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The government of President Idriss Deby in Chad blocked citizens’ internet access for 16 months. [Photo: EPA-EFE/ABIR SULTAN]

ANALYSIS: How social media is changing politics across Africa

Social media is more than views and opinions shared online. The technology can also help orchestrate protests …

Garba Lawal

INTERVIEW: Atlanta 96 Olympic win was turnaround for northern women –Garba Lawal

Lawal speaks about his playing time in Tunisia and Holland as well as current project.

Johnson Akinleye, Ph.D.,

INTERVIEW: I’m ‘extremely proud’ of my early education in Nigeria – American university Chancellor

Johnson Akinleye became the 12th Chancellor of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 2017

Obasanjo and Buhari at State House

INTERVIEW: Buhari insensitive to Nigeria’s diversity — Obasanjo

The nation’s fourth republic’s first president speaks on how he implemented the promises in his inaugural speech in the eight years he held power.

Henrich Akomolafe is one of the 28 Nigerian global influencers

INTERVIEW: I was rejected by Nasarawa University – Young Nigerian businessman recognised by Forbes

Henrich Akomalafe says he wants to be on Forbes billionaire list.

Zakaria Migeto, a Doctoral student from Tanzania, studies Sociology and International Development in Beijing, China.

INTERVIEW: My experience as an African studying in China – Zakaria Migeto

Zakaria Migeto also speaks about growing up in Tanzania and keeping a family in Tanzania and China.

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Tinubu used to illustrate the story.

ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministerial list reflects APC’s preparation for 2023

There are indications across the country that the president gave priority to politics over policy in his choices.

Bishop Matthew Kukah

Nigeria and its Fourth Republic: Failing to Learn or Learning to Fail? By Mathew Kukah

Bishop Kukah argues that even as its fourth republic clocks 20, Nigeria is still far away from the principles of republican Democracy. “A real republic is still a dream deferred,” he says.

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Wole Soyinka]

INTERVIEW: Why I can’t stop challenging injustice – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka also speaks on President Muhammadu Buhari and the activities of many young Nigerians.


Senate Committees: Reward for loyalty, surprises and round pegs

Most of the appointments appear as compensation for loyalty to the leaders of the Senate, as well as the APC.

Babatunde Fowler, FIRS Chairman

INTERVIEW: Our challenges, successes at FIRS – Fowler

Mr Fowler also speaks on the MTN controversy and the treatment of staff at the FIRS.

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

ANALYSIS: Senate’s ministerial screening, an opportunity lost

Of the 43 appointees, 22 were excused without grilling – this is more than half of the total nominees.

Stakeholders at the Security Summit where all governors from the South-West attended

ANALYSIS: Insecurity: State of emergency for South-west governors

The regional governors’ attempt at finding solutions via a talk shop is salutary to the extent that the resolutions will be followed with the needed zeal.

Port Harcourt Refinery

ANALYSIS: Failed Promises On Refineries: Will Kyari be different from predecessors?

Between 1993 and 2016, the federal government may have spent about $6.065 billon on the rehabilitation of the four refineries.

Cross section of participants at the second Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum holding in Niamey.

EXPLAINER: How Regional Stabilisation Facility hopes to curb Boko Haram crisis

The high point of the event was when the governors, including global partners, signed a $100 million regional stabilisation facility aimed at ending the humanitarian crisis in the region.

PROFILE: Justice John Tsoho — Chief Justice of the Federal High Court

Born June 24, 1959, at Mbaduku Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue State, Justice Tsoho, now 60, has up to five years to retire.

Seinye Lulu-Briggs: Why my husband's sons are after me

INTERVIEW: Why my husband’s sons are after me – Seinye Lulu-Briggs

Mrs Lulu-Briggs also speaks on how plans to bury are husband are being frustrated.

Mr. Uche Orji (Photo Credit: Ezekiel Oyero)

INTERVIEW: What we are doing in Nigeria’s power sector — NSIA MD

The MD, Uche Orji, says in terms of size, the NSIA is one of the smallest sovereign wealth funds in the world, about 52 out of 56 or so.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Femi]

SATIRE SATURDAY: Nigeria Air’s death anniversary and why Gbajabiamila needs 361 aides

This column proposes another slot for a Senior Special Assistant on Bourdillon “2023” Affairs.

INTERVIEW: Why I resigned as head of Nigeria’s AIDS agency, NACA – Aliyu

Sani Aliyu also speaks on his bid to head the UN agency on AIDS, UNAIDS.

Seyi Makinde (Photo Credit: Inside Oyo)

SATIRE SATURDAY: Oyo, Seyi Makinde and the “Solo Makinde” Syndrome

No development has exposed the governor’s tactless approach to governance like the claims on Moniya-Iseyin Road controversy.

President Muhammadu Buhari signing the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), on behalf of Nigeria

EXPLAINER: 10 potential benefits of AfCFTA

With a GDP of about $405 billion, Nigeria is considered the largest economy in Africa.

Ibadan Tailor Apprentice

How lack of apprentices, emergence of ‘graduate artisans’ affect Nigeria’s SMEs

The collapse of artisanship has also killed the dreams of many young people with creative skills, says a social activist.

FEATURE: The Remarkable Story of Anthony, Akinwumi Adesina’s Adoptive Son from Madagascar

For President Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank, Anthony’s story is one of hope.

Nightfall came with a feeling a hopelessness for Chris Chom and 61 other prison inmates who only had the option of practically sleeping on each other's bodies for lack of sleeping space

In Nigeria’s crowded prisons, inmates describe terrible feeding, sanitation (2)

Nigerian prisons are overcrowded and are poorly run. PREMIUM TIMES’ and interviews with 150 inmates prove those challenges.