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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How many agree with Mwalimu, Julius Nyerere’s periodization of the African liberation process?

The occasion was the convocation of the University of Ibadan. The date was 17th November, 1976. The speaker was President of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. The title of his address was: The Process of Liberation. He identified four periods in the liberation process namely: freedom from colonialism and racist minority rule; freedom from external economic domination; freedom from poverty and from injustice and oppression imposed…

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Was Abubakar Tafawa Balewa right when he said, ‘It will be the end of happiness in this country when religion is brought into politics?’

As Nigeria marches towards the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly in June 2019, calls and counter calls that officers be selected based on the religion they profess have poured into the media so it is a good time to remember the sense in the late Prime Minister’s charge. He gave the warning following the controversies that dogged the government’s decision to negotiate and sign…

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Thank you Liverpool, thank you Tottenham, we would wait for our time

We would continue to chip at the problem. We would continue to probe. We would continue to ask, seek and knock. We would continue to push, push and push. While we wait patiently for our time. We would continue to polish, horn, improve and continue to learn. We would continue to search. We would continue to trust. We would continue to keep grit, effort and…

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Our cinema-going habits and liberation struggles

Movies have been known to transport viewers to otherworldly territories, and expand their imaginations. They have been known to elicit a mix bag of emotions depending on the story and its execution but what connections might there be between some of our cinema-going habits and liberation struggles? How well or otherwise would we fare should we decide to require all cinema-goers in the country to…

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