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The Bleaching, Chameleon Crowd By Reuben Abati

I wrote a piece recently, a tribute to the late veteran actress Bukky Ajayi and the multi-instrumentalist OJB Jezreel, in which I raised a number of issues, including how in Nollywood today, there is an obsession with the whitening of skin, an anti-Negritude yellowing, what I referred to as “the …

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Nigerians And The Failed Coup In Turkey-Reuben Abati

Turkey is about five hours away from Nigeria by air, about 2, 634 miles from here, but the night there was a coup attempt in Turkey, July 15, with soldiers shutting down parts of Ankara and Istanbul, you’d think Ankara is a city somewhere in Nigeria and Istanbul is an …

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Theresa May, Melaye and The Leader’s Wife- Reuben Abati

“Have you been to Bourdillon? Or rather I should ask when are you going to Bourdillon?” “What’s happening?” “I hear people are paying solidarity visits to the Tinubus to express their dismay over Senator Dino Melaye’s assault on Senator Remi Tinubu, wife of the APC National Leader.” “Assault?” “That is …

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Politics of Environmental and livelihood Recovery – closing the gap between Oil and Solid Minerals Communities-Nnimmo Bassey

The National Assembly and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources occupy key vantage points to leverage calm in the oil fields of the Niger Delta. They can make this happen by having communities take their place as true stakeholders in the management of oil revenues. This point cannot be overemphasized. It …

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GMOs Threaten our Food Security and Food Sovereignty- Nnimmo Bassey

Some of the comments made by Rose Gidado as reported under the title, Nigeria Not At Crossroads Over Food Security – Agency Chief (published in The Guardian on 8th July 2016) must have been based on questions that were not accurately posed to her. It could also be that her …

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Two Lives And Other Stories – Reuben Abati

  By Reuben Abati Two lives lost recently in the creative industry convey useful messages in terms of the import of their careers and the circumstances of their departure: the elderly actress, simply known as Bukky Ajayi, and the music entrepreneur, multi-talented artiste, producer and musician, Babatunde Okungbowa, popularly known …

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Ambode And The Street Traders Of Lagos By Reuben Abati

I am writing this piece after holding a series of conversations with Lagos street traders and hawkers who seem not be aware of or are just indifferent to, or may be they are intrigued by, the fact that the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has declared on television that the state …

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Are Officially Approved To Be Grown In Nigeria

The fact that GMOs are approved to be grown in Nigeria is not in doubt. What is disputed is why the approval was surreptitious, to the extent of being issued on a Sunday. We have issues with the press statement issued on the 20th of June 2016, and credited to …

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The Brexit Nightmare

What has the United Kingdom just done to itself, its people and the future of its youth? It is difficult to fully understand why a country in taking a decision about its future will decide on a false option that seems to negate long-term interests. And this, just because a …

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The Game Has Changed

“My brother, I think all the people saying they have not seen any change should by now be convinced that truly, truly, the game has changed.” “Football? Euro 2016? Brexit?” “What is wrong with you?” “Or may be you are talking about the death of Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu …

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