Columns

Nigeria Is A Messed Up Country, Right?, By Festus Adedayo

 This is confession time: My pessimism about Nigeria is as huge as its expansive landscape. Like Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, I believed that the beautiful Nigerian was either not yet born, born and died prematurely or will never be born at all. My experiential encounters…
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Opinion

Is It Now Cool To Kill? – An Anguished Letter to Nigerian Lawmakers, By Wole Soyinka

My dear Honourables, I hope you will excuse me for distracting you from your onerous duties, but I am a current sufferer – and I am not alone - from a persistent nightmare. That affliction has been induced by your most recent approach to addressing an acknowledged problem that affects,…
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Columns

Culture and African Development, By Rafiq Raji

...the rigidities of these pre-colonial ethnic-based political centralisations explain the incapacity of some African states to exercise full authority over property rights, tax collection and the monopoly of violence till this day. Clearly, for better or worse, African ethnic institutions are a factor in its economic development.  A high level…
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You Will Be Held Responsible On What Happened To Your Children!, By Murtadha Gusau

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon…
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Columns

Björn Beckman, 1938-2019: A Life of Struggle and Friendship, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Professor Björn Beckman was important to us because of his deep commitment to Nigeria. He immersed himself in the successive radical struggles of the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. He was a central pillar in the coterie of comrades who defined pathways for resistance to imperialism, neo-colonial and national exploitation and…
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Columns

Why It’s Important To Develop Tech Talents In Africa, By Adetola Salau

The learning visits I had in between the conferences that I was a part of, and interviewing high school students, revealed that there is a huge gap in how our students in Africa utilise their education; quite disturbingly, they lack a deep understanding of how the natural sciences and mathematics…
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Opinion

The Racket Operated Out of the Moroccan Embassy In Abuja, By Shayera Dark

Another thing that was awry was his insistence on cash payment, which was reiterated to my proxy when they collected my passport. The embassy staff also refused to issue a receipt for the transaction, threatening to revoke my visa if my proxy persisted with the request. Staff at the Moroccan…
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