The Bush, the Expressway and Matters arising

It is the busiest and most famous expressway in Nigeria. On its sides lie various centres of religious activities, which draw millions of people from the rest of the country and abroad, on a regular basis. But it was not always like this. The photo above shows what that whole area used to look like in the early 60s. Just after Julius Berger Nigeria constructed…

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Avengers Endgame and the Future of the MCU

Creators of Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU took their fans on a brilliant tour of their masterly crafted world of storytelling, mesmerising Computer Generated Imagery, CGI and the beloved Avengers characters in Endgame, the final instalment of the 22-enthralling-movies-saga. The savagery of Thanos, the villain and his battalions, which was unleashed in the final battle was anything but a game! Those merciless and vicious blows Thanos…

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Why do great leaders fail when they are supposedly riding the crest following a major victory?

Why did former British Prime Minister and 2nd World War hero, Sir Winston Churchill and his Conservative Party lose almost scandalously to Labour Party in the first general election held just after the War, in 1945? How could the people of Britain so brazenly reject the leader who procured victory for the nation during one of its darkest seasons? And so soon after they had…

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Maimalari, Joe Garba and the power of reading, even on duty

Recently, it was reported widely that a Nigerian had become president of the United Nations General Assembly. The first Nigerian to be appointed into the prestigious position was former foreign affairs minister and one time Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Major General Joe Garba. General Joe Garba had a chequered career in the army as part of the officer corps but that entire…

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General Hassan Kastina – when a governor could not have the land he wished for

It happened. In this same Nigeria. A governor could not have the land he wished for. He wanted to but the permanent secretary in charge of lands told him he could not. His name is General Hassan Katsina. He was Governor of Northern Nigeria. He applied for a plot of land but was denied. He was told that as Governor, by law, he was the…

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How many have tasted the delicacy in Nigeria’s Garden of Antelopes?

For years many travellers moving from northern Nigeria to the south or moving in the reverse direction, have stopped in this ancient town nestled around some hills and enchanting scenery, to refresh, savour the local delicacy before continuing their journey. That local delicacy is soup rich in bush meat, antelopes being the largest contributor. And that whole area, owing to it richness in antelopes (une…

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Why Nigerians would not have found it necessary going abroad for treatment

In 1962, the first known Siamese Twin birth was recorded in Soba district of the then Zaria Province (in today’s Kaduna State). The parents of the girls reportedly abandoned them when their neighbours and other villagers avoided their home. They believed the girls were evil. As many persons down south in Calabar and environ, had believed about twins before Mary Slessor’s remarkable feet touched that…

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What about our famous groundnut pyramids?

What about our famous groundnut pyramids? What informed their creation? We have seen their photos and read about them in journals where they were compared with the pyramids in Egypt and the sphinx in Giza. But why the groundnut pyramids? The pyramids were created because the massive production of groundnut in the 50s led to acute shortage of storage facilities. All the big European companies…

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