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  • 8 months Coping with CAF’s conundrums Sun |Opinion
    Ayodele Okunfolami We all do silly things. That is why I consider brandishing “I told you” on the other party that is being forced to eat its words or is suffering the consequences of not taking heed to your earlier warning childish. However, one may be unable to avoid those I-told-you moments when that party is always before you like a close relative or an establishment with an emotional attachment. “AFCON 2019: Another Own Goal By CAF” is an article I wrote and was published in some dailies 12 months ago. It is still available on line and I would employ ... more
  • 8 months Enugu council poll: Ugwuanyi’s drum beats of inclusiveness Sun |Opinion
    Francis Igata When on December 4, last year, the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) released the timetable for local government election in the State, it laid to rest wagging tongues over Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s credentials to deepen democracy at the third tier. ENSIEC’s release of the timetable was sequel to the expiration of the tenure of all the 17 elected council chairmen, their deputies and councilors. According to the timetable, signed by D.r Mike Ajogwu (SAN), Chairman of ENSIEC, local government elections will hold across 17 local government areas in Enugu State on February 29, 2020, to elect chairmen, ... more
  • 8 months Amotekun and quest for centrifugal federalism Sun |Opinion
    Banji Ojewale Long before we offered Amotekun, aka Leopard, a visa to relocate from the jungle and be our guest here among human beings, Major General MuhammaduBuhari had taken the unprecedented step to bring in predatory beasts into our conversation. In 2012 as he inconsolably nursed a defeat in the previous year’s ballot as presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change, Buharineedlessly transported these wild creatures into our system. Painting a ‘’gory picture of Nigeria as that of a hound and a monkey engaged in a battle for survival’’ he told party loyalists who visited him in Kaduna: ‘’God willing, ... more
  • 8 months I don’t owe my popularity to social media – Danny Young Sun |10ment
    Nigerian Afro-pop singer, Danny Young, born  Ajibola Olumuyiwa Danladi, also a songwriter, music producer, record label owner, entrepreneur and brand ambassador has debunk the notion that artistes cannot make it without social media. Danny Young who is from Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, made news recently for his copyright lawsuit against former Mavin First Lady, Tiwa Savage. The singer said his first album which was released in 2009 sold over one million hard copies without the help of social media Hear him: “I am one of the first few teenage artistes in Nigeria to ... more
  • 8 months Looking ahead of 2023 handover Sun |Opinion
    ONE of the unique things about modern Presidents, political scientists say, is the ability to command the nation’s attention. They are perhaps the only public leaders with the ability to select issues for public discussion, and set the terms of that discourse. Even though every President is expected to respond to events and circumstances of great public concern, the extreme importance of their office means that whatever they say or do will be considered news, indeed, big news.   President Muhammadu Buhari did exactly that last week when he declared that as a beneficiary of a free and fair election ... more
  • 8 months Oil palm rejuvenation in Edo state Sun |Opinion
    Ayo Oyoze Baje THE sad story of the utter neglect of the natural resources Nigeria has in abundance but prefers its foreign, processed derivative is often told. For instance, back in the 1950s and 1960sthe country was a leader in the world palm oil market.In fact, in the early 1960s, Nigeria’s palm oil production accounted for 43% of the world production but nowadays it only accounts for 7% of total global output.  Worse still, it has become a net importer of the same product! No thanks to the discovery of crude oil and our former political leaders’ lack of foresight,in ... more
  • 8 months Connectivity and the development agenda Sun |Opinion
    Gbenga Adebayo ECONOMIC growth is underpinned by information and the technological infrastructure that enables access to it. It is the foundation upon which economic decisions are made; income gains are realised and upon which all economies grow. Economies serious about growing, must actively prioritise access to affordable internet services and safeguard the infrastructure that makes it all possible. Recent projections suggest that if internet penetration continues to grow at the same rate as mobile phone penetration did on the African continent; it could contribute as much as $300 billion to the continent’s total GDP by the year 2025.  Sixty-Nine percent ... more
  • 8 months Nigeria’s local languages as endangered species Sun |Opinion
     Babatope Babalobi WENTY nine Nigerian minor languages had become extinct, while another 29  minor languages  are in danger of extinction.  Three Nigeria’s major languages -Yoruba, Igbo, and Ishekiriare also endangered, according to studies by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and views expressed by language teachers,  and linguists. In 2006, UNESCO reportedly predicted the Igbo language spoken in the south-eastern Nigeria by over 20 million people may become extinct in the next 50 years. In 2017, Dahunsi Akinyemi, a language teacher and author of Ede Yoruba ko Gbodo Ku (Yoruba Language Must Not Die),  posited that the Yoruba ... more
  • 8 months Nigeria, France sign Cooperation Agreement on film production Sun |10ment
    The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and Centre National du Cinema(CNC) and the Moving Image have signed a Cooperation Agreement for film production. Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director of the NFC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. According to Maduekwe, Mr Dominique Boutonnat, Chief Executive Officer of CNC, signed on behalf of his country, while he signed for NFC on behalf of the Federal Government. “I just arrive from Paris where I went to sign a Cooperation Agreement between Nigeria and France in the audio-visual sector, and this is the first of its kind between Nigeria ... more
  • 8 months INEC and the weak electoral system Sun |Opinion
    Chidiebere Nwobodo Every democracy, whether developed or developing, is rated by its electoral transparency, credibility and fairness. A democracy can be said to have come of age, when the electoral aspirations of the populace are allowed to translate into votes cum outcomes, displaying yearnings of the electorates. United States of America, United Kingdom, and other developed democracies of the world, are usually cited as examples of advanced democracies because the votes cast during elections reflect the overriding wishes of the electorates, at least, to a reasonably extent—without conceding that, there is a perfect electoral system anywhere.  Nigeria is still listed ... more
