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The Military and Our Freedoms, By Ifeanyi Uddin

A democracy may entertain questions on how the notion of popular sovereignty may be best put to play. The range of possibilities runs from direct democracies (small communities legislating by referendums), to republics (where popular rule is exercised through representatives elected in regular polls). However, that the people rule and…
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Market Sentiments, the Oil Price and the Naira’s Exchange Rate, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Two developments (the first, over the last three weeks, and the other, work in progress of sorts) underscore the role that sentiments could play in driving divergence between the actual direction of a measure and the trajectory suggested by its underlying processes. Global oil markets have recently presented us (denizens…
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Beyond Politics, the Economics of an Ordinary Day, By Ifeanyi Uddin

The more I dwell on the matter, the more I am persuaded of Aristotle’s error. Daily jaded by events around me, I have no doubt that I am beyond politics. Similarly, I am assured by the same concatenation of increasingly fortuitous circumstances that I am nothing if not an economic…
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Of Digital Records, Notable Nigerians, and our Vanishing Past, By Ifeanyi Uddin  

A couple of weeks back, I penned a jeremiad — The “Mythification” of Our Memories —bemoaning how close we are to losing parts of our history. Over the years, as diverse technologies have become central to how our lives are arranged, one thing has changed, in my opinion, in the…
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National Debt, GDP, and Non-oil Incomes, By Ifeanyi Uddin    

"Debt" is an involved concept. The reasons for this vary as do the views of any number of persons one talks to on the matter. At the most basic conversational level, one cannot ignore the fact that most scriptures look askance at the practice of creditors charging interest on their…
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Banking In Austere Times, By Ifeanyi Uddin    

The banking industry again came under pressure last week. Over the last five years, monetary policy has withstood the worst of adjustments to the myriad macroeconomic constraints endured by the country. With the Treasury continuing in business as usual, the nation's banks have seen profits decline (or fail to rise…
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The “Mythification” of Our Memories, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Segun Toriola’s jaw-dropping defensive play against Singapore's Ning Gao in which he successfully went through a 41-shot rally in the second match of the men's team table tennis semi-final was, for me, a major highlight of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Nostalgic, it was. Coming of age in the…
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February 14, 2015 and the Space for Ideas, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Across our political space, one gravamen is repeated to the point of monotony: how money now dominates our politics. The conversation around this takes place with varying degrees of sophistication. It includes the excited disputation by the newspaper vendors’ stand (close to the bus stop) about how much each got…
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