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The New Masters of the Universe: Big Tech and the Business of Surveillance

The New Masters of the Universe: Big Tech and the Business of Surveillance

By Paul Starr In his 1944 classic, The Great Transformation, the economic historian Karl Polanyi told the story of modern capitalism as a “double movement” that led to both the expansion of the market and its restriction. During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, old feudal restraints on commerce were abolished, and land, labor, and money came to be treated as commodities. ... Read More »

IS IT NOW COOL TO KILL? PROF WOLE SOYINKA WRITES LAWMAKERS

IS IT NOW COOL TO KILL? PROF WOLE SOYINKA WRITES LAWMAKERS

By Wole Soyinka My dear Honourables,   I hope you will excuse me for distracting you from your onerous duties, but I am a current sufferer – and I am not alone  – from a persistent nightmare. That affliction has been induced by your most recent approach to addressing an acknowledged problem that affects, not only Nigerians, butthe entire global ... Read More »

Emir Sanusi’s Inconvenient Truth

Emir Sanusi’s Inconvenient Truth

By Segun Adeniyi Muhammadu Sanusi II, stirred the hornet’s nest when he advocated punishment for parents who neglect their children by allowing them to roam aimlessly on the streets. Citing as an example the children recently abducted from Kano, the emir wondered whether this could happen in other parts of the country. “Now, make attempt to abduct a child in ... Read More »

Focus: They barred Aisha from representing Nigeria in Geneva because she is poor

Focus: They barred Aisha from representing Nigeria in Geneva because she is poor

By Betty Abah Aisha( being interviewed), Abah ( carrying a baby ) This is one of those days when I want to scream at the top of my voice but I can’t, I can’t. And it makes it the more painful. So this is a sob, a sobbing sob. What future is there in Nigeria for the poor and their ... Read More »

Tam David-West In Final Escape

Tam David-West In Final Escape

By FEMI ADESINA Now, my introduction to Professor Tam David-West was on this wise: I was brought up by a very strict, educationist father, who would not allow his seven children travel during holidays, particularly the long vacation at the end of the session. He had his own way of keeping us busy. President Buhari ( 3rd left, front row), ... Read More »

Opinion: This Abuja Keke Ban, By Uche Diala

Opinion: This Abuja Keke Ban, By Uche Diala

Truth be told, whoever came up with the idea of banning Keke in Abuja metropolis at this time (at least that’s what I’m made to understand) did not think it through or maybe doesn’t know what the major problems of FCT residents are. Come to think of it, how do we arrive at these policies and how do we implement ... Read More »

Mamman Daura @ 80

Mamman Daura @ 80

By Sam Nda-Isaiah I have known him all my life. At least I remember the day, while I was in primary school, I heard my father telling some of his friends that a new editor, a brilliant young man, had been appointed editor of the New Nigerian, and he was to take over from Malam Adamu Ciroma. Malam Adamu, who ... Read More »

THE AGE OF THE ROBOTIC REPORTER

THE AGE OF THE ROBOTIC REPORTER

By Chris Tunde Odediran | tunde@odediran.com We cannot think of mass communication without technology. Our profession has always depended on, and benefited from, technology for the generation and transmission of messages. From bells, megaphones, the printing press, cameras, transmitters, satellites to the Internet, the communication media have followed the trajectory of technological innovations. Journalists have always been using the tools ... Read More »

Makinde and Ibadan’s recurring house of horror

Makinde and Ibadan’s recurring house of horror

By: Bola Bolawole turnpot@gmail.com I have lost count of how many houses of horror have been unearthed in various parts of the country in recent time, starting from the North before berthing, last week, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital and famed largest city in West Africa. Apart from such houses being centres of cruelty and “man’s inhumanity to man” ... Read More »

Seized Asset as VON Corporate Office

Seized Asset as VON Corporate Office

By Abdulwarees Solanke Behold the new Voice of Nigeria’s corporate headquarters, a multi-level marvel of a building standing in elegance. This world class iconic architectural masterpiece comes with all facilities and conveniences needed for operations of a broadcaster of VON stature. That the edifice was originally owned by a single individual, a public servant for that matter is beyond comprehension. ... Read More »