  • 8 months Leapfrogging Human Rights in a leap year Sun |Opinion
    Emmanuel Onwubiko NO doubt the year 2020 is a leap year which means that we have a well packed year going by the deficit of twenty four hours in this calendar year. What this means is that whatever is worth doing at all, must be done very well without any waste of time. To gain comprehensive insight into the significance of the concept of human rights as the first step in doing this reflection, I visited a British government affiliated website to learn about how the People of Great Britain looks at Human Rights. Human rights are the basic rights ... more
  • 8 months The shape of prophecies that won’t come to pass in 2020 Sun |Opinion
    Banji Ojewale IT is as reasonable to represent one kind of imprisonment by another, as it is to represent anything that really exists by that which exists not!-Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) English writer and journalist Most of those who look into the future, close or distant, talk of the shapeof things to come. They hardly speak of the shape of things that won’t happen. Why? It is assumed that we should be led only into the world of the good life awaiting us after today, the prosperity that will take place hereafter, the gilded age hid from us, the world of ... more
  • 8 months The danger of politicising the National Assembly Service Commission Sun |Opinion
    Adebayo Makinde AT the end of the year Get-Together/Awards Ceremony organized by the Senate Management for the Staff of the Senate, the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan reassured the nation that the 9th Senate was in a hurry to deliver on the targets set in its Legislative Agenda.  Basking in the euphoria of the early passage of the 2020 budget, he said: “We passed our agenda. What we intend to do as senators to enhance good governance in Nigeria is to make Nigeria better for the citizens. And of course the way we want to go is different ... more
  • 8 months A new case for Commonwealth based on trade Sun |Opinion
      Muhammadu Buhari   The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is now all but certain. Only the passage of time will reveal what their new relationship shall be. But with this new arrangement, I – like many other Commonwealth leaders – also seek a new settlement: not only of closer relations between the UK and my own nation, but of unleashing trade within the club in which we together shall remain. Relations between Nigeria and the UK are close and longstanding, most recently reiterated in our 2018 bi-lateral security pact and our collaboration in anti-trafficking. But in recent ... more
  • 9 months Music Review: Fireboy crowns single ‘Need You’ with an emotional visual Sun |10ment
    Fast-rising Nigerian Afro-pop singer and song writer, Adedamola Adefolahan, popularly known as Fireboy DML; has recently released a music video for his single titled; ‘Need You’. The song is one of the unique songs from his massively celebrated debut album titled “Laughter Tear and Goosebumps”. The young star catapulted himself into the Nigerian music mainstream when he released his breakout single ‘Jealous’ back in 2018, which was off his debut album, later released in 2019. Undoubtedly, his talent, hard work and consistency fortunately paid off in January as the artist won Sound City MVP Award; for Listener’s Choice category. He ... more
  • 9 months Andy Shurman returns with Stop the oppressors Sun |10ment
    Reggae legend, Andy Shurman whose evergreen song, Kinky Reggaeman, ruled the Nigerian airwaves in the 80s is back. The reggae legend is due to drop his comeback album entitled, Stop the Oppressor before the end of February. In a chat, Andy Shurman who dominated the airwaves in the 80s with his debut album, Save the Masses is poised to use his music to fight against the prevailing social injustice in the country. “I have said it from the outset that I would always speak the truth. I have neither gun nor a knife. My music is my weapon. Through my ... more
  • 9 months Actress, Mabel Oboh joins politics Sun |10ment
    As the race for 2023 picks up, seasoned actress, broadcaster and philanthropist, Mabel Oboh has delved into politics.  Oboh is now the spokesperson for the Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos chapter of African Democratic Congress (ADC). In her new capacity, she will also head the media and publicity department of the party with Mr. Isaac James as her assistant. The founder, Mabel Oboh Centre for Save Our Star (MOCSO), which was established  last year to cater to the health needs of Nigerian entertainers stated that she was humbled by the appointment. Oboh said: “ I am humbled and short of words. It took a lot of ... more
  • 9 months Why I want to create awareness about cancer –Joy Ebhodaghe, beauty queen Sun |10ment
    Tony Ogaga Beauty queen, Joy Ebhodaghe will not forget October 4, 2019 in a hurry. It was the day she emerged Miss Globe Nigeria and 3rd runner-up at the Beauty of Africa International Pageant (BAIP) held in Calabar, the Cross Rivers State capital.  In this chat, Ebhodaghe, who is poised to represent Nigeria at Miss Globe holding in Albania in October, opens up on her dreams and pet project among other issues.  How did you feel when you emerged Miss Globe and 3rd runner-up at BAIP 2019? I was really excited. I did not expect it.   Why? That was because we ... more
  • 9 months I’m blessed with hot, sexy body –Monica Friday Sun |10ment
    While some of her colleagues have been secretly going under the knife to perfect their looks and shapes, actress Monica Friday said she’s blessed with a natural, sexy body and would never consider surgery. ‘I have got a natural, hot, sexy body fit for my career. I won’t go under the knife for any reason. I’m perfect just the way I am,” she told Inside Nollywood. Speaking on marriage and relationships, the dark and pretty script interpreter states reasons she always wants to keep her private life off the public radar. “I am a very romantic person but I am ... more
  • 9 months At 38, I’m happy with my achievements –Yul Edochie Sun |10ment
    Few days ago, talented Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie turned 38 and he has been bouncing in the euphoria. In a chat with Inside Nollywood, the father of four said he is proud of his achievements, as he approaches 40. “At 38, I feel very good and happy with myself and achievements so far. I am ready for the giant task ahead. Like King Solomon, all I ask for in 2020 is wisdom,” he quipped. Growing up with a father like veteran actor, Pete Edochie, Yul admitted that his dad is indeed as strict as he appears in movies. “He is ... more
  • 9 months DStv emerges preferred pay TV option for Nigerians Sun |10ment
