Opinion

Who Is Afraid of Historical Reckoning?, By Moses E. Ochonu

#BlackLivesMatter has opened the floodgates. It should not end in America. It should travel to Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. This wave of uncomfortable historical conversations should especially travel to Nigeria, which is a minefield of many unresolved historical questions. These questions have for far too long been denied or…
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How To Resurrect Nigeria’s Dead Public Universities, By Moses E. Ochonu

In a recent essay published in PREMIUM TIMES, I discussed the ills of the Nigerian public university sector. At least two respondents, while agreeing with my assessment, have demanded that I proffer remedies. That response is a copout that I've now come to expect whenever I critique the failings of…
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Opinion

The Death of the Nigerian Public University, By Moses E. Ochonu

Federal universities in other parts of the country have, to varying degrees, similarly recalibrated to become extensions of their immediate sociocultural environments, resulting in intellectual and academic inbreeding and in incestuously insular intellectual reinforcement. Conversely, the very things that make the university a marketplace of ideas — diversity of thought,…
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Opinion

Beyond the Streets: The Deep Lineage of Afrophobia in South Africa, By Moses E. Ochonu

Let no one tell you that Afrophobic violence in South Africa is a recent or isolated phenomenon. It is not. Makwerekwere, a term of contempt as dehumanizing and racist in its deployment as the use of "cockroach" to mark people out for slaughter during the Rwandan genocide, is not a…
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Opinion

Five Preemptive Takeaways On Saturday’s Election, By Moses E. Ochonu

Continuing and deepening the message sent in 2015 about the electoral consequence of performance in office, this election cycle's most persistent and far-reaching narrative is competence/incompetence. In this regard, the incumbent's incompetence has become the main issue in the election, which is a referendum on his ability to lead and…
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Opinion

The Ethnic Victory of 2015 and An Apology, By Moses E. Ochonu

...Buhari’s ethnic coalition got away with arguably the biggest political scam in Nigeria’s history, managing to recruit many unsuspecting Nigerians into what they knew to be an ethnic agenda to capture power. It is now quite clear that what happened in Nigeria in 2015 was not a revolution but a…
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Opinion

Childhood Education As Middle Class Child Abuse In Nigeria, By Moses E. Ochonu

The problem in Nigeria is thus one of starting kids in formal education too early and pressuring them to move through the educational system rapidly by skipping grades and advancing to harder material before they're ready, thus robbing them of their childhood and doing lasting psycho-social damage to them. The…
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Opinion

Why Control of the Presidency Is Inconsequential, By Moses E. Ochonu

Once again, as in other presidencies, the region benefitting from the current presidency is not the one that purportedly controls it. It's not the one from which the president hails. Rather, it's the one that the president feels he needs to reward, mollify, and cultivate for his electoral/political survival. If…
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Opinion

A Memo To ASUU and FG Negotiators, By Moses E. Ochonu

The corrective intervention needed in the perennial strike-and-negotiate culture is for ASUU to be made to realise that most problems of the Nigerian higher education system cannot be solved by merely throwing more money are them. In fact, one could argue that greater contributed to the problem by creating unforeseen…
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