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The Hidden Hunger, By Margee M. Ensign

The women and children filled the Cathedral, an ocean of beautiful colors.  They were all packed together, and although there were 1100 people there, it was disturbingly quiet.  They were all very hungry. One of the most serious consequences of the violence in Northeastern Nigeria is the increasing number of internally displaced…
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Tears For Nigerian Conspiracy Theorists, By Jaafar Jaafar

Have you ever queried why 'conspiracy theory' is called a theory despite lacking in 'testability' or empirical features that make a theory? Why should hearsay, urban legend or superstition be termed a theory without subjection to the rigors of research? When Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, then governor of Kano State, suspended…
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Our Near-Open Society and Its Enemies, By Ifeanyi Uddin

After the many traumas that was the Great Recession, considerable uncertainty remains over how to interpret current (political, social, and economic) events. There is clear evidence of an uptick in the US’ economy (and to some degree, in the UK, too). The euro zone was still undecided where it was…
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Nigeria at 54: Seeking an Illusive Future, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week, we celebrated our 54th independence anniversary. Did I say celebrate. Well, at least the President did cut an anniversary cake in his sitting room and his ministers went there to great him. This is the fourth year that the Federal Government has not had the audacity to properly…
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The Media’s Dangerous Games, By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Depending on which Nigerian publication you come across, you could either learn that my chronological age is 27 or 29. For whatever reason, some journalists are determined to keep me below 30 years old. I remain grateful to them. However, this irreverence for fact-checking sometimes crosses over to the absurd.…
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We Have Delivered, By Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Fellow Nigerians: 1.             Today marks the 54th anniversary of our country’s independence as a sovereign nation.  This is also the tenth month of our journey into a new century, having marked the centenary of our nation in January this year. 2.             The first one hundred years were marked by triumphs and tribulations,…
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