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The Comfort of Faith, the Insurgency of Hope, and the Promise of Success

By Toyin Falola   When I speak to young people, it is always a delight because it is an avenue to cultivate their minds and leave a lasting impact on them. Thus, I was overjoyed at the recent opportunity to speak to students at Fountain University, Osogbo. These students have …

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Financing and making university education better in Africa

In this report, Olayinka Oyegbile, who recently attended an international conference on tertiary education in Africa, writes about how to make university education funding and teaching better on the continent.       Perhaps to demonstrate the importance of education to human endeavours, academics, founders, donors and all those concerned …

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Partnering for Greatness: Rethinking University Education in Africa

By Toyin Falola   Between now and August 2022, I will be hosting over a hundred University administrators and scholars in major conferences. I will also be coordinating country researchers to conduct studies on five African countries—South Africa, Ghana, Libya, Nigeria, and Uganda. The first conference will hold in Nigeria …

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The Demise of Reverend Desmond Tutu

By Toyin Falola Ubuntu: I am because you are, because we are. But beyond that, I am because I belong, and I have chosen to belong, to form a part of, participate in, and unite with others and their ideas and ideologies, despite the realistic existence of nuances and differences. …

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A CONVERSATION WITH PROF. ATTAHIRU JEGA, PART 2

Speaking Truth to Power: Attahiru Jega, Toye Olorode, and Nigeria’s Future  By Toyin Falola   This is the first report on the interview with Professor Attahiru Jega on December 12, 2021. The extensive interview, which has received millions of views across different platforms, exposes Nigeria in all of its ugliness …

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A CONVERSATION WITH PRINCE YEMISI SHYLLON, PART 5

The Abeokuta Prince and the Art Palace By Toyin Falola My trip to Abeokuta in November 2021 yielded treasures of performance and orality at the Ake Palace, the city itself, and the lovely home of an Egba Prince. The trip became part of what I will label, with poetic license, …

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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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CSOs urge govt to halt water bill and privatisation of public infrastructure

A coalition of civil society groups have called on the federal government to implement the resolution of the July 28, 2010 United Nations General Assembly, which recognizes the human right to water and sanitation and the importance of clean drinking water and sanitation. They called on government to remove every …

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NSCDC to handover corruption cases to ICPC

The Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has said that all corruption cases involving officers of the Corps would be transferred to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for further action. He spoke during a courtesy visit to the …

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A CONVERSATION WITH Dr. OBADIAH MAILAFIA, PART 1

The Power of Positive Difference: Dr. Obadiah Mailafia and His Nigeria By Toyin Falola Having intellectual capacity is associated with some people who have dedicated their time to the pursuit of knowledge, part of a process of building human capacity, evidence that efforts have been concentrated on something tangible. However, …

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