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Arotile, Saleh: Two Deaths, Many Life Lessons, By Azu Ishiekwene

Nothing that anyone does now will bring back Arotile or Saleh. But how their deaths have been handled in both jurisdictions is the difference between lingering grief and closure, between accident and prevention. The news last week of the deaths of two young people, Tolulope Arotile and Fahim Saleh (Gokada…
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Using COVID-19 Donations To Give Charity A Bad Name, By Azu Ishiekwene

The current packages – all of them almost exclusively bearing the names of ruling governments – are a recipe for scandal. The packages, as currently structured by donors, would only give charity a bad name. Global response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Africa has been remarkable, especially following…
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Oshiomhole, Obaseki and APC’s Game of Long Knives, By Azu Ishiekwene

...save your pity. There are no victors and no vanquished in this game, only a temporary clash of personal interests. Hopefully, Edo voters will eventually decide who they want. Hopefully. Whichever way it goes, I’m almost certain that Oshiomhole and Obaseki would patch it up when their interests align again…
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Who Listens To The North?, By Azu Ishiekwene

After decades of hearing both reactionaries, self-appointed messiahs and opportunists, claiming to speak for the North, the people are now obliged to listen, not to the voices of politicians and religious charlatans, who have robbed and despoiled them, but to voices from the streets. Journalist and former minister of Youth…
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The Unravelling of America: You’ve Gotta Watch To Cry, By Azu Ishiekwene

Trump’s America is worse than anything I have seen in a banana republic. With him, it promises worse. If America lived racism in whispers and pretence before, Trump’s presidency has put it on open display and he’s doubling down. I first watched the movie during the lockdown. At the beginning,…
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Does the Minister Work For A Chinese Company?, By Azu Ishiekwene

Except if the minister runs errands for the CCECC as side hustle, I’m bereft that he abandoned his post at the daily Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 and instead, zoomed off to the airport to receive guests of a private company at a time of national emergency. Health minister,…
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