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Dele Momodu: A Child of Independence in Search of Freedom

    By Toyin Falola   Deserving ovation in any part of the world is a matter of maintaining a positive impact after the evaluation of one’s accumulated deeds. Humans are not popular with the habit of giving accolades to people who are not deserving of it, and if they …

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Sowore and RevolutionNow: Seventy Thousand Years of Inheritance   By Toyin Falola   Justice, equality, and fraternity were the tripod forces and principles that triggered the 1789 French Revolution. These became the song on the street of Bastille and other parts of France that year. It was sung and animated …

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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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I spent over 20 years of my working life abroad as a university teacher, banker and international civil servant with an unblemished record. I have no criminal record — not even a parking ticket. Sadly, it is in my own fatherland that I’m being subjected to criminal investigation and such …

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Magu still a police officer, says minister

The former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is still on the payroll of the federal government, according to Muhammad Dingyadi, minister of police affairs. The minister told a television station that the ministry was awaiting federal government’s decision on the fate of the …

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Sowore: Society, Sanity, Safety, and Stability By Toyin Falola   In recent years, unfolding events in Nigeria have clearly shown that, in all ramifications, the country has swerved away from the trajectory of peace that was meant to be the facilitator of its exponential growth. Nigeria is immersed in intra-country …

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Yahya Jammeh: A Messiah of African Dictatorship

By Toyin Falola   Africa, a continent noted for its immense natural wealth and potentials—symbolized by vast arable lands, precious minerals, and a young vibrant population—has failed to fully utilize these assets in achieving progressive socio-economic transformation after sixty years of self-rule. One central reason identified for this misfortune is …

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Oyegbile’s The Dirty Leap: Dramatizing Disillusionment and Dystopia

By Toyin Falola No literary work is divorced from the society in which it is created. Whether covertly or overtly, literature is usually influenced by the society in which it is created. As Ngugi wa Thiong’o rightly noted, literature does not exist in a vacuum. In creating literary works, writers …

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  Molefi Asante: Breathing Africa, Living Blackness   By Toyin Falola     Em hotep nefer weret!   I have listened to his lectures. I have served on committees with him. I have read his books. I have adopted many of his ideas reworked into Black liberationist thoughts. He has …

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Capitulation Of Boko Haram, ISWAP elements – an eclectic overview

By Jude Obuseh   A couple of weeks ago, the Nigerian Military High Command announced that several commanders and members of Islamist insurgent group, Boko Haram and one of its rival  factions, the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) had surrendered in the last four months.  Adamu Rugurugu, a former …

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