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Dimgba Igwe to be buried October 11 in Abia

The veteran journalist was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Nigerian Civil War Hero, General  Benjamin Adekunle, is dead

General Adekunle, popularly known as Black Scorpion, died Saturday morning in Lagos, his wife, Folake, is quoted as saying.

Truly Phenomenal: Maya Angelou, 1928-2014, By Niyi Osundare

She enriched our world with her astounding array of talents and accomplishments: she was a singer, dancer, composer, producer, actress, journalist, teacher, motivational speaker, writer, and civil rights activist. Yet, that world, given the time, place, and circumstance of her birth, gave her little chance to demonstrate those talents, and even less possibility for carrying […]

Chairman of the National Conference: Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi .... Photo: Courtesy

#NGConfab: Justice Kutigi’s wife, Mariama, is dead

She died at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Wednesday morning. Mariama, wife of the Chairman of the National Conference, Idris Kutigi, is dead. She died at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Wednesday morning at about 2 a.m. The death was announced by the leadership of the Conference when it resumed sitting at 9 a.m. on […]

Ode to an Obituarist, By Adekeye Adebajo

It feels so strange to be writing an obituary for a serial obituarist. Kaye Whiteman, who died on 17 May at the age of 78, was one of the most prolific names in African journalism over the last five decades. He wrote eloquent obituaries regularly for the Guardian of London on such diverse figures as […]

The Double Death of Kaye Whiteman and West Africa, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The death of Kaye Whiteman, the well-known journalist and author was announced 17th May, he was 78 years old. In announcing his death, Kayode Soyinka in a statement said: “It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that our dear friend and colleague Kaye Whiteman died last Saturday. The news just […]

Prof. Jenkeri ‘Jenks’ Okwori (1962-2014): Words Are Not Enough, By Betty Abah

So I finally caved in to reality. I garnered the courage to look at the photos we took together, again… A devastated acceptance that death had indeed done its worst, and that those smiles were forever frozen! Professor Jenkeri Okwori, erudite professor of Theatre Arts at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and one of the […]

BREAKING: Ex-NANS President, Segun Okeowo, is dead

Segun Okeowo led the ‘Ali must go’ protest.

Iyetade, scion of the Soyinka family, to be buried in Ibadan

Iyetade Verity Soyinka, daughter of Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, who passed on in Ibadan three days after Christmas 2013, will be buried Friday January 10 in Ibadan, after funeral services at the Chapel of Resurrection, University of Ibadan at 11a.m.” family publicist, Jahman Anikulapo, said in a statement. She was born on June 5, 1965 […]

Late Justice Saidu Kawu buried in Ilorin

The deceased was a former justice of the Supreme Court.

Festus Iyayi: The Meaning of a Life, By Odia Ofeimun

Everyone who has encountered Festus Iyayi can attest to it that, to be true to one another was a cardinal principle of his existence. He could brook no knives of hidden agendas in the pursuit of goals that other comrades were not privy to. In his view, the ruin of normal human interconnections lies on […]

On the Passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, By Kole Omotoso

Last night, at ten minutes to nine o’clock South African time, Nelson R. Mandela, popularly known as Madiba died. As dawn breaks this morning celebrations, ruminations, but mostly celebrations begin across South Africa in all circles of the South African Rainbow Nation. It is a long time since the world has seen one person’s life […]

Madiba: Heroism in a Broken World, By Tunji Olaopa

And the stone word fell Upon my still living breast. Never mind, I was prepared for this. Somehow, I shall stand the test. Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet In a Bertolt Brecht’s play, The Life of Galileo, Andrea remarked to Galileo, “Unhappy the land that has no heroes.” A nation is built by the fervent support […]

Requiem For a Rare Newshound, By Wahab Gbadamosi

In Ibadan, any politician or anybody desirous of comprehending the political compass of the state must read his typically detailed features. He laid bare acres of complex and  incomprehensible power play–like he did when Oyo Governor Abiola Ajimobi dropped some of his commissioners late last year. In a lengthening column of journalists, content solely with […]

Baba Omojola: Son of Marx, Son of Ifa, Life of Struggle and Service, By Jubrin Ibrahim

This weekend was the burial of our dear Comrade BABA Oluwide Omojola who died on October 19th at the age of 75. His demise in Akure occurred the morning after he addressed the Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference. Baba was to me a mentor, teacher, comrade and friend over the past 37 years. […]

Festus Iyayi: A Tribute, By Salihu Moh. Lukman

May strikes become the remotest of weapons and least employed.

