S1/E13: Aliya The Story By Minna Davies

Aliya is walking on a lonely street and very terrified. A foot wearing a boot walking behind her, she turns the flash on her phone and hastily turns to see who is there Episode Thirteen ALIYA The story By Minna Davies MUSIC STUDIO - DAY BOSE is rehearsing with her sax, Mrs ANITA listening on … Continue reading S1/E13: Aliya The Story By Minna Davies

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Muslims have a right to Islamise Nigeria —Bishop Badejo

Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Most Reverend (Dr) Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, speaks on the concerns regarding Islamisation of Nigeria; how his father reacted when he was ordained a deacon more than 30 years ago; how the experience has been, 10 years as a bishop, among other issues. Rita Okonoboh provides excerpts: What attracted you to … Continue reading Muslims have a right to Islamise Nigeria —Bishop Badejo

S1/E10: Aliya The Story By Minna Davies

ALIYA is sleeping holding herself LALA opens the door slowly, closes it. Walking towards ALIYA pulling his belt. Episode Ten ALIYA The story By Minna Davies THE HOUSE Ramat is waiting for Aliya worried, finally the door opens, Ramat runs quickly to see who it is. Aliya is standing in frame. RAMAT Ohh thank God. … Continue reading S1/E10: Aliya The Story By Minna Davies

Two Aishas In A President’s Life By SOC Okenwa

When Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was overthrown in a bloodless palace coup in 1985 mounted by the then Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, the Daura-born lanky man ruling Nigeria then with the late Brig-Gen. Tunde Idiagbon was subsequently locked up incommunicado in Benin City for more than three years. And when eventually he has … Continue reading Two Aishas In A President’s Life By SOC Okenwa

Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari In IPOB By Charly boy | @Areafada1 |

My President: I bear my heart out in this letter with great respect and humility. Often times I wonder if you read any of my open letters. However, I write this open letter so fellow Nigerians will understand the ache in my heart. I was about 17yrs during the Nigerian civil war. My youth was … Continue reading Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari In IPOB By Charly boy | @Areafada1 |

UNGA: What is President Buhari there for? Does he worth being there?

The President is expected to address the General Assembly and participate in a debate on ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet, a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said. In addition to that, President Buhari will join … Continue reading UNGA: What is President Buhari there for? Does he worth being there?

Akwa Ibom Churches As Parastatals By Reuben Abati

eligion was not quite a major divisive issue in the community in which we lived in the Old Cross River State in my days as a student there. On Sundays, students felt free to attend church service either within the campus or outside. I do not recall any major religious upheaval in the largely Christian … Continue reading Akwa Ibom Churches As Parastatals By Reuben Abati

S1/E5: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies – Mini Read Series

Both hear the door crack open. Their faces go dim as they look at each other.   Episode Five ALIYA (the story)   By Minna Davies           Both hear the door crack open. Their faces go dim as they look at each other.   JANE (Whispers) Your last prayers?   ALIYA … Continue reading S1/E5: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies – Mini Read Series

A letter to President Buhari from Charly Boy

ear Mr. President Sir: When I learned that you would be returning yesterday, I was glad because it means you eventually listened to our cries and yearnings. You have returned at a time when our country needs you most to surmount the crucibles battering us as a people and a nation. Though for a very … Continue reading A letter to President Buhari from Charly Boy

Worst moments of democracy in Nigeria

resident Muhammadu Buhari’s return to work on Monday got off to a limp start despite the celebrations which accompanied his return to Nigeria on Saturday, his health clearly not much improved despite the best spin efforts of the cabal in the presidency. Aso Rock insiders who had been made to believe a rejuvenated and energized President … Continue reading Worst moments of democracy in Nigeria

Nigeria the most corrupt country says UN in a new survey as over 80 million people paid bribe

Roughly 82.3 million bribes were paid in Nigeria in the 12 months leading to May 2016, according to a survey by the official National Bureau of Statistics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. It added that almost a third of Nigerian adults (32.3%) who had contact with a public official between June 2015 … Continue reading Nigeria the most corrupt country says UN in a new survey as over 80 million people paid bribe

The Art Of Managing The Truth By Louis Odion

Give it to inimitable MKO Abiola. Proverbs, by his transliteration of a Yoruba wit, provide the lubricant with which words are calibrated to achieve highest possible meaning. Wit is the horse on which words ride and vice versa.   In one of his expansive moments, MKO would joke that one of his unfulfilled childhood dreams was to … Continue reading The Art Of Managing The Truth By Louis Odion

