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Black Lives Matter

A terrible and aggravating scene once again played out this past week in Tulsa, Oklahoma where another black man, Terrence Crutcher, was shot and killed by a white police officer, Betty Shelby. The unfolding events leading to the killing of Terence Crutcher captured live by webcam and police helicopter videos showed an unarmed black man with his hands raised walking away with slow unsure steps from the police woman who had pulled and pointed her gun at him.

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Governorship elections: Edo must not burn

With only three days to go, it can be said with some level of confidence that at last, the Edo governorship election is here as all roads lead to the voting centres on Wednesday September 28, 2016. Perhaps our people still need to pray for security agencies to give clearance for the event to hold. Of course no one should be in a hurry to forget that the previous date was shelved because of what was said to be weighty security challenges.

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The making of an Asian tiger: Malaysia

A five -day visit, September 6-10, 1998, enabled me to obtain some first-hand information and a few insights into the making of an Asian “Tiger”. Although the visit came only a few weeks after the Government formally acknowledged that the country’s economy was in recession, I saw evidence of the economic transformation that the country had achieved during the two decades from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s.

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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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The futility and irrationality of revenge (6)

Why did Major Danjuma and his murderous band of soldiers humiliate, physically assault and kill Ironsi based on the unsubstantiated allegation that he was either complicit in theJanuary 15 coup or was unwilling to deal with Nzeogwu and his group because an overwhelming percentage of the prominent coup plotters were Igbo? What exactly was the role of Lieutenant-Colonel Gowon, Ironsi’s chief of army staff, in the revanchist coup?

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