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Economic recession: Solution with us

NUMEROUS narratives and buck passing predating the official pronouncement of the economy entering recession have been so entertaining, warped and quite unrealistic.

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Archbishop Valerian Okeke Music Academy displays talents at annual music festival

ONITSHA—IT was a harvest of talents and display of dexterity at the special thanksgiving music festival organized by the staff and students of Archbishop Valerian Okeke Music Academy, AVOMA, penultimate Sunday at the Bishop Shanahan Hall of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity cum Catholic Archdiocesan Secretariat, Onitsha, Anambra State.

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Selling national assets

IN recent times, the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki and Alhaji Aliko Dankote have called for the sale of National Assets to finance our budget deficit and stimulate economic recovery. This call has also being endorsed by the National Economic Council comprising of the Vice President and the 36 State governors at their recently concluded economic council meeting.

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Recession blues

IT is no longer news that the economy of Nigeria is officially in recession. Did we envisage or prepare for this? I will say yes, given the ‘profligacy’ of the past sixteen or so years and the futile attempts made by Dr. Okonjo Iweala and others in the Goodluck Jonathan government, including the present emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, to remove fuel subsidy and save for the rainy day that we are now experiencing.

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Nigeria’s Olympic blues

NO, blue is not the colour of any Olympic medal. Blues is the mood of Nigeria every four years immediately after each Olympics. Other nations experience euphoria from garnering medals consequent on hard work and the years preceding the event. Such nations also feel challenged to improve on their performance at the next Olympics. The psyche of the successful is upped for higher achievements even in other areas of endeavour.

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Are we truly hungry?

Also,a former Governor of the Central Bank and now Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, threw cold water on some of the assumptions used. His words: “When I was the Governor of the CBN, the economy was growing at 37 per cent. The oil sector was not adding anything to GDP growth. The growth was coming from agriculture, services and trade, which is also very revealing.”

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Sunmi Smart-Cole: Artist behind a camera at 75

Professor Soyinka’s comment can be found at the back of an album which must be a rare collection of artworks presented as photography. It takes one to know one; and Soyinka, an incomparable artist himself, is the sort of person to appreciate genius in an artist operating in another medium. The album is titled SUNMI’s LENS – medium BETWEEN MAN AND NATURE; and I have a copy on account of despair and idleness.

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