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A Friend Of The Earth by NengiI Ilagha

I FIRST met with Oronto Douglas on the opinion pages of The Guardian, and was struck by the simple musical notes in his name. By the time I read his script, I knew I would read another, more than that. I knew in my heart that this man would be ...

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Dino Melaye: The Making Of a brand – Reuben Abati

It is a sign of the times, and a tragedy that the most popular Senator in the Nigerian National Assembly at this moment is not the person who has moved the most impactful motion, not a lawmaker who has proposed a thought-provoking bill, and certainly not any Senator who has ...

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Why Die Of Tobacco Addiction?

  Everyone will do almost anything to get a cure when a deadly disease comes knocking. The words of the late reggae musician Peter Tosh becomes apt: “Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die. It is however a fact that while many bring the illnesses ...

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What We Eat (must not eat us) By Nnimmo Bassey

What We Eat (must not eat us): The key myths by which citizens are sold the idea of GMOs as being desirable include that they provide the most assured way of feeding the burgeoning population of hungry mouths in the world. The planks on which this highly seductive myth has ...

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Biotechnology, ‘Scientists’, ‘Experts’, Government Agencies and Patriotism By Nnimmo Bassey[*]

The need to interrogate what patriotism means in the context of the challenges of the push of modern agricultural biotechnology into Nigeria and Africa has been instigated by an article published in EnviroNews by a “Lagos-based research scientist” titled “Biotech agencies NIREC report and unpatriotic activism.” That article opened with ...

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Ambode, don’t sign this bill

A perfect definition of irony in the Nigerian context is when legislators break their recess to pass a bill. For the farce that passes for legislation in our part of the world, citizens should be wary of a hastily passed bill. When you then factor in the incestuous relationship between ...

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System Change Will Not Be Negotiated By Nnimmo Bassey

We frequently hear calls for system change at public mobilisations, in conference halls and even in negotiation halls. The calls come as slogans, they come in anger and they come as a strong rebuke to the systemic scaffold on which our pains, exploitation and denial of voice and rights are ...

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As Soot Blankets Port Harcourt By Nnimmo Bassey

The air in parts of Port Harcourt has been darkened by soot over the past few months, raising a cloud of concerns about the attendant health impacts. Citizens in parts of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, are getting worried about the air they breathe. To put it another way, many citizens are ...

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The Long, Winding Superhighway By Nnimmo Bassey

The controversy surrounding the 260 km Superhighway proposed by the Cross River State government (CRSG) of Nigeria will not go away. Notably, the bulldozing of forests, farmlands and sundry properties commenced last year without an approved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Curiously, the government issued an edict dispossessing individuals and communities ...

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Air, You’re Under Arrest!

By Pius Adesanmi President Buhari’s administration, its supporters and well-wishers, do not want Tu Baba to have his say in a democracy. They do not want him to organize a protest against the direction of Nigeria under President Buhari’s supervision. They have denigrated him. They have abused him. They have ...

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