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The Journey Is Indeed Too Short, by Muyiwa Adetiba

The Journey Is Indeed Too Short, by Muyiwa Adetiba

The phone rang insistently. I ignored it as I normally do when I am in the bathroom. I have learnt from other people’s experiences that it is better to get a missed call than to get an accident. Then a thought occurred to me that whoever was calling at 8am either didn’t know my routine or it […]

We suffer because we are not our nation’s keeper, by Muyiwa Adetiba

We suffer because we are not our nation’s keeper, by Muyiwa Adetiba

An In-Law and Big Brother had to go from Abuja to Otukpo in Benue State for an event that could neither be shifted nor avoided. Ordinarily, the trip is a breeze. I had taken that trip with him a few times in the past and I usually looked forward to it as it afforded me […]

Gods of Men as Men Of God, by Muyiwa Adetiba

Gods of Men as Men Of God, by Muyiwa Adetiba

I have neither the means nor the inclination to verify the contents in the said three-part BBC documentary on Pastor T.B Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations. But the allegations of rape, wanton sex, manipulation, intimidation bothering on blackmail against the late Pastor which had been carried in snippets across various social media platforms, are […]

Wike’s Sumptuous New Year Lunch, by Muyiwa Adetiba

Wike’s Sumptuous New Year Lunch, by Muyiwa Adetiba

Minister Wike invited me to the sumptuous New Year lunch he had at his home in Port Harcourt in the first week of the year. It was an invitation I honoured – not physically since it was not a physical invitation – with an hour of my time. Many like me were invited when he […]

OAU example of a pervasive National Malaise, By Muyiwa Adetiba

OAU example of a pervasive National Malaise, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Even when tribes and tongues differ, and religions differ, there is at least one thing that unites Nigerians; one thing that is as common to us as the air we breathe. It is the practice of self-interest above national or even group interest and it manifests itself in almost all of us irrespective of status […]

Nature Vs Nurture: Can Destiny Be Altered? By Muyiwa Adetiba

Nature Vs Nurture: Can Destiny Be Altered? By Muyiwa Adetiba

Massey Children’s Hospital in the heart of Lagos Island used to be called a baby factory due to the sheer number of infants delivered in a day there. So prolific was the hospital in delivering babiesalmost by the hour, that it was suspected – and rumored- that babies sometimes got mixed up in the past. […]

Merchants of death, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Merchants of death, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Many years ago, Femi Ogunsanwo, journalist, scholar and close friend, wrote a defining and revealing book on the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. When I started seeing the book on the streets among vendors and book hawkers, I knew that book pirates, those maggots who do not know or care about intellectual properties, had taken over. I […]

What are you doing for Christmas? By Muyiwa Adetiba

What are you doing for Christmas? By Muyiwa Adetiba

Bethlehem is not in any celebratory mood at the moment. Words have long been put out that this sleepy city which normally comes alive physically and spiritually around this periodof the year, will wear a somber mood this Christmas. The reason is obvious and understandable. The land of birth of Jesus whom the world celebrates every 25th […]

Of demolitions and collateral damages, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Of demolitions and collateral damages, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Far away in Pettswood, Kent in South-east London, lives a childhood friend whom I love to visit. On the way to his house from the train station, lies a piece of land which has been fallow for as long as I have been visiting. It is near a T-junction which makes it visible and attractive. One day, […]

Road to repairing the nation by a concerned nationalist, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Road to repairing the nation by a concerned nationalist, By Muyiwa Adetiba

It would be presumptuous to think all those who read my articlelast week are also going to read this article. That is not what my training and experience tell me. Back in the days as a young journalist, we were told that a significant percentage of readers would read you only once in their life time. […]

Can Nigeria be repaired? By Muyiwa Adetiba

Can Nigeria be repaired? By Muyiwa Adetiba

I was leaving the venue of a function when I spotted him and made a beeline for his table to pay my respects. He is one of the few politicians, retired or active, still worthy of my respect-everyday now unmasks our politicians including those who have supposedly retired from active politics. A smile lit up his face […]

Remembering The Dead, And Those Targeted To Die, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Remembering The Dead, And Those Targeted To Die, By Muyiwa Adetiba

November is the month for the dead. November 2 every year, is All Souls’ Day. It is a day to pray for our departed loved ones whose deeds on earth were not deemed good enough to take them to heaven nor bad enough to take them straight to hell. These are called ‘souls in purgatory’; […]

Power show, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Power show, By Muyiwa Adetiba

For reasons I can’t explain, the song ‘Power Show’ by Fela was what came to my head as I watched the President of the Trade Union Congress on TV threatening to shut down the economy because his compatriot in the Nigeria Labour Congress was beaten and humiliated in Imo State. When asked whether shutting down […]

How old are you? By Muyiwa Adetiba

How old are you? By Muyiwa Adetiba

I recently attended the wake-keep of a schoolmate who was a year ahead of me. Three of his brothers also attended the same school so there were many ‘Old Boys’ at the event. As to be expected, there were people in the hall I hadn’t seen in five decades or even more. Some faces I […]