Opinion

Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u

Tsaraba from an adventurous journalist (II), By Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u

… Continue from last week. So I contacted the tailor immediately to make sure she prepares the tsaraba within few days so I can take it with me; and so she did. But what is important is another tsaraba that I found in Dakar, which is common among Senegalese women. Tailoring is very popular among […]

Femi Aribisala, Ph.D

How to become a highly-esteemed Nigerian, by Femi Aribisala

Don’t speak English like an Ibadan man. Speak with the kind of phonetics that even your mother will wonder where you were born.

Okey Ndibe

The Shape of Things To Come? By 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 focused on the local government election held in the state on January 11. One friend, who lives in Onitsha, rang me last week. He pointed to an aspect of my recent column […]

Jibrin Ibrahim

El-Rufai, Twitter and National Security, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Last week was very busy and intense in the political arena and one of the highlights of the week was the celebrated invitation of Nasir El-Rufai for a chat with the SSS. It was a bad move by the State Security Service and a deviation from their transformation agenda, which is to make the service […]

Ifeanyi Uddin

Accounting For Crude Oil Sales and Revenues, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Why does it matter that the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has indicated accounting sleights of hand at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)? Or that shenanigans in and around Nigeria’s proverbial golden egg-laying goose may be responsible for the federal budget’s recent (and unprecedented) revenue haemorrhage? Which is […]

Emmanuel Okaro

NGOs and the risk of believability, By Emmanuel Okaro

After reading an article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) about how the CEO of Timberland (makers of boots and foot wear) dealt with an attack of their business operations by the non profit organization (NGO), Greenpeace, I was struck with the thought that there is something not quite right about the relationship between NGOs […]

Femi Fani-Kayode

The Power Of A Woman, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Women are a precious gift from God but there are some things that all men need to know. Women are by far the deeper and more powerful of the two sexes. No matter how strong a man thinks he is, he is like butter in the hands of a woman that he loves. It is […]

Femi Aribisala, Ph.D

Article of Faith: Christian Thieves and Robbers, By Femi Aribisala

A poor and unemployed member of the church asked God to give him British Airways lock stock and barrel. I was reviewing this article, initially titled “Ungodly Prayers,” when the Lord suddenly spoke. He said: “Femi, it is written, ‘my house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but they have made it a ‘den […]

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Al Mustapha, the Apostle Paul, and Nigerian Parenting, By Adeolu Ademoyo

Parenting is the greatest gift we can hand over to society in our world today, for the home is the morning of the human adult.  This is why, having straddled home and Diaspora, and given what we take to be the challenges to the moral health of children in contemporary society, my wife and I […]

Tunji Olaopa-1

The Centenary of the Nigerian Civil Service, By Tunji Olaopa

The centenary of the founding of the Nigerian state is something to be celebrated. But more than that, it calls for deep and profound reflection for the simple reason that a hundred years is a life time. Whatever may be the shades of opinions on the preparation for the celebration of this event, no one […]

Hannatu Musawa

The Tragedy of Rape, By Hannatu Musawa

Some weeks ago, I went to meet and speak to a brave 2-year-old girl in Abuja. As I walked into the building, where she was standing with her parents, she became startled at the sight of what she must have identified to be a stranger and quickly grabbed her mother’s wrapper to hide behind. I […]

Pius Adesanmi

Chief Tony Anenih, To Everything There is a Season, By Pius Adesanmi Opinion

“Most Nigerians who wonder why a man four decades your junior still gets to summon you to Abuja in the dead of night …”

Gimba Kakanda

Politics of Deportations: Where Are the Northern Governors? By Gimba Kakanda

Religion and nationalism are the most powerful forms of indoctrination and, in the name of these two, many injustices can be done so that our idea of a shared humanity [in terms of religion and nationality] is thus contradicted and ridiculed. Nationalism is theoretically the healer of a colourfully diverse country possessed by the ghosts […]

femi falana

An Agenda for Free and Fair 2015 Elections, By Femi Falana

The 2007 General Election was declared “a do or die affair” by President Olusegun Obasanjo. Violence, ballot snatching and ballot snuffing by political thugs marred it. The armed forces and the police who were deployed to various parts of the country to maintain law and order unleashed unprovoked mayhem on the electorate. The Independent National […]

Victor Ehikhamenor

Time to Run, By Victor Ehikhamenor

I don’t know at what age Soyinka wrote poetry to his first white hairs, but it must have been exhilarating or debilitating to discover the white intruders in his all black congregation of hair. I just realized recently that when human beings get to a certain age they begin to have intense conversations with their […]

Chijama Ogbu

Amaechi, NGF and missing $49.8 billion, By Chijama Ogbu

Amaechi runs the risk of losing credibility

Garba Shehu

Labaran Maku and his frenzied attacks on northern leaders, By Garba Shehu

If I sat in a jury to decide who among the three in the President’s circle is doing the most damage to “enemy” Northern leaders between Edwin Clark, Asari Dokubo and the Minster of Information Labaran Maku, I will not hesitate to choose Maku and will tell you why. Maku is not only adept at […]

Dele Agekameh

‘Nigeria’ in Cape Town By Dele Agekameh

‘Whatever the interpretation, the victory of the Super Eagles certainly boils down to team character and the will to fight, even against seemingly insurmountable odds’

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Are Homosexuals Human Beings? By Ogaga Ifowodo

The theme of the 1993 United Nations world conference on human rights in Vienna was Women’s Rights Are Human Rights. I was with the Civil Liberties Organisation then and attended the conference. Why was it necessary, you might ask, to state that incontestable fact 45 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the very […]

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Nigeria2015: Why there will be no free and fair elections, By Godwin Onyeacholem

“It was on this same sub-region that the world saw a genuinely free and fair election in Senegal…”

Sam Nda Isaiah

My Dear Chief Anenih, By Sam Nda-Isaiah

The world is expecting me to respond today to the letter you wrote me, so I will go straight to the point. Your letter to me, sir, was a little strange because I can’t see what you intend to achieve. But, as my Esan friend recently told me, there is a saying in your place […]

Nicholas Ibekwe

A young Nigerian grieves the loss of his brother to militiamen, By Nicholas Ibekwe

Last May a police officer in northern Nigeria was brutally slaughtered by militiamen, but to this day no one has been held accountable. His brother, our reporter in Lagos, remains tormented by the injustice. My brother, Christian, was gruesomely killed alongside over 90 other policemen by Ombatse cultists-cum-militiamen in Nasarawa, northern Nigeria, on 17 May […]

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APC Senators defy party’s directive, screen military chiefs

At least seven senators of the oppositionAll Progress Congress, APC, on Monday participated in the screening of military chiefs nominated by President Goodluck Jonathan last week, in an apparent defiance of the party’s directive that its members block the exercise and similar executive proposals to the National Assembly. Senators Attai Aidoko, Kogi State; Femi Ojudu, […]

Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Why the gay lobby failed in Nigeria, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

In the last two decades, I have modified my views on homosexuality; from outright antagonism to polite indifference. I remained in the empty vast land of no bother, until the Nigerian Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was signed into law on January 7. In this country, it is now a crime to have a meeting […]

Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u

Tsaraba from an adventurous journalist (I), By Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u

Before you start checking your dictionary let me start by explaining that tsaraba is not an English word. It simply means a present or a gift brought by a person from a journey.  In Hausa culture, as with many other cultures, the family looks forward to the tsaraba the head of the family or any […]