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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By: on July 23, 2018
The Igbos are ethnic group native to the southeastern and some part of the south central Nigeria. They are interesting people with a culturally rich heritage and are indeed admirable. Just like other ethnic group or tribe of the world, the Igbos have certain culture and tradition, they are known for many things, but there are few number of things you could say and someone would know you are referring to an Igbo man or woman. These few points are what we decided to pen down in this article. ...
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By: on July 14, 2018
The Nigerian state thrives on a very a solid foundation and enduring, pervasive culture of very crude selfishness. Maybe, “selfishness” is not the most appropriate word to convey the exact meaning I have in mind. But there is this consuming desire and deep craving by the average Nigerian to always have an unfair advantage over his neighbour, to ensure and emphasize the exclusive nature of whatever he does or possesses, and ultimately become the envy of others. This should, however, n...
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By: on March 2, 2018
Escape night club has a unique and exotic ambience that calls on guests periodically. A night out here is very remarkable as it is the hub of top Nigerian celebrities; thus it is an ideal place for networking. Located in a serene and secure environment, Escape Night Club never loses its charm. To unwind guests can grab a drink, hit the dance floor, have a light meal, and meet new people. This is a perfect hub for night crawlers, fun lovers, musicians and comedians. 1. Club Quilox Address...
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