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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.

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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Re: ‘I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me’

Two years ago, I wrote about the bleaching epidemic in Nigeria and especially the alarming new trend of whitening, titled:Brown is the new white. It is shocking that the World Health Organisation report, revealed that Nigerians top the table with 77% users of bleaching products in the world. Togo came second in the league at 59%, Senegal, 27%, South Africa 35% and Mali 25%.

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Let’s say no! No to domestic violence

In my column on December 20, 2015, I wrote; Men do suffer from emotional abuse. It seems they are more men who experience emotional and physical abuse than they dare admit. It generated a lot of debate and I do hope this one on domestic violence would do likewise. The subject of domestic violence is an uncomfortable one, it is uncomfortable to discuss and, not just because of the nature of the violence but there is a wall of silence when it comes to getting people to talk freely about domestic violence. I told my sister, Sola that I was going to write about domestic violence she was worried on how it would be received.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks with British Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R) during a reception in Buckingham Palace in London on May 10, 2016 where  called Nigeria and Afghanistan "possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world" as he hailed their leaders' attendance at an anti-corruption summit in London.

‘It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to’

If you are ever in doubt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s steely determination, the world sat up and took notice of PMB and he gained millions of admirers around the world, including the British Prime minister, David Cameron who caused a major diplomatic faux pas at an event in which the British monarch was present. David Cameron had earlier being overheard that: “We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain… Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”

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