‘Life with older men is better’

Two weeks ago, I read a post on a social media platform that spurred my desire to engage the author. The writer was courageous to write about her ‘mistake’ in the choice of a life partner. She lamented the loss of a better choice in older men that proposed to her one of whom she would have married despite the fear of going into polygamy as second wife. On my request, she offered to share her thought on marrying older men as a good option that assures stability, peace, love…

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Was the First Lady right?

“Everybody knows them, they are not more than two or three who hijacked the system, they should not forget that this government came to being, by individual votes” – Aisha Buhari       There has been some kind of disquiet recently in Aso Villa the seat of the nation’s Presidency. Some infrequent things have been happening, never seen since 2015. President Muhammadu Buhari has been remarkably busy, receiving visitors even in the lockdown and doing those things we have not seen him do before. From nowhere he resurrects the…

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Is this the language PHCN understands?

F or one week plus, the bulb did not blink in my apartment in the Agege area of Lagos. At first, I took it in my strides, believing it to be one of those countless times the national grid is said to suffer total collapse. Power supply does not get better here; rather, it gets worse. The more money they purport to have spent, the worse the situation becomes. The more they tinker with the organization, the less efficient it becomes. When Abram’s name was changed to Abraham and Sarai’s…

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My fears for Nigeria

I was watching an amateur video on social media a couple of days ago showing the burning of shanties and thatched houses of supposed Fulani settlements in some parts of the South-East. The people had complained of the invasion of their territories by herders who built those huts to accommodate their families. The people were complaining of various acts of kidnapping and armed robberies which they easily linked to these settlers. They simply did not want them to settle in their lands for whatever reason. The growing angst amongst tribes…

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Managing the Nigerian economy post COVID-19

T here has been some perceived preoccupation with the Nigerian economy and what sort of challenge would be confronted in managing it post the pandemic. This is to be commended as it shows a presence of mind which in spite of the uncharted waters which this pandemic represents, still finds room to address the felt need to avert our minds to this uncertain future. The first uncertainty which confronts us as we attempt this discussion is the fact that no one knows when or how the pandemic is going to…

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Historical reminiscences: Great empires of Yore (16)

    ASHANTI EMPIRE (continues)     INTRODUCTION     On 15th March, 2020, we introduced Ashantes Empire as one of the great Empires that lit up the dark crevices of history. We considered some of the workings of this great empire, such as, the British’s annexation of Ashanti, the Ashanti’s resistance and the “war of the golden stool”. We discussed the checks and balances and the mode of elections in the empire.     The Covid-19 (coronavirus) later crept in stealthily like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:…

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Bayern target revenge AGA INST FRANKFURT

•Bank on Lewandowski     Revenge will be on Bayern’s Munich’s minds when they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and the Bavarians will bank on their talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski to lead the onslaught. The German champions were dismantled 5-1 in the reverse fixture in November, with Jerome Boateng’s ninth-minute red card proving costly. However, Bayern have recovered since to sit four points clear at the Bundesliga summit while Frankfurt continue to linger down the other end of the table. On Sunday, Lewandowski became the first player in Europe’s top…

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Acrimony, ‘social distancing’ in bedroom frustrating

I think it is too soon to discuss the harrowing experiences of some warring couples who were rather unlucky to be locked down at home ‘forcefully’ courtesy of COVID-19 pandemic. I received some ‘save-our-souls’ (SOS) calls and messages like I got those of reconciliation, peace and renewed affection from those who willingly shared their happy stories. There’s nothing new about disagreements among couples. It is part of human relational experiences. Provided the faceoff does not degenerate to physical assault, the tumultuous situation can be brought under control and amicable settlement…

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Tinubu, Gambari and 2023

“Nothing is more difficult than the art of manoeuvring for advantageous position” – Anonymous.     Our appraisal this week will be looking at the turn of events in the nation’s polity where yesterday’s villains are turning today’s heroes with yesterday’s heroes virtually worshipping them as they eye the Presidency. In the late ‘90s at the peak of the June 12 struggle, yours sincerely was a Political Editor at the Champion Newspapers in Lagos. That period was the most trying times for Nigeria media, newsrooms then were suffocating from the…

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Wanted: Yoruba National Development Plan

On April 20, 2020, the Yoruba ethnic nationality of Nigeria was admitted into the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO). The euphoria that greeted the epochal event, which ranked the Yoruba 45th amongst UNPO members, followed closely by the Igbo who were registered as the UNPO’s 46th member, is yet to die down. The Yoruba nation’s agitation for sovereignty is led from unusual quarters – Prof. Banji Akintoye, an octogenarian emeritus professor of History and African Studies, is an avowed Awoist and top echelon leader of the pan-Yoruba leadership group…

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