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    PART 1 SEUN KUTI: MUSIC, POLITICS, AND FELA’S LEGACY Toyin Falola Many questions arise on the death of an influential and famous person, and diverse matters come to play. People ask, “Who will succeed the Great?” “Will their names live on?” “Should we not immortalize them?” “What will …

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Lead City University: The Leap of Success

BY Toyin Falola     In every human’s genetic makeup is the desire to succeed, to excel in their chosen endeavour, and be seen as someone who knows what they want and how to get it. Success, for humans, brings a strong sense of fulfilment and achievement. Yet, this same …

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Tunde Odunlade and the Evolution of Nigeria’s Contemporary Art Scene

BY Toyin Falola   Nigeria boasts of a considerably old and long history of art tradition–painting, sculpture, carving, weaving and poetry—with some, like the famous Nok culture (1500 BC), reaching back thousands of years. Other established antique art cultures from Nigeria include those of Igbo-Ukwu (900AD), Ife (1100-1450AD), Benin (1440AD), …

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Ibadan: My City of Fame

By Toyin Falola I have searched; I have attempted, and I conclude that there are not enough words to quantify how much Ibadan     the city of the brave and fierce     means to me. Yes, I did attempt to describe my love for and affinity to the city in my memoir, …

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Toyin Falola: A Gong and Drums to Honoured Merit

By Olu Obafemi When, not if, (to my mind’s eye, estimation and anticipation,) you win the Nobel Prize, there will be a cascade of post-Award controversies. To be sure, I do not for once equate merit with prizes. The best is not always the one who takes the prize, even …

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Is Nigeria on the Brink?

By Toyin Falola Is Nigeria on the brink? This is one of such questions that open up the doors for a comprehensive dialogue on the state of the Nigerian nation and issues of great concern. What brink, many people will ask? Considering the recent happenings in the country and how …

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Pathways to Nigeria’s Future: A Review of Toyin Falola’s Understanding Modern Nigeria

By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi Nigeria has often been of keen interest to the international community. It is the most populous black nation in the world, has a vast deposit of oil and mineral resources, a sizeable youthful population, and despite its constant flip-flops remains one of the largest economies in Africa. …

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Lokoja: Reminisces of History and Culture

Gratitude Speech Following the Award of a D.Litt. Honorary Doctorate from the Federal University, Lokoja By Toyin Falola On this glorious day, November 13, 2021, I reminisce on my memories of Lokoja and how they form a part of an ever-growing history of the Meeting Point, the capital city of …

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  Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III: On History, his Kingdom, and the Yoruba By Toyin Falola This is the interview report with the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, on October 24, 2021. For the transcripts, see: Facebook: and YouTube:   …

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Beyond the cover-up

  By Olayinka Oyegbile The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them – Elena Gorokhova (Lies and the Hail of Bullets #ENDSARS The Story of Lekki Shootings …

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