By: on May 5, 2019
On December 23, 1985, the Vatsa family had just concluded plans to travel to Calabar because, usually, they spent the yuletide in the Cross River State capital, (Sufiya is Efik), the Id-el-Fitri in Minna, Niger State (Vatsa is Nupe) and the Id-el Kabir in Kaduna. After the necessary packing for the trip, the family waited for the return of General Vatsa from the Armed Forces Ruling Council, (AFRC), meeting he had attended. He returned home late, so the trip was postponed till the following day. ...
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By: on May 5, 2019
THE significant disparities between rich and poor in Nigeria no longer invite much comment or analysis: poverty, despite political rhetoric, is more or less accepted as the capitalist norm and many have been content to watch the middle class gradually disappear, squeezed into in-existence by systemic corruption and economic inefficiency. Interestingly, in other West African countries which haven’t had the Nigerian experience of military rule (Senegal and Ivory Coast, for example), the middle c...
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By: on May 5, 2019
Born on 26th June, 1926 at the ancient city of Ado-Ekiti. Trained as a soldier at the Defence Academy and at the Eaton Officers Candidate School, UK. He moved up in ranks and became the first military governor of the former Western Region, Yorubaland. He was a gallant Yoruba man who died defending nobel integrity. He was hosting the then military head of state at the Yoruba seat of power; Ibadan on that fateful day when the counter coupists arrived to overthrow Why Was He Killed?? Adekunl...
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By: on May 5, 2019
1. Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria, was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat in Nigeria. 2. She was an avid traveler. She had traveled to many countries around the world. 3. Prior to Nigeria’s independence - specifically during the Cold War – she traveled to the former USSR, Hungary and China, where she met Mao Zedong – the communist revolutionary. 4. Her trip to countries in the Eastern bloc angered ...
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By: on May 2, 2019
The history of Bashorun Gaa is a twisted one. Though he was fierce and some described if has a wicked individual but he helped to hold the oyo empire together. When Alaafin Labisi took over the throne from the previous (late) Alaafin, Onisile, in 1750, he appointed Gaa as his Bashorun, the head of Oyomesi (7 hereditary kingmakers). During Alaafin Labisi’s reign, the old Oyo Empire, also known as Oyo-Ile, became so powerful and earned the respect of other kingdoms in Yorubaland. History has...
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By: on April 8, 2019
Chief Balogun Landuji Oshodi Tapa was an outstanding warrior and a statesman. During the reign of King Eshilokun, he immigrated to Lagos from Bida in what is now known as the Niger State. This was after he had lost his parents in a tribal war when he was only six years old. He put himself under the protection of the King as his servant in order to prevent himself from being taken and sold into slavery. The King in turn put him under the supervision of one of his trusted men, Fagbemi. Some yea...
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By: on April 6, 2019
In 1983, Nigeria expelled two million undocumented West African migrants, half of whom were from Ghana. The sturdy, checked bags into which they packed their belongings have become a symbol of exclusion and intolerance. Nearly four decades later, the region is yet to confront its emotional baggage. It was the bags that made up Solomon “Acquaye” Asiedu’s mind. They were cheap, ordinary bags. They had no name and came in blue and red, in big and medium sizes, all checked. They were wanted in La...
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By: on March 28, 2019
Christian ochiama, Nigeria’s aspiration to greatness is taking concrete shape through the audacious achievements of her citizens especially those in the diaspora. The country, adjudged by size of population as the largest concentration of black people in the world, is playing very significant roles in all spheres of human development across the globe. The list of Nigerian men and women below, which is by no means exhaustive, points to the fact that Nigerians have the capacity and capabilit...
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By: on March 26, 2019
In 2015 Buhari defeated a sitting president with 2.5 million votes, while it took 3.9 million votes to halt the ambitions of a former vice-president in 2019. At first glance, the 1.4 million increase in the gap between the two main candidates suggests a more definitive election. Dig deeper, and cracks appear in this theory. Voter turnout for the 2019 elections was the lowest since Nigeria returned to democracy. In 2003, 69% of 61 million eligible voters participated in the presidential ele...
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By: on March 26, 2019
Tucked inside a vast residential area in the Jabi district of Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, the first officially registered medical clinic in this West African country offers integrative medicine to local patients, incorporating traditional Chinese medicine, U.S. alternative medicine and Western medicine. The health facility, named the Eastern and Western Hospital, was founded by a Chinese couple in 2017 to provide adequate solutions to people’s health problems by embracing Eastern and ...
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By: on March 18, 2019
To succeed in tackling rogue pastors and commercialization of religion, South Africa must advance a clear and unequivocal definition of bogus pastors and commercialized religions. The country should apply these definitions to all clerics (self or other styled) and to all religions in the country without fear or favour. The title of a local movie, the Fake Prophet, that was distributed in Nigeria as part of the campaign against child witchcraft accusation in the country, made me curious. Those...
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By: on March 16, 2019
Chikwe Ihekweazu tried to steel himself as he surveyed people writhing in pain beneath ramshackle tents in the deserts of northern Nigeria. A deadly epidemic of meningitis had swept through the region in 2017, debilitating so many people that clinics had run out of space. The tragic scene laid bare the challenges ahead for Ihekweazu, who had just been appointed director of the nation’s first agency tasked with tracking and responding to outbreaks, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)...
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