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Dele dared to tell the truth

Late Dele Giwa

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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Chierika Ukogu

Paralysis by analysis

The Olympic Games in Rio opened to much-anticipated fanfare and splendour extravaganza. We all gathered round our TV screens to watch the world’s finest athletes march past in all their nation’s glory. Let’s be honest, you always want your country to turn up looking their best and you reserve the largest cheer for them as soon as you spot them taking their rightful place in the stadium.

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Empty stomach breeds beasts

It is often said that if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing. True, but in this age of free speech, people often do not understand that with freedom comes responsibility. So, it is perhaps better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt. We all have access to the mountain of information and we can process and dismiss any information that insults our intelligence.

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Master Olaseinde Olufemi of Shasha Community Senior High School seats as One-Day Governor of Lagos State at the Exco Chambers, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday, July 08, 2016.

The young shall grow

I do not know those who have been 80 years old but I know it’s been something to be 77years. When my daughter,Denrele asked me to put my thoughts on paper to mark my birthday, I do not know where to begin. It has been a very eventful journey- from my primary school in Abeokuta and Ibadan; from my school in Fiditi and the Abeokuta Grammar School to my professional colleges in London.

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Demonstrators shelter under umbrellas at an anti-Brexit protest in Trafalgar Square in central London on June 28, 2016.
EU leaders attempted to rescue the European project and Prime Minister David Cameron sought to calm fears over Britain's vote to leave the bloc as ratings agencies downgraded the country. Britain has been pitched into uncertainty by the June 23 referendum result, with Cameron announcing his resignation, the economy facing a string of shocks and Scotland making a fresh threat to break away. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Better in than out (2)

They say a week, is a long time in politics. Well, in the UK, it seems like a lifetime way barely over a week, the UK held a referendum and over a million votes to leave the European Union. I wrote about this last week: Better in than out. Admittedly, no one was prepared for the seismic impact that followed when the UK decided to part ways with the EU. This has left a nation divided: the young versus the old, the working class and the graduates; South versus the North, British nationals and Immigrants, fanning the fear and muting exhilaration in some. The dust is beginning to settle and the political landscape is unclear as politicians jostle for positions and creating political turmoil and hara-kiri.

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