Wanted: Modern Remix of the only song by a Nigerian President

Lord we beseech your help To guard us from the iniquities of the world Let our country grow and be known All over this broad earth Let everyone prosper in it Without fear and without persecution Help our land find honour Place her on the path of truth Help her develop and become renowned Let her be an example to Africa Let her prosper, let…

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If showing off is not the dominant strain in Nigeria’s DNA, what is?

Long, long before Nigerians started walking around wearing invisible t-shirts branded with the giant of Africa slogan, Nigerians always liked to show off. Here is one strong historical proof. Mr A. G Leventis of the Leventis fame had come to Nigeria in the late 50s having left Ghana, where he had built a thriving business empire. When Kwame Nkrumah became president of Ghana when the…

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Stephen Awokoya and the difference an intelligent and a driven minister can make

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, former premier of Western Nigeria is often credited with giant strides the region experienced under his watch as premier but not many know that his successes were largely because of the efforts of his men, chiefly the likes of Mr Stephen Awokoya, the region’s minister of Education. Chief Awokoya maintained that the region required an all-out expansion of all types of educational…

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Where Sir Victor Olaiya found inspiration for the song, ‘Omo Pupa o, Omo pupa ne mife…

In the 60s competition for admission into the few available colleges was stiff and keen apart from the fact that many could not afford the school fees. Many brilliant students who could not make the cut or afford the fees, opted for educational institutions abroad. This category of students returned home and gave the impression that they lived as kings while abroad. Sir Victor Olaiya…

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Balewa, the Hemifusis and how Nigeria’s bout of Affluenza began

Affluenza is not sea sickness, which many who typically travel by sea experience. It is a condition which affects those living in an affluent society. According to Merriam-Webster, is the unhealthy and unwelcome psychological and social effects of affluence. According to experts, it begins when the flow of new rewards undermines the capacity of the individual to enjoy them. Much like continuing to pour the…

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Umaru Dikko: Feeds from the spellbinding diary

How did Umaru Dikko come to command the attention of the British official who stood above him in the above photo? How did the photographer know his famed brilliance was the big elephant in the room, and wanted to capture the moment his mind wandered away to territories where he may find answers to the puzzles triggered by his eye contact with the opened books…

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National Arts Theatre, Lagos – Tribute to reclamation

How many know that the National Arts Theatre (Iganmu) Lagos, one of Nigeria’s iconic piece of real estate, sits on reclaimed land? This is the story: Police Commissioner Joseph Gomwalk, who was military governor of Benue/Plateau State between 1968 and 1975, had gone on a tour of Bulgaria when he was taken to the country’s Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna. Impressed by the…

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Handling Greek Gift – the Aminu Kano Masterclass

Mallam Aminu Kano once lived in Nigeria. He could well have been a Spartan for he lived and modelled their famous ideas. He was a teacher then he became a politician, passionately loved by those popularly known as the talakawas, the masses. General Gowon invited him into his cabinet to serve as minister of health in the late 60s in Nigeria. Here is how he…

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Abiku of Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos

For decades, the Poems ‘Abiku’ by Professor Wole Soyinka and Professor JP Clark have had the wow effects on lovers of poetry worldwide. JP Clark’s appeal to the coming and going phenomenon to ‘step in and stay’ could well have been applied to Nigeria’s longest bridge and biggest traffic getaway for commuters. Here is the story: one military regime proposed the construction of the bridge…

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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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