Tonye Princewill

Every soul is on trial

Every soul is on trial

It’s not often that I extol the virtues of other people’s heroes. I think we do too much of that in contemporary Nigerian discourse already.
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Fuel subsidy: The Red herring effect (1)

Fuel subsidy: The Red herring effect (1)

‘RED HERRING” is a variety of smoked fish (“kipper”) that is eaten for breakfast or as a snack, in Britain and parts of the United States. But in public discourse, the term carries negative connotations. It refers to a diversionary argument or issue that distracts attention from matters of much greater substance.

Divine kings, divided courts (2)

Divine kings, divided courts (2)

DURING courtroom sessions, the magistrate is addressed as “Your Honour” or “the Bench”—not by his or her name. Other court functionaries are the “counsel for the defendant,” “the plaintiff,” “the prosecutor,” etc., instead of “Chuks,” “Boma” or “Musa”.

Divine kings, divided courts (1)

Divine kings, divided courts (1)

IN days of old, before the interlopers descended on Africa and imposed their own version of discipline and decorum, there were kings who claimed divine origin. Because of this, their subjects were not supposed to see them eating. Anyone who did, was promptly dispatched to his ancestors.

Okonjo-Iweala- The romance and the reality (2)

Okonjo-Iweala- The romance and the reality (2)

What I am really driving at is this: Okonjo-Iweala’s success or failure will depend much more on how much she has learned from her previous experiences in Nigeria, and how well she understands present realities, than her academic credentials or anything she may have achieved at the World Bank.

Okonjo-Iweala – The romance and the  reality (1)

Okonjo-Iweala – The romance and the reality (1)

Love,” in the words of Shalamar, one of my favourite groups growing up, “is better the second time around”. I’m sure you’ve heard this adage before—just as you are, no doubt, aware that some renewed relationships still end up on the rocks.

Rivers State – Resurgent!!!

Rivers State – Resurgent!!!

Biologists tell us that playis serious business—a dress rehearsal for the real challenges an animal is likely to face later in its life. If they are correct, then a sports festival is something more than fun and games.