or so as examples of the values we now see as the norm and try to connect the dots. A young girl had just finished her JAMB but didn’t fancy her chances of getting a good grade so

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Who is a Lagosian?

  /   in My World 12:33 pm   /   Comments

File Photo

About 12, 15 years ago, when the issue of who is really a Lagosian was nothing more than a stimulating debate among friends, I had asked a friend to write an article on it for me. His was one of the more passionate voices when the issue was discussed at Ikoyi Club amidst banter and drinks then. He had every reason to be passionate. He was born and bred in Isale Eko, the ‘cradle’ of Lagos of Edo father and Yoruba mother.

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Riding into sunset

  /   in My World 1:30 am   /   Comments

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (L) WITH THE CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL PEACE COMMITTEE FOR 2015 ELECTIONS GEN ABDUSALAMI ABUBAKAR DURING AN AUDIENCE AT THE END OF COLLATION OF RESULTS FOR THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA ON TUESDAY (31/3/15)

It is exactly six weeks to May 29 today. Six weeks to the end of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s six year presidency. This, as traditions go all over the world, is called the transition period and it is a most difficult period to manage—for the incumbent, the incoming and the nation.

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Lest we forget

  /   in My World 12:27 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan’

By Muyiwa Adetiba Eminent personalities from within and without have been effusive in their praise of President Jonathan since the remarkable concession that gave the electoral victory to General Buhari. And so it should be. Very few men in history and fewer still from Africa, have conceded defeat even before the final count was announced.

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God is at the window

  /   in My World 1:06 am   /   Comments

GOD

By Muyiwa Adetiba Tomorrow is Easter Sunday; one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the day Jesus, our Redeemer, rose from the dead thereby destroying the power of death. It also signifies an end to the six week Lenten season. To us in Nigeria, it also signifies an end in

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A prayer for Nigeria, my country

  /   in My World 2:36 am   /   Comments

praying

Just picture this scene. A bus full of people of different ages and nationalities, is parked at the slope of a hill, a few meters from the sea. The sea waves are gentle as they caress the base of the hill. The sea looks calm but deep.

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Final appeal to fellow Nigerians

  /   in My World 12:51 am   /   Comments

Buhari, Jega and Jonatrhan

Nigerians go to the polls Saturday to choose their next President. If all goes well, it would be a fresh mandate for the lucky winner and a new lease of life for Nigeria. The two main contestants, Buhari and Jonathan, by now have a pretty good idea what the problems of the country are simply by going round the country and listening to the people.

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Old school values

  /   in My World 12:08 am   /   Comments

Gov. Aregbesola with students of the O' School Reform initiative.

Last month, I stepped, no, drove confidently with a wife and son in tow, to the same compound I first tentatively stepped into as a shy, small boy some 50 years ago. My first port of call was the chapel where a thanksgiving service was going on. This chapel held many bitter/sweet memories for me because it was, in my early years before the school hall was rebuilt,more than a prayer ground.

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Main factor against Jonathan’s re-election

  /   in My World 12:07 am   /   Comments

Jonathan

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the factors that would likely inhibit General Muhammadu Buhari from occupying Aso Rock in June. The reaction I got surprised me. People I had not heard from in a long while called to register their views.

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Re: The forces against Buhari

  /   in My World 6:13 pm   /   Comments

BuhariChat

Excellent article! Bottom line message is clear: Nigerians must seize the destiny of Nigeria from the hands of its oppressive and corrupt ruling elites and install intelligent, competent and patriotic anti-corruption crusaders. India, China, UAE and Qatar used to be Nigeria’s contemporaries. They were at one point worse off than Nigeria. But look at how they have leaped forward today.

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The forces against Buhari

  /   in My World 1:58 am   /   Comments

Gen. Muhammadu Buhar

I got a call from a close friend the other day that left me speechless. He had expressed the thoughts that he was wary of a Buhari presidency because of the fear of Islamisation. He is a medical doctor; well travelled and well read.

