Bamidele Ademola Olateju

Writer, information systems specialist and farmer as well as seasoned journalist. Bámidélé is a spirited modern essayist. Bamidele maintains a weekly column on Politics and Socioeconomic issues every Tuesday. She is a member of Premium Times Editorial Board. Twitter @olufunmilayo

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LIFESTYLE: When A Man Is Dating You For Your Money; The Warning Signs

It is official. The days of the female gold digger is over. It is becoming very common for women to out-earn the men, in their dating pool. Success is what stacks up the sugar mama potential. Money is difficult to hide. It does not matter if you earned it from…

Voter Suppression through Permanent Voter’s Card, By Bamidele Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Permanent Voter's Card (PVC) is a solution in search of a problem. We must admit that there is a systematic attack on voting rights in Nigeria. The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is making it harder for people to vote with their vanishing PVC's. They came out ill-prepared despite having…

‎The Dead Tells The Story In Gaza, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Israeli military campaign in Gaza has become a horrifying indictment of its counter-insurgency plan and a patent disregard for the lives of Palestinians. (more…)

Nigeria and Deceptive Politics – The Ekiti Example, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

Will a Fayose have the guts to run for the position of a city clerk in the United States? Of course not! A Fayose would have been cooling his heels in some medium security prison long ago! ========================= There is a moral paradox at the heart of our food-for-vote democratic…

The Nigerian Middle Class – An Amoral Collective, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

Nigeria has afoot a debilitating moral crisis with the middle class as the causative agent. The steady decline leading to the crisis had always been there. However, it is only now that it is exacting its detrimental cost. The crisis of public morality in Nigeria doesn't lie in the symptoms…

Emir Sanusi, This Is How You Can Help The North, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

This is a memo to HRH Lamido Sanusi on the brass tasks ahead. Your Majesty, I wish to congratulate you on ascending the throne of your forefathers. Long may you reign in peace. Sir, you have proved your impressive intellectual and political stamina, it is time for you to leave…

Mr. Jonathan – Free The Press, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Mr. Jonathan and his government should realize that Nigerians will not be silenced, we will continue to share our stories through social media.   The government of Mr.Jonathan has defaulted to pervasive use of the nation's security apparatuses to enforce Prior Restraint on the Press, members of the opposition and…

Boko Haram: How Nigeria can protect soft targets, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

“Now that terror has birthed on our shores, it must be treated as an unfortunate prospect and a continuing concern.” (more…)

Nigeria Billows In The Wind, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

In trying to shame Jonathan, the power grabbers have polarizing Nigeria along religious lines. "Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice." This quote came from George Lester Jackson (September 23, 1941 – August 21, 1971). He was an American author, left-wing activist and co-founder of the…

How Nigeria Can Defeat Boko Haram, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

Finally we are in the eyes and ears of the world for despicable reasons. Nigeria has been exposed less as a nation state and more as a colony of saboteurs, a den of looters, a congress of bigots and ethnic chauvinists; a geographical hellhole of terrorists that is merely a…

#BringBackOurGirls! And Awareness In The Age Of New Media, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

#BringBackOurGirls! A hashtag created by a concerned lawyer changed it all. It gave hapless Nigerians a breakthrough moment to reach millions all over the world. To tell the story of terror, inept leadership and the threat of a failing state with a humongous population that is capable of bringing untold…

Nigeria: A Colony Of Terrorists And Perverts, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

The government has no will power to confront these destroyers because each and everyone in position today has a lot to hide and it has become a dangerous game. I do not watch Jonathan media chat because I want to be spared the agony of seeing him say nothing meaningful.…

Examination Malpractice Is Destroying Nigeria’s Future(II), Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

Continue from last week... Three decades of sustained leaking of questions at national examinations has bred an array of consequences. Good students are discouraged from studying hard and are tempted to join the bandwagon as they see others get away with corrupt behaviours. The cheating contagion infects widely as more…

Exam Malpractice Is Destroying Nigeria’s Future (I), By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú 

Schooling and the education system that supports it, was developed as an instrument to equip children from early childhood to adulthood so they can lead productive public lives and full personal lives based on learning, talent and interest. It gives individuals the opportunity to develop their skills; along academic and…

Nigeria, the Deadly Ebola Virus and Labaran Maku’s ineptitude, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Nigeria produces, on daily basis, the sharpest minds in the world. Yet, the same country produces the dullest brains whose parade of ignorance continues to shame us. The deadly Ebola virus has killed more than 90 people in Guinea and Liberia with another suspected case reported in Mali. The resulting…

Between Jonathan’s Sleeping Delegates, Lord Fayose and SSS’ Cock and Bull Story, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Sunday's attack is a bollix, and a major embarrassment for Nigeria. May we find safety from the evil of ourselves! Nigeria has a way of tugging at you. In this space this week, at issue is about the ugly joke Nigeria has become. I am in Chicago this week and…

Bamidele Upfront: Nigeria’s Herods, Herodias and Salomes, By Bamidele Olateju

I write to you today as a people who are rejecters of truth. Truth is bitter, truth is constant, truth is dangerous, especially when spoken to power. Not everybody is waiting to hear the truth we proclaim on civic leadership, follower-ship and duty. There will always be rejection of the…

A Recruitment Tragedy, Moron Moro and a Sordid Blame Game, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

A bad system produces bad products. I am not surprised the system threw up an Abba Moro at the helm of the Interior Ministry. The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) made N7billion from the sale of forms and vests to 7million candidates seeking employment with the agency. The sale of forms…

Bamidele Upfront: Centenary Heroes, Rogues and Scoundrels, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The list of centenary honorees solidifies Nigeria's longstanding reputation as the hotbed of political and economic corruption and a total lack of respect for history. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets; our dark secrets of romance with everything evil has now come to the fore. The world now knows…

Nigeria’s Political Mafiosi and the trial of Mallam Lamido Sanusi, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Sanusi's suspension (sack) is another low in the never-ending cascade of impunity, catch-me-if-you-can gerrymandering and unprecedented extortionist episodes this Jonathan of a man drowns us in. And so it was that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi broke the silence code and ticked off the political Mafiosi headed by the Grand Mafioso -…

Nigeria and its declining education– the way forward, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Nigeria's decline in education, though incipient, is impossible to miss. In the past, there was always a countervailing force in our traditional society; there was in existence a Nigerian stew of shame and pride that kept thieving impulses walled off. In a single generation, we lost our set of traditional…

How to stop Jonathan from bankrupting Nigeria, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The mistake of former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not end with installing an incompetent successor. In addition to our misfortune, he got us a speculator who deals on both sides of the national question. President Jonathan holds a long position on Nigeria as the President and Commander-in-Chief and a short…

Budget of Pork in a Country of Poor, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The 2014 budget proposal deserves the seal as the gold standard for pork barrel spending. It is a budget of insensitivity carefully packaged with impunity. The drain pipe to siphon funds from the nation's coffers used to be subsidy payments and outright conversion. The Occupy Nigeria revolt changed all that,…

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…

[Bamidele Upfront] Pick Your Poison: No Good Options for 2015, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

In 2015, we will have to make a choice among unsatisfactory options. Our duty is to determine the least bad way out. There are no good options when it comes to Nigeria's political future in 2015. This is what you get when you have short-sighted people who are governed by…