Bámidélé Upfront

South Africa’s Xenophobia Has Exposed Nigeria As The Gnat Of Africa, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

No one takes a weak and crumbling state like Nigeria seriously outside its borders. No one respects an economically sick, rudderless nation. We have squandered our wealth and have become the GNAT of Africa. That we fought apartheid is ancient history. We were rich, boisterous and prodigal. Greed and waste…
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Opinion

South Africa: Attacks Against Nigerians Reflect Our Failure of Governance, By ‘Tope Oriola

The lives of Nigerians will be valued when we begin to elect leaders who know what they are doing. Statecraft needs to improve in Nigeria. Statecraft is serious, demanding socio-scientific business. It is often the difference between impoverished countries (whose citizens are maltreated everywhere) and thriving ones whose citizens are…
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Columns

The Tail Wags South Africa-Nigeria Dog, By Azu Ishiekwene

South Africa appears to be fighting for its future, but it’s taking on the wrong enemies. Among other things, the authorities must now crackdown on hate crimes, review the country’s broken immigration system and create more opportunities in the townships. Politicians must take responsibility. One of the most telling summaries…
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Opinion

South Africa, Criminal Ingratitude and the Nigerian Blood, By Tunji Light Ariyomo

What is happening in South Africa is unfortunately a fatal remainder of the gravely impaired faculty of the black man. The penurious is killing the poor so he could get the position occupied by the beggarly. As Malema had rightly put it, Nigerians and other black nationalities in South African…
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Columns

South Africa: Will Ramaphosa Bring the House Down? (2), By Rafiq Raji

...he is certainly heading in the right direction. The key question is whether he would be able to stay the course as the casualties of his anti-corruption war start to get closer to home. Out of His Hands In a nutshell, while Ramaphosa’s position as African National Congress (ANC) president…
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Columns

South Africa: Will Ramaphosa Bring the House Down? (1), By Rafiq Raji

“But whether Ramaphosa succeeds depends on elections outcome on May 8th. But even if the ANC wins, he will face ferocious opposition to the clean-up from within his party. He will therefore need to tread carefully as it would be easy for rivals to remove him from the party leadership”.…
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Columns

The Nelson Mandela-Buhari Phenomenon, By Owei Lakemfa

Just as Mandela and his generation gave way to the younger generation in order to let South Africa move forward, so also does the Buhari, Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida and Abubakar Atiku generation need to quit the stage and let Nigeria progress. South Africa and Nigeria are Africa’s biggest economies and…
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