Gimba Kakanda

Gimba Kakanda is a vibrant author and poet, a socio-political essayist.

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David Umaru: The Last Man Standing in Niger, By Gimba Kakanda

Surviving as the opposition in the political culture of Niger state is a feat possible only for the tough and the extraordinarily resilient. Over time, as a keen observer, I've watched and studied the comings and goings of certain dramatic figures who have emerged to challenge an incumbent government and…

Nigerian wins UK innovation prize, mentorship with Richard Branson

Mr. Yammama says he's thrilled to have emerged winner in the keenly contested competition. A Nigerian postgraduate student of Creative Technology at Middlesex University, United Kingdom, has emerged first place winner in the British Council's Enterprise Challenge competition. Nasir Yammama, who is an indigene of Katsina state, won the U.K.…

Ekiti Epiphany: Politics beyond idealism, By Gimba Kakanda

The most amusing thing about Nigerian analysts, the outspoken observers of our political evolution into a pseudo-democratic nation, is our shared hypocrisy in reacting to outcomes of predictable public issues. This can be seen, most recently, in our responses to the outcome of Ekiti governorship election. In this build-up to…

A Letter to HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, By Gimba Kakanda

Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi will either become a revolutionary monarch or end up an unfulfilled uppity king. I must begin by exhibiting a needless sycophancy, as it is with our people, when another person attains a status no longer wise to antagonise: I am a fan. I am, however, a…

A Letter To Critics Of #BringBackOurGirls, By Gimba Kakanda

“A shared nationality, dear critics, is enough reason to be alarmed by the tragedies that have befallen fellow citizens.” (more…)

A Unity of Classes at Abuja’s #BringBackOurGirls Campaign, By Gimba Kakanda

“If idealism has failed functional countries like Egypt, it must serve as a warning to us, aspiring revolutionaries” (more…)

Fani-Kayode: The Hate Preacher and His Imaginary Audience, By Gimba Kakanda

In all my playful attempts to pan the gimmicks of former presidential aide and minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, in social media, I was advised to redirect my interest to more profitable contributions to public discourse. A politically isolated man, clearly incapable of protecting the electoral deposit of any serious people or…

Nigeria 2015: Congratulating President-Elect, Goodluck Jonathan, By Gimba Kakanda

“The tragedy is many may now volunteer to pitch tent with GEJ because of these dangerous accusations." (more…)

Of Mass Despair and Political Vampirism, By Gimba Kakanda

If you still hold on to the delusion that your worth as a human, and even as a citizen, is as important as the ambition of our desperate politicians or that, as an ordinary citizen, you're indeed indispensable in their political calculations and foresights, you have obviously stopped using, a…

Strategies for Regaining Political Relevance in Nigeria, By Gimba kakanda

Dear Politicians, This may be the last, and I'm sure it's not the first, intervention shared out of my sensitivity to your unjust vilification by a vengeful people to whom you, your family and friends are responsible for the witnessed socio-political dysfunction and all the things, genuine and imaginary, that…

On Soyinka Vs The Abachas: A Letter to Gymber Cacandah, By Gimba Kakanda

I have to write this, and it has to be delivered, as I'll tell the postman, very fast, to wherever you are in Miami before this collective children of anger to whom Professor Wole Soyinka is a deity lynch me on charges of, or complicity in your, blasphemy. You see,…

In Defence of Sadiq Abacha, By Gimba Kakanda

Abacha, our Abacha, the last of the true Generals and defenders against western imperialism, is dead and Nigerians, whose cowardice is both genetic and legendary, have become activists united against his ghost. You see, our activists only pick a fight with the dead, they pick a fight with this dead…

Sanusi, Ribadu and the Nigerian Amnesia, By Gimba Kakanda

I was hanging out with a friend, a very informed businessman and one of the last species of optimists who still postulate theories that Nigeria is not exactly messed up, when, as every grumbling citizen would do, I asked for his views on the suspension of the CBN Governor, Mallam…

Nigeria: Of Rights, Patriotism and ‘Briefcase’ Activism, By Gimba Kakanda

It was a sad day. I was sad for the innocent kids murdered in Yobe, just a few days after 20 girls were abducted in Borno, by the same bloodthirsty insurgents.  I accepted an invitation to hang out with friends, which turned out to be a wrong move. They are…

This is How Nigeria Works, By Gimba Kakanda

You get a call from a Big Man who is kindhearted, or has been told remarkable things about you. He invites you over. You honour the invitation and there is a job offer. For you. No competition. No stated qualification. No test. "I just like you!" Just like that. In…

A Letter to Zahrah – A Valentine’s day confession, By Gimba Kakanda

I do not believe in love, woman. I don’t believe in that corporate romanticisation of lust we see in the movies. I am a genuine man who simply believes. I believe in you, Zahrah. Last night I turned so many thoughts in my mind, and the closer I got to…

2015: What Do Nigerians Want? By Gimba Kakanda

The next elections are just a fresh calendar away. And so far the chaos of our choices is loud, sufficient for even a stubborn optimist to admit to the cynicism of citizens who have long predicted another case of our vulnerability to polarisations. Observing the ongoing political drama, and interacting…

My Case Against Abuja, By Gimba Kakanda

I don't have to spell this out, even to non-residents to whom this city is only understood as just the headquarters of political thievery: Abuja is a cheap fraud. It's a city built upside down, and recklessly so, perfect for several poorly orchestrated federal crimes against common-sense. On a distant…

What You Don’t Know About Governor Aliyu…By Gimba Kakanda

This week seems to signal the end of David Versus Goliath polls in a decade and a half as Nigerians welcome a much-anticipated political development that sharply highlighted the naiveté of President Goodluck Jonathan. As agreed by many, Jonathan has just sealed his place in history as Nigeria's most uncharismatic…

Letter to the Nigerian politician, By Gimba Kakanda

Dear Nigerian Politician... That the weather has changed doesn't make the leopards spotless. There are things that time doesn't easily change, and Nigeria is one perfect example: this country has evolved only chronologically, "devolved" is the best adjective that summarises its politics. Gone are those days that our politicians, despite…

Forget it, You Can’t Change Nigeria! By Gimba Kakanda

Too many beautiful ideas, too many dreams, too much passion, but the road to implementations remains rough and uncertain. This is the atmosphere of Nigeria’s revolutionary minds. Here is a country where patriots who had advocated the praxis of good leadership, and had even adopted models whose achievements they aspired…

The Blues of the Southern Women, By Gimba Kakanda

"Every year, 1 out of every 7 children in the core Niger-Delta states is estimated (sic) to die before the age of five. The number of under-5 deaths is over 65, 000 per year out of a total of almost 12 million people. These deaths far outnumber the casualties of…

UPDATE: Why Corporate Affairs Commission’s staff embarked on strike

The union chairman, Mr. Buba, says the staff will remain at home until authorities at CAC meet their demands for better package. (more…)

Black Africa: This Earth, My People! By Gimba Kakanda

"My people, I have been somewhere If I turn here, the rain beats me If I turn there, the sun burns me The firewood of this world Is for only those who can take heart That is why not all can gather it." ~ Song of Sorrow, Kofi Awoonor (1935…

The Hypocrisy Called Imperialism, By Gimba Kakanda

In the midst of the debates roused by last week's column in cyberspace, I confessed that English is my best medium of communication and a scholar of an African language with whom I have had unhealthy debates on what qualifies for the African labels, has taken that up as an…