Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Power, Uninterrupted, By Okey Ndibe

April 8, 2014

Okey Ndibe No, I didn’t mean to tease you, dear reader. I didn’t want to leave the impression that Nigeria has magically realized its dream... read more


Abba Moro and the War on the Poor, By Okey Ndibe

March 25, 2014

Okey Ndibe I was going to title this piece, “Why is Abba Moro Still a Minister?” but changed my mind. In the context of Nigeria,... read more


The Example of Lateef Jakande, By Okey Ndibe

March 17, 2014

Okey Ndibe One of my most revered friends rang me a few days ago after reading last week’s column. He wanted, first, to echo my... read more


Okay, Here Are Some Answers, By Okey Ndibe

March 11, 2014

Okey Ndibe I’m often taken aback when some of my Nigerian readers respond to my column by noting a failure to offer solutions. These fairly... read more


A National Insult Rejected, By Okey Ndibe

March 5, 2014

Okey Ndibe For those unaware of its source, I might as well state from the outset that the title of this column is not original.... read more


Besieged by the Police By Okey Ndibe

February 19, 2014

Okey Ndibe President Goodluck Jonathan is notorious for moving at slower than the speed of a snail when called upon to address issues that rather... read more


The Shape of Things To Come? By Okey Ndibe

February 4, 2014

Okey Ndibe I have had several sad conversations in the past two weeks with friends who, like me, are from Anambra State. The conversations have... read more


Billionaire House Helps, By Okey Ndibe

January 27, 2014

Okey Ndibe Nigeria’s (misnamed) Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule for the 2015 set of general “elections.” The presidential and National Assembly... read more


Nigerians Yawn Over Missing Billions By Okey Ndibe

January 2, 2014

Okey Ndibe On December 9 and 10, several websites and newspapers published a startling letter that Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi of the Central Bank of... read more


Iyabo Obasanjo’s Mirror, By Okey Ndibe

December 24, 2013

Okey Ndibe Odds are that Iyabo Obasanjo is at peace with herself, after pouring out her soul. She must have her own faults, perhaps even... read more


What Anambra Says, By Okey Ndibe

December 3, 2013

Okey Ndibe Numerous political pundits stipulated that the recent governorship election in Anambra would serve as a gauge of things to come in the 2015... read more


INEC’s Awful Outing In Anambra, By Okey Ndibe

November 18, 2013

Okey Ndibe I’m writing this piece first thing on Sunday morning, so I don’t know yet which candidate and party won – by fair or... read more


Gear In Reverse, “Going Forward”, By Okey Ndibe

November 11, 2013

Okey Ndibe There’s a relationship between the quality of a people’s imagination – their dream of themselves – and their material condition. It’s possible to... read more


Beyond Oduah-gate, By Okey Ndibe

November 4, 2013

Okey Ndibe For all of two weeks, Nigerians have been riveted by the disheartening revelation that Aviation Minister Stella Oduah approved the purchase of two... read more


The Curse of Foreign Rulers, By Okey Ndibe

October 22, 2013

Okey Ndibe Last week, I tried to sketch out the minor, desultory drama that culminated in my failing to speak at a convention of the... read more


To Speak Or Not To Speak, By Okey Ndibe

October 14, 2013

Okey Ndibe I used to believe that Nigerians who reside abroad – especially those in North America, Europe and the UK – were, on the... read more


Muslims, Stand Up to Be Counted! By Okey Ndibe

October 7, 2013

Okey Ndibe It’s time all decent Muslims woke up and realized that their faith is under an enormous siege. Extremist groups like al Qaeda, Boko... read more


Kofi Awoonor: A Macabre Finale, By Okey Ndibe

September 30, 2013

Okey Ndibe On the night of Saturday, September 21, 2013, I found myself talking admiringly about Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor, the Ghanaian poet, novelist, literary scholar,... read more


A Parable of Brainless Leaders, By Okey Ndibe

September 23, 2013

Okey Ndibe There’s this apocryphal story that a friend of mine, an exiled Zimbabwean writer, told me a few years ago. It went like this.... read more


Old PDP, New PDP, Same PDP, By Okey Ndibe

September 10, 2013

Okey Ndibe If you wanted proof that Nigeria is bereft of hope, look no further than this fact: that, on the Internet and elsewhere, many... read more


As Anambra Goes… By Okey Ndibe

August 27, 2013

Okey Ndibe Anambra is set, it appears, to act as dress rehearsal for Nigeria’s next round of general elections in 2015. For some inexplicable reason,... read more


A Culture of Low Expectations, By Okey Ndibe

August 13, 2013

Okey Ndibe One of the most tragic aspects of Nigeria’s aborted promise is that too many Nigerians have now imbibed a terrible culture of low... read more


Lagos Deportations and Crisis of Citizenship, By Okey Ndibe

August 6, 2013

Okey Ndibe The debate over Lagos State’s deportation of some Igbo elements to Anambra State has done two things at once. One, it has underlined... read more


Nigeria’s Minna, Abeokuta Future, By Okey Ndibe

July 30, 2013

Okey Ndibe The starkest evidence yet of Nigeria’s despairing circumstances could be glimpsed in the fact that Minna and Abeokuta have become major destinations for... read more


Nigeria As Lagbaja’s Perfect Mumudom, By Okey Ndibe

July 22, 2013

Okey Ndibe The masked phenomenon known simply as Lagbaja is one of the few Nigerian musicians whose art is inspired by the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.... read more