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The new IGR rage

The taxman must, if he would survive, pay people to come up with more and more ways his people can be taxed without them feeling as though they are overtaxed; or he dies. Lagos has done this and continues to do so most admirably, putting more emphasis on identifying the better-to-do and taxing them accordingly.

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Us redefining us

THERE is one characteristic trait that endears a Nigerian to his host wherever he goes. It is not entirely clear whether the particularly advanced propensity of the Nigerian to adapt is the result of his being fundamentally African or just a survival tool he has adapted; a fallout of colonialism and its neo-colonial cousins.

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EFCC: Will or wherewithal?

IT was Jon Huntsman, American billionaire businessman and entrepreneur who in his humbler days worked as special assistant to the president during the first term of the Nixon administration that wrote in his bestselling book, Winners Never Cheat: “There are no moral shortcuts in the game of life.

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To be a Nigerian millionaire

ONE of the most inspirational stories Hollywood has ever told is RAY, the biographical work telling of the life of legendary blind African American musician Ray Charles. It focuses on his rise from deep South racial dirt poverty as well as monumental personal and emotional loss to becoming the genius pacesetter we knew.

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Gadaffi and a new Africa

IT was Ryszard Kapuscinski, the late Polish journalist who lived in and wrote so extensively about Africa, who insisted: “The continent is too large to describe… Only with the greatest simplification, for the sake of convenience, can we say ‘Africa’. In reality, except as a geographical appellation, Africa does not exist”.

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Let Nigeria mourn Gani!

This, and the pursuit of charity, is what Gani Fawehinmi lived and died for. That Gani Fawehinmi was poisoned along with others in the jailyards of our military administrators past will continue to be a rumour, just as the murder of Umaru Yar’Adua will continue to be a rumour until all who hatched and executed it are brought to book.

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HIV/AIDS: Stuck in stigma

The poverty factor, which is supposed to have pushed women into commercial sex whether formally or informally, is responsible for the ever increasing share of women in the virus prevalence share (from 58% in 2005 to 61.5% today of women). And while the number of women using female condoms has increased significantly, it has not improved the figures any.

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