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The endless martyrdom of youth

By Wole Soyinka   Abukakar Atiku has summed up the nation’s feeling – this most recent savagery against our youth is heartbreaking.  More than the heart is broken however, more than millions of individual hearts that still lay claim to bonds in a common humanity. The already over-stretched sinews of …

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A CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR OLU OBAFEMI, PART 2

ORIGINS   PART A: THE INTERVIEW By Toyin Falola (unedited transcript)   Who is Olu Obafemi? Obafemi By the framing of this question, I surmise a concern with my genealogy, my ancestry, family tree and so on. Quite a mouthful and may be an exercise in tedium. I shall be …

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Toyin Falola: A dancing mask and his footprints

By Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju   “You cannot stand in one spot to watch a dancing mask,” states an Igbo proverb quoted by the novelist Chinua Achebe. You need to watch the mask from various vantage points in order to better appreciate its dynamism, its combination of visual power and dazzling …

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South Africa: Researchers reiterate need to regulate e-cigarettes

Two years after closure of comments on the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill (2018), researchers have called for the passage into law of the bill. New findings have revealed that the e-cigarette industry, currently largely unregulated, has further taken hold in South Africa. The Executive director of …

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TOYIN FALOLA’S GOLDEN ERA

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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A CONVERSATION WITH BISHOP MATTHEW HASSAN KUKAH

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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Labour, civil society groups restate opposition to National Water Bill 2020

By Olayinka Oyegbile For the umpteenth time, Civil Society Groups (CSOs) met in Lagos on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 to restate their vehement opposition to the National Water Bill 2020 before the National Assembly. The CSOs made up mainly of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and …

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A CONVERSATION WITH SEGUN ODEGBAMI PART 2

Mathematical 7 Goes on Stage: Segun Odegbami, Abeokuta, and the Making of “Ayinla” by Tunde Kelani   Kelani and Odegbami  ABEOKUTA: THE PATH TO “AYINLA” By Toyin Falola     Without Abeokuta, Kelani’s movie on Ayinla Omowura would not have been possible. Segun Odegbami describes the connections thus: Abeokuta provided …

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Pastor Adeshina: Towering In God’s Vineyard

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.” ― Byron Katie When Pastor Elijah Oluwatosin Adeshina began his earthly journey on this day …

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A CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR KENNETH HARROW (PART 2)

  PART 2: LITERATURE AND CINEMA IN POST-COLONIAL AFRICA   PART A: THE INTERVIEW   Let me start with a most basic question: why African Cinema and how important is the nexus between Literature and Film? Looking at your transition from Literature into Film Criticism, how has it been and …

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