Wednesday April 16th, 2014
Wednesday April 16th, 2014
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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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The ‘Shrinking ‘club

  /   in My World 12:05 am   /   Comments

Ikoyi-Club1

Around noon on Thursday, March 6, the main building of Nigeria’s premier club, the Ikoyi Club 1938, was without electricity. It was the first time I would notice that in the almost four decades that I have been a member of this elite club.

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Careless interviews can reveal more than they hide

  /   in My World 1:06 am   /   Comments

CBN Governor,Lamido Sanusi

The dust is yet to settle on the suspension of the CBN Governor Mallam Lamido Sanusi. Until it does, one will never know just how wise the Presidency was in the unprecedented suspension of a CBN Governor three months before his tenure was due.

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A legacy worth bequeathing

  /   in My World 12:13 am   /   Comments

*Gas flare

The first time I visited the hinterland of any Niger-Delta region was for a funeral. It was over 30 years ago, but that visit has been etched in my memory since then. Dusk, and a light shower, were darkening the skies as we got to Warri.

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That we may remain one in 2015

  /   in My World 12:26 am   /   Comments

People look at the wreckage of a car, yesterday, after two explosions killed over 35 people in a crowded neighbourhood in Maiduguri, Borno State, weekend. Photo: AFP.

The foreign heads of government and dignitaries who came for the country’s centenary celebrations had hardly settled down in their posh hotel rooms and comfortable quest houses when the news that the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists had struck again filtered in.

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Remembering James Olubunmi Aboderin

  /   in My World 12:48 am   /   Comments

Punch Newspapers will roll out the drums tonight to mark 30 years of the passing away of its founding Chairman, Chief James Olubunmi Aboderin— known to many as Olu Aboderin and to some of us as Chairman. This is how it should be for without his vision and courage, there would not have been Punch; a paper that has influenced lives and the nation in immeasurable ways. Punch has become a worthwhile legacy.

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The Gideon illustration

  /   in My World 12:04 am   /   Comments

jonathan office

I had an interesting two-hour meeting with an elder statesman recently; a man who has been in the corridors of power and influence in Nigeria for almost half a century, who knows— and is known—by past and present rulers, who is respected by political and business brokers in the country.

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Everything is negotiable!

  /   in My World 12:19 am   /   Comments

1000 naira notes

I once had a property I wanted to put up for sale. One of the big Pentecostal churches showed interest and sent its representatives. They looked around, and after satisfying themselves, scheduled a meeting with me.

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Mr president, Rivers State could be your banana peel

  /   in My World 12:10 am   /   Comments

Rotimi Amaechi and Goodluck Jonathan

I get uncomfortable, peeved even, when I hear the sweeping statement that the Presidency has achieved nothing in what? Six years? It is a statement that is shallow at best and, stretched further, uncharitable. Even Lucky Igbinedion, as incompetent as he was, achieved ‘something’ in Edo State.

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Much ado about the Gay-marriage bill

  /   in My World 12:30 am   /   Comments

Gay-couple

I confess to looking away in embarrassment and disgust the first time I saw adult men kiss and fondle on TV. It was in a UK based soap opera. Today, years after my first encounter, I still feel uncomfortable— squeamish even— when I see two grown men tongue kiss. I suppose these things need getting used to because I don’t feel that squeamish about lesbians kissing and fondling on TV since I had seen the female version of same sex relationship at least a decade before the male version.

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Old friends are difficult to grow

  /   in My World 12:44 am   /   Comments

Assassinated_ogunro

The remains of Sesan Ogunro, my friend and brother, was laid to rest last Friday. He would have been 62 on May 1. It is ironic that a man who took such a good care of his body— he neither drank nor smoked, took living bitters periodically to detox, exercised almost everyday, and took his medical check ups seriously— never lived to celebrate his 62nd birthday. That is a reflection of the short and brutish life in Nigeria.

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President Jonathan’s eleventh plane

  /   in My World 12:36 am   /   Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan

The Nation newspaper published some pretty frightening stuff on the state of the nation last week. Quoting BGL, a Lagos based firm of consultants, the paper stated that only about 5% of the country’s population consumes over 40% of the country’s resources while the rest of us – a whopping 95%- contend with merely 60% of the resources. And this is on salaries and emoluments alone.

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A new reason for the season

  /   in My World 12:15 am   /   Comments

Christmas shopping at  Oshodi yesterday in Lagos,

To all intents and purposes, the festive season is over. Another year with its expected twists and turns, starts in earnest on Monday. It is time maybe to reflect on what the festive season has meant to us over the years.

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The remarkable collections of Chuka Momah

  /   in My World 12:00 am   /   Comments

A sporting accident prevented me from a sporting event I would have given anything to attend last week.

This happened on a Monday evening. I had gone for my usual game of squash — please don’t say again—when it happened. We were on the last game, and despite my vow to take things easy on the court, my competitive spirit took over. I went for a ball I should not have gone for and crowded my opponent in the process. He also wanted the point (badly?) and tried to hit the ball when he should have held back.

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It’s the system, stupid

  /   in My World 12:49 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan and Chief Obasanjo

General Olusegun Obasanjo took one of his protégées, Dr Goodluck Jonathan to the cleaners in an 18- page missive last week.

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How not to run a business

  /   in My World 12:04 am   /   Comments

the ill-fated plane: The Embraer 120RT Brasilia, registration number 5N-BJY, before it crashed yesterday.

Curiosity they say kills the cat. Yet curiosity is a major attribute to good journalism. I often hide my curiosity, or need to know as I quaintly put it, under this guise. So when Cornelius Tay, an old friend, invited me to the funeral of his mother in Ghana, I felt it was an opportunity to know how the other side handles funerals.

