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Despite Outlaw, Female Genital Mutilation Persists

In what seems a prevalent ordeal for women in Africa, the story of genital mutilation among female children and its stoppage is still farfetched. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an awkward cultural practice by some African tribes performed on women with hope to curtail their high sexual urge or to …

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On Saturday, voters across Nigeria will go to the poll to elect the president, 109 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives. The 2019 general elections are the fifth since that of 1999 gave birth to the Fourth Republic. This is the longest series of regular elections since …

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The Guardian (of London) Editorial on Nigeria’s Elections

Nigeria’s 84 million voters will go to the polls next weekend to give their verdict on Muhammadu Buhari. The country is Africa’s most populous, and by some measures has the largest economy on the continent. Nigeria celebrated Mr Buhari’s election in 2015 as not only a resounding rejection of the …

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Major Orkar, Shaki and The Journalism We Practiced.

I visited Shaki today. Just in case you don’t know, Shaki is a prominent town in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State. I last visited the town 29 years ago as a journalist working under a repressive system. My trip today was occasioned by more auspicious circumstances. My trip …

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2019: ‘May Your Road Be Rough’ – Tai Solarin

I am not cursing you; I am wishing you what I wish myself every year. I therefore repeat, may you have a hard time this year, may there be plenty of troubles for you this year! If you are not so sure what you should say back, why not just …

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Frontline Communities Leaders Challenge Shell at UN Climate Talks

Today, communities directly impacted by Shell’s abusive practices spoke out as fossil-fuel trade association IETA hosted representatives from the Big Polluter for an event at the U.N Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 24th conference of the parties (COP24). The side event happened just days after a Shell executive bragged about …

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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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