From the now extinct Presidential Book of Fallacies

Those who claim northern Nigeria secured its right to produce the leader of Nigeria because the region once provided the leading foreign exchange earner for the country through groundnut cultivation in the era of the groundnut pyramids after 1965 support their position with claims that western Nigeria and southern Nigeria produced leaders of the country for similar reasons. For whereas until 1965 cocoa, which was…

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Wanted: Music for this – Can’t rustle this!

My neighbour shared with me his sleeping moments of two nights ago. In his sleep he was occupied with interesting dreams that overlapped. The piece that stood out from the lot was the one involving his encounter with his best friend, who danced past him with his ears covered by headphones. He did not know what to make of his friend’s unusual behaviour seeing that…

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Minimum Hope in the season of Minimum Wage

It is official: the minimum wage is now N30,000! But the news downtown is that the announcement has not raised the hope quotient of Nigerian workers in any significant way. So unlike what happened in 1975 when Nigerian workers walked with a swag. Following the recommendation of the Chief Jerome Udoji-led Public Service Review Commission set up by government in 1974, government raised the minimum…

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The parable of N53million, $59,000 and Unknown Quantities

Once upon a time, a wealthy merchant called her children and gave them various sums of money. Her expectation was that the children would trade with their share, make profit from their trade and improve the wellbeing of the collective. The wellbeing of the family. No one knew what formula she adopted in giving what to whom. To the first, she gave $59,000 (Fifty-nine thousand…

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Fashola, Obama, Mordecai and a flash from honour-based culture

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari was in Lagos to commission the legacy projects of the outgoing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration, namely, the Oshodi Transport Interchange, the expanded Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road, The Renovated Ayinke House at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, among other signature projects. Expectedly, the fact that the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, was not present at the occasion, drew…

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Fined $200 with only one foot outside smoking area

A Singaporean national, Apiz Mikaelson, who was fined $200 by the country’s National Environment Agency for smoking, has claimed that he was given the fine despite the fact that he had only one foot outside the designated smoking area. He went to Facebook to plead his innocence but the NEA have defended their action. They insist the sanction was appropriate and in line with the…

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Why the first photo of a black hole is a tribute to the power of collaboration

The moment was exhilarating for the many astronomers who had set their eyes on the feat for a long time. Their efforts, time and considerable resources had delivered a prized possession as they shared news of their success with the world in Paris recently. Among the take-away from the occasion is the affirmation of the power of collaboration in tackling puzzling constructs and challenges. They…

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