    MultiChoice Nigeria’s DStv and GOtv platforms have emerged as Nigerians’ preferred Pay TV service providers for home entertainment during the festive season of November and December 2019, into January 2020. This was revealed in a newly published independent report which surveyed hundreds of Nigerians from various walks of life in 27 states across the country. According to the report published by Nigerian Entertainment Today (theNETng), 52% of respondents say that watching some form of TV at home is their preferred festive season activity, while over 48% of Cable TV customers say that DStv is their preferred service provider throughout the ... more
  • 9 months Royal Awards for Sharon Ooja, Lala Akindoju, others Sun |10ment
    The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye on Friday, January 17 honoured 100 Nigerian youths with Royal Awards. The awardees, who are between the ages of 19 and 39, were picked from across all tribes and professions following their campaign trails and how impactful they have been locally and globally. Among the awardees were Sharon Ooja, Lateef Adedimeji, Yomi Casual, Woli Arole, Alvin Abayomi, Barrister Sani Michael (MC Lively), Olumide Oworu, Florence Otedola (DJ Cuppy), and Lala Akindoju. According to the monarch, the award is in recognition and celebration of hardworking Nigerian youths who have distinguished themselves in various endeavours. ... more
  • 9 months Why I can’t hide my curves –Biodun Okeowo, actress Sun |10ment
    Rita Okoye Popularly known in the movie industry as Omoborty, Biodun Okeowo is one actress whose sexy figure announces her wherever she goes. In this interview, the fair-skinned, voluptuous role interpreter recalls some embarrassing moments she had encountered, her social life as well as dealing with negativity that comes with being a celebrity. Enjoy it. What would you say is the best lesson you learned in 2019? Best lesson learnt in 2019 was that ‘we are all visitors in this world and nobody is promised tomorrow’. So, we should always do good and live everyday like it’s our last. It’s ... more
  • 9 months Biafra war: Fifty years after Sun |Opinion
    January 15, 2020 marked 50 years after the end of the fratricidal Nigeria/Biafra war. The war which broke out in 1967 between the breakaway Eastern Region called Biafra and the rest of the country ended on January 15, 1970 on the historic note of no victor and no vanquished. The war, according to the then Nigerian leader, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, was fought to unite the country, to bring the breakaway Eastern Region back to the Nigerian Federation.  To the late Biafran leader, Col. Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the war was fought for freedom and survival of the people of the region ... more
  • 9 months The governor’s Villa visit: Opportunity for a new beginning Sun |Opinion
    Bamidele Oba Last Monday, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Governor of Kwara State was in the Presidential Villa to keep an appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari. Though the Governor claimed he came to express New Year wishes to the President and present him with a list of requests for assistance, sources close to the Villa said that he rushed to Abuja after he was told that the President was unhappy with the news he was hearing about the Governor who on the platform of the All Progressives Party (APC) promised the people so much but after his election has concentrated on frivolities, score ... more
  • 9 months Edo and the politics of self-endorsement Sun |Opinion
    Mike Igaga  In recent time, the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, seems to have realised that he needs a second term. For governor that can unilaterally orchestrate the suspension of the national chairman of the APC and, therefore, remove him from office, his second term qualification ordinarily does not need approval. He has clearly stated that he is most qualified for a second term. He has addressed a press conference where he affirmed his qualification. Maybe on a second thought or by advice, he considered it ceremonial to tell members of his party that he is contesting for a ... more
  • 9 months Nigeria: Any hope in 2020? Sun |Opinion
    Chiedu Uche Okoye Nigeria, a nation of nations, is an immensely blessed country. A heterogeneous nation-state, it has both material and human resources. Is Nigeria not one of the most populous countries in the world? Today, millions of Nigerians living in foreign countries are contributing greatly to the development of their host countries in diverse areas such as Medical Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Law, Economics, Agriculture, and others. These Nigerians living in the Diaspora can deploy their expertise to help Nigeria become a technologically and economically advanced country if our leaders enlist their support. And, Nigeria is immensely blessed with natural ... more
  • 9 months Between Operation Amotekun and State Police Sun |Opinion
    Jerome-Mario Utomi It is pedestrian knowledge that socioeconomic problems which are the product of human actions and reactions are not static. They change with time and place. What is a social or political problem in one society may be a norm in another. And what is rejected or frowned at today, may be accepted tomorrow. Of course, there are important limits to human relations, knowledge, awareness, and technological state, economic and financial resource availability, social and cultural exposures. Globally also, inability to manage such differences and changing times by nations has at different times and places led to obstacle in ... more
  • 9 months Nigeria: Any hope in 2020? Sun |Opinion
    Chiedu Uche Okoye Nigeria, a nation of nations, is an immensely blessed country. A heterogeneous nation-state, it has both material and human resources. Is Nigeria not one of the most populous countries in the world? Today, millions of Nigerians living in foreign countries are contributing greatly to the development of their host countries in diverse areas such as Medical Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Law, Economics, Agriculture, and others. These Nigerians living in the Diaspora can deploy their expertise to help Nigeria become a technologically and economically advanced country if our leaders enlist their support. And, Nigeria is immensely blessed with natural ... more
  • 9 months Nigeria’s ‘gunshot’ democracy Sun |Opinion
    Abiodun Komolafe Those who are familiar with the history of the Israelites will understand why their story in the wilderness will not be complete without a mention of how, at a stage, they had preferred being “slaves in Egypt” to being subjected to mass ignoble deaths “in the desert.” With the pathetic state of our country, it is unfortunate that such hopelessness and uncertain reality now define the lots of many Nigerians. Sentiments apart, Muhammadu Buhari is a good man and Nigerians have to appreciate God for a man of his ilk as Nigeria’s president. He has done ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘and ... more
  • 9 months Quality representation is possible in Idemili Sun |Opinion
