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The Killing of Terwase Akwaza and the Rise of Conflict Entrepreneurs, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Hamisu Bala Wadume, Gana, Herdsmen, and all those outlaws whose names are known or not yet known to us, are conflict entrepreneurs. The rise of conflict entrepreneurs is predictable in a country with a weak law enforcement and judicial system like ours. With vast ungoverned areas, Nigeria is a haven…
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Cyber-Scams: The Ill-Wind Raging Across Nigeria’s South-West, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What is going on in the South-West is organised crime. It is an ill wind that will destroy us. This kind of money multiplies crime and makes our communities unsafe. We have a values problem. Our worship of material success is killing us. We must realise that money from proceeds…
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The Freedom Of Dangling Breasts, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

How can I unsee the hurt, the loss and the pain? I am hopeful as the number of reported cases dwindle, as we attempt to get back to some kind of normal through learnt resilience. Through this traumatic and stultifying, collective experience, I have enjoyed the freedom of dangling breasts.…
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The Last Disrespect, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

At death, the verdict of Nigerians and history will be harsh on most Nigerian leaders. They will be described as reckless, wasteful and purposeless, without any redeeming We have the right to pay our last disrespect to anyone who did not respect us while alive. "De mortuis nihil nisi bonum…
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Shoprite, Wealth Distribution and an Adverse Macroeconomic Environment, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

There are no real increases in wages as nominal wages cannot keep up with inflation. How can the economy grow with high lending rates, high inflation, with consumers having no disposable income to spend? Unless there is a clear policy to resuscitate the middle class and increase purchasing power parity,…
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Akpabio: When Sexism Becomes A Desperate Act of Control, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What has Ms. Nunieh's four husbands got to do with all that is at issue? Clearly Akpabio's intent was to slut-shame her by deploying the low cost ingredient of failed marriages. Apparently, Akpabio found her accusations unsettling, and his loss of patriarchal control, in this instance, infuriating. That the Niger…
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The Price Tag Of Fraud: Hushpuppi and Associates, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What is the price tag of these FBI takedown of Nigerian cross-border criminal gangs on Nigeria's reputation? What impact will it have on forging business links and the ease of travel for Nigerians? Well, fraud is expensive in so many ways and the cost to Nigeria is and will be…
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Will Nigeria Waste the Lessons of the COVID-19 Crisis?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is a nightmare scenario out there. President Buhari should level with Nigerians and let them know that hard times are here If we get creative and commit to looking inwards and developing the real sector, we can emerge from this stronger. In all of these, there is one big…
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Bill Gates: Not The Enemy of the Global South; Our Brains Are, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is painful to see a man who has dedicated his life to promoting global health getting dragged over hot coal for his good work. It has been one stupid allegation after the other. From mass sterilisation through vaccination to mass death on multiple continents, it would not have been…
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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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