Opinion

Adebayo Faleti: the Portrait of a Cultural Connoisseur, By Tunji Olaopa

As a cultural icon in the South-West of Nigeria, Alagba Adebayo Faleti speaks to an urgent necessity of inculcating the demands of cultural innovation and experience into national planning. Culture plays a significant role in many nations of the world. Take India for instance. And Faleti was a quiet reminder…
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Is Nigeria Still a Nation “that Plans Without Fact (or Statistics)”?, By Tunji Olaopa

...unfortunately, the ghost of the Udoji Report comes to haunt us again, forty three years after it was laid to rest. Nigeria cannot ever hope to escape the imperative of a performance management system as the foundation of improving the functional capacity of its public service. The significance of policy…
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Opinion

Reconstructing the Global Academy: Falola and African Scholarship, By Tunji Olaopa

Professor Toyin Omoyeni Falola represents a significant figure whose entire corpus points us in the right methodological direction for a postcolonial intellectual restructuring of the African continent. In my last reflection on the global personality, Professor Toyin Falola, the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the…
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Toyin Falola, Nigerian History and the African Humanities, By Tunji Olaopa

Professor Toyin Falola stands at the core to rethink and restructure the way we think about the humanities, the development initiatives and higher education in Nigeria. And these alone recommend his unique scholarship and intellectual contributions for critical My celebratory critique of those I have been calling intellectual heroes and…
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Opinion

Empathetic Scholarship: From Odia Ofeimun to Richard Joseph, By Tunji Olaopa

...whether we are able to muster the political will to transcend our collective limitations or not, we need the critical mass of empathetic scholars and intellectuals to at least facilitate our concerted march towards national socio-political revival. Since I first read Odia Ofeimun’s Taking Nigeria Seriously, I have come to…
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Opinion

Pat Utomi and the Leadership Project In Nigeria, By Tunji Olaopa

He belongs to the corps of a few critical intellectuals committed to what I have called “empathetic scholarship” who remain committed to the Nigerian project, no matter When he writes, we all pause to listen and ponder his consistent reflections on the Nigerian Many would have thought and indeed asked…
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Opinion

Getting the Discourse on Nigeria’s Federalism Right: Further Thoughts, By Tunji Olaopa

Nigeria needs to leverage on a political and economic dimensions for making the regional idea work. The political dimension requires transforming the six geopolitical zones into regions made up of states and local governments. I can really never stop talking about Nigeria. This statement is meant to explain why I…
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Opinion

Why Are Nigerian Talents Performers Everywhere Else Except in Nigeria?, By Tunji Olaopa

- The Imafidons, Britain's "brainiest" family ...if Nigerians have succeeded immensely in other places, why are they not succeeding here? This is where we confront an institutional dysfunction that lacks the critical capacity to inculcate and harness the potentiality that the Nigerian youth represents. The takeoff point for my reflection…
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Opinion

Re-federalising Nigeria and the Challenge of Innovative Governance, By Tunji Olaopa

At the level we are now, it is no longer sufficient to pay lip service to Nigeria’s federal Re-federalising the Nigerian state simply implies redeeming the historical mistake that has impeded Nigeria’s national development for too long. I believe strongly that these five elements could serve as the point of…
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