Patricia Paul Bassey Okon, Mother of Akwa Ibom deputy gov. passes on at 101

It is with the deepest sense of loss but in total submission to the will of the Almighty God that I write to notify you of the eternal home call of my dear mother and pillar of my strength – Late Madam Patricia Paul Bassey Okon, who transited to eternity at the age of 101 […]

Charity Fyneface Oba, Mama Sisi, (1946-2013), By Isiaka Aliagan

Death is inevitable. It is however, not the terminal end of man’s life, but the beginning of a journey into afterlife. This maxim, which is supported by religion, acts as checks against the excesses of man. That is why it is often advised that life on earth be devoted to worthy cause for as Braveheart […]

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Kofi Awoonor: In Memoriam, By Akin Adesokan

The Ghanaian poet and diplomat, Kofi Awoonor, was one of the fifty-nine people murdered last month in Nairobi by Islamist terrorists. He was attending the Storymoja Hay Festival, a literary event held annually in the Kenyan capital. During the festival, his new collection of poems, Promise of Hope, was scheduled be released in the African […]

Mike Akhigbe, ex-Vice President of Nigeria, is dead, elder brother says

Nigeria’s former military Vice President, Mike Akhigbe, is dead, his elder brother, Alemon Akhigbe told the News Agency of Nigeria He was 68 and battled cancer till Monday when he died in the United States. He was a retired Vice admiral of the Nigerian Navy. He served as Chief of General Staff (Vice President of […]

Obituary: Frank Olusola Macaulay 1929-2013, By Femi Macaulay

As a form of greeting, the question was intriguing. Whenever Frank Olusola Macaulay asked, “How are you, today?” he laid an unmistakable stress on the word, “today.” That was his way of highlighting the reality of a new day, different from past days, filled with fresh possibilities. The greeting carried a spiritual import, saying to […]

Innocent E. Ofor: The Passing of a Legend, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

He was a distinguished bearer of many titles, notably Knight of Saint Mulumba, Grand Knight Emeritus, Udora Umuchu etc. Chief Innocent E. Ofor, the retired top civil servant of Anambra State, passed on in the early hours of August 21. Born in 1929 in Amihie village of Umuchu town of Aguata LGA, Anambra State, Chief […]

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Ayala: A painful exit, By Dele Agekameh

Nigeria is certainly passing through a dark phase in its history. From the wheeler-dealers that are called businessmen milking the nation dry to the shenanigan of some of our greedy but visionless politicians and the satanic exploits of hoodlums, it is trouble all over the place. The situation confronting our nation today beats imagination. One […]

Im Memoriam: Anthony Oye Cukwurah, 1934-2013, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu & Soni Ajala

As Nigeria prepared to finally cede control of the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula in August 2013, one of the principal actors in the protracted legal dispute over the territory passed on. Anthony Oye Cukwurah, a law professor who died on July 12, 2013 at the age of 79 was a distinguished university administrator, public servant, a […]

Tribune Publisher, Oluwole Awolowo, dies in London at 70

Mr. Awolowo reportedly died in a foreign hospital on Wednesday evening. Oluwole Bolade Akanni Awolowo, scion of the powerful Awolowo political family, publisher of the Tribune titles in Ibadan,  who was famously called “unbreakable,” out of childhood excesses, passed on Wednesday at the Wellington Hospital, St Johnswood, London, following complications arising from a car crash that occurred […]