    Ejike Anyaduba IT is fair to argue that his stay in the National Assembly was quite momentous. In less than five months he had sponsored motions that touched on the economic life of Nigerians and made effort to drive them. Foremost among these motions were ‘Ports Decongestion/Revival of Moribund ones and the Sim Swap Fraud’. The two motions were as popular with the masses as the zeal with which members of the prized Assembly adopted them. They did not suffer the tortuous confirmation bills and motions go through in the Assembly. They simply scaled through.  Besides these two motions, Ibezi ... more
  • 9 months US based medical doctor, Godwin Maduka adorns 2020 Cover of ATTENTION Magazine Sun |10ment
    The 15th Newyear Impression Edition of Africa’s leading print publication, “Attention Magazine” has adorned on it cover page, the famous US based Medical Doctor and Billionaire Philanthropist, Dr. Godwin Maduka. This edition will be spotlighting and revealing some of the major achievements, impact projects, philanthropy, prospects and political ambition of Dr. Godwin Maduka. The Newyear edition which was released about 24hours ago is focused on key national issues that cuts across politics, lifestyle, philanthropy, events and other focus areas of national and global development. In a reaction, the Editor-in-Chief, Amb. Alex Nwankwo stated that the editorial team had carefully developed ... more
  • 9 months Mompha runs unregistered BDC, witness tells court Sun |10ment
    Lukman Olabiyi Prosecution Witness yesterday told Justice Muhammad Liman of the Federal High Court, Lagos that social media influencer, Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha who standing trial over alleged money laundering runs an unregistered Bureau de Change Company. Mompha is standing trial alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investments Limited, was docked before Justice Liman on a 14-count charge bordering on cyber fraud and money laundering to the tune of N33 billion. The defendant who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was fingered as a major figure in an organised transnational cyber fraud network, allegedly used his ... more
  • 9 months A call on young adult Africans Sun |Opinion
    Emeka Asinugo Despite its magnificent history and the enormous wealth that nature bestowed on it, myriads of political, social and economic problems have continued to plague the African continent for a long time. It is a worrying situation that continues to challenge the leaderships of most African countries. People have kept asking questions. How did Africa come to this seemingly irredeemable stage? And given the massive wealth that the continent boasts of, how can African leaders re-define their roles in order to facilitate the continent’s self-actualisation in the face of threats posed by terrorism and global uncertainty? In his recently ... more
  • 9 months The coming of Amotekun Sun |Opinion
    The governors of the South West states recently took a bold step in the effort to boost security in their domain with the launching of a region-wide security outfit tagged “Western Nigeria Security Network” and code-named  Amotekun. Amotekun is the Yoruba word for the Leopard, so the outfit is expected to demonstrate the strength, courage, agility and speed of this large cat of the lion and tiger family, which runs at a speed of 58km per hour. These attributes are sorely needed in any security organisation that would make a dent on the security challenges confronting the region. With this ... more
  • 9 months Africa: The US/France rivalry underway Sun |Opinion
    Osa Blackson The United States Deputy Secretary of commerce on Wednesday June 26 2019 announced at the opening ceremony of the U.S. Africa Business Summit in      Maputo   Mozambique that   ‘’the Trump administration message to Africa is simple and blunt choose to Africa is simple and blunt . Choose the United States over China and Russia.’’  This is clearly an attempt by president Trump to isolate the Russians and China from trading globally. It betrays a desperate effort to impress Africa and claim the continent’s resources and growing market. In this new year the world would see ... more
  • 9 months Udom and A’Ibom’s economic revolution Sun |Opinion
    Wale Odunlami What immediately comes to mind whenever Akwa Ibom State is mentioned in connection with resources is the fact that it is the biggest oil bearing state in Nigeria, and actually contributes over 30 per cent of the country’s total oil production. The state also holds a huge deposit of the country’s condensates. What may be added is the fact that Akwa Ibom is also blessed with enormous human resource, much of which is waiting to be harnessed. The administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel is focusing attention on building this resource to enable the state to realize its full ... more
  • 9 months As the curtain draws on Chukwuemeka Ike Sun |Opinion
    Promise Adiele Shakespeare’s play “As you like It” is a creative work that I do not admire much even if I have dissected the text many times before enraptured students. Not because it is established in confusing, non-distinctive styles of human relations, but because the incidents present a choice to humanity where excesses and follies are uncontrolled, therefore immoderate. However, I am always reminded of the play each time someone exists from the world. The lines “All the world’s a stage, and all the men merely players, they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time ... more
  • 9 months Court strikes out car theft charge against Naira Marley Sun |10ment
    Lukman Olabiyi A Lagos State magistrate court has dismissed a car theft charge filed by the police against hip hop artist, Adeyemi Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, his two brothers and their cousin. Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias made the order after receiving a settlement agreement between the complainant, Mr Adelekan Ademola, and the four defendants from the police, disclosed their intention to withdraw the case. Marley, his two brothers Idris Fashola, 18, Babatunde Fashola, 24, and their cousin, Kunle Obere, 22, were the defendants in the case. Mr Elias struck out the four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, assault and ... more
  • 9 months Court strikes out car theft charge against Naira Marley Sun |10ment
    Lukman Olabiyi, Lagos The Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Tinubu has dismissed a car theft charge filed by the police against hip hop artist Adeyemi Fashola, commonly known as ‘Naira Marley’, his two brothers and their cousin. Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias made the order Tuesday morning after receiving a settlement agreement between the complainant Mr Adelekan Ademola and the four defendants. Marley, his two brothers Idris Fashola, 18, Babatunde Fashola, 24, and their cousin, Kunle Obere, 22, were the defendants in the case. Mr Elias struck out the four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the police from arresting ... more
