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Buba Maruwa

A Well Deserved Appointment

The appointment of Gen Buba Marwa as drug tzar excites me. From hence he will manage the affairs of Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement And Administration ( NDLEA ) Marwa, remember him? He was a performing governor of Lagos State. He is deeply passionate about saving our youths and our nation from from the evil effect of illicit drugs. He comes…

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Towards Economic Independence

Economic historians will be interested in this. So will socio – economic researchers. Dr S.A. Aluko, a public economist , on October 1, 1960 wrote an article in the Daily Times issue which he titled “Towards Economic Independence.“ Aluko later became a renowned economist who thought in both University of Nigeria Nzukka and University of Ife , Ile – Ife…

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To Olu Bajowa at 80

By Alani Akinrinade It was a dusty, harmattan haze mid morning on December 21, 1962, at the Ibadan airstrip that we met and you smartly saluted and announced to me that you were there to get me and would look after my welfare from then on. I was a JJC returning from the Officer Cadet School. I immediately noticed a…

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SLAVERY OF MEN BY WOMEN

Copied this from the FB page of my cousin Prof Leslie Ajayi. It makes and interesting read. Enjoy ! This calls for a debate as it’s not my opinion at all:An interesting read ????So nar so una bad?SLAVERY OF MEN BY WOMEN German writer Esther Villar In her book “The Manipulated Man” that caused outrage and hostile criticism from women…

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The Babangida in all of Us

By Gbolabo Ogunsanwo (First Published on Sunday, August 22, 1993) I do not know whether Gen. Ibrahim Babangida will go on August 27, 1993 or on October 1, 1994 or December 1994 or on August 27, 1997. I do not even know whether he will ever go.Given the reality of our contemporary mores, one could even ask, why should Babangida…

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Letter From a Region in My Mind

From 1962: “Whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they do not know about themselves.” By James Baldwin Take up the White Man’s burden—Ye dare not stoop to less—Nor call too loud on FreedomTo cloak your weariness;By all ye cry or whisper,By all ye leave or do,The silent, sullen peoplesShall weigh your Gods and you.…

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What are Friends For? The Fatality of Affinity in the Postcolony1

By Wale AdebanwiAssociate Professor,African American and African Studies,University of California-Davis, United StatesEmail: anadebanwi@ucdavis.edu11 Oxford African Studies Annual Lecture, May 14, 2013. Oxford University, United KingdomAbstractFrom Aristotle and Plato through Montaigne and Durkheim to Giddens, the meaning, significance and purpose of friendship in public life have exercised the minds of philosophers, theologians, political scientists, social thinkers, and later sociologists and anthropologists.…

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Tai Solarin Writes from India

Lesson we can learn By Tai Solarin I have been going through Madras since I flew in from Bangalore. I told India Council for Cultural Relations which has been responsible for my day – to -day programmes to leave me alone in the afternoon to look at India through the eyes of some of the Nigeria students who studied in…

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Ojudu’s Blackmailers in Ekiti

By Bunmi Aborisade, New York Before Senator Babafemi Ojudu took a plunge into the murky water of Ekiti politics, the only story told about him was that of a hardworking cosmopolitan journalist from Ekiti State. Ekiti people see him as their pride, a good ambassador, a role model and a person to emulate. With politics, the story begins to change.…

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