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If Nigeria Finally Breaks up by Simon Kolawole

Nigeria, a country of roughly 250 ethnic groups arbitrarily coupled together by the British colonialists in 1914, is mired in an “existential crisis”, probably like never before. Apart from the north, it seems every other part wants out. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi …

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A CONVERSATION WITH DR. BISI ADELEYE-FAYEMI, PART 2

(This is the first of three reports on the interview conducted with Dr. Adeleye-Fayemi on June 27, 2021). For its entire recording, see  https://fb.watch/6oxK6nvXx7/)     Dr. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi and the Institutionalization of Feminist Power   By Toyin Falola   Contentions have always emerged whenever the concept of feminism pops …

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Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah: The Poet, Playwright, and Philosopher

  By Toyin Falola At the end of the “hustle-bustle” and serenade hullabaloo witnessed in George Orwell’s classical fantasy, Animal Farm, about social relevance, position, and status of animals compared with their peers, Orwell concluded, but now changed to fit in the human world, “All men are equal but some …

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REFLECTIONS ON FIRST DAY OF THE 6TH J.A. ATANDA LECTURES AND CONFERENCE

By Toyin Falola   The 6th J. A. Atanda Lectures and Conference upheld its standard as an event with an impressive academic gathering of scholars and researchers interested in the study of the Yoruba. This year’s event kicked off on Monday, June 21st, 2021, with the opening ceremony and first …

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Nigeria’s endless search for federalism simplified

By Olayinka Oyegbile Federalism is the best curb on democracy. [It] assigns limited powers to the central government. Thereby all power is limited. It excludes absolute power of the majority – Lord Acton   (Nigeria and the Challenge of Federalism, by Ike Okonta, 2021)   Our country, Nigeria, is at …

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Femi Osofisan at 75: A literary luminary and statesman

By Toyin Falola   I am often saddened by one fact: Nigeria is one of the most blessed nations in terms of human resources. Yet, it wallows in underdevelopment due to bad governance, poor policies, and a horde of other negative factors. The internet is awash with the details of …

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Interviewing President Buhari By Reuben Abati

I have been privileged to interview quite a number of world leaders in the course of my journalism career. These include President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Ketumile Masire of Botswana, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Commonwealth Secretary-General Shridath Ramphal, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan etc..not to talk of holding the microphone across the …

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CONVERSATION WITH DR. BISI ADELEYE-FAYEMI, PART 1

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi: Women’s rights activist and community mobilizer By Toyin Falola Dr. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is defined by her versatility, in addition to her compassionate dispositions in favor of altruistic humanitarian services. A woman always brimming with energy, Dr. Adeleye-Fayemi exemplifies a capability that is generally rare among her contemporaries— the …

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A CONVERSATION WITH PRINCE YEMISI SHYLLON, PART 4

Elevating Africa: The Collections in the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art By Toyin Falola Africa is often viewed with a degrading lens by other continents, especially by those in the West. This notion is not independent of the slowed development of the continent since the mass independence of African countries …

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Nigeria, Twitter and Other Stories By Reuben Abati

Omo, I see you are still on Twitter. How you dey take do am? Come and teach your brother…” “Eishhh, Ishhh…Will you keep quiet?” “But I noticed you tweeted something not long ago, despite the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria” “Hey…hey. My family offend your family? This man. I …

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