  • 9 months Restructuring and Igbo presidential bid Sun |Opinion
    CHUKS OGBONNA  Nigeria, the amalgam of Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914 by the colonialists, is still pussy-footing over the grave issue of balanced structure of the federating units. The fusion of people of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, political and economic orientations for the ease of colonial administration plunged the country into the quagmire that has kept her making motions without movement. Regionalism aided by imperial subterfuge prevailed as a modal of colonial administration till a few years after independence in 1960; but, the military incursion into the body politic of the nation brought the restructuring saga to the front ... more
  • 9 months Safety of inmates in Nigerian correctional centres Sun |Opinion
    INWALOMHE DONALD The electrocution of five awaiting trial inmates at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre in Lagos is an unfortunate tragedy that should be condemned. It demonstrates the need to review the condition of inmates in our correctional centres. Many inmates of the correctional centre suffered varying degrees of injury in the incident that was triggered by a power surge which caused an explosion at the facility.  The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has given an assurance that there would be a coroner’s inquest to determine the cause of the incident at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre. He also disclosed that government ... more
  • 9 months Liquidity for green finance: The stripped bond alternative (2) Sun |Opinion
    Emenike Omeye  As noted above, the poor investment appetite that results from this situation creates significantfinancing challenges for smaller issuers, including most sovereign issuers in Africa and many other countries across the world. Specifically, the issuance of green bonds by such countries would typically be smaller and illiquid, thus when compared with conventional bonds would be unable to attract significant economic concessions in the form of reduced financial returns to investors. In addition, the opportunity cost to the issuing green bonds entails a reduction in the volume of conventional bonds issued by such issuers. In view of the liquidity constraints ... more
  • 9 months Improving the integrity of our elections Sun |Opinion
    How to identify your enemies before they destroy you, is a tested toolkit that has become as relevant in management as it is in politics. Knowing genuine threats and how to prevent them from causing inevitable disruptions and serious damage is the first step toward ensuring the credibility and transparency of election outcome. It is so because democratic elections require more than the casting and counting of ballots. And in a healthy democracy, elections hold governments and institutions accountable to the governed. But that is only possible when citizens are free to choose their representatives. And all votes must count. ... more
  • 9 months Atiku Abubakar on 2019 Nigeria: My explications Sun |Opinion
    “The bitter truth is that Nigeria is still in the throes of economic instability, with more people losing jobs and the attendant outcome of more children being out of school and more families having hard times in accessing basic needs of life.” Let me declare from the outset that this irrefutable assertion by the former vice-president and PDP’s presidential candidate in the 2019 election should not be seen as an oppositional tantrum! Far from it as it is even an understatement of the state of our nation in holistic terms, taking cognition of copious other anchors of acute underdevelopment and ... more
  • 9 months Appraising Lagos State 2020 budget Sun |Opinion
     Ayo Oyoze Baje Several factors come into play that eventually affect budget predictions and their attendant performance.These include the institution’s current financial situation, available funds and revenue streams or income. Others are the business goals and the outlook for the environment one is operating in.As it is with companies that undertake the budgeting process to commit to a financial action plan, so it is with the federal and state governments in Nigeria and elsewhere. Essentially, budgets assist them to organize their finances; identify and focus on potentially feasible ventures for investment purpose and avoid committing funds to drain pipes. Budgets ... more
  • 9 months Re-thinking Africa-China relations Sun |Opinion
    Jerome-Mario Utomi “To know about the road ahead, ask those coming back.”         – Chinese proverb. Each time I read African historians’ account on how civilization and development got to Africa, and compare same with that of many Europeans scholars, I often marvel at the fundamental differences, To the European authors, Africa was a dark continent lit only by the flashes of foreign penetration and has contributed nothing to world civilization. But to African historians, civilization means improvement in culture. And Africans have had remarkable improvement in their culture and civilization before the coming of the Europeans. ... more
  • 9 months Liquidity for green finance: The stripped bond alternative (1) Sun |Opinion
     Emenike Omeye  The need to bridge the huge infrastructure gap in Africa is increasingly a front-burner issue for financial policy makers across the continent. Whilst the lack of critical infrastructure in the continent is largely a mixed bag – with variant needs among various African countries, there is a collective lack of funding to establish and maintain productive infrastructure for power, water, and transportation within the continent. In 2018, the African Development Bank estimated that the continent’s infrastructure needs amounted to about $130–170 billion a year, with a financing gap in the range $68–$108 billion.  While governments, their agencies and ... more
  • 9 months Wizkid deserves celebration 10 years after ‘Holla at your Boy’ Sun |10ment
    Ten years ago, a 19-year-old singer left fans debating if the song ‘Holla at your boy’ was sung by a Nigerian. In the smooth tune with western-infused lyrics, the singer urged listeners to wave at him when they saw him drive by. It was bold, fresh and a hit. The song, produced by DJ Klem (Knighthouse) and Vebee, is the first single from his debut album Superstar, during his years of deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (EME). It was the perfect introduction to Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun aka Wizkid. Seeing then label boss, Banky Wellington drive Wizkid and Skales to a ... more
  • 9 months I can be very stupid when in love –Bukola Kiitan, actress  Sun |10ment
