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Dele Momodu on #Biafra: Our Dear Army, Please Cool Temper [OPINION]

Fellow Nigerians, let me confess my admiration for security forces generally. It is not just because of the cleanliness and crispiness of their uniform or the famed discipline that they imbue in their members. It is because I find their job too risky. I often wonder why any man or woman would voluntarily sign his or her death warrant. For ...

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The Economist Says Lagos is Second Worst City to Live in. How True Can This Be? [OPINION]

Lagos is the economic nerve centre of Nigeria

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on the 16th August, 2017 published a global liveability report for 2017. The report served to offer a benchmark upon which the development of a city could be measured and to advise business corporations on the amount to be paid as hardship allowance— the extra income paid to an individual for working in challenging environments— to an ...

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What Does It Really Mean to Support a Political Party in Nigeria?

What does it mean to belong to a political party in Nigeria?

There are many political parties in Nigeria, they spring up like green onions in a vegetable garden. Some evolved from older parties, while some are formed afresh. However, no matter how numerous they are per election cycle, there are never more than two or three main stalks. Their history is a splintered one and can be told from several perspectives. ...

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We have no Control over what Life Brings, but We Can Make a Comeback after Defeat

Madison Keys launched an incredible comeback to beat Naomi Osaka at the US Open (Photo: Dailymail)

Have you ever wondered why some things happen the way they do? Why do you make plans, set goals for yourself and along the line things don’t work out as expected? In life, some situations are there to train us, build us, make us learn, make us stronger, prepare us for the future. As challenging as they can be, they’re ...

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Straight Up! Excuse me Mr President, Our Unity Has to be Negotiable [READ]

Excuse me Mr President!

I grew up in the home of a nomadic civil servant. Today, my father will be on his way to Delta state for supervision. Tomorrow, he is on his way to Jos for coordination. One thing was clear in all those journeys: he was always travelling so he could meet our needs, and seek a better life for the family ...

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Why Exactly are the World’s Billionaires Visiting Africa?

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai in Nigeria for the #GoogleForNigeria event

In twenty years or so, Africa is expected to have the world’s largest working-age population of 1.1billion, yet only 3 to 4 million jobs are created annually. That means there is an urgent need to create opportunities for the millions of people on the continent who are creative, smart and driven to succeed. In addition, only 9.8% of the world’s ...

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NIGERIA: What Exactly is Wrong With Our President?

What exactly is wrong with our president?

The rumour mill has been agog with stories that President Buhari could be returning to the country any time soon. This is coming shortly after photos of him with some visiting governors were greeted with wild excitement by his supporters. On the other hand, there couldn’t be a more rueful time for the patriotic Nigerian who places the nation first. ...

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How a ‘Group of Boys’ Raped 14-Year-Old JSS 3 Student Obiamaka Orakwe to Death

Who will save us rapists? Photo: The Indian Express

The body of a 14-year-old girl lies dead because a group of boys thought it was their right to take what she refused to willingly give them from her by force. On Monday, neighbours noticed an unknown number of young men scaling the fence that encompassed the home of Obiamaka Ngozichukwu Orakwe and her family in Abule-Ado, Lagos, in a ...

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Swaniker: How Failure Helped Me Found African Leadership University and Other Ventures

Fred Swaniker recently got an honorary degree from Nelson Mandela

For the last 16 years, I’ve been an entrepreneur. Apart from African Leadership Academy, African Leadership Network, and African Leadership University, I have dabbled in other industries—the first ‘major’ venture I helped launch was a biotechnology company called Synexa Life Sciences. That company today employs about 70 scientists and has offices in Cape Town, Berlin, London and Dublin. I also ...

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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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