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By Bridget A. Teboh February 2021 will forever be remembered in the annals of African history as the month that Africa awarded its first academic D. Litt., presented by the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university, to the most deserving African scholar of our era, the pre-eminent and peerless scholar, …

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PART 1: “OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS”: BISHOP KUKAH AND HIS NATION By Toyin Falola   “…provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of …

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The ‘Sokugo’ spirit and AK-47

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with those who are reckless with yours – Mary Schmich   It must have been over four decades ago that I read Cyprian Ekwensi’s 1962 novel The Burning Grass published under the imprint of the now rested African Writers’ Series …

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By Toyin Falola   Youth participation in politics and their role in government is one that has gained traction amongst Nigerian youths in the last two decades. Discussing this subject at a well-attended lecture at the University of Texas at Austin on February 9, 2021, under the title, “Youth, Politics, …

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PART 3: AYINLA: THE MAN WHO BECAME A FILM By Toyin Falola   Omowura with the famous Olumo Rock in the background     It was in one of our nocturnal phone calls, the united meetings of owls, that Tunde Kelani (TK) of Mainframe Production, a larger-than-life film director, told …

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Obasanjo: Only those who did not do well went into the military

By Biko Agozino   Despite the heavy toll that COVID-19 is taking on communities and families, Professor Toyin Falola has turned the challenge into an opportunity to present socially distanced interviews with eminent personalities. On January 31, he presented a live interview via Zoom with former Nigerian President, H.E. Olusegun …

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By Toyin Falola   It was a privilege for me to have met his Excellency when he was in power—first in England, then in Accra, and later in Kumasi. I was also later invited to review a book on some gifts he received while he was in public service and …

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A disgraceful exit to a dishonorable man

By Toyin Falola   “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 (NIVUK) Like myself, many concluded four years ago that this con man, Donald Trump, whose name is now approaching that of Judas Iscariot in infamy, would be kicked out of the White House after …

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The early birds of arts

By Olayinka Oyegbile     Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now ― Alan Lakein There is nothing like good planning. But how does good planning start? It starts by planning early because if you do, there are guarantees that …

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Buhari’s Adviser, Babafemi Ojudu : How I Recovered From COVID-19

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, has narrated how he survived COVID-19. Ojudu while sharing his experience said the virus  almost took his life. Below is his narrative. My Journey to Covidom, By Babafemi Ojudu It took a lot of self persuasion to decide on …

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