Opinion

Twilight of the (Military) Gods, By Chris Ngwodo

Odinkalu and Osori have delivered a tour de force. "Too Good to Die" is a brilliant and penetrating examination of the mindset of martial authoritarianism that still frustrates Nigerian democracy twenty years after the jackboots supposedly goose-stepped into the night. For anyone that wants to understand Nigeria’s political psychology, this…
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Opinion

Now That The Young Can Run, By Chris Ngwodo

...any insurgence of youth in our politics must herald the ascendancy of progressive ideas. Among other things, this entails a rejection of sexism, misogyny and inequality, and the dismantling of the criminalised funding structures of parties which politically weaponise poverty and sustain a corrupt officialdom. The recent passage of the…
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Opinion

Between the Despots in Power and the Despots In Waiting, By Chris Ngwodo

Nigerian politicians are unwilling to curb the excessive powers of the executive because they want to wield such powers themselves. In a sense, Nigerian politics is a contest between despots in power and despots in waiting. What Frantz Fanon once said of the native is also true of Nigerian elites:…
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Opinion

Progressives As Enemies of Progress, By Chris Ngwodo

It is worth pondering how these APC stalwarts feel as they watch their principal valorise the murderous dictator that terrorised them and murdered some of their comrades. Perhaps, they have already accepted this contradiction as the necessary price of power, political relevance and acquisition of power often requires the willingness…
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Opinion

Subversive Reflections On the Royal Wedding, By Chris Ngwodo

There is much to learn from the House of Windsor’s understated political aptitude and its capacity for ceaseless rejuvenation through the savvy use of spectacle, myth and symbolism despite the rising tide of republican, anti-monarchical and tax-payer resentment. This is especially true for governing elites in places where states are…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Population Predicament, By Chris Ngwodo

Ten years ago, observers warily noted Nigeria’s surging population growth and predicted that she would either reap a demographic dividend or suffer all the deleterious effects of a population explosion. Many Nigerians erroneously conflate their country’s huge population with a wealth of human capital, but sheer numbers are not in…
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Opinion

The Way of Wakanda and the Great Black Hope, By Chris Ngwodo

Wakanda is a metaphor for black beauty, black pride and black power but the first two have been more attainable than the third principle. Themes of black beauty, black pride and negritude, all aimed at restoring the dignity of blackness, have lingered since the 1960s and endure in fashion, popular…
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Opinion

Of Aristocratic Rebels and the Tyranny of Tradition, By Chris Ngwodo

If traditional rulers are not expected to draw attention to inconvenient facts, as the Emir of Kano has done, and are meant to simply carry on in cloistered indifference to pervasive social dysfunction, then why do they exist at all? If traditional rulers cannot speak truth, and are meant to…
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