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Igbo and the wisdom of the west

WHEN  the presidential flag-bearer of  the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku nominated Mr. Peter Obi as his running mate, joy was universal. In the political history of Nigeria, no such nomination was greeted with the type of elation with which Nigerians received it. From North to South and East to West, the citizenry proclaimed Atiku’s choice as the best Nigeria has witnessed preparatory to general elections.

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Beneficial influence of entertainers

PEOPLE that influence actions and inactions of people either positively or otherwise in the society are religious leaders, royal fathers, artists, social critics, rich-wealthy people, spiritual leaders, heads of families, community leaders, political leaders, security agents, youth leaders, and social, academic, professional and cultural institutions and organizations.

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SPDC: Esau’s hand and Jacob’s Voice

THE Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, manifests ambivalence in its dealings with the people of the Niger Delta region where it has explored and exploited crude oil for six decades beginning in 1956 when it struck fortune in Oloibiri. Shell (as SPDC) is generally and sometimes fondly called among the people of the Niger Delta region has become a significant index in the consciousness of the people. Shell registered its presence in many communities where it found oil and turned their fortunes around for good or for ill, but more of the later. Shell lubricated the economy of capitalist Europe, but turned our homelands, from Oloibiri to Olomoro, Ogoni to Ugono, Uzere to Evwreni, and many more into empty shells. However, as part of Shell’s ambivalent manifestation of fortune and misfortune, it also had a salutary effect on the region by way of boosting the local economy, creating new jobs and accelerating urbanisation.

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Recipe for effective prayer – Talk less, believe more – Reno 

I am a minister of God’s Word and when I minister, I discourage people from getting excited when I preach. I am not impressed when people clap for me or say ‘preach preacher’ when I minister. To me, that is an indication that I am telling people what they like. Jesus was not like that. He offended people with the truth and He made them ponder deeply after they heard Him.

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