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Niger Delta; Ibori’s feisty fight of Year 2000, by Tony Eluemunor

Niger Delta; Ibori’s feisty fight of Year 2000, by Tony Eluemunor

It happened exactly 24 years ago.  On 31 March 2000, the then Delta state Governor, His Excellency Chief James OnanefeIbori, unfurled his true colours. The Fourth Republic was all of 10 months old and here and there, its main actors were still settling down, learning the ropes. But Ibori was of a different stuff; he had convoked […]

Thirty years after, recreating the Rwanda Genocide in Gaza, by Owei Lakemfa

Thirty years after, recreating the Rwanda Genocide in Gaza, by Owei Lakemfa

VICTIMS who narrate stories of genocide, do so because they survived. Millions perish, whose voices we may never hear again. There are even victims who did not have the chance of being born. Their lives were simply terminated as they grew in the womb. Humanity witnessed this nightmare, 30 years ago in Rwanda. Genocide, as defined […]

Faye and France: The tyre meets the road, by Azu Ishiekwene

Faye and France: The tyre meets the road, by Azu Ishiekwene

THE words of President Bassirou Diomaye Faye were honey to taste. Following the bitter ending of the 12-year rule of Macky Sall, highlighted by the widespread belief that France is at the heart of Senegal’s misery, a forlorn country enthusiastically lapped up Faye’s promise of a future untainted by French shenanigans. At a stage, it was […]

Copy as well as praise! By Donu Kogbara

Copy as well as praise! By Donu Kogbara

When Herbert Wigwe, the former CEO of Access Bank, died in February in a plane crash, several VIPs lavished tributes on him as they indulged in public outpourings of grief. Herbert was indeed a colossus who deserved to be eulogised. His outstanding professional achievement aside, he launched so many laudable philanthropic initiatives and helped so many people. […]

Nigeria, a country in love with public holidays, by Ikechukwu Amaechi

Nigeria, a country in love with public holidays, by Ikechukwu Amaechi

AS you read this, Nigerians are still at home ‘savouring’ the Federal Government’s ‘magnanimity’ in awarding them extra public holiday for the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations that mark the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset Ramadan fasting by the Muslim ummah. As it is always the tradition, the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Sunday, April 7, declared Tuesday […]

Memorisation and delivery techniques for a powerful speech, by Ruth Oji

Memorisation and delivery techniques for a powerful speech, by Ruth Oji

Memorisation is one of the most effective ways of delivering a confident and impactful speech. It allows you to keep eye contact, maintain your composure, move freely during presentations, and maximise gestures. A well-memorised speech enables speakers to maintain a strong presence, engage the audience, and exude confidence. This article will discuss how you can master […]

The changing world: The place of Artificial Intelligence(2), by Afe Babalola  

The changing world: The place of Artificial Intelligence(2), by Afe Babalola  

Artificial Intelligence, AI: Basics and Application in Clinical Medicine  LAST week, I defined Artificial intelligence, AI, as a development of computer systems capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. These systems are designed to simulate human cognitive functions such as learning, problem-solving, perception, and decision-making. Artificial intelligence algorithms enable machines to analyze vast amounts […]

Senegal as paragon of political maturity and beacon of democracy in Africa (2), by Usman Sarki 

Senegal as paragon of political maturity and beacon of democracy in Africa (2), by Usman Sarki 

“Dalon yaye, cham ma muraduwo”! (If it’s milk, it does not matter whether it’s from an ox) – Kanuri proverb THE desired objective of democratic elections is to create legitimacy, order and stability in government. This paramount objective should be predicated on the approved wisdom and recognised capacity of the personalities and institutions charged with […]

Bobrisky, cowardice and law enforcement, by Ochereome Nnanna

Bobrisky, cowardice and law enforcement, by Ochereome Nnanna

I WATCHED with great bemusement the comedic arrest and arraignment of Idris Okuneye (Bobrisky) staged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Guess what he was charged with? Abuse of the Naira and money laundering. Right before our watchful eyes, EFCC acceded to drop the more serious money laundering charge, leaving Nigeria’s number one […]

Who else but Prof Benjamin Nwabueze (4) 

Who else but Prof Benjamin Nwabueze (4) 

From last week, this is the concluding part of the preamble on the Report of the sub-committee of the Constitution Drafting Committee which was co-authored  by Prof Ben Nwabueze in 1975  Perhaps the Constitution is in part to blame for this. The Constitution in Commonwealth Africa speaks only in terms of power and of rights, but […]

Electricity tariffs: The limits of shock, by Dakuku Peterside

Electricity tariffs: The limits of shock, by Dakuku Peterside

IN Nigeria, many policies that are supposed to catalyse economic growth end up making things worse and complicate matters for the citizens for whom these policies are designed to enhance their quality of life. Recently, two significant policies typify this: The Petroleum Subsidy Removal Policy and the floating of the Naira. Both policies are good and […]