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LEGEND: Adebayo Faleti, the Journalist Who Translated Nigeria’s National Anthem to Yoruba

Adebayo Faleti, the wise man

On Sunday, July 23, news broke that Adebayo Faleti, one of the most revered Nigerians to have ever lived had died. He passed away in his home in Ibadan at the age of 86 due to old age. Baba Faleti, the sage with a difference Born on 26th December, 1930 in Ago-Oye, Oyo State, he was the first son of ...

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Apply for TED Fellowship 2018 (in Canada) and Become a Change Agent [FREE]

Applications for TED2018 Fellowship are open

Every year the TED Fellows program opens applications to find a new class of extraordinary thinkers and doers. Though we target innovators aged 21 to 40, we encourage anyone over 18 years old to apply. What you need to know! The TED2018 Fellowship application is now open. Applications for the TED Fellowship are only accepted between the opening and closing ...

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‘Not Too Young to Run’ Bill: Are the Nigerian Youths Asking for Too Much?

We need young Nigerians in office (Photo: Pulse NG)

A coalition of youth groups on Tuesday stormed the national assembly to demand the passage of “not too young to run” bill. The bill, a constitutional amendment, seeks to alter sections 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 constitution. It seeks to reduce the age qualification for those aspiring to office of president from 40 to 30 years, office ...

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The Changes to African Cup of Nations Competition Favor Everyone but Africans

What does the future hold for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) logistics?

Starting in 2019, the number of participating countries in Africa’s biggest soccer event, the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), will increase to 24 national teams from 16 teams. Also significant, the competition, usually hosted in January and February, will be moved to June and July. Why exactly did CAF change the AFCON time-table? The decisions were made following recommendations by ...

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Pep Naija Interviews Ayoade Olusegun, Nigeria’s First and Finest Karaoke Jockey

Ayoade Olusegun is the founder and CEO, Nairoke

A Tony Elumelu Foundation Alumnus, Olusegun is one of 2016 ’30 Most Influential Personalities of Ibadan’ according to the ConnectIbadan Brand. Ayoade ‘KJSheggs’ Olusegun is Nigeria’s first and finest karaoke jockey/host. He is the founder and CEO of Nairoke Entertainment, a Nigerian karaoke company. Segun is also a Crans Montona Forum’s New Leader For Tomorrow and notably, he is the #karaokeking and the ...

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Dele Momodu: Now Our Youths are Crying and Kicking

Dele Momodu with the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari

Fellow Nigerians, I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh when I got a call early this week from Ambassador Dayo Israel, one of the brightest youths I had mentored in my own modest way some years ago. It was a plaintive cry for help after the debacle of a failed local government chairmanship aspiration bid and the death knell ...

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Atiku Abubakar Describes How Nigeria Can Be Restructured in Six Months

Atiku Abubakar says restructuring is the way to go for Nigeria

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar says Nigeria can be restructured in six months. Atiku said this on Wednesday while delivering a lecture on ‘Restructuring Nigeria’ at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu state. The former vice-president said the fastest way to achieve restructuring is to reduce the power and roles of the federal government and to “return some items on the concurrent ...

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Here’s the Summary of All You Need to Know About Alison-Madueke’s Corruption Scandal

Nigeria's former oil minister, Diezani-Alison Madueke an d her shady shady deals.

Last week, news of a US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit roped Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former oil minister, in yet another international corruption scandal. The lawsuit alleges that two Nigerian businessmen, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore, illegally obtained lucrative oil contracts in Nigeria by repeatedly bribing Alison-Madueke. The men then laundered the proceeds of those contracts through the US by ...

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Ayo Sogunro: Nigerians Need a People-Constitution and Here’s How to Go about it

Ayo Sogunro is a Nigerian lawyer, writer and human righter

Ayo Sogunro, a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist has further reiterated the fact that the 1999 Nigerian constitution did not meet process standards and so has to be replaced. He said this, among many other necessary reasons why Nigerians should have a people-constitution, during #CitizensHangout– a PEP NAIJA’s bi-monthly social media chat– on July 7. The 1999 Constitution did ...

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Inequality: How a Graveyard Silence is Widening the Gap Between Rich and Poor in Nigeria

The wealth of five richest Nigerians can take Nigeria out of extreme poverty

Based on the recently released CRI (The Commitment to Reducing Inequality) Index, a new global ranking of governments based on what they are doing to tackle the gap between rich and poor, Nigeria is shockingly at the bottom of the table. According to the CRI Index report, “Nigeria has the unenviable position of being at the bottom of the Index. ...

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