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Okey Ndibe

How Achebe Saved Me From James Hadley Chase, By Okey Ndibe

Two Saturdays ago, I had the privilege of giving a keynote at an international conference organized at the Senate House of the University of London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God.   The two-day celebration was an impressive gathering of scholars who have devoted time…
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Democracy and Governance

Let’s Jail Their “Excellencies”, By Okey Ndibe

A piece of heartening political news came out of Nigeria last week. No, it was not the Federal Government’s proclamation last Friday that it had reached an immediate ceasefire agreement with the Islamist insurgents known as Boko Haram—a name that transliterates as “the book is forbidden.” The ceasefire, which would…
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Democracy and Governance

The Business of Drafting Jonathan, By Okey Ndibe

There’s a new business in Nigeria. It’s the business of drafting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to present himself for reelection. A group called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has emerged as the biggest, most enterprising player. Every few days, some busybodies under the aegis of TAN descend on some city…
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Okey Ndibe

Nigeria’s True Heroes And Villains, By Okey Ndibe

The dreaded Ebola virus and Boko Haram represent different faces of two most dire crises currently plaguing Nigeria. The former is a natural contagion, the latter a human-made disaster. Patrick Sawyer, a now deceased Liberian American diplomat, has become a well-known—and widely despised name—in Nigeria. It was he who first…
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