2019: Opposition versus state institutions - Jideofor Adibe

14 December 2018
2019: Opposition versus state institutions - Jideofor Adibe

By the time Nigeria conducts its elections in February and March next year, it will be almost 20 years since its current experiment with liberal democracy – the longest period...

Is fake news here to stay? - Joseph S. Nye

11 December 2018
Is fake news here to stay? - Joseph S. Nye

The term “fake news” has become an epithet that US President Donald Trump attaches to any unfavorable story. But it is also an analytical term that describes deliberate disinformation presented...

Buhari: Not a clone but a clown - Farooq Kperogi

10 December 2018
Buhari: Not a clone but a clown - Farooq Kperogi

My Saturday column syndicated in Daily Trust on Saturday and Nigerian Tribune on Saturday. Snippet: Last Tuesday was an awkward day for me here in the United States. It wasn’t...

Aisha: Flippant activist or frustrated First Lady? - Festus Adedayo

09 December 2018
Aisha: Flippant activist or frustrated First Lady? - Festus Adedayo

Weird, unusual and a clear contradiction of the mannerisms of the class she belongs, events are fast proving that the persona of Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari and the driving...

Predicting the 2019 presidential election - Jideofor Adibe

07 December 2018
Predicting the 2019 presidential election - Jideofor Adibe

As 2019 elections draw close, we should expect an array of election entrepreneurs and predictors to become ubiquitous. A few days ago, the influential London-based Economist magazine was reported by...

Technology will soon be able to tinker with who we are. Are we ready? - Elizabeth Bruenig

06 December 2018
Technology will soon be able to tinker with who we are. Are we ready? - Elizabeth Bruenig

Sometimes the future arrives in waves, advancing abruptly and then withdrawing. Last week, a Chinese researcher named He Jiankui announced that he had successfully altered the genetic code of a...

Young leaders aren’t the solution. They’re wreaking havoc on the world - Richard Cohen

05 December 2018
Young leaders aren’t the solution. They’re wreaking havoc on the world - Richard Cohen

The Black Death of the 14th century killed as much as 60 percent of Europe’s population. A cause of the disease was the bacterium Yersinia pestis, but lacking microscopes, many...

Interrogating Buhari’s Abraham descendancy - Festus Adedayo

02 December 2018
Interrogating Buhari’s Abraham descendancy - Festus Adedayo

President Muhammadu Buhari got Christian faithful scampering for their bible and Sunday School lessons during the week that ended. In an article he published in the UK-based Christian Times, while...

The extraordinary life and times of George H.W. Bush - George F. Will

02 December 2018
The extraordinary life and times of George H.W. Bush - George F. Will

At the beginning of his long and well-lived life, George Herbert Walker Bush, who in politics was always prosaic, acquired, by way of a grandfather, the name of a British...

The Nigerian Left and the Constitution - Edwin Madunagu

29 November 2018
The Nigerian Left and the Constitution - Edwin Madunagu

For some time in the early part of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979-1983), several groups in the Nigerian Left debated what the movement’s relationship with the opposition People’s Redemption Party (PRP)...

Jonathan, Buhari and their toads of Boko Haram war - Festus Adedayo

25 November 2018
Jonathan, Buhari and their toads of Boko Haram war - Festus Adedayo

Sometime in year 2000, being his next of kin, I received a scraggly letter by post from the Nigerian Army that my younger brother Bankole, then of the Sokoto Battalion,...

2019: As the whistle is blown ... - Jideofor Adibe

23 November 2018
2019: As the whistle is blown ... - Jideofor Adibe

Whistle for 2019 has finally been blown as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lifted the ban on partisan politics and campaigns on Sunday, November 19 2018. The same day President...

Pass the books; hold the oil - Thomas L. Friedman

23 November 2018
Pass the books; hold the oil - Thomas L. Friedman

Every so often someone asks me: “What’s your favorite country, other than your own?” I’ve always had the same answer: Taiwan. “Taiwan? Why Taiwan?” people ask. Very simple: Because Taiwan...