Biafra And Corruption: When A Judas Becomes A Muhammad By SKC Ogbonnia

The Nigerian corrupt cabal is exploiting the current Biafran agitation with increasing stridency. The venerable Merriam-Webster, mark you, defines corruption as a “dishonest or illegal behavior, especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers),” or, “something that has been changed from its original form from what is pure or correct.” The confluence … Continue reading Biafra And Corruption: When A Judas Becomes A Muhammad By SKC Ogbonnia

S1/E3: ALIYA The Story By Minna Davies (Episode Three)

The footsteps getting closer to her room, she can see the shadow of his boot beneath the door. The first bang on the door tears her apart.     Episode Three ALIYA (The story) By Minna Davies         ALIYA’S BED ROOM- She is already covered up in her bed sleeping. The bang … Continue reading S1/E3: ALIYA The Story By Minna Davies (Episode Three)

45 Percent Of Nigerian Women Married Before Age 18, Group Says

At a gender policy forum held on Monday, a women and girls advocacy group, Women Advocacy Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), revealed that 45 percent of Nigerian women get married before the age of 18. Citing United Nations statistics, the organization also announced that girls under 17 are responsible for 7.3 million babies in developing … Continue reading 45 Percent Of Nigerian Women Married Before Age 18, Group Says

Why does Israel keep the bodies of Palestinians?

Mohammed Nassar has not seen his son in 15 years. On March 7, 2002, during the Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, he says his son Shadi "left the house and never came back". Shadi had gone to carry out a suicide bombing at the entrance to the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank, … Continue reading Why does Israel keep the bodies of Palestinians?

Why Pakistan is mourning loss of German nun Ruth Pfau

Tributes are pouring in for a German nun who spent more than half a century in Pakistan battling leprosy and helping the country's most vulnerable people. Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced in a statement that a state funeral would be held for Ruth Pfau who died on Thursday aged 87. "She gave new … Continue reading Why Pakistan is mourning loss of German nun Ruth Pfau

Does it really matter if Netanyahu ends up behind bars? by Neve Gordon ( @nevegordon )

"Background noise" was the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahucharacterised the decision of his former chief of staff, Ari Harow, to become a state witness. The following day, the prime minister's press officer declared - for the 100th time - that "Nothing will happen, because nothing happened." Despite his relentless effort to paint a business-as-usual atmosphere, this time … Continue reading Does it really matter if Netanyahu ends up behind bars? by Neve Gordon ( @nevegordon )

Ndigbo Will Conquer And Rule In Oduduwa Republic By Churchill Okonkwo ( @churchillnnobi. )

I hate to make mysteries out of nothing, but I hope I will be sufficiently understood in telling the mischievous advocates of the Oduduwa Republic like Remi Oyeyemi, Femi Fani-Kayode, and Bayo Oluwasanmi that there is a limit of ethnic homogeneity as a basis for political organization. These apostles of ethnic jingoism should know that their obsession with … Continue reading Ndigbo Will Conquer And Rule In Oduduwa Republic By Churchill Okonkwo ( @churchillnnobi. )

The Moral Debris Of GEJ’s Looted Home By Louis Odion

A Vanguard editorial, in my view, belongs in the heavyweight echelon of Nigeria's commentariat.  The weight of its punch is to be judged not only by the resonance of the message over the years, but also its economy of phrase - the uncanny facility to say a lot in so few words, packing so much … Continue reading The Moral Debris Of GEJ’s Looted Home By Louis Odion

S1/E2: ALIYA – The Story By Minna Davies (Episode 2)

Aliya running in panic turning back occasionally and each time, Lala is behind her. Episode Two ALIYA The story By MINNA DAVIES ALIYA (V.O) A year ago I didn’t know what I wanted To my life, and now... BACK TO PRESENT Aliya running in panic turning back occasionally and each time, Lala is behind her. … Continue reading S1/E2: ALIYA – The Story By Minna Davies (Episode 2)

S1/E2: ALIYA – The Story By Minna Davies (Episode 2)

Aliya running in panic turning back occasionally and each time, Lala is behind her. Episode Two ALIYA The story By MINNA DAVIES ALIYA (V.O) A year ago I didn’t know what I wanted To my life, and now... BACK TO PRESENT Aliya running in panic turning back occasionally and each time, Lala is behind her. … Continue reading S1/E2: ALIYA – The Story By Minna Davies (Episode 2)

Watch It, Nigerian Senate ! By Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar

There are good reasons why Nigerians should take more than a passing interest in the controversy generated by the actions of members of the Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs and that of the Nigeria Ports Authority. If the reports in the media are true, the matter goes beyond the victimization of one organ … Continue reading Watch It, Nigerian Senate ! By Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar

Rich Thief, Poor Thieves and A Burglary By Emmanuel Ugwu ( @EmmaUgwuTheMan )

