Opinion

Okonjo-Iweala, Akinwumi Adesina and Our Friend, Egypt, By Simbo Olorunfemi

...Nigeria has two irons in the fire at the same time. I bet Egypt knows that as well. And there lies a possible intersection between the contest for the director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the matter at the African Development Bank (AfDB). The move to scuttle…
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Scuttling Adesina’s AfDB Presidency: the Hand of Trump and the Voice of Macron?, By Simbo Olorunfemi

The history of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, in a way, is the history of post-colonial Africa, weighed down by the overwhelming influence of colonialists, imperialists, intending-colonialists and an African leadership tied to these apron-strings, lacking in vision and political will to pull in the right direction. Presidents Donald…
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The COVID-19 Riddle, Africa and the Anikulapo Factor, By Simbo Olorunfemi

Experts are looking at all sorts - genetics, climate, culture, public policy and all that for The answer to the riddle is perhaps in the riddle. Africa is perhaps the proverbial Anikulapo, with death in her pouch, dodging the bullets of projections directed at her fragile belly. Just as she…
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Onabamiroi Agoiwoyensis: Distilling the Facts from the Myth, By Simbo Olorunfemi

He has been credited by some Nigerians with discovering the cause of the Guinea worm disease, whose cyclops, "Tropocyclops Onabamiroid", was named after him, and that two other cyclops which he discovered were named after his friend, Dr. Mellamby, and the other after his home-town, Ago-Iwoye. My present findings do…
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Opinion

COVID-19: Denying Responsibility, While Blaming China and WHO, By Simbo Olorunfemi

There is little doubt that in some parts of the world, there is an unwillingness to take responsibility; there has to be a fall-guy. While countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Germany and even Nigeria picked themselves up and came up with a containment strategy, others have been more interested…
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China, America, COVID-19 and the Mindless Conspiracy Theories, By Simbo Olorunfemi

...there little or nothing in form of evidence in support of the claim that COVID-19 was genetically engineered in the laboratory. Dr. Trevor Bedford, a leading expert in the field, dismissed the claim of genetic engineering, telling Financial Times that the mutations in the virus “are completely consistent with natural…
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Amotekun and the Emerging Dimensions of Bigotry, By Simbo Olorunfemi

It is sad that a group that not only prides itself as cosmopolitan, but acknowledged by others as one, is unwittingly being forced down the alley of provincialism and bigotry by fringe elements nursing pain that is largely personal to them, latching on to an initiative beyond their narrow agenda…
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