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Should Nigeria go to the next Olympics?

THE Minister in charge of Nigerian sports, Bolaji Abdulahi, was referred to by Lagos State governor Babatunde Raji Fashola as “the only Sports Minister” he had ever known “who actually understands sports.” Don’t blame Nigerians therefore, for believing him when he exhibited so much optimism about the chances of team Nigeria beating its last performances in the one-in-four-years event in London this year.

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First female Chief Justice of Nigeria hits the ground running

Being ahead of the glass ceiling is not unfamiliar territory for new Nigerian Chief Justice. Mariam Aloma Mukhtar before her swearing in as the head of the Nigerian judiciary, had been the first woman from Northern Nigeria to become a lawyer. As she grew in her career, Mukhtar, became the first woman to be appointed a justice of the Court of Appeal and, later, the first female justice of the Court of Appeal to make it to the Supreme Court.

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Falcons will win Nigeria’s first World Cup – Ogechi Adiukwu

Where passion is concerned, no male sports journalist and enthusiast brings more to the table than Ogechi Adiukwu,a television sports producer who has reported sports for more than a decade and who has come to stay. President of African Women Sports Reporters Unit (AWSRU), she has also served in the famed Pepsi Academy, presided over by the no-nonsense coach, Kashimawo Laloko.

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Marie Stopes raises $4.6bn for family planning

Former Nigerian health minister, Professor Babatunde Osotimeyin was one of the speakers at the Family Planning summit held last week in London by Marie Stopes International, a London-based organisation which opened its regional office in Abuja, Nigeria, two years ago. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Executive Director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, takes to the stage. He begins by commending Rwanda for having the parliament with the highest proportion of women in the world.

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Not Yet Uhuru with Widows’ Rights – Eleanor Nwadinobi

Mrs. K has just lost her husband. She is distraught. Her three children aged 5, 7 and 9 years gathered around her, wondering what was going on. Friends and neighbours were coming to console her. A few hours later, a man and a woman walked in and suddenly, the woman walked straight to a wailing Mrs. K, raised her voice and said: “Wicked woman, you have killed my brother so that you will inherit his property.

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We will make the nation proud – Vivian Chukwuemeka

If someone had dropped a bomb on the venue of the powerful send of ceremony last week by which the Nigerian contingent to the London 2012 Summer Olympic games was handed over to the president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (represented by the Minister of Youths and Sports Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi), Nigerian sports might have suffered a severe setback.

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SEC and Law

Aruma Oteh’s encounter with lawmaking has left us with no clues Many Nigerians, with their love of drama and- in popular parlance- swagger, were very pleased with the way erstwhile Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) boss Aruma Oteh handled the probe of her office by committees of the national assembly. She was irreverent, she was sassy and she was determined to give the male dominated council as good as she got.

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