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Kongi: Portrait of Africa’s Premier Public Intellectual, By Chidi Odinkalu

I’m entirely unsure why I was chosen to lead a conversation on Wole Soyinka (Kongi) as a public intellectual, convinced as I am that I am probably unqualified for that role. It is, nevertheless, proper to acknowledge the utility of convening this conversation in honour of a man for whom…
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Winning In spite of Gender in The News Operation, By Toyosi Ogunseye

About two years ago, I was appointed the Editor of Sunday Punch. The Sunday title of Nigeria’s most widely circulated newspaper, Punch. My team and I were given the responsibility of making it the best Sunday paper in Nigeria. I am thankful to God that we are closer to that…
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Leadership Ambition, By Taiwo Odukoya

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach… (1 Timothy 3:1-2a) Timothy Judge and John Mueller in their 2012 research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, defined ambition as the generalized striving for success, attainment and accomplishment. The…
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Ebola Discourse, Global Racism And WEB Du Bois, By Adeolu Ademoyo

“The Problem of the 20th Century is the Problem of the Color line.”   WEB Du Bois. The incidence of Ebola in different parts of the world has produced a new social health discourse. Let us call this the “Ebola-Discourse”. This “Ebola-Discourse” is characterized mainly by knee jack responses, unconscious and…
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Remembering Herbert Macaulay, Civil Engineer, By Akin Adesokan

In early 1914, during the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates of Nigeria, Herbert Macaulay, the acclaimed father of Nigerian nationalism who was born this month in Lagos 150 years ago, was in prison. The case that led to his conviction bore no direct connection to his political activism,…
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A Government Turned Deaf To Itself, By Eric Teniola

The greatest pickle or predicament that this country faces from time to time is the inability of government to listen to itself. A greater percentage of our problems should have been deciphered by now, if only the government has listened to itself. Let’s take two issues, the recent National Conference…
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“Have you write your name?” or the Death of English in Nigeria, By Ogaga Ifowodo

I exaggerate, of course. All the languages of the world will have died before English dies in Nigeria. And of all the languages threatened by extinction, English is hardly one, many thanks to the extraordinary success of England in colonising nearly two-thirds of the world before the sun did finally…
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