All Articles Tagged: Nigeria

Aliko Dangote

The Scramble for Nigeria: Between Esau and Naboth

As a student in college, I read much of history. I read much about the scramble for Africa by the European powers. I read about how they partitioned Africa and divided the continent among themselves. They came bearing gifts and scattering “civilization” along the way.  They planted schools and tried their best to show the light in a hitherto dark continent. And what was the reason for the rush, for the scramble and for Africa’s eventual partitioning among the super powers? It is, in one word: money. Full article

Change

“Change Begins With Me”: Deconstructing Mr. President’s Speech

On September 8, the Federal Government launched a national reorientation campaign tagged “Change Begins With Me”. As usual, our moral crusader and change agent, President Muhammadu Buhari, waxed lyrical and pastoral, imploring Nigerians to change their ways and eschew corruption by imbibing the virtues of honesty, integrity and fairness. After going through the speech, if not that I know Mr. President to be an Islamic apologist, I would have asked, as it was asked of Saul in the Bible, “Is Buhari also among the prophets?Full article

Brexit

As Mr. “Fantastically Corrupt” Leaves Downing Street, What does Britain’s Exit from the EU Mean for Us?

Last week, precisely June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the most powerful economic and political bloc: the European Union. The union, which could be seen as an offshoot of European Economic Community, was formed in 1993 after the Maastricht Treaty.  Presently, it has a membership strength of 28 countries drawn from Europe. Full article

Pastor Tunde Bakare

Nigeria, Pastor Tunde Bakare and the Call for a Revolution

There is this funny story I read some years ago in the social media. It was during the reign of Olusegun Obasanjo. The story teller said that Bill Clinton, the then President of the United States of America, came to Nigeria on a state visit. His host told him, perhaps in a jubilant hallucinatory tone, that Nigeria was on the verge of catching up with America in many areas of development index. Full article

Going To America

Going to the American Embassy Abuja was fun indeed. I was just tired of all the noise around me and the craze and clutter for things that don’t matter that consume most of our time—things that I consider as fineries and fripperies. And so, I decided to dock at the embassy for a change, May 14. Full article

2014: Looking at My Crystal Ball

Soothsayers and augurers have a way with the arcane world. Like the famed Nostradamus, they tell us they have the power of life and death by their ability to predict tomorrow. And they hypnotize us by such spell because man, by nature, is afraid, terribly afraid. Sir Isaac Newton, for instance, came up with his prediction which he claimed was based on biblical calculations that the world will end in 2060. Of cause, there have been many of such predictions before which never came to pass. Full article

What Mandela Means to Me

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

THE news of the death of Nelson Mandela did not come to me as happenstance. When the Cable News Network (CNN) news alert flashed through my iPad that Jacob Zuma, the South African President, was to address the nation, what came to mind was the death of the elder statesman. And few minutes later, my suspicion was right: Mandela had joined our ancestors! Full article