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Missing certificates, lost identities

Lack of shame kills Oba Àdó (Ainitiju lo  pa Oba Àdó) is a common saying among my Yoruba people. Àdó here is not the present Adó-Ekiti, but an ancient Yoruba town that has since gone into extinction like Àpá (the ancestral home of Ogun, the…

Nigeria’s democracy on life support

IN chapter one of their 2018 book, “How Democracies Die”, Steven Levistsky and Daniel Ziblatt, both professors of Political Science, Harvard University, USA, gave an anecdote of how elected leaders can subvert democracy and increase…

The no-choice before Nigerians

Aristotle said: “Choice, not chance, determines your destiny”. But can Nigerians say sincerely that there is a choice among the fossilised beings the parties are presenting to us as candidates? The choice we made in 2015 has pushed the…

Ndigbo: Tribe without rulers?

The first time I heard the adjective, ‘acephalous’, was in my secondary Form Four Government class. The teacher, Mr. Abayomi Oduntan, a youth corps member, was teaching the topic: “Pre-colonial System of Government in Igboland”. His…

Deborah, ignorance and the North 

Some weeks ago, I got into a simple analysis with a very senior journalist. I was complaining about the increasing number of northern children in alms begging down South. I told him I was worried that the leaders of the region…

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