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Nigeria’s 100-Year-Old Death-Row Inmate Seeking pardon

Death-row inmate, Celestine Egbunuche has been dubbed Nigeria’s “oldest prisoner” amid a campaign calling for his release. He is 100 years old and has spent 18 years in jail after being found guilty of organising a murder. Small and slightly hunched over, he looks wistfully into space as he sits …

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Sounding the Climate Alarm By Nnimmo Bassey

The Climate alarm could not have been much louder than the special report (SR15) that has just been released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). While the Paris Agreement presented the famous target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or well below 2.0 degrees, the …

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Is there Biosafety in Nigeria? By Nnimmo Bassey

At a recent HOMEF dialogue with farmers, most of the participants declared that they have never heard of anything called genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  When they got to know what GMOs are, they all declared that genetically modified crops are bad for our agriculture and overall environment.   Despite huge …

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Mrs Kemi Adeosun: End of a Meritorious But Questionable Service

That the highly cerebral former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, resigned from her office yesterday has left the rumour arena to gain dominance in public glare with her resignation letter recently being endorsed by the presidency. The highly intelligent woman whose tenure in office recorded a lot of plus for …

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Revealed! Why Cultism Thrives in Lagos

Reasons have been given for the seemingly intractable problem of cultism, leading to why the constant onslaughts against secret cults in Lagos State by the police have failed to yield the desired results. The development followed Thursday’s re-arrest of a notorious secret cult leader, Abel Okwo, in Lagos two months …

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Grace Ijeoma Umeh: The Coming of a ‘Home Girl’

She entered the race amidst thunderous applause and accolades. Diligence, dedication and dogged determination to effect positive change in the area of accountability in the running of the affairs of the national body of the Nigeria Union of Journalist, NUJ, must have spurred the drive to give a push that …

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John McCain’s Last Fight

  John McCain always said he’d go down fighting, and so he has, dickering from his deathbed over CIA nominee Gina Haspel and pre-emptively uninviting President Donald Trump from his funeral, then leaving as a legacy some fierce final words for the leader of his party, who is now a …

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Scientists Detects Gene Causing Breast Cancer in Nigerian Women

A multinational research team has identified the genes responsible for inherited breast cancer in Nigerian women, according to the study published in the 21 August issue of the Journal for Clinical Oncology. “This is the first study to use high-throughput genomic analysis of African women,” said study author Olufunmilayo Olopade, …

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Nigeria: Smartest People, Mediocre Nation 

BRITISH Nobel laureate Dorothy Hodgkin once noted that the University of Lagos was one of the v world centres of expertise in her specialist field of chemical crystallography.* *Ahmadu Bello University Zaria had the first world class computer centre in Africa.* *The University of Ife had a notable pool of …

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Tourism: 8 of the Best Safari Destinations in Africa

There are many game reserves to choose from. With so many spectacular game reserves to choose from, determining the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime African safari experience is no easy task for travelers. From Tanzania’s protected Serengeti National Park, to Botswana’s brutally wild Kalahari Desert, here’s our pick of eight of the finest …

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