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The administrators of the Toyin Falola short stories prize have announced the names of six writers from the 11 earlier shortlisted. A statement today said, “Following the feedback of our judges and readers on the longlist, we do not doubt any of the stories making the shortlist, and this particularly …

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Chairmanship: Ayu emerges PDP consensus candidate

A former Senate President, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has emerged as the northern consensus candidate for the position of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party. This was after a series of meetings by stakeholders over a 72 hour period. He was chosen after two other contenders; a former Katsina State …

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Activists reject Corporate Privatisation of water as World Bank Meets

Civil society and labour activists on the platform of the Our Water Our Right Africa Coalition have called on African governments to reject water privatisation and demand the return of water systems seized by private corporations. They asked that water be returned to the hands of the African people and …

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Ali A. Mazrui, Abdulrazak Gurnah and the Swahili moment

By Toyin Falola   October 12 has been declared “Ali A. Mazrui Memorial Day” by his friends, colleagues, and well-wishers. This year’s observance is very unique as it coincides with Zanzibar-born Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah winning the prestigious 2021 Nobel Literature Prize. Indeed, I will use this opportunity to eulogize, once …

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Contemporary Christianity: New wine in old wineskin

By Jude Obuseh   Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? – Mathew 7: 3. The protestant revolt that exploded across Europe in the 16th century (1517AD) was known as the “Reformation”, a movement arrow …

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2023: Moghalu joins ADC

Dr. Kingsley Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has joined the African Democratic Congress (ADC) to pursue his presidential ambition. He was the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 elections. He however resigned his membership of the party in …

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Molefi Asante: On Reimagining Africa and Africans By Toyin Falola   What is Africa? Who are Africans? What is African history? What do you make of Africa in tracing its history? What should be the focus and center of African history? Have these questions ever crossed your mind as an …

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If Not IPOB, Who’s Enforcing Ghost Monday?

By Jude Obuseh   Following the Nigerian government’s unexpected extradition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, arrowhead of Biafra Zionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and the subsequent recommencement of his stalled trial, the group immediately issued a weekly Monday sit-at-home order across the whole of the South-East geopolitical zone …

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Dele Momodu: A Child of Independence in Search of Freedom

    By Toyin Falola   Deserving ovation in any part of the world is a matter of maintaining a positive impact after the evaluation of one’s accumulated deeds. Humans are not popular with the habit of giving accolades to people who are not deserving of it, and if they …

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Sowore and RevolutionNow: Seventy Thousand Years of Inheritance   By Toyin Falola   Justice, equality, and fraternity were the tripod forces and principles that triggered the 1789 French Revolution. These became the song on the street of Bastille and other parts of France that year. It was sung and animated …

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