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It’s not what you are called but what you answer to


Professor Soyinka, world renowned playwright and Nobel laureate, has had it with disrespectful Nigerians especially Internet trolls who hide behind their screen and spout out hatred and abuse.

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Edo women

Being violent is a sign of weakness!

No child should be left behind” is often a charge decried by many progressives. Mostly, it is often merely words unless it is backed with actions. The United Nations has issued a desperate warning that 75,000 children in Northern Nigeria are at risk dying in “a few months” due to hunger as a direct result of the Boko Haram insurgency. Millions have left their land, livelihood and lost their businesses as insurgents have left tens of thousands dead in its wake.

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From left, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Emmanuel  Kachiukwu; Defence Minister, Alhqji Dan Ali; Attotnery General of the Federation. Abubakar Malami; Minister for Interior, Abdulrajman Danbazzau; Budget and  National Planning Minister, Senator Udo Udoma; Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister for Niger Delta Development, Pastor Usain Uguru; National Security Adviser, Gen. Babagana Mongunu  and the Chief of Staff to the President. Alhaji Abba Kyari during the meeting between the Presidency and Pan Niger Delta Stakeholders on lasting peace in the region at the Aso Chambers,  State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi ADESHIDA

It is time to address the health of our male citizens

Over the years, I have come to accept that we, as a people do not like to discuss health issues and we will do almost anything to avoid talking about our health even if it kills us. So let be honest, we are not very good at prioritising our health and as long as the outside looks good, then we are good to go. As long as no one knows and we keep going on and on, ignoring our body and all the signals telling us to stop and care for our health.

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Late Dele Giwa

Dele dared to tell the truth

19th October, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Dele Giwa, the Editor-In-Chief and founding member of Newswatch, the eponymous newsmagazine. Thirty years on, the person or persons unknown that carried out this dastardly and cowardly crime remain at large. The truth, no matter how long will eventually out. One day, it will happen but it will not matter. We know what happened: a good man died that day. A man on top of his profession ladder was cruelly killed because he dared to tell the truth.

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Bama IDP Camp: Children at Bama IDP Camp in Maiduguri  during Minister’s Tour of Bama . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Two sides of the same coin

They say that; “women hold up half the sky,” I wish it were true. No matter how much people say that men and women are equal, that female plays an important role in society. The truth is that it has never been a partnership of equals when it comes to gender. This is despite the fact that many studies have shown that when the lot of the women folks improves, the whole society benefits.

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KIT SCANDAL...Team Nigeria appeared in the worst outfit among participating countries at the Opening Ceremony of the ongoing Olympics. They appeared in their track suits instead of the outfit showcased before President Muhammadu Buhari at the handing over ceremony at the Presidential Villa prior to their departure.

If you fail to plan, prepare to fail

I am not in the business of “I told you so “but I told you so. Two weeks ago, in my column titled:” Paralysis by analysis, I wrote about the litany of disasters leading to the Olympics in Rio; how athletes were turning to social media to fund their training and flights, how ill-prepared the Nigerian athletes were, how unsupported and ill-equipped they were, how tightly controlled the allowance for the athletes that were as they were allocated $75 daily and told they would get the other half on their return home!

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