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The choices of Africa

IT had been a hard choice; Africa electing a new chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) to run the continental body. The option had been forced on her after the chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former liberation fighter from South Africa resisted pressures to stand for a second term; opting to contest the Presidential elections in her country.

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Swimming with the Nigerian Maritime University

NEVER have I come across an institution that has fought so hard to be born, like the Nigerian Maritime University, NMU, Okerenkoko. It was conceived by the Jonathan administration along with eight other universities. But while others like the Federal Universities in Oye Ekiti, Dutse, Otuoke, Lokoja, Wukari, Dutsin-Ma, Kasere and Ndufu-Alike were born, learnt how to crawl, stand and run, the NMU’s delivery has been delayed.

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The politics of power transition

POWER is transient. Despite this ancient and eternal truth, transition of power from an incumbent to a successor can be quite complex. Very few can be as seamless as that in Mauritius on Monday January 23. Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, 86, told his fellow citizens that his age can no longer bear the weight of his office. He called his 55-year old son, Pravind Jugnauth, who is also the Finance Minister and handed over to him. This is a father-to-son deal which is usual in a monarchy, not a ‘democracy’

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More arms, less security

THE good news is that Nigeria has decided to scale up security at its airports; the not so welcome news is that this translates to Aviation security personnel carrying guns. I would have preferred scaling up security to mean greater use of intelligence services, more sophisticated security machines and more vigilance. As it is, we are already saturated with arms which have not translated into better security; rather, it seems the more arms we introduce, the less security in the country.

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Soul brother, Obama

THOSE who signed the July 4, 1776 American Declaration of Independence gave humanity one of the most imperishable declarations: “ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Rolling into 2017 Nigeria ‘stylee’

I HAVE spent years studying governance in Nigeria and reached the conclusion that even if I spend the next century, I will remain unschooled. I have many teachers, but my favourite is 54-year old Rochas Anayo Okorocha the charismatic Governor of Imo State. He started out early in life as a trader and the survivalist instinct has seen him navigate through many waters.

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Pilgrimage to Algeria: The Mecca of African liberation

Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma, 67, is the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and a leader of the ruling African National Congress, ANC. She was Minister of Health under President Nelson Mandela, and then Minister of Home Affairs. She married incumbent South African President Jacob Zuma. She is one of the best known South Africans, and many speculate she wants to take a shot at the country’s Presidency. Yet, she carries with pride, an Algerian passport!

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Ghana: An African dream deferred

I LIVED in Ghana continuously for about three years from January 6, 2013 and thought President John Mahama could easily be defeated by a determined opponent. This was what happened on December 7, elections when his challenger from the New Patriotic Front (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addoh beat him securing 5,716, 026 or 53.85 percent of the votes, and Mahama recording 4.713,277 or 44.40 percent.

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The African vigil for Fidel Castro

IT was a straight eight-hour African wake in Lagos, the continent’s most populous city with a bulging seventeen million population. It was for Fidel Castro on the eve of his funeral. We knew his spirit was at the National stadium venue. It is not the Western concept of spirit which is exorcised. In Africa, the spirit of our loved ones stay with us and we honour them with dances, chants, praises, songs and tributes before they depart to the Pantheon of our ancestors from where they watch over us.

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