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Issues of the Day

President Jonathan’s Aviation Goat, President Jonathan’s Campaign Yams, By Pius Adesanmi

My grandmother of blessed memory, Mama Isanlu, was not like Unoka! She was not always owing everybody in Isanlu and looking for corner-corner ways to pay only her big debts first. I tell her story here. Listen to it: She was not like Okonkwo either. Yam, the exacting king of…
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Jonathan’s Latest Evil And The Good of Bad, By Pius Adesanmi

Shortly before he withdrew totally from discussing and keeping abreast of Nigerian current affairs, a friend once advanced a thesis that has since haunted my consciousness and kept me awake at night. What worries me is not just the suspicion that his nightmarish proposition may damn well be right, it…
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The 2015 Presidential Election: Broken Bottles with Jagged Edges will Shred Your Butt, By Pius Adesanmi

No matter who wins, there will be plenty of economic and political issues to deal with. We need to focus on the future of the future and stop the distractions posed to serious reasoning and issues by the two leading candidates. (Okay sir, we hear you. Since you have no…
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Samuel Oghale Oboh, the Nigerian who Conquered Canadian Architecture, By Pius Adesanmi

Sam Oboh - Fellow and 2015 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. On Friday January 23, 2015, I attended the investiture of Samuel Oghale Oboh as the 76th President of the prestigious Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, which effectively placed a Nigerian at the pinnacle of the profession…
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Fayose’s Death Wish for Buhari: Go to Afao Ekiti, Go to Aso Rock, By Pius Adesanmi

In human tales, in animal tales, in riddles, in proverbs, in legends, in myths, in every genre, in every department in which his ancestors ever exercised their imagination and creative genius to produce a worldview, they created tragic protagonists - humans, animals, ghomids, iwin, anjonu of every colour and shape…
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Issues of the Day

Bastard Doyin Okupe and Other Jonathanian Headaches in Self-Naming, By Pius Adesanmi

What’s in a name? Nothing, says Western culture, for a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Everything, say the cultures of Africa, for every name is a messenger, running errands of family history and circumstances of birth for its bearer. That is why an African seldom jokes…
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Columns

Can Africa Face Forward By Delegitimising Her New Diaspora? By Pius Adesanmi

If 21st century Africa is a story struggling for equality in the global community of stories, to paraphrase Africa's most famous novelist, Chinua Achebe, then Bob Geldof, Bono, and international aid and charity organizations are not the only actors seeking a space in that narrative. Continental Africa too is seeking…
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Of Kites, Chicks, and the Racists of Nigeria, By Pius Adesanmi

Last week, this column called for the sacking of Air France from Nigeria in order to send a strong message to the government of France - which trains French national police on flights coming from Nigeria – that making billions in Nigeria and treating Nigerians like shit in Europe is…
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