Columns

Aregbesola, Africa Day and Pan-Africanism, By Owei Lakemfa

The May 25, 1963 date that the OAU was established has become known as Africa Day. Like Nkrumah, generations of African youth were mentored and taught to think, not just about their individual countries but the entire continent and diaspora. Many of these radical pan-Africanists were scattered across Nigeria. As…
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Columns

Ndigbo and the Search For A Surrogate Mother, By Azu Ishiekwene

...a vocal section of the Ndigbo elite is too anxious trying to find a surrogate mother to remember the past, much less care about the future. Egged on by the leadership of Ohaneze and Afenifere, neither of which has sponsored any candidate to win a local council election, the vocal…
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Opinion

Leadership For Freedom: Celebrating the Mandela Legacy, By Femi Badejo

I made Mandela speak to the audience through me on qualities of leadership that he espoused over time. I dwelt on his justification of Malcom X's "By Any Means Necessary". When apartheid regime met non-violent protests with the full force of the armed forces, he joined the others to form…
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Opinion

Adebayo Adedeji and the Professionalism of Public Administration In Nigeria, By Tunji Olaopa

At the level of institutional reforms, Adedeji was never shy to unsettle orthodoxies and explore alternative ideological positions. In the discourse that inspired the debate and the wave of administrative reforms of the early '70s in Africa, christened as the Udoji Reform in Nigeria, Adedeji expressed strong reservations. The late…
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Opinion

Nigeria: Restructuring By Forward Integration, By Majeed Dahiru

If the Oyo, Ife, Ijesha and Ijebu resolved to unite under the Yoruba identity; the Aro, Wawa and Bende came together under the leadership of a descendant of Benin Kingdom through Onitsha Ado; and the confederation of various ethnic groups in the North assumed a new, unified, Arewa identity, then…
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Opinion

OOTC: Please Who ‘Spoilt’ Nigeria?, By Chude Jideonwo

The question really is simple: if our succession of leaders were so sterling, so high achieving, and so distinguished – then how exactly did our country collapse? There is something curious that you might have noticed. Something as strange as it is weird. And it should worry you. We don’t…
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