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Ibadan: My City of Fame

By Toyin Falola I have searched; I have attempted, and I conclude that there are not enough words to quantify how much Ibadan     the city of the brave and fierce     means to me. Yes, I did attempt to describe my love for and affinity to the city in my memoir, …

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Is Nigeria on the Brink?

By Toyin Falola Is Nigeria on the brink? This is one of such questions that open up the doors for a comprehensive dialogue on the state of the Nigerian nation and issues of great concern. What brink, many people will ask? Considering the recent happenings in the country and how …

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Ali A. Mazrui, Abdulrazak Gurnah and the Swahili moment

By Toyin Falola   October 12 has been declared “Ali A. Mazrui Memorial Day” by his friends, colleagues, and well-wishers. This year’s observance is very unique as it coincides with Zanzibar-born Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah winning the prestigious 2021 Nobel Literature Prize. Indeed, I will use this opportunity to eulogize, once …

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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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‘Three and a half decades after we parted in Nigeria, I met my brother again in America’

It was palpable joy when Taiwo Abiodun, a Nigerian journalist who recently relocated to America, met his brother, Professor Rowland Abiodun in Amherst, more than three decades after the brother left Nigeria.   The hotel room’s telephone rang and the receptionist informed us (my wife and I) that a visitor …

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Groups write NBC, demand the prohibition of smoking in Big Brother Naija

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) and the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has petitioned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) asking the agency to prohibit smoking in the Big Brother Naija (BBN) Season 6 which commences on Sunday, July 18, 2021. CAPPA and NTCA in the letter titled …

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Civil Society Rejects Petroleum Industry Bill

*Says it is anti-people A coalition of civil society groups on Wednesday roundly condemned and rejected the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) as proposed by the Senate and House of Representatives. The Bill is one of the oldest and most contentious Bills since the country returned to democracy in 1999. It …

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NBC: Idachaba out, Ilelah in

*Buhari sacks NBC DG In a surprise move that has thrown the communication sector into a limbo, President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to confirm the appointment of the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Prof Armstrong Idachaba. He was appointed acting Director-General of the commission replacing Modibbo Kawu …

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 Mis-Understanding Islam By Toyin Falola There could be a thin and almost fully blurred line between piety and extremism. The first is a well-meaning zeal for religiousness or political ideology. The other, extremism, is a dangerous overzealousness wrapped in fanaticism and crassly blind ignorance. All over the world, religious and …

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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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