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Opinion: Three reigns and a new king, By Dare Babarinsa

Opinion: Three reigns and a new king, By Dare Babarinsa

  *Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye* This is a roaring time for the people of Owo, an ancient town in Ondo State. The town has just installed a new traditional ruler, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye, the Olowo of Owo. Another son, Rotimi Akeredolu, is the governor, the second son of the city to be so elected. The ascension to the throne ... Read More »

LIAD TELLA: A MENTOR BEHIND MANY ACHIEVERS, By Abdulwarees Solanke

LIAD TELLA: A MENTOR BEHIND MANY ACHIEVERS, By Abdulwarees Solanke

  Alhaji Liad Tella* In Nigerian journalism since the mid-70s, he grew to become a household name as an incisive reporter, a highly perceptive analyst, an expert in foreign affairs and a brilliant political commentator. His berths within the Nigerian newspaper industry include the Daily Times, The Punch, National Concord and ultimately The Monitor, rising from an ordinary reporter to ... Read More »

Reflection on the Future of Public Broadcasting in Africa and Asia, By Abdulwarees Solanke

Reflection on the Future of Public Broadcasting in Africa and Asia, By Abdulwarees Solanke

Are state and public broadcasters in Africa and Asia, nay most of the developing countries including ours not losing their essence and values? I am forced to embark on this rhetoric because of the discernible shrinking audience base, unappealing content, weak financial backbone and doubtful credibility of state and public broadcasters in many development countries. At a time public broadcasting ... Read More »

A warning for the Foreign Minister and people of South Africa

A warning for the Foreign Minister and people of South Africa

By Femi Fani-Kayode I would appreciate them in helping us as well to address the belief our people have and the reality that there are many persons from Nigeria dealing in drugs in our country”- Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor, South African Minister of International Relations. Is this the sort of thing that ought to be said by the South ... Read More »

FEATURES-A COMMUNICATION CONFERENCE AT MY CRADLE: IWE IROHIN COMES BACK TO LIFE, By Abdulwarees Solanke

FEATURES-A COMMUNICATION CONFERENCE AT MY CRADLE: IWE IROHIN COMES BACK TO LIFE, By Abdulwarees Solanke

Abeokuta, my root and the cradle of journalism in Nigeria, last week Thursday was fittingly the city of the reenactment of the launch of the first newspaper in this part of the world, Iwe irohin fun awon Ara Egba ati Yoruba. A culmination of the memorable 6th Annual Conference of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria ACSPN, ... Read More »

Opinion:General Magashi and the National Security Agenda, By Yushau A. Shuaib

Opinion:General Magashi and the National Security Agenda, By Yushau A. Shuaib

  *General Magashi* When Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.) was announced as a ministerial nominee, I reached out to the former Commissioner for Information and Finance in Kano State, Mallam Garba Yusuf, for an insight into the capabilities of the retired military officer. I was aware that Magashi had led a 12-man high-powered reconciliation committee of the ruling party in ... Read More »

Opinion: Malaise of Depression /Suicide, By Adewumi Ademiju

Opinion: Malaise of Depression /Suicide, By Adewumi Ademiju

Adewumi Ademiju* A 46-year-old male banker in one of the  branches  of an old generation bank in Lagos state recently reportedly committed suicide for unknown reason. Mr. Ibeakanma, a father of one, was reportedly found lying lifeless in his room in Victoria Island, Lagos State. The  deceased ,identified as Onyechere Ibeakanma from Umuakam Afugiri in Umuahia north LGA, Abia state according ... Read More »

Pedagogy of a Leader: Tribute To Shettima At 53, By Inuwa Bwala

Pedagogy of a Leader: Tribute To Shettima At 53, By Inuwa Bwala

  Senator Shettima* I left his government in fury, but returned to him like the prodigal son and benefitted immensely from his benevolence, to the consternation  and disbelief of those who were beating the drums of war to which I danced. Above statement sums up the story of my relationship with former Borno State Governor, now Senator, Kashim Shettima. So ... Read More »

Opinion: In ‘defence’ of ‘Yahoo Boys’, By Bolanle Bolawole

Opinion: In ‘defence’ of ‘Yahoo Boys’, By Bolanle Bolawole

According to Google, “structural functionalism or, simply, functionalism, is ‘a framework for building theory that sees society as a complex system whose parts work together to promote solidarity and stability’…This approach looks at both social structure and social functions”. Human societies and human civilization have never been a one-way traffic but has been an admixture of the good, the bad, ... Read More »

