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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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A CONVERSATION WITH HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY, OBA (Dr.) V.A. KILADEJO

Kabiyesi Alayeluwa, Dr. Victor Adesimbo Kiladejo: The exceptional King of Ondo Kingdom  By Toyin Falola       Since time immemorial, wonderful things have been spoken about people who have excelled in different areas of life. Although some observant individuals might have noticed that this set of people has reduced …

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Stakeholders agree to work for #SmokefreeNollywood

The cream of the Nollywood industry has agreed to work to see to the end of activities of tobacco industry in the film and video sector of the Nigerian entertainment sector. This was the consensus at a one-day Stakeholders’ Summit on Smoking In Movies (#SmokefreeNollywood) held in Ikeja, Lagos on …

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Nigeria: Shell wants to divest to evade clean up responsibility, Groups tell F

Civil society groups in Nigeria have urged the government to compel Shell to clean up the massive pollution of its extractive activities in the Niger Delta, saying the company’s plans to move offshore was only targeted at evading the scrutiny that its onshore activities have attracted. Three organisations – Health …

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FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IS FOR HUMAN BEINGS, NOT CATTLE AND SHEEP

By Chief Mike Ozekhome The Northern elites, including the Hon Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, miss the point sorely when they compare Igbo peaceful spare-parts dealers who go about their normal spare parts business legitimately, (building or renting their shops), with savage, maniacal AK-47-wielding herdsmen. Igbo traders …

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A new look and insight into the history of Yoruba

History is more than the facticity of what happened….  It is also about what it meant to those who lived the experience and what it has meant to the generations of descendants – Prof Akinwumi Ogundiran The title of the book The Yoruba: A New History, is in itself a …

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A CONVERSATION WITH EBENEZER OBEY-FABIYI, PART 4

Ebenezer Obey: A Humble Custodian of Morals By Toyin Falola   (This is the first report on the interview conducted with Chief Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi on April 18, 2021. With viewers on three platforms now at over 16,000, there is a strong loyalty between him and his admirers. For its entire …

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Veteran filmmaker, Ladi Ladebo, dies at 78

One of Nigeria’s early film maker, Ladi Ladebo is dead. He was 78. He died on Friday, April 16 2021 in London. A statement from thef family by Precious Ladebo Osagie reads: “With gratitude to God for a life well lived, we announce the passing on to glory of our …

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A CONVERSATION WITH SEGUN ODEGBAMI

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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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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