Wednesday November 26th, 2014
Wednesday November 26th, 2014
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God, why did you create the poor?

  /   in Achebe: Exit of a literary giant, My World 3:06 am   /   Comments

An abode in Lagos

This is a true story. A close friend was driving on a fairly busy road on Lagos Island when he was stopped by a traffic light. He looked right and his eyes caught a nine or ten year old child crying uncontrollably by the side. The sight so moved him that he parked his car and got down to see what was making the child so distraught. It turned out that the figures didn’t add up for the poor child.

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We can never know the depth of their anguish

  /   in My World 1:31 am   /   Comments

BOKO-WOMEN

By MUYIWA ADETIBA First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionist and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out—because I was not

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Softly…. Softly…. Softly

  /   in My World 12:29 am   /   Comments

From left; Chief Martins Kuye, Minister for Commerce; Governor Gbenga Daniel; Ogun state PDP gubernatorial candidate, Maj-General Tunji Olurin(retd); Vice-President Namadi Sambo; President Goodluck Jonathan; Alhaji Haliru Mohammed, Acting PDP National Chairman and Speaker House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole during the PDP presidential campaign rally held yesterday at MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta. Photo:Lamidi Bamidele & Wunmi Akinola.

It is all so predictable and all so sad. Our number four citizen and Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal jumped ship last week Tuesday. I don’t think his defection caught anybody by surprise least of all the powers that be in the PDP. You would have had to be living in Mars to be surprised by his defection. It was always going to be when not if

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A Muslim/Muslim ticket

  /   in My World 12:43 am   /   Comments

Buhari and Atiku

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a Christian, last week slammed the very idea that APC was considering a Muslim/Muslim ticket for its Presidential campaign describing it as insensitive and naïve.

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Lying to the world?

  /   in My World 12:46 am   /   Comments

jonathan-boko1

I stumbled across an advert on NTA last Sunday with the theme:‘They Lied To The World’. It was centred on the campaign for the release of the Chibok girls who were captured some six months ago.

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Shifting the paradigm

  /   in My World 12:48 am   /   Comments

PDP Special National Convention:   President Goodluck Jonathan addressing at 2013 PDP Special National Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

It is no longer news that the PDP leadership has presented itself—and us by implication—with a ‘fait accompli’. It has endorsed unanimously, the candidature of the incumbent President. Now the choice is ours come 2015, to reject or accept the endorsement.

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It’s amazing what you can see on a bad road

  /   in My World 12:11 am   /   Comments

File: Another bad portion on the road

The President commissioned the Benin-Ore Expressway a couple of weeks ago. This must be good news to those who ply that road and who must have suffered untold hardship for several years. I don’t ply the road: not any more.

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That unanimous endorsement

  /   in My World 12:33 am   /   Comments

Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido to endorse the presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

I was gobsmacked when I learnt that the PDP governors together with the party’s NEC had unanimously endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for the second term. Some two short years ago, several Northern governors were grandstanding as they raised several—mainly self-serving reasons—Jonathan should not re-contest.

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My killing days are over – Benjamin Adekunle, Black Scorpion

  /   in My World 12:57 am   /   Comments

General-Benjamin Adekunle

I met the man called the Black Scorpion who died a couple of weeks ago, about four times in the 70s. One of them was when I had this interview with him. I thought of sharing my impressions during those meetings but I believe excerpts of my interview done in August 1977, will better capture the essence of him

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Fighting in the name of Allah

  /   in My World 1:53 am   /   Comments

Sallah

What image comes to your mind when you hear that a Christian Group is coming to town and what would be your reaction? In all probability, it would be the image of a boring group of Scripture Union adherents in long, loose fitting attires, probably made of dull colours.

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Mourinho vs Wenger: as the fever begins

  /   in My World 4:05 am   /   Comments

Mourinho and Wenger

This article is not on the Ebola fever about which much has been written. It is about a different kind of fever; the type that gripped the world (World Cup) about the time Ebola gripped West Africa. This is the season of soccer.