In the more innocent past, the Igbos had a way of denouncing a steward or guard who committed the treachery of stealing the very thing he was hired to manage or secure They called him the proverbial dog that ate the bone hung around its neck. That barbed censure fits the policemen that burgled the … Continue reading Rich Thief, Poor Thieves and A Burglary By Emmanuel Ugwu ( @EmmaUgwuTheMan )

S1/E1: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies

Its 9 P.M, ALIYA is walking home from her dance rehearsals. She blocks her ears with her ear piece.  Episode one ALIYA (the story) By Minna Davies Its 9 P.M, ALIYA is walking home from her dance rehearsals. She blocks her ears with her ear piece. ALIYA (Checks her watch) Oh shit a late She … Continue reading S1/E1: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies

S1/E1: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies

Its 9 P.M, ALIYA is walking home from her dance rehearsals. She blocks her ears with her ear piece.  Episode one ALIYA (the story) By Minna Davies Its 9 P.M, ALIYA is walking home from her dance rehearsals. She blocks her ears with her ear piece. ALIYA (Checks her watch) Oh shit a late She … Continue reading S1/E1: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies

Flood – Why Nigerians cry

At the beginning of July, the government warned that 30 of the country's 36 states could be at risk. Already, 16 states, including the commercial hub Lagos, have been badly affected. Five years ago, the worst flooding in more than 40 years in Nigeria claimed 431 lives and displaced nearly two million people, according to … Continue reading Flood – Why Nigerians cry

S1/E1: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies

Its 9 P.M, ALIYA is walking home from her dance rehearsals. She blocks her ears with her ear piece. Episode one ALIYA (the story) By Minna Davies   Its 9 P.M, ALIYA is walking home from her dance rehearsals. She blocks her ears with her ear piece.   ALIYA (Checks her watch) Oh shit a … Continue reading S1/E1: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies

Senators’ Immunity: Another Futile Flight Of Folly By Saraki’s National Assembly By Peter Claver Oparah

With a unanimous vote last week, members of the Saraki senate voted to grant immunity to themselves in a clearly unpopular move that runs against the expressed opinions of Nigerians. The voting to grant immunity to themselves was one of the highlights of the voting to amend the present constitution. The voting itself was in … Continue reading Senators’ Immunity: Another Futile Flight Of Folly By Saraki’s National Assembly By Peter Claver Oparah

The Search For Oil And Death In Shekau’s Backyard By Emmanuel Ugwu ( @EmmaUgwuTheMan )

Nothing proves Nigeria’s status as an oil alcoholic like the 50 dead bodies of the NNPC oil exploration team to Maiduguri. The scent of oil had us staggering into the killing field, with our eyes open; hence, the slaughter at the tryst of the country’s thirst for oil and Boko Haram’s blood thirst. It’s an open secret … Continue reading The Search For Oil And Death In Shekau’s Backyard By Emmanuel Ugwu ( @EmmaUgwuTheMan )

The Tweeting President! By SOC Okenwa

President Donald Trump of the United States of America is a magniloquent megalomaniac who does not suffer fools gladly. His election last November to the White House in DC sent shock waves across the world. The touted favorite, Hillary Clinton, lost out due mainly to many factors American and non-American (like the alleged Russian electoral … Continue reading The Tweeting President! By SOC Okenwa

The Unmasking Of Diezani Alison-Madueke By Sonala Olumhense – ( @SonalaOlumhense )

is name: Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President-Elect.  The man who, in one week, would take control of the Africa’s most bewildering country.  He was a much-feared man, with a certain reputation for character, a man who had fought for the presidency for years claiming he would rid Nigeria of corruption. He was swiftly checked in, accompanied … Continue reading The Unmasking Of Diezani Alison-Madueke By Sonala Olumhense – ( @SonalaOlumhense )

The Restructuring Bogey And Its Latter Day Disciples By Peter Claver Oparah

I read a recent report in a national daily, of ‘Southern and Middle Belt leaders’ meeting in Abuja to insist on the demand for restructuring. Out of curiosity, I decided to check these ‘leaders’ who made this demand and lo and behold, the only names I saw were the same PDP leaders that were very … Continue reading The Restructuring Bogey And Its Latter Day Disciples By Peter Claver Oparah

We’re Drinking Our Oil And Eating Our Children’s Future By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

In 2007, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was desperate to solve a conundrum that was nearly as old as Nigeria’s independence. It was an especially recalcitrant problem. Ibrahim Babangida, former Military President, also attempted to solve it in the late 80s but he failed. Upon return to democracy, Olusegun Obasanjo, then President, gave it … Continue reading We’re Drinking Our Oil And Eating Our Children’s Future By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Governor Fayose’s Hypocrisy On Education By Tola Adebayo

