Exhibiting NEPA-made antiques and monuments

National Electric Power Authority, NEPA used to be the national parastatal in charge of electricity generation, marketing and distribution. We now have new players carrying out those functions but ‘UP NEPA’ is not likely to leave our lexicon soon. So many homes and offices have had their equipment and machines converted to antiques and monuments by high voltage, power surges and power outages from NEPA….

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Did John D Rockefeller ever set foot in Ibadan?

In 1962, John D Rockefeller Foundation’s grant of almost $250,000 enabled the creation of School of Drama at the University of Ibadan. The School of Drama eventually became a major reference point in training, instruction and performance arts. The billionaire American steel magnate never set foot in Ibadan but his resources most significantly provided the manure in which the creative juices and energies of a…

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Does anyone know the current status of Political Will?

Where is Political Will, that ubiquitous entity that has found a clever way to impose himself on discussions about goings on in our polity. For S. O Wey, a former head of service of the federation, writing in the 60s, “The Nigeria political will was gradually exhausted.” Following the wickedly intense struggle for power by the dominant political parties of the era, namely the Northern…

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Which is superior, loyalty to one’s leader or loyalty to the state?

There was a time in the 60s when Nigeria avoided international organizations that were dominated by Arab states such as Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC. When Sir Ahmadu Bello, leader of the Northern People’s Congress, NPC and Premier of the Northern Region, was appointed Vice Chairman of the World Muslim League, he demanded that Nigeria should join the organization but Prime Minister Balewa promptly…

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Why have the rains so far refused to honour their seasonal appointment with residents of Lagos State?

It is April 4, 2019. The rains ought to have long begun their seasonal engagement with residents of Lagos State but the hot drama has been extended. And many are not finding the heat funny at all. Why have the clouds flattered to deceive residents those many times they looked as if the rains would begin to pour down any moment? And lightning too? Why…

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