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Tinubu’s legacy

  /   in My World 3:09 am   /   Comments

R-L Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Former Governor of Lagos State/APC Leader and Engr Tele Ikuru, Rivers State Deputy Governor  yesterday at the Rivers State Government House during a visit of the APC Leadership to Rivers State. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

One man who has shot into political prominence—and stayed aloft—is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the man variously and fondly called BAT, Asiwaju, Emeritus, Jagaban or Leader. Some simply but aptly call him Eko because of his almost complete hold on Lagos, the nation’s richest and most influential State.

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The gods must be angry

  /   in My World 12:51 am   /   Comments

Cartoon-ebola

The room was dark; matching his mood. But the grey light that filtered in through the slits between the heavy drapes showed dawn had finally broken.

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Re: This beauty that makes me sad

  /   in My World 12:29 am   /   Comments

Two survivors of a suicide bomb blast sit in the emergency unit of Kano's hospital, northern Nigeria, on May 18, 2014. Five people including the bomber were killed when an explosives-laden car exploded near an open-air beer garden, destroying six cars and shattering windows of several buildings. AFP

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article captioned ‘This beauty that makes me sad’. It was centred around my experience on a cruise where I touched on the beauty of nature and our inability as a country to harness and use nature for the common good. It was an article that led to comments on twits, blogs and emails. A friend and reader described it as ‘your soliloquy on the sea’. It was an apt description; why didn’t I think of it?

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What are we without passion and compassion?

  /   in My World 12:07 am   /   Comments

Hospital

I received a very good news a couple of weeks ago.A childhood friend’s child had just been given a new life; literally.

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Welcome to the club; Abubakar

  /   in My World 1:34 am   /   Comments

Ex IGP, M D Abubakar

My interview with Dr Ukpabi Asika, the late administrator of the then South Eastern State, must be one of my memorable ones if not one of my best. (His interview was one of the few I did in two parts).

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Trouble in the sky

  /   in My World 12:34 am   /   Comments

*Crashed plane

One, two, three crashes in a week! It seems the aviation industry has never had it so bad in recent times. It didn’t help that I was thousands of miles away from home that week. It didn’t help that I had four flights to connect from two airlines a few days later.

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This beauty that makes me sad

  /   in My World 12:52 am   /   Comments

A man checks the wreckage of a car at the scene of a suicide blast at the predominantly Christian Sabon Gari neighbourhood in Kano, northern Nigeria, on May 18, 2014. Five people including the bomber were killed when an explosives-laden car exploded near an open-air beer garden, destroying six cars and shattering windows of several buildings. AFP PHOTO

I had slept with the blinds raised up because I wanted to see the sun rise. But I was more tired than I thought and I over slept. But the sun found me as I hoped it would, and its warmth woke me up. The sun rise was gone, but the view that greeted me was still breathtakingly beautiful.

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The fourth of July

  /   in My World 1:40 am   /   Comments

US goalkeeper Tim Howard (R) reacts after Portugal's forward Silvestre Varela (L) scored during a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014.   AFP PHOTO

Providence brought me within a few miles of the American seat of power in Washington around the Fourth of July, the day all Americans celebrate their independence.

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The power of planned neglect

  /   in My World 12:40 am   /   Comments

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi shoots to score his second goal, during a Group F football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO

We have had many thrilling moments in this World Cup. We have seen extra-ordinary skills from extraordinary talents. As we salute those skills, we must also pause to appreciate the hours of devotion and discipline that have produced those inspiring achievements.

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That toast to victory

  /   in My World 12:07 am   /   Comments

Ayo Fayose casting his vote yesterday...

I am still trying to understand the loss of Dr Olukayode Fayemi in the gubernatorial election of Ekiti State and it is not because ‘I am involved’ by lineage. As a bystander, and as a professional journalist, I am involved and therefore curious.

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Asari-Dokubo at 50

  /   in My World 12:29 am   /   Comments

Asari Dokubo

Everybody is misunderstood at some point by someone, somewhere. I have heard people described as aloof and arrogant simply because they are shy and withdrawn. People who have to deal with myriad of issues under pressure are often seen as hard and unfeeling, only to find in a different setting, that they are actually sensitive and caring. In a world of instant coffee and instant news, instant judgements come a dime a dozen.