The Good Nigerians In Japan, By Femi Adesina

The Good Nigerians In Japan, By Femi Adesina

  President Buhari with some Nigerians in Japan* Sure, there are some Nigerian rascals abroad. But every country has its share of deviants, both at home and abroad. Not all Nigerians in the Diaspora are crooks, though some drag the country’s image through the mud. Not all Nigerians in foreign land are irreverent, though some funny characters exist outside our ... Read More »

Opinion: Nigeria and the price of lifeless leadership, By Bola Bolawole

Opinion: Nigeria and the price of lifeless leadership, By Bola Bolawole

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn – Proverbs 29: 2. One tale by the moonlight that Granma regaled us with in those good old days involved Tortoise, Lion and Monkey. Tortoise, mischievous as ever, came across a gathering of other animals and said what seemed as a simple ... Read More »

TICAD 7: And Serious Business Begins…, By Femi Adesina

TICAD 7: And Serious Business Begins…, By Femi Adesina

  When we arrived Yokohama on Monday, among questions I was asked by Nigerian media here was whether the Presidency was worried by threats from a fringe and shadowy group, long outlawed in Nigeria, to cause commotion, and embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari and his team. I waved the question aside, saying we were in Japan for serious business. Well, the ... Read More »

Some Concerns And Clarifications, By Femi Adesina

Some Concerns And Clarifications, By Femi Adesina

  Day two in Japan, and it was mainly for exhaling, catching our breath, receiving briefings and preparing for the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), which holds from August 28-31. The program outline is rich, and holds much for Africa in different spheres like deepening sustainable and resilient society, building peace and stability, agriculture, climate change ... Read More »

With Love From Yokohama, By Femi Adesina

With Love From Yokohama, By Femi Adesina

  Love in Tokyo is the title of a 1966 film that became a hit at the box office. Since then, when men and women, boys and girls show affection to one another publicly, you often hear “love in Tokyo.” But we only landed in Tokyo, and took a 30 minutes drive to Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city. That is ... Read More »

Ekweremadu’s Nuremberg ‘trial’…

Ekweremadu’s Nuremberg ‘trial’…

By Bola Bolawole turnpot@gmail.com 0807 552 5533 According to Wikipedia, the Nuremberg trials were a series of military tribunals held after World War II (1939 – 1945) after the defeat of Germany’s Adolf Hitler and his Axis Alliance (Germany, Japan and Italy) by the Allied Powers (Britain, France, USSR and the United States) under international law and the laws of ... Read More »

Opinion-Sambisa as a RUGA: Leveraging on Tourism in Nigeria, By Abdulwarees Solanke

Opinion-Sambisa as a RUGA: Leveraging on Tourism in Nigeria, By Abdulwarees Solanke

The first and only time I visited Calabar, the Cross River State capital was over eight years ago as head, Voice of Nigeria Training Centre to attend the Conference of Head of Training Institutions in Nigeria organized by the Centre for Management Development, CMD. During the three-day programme, I soaked myself in the freshness of a city that prides itself ... Read More »

Will drones cure our insecurity?

Will drones cure our insecurity?

By Bola Bolawole turnpot@gmail.com 0807 552 5533 Very soon, Nigeria’s airspace will be awash with drones. Virtually all the states in the Middle Belt and Southern part of the country that have been whacked by Fulani herdsmen and banditry violence are queuing up to acquire licence to procure drones from the relevant Federal authorities. The goal is to use this ... Read More »

Opinion-Why RUGA flopped: Explaining Policy Communication in the Developing World,By Abdulwarees Solanke

Opinion-Why RUGA flopped: Explaining Policy Communication in the Developing World,By Abdulwarees Solanke

There has been so much talk about public policy failure or lack of sustainability of development and reform projects in many developing countries especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. This dilemma of course needs to be investigated in some details for us to understand the dynamics of the policy process in these countries and perhaps appreciate the constraints of government-public management in ... Read More »

Opinion-Muslim Activists Push Toxic Feminism: The War Against Motherhood, By Umm Khalid

Opinion-Muslim Activists Push Toxic Feminism: The War Against Motherhood, By Umm Khalid

  *A group of Muslim women at a workshop* Many Muslim young women living in the modern world are lost when it comes to the marriage versus career question. They wander along with no real guidance, following in the footsteps of their non-Muslim counterparts and falling face-first into the same disastrous outcomes. Some of us parrot gimmicky feminist one-liners and ... Read More »

Opinion-The Army-Police War: Where Is the NSA?, By Yushau A. Shuaib

Opinion-The Army-Police War: Where Is the NSA?, By Yushau A. Shuaib

  * *Shuaib* “Our country is bedevilled… (by) multifarious security challenges by which each agency must bring its wealth of experience and comparative advantage to compliment the effort of another”- DG DSS_ The current Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi Magaji made the above remarks in his keynote address, while hosting the meeting of the Forum ... Read More »