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Who or what will wake us up?

  /   in My World 12:10 am   /   Comments

•LSPWC officials at work

I often wonder how lucky Igbinedion feels anytime he goes around Benin City and sees the difference a fellow human being has made in five years; something he didn’t— or couldn’t—do in eight.

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We are an incredibly optimistic lot

  /   in My World 12:31 am   /   Comments

Cultural Dancers at the Ilum O Tarok Annual Cultural Festival In Langtang Plateau State on Sunday (6/5/12).NAN Photos

Armed robbers visit your house, spending over three harrowing and traumatic hours with you and your family. Young men who are not older than your first child, or who, given their scruffiness, could easily be your mechanic or house boy slap you around and kick your butt if you are tardy in obeying their rapid fire instructions.

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The beautiful ones have done it again

  /   in My World 1:44 am   /   Comments

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES- Kelechi Iheanacho #10 of Nigeria scores his team's second goal against goalkeeper Raul Gudino of Mexico during the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 Final between Nigeria and Mexico at Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium on November 8, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (FIFA)

Jones Usen, a popular broadcaster with the FRCN at a time, and self styled ‘man with the golden voice’ called the golden eaglets the beautiful ones after their exploits of 1985 in far away Asia. Those young boys dazzled and glittered in China and made our heads swell with pride as they delighted the world with skilful and purposeful football. In celebrating our moments of euphoria, Jones had declared ‘the beautiful ones have now been born’.

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The ones that got away

  /   in My World 12:16 am   /   Comments

Nelson Mandela

A joke went viral in the early days of the GSM which read: ‘What is it that starts at the neck, slides through the breasts, caresses the belly button, and moves across the thighs? It’s not what you think. It is a seat belt!’

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Praying for political rulers

  /   in My World 12:54 am   /   Comments

praying

I missed the many ‘interesting photographs and comments’ on our President’s trip to Israel. The reason is simple. I am a dinosaur when it comes to the latest developments in IT and the social media.

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Royalty on my mind

  /   in My World 12:37 am   /   Comments

*Oba Michael Adedotun Gbadebo

The Moderates Club honoured one of its own last week when it hosted Oba Michael Adedotun Gbadebo to a 70th birthday lunch.

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Time to let go,Chief Oyebola

  /   in My World 12:00 am   /   Comments

By Mayowa Adetiba A couple of weeks ago, Chief Areoye Oyebola, a former Editor of Daily Times, gave yet again, his account of the event that led to what some veteran journalists described as the day of the long knives in Daily Times. The knives that came out that day made many people to become

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A dagerous game

  /   in My World 12:13 am   /   Comments

SALLAH: Rams at Zango Market, Tudun Wada, Kaduna, yesterday. NAN PHOTO.

Last Tuesday’s Sallah would have been celebrated by all — Christians, Muslims and Ifa worshipers—in the Yoruba kingdom. That is how it had always been done. And that is how, if our politicians don’t mess things up, it should always be done.

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Lessons abound …. for those willing to learn

  /   in My World 1:22 am   /   Comments

Late Olatunji Okusanya

‘I have been to morgues. There is no siren there. There is no posing in the morgue. There are no celebrities there. You put people under six feet and you realise that cars and houses do not fit in. I have come to understand that when people die, nobody has jumped into the vault to say bury me along.

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Five days in another country

  /   in My World 12:19 am   /   Comments

Gorgeous South African fans

Finally, the final piece in a jig-saw has fallen into place. Several years ago, over 30 to be exact, I had done an extensive tour of some Southern African countries that included Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and Rhodesia.

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As our Inspector General finds love again

  /   in My World 12:14 am   /   Comments

Police IG, MD Abubakar

Any notion that the position of the Inspector General of Police is not a very powerful one, must be quickly laid to rest by the turn out, a fortnight ago, at Mohammed Abubakar’s wedding to his heartthrob, Safiya.

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Blossom where planted

  /   in My World 12:07 am   /   Comments

FISH-WOMAN

My week started with an S.O.S text message from a mother of four who had been abandoned by her husband, and to her, the whole world. Her travails started about four years ago when she lost her job and her husband’s business gradually collapsed.

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And then there was one

  /   in My World 12:04 am   /   Comments

Rafael Nadal

I want to apologise for my column this week to those who missed the classic US open last Monday night out of choice; especially those who don’tknow the difference between a serve and a volley.

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The great implosion

  /   in My World 12:14 am   /   Comments

PDP

So why were we not surprised that the PDP imploded at its own convention last week? Why was the news not greeted with dismay by the generality of the people? Is it because we are yet to fully grasp the meaning of a ruling party that has imploded and the effect it could have on governance? No.

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Big brother is taking notes

  /   in My World 12:03 am   /   Comments

Motoring-benz1

A couple of years ago, bank PHB, a Nigerian bank, ran some exciting futuristic adverts. One of them was on cars that could drive themselves while holding the owners in decent conversations. It seemed far fetched but the reality is that most of these futuristic science fictions seem to catch up with us sooner than we expect. If the mind can conceive it, then science seems to be able to achieve it. I will not be at all surprised, given what cars are up to these days, if Bank PHB’s dream soon becomes a reality.

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Breaking a few eggs to make Omelette

  /   in My World 12:24 am   /   Comments

freedom-park

It was a languid Sunday; one of those days that seemed to stretch and I was at a loose end. So I decided to spend some quality time with a mentor. Only he had a prior appointment and wouldn’t be home. He then asked me if I could join him and his ‘date’ at Freedom Park for 6pm.

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