Nuggets of hope for 2020

Michael West   I started this New Year on a joyful note as two women called to break the news of the marriage proposals they received as New Year gifts from their partners. Incidentally, their calls came in some hours into the New Year. The first call came from a 37-year-old secondary school teacher who went with her Anambra State-born fiancé to his home country for Christmas holiday. The second came about five hours later from a 31-year-old postgraduate student in Lagos. According to her, “We attended the crossover night…

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2020, new year, new decade begins

    IKE Ibonyi   “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves” – William. E. Vanghan T oday is the second day of the 365 blank page book given to mankind to fill up in 2020.   Twenty-four hours ago Nigeria and some global nations ushered in the new year which also marks the beginning of a new decade in the Roman calendar. The arrival of 2020 means that 2019 is now consigned to…

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As the New Year kicks off

I have every reason to be appreciative of the journey of my life. There are many reasons for me to be thankful. I’m grateful for the past years, despite the many life-threatening challenges. Looking forward, a glaring manifestation is the rare leadership opportunity that came my way to lead the most populous nation on three different occasions, though under different circumstances. This is a rare feat that mere hard work and ambition can never propel one to achieve or attain if not by pure divine providence. I thank my stars…

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Sambo Dasuki, Omoyele Sowore’s release good for rule of law and democracy

MIKE OZEKHOME SAN, OFR

The order by the Federal Government through the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), for the immediate release of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), who has been in detention for about four years and Omoyele Sowore, who has been detained since August 2019, is salutary for democracy, respect for fundamental rights of the citizens and observance of rule of law. I am happy the government has finally realized its faux pas and is seeing the same light which I saw since 2015, when I kicked against the illegal…

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Baptism of fire for Arteta as Chelsea storm Emirates

•New Gunner boss banks on Aubameyang to kill Blues     New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will manage his first match at home since he took over about a week ago when Chelsea visit the Emirates on Sunday and the Spaniard will fancy his chances of recording his first victory against a big side like the Blues. Arteta started his career as Gunners boss on a slow start after his side forced a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Boxing Day but he can kick-start his reign with a victory over Chelsea…

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Marriage: Anxiety, fear as 2019 ends

This is the month of anxiety! It is not anxiety about financial commitments or economic challenges only, it is also about the apprehension to change status from single to married. Every December, while some relationships are crumbling for diverse reasons and new ones are springing up, several others are stagnant. This year, efforts geared towards attaining a new marital status by some eligible single adults are gradually becoming a mirage as the year comes to an end. Notwithstanding, fate favours those who are fortunate to achieve their marital desires in…

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Emerging trends: Christians without churches…

Yuletide affords both faithful and critics alike the opportunity not only to exchange the season’s greetings but also to ask probing, even if troublesome, questions about Jesus Christ and Christianity as a whole. For instance, was Christ actually born on the December 25 that Christians all over the world celebrate as his birthday? The Jehovah Witnesses’ sect especially has made an issue of this, insisting, with “proofs”, that Christ could not have been born anywhere in December but that October/November looked more like it. Right or wrong, the important thing…

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Maryam Babangida: Just like yesterday

F riday this week, the 27th December, 2019 would mark the 10-year exit of Maryam Babangida, the elegant and delectable wife of General Babangida and former First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from August 1985 to August 1993, who walked through Nigeria’s aisle of power and leadership with uncommon style and panache. Maryam was Babangida’s wife of 40 years before the cold hands of death snatched her away from this sinful world on 27th December, 2009. It was one death that left many of us in rude shock.…

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Nyesom Ezenwo Wike: The enfante terrible of Nigerian politics

MIKE OZEKHOME SAN, OFR

INTRODUCTION   His Excellency, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON), is certainly the enfant terrible of Nigerian politics. He knows how to give and take political punches. He does not suffer fools gladly. He defends Rivers State with his soul, heart and might, as if his very life depends on it. To say he loves Rivers is an understatement. To say he is a proud Ikwerre son and scion is a statement of fact that he himself proclaims to the high heavens. No wonder, only penultimate Saturday, Wike was conferred with…

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Fertility: When desire turns sacrilegious

A news item went viral on the Internet about a woman that was sent packing by her husband for proposing that she desires to sleep with his friend ostensibly to get pregnant. The news states that series of laboratory tests confirm that her husband has a low sperm count issue, which indicates that he can’t make his wife pregnant. Perhaps because the man is a successful businessman who junkets around the world in pursuit of his business concerns, producing heirs to her husband’s empire becomes her desperate desire. Sensing that her…

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