By: on March 10, 2020
On the 20th of April, 1996, something happened in Nigeria that sent shock waves all over the country. It had never happened before in history and many did not believe it the first time they heard the story. The Sultan of Sokoto, head of Nigeria’s only caliphate and the sole spiritual leader of the country’s tens of millions of Muslims was unceremoniously removed from the throne of his forefathers. After spending eight years as the Sultan, Ibrahim Dasuki was deposed on the orders of the country’s...
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By: on February 18, 2020
“When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?" "Twelve," they said. Mark 8:19 NLT ¶Is poverty a curse that makes men mad? Here’s a true story, as told me by a second hand witness. Two Nigerians ordered oversized plates of food they didn’t need from an expensive restaurant somewhere in Germany. The waiters thought these were unusual amounts of food but what the heck, if they were this hungry. Surprises awaited them. ...
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By: on January 10, 2020
Respect everyone “respect is reciprocal” Everyone deserves to me respected however big or small in any capacity, if you want to earn respect, it must be reciprocated. This life can change anytime; don’t look down on people because tomorrow is pregnant. Nobody knows the future except God. It’s very true that you might be very educated by life is the best judge and God is the designer of destiny, it is not the amount of education you have or the wealth you have that will make you look down on peo...
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By: on June 30, 2019
In Nigeria, where a majority of cases of sexual violence go unreported, social media has brought the issue into the open. “Kill me, kill me, you people should just kill me.” Those were the words of an unidentified woman as she was being gang raped by five men and her ordeal was filmed with one of their mobile phones. The crime is believed to have taken place at a private off-campus hostel near Abia State University, Nigeria, in August 2011. The video of the rape, uploaded onto the Internet,...
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By: on May 5, 2019
DO YOU REMEMBER HIM? Exactly 32 years ago today, the notorious bandit who terrorised Benin City and old Bendel State the 80s , Lawrence Nomanyagbon Anini A.K.A. "Ovbigbo" or "the Law" and some members of his gang were executed by firing squad after being convicted by the defunct Bendel Armed Robbery and Firearms Tribunal presided over by Justice James Omo-Agege Anini was born in a village about 20 miles from Benin City in present-day Edo State. He migrated to Benin at an early age, learned...
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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 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 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
Known as ‘wole-wole‘ among the Yoruba people, ‘Nwaole-ala‘ among the Igbos and ‘duba-gari‘ among the Hausas, sanitary inspectors are government officials saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the sanitation of houses and neighborhoods in every part of Nigeria. The office of the sanitary inspector was established back in the colonial era of Nigeria. At the dawn of their establishment, they were known as sanitary attendants because their primary function then was to serve as helping hands ...
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By: on March 7, 2019
MARRIAGE is a socially recognised and approved union between individuals who are committed to one another with the expectation of a stable and lasting intimate relationship. In light of this, it is imperative for couples to value and protect their marriages else they may land themselves in an annulment or a divorce. Annulment is the determination by a court that a supposed marriage was never legally valid. Marriages subject to annulment proceedings are classified as void. On the contrary, div...
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By: on November 20, 2018
A few months ago, the popular American preacher TD Jakes came to the church I attend in London. Preaching on leadership and wealth, he said prayer is not leadership and won’t make anyone rich. “If prayers were enough”, he said, “Nigeria would be one of the richest countries in the world”. Most people in the congregation clapped in agreement. Several weeks later, The Times of London wrote an editorial on the relationship between religion and wealth, in which it said: “A period of i...
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By: on July 30, 2018
The ban on production of syrups containing codeine in Nigeria wasn’t exactly the topic I intended to write on this week. President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent visit to the United States of America (USA) actually looked more like it. Considering the fallout from similar visits in the past, how our president portrayed the country and Nigerians, this time, was kind of appealing. Coming few days after the dust raised by his calling ‘most’ Nigerian youths lazy in London was yet to settle, th...
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