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Let’s give a damn…for once

  /   in My World 12:32 am   /   Comments

INEC Chairman, Prof. Jega

Today would have been the D-day. The day Nigerians would have gone to the polls to choose a new leader or endorse the old one. The conduct of the elections would have been as important as the outcome. It was another opportunity to show the world that we are serious about governance and due process. But it was not to be because the date was shifted seemingly out of the blues by the umpire. The reasons given are the security lapses which have been with us for at least six years. The new date to solve the security problems and have a credible election is six weeks away, on March 28.

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Ambode/Agbaje: Battle royale in Lagos

  /   in My World 12:39 am   /   Comments

Ambode and Agbaje

Eight years ago, Jimi Agbaje ran a very impressive campaign when he first came into public consciousness and was contesting for the gubernatorial job in Lagos State. His jingles were catchy and his message resonated. He even had one jingle where he came dancing acrobatically to a melodious tune. It was full of verve. It was full of energy. Fashola in comparison led a dull, dour almost uninspiring campaign. At least, that was what it seemed like to me and I told my late friend who was handling his campaign ads that his man did not come across as a confident candidate.

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Stop diabetes before it stops you

  /   in Health, My World   /   Comments

File Photo: Breast examination

JOHN was diagnosed diabetic at 40, but instead of focusing on the disease, he ignored it. After all, he didn’t feel sick. But gradually, his health was failing.

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My life has been a series of accidents — Peter (PAN) Enahoro

  /   in My World 2:00 am   /   Comments

Peter-ENAHORO4

The writings of Peter Enahoro who turned 80 recently played a part in my taking to journalism. I interviewed him in 1979 when he came back from a 13-year self –imposed exile. I also interviewed him in 1981 when he launched ‘Africa Now’, a pan African news magazine. These two interviews reveal a bit about his person and his craft. I have taken excerpts from them as my tribute to this icon of African journalism. Enjoy!

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A Nigeria Without Prisons

  /   in My World 12:50 am   /   Comments

*Nigerian prison

I must confess I didn’t hear it: I read it in one of the publications but then neither the PDP nor President Jonathan has denied it. I am referring to the statement that the President was reported to have made in one of his campaign rallies that the Nigeria of his dream is a country without prisons. This was supposed to be a sort of dig at General Buhari who had many politicians jailed for long terms under his watch.

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The squandering of goodwill

  /   in My World 12:41 am   /   Comments

naira-Dollar

If a week- seven days- is said to be a long time in politics, then seven years must be an eternity. Time enough at least to write your name on marble or on a shifting sand on the beach. It took less than seven years for example for Obama and the US to bring America out of economic depression and start creating jobs and wealth again

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What would you do….if you were told you had 6 months to live?

  /   in My World 3:49 am   /   Comments

happy-new-year1

I love the thought of a New Year. I love the notion that the good, the bad and the ugly of the past year are behind me and I can start on a new slate. It’s a form of closure and I love it. I also like the feeling of having a blank page, a white canvass to play with. I love the energy of the first few days as I try to plan the year and luxuriate on the purity of my vast, virgin canvass. In many ways, it is like a new birth.

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Show me your friends…

  /   in My World 12:21 am   /   Comments

Jonathan or Buhari  who will you pick ?

One of the few things that gladdened my heart this yuletide season was an announcement by my Parish Priest that the Lagos Arch-diocese of the Catholic Church had pledged the Christmas day second collections to helping our brothers and sisters in the North East. We were therefore enjoined to contribute generously to the project and those who wanted to do more could send personal cheques to the pool.

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What does technocrat Osinbajo bring to the political table?

  /   in My World 12:03 am   /   Comments

Osinbajo

We have all moaned about the political landscape in the country. A landscape that breeds corruption, incompetence and mindless greed. We have all complained about the fact that we are ruled in the main, by our second eleven and the decay in health, education, energy to name but a few is an eloquent attestation to our choice of leaders.

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