A tribute to Mamman Daura at 80, By Fatima Mamman Daura

A tribute to Mamman Daura at 80, By Fatima Mamman Daura

“To be like the rock that the waves keep crashing over. It stands unmoved and the raging of the sea falls still around it.” – Marcus Aurelius Today, I pay tribute to an extraordinarily special man – who is fazed neither by criticism nor by praise; unperturbed by fortune or loss; content with little and unimpressed by wealth, power or ... Read More »

A Note to Shakespearean Femi Adesina, By Segun Showunmi

A Note to Shakespearean Femi Adesina, By Segun Showunmi

A fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. (William Shakespeare, As you like it) In this season when the Villa has become dangerous to the men of your tribe, with the man known as VP now minimized, you have in an unprofessional and despicable manner tried to do a revisionist explanation ... Read More »

Atiku: They gave him a false sense of hope, By Femi Adesina

Atiku: They gave him a false sense of hope, By Femi Adesina

After the Supreme Court threw out the legal challenge by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party on the February 2019 presidential poll last week, two things flashed across my mind: One was a song, the other, a quote from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which I’d read over 40 years ago. First, the song: The strife is o’er, the battle done, ... Read More »

Buhari Leaves Deputy Looking Weak Amid Nigeria Succession Talk

Buhari Leaves Deputy Looking Weak Amid Nigeria Succession Talk

By:   William Clowes President chose not to hand power to deputy while abroad Attention turning to succession politics before 2023 election The relationship between Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in the spotlight after the head of state embarked on a private overseas trip without handing over temporary authority to his deputy. While Buhari, 76, ... Read More »

The Money Farmers: How Eastern Europe Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions

The Money Farmers: How Eastern Europe Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Millions

CSAKVAR, Hungary — Under Communism, farmers labored in the fields that stretch for miles around this town west of Budapest, reaping wheat and corn for a government that had stolen their land. Today, their children toil for new overlords, a group of oligarchs and political patrons who have annexed the land through opaque deals with the Hungarian government. They have ... Read More »

A tale of firewood Mama told me, By Bolanle Bolawole

A tale of firewood Mama told me, By Bolanle Bolawole

I recently heard that jollof rice cooked with/on firewood tastes better than the one cooked with/on gas. I also heard that jollof rice cooked with/on charcoal/coal sits in-between – not as tasty as the former but tastes better than the latter. I cannot lay claim to being an extra-ordinary chef, even though I was raised to be able to fend ... Read More »

Life, its Graphic Illustration and the Ultimate Reality, By Abdulwarees Solanke

Life, its Graphic Illustration and the Ultimate Reality, By Abdulwarees Solanke

Travelling, of whatever length or duration is for me a moment of fertility. As vehicles race past one another or as we race past foliage of green forests, sandy arid deserts, intimidating rolling hills, flowing rivers or swirling littering ocean, or as wide-bodied aeroplanes slice swiftly and deep into silent woolly clouds to swim delicately in the air, I settle ... Read More »

Kogi’s paradox of six and half-a-dozen

Kogi’s paradox of six and half-a-dozen

By Bolanle Bolawole turnpot@gmail.com 0705 263 1058 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. – Ecclesiastes 1: 15 “A friend of my friend is my friend. A friend of my enemy is my enemy. An enemy of my friend is my enemy”. “There are no permanent friends but permanent interests”. “If ... Read More »

Expadoc Productions presents Oka Okoro, film on history of an Igbo community

Expadoc Productions presents Oka Okoro, film on history of an Igbo community

Modern day societies are grappling with finding solutions to a retinue of problems facing them. Ranging from poverty, disease, violent crime to terrorism. Little attention is therefore paid to the rapid erosion of our indigenous cultural practices and values, rapidly accelerated by advancements in technology, innovation, and modernisation – which in turn could also hold the very solutions that we ... Read More »

Lecture: Managing Communication For National Development, By Dare Babarinsa

Lecture: Managing Communication For National Development, By Dare Babarinsa

  MANAGING COMMUNICATION FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT The Second Anniversary Lecture of Bowen University Radio, on Monday, September 30, 2019, at the Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State. By Dare Babarinsa Chairman, Gaskia Media Ltd I congratulate the Vice-Chancellor and members of his team for leading this great institution. I also congratulate the management of the Bowen University Radio, who have deemed ... Read More »