Reclaiming community - Ian Buruma

19 November 2018
Reclaiming community - Ian Buruma

Economics teaches that the measure of an individual’s wellbeing is the quantity and variety of goods he or she can consume. Consumption possibilities are in turn maximized by providing firms...

Buhari the dead and his body double - Festus Adedayo

18 November 2018
Buhari the dead and his body double - Festus Adedayo

The notorious rumour in circulation on Nigerian streets sounds every bit like a citation from a James Hadley Chase. Chase had a pleasant notoriety with his crime fiction novels that...

Elections 2019: factors and projections - Edwin Madunagu

16 November 2018
Elections 2019: factors and projections - Edwin Madunagu

The most important factor in the coming elections is that Muhammadu Buhari, incumbent President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, a powerful chief executive of state, is a candidate. He is...

Alleged Buhari double and the spirit of public inquiry - Jideofor Adibe

16 November 2018
Alleged Buhari double and the spirit of public inquiry - Jideofor Adibe

This week’s reflection is on a trending story that began when President Muhammadu Buhari returned from his 104-days of medical treatment in UK in 2017. Many were surprised that on...

From economic crisis to World War III - Ian Buruma

14 November 2018
From economic crisis to World War III - Ian Buruma

The next economic crisis is closer than you think. But what you should really worry about is what comes after: in the current social, political, and technological landscape, a prolonged...

Grappling with Globalization 4.0 - Ian Buruma

12 November 2018
Grappling with Globalization 4.0 - Ian Buruma

After World War II, the international community came together to build a shared future. Now, it must do so again. Owing to the slow and uneven recovery in the decade...

As Oshiomhole’s cup runneth over… - Festus Adedayo

11 November 2018
As Oshiomhole’s cup runneth over… - Festus Adedayo

Who you align with is a major factor in wars. Warriors, both in contemporary and old times, know that if your alignment is faulty, your fall will be as calamitous...

The Nigerian Left and the future of politics - Jibrin Ibrahim

10 November 2018
The Nigerian Left and the future of politics - Jibrin Ibrahim

Last weekend, a significant number of Marxists in the country met in Keffi to review the state of the Left since the Marx Centenary conference, which took place in Zaria...

Nigeria, MTN and pseudo-nationalism - Jideofor Adibe

08 November 2018
Nigeria, MTN and pseudo-nationalism - Jideofor Adibe

The recent report that two global banks – HSBC and UBS- have closed shops in the country should be a source of concern to well meaning Nigerians. Though no reasons...

How should Nigerian Leftists vote? - Edwin Madunagu

08 November 2018
How should Nigerian Leftists vote? - Edwin Madunagu

We begin with a proposition which may be framed this way: “The question as to how Nigerian Leftists should vote in the 2019 general elections will not arise if there...

PDP or APC will give Nigeria Lucifer President- Bayo Oluwasanmi

05 November 2018
PDP or APC will give Nigeria Lucifer President- Bayo Oluwasanmi

In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, we see Lucifer the Great Deceiver banished from Heaven. In Dante’s Inferno, Satan is presented as a ghastly Beast. In Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, Satan is...

Mr. ‘Fix-It’ Tony Anenih was no patriot - Sonala Olumhense

05 November 2018
Mr. ‘Fix-It’ Tony Anenih was no patriot - Sonala Olumhense

“As a culture, we do not speak ill of the dead. Well, we ought never to speak blatant falsehood before God either or betray the living through flagrant hypocrisy. Anenih...

WAEC certificate home delivery, Buhari and El-Zakzaky - Festus Adedayo

04 November 2018
WAEC certificate home delivery, Buhari and El-Zakzaky - Festus Adedayo

Wherever Can Themba is today in the spirit world, I have no doubt that he sees me as a fellow ecumenical spirit. Since that first day, sometime in 1989 or...

Buhari’s ‘new affection’ for Jonathan and the 2019 elections - Jideofor Adibe

02 November 2018
Buhari’s ‘new affection’ for Jonathan and the 2019 elections - Jideofor Adibe

As we nudge towards the 2019 presidential election, and with many people predicting that it will be more bitterly fought than the acrimonious 2015 poll, there is something that is...

