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Pius Adesanmi: A Lasting Legacy Of Civic Engagement and Responsibility, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Upon weeks of reflection, I agree that your work was done, You would not have imagined the impact you made in people's lives. You were mourned like a true statesman, a patriot and a hero. The world's best news outlets and newspapers touted your scholarship. Indeed, it is better to…
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Amotekun: On the Tripod Of Security, Sustainability and Competitiveness, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Actions have consequences. Amotekun will have consequences. We have to work to make the consequences of establishing Amotekun positive. Deep thought should be given to the economic side of Amotekun. Amotekun should be seen as the precursor for an overall ideology that will drive the Yoruba to sustainable development and…
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Northern Nigeria: The Futility of Fighting Modernity and Development, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

- A technology Hackathon in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Perhaps, the North should also be told that the pre-Sokoto Jihad mindset cannot work anymore. The Muslim world has moved on. Saudi Arabia, the custodian of Islam, has its citizens studying in the best universities in the world. And, the great citadels…
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The Make Or Break Decade For Nigeria Is Here, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Right now, we not only need an intelligent constitution purged of ethnic and religious supremacy, we need a national democratic agreement on how sustainable development can be navigated in this make or break decade. Nigeria is imploding in slow motion because it is fielding its third-eleven in politics, unlike in…
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The Siege of Kleptocrats and Kakistocrats, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

We are paying the price. The kleptocrats distract us from focusing on their crime by invoking religion, ethnicity or whatever identity suits them, and the kakistocrats distract us from their ineptitude and mediocrity by attacking free speech. While we are engrossed in bickering, the kleptocrats steal more and the kakistocrats…
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MURIC: A Solution In Search Of A Problem That Doesn’t Exist, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Yoruba collective identity is defined by common myths, history, values and symbols. This bond is what the Muslim advocacy group, The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) seeks to destroy. Under the leadership of Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC has been trying too hard to solve a problem that does not exist…
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Amotekun As Response To Adversarial Stimuli, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Let it be known that Amotekun is a value system whose primary organisational goal is working cooperatively with citizens as individuals or groups to prevent crime, identify criminals and report criminal activity affecting the livability of each state in the West of It is an ideological change in combating crime.…
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How Did Agbonmagbe Bank Become Wema Bank?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Agbonmagbe could easily have been our own 160 years old Yorkshire Bank. It could have been the regional bank of the South-West driving real economic sustainability, as opposed to ephemeral "growth" without Agbonmagbe is a textbook example of a sole proprietorship without skills and a succession plan. Chief Doyin Okupe's…
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A Diaspora Interventionist Model For Knowledge Production In Africa, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

On the African continent, the Carnegie Corporation of New York seeks to stop the devastation and bridge the gap by funding interventionist programmes targeted at bringing diaspora knowledge producers to the continent, to fill the gaps. In academia, the transition to becoming producers of knowledge requires a shift in thinking…
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Enjoying $30 billion Now and Making Our Grandchildren Repay It, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Whatever we do today will be left to the judgement of history. Unless there is a seismic shift in how Nigerian leaders think, future generations of Nigerians will earn less than their parents and see less economic opportunity throughout their lives. To avert the curse of having lived better days…
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