At the graduation ceremony of one of his children at a private university, Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State last week, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose attacked Nigerian leaders for educating their children abroad and taking their family members abroad for medical treatment. The attack has coincided with the celebration of the graduation of a … Continue reading Governor Fayose’s Hypocrisy On Education By Tola Adebayo

The mysterious power of uncomfortable silence

At your next meeting, wait for a pause in conversation and try to measure how long it lasts. Chances are – especially among English speakers – it will be a second or two at most. Anglophones tend to be most uncomfortable with long gaps in a discussion Even among sign language speakers, studies show that typically we … Continue reading The mysterious power of uncomfortable silence

Rejected asylum: From Karachi to Germany and back again

his summer marks the 25th anniversary of the Rostock riots - the most disturbing resurgence of anti-immigrant violence in Germany since the rise of Nazism. In the quarter-century since, many foreigners arriving in Germany have experienced the warmest of welcomes - but a few have experienced chilling acts of hatred. This series explores how a small minority of ultra-xenophobic Germans tarnished … Continue reading Rejected asylum: From Karachi to Germany and back again

Russia: A resurgent superpower?

The Russians expected to be seated in a distant corner and ignored - but got a red-carpet reception instead. An unofficial delegation of 16 legislators, bankers and political pundits arrived in Washington, DC, in February to participate in an annual Presidential Prayer Breakfast hosted by the US Congress and attended by the incumbent president. They … Continue reading Russia: A resurgent superpower?

The al-Aqsa metal detectors aren’t a security measure

Yesterday, thousands of Palestinians came to Jerusalem to perform the most simple, most peaceful act: prayer. Palestinians - Muslims and Christians, women and men, young and old - prayed in the streets after refusing to enter through the new metal detectors and barricades erected by Israel in front of the al-Aqsa compound. Israeli forces, armed with live ammunition, stun … Continue reading The al-Aqsa metal detectors aren’t a security measure

Poland is turning authoritarian

Late Friday night, the Polish parliament completed the adoption of a set of laws that amount to the executive taking control of the judiciary. The Constitutional Tribunal, the highest appeals court, and the body responsible for appointing judges - all three - will be largely in the hands of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice … Continue reading Poland is turning authoritarian

The hotline trying to stop men murdering their wives

It was an ordinary afternoon when Anthonia Iheme left her work at a nursing home in Hennepin County, Minnesota, and got into her car. But as she was about to pull out of the car park, she was shot - twice. Her vehicle lurched forward and clipped the side of a parked van before going over … Continue reading The hotline trying to stop men murdering their wives

PHOTOS: Emily Ratajkowski shocked fans when she posed naked for LOVE Magazine

She's no stranger to showing off her figure but Emily Ratajkowski shocked fans when she posed naked for LOVE Magazine. On Friday, the model left her entire body exposed when she shared shots on social media, with fans in awe of her incredibly slender physique . The 26-year-old model completely revealed her breasts, as well as a portion of her … Continue reading PHOTOS: Emily Ratajkowski shocked fans when she posed naked for LOVE Magazine

Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’

The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier than previously thought. It was made after sophisticated artefacts were excavated from a rock shelter in the Northern Territory. Researchers unearthed what they say are the world's oldest stone axes and ochre crayons, thought to be used for art. The research, … Continue reading Australia human history ‘rewritten by rock find’

Nine lifestyle changes could cut dementia risk with scientific proofs

One third of dementia cases could be prevented with some basic lifestyle changes and better education during childhood, researchers have found. The nine factors which damage the brain notably include hearing loss, obesity and smoking, according to the study published in The Lancet on Thursday. Nearly 50 million people around the world suffer from dementia and … Continue reading Nine lifestyle changes could cut dementia risk with scientific proofs

Modu-Sheriff: The Spirit Of Law By Louis Odion

It is quite human for Ahmed Markafi and co to quickly imagine the worst storm is over following the legal life-line from the Supreme Court last week and therefore relapse to the iniquities and debauchery of the past. But unless the dominant faction of the beleaguered Peoples Democratic Party now has the sobriety to decode … Continue reading Modu-Sheriff: The Spirit Of Law By Louis Odion

Nigerians, We Are All Impotent By Churchill Okonkwo

The Nigerian problem is like Lagos traffic: long, complex, and ugly. I have been attempting to solve the complex equation - Nigeria, and have succeeded in decomposing the variables into real and imaginary parts. One imaginary yet powerful variable is the ethno-religious divide the political elites have always sought to manipulate. The real components include bad leadership … Continue reading Nigerians, We Are All Impotent By Churchill Okonkwo