Anthony Anenih: A personal and political portrait - Reuben Abati

30 October 2018
Anthony Anenih: A personal and political portrait - Reuben Abati

Mr Anthony Anenih, political leader, chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party who has died aged 85, was one of the most important figures in the story of Nigeria’s return to civilian...

Day Ibikunle Amosun met Sango at Koso - Festus Adedayo

28 October 2018
Day Ibikunle Amosun met Sango at Koso - Festus Adedayo

Shortly before the 2003 governorship election, then Governor Olusegun Osoba had come on television to address the common grouse of Ogun State people against his four-year reign. He had apparently...

Buhari, show us your certificate - Reno Omokri

28 October 2018
Buhari, show us your certificate - Reno Omokri

Nothing could prepare me for the shock that greeted me when I opened the dailies on Friday, October 26, 2018. Right there on the front-page headlines was the news that...

The return of Nnamdi Kanu - Jideofor Adibe

26 October 2018
The return of Nnamdi Kanu - Jideofor Adibe

The recent re-surfacing of Nnamdi Kanu, the uncouth leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Israel, raises more questions than answers: How did he escape from the raid by...

What has Google ever done for us? - Jacek Rostowski

24 October 2018
What has Google ever done for us? - Jacek Rostowski

Even Google’s fiercest critics use its technologies to research their fiery tirades against it or, more mundanely, to find their way around a foreign city. Let’s be honest: life without...

The “Oshiomhole must go” coalition - Reuben Abati

23 October 2018
The “Oshiomhole must go” coalition - Reuben Abati

Mr John Odigie Oyegun, former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) must be having a good laugh wherever he is. If he is just finishing a meal, he can...

Ulli Beier’s ‘madman’ at Aro psychiatric hospital - Festus Adedayo

21 October 2018
Ulli Beier’s ‘madman’ at Aro psychiatric hospital - Festus Adedayo

Ulli Beier, that German kindred spirit and arts connoisseur, had wandered into Nigeria on October 1, 1950. Within a few weeks, Nigerian culture and arts, which had begun to be...

Fayose – 1, EFCC – 0 – Abimbola Adelakun

18 October 2018
Fayose – 1, EFCC – 0 – Abimbola Adelakun

Given the gragra of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over their invitation of the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, one would have thought that the moment...

‘The spirit of error’ in Nigerian politics - Reuben Abati

17 October 2018
‘The spirit of error’ in Nigerian politics - Reuben Abati

About this period, four years ago to be precise I had gone to visit a notable politician and a member of Peoples Democratic Party. Politics was very much in the...

Thanks for not raping us, all you ‘good men.’ But it’s not enough - Victoria Bissell Brown

17 October 2018
Thanks for not raping us, all you ‘good men.’ But it’s not enough - Victoria Bissell Brown

I yelled at my husband last night. Not pick-up-your-socks yell. Not how-could-you-ignore-that-red-light yell. This was real yelling. This was 30 minutes of from-the-gut yelling. Triggered by a small, thoughtless, dismissive,...

Buhari, Atiku and the allegory of danran and gbafe - Festus Adedayo

14 October 2018
Buhari, Atiku and the allegory of danran and gbafe - Festus Adedayo

There is this twin concept of danran and gbafe in the rich oral tradition of Oyo monarchy that is told to successive kings, right from the days of the Old...

How will Buhari and Atiku debate corruption? – Abimbola Adelakun

11 October 2018
How will Buhari and Atiku debate corruption? – Abimbola Adelakun

By the question of debate, I do not just mean the televised event where one man stands against his opponent and both make a pitch for the vote of the...

What Is threatening science? Jeremy J. Baumberg

10 October 2018
What Is threatening science? Jeremy J. Baumberg

Scientific knowledge and technological innovation, as Yuval Noah Harari emphasizes in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, are among the key drivers of economic progress. Yet there is...





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