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    Faye and France: The Tyre Meets The Road

    A strategic reset of Senegal’s relationship with Paris can begin with Dakar creating an environment that works for investment – wherever it is coming from – while the new government also leverages regional cooperation, especially with moderate Francophone countries in the region.

    The words of President Bassirou Diomaye Faye were honey to taste. Following the bitter ending of the 12-year rule of Macky Sall, highlighted by the widespread belief that France is at the heart of Senegal’s misery, a forlorn country enthusiastically lapped up Faye’s promise of a future untainted by French shenanigans. At a stage, it […] More

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    Jonathan And Sam: Two Books, One Message

    The failure of leadership is responsible for the booby traps and chaos thrown on Tinubu’s path in the runup to the 2023 election on Buhari’s watch.

    Before The Human Flow was published, Jonathan, one of Europe’s most accomplished foreign affairs columnists and journalists, had talked with excitement about the book. It was his first novel. Like a woman who became pregnant when she thought she was past child-bearing, Jonathan, 82, couldn’t wait to make Mary Wesley look like a child prodigy. […] More

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    The Okuama Dead: Story Behind The Grief

    With a population of about 31 million and over 40 ethnic groups, the Niger Delta is a cauldron, radicalised by decades of poverty, agitation, militancy and violent politics.

    When Lt. Colonel Abdullahi Hassan Ali, 49, assumed duties as Commanding Officer of the 181 Amphibious Battalion of the Nigerian Army, all his mother, Hassana, could do was pray. Three years ago, Ali’s younger brother, Jamilu, a captain, had been killed in action by bandits in Katsina State. As an officer in the North-east, Ali […] More

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    Our Dirty, Rotten Banking Industry Must Be Cleansed

    It is not acceptable for tone-deaf bankers to ask Nigerians for investments in London when we can use all the dollars and pounds at home.

    Nigerian banks may not have solely created today’s inclement economic weather, but they have been a catalyst and an albatross on the country. Corrupt, greedy and notorious, top bankers are the suffocating mass around the neck of Nigerians that will not allow them to breath. Since the sudden demise of former CEO of Access Bank, […] More

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    Reminiscing About Inter-house Sports Day – By Efe Remawa

    The value of sports for health, wellbeing, team spirit, scholarship opportunities, fostering unity, sense of purpose should not be overlooked.

    Inter-house sports day (“sports day”) is when primary and secondary schools host their annual sports competition in Nigeria. In many schools, students are grouped into houses for planning, organisation and the actual competition. Usually, sports day is held in the second term of the school session. I attended one recently. It brought back memories of […] More

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    Photoshopping Princess And The Perils of Manipulation

    My heart bled for the Princess of Wales, but something deep inside kept saying, if this had been Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and famous Witch of Windsor, it would have been worse.

    The press has been unkind to Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales. I find it hard to understand why, of all the problems at this time, from the cost-of-living crisis to the war in Ukraine, and from the war in Gaza to the near total loss of trust in politicians, it is Kate’s unguarded photoshop […] More

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    The Famished Road To Kuriga

    It’s heart-wrenching to think that even though we’re told that Kuriga and other affected parts have been cut off from communications, we still hear of the criminals asking for ransom and issuing threats!

    The journey to Kuriga in southern Kaduna, North-west Nigeria, did not start with the kidnap of 287 students last week. In the early 1990s a neighbouring town, Zango Kataf, was the boiling point. About a decade later, the beast of sectarian violence, which had reared its head in Kaduna, surfaced several hundreds of miles away […] More

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    Rolling Blackouts, Heatwave And Tales From Dead Bulbs

    Private power supply has become the main source; while public supply, if you ever get it, has become the back up.

    I don’t know how it is in your part of town. But it’s been a nightmare in mine, a supposedly middle-class residential area in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital. Rolling blackouts do not begin to explain the depth of the misery. It’s been a dreadful time of rolling and erratic blackouts. Like surfing an angry wave, […] More

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    Will The Humble Pie Heal ECOWAS?

    While ECOWAS said it offered amnesty to its delinquent members on “humanitarian grounds”, the response from the military leaders in Bamako, Conakry, Ouagadougou and Niamey, has been mockingly indifferent.

    The resolutions following the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), at the recently concluded summit of Heads of State and Government in Abuja, were truly extraordinary. Seven months after threatening to deploy force in Niger, one of the four delinquent states – the others being […] More

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    Dear Nigerian, You Architected This Problem!

    From adapting to economic changes to integrating new ideas or electing responsive leaders, citizens as designers remain at the forefront, ensuring that the structure mirrors their desire.

    If we accept that design matters in erecting great structures, then the economic hardships facing Nigerians right now is their own making. Nigerians, as collective designers of their democracy, have been poor in vision and execution and must take responsibility for erecting the leadership, political and economic mess that everyone is now an expert at […] More

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