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For security reasons

  /   in My World 12:21 am   /   Comments

MAN-OF-THE-YEAR-SECURITY

A couple of weeks ago, we all woke up to find that our favourite newspapers were off the newsstands. This was something we had not seen for a while, and it took many of us by surprise. Many reasons flew around; many of them too preposterous to mention here.

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For whom the bell tolls

  /   in My World 12:48 am   /   Comments

doraakunyili

Themortal body of Monsignor Pedro Ayodele Martins, the first Nigerian chaplain of the Nigerian Army, the oldest Lagosian to be ordained a priest, and the oldest priest in Africa, was finally laid to rest last week in a week long ceremony that involved the entire Arch Diocese. It also had many former residents of 1004 Estate and ex-military officers in attendance. He was aged 103. He was also a priest for over 70 incredible years.

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The gambler

  /   in My World 8:24 pm   /   Comments

His voice was strong, assured and cultured on air; the voice of a veteran. And he is a veteran, having cut his tooth—and his voice— in the old days when FRCN was still NBC, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, fashioned after, and nurtured by the BBC. In the days when voices were trained and diction was important; when there was a strong awareness that whatever was said on air had implications beyond the moment. His wary, ambivalent answers to certain explosive questions on the state of the nation, betrayed this training. It also betrayed his disposition which is usually deliberate, logical and rarely judgemental.

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Talking tough

  /   in My World 12:22 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the on-going national conference

The Nigerian main nationalities represented by their delegates at the on going conference took brinkmanship to a new height last week. The North reportedly set the tone when it published its stance on thorny issues of the conference.

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The visit that wasn’t

  /   in My World 12:34 am   /   Comments

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

You had to be strong not to be moved by some of the pictures Sky News Television beamed to the world last weekend.

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The beginning of the end?

  /   in My World 12:09 am   /   Comments

Women Arise civil society led by Joe Odumakin (C) accompanied by afro-beat musician Femi Anikulapo Kuti demonstrate to press for the release of missing Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 12, 2014. Boko Haram released a new video on Monday claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. AFP

The whole world focused on Nigeria last week. It started with the sudden realisation— as if woken from a deep slumber— that the over two hundred girls abducted had not been traced, let alone rescued, and ended with the World’s Economic Forum where the potentials of Nigeria— and Africa were highlighted.

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The chickens are coming home to roost

  /   in My World 12:23 am   /   Comments

boko-abducted-girls

There are killings in the land, everywhere you turn. There are bombers claiming lives and property and they are not limited to the North East alone. There are kidnappers claiming lives and property and they are not limited to the South East alone.

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Holy week in the holy land

  /   in My World 12:30 am   /   Comments

Pope's farewell

As catch phrases go, this is as good as many. And those who have been attracted—or entrapped—in the past by alluring phrases like ‘Land of the flowing sun’, The paradise of the East’, ‘An exotic blend of Western and Eastern civilisation’ to mention a few, only to find that what was offered and purchased was not what was delivered will hesitate to buy into it. (Nobody to my knowledge has been able to melt the sun to see its liquid form.)

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The many shades of Easter

  /   in My World 12:50 am   /   Comments

From  left: Acting President Goodluck Jonathan; his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan; mother of the Acting President, Mama Jonathan; Minister-designate, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia; his wife, Mrs. Ajumogobia, Special Adviser on Petroleum to the President,  Dr. Emmanuel Egbogha and others at the Easter Sunday Service at the Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja yesterday.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. The churches, synagogues and other places of worship will be full. Many of those in the congregation tomorrow go to church only twice a year— the other day being Christmas. Many will make it a family outing and an opportunity for the kids to show off their new Easter dresses.

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The politics of poverty

  /   in My World 12:59 am   /   Comments

cartoon-poverty

It is likely there might be some ego massaging and chest thumping by those who believe they have ‘grown’ the economy; especially those in the kitchen cabinet who will grasp at any straw that shows the economy is on track.

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