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Much ado about Electoral Act amendment by Simon Kolawole

No surprises. It was speculated that President Muhammadu Buhari would withhold assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021 and he finally did. His concern, he said, is the mandatory direct primary through which parties are to pick their candidates. This, he maintained, will lead to high costs of conducting primaries, cause …

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A CONVERSATION WITH PROF. ATTAHIRU JEGA, PART 4

 The Professor, the Journalist, and their Country  By Toyin Falola   This is the third 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 while also offering a …

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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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What is our Understanding of Modern Nigeria? – Reflections on a Book Presentation

By Toyin Falola     Thursday, November 18, 2021, will go down in history as one of the most intellectually fulfilling days I have seen in a long while. To some, that may come across as surprising, given that I provided little to no direct intellectual input at the presentation …

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Akin Osuntokun at 60 by Reuben Abati

My good friend, Akin Osuntokun, is 60. He was actually 60 on November 24, but this week, friends and family are rolling out the drums to celebrate one of the finest persons that I know. On November 24, we had gathered at his residence, at the invitation of Ronke, his …

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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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Drug Abuse, the Serial Killer in Kano

    By Kamal Buba Danladi The usage of drugs and other illicit substances is becoming rampant in the society today, and the situation in Kano for example is becoming worrisome. Hardly one finds a group of people and one of them is not into drugs. Incidentally, the group that …

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That fairy tale about NASCO

By Olayinka Oyegbile   In a world of lies and liars, an honest work of art is always act of social responsibility – Robert McKee   It was with a heightened curiosity and the search for knowledge and information that made me to read one David Hundeyin’s long piece published …

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Camouflage: Best of Contemporary Writing in Nigeria

By Toyin Falola     Many critics have categorized the different periods of the Nigerian literary scene in different nodes from means, methods, and concerns. No matter the generation, worldviews are shaped by the problems facing them at that period. The literary and national consciousness of the first and second …

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A yellow bus ride and musings on 2023

On Thursday, I did something I had not done in Lagos since 1999: I rode in a public bus. I had taken my car for service at Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja. I was told it would be ready “in two hours”. I thought to wait at the reception to do …

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