Columns

Embedded in Beirut: A Communion With Ancestors, By Louis Odion

...whereas Nigeria could be said to have made significant progress in terms of integration in some areas, Lebanon remains largely haunted by centrifugal forces - ethnic, sectarian, social and political. Being pulled in different directions over the ages by priests of numerous faiths, being used and passed over by different…
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Opinion

2019: Why Your Votes Are a Waste of Time, By Ohimai Godwin Amaize

...the most critical step in deciding who becomes the next president, governor or senator, as the case may be, is in the hands of less than 20 percent of Nigeria’s voting population. The remaining 80 percent majority or more are completely shut out of the party primaries where the decisions…
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Opinion

Nwando Achebe: Herstory and Her Glorious Professionalism, By Toyin Falola

Today, I join in celebrating Prof. Achebe as she is awarded The Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professorship of History at Michigan State University (MSU). We are here to celebrate a woman whose research embodies one of the most beautiful names we give our children in the South-Eastern part of…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Enemies of Progress, By Chris Ngwodo

Neo-Marxist mythology defines the working class as a morally flawless category. We drape the “masses” in the robes of long-suffering sainthood and idealise their heroic unions as the forces of proletarian light ranged against the dark forces of bourgeois decadence. Achebe rejected this simplistic formulation and so should we. Nigeria’s…
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Guest Columns

Murtala Mohammed: Stormy Petrel of Nigeria’s Golden Age, By Chris Ngwodo

Significantly, Murtala achieved his makeover within six months. At a time when politicians claim that their terms are too short to make an impact, we should note that Murtala is remembered mostly for what he did within two hundred days. Leaders with conviction and who are prepared can do much…
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Guest Columns

Between Olumo and Aso – Reminiscences from Ogun at 40, By Wole Soyinka

Honour this democratic flag-bearer and martyr with a postage stamp or currency bill, AND inscribe that name – MOSHOOD ABIOLA – in the scroll of Nigeria’s past presidents, that the restless ghosts of Aso and Olumo may retreat, and settle back, hand in hand, in their primordial caves! “Why?” demanded…
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Opinion

Biodun Jeyifo: Denizen of the Fourth Stage, By Odia Ofeimun

Biodun Jeyifo, our , is bracketed in popular memory as the once and future Marxist interpreter and assessor of Soyinka’s hegemonic animism and of African literature and society who will not ignore the "tumult of rainstorm, thunder and lightning totally out of season" as "a passage rite preternaturally appropriate to…
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Time to End the Bad Blood Between the Yorubas and Ndigbo, By Femi Aribisala

The hatred between the Yoruba and Ndigbo has gone on for far too long. Let there be love shared among us! The Yorubas and the Igbos, two of the most resourceful, engaging and outgoing ethnic groups in Nigeria, are becoming implacable enemies. Increasingly, they seem to hate one another with…
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