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The filthy stories coming out of Kogi

SOMETHING quite typical of Western societies happened in the UK this week.  Sharon Taylor, a cheating wife who made false rape allegations against her husband of 21 years for refusing to do household chores, was spared jail time. Mr. David…

Obajana, Yahaya Bello and the battle for the homeland

In recent days, the Kogi State governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello, has been in a battle with Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, over the Obajana cement factory situated in the state. Following the claims and counter-claims by the feuding…

Nigeria: Walking into tragedy once again

TRAGEDY of a very unusual though not unprecedented kind befell Dutse Gogo town in Kwara State this week. An apparently ill-bred, unthinking youth pumped hot bullets into his younger brother’s chest. The two brothers, sons of a hunter, had…

Nkechi Blessing’s salacious souvenirs

THE world over, but especially in Black Africa where procreation is treasured, it is the desire of parents to be succeeded by good children. Among my people the Yoruba, it is customary to refer to children’s as their parents’ clothing, and…

No government can ban ponmo

Muhammad Yakubu, Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, crafted copious cant this week, leading an assault on the cow skin (ponmo) beloved by millions of Nigerians. The institute, he…

Of pastors and the witchcrafting of mothers

For some time now, a strange thing has been going on in the Nigerian society with clergymen tormenting many women’s old age by claiming that they are witches. Trampling on the Holy Bible that they preach from, these pastors separate…

#Bring back our Yoruba childhood

In Yorubaland, I have lived at various times in Ibadan, Eko, Ikorodu, Ondo town, Ile-Ife and Ilorin and I can say that our ways as Yoruba people are basically the same. Actually, the impetus for this piece is an incident that happened four…

Driving around Dapo Abiodun’s Ogun

I must shelve this week’s original intervention and go into something entirely different. In my short odyssey I have endured countless tests and trials but the past few weeks have been the most harrowing. I have had to feel the bone and…

This house of hunger

Dambudzo Marechera, the Zimbabwean writer whom the Bard of Isara referenced as being “bohemian in temperament”, is long dead and buried. But his House of Hunger, tempting and arresting in its poetic quality and representation of squalor and…
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