    Damilola Fatunmise Kiitan is one of the emerging faces in Nollywood. She has featured in over 25 home movies including ‘Toyawo, ‘Surface’, ‘Ori Eiye’, ‘Ero Ife’, ‘Lugard’ and ‘Kitan’, her own production. In this chat, Bukola whose role model is screen goddess, Genevieve Nnaji opens up on her journey through the world of make belief. She also talks about her new projects including her love life among other interesting issues.   When did you come into acting? My first movie appearance was in 2010. I was never serious about it then due to my education. However, three years ago, I ... more
  • 9 months Mercy Johnson releases trailer for The Legend of Inikpi Sun |10ment
    Happily married mother of three and actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie has just released the trailer for her first produced full length feature entitled, The Legend of Inikpi, which hits cinemas in  Nigeria and Ghana on January 24. Showcasing a visual festival of the ancient cultures of the Igala and Bini kingdoms, The legend of Inikpi features a stellar cast of Nollywood heavyweights including Mercy Johnson Okojie, Sam Dede, Odunlade Adekola, Saidi Balogun and Paul Obazele among a host of others. Speaking, Mercy Johnson said: “The Legend of Inikpi  is the true story of revered Igala princess, Inikpi Oma Ufedo Baba, ... more
  • 9 months Eyes on Adenuga, Adegunwa, Otudeko for Ogbeni Oja stool Sun |10ment
    Ijebuland is blessed with men who are fabulously wealthy, powerful and imbued with influence and élan. Among them, there is one very illustrious title they are very proud of and is a most discussed subject in Ijebuland and by extension, Yorubaland now: that is Ogbeni Oja. Over the years, the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona had evolved and established an orderly and traditional system of succession among his class of High Chiefs. But the Ogbeni Oja is the highest title – not hereditary – a free-born Ijebu can aspire to. The holder represents the commercial ... more
  • 9 months Oil magnate Prince Arthur Eze’s enormous largesse Sun |10ment
    That billionaire oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze was bestowed with the traditional title of Ozo Igbo Ndu— Saviour of Ndigbo— might not be a misnomer. Prince Eze might be from a royal family with his elder brother as the traditional ruler of their Ukpo Village in the Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, yet his actions and mien are naturally regal and noble. Evidences abound. It is a common knowledge that anyone who visits the billionaire in his palatial mansion gets a welcoming kola running into millions of naira —irrespective of the caliber of guests. This also forced many ... more
  • 9 months Famous Pastor Paul Adefarasin suffers slight setback Sun |10ment
    For Lagos charismatic preacher and founder of House On The Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, he believes that being grateful in the midst of the storm will work out for one’s good. This he appeared to be teaching thousands of his flock recently during his Church’s first Sunday of the Year service held at The Rock Cathedral in Lekki, Lagos. Adefarasin, fondly called ‘Pastor Paul’, was said to have announced to the congregation that hundreds of his workers in the church have tendered their resignation letters. According to him, these members took that decision simply because of the present economic ... more
  • 9 months Property magnate, Siji Ogundele not involved in any public brawl Sun |10ment
    Give it to Olasijibomi Ogundele, the young property magnate and CEO, Sujimoto Construction, he comes across as a restless spirit. He likes to set a target for himself at the beginning of every year.  Once he sets his mind on a project, he pursues it with all his God-given talents. These are some of the attributes people who are closer to the man famously know as Sujimoto are wont to say about him. Thus it’s astounding to wonder why some would have to spread the tales of him losing his cool during  the last festive season. Contrary to the gist ... more
  • 9 months FCMB founder hosts Ijebu, royal fathers, clerics at New Year Thanksgiving Service, as Aragbaye thrills Crowd Sun |10ment
    The annual New Year thanksgiving at the Tunwase Court country home of Otunba Olasubomi Balogun, founder, FCMB Group, recorded a massive turnout on January 7, 2020, in a demonstration of unity and peaceful coexistence among the Ijebu. The service brought together people of all faiths and from all walks of life, including prominent personalities in Ijebuland, among them, kings, chiefs and the clergy. Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was one of the dignitaries in attendance. This year’s thanksgiving service experienced a boost with the invitation and appearance of Evangelist Funmi Aragbaye, President of Gospel Musician Association and ... more
  • 9 months Sir Kessington Adebutu’s unending magnanimity Sun |10ment
    Who is going to stop billionaire businessman, Odole Kessington Adebutu? For the Octogenarian deep pocket, giving back to the society is becoming his second nature. Indeed, philanthropy comes naturally to him as he gives effortlessly and without blinking an eyelid. Adebutu is not your kind of billionaire that calls for publicity over any donation or welcome praises over his acts of humaneness. His legendary philanthropic gestures have been felt in all aspects of life including to educational institutions and in the area of empowerment. For those who frequent the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, they would definitely have seen the ... more
  • 9 months Sade Okoya plots lavish 80th birthday for billionaire hubby, Rasaq Okoya Sun |10ment
    For the industrialist, Chief Rasak Akanni Okoya, lavish parties are his Shangri-La. His wife, Folasade Noimat, knows this and will be throwing a lavish party to celebrate her sweetheart’s 80th birthday. Though, the man of means will be 80 on Sunday, January 12, 2020, the party will hold in the evening of today, Saturday, January 11, at the billionaire’s sprawling Oluwa Ni Shola Estate in Ajah, Lagos. It’s obvious growing old with Folasade takes the sting out of old age for the billionaire Chairman of Eleganza Group. More than two decades and still counting, their union couldn’t have been by ... more
  • 9 months Time to listen Sun |Opinion
     Eric Teniola THIS HOUSE HAS FALLEN-NIGERIA IN CRISIS is a 327-page book written by Mr. Karl Maier who lived in Nigeria as a foreign correspondent for two years, from 1991-1993, and returned often on reporting assignments. According to him he had inputs in writing the book from Chris Alagoa, Richard Dowden, Yomi Edu, Anthony Goldman, Phil Hall, Michael Holman, Nick Ashton-Jones, Peter Cunliffe-Jones, Bill Knight, Abidina Coomasi, Father Matthew Kukah, Dr. Suleiman Kumo, Bashir Kurfi, Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, Clement Nwankwo, Nduka Obaigbena, Barnaby Phillips, Patrick Smith, Olukayode Sokoya, Mathew Tostevin, Bala Usman, William Wallis and his two angels, Ken Wiwa, ... more
  • 9 months As Tinubu, Bakare find their voices… Sun |Opinion
    Yinka Olujimi Have you heard? They are back in the news, hugging the limelight!  While they were “away,” a lot happened in the country. But for very strategic reasons – mostly personal – so what, a friend would ask! – they looked the other way, leaving the people in the lurch. Not any more, it seems. The race to Aso Rock trumps all strategic reasons for muteness; and the time to seize control of the limelight is now, both men have apparently decided. Former Lagos State Governor and “national” leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed ... more
  • 9 months The lies about religious persecution in Nigeria Sun |Opinion
    Sharon Faliya Cham Just like that, without defining her status as to whether she sees herself as the global police or the global judiciary or the global arbiter of matters concerning nations of the earth or whether she sees herself as the ruling monarch over all nations to which they must all account and bow to, the United States of America recently concocted and publicized a list of countries she sees as places where there is religious persecutions, or places with limited religious freedoms, which she arrogantly named as Special Watch List (SWL). If the United States of America cares ... more
  • 9 months Taking pressure off Lagos-Abeokuta expressway Sun |Opinion
    Seyi Bakare It was like a Christmas gift. Two days to the 2019 Christmas celebration, Governor Dapo Abiodun drove through Lagos-Abeokuta Road to Ota, Ogun State, to inspect two roads being done at Osi Ota to link AIT Road and Ikola, Lagos State. One of the roads – Osi Ota/AIT Road – was 95 percent completed while the other – Osi Ota/Ikola Road – was at about 80 percent completion stage. Residents trooped out at the sound of the siren announcing the governor’s visit. Within minutes of the convoy’s arrival and the governor stepping out from his Mercedes Benz G-Wagon, ... more
  • 9 months I want to get married in 2020 –Christabel Egbenya, actress Sun |10ment
    Light-skinned Nollywood actress, Christabel Egbenya, famous for her portrayal of raunchy roles in popular movies, Room 202 and Kingdom of Pleasure, has confessed that she is single and can’t wait to start a family in the New Year. In a chat with Inside Nollywood, the script interpreter who doubles as the CEO of Labell Beauty World is praying that God blesses her with a hardworking man as husband as the year progresses. “Finally, the year 2020 is here. My plan by the grace of God is to get married, have my own happy family, produce my own personal movies and ... more
  • 9 months Why I’m picky about movies I feature in –Meg Otanwa, actress Sun |10ment
    Bankerturned-actress, Meg Otanwa, in a chat with Inside Nollywood has revealed reasons why she has been choosy regarding the movies she features in despite the stiff competition in the industry. According to Benue-State-born Otanwa: “I love to do stories I can connect with. It is totally fine to do stories just for entertainment but as for me, I do things that are important to me, I am taking about stories I feel are impacting. And that is because I feel that I was gifted this talent for a reason and I would like to use it for that purpose. It ... more
  • 9 months Face of Beauty Nigeria crowns queens for 2020 Sun |10ment
    Faceofbeautynigeria, an online pageantry platform recently announced winners for its 2020 edition. A statement from the organisers read thus: “In a world where pageantry has been done on live stages only, Face of Beauty Nigeria dares to be different by bringing pageantry to the fingertips of every girl using the Instagram online platform only.” Founded in 2017, Face of Beauty Nigeria has continued to raise the bar. For 2020 Edition, the voting was done in Dec. 2019 and nine queens were crowned for the year 2020. The newly crowned queens for Face of Beauty Nigeria 2020 are Queen Edidiong, Face ... more
  • 9 months How X100 dominated entertainment in December Sun |10ment
    For four days last December, XChange 100, a consortium of event promoters led by media mogul, Tajuddeen Adepetu locked down Eko Atlantic Energy City in Lagos. The platform, which serves as a venue for different events in the busy Yuletide season, had all-day lined-up events for the scheduled period of December 20-23. It was a daunting task that kept the organisers mostly on their toes. XChange 100 will crown the events of the season with the Soundcity MVP Awards holding tomorrow, Saturday, January 11 at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The awards is steadily positioning ... more
  • 9 months Otedola’s daughter, Temi, makes acting debut in Afolayan’s Citation Sun |10ment
    Temi Otedola, one of the daughters of billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola has added a feather to her cap. The fashion blogger and aspiring designer will be making her acting debut in prolific filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan’s upcoming movie, ‘Citation’. The movie explores the subject of decadence in the educational sector. It revolves around a female postgraduate student who has to find a way of dealing with the awkward situation of sexual harassment from a lecturer. Temi plays the lead character, Moremi. At a press briefing held in Lagos recently, she revealed that she has been a fan of Afolayan’s movies and ... more
  • 9 months Celebrating Tambuwal at 54 Sun |Opinion
     Muhammed Bello Today, Rt.Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, clocks 54.  Like previous years the day will be marked low-key.  Not that there are no reasons to roll out the drums and call a feast to celebrate his birthday but he would rather quietly give thanks to his creator for His mercies over the years and the privilege to serve the people in various capacities. Born on January 10, 1966 in Tambuwal village of Sokoto to Mallam Waziri Tambuwal, he began his education at the Tambuwal Primary School, graduating in 1979 with his First ... more
  • 9 months Curtailing the menace of okada riders in lagos Sun |Opinion
    Tayo Ogunbiyi Motorcycle, popularly known as okada, is now one of the primary modes of transportation commonly used in the country. Most people opt for okada for many reasons. Some do so because it is considered convenient, fast and readily available. But then, the rise in okada usage has been accompanied by increased occurrence of avoidable loss of lives on Nigeria roads. The excess of okada riders, especially in cities such as Lagos, Ibadan, Onitsha, Kano etc has led to lots of social ills and complications. It is, therefore, in order to sanitise the whole process that the Lagos State ... more
  • 9 months Unnecessary fuss about feeding the hungry in Houston Sun |Opinion
    Ejike Anyaduba Since the wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, fed the homeless in downtown Houston, the US, it has been a herculean task trying to convince a few persons that charity is not domiciled in a place. That it may begin at home, but must not end there. Perhaps the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 tells a better story of charity. The Bible in recording the story never suggests that acts of charity were alien to the Jewish society. Rather it tries to show that charity is not limited and can come ... more
  • 9 months America, Iran and the drums of war? Sun |Opinion
    It is no longer news that the US President Donald Trump ordered an attack that killed the Iranian army chief, Qassem Soleimani. Justifying the attack, President Donald Trump said, ‘we took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war’. America went ahead to also state the ‘sins’ of Soleimani; that he was behind a series of attacks against American interests and was planning further attacks, hence he had to be stopped.  Ever since the incident, opinions have been divided in support and against America’s action. Russia has described US’ attack as a ... more
  • 9 months Imo and Mbaka’s prophecy Sun |Opinion
    Every occupation has its hazards. Priesthood especially the type backed with Charisma and prophecy is not an exception. Prophecies emanating from men of God annually in Nigeria have always been contentious. Rev. Fr. Camillius Ejike Mbaka, the fiery Catholic Priest of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, has come again with his prophetic utterance, which at times can be provocative.  This particular prophecy concerning the 2019 Imo State gubernatorial election won by Emekea Ihedioha is indeed one of them. There is no illusion that his target this time around is Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State. Mbaka had in his New Year revelations ... more
  • 9 months I am battling with Lyme disease – singer Justin Bieber Sun |10ment
    Canadian Pop singer, Justin Bieber, said he is battling with Lyme Disease, an infection caused by bacteria commonly carried by ticks. Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi and it is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. The 25-year-old singer, took to his Instagram page @justinbieber to break the sad news, after he was diagnosed of the disease recently. According to him, he disclosed this, in order to dispel the rumour that the reason behind his frail look was because of the use of hard drugs. “While a lot of people ... more
  • 9 months Entering the new year with many expectations Sun |Opinion
    MSGR LIVINUS UKAH Every Human Being wants a better living. If human beings were to see God face to face, they would have poured their hearts to Him who designs their destiny. There is no need of dabbling into horoscope to know our destiny. Once you are born your destiny is grounded in God.  There is no guessing work, no going to fortune tellers or “Babalawo” to know your destiny. With years passing away, ourlife rolls away and every year is full of Struggles, our ups and downs in life, and no one likes to remain the same.  Man needs ... more
  • 9 months Corporate governance: The MTN example Sun |Opinion
    Godwin Nzeakah “One good judgment is worth more than a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat”, so argued Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of America. As it were, Wilson (1856-1924) only talked of “one cool judgment”, but one noticed from a distance in the year just ended that a firm like Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria made three such judgments, which have potential for far-reaching impact on the telecoms industry in particular and Nigeria’s economy in general. Therefore, this piece is not only a direct response to the Wilsonian maxim, but also to ... more
  • 9 months Transform eco to acu now Sun |Opinion
     Victor C. Ariole  The currency world has a government and whether we like it or not, any local currency is a mere subset or, at worst an insignificant element in a global subsets led, as at now, by the Dollar; and even the RENMINBI acknowledges that. Metaphorically, legal persons in the currency government are the recognised central banks of the world, and the African  Francophone countries have a Central Bank that stands strong as a subset against the African Anglophone countries who are mere insignificant elements parading cedi, naira, leone, dalasi and Liberian dollar; that is, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia ... more
  • 9 months The travails of agba jalingo and others Sun |Opinion
    Sunday Onyemachi Eze “Every free society has a journalist.” – Agba Jalingo For living up to the responsibility of his vocation and professional calling and for also daring to report the sleaze observed in the Five Hundred Million (N500, 000,000.00) Naira appropriated and approved for Cross River Micro Finance Bank, Agba Jalingo was hounded like a common criminal from his home in Lagos in the middle of the night by armed men on the orders of Governor Ben Ayade. He was detained for days, tortured and arraigned before a Federal High Court in Calabar on charges bothering on terrorism and ... more
  • 9 months Mercy Johnson to release movie ‘Legend of Inikpi’ on Jan. 24 Sun |10ment
    An artist and movie producer, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, is set to release a movie, titled: ”Legend of Inikpi”, on Jan. 24. According to a statement by Johnson-Okojie in Lokoja, the movie will be shown in all cinemas nationwide. Johnson-Okojie, a former Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture, said that the Legend of Inikpi was the third major project she executed within her short stay as the SSA to Gov. Yahaya Bello. She said majority of the movie acts were sourced from the summit she organized on entertainment, arts and culture followed by a talent hunt ... more
  • 9 months Entertainment industry thriving in Delta – Okowa Sun |10ment
    Okwe Obi, Abuja The Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Tony Okowa, has said that the entertainment industry has been thriving in the state with thousands of movies being filmed and musical concerts being held, entertaining residents and tourists alike. Okowa stated this recently when the management of Basement Africa paid him a courtesy call in appreciation of the success of the Davido Live Concert, and to prepare for the next edition in which with WizKid is expected to perform. According to him, the success of the event which featured top Nigerian artistes and movie stars, inspired other entertainment events in ... more
  • 9 months Nigeria: Expectations in the New Year Sun |Opinion
    Promise Adiele In the last three weeks, social spaces have been inundated with patronizing pleasantries. First was Merry Christmas, and then came Happy New Year. Many of the pleasantries were superficial prayers that lacked any genuine, heartfelt feelings. Yet, many of them, communicated through the promiscuous social media, were to fulfil all righteousness, to keep in touch with friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and family members. Still, many were real, informed by a sincere desire for other people’s success. I wonder if these prayers and good wishes contribute to someone’s success in the New Year or should we simply dismiss them as ... more
  • 9 months Udom’s consolidating agenda and infrastructure development Sun |Opinion
    Raph Inyang Udom Emmanuel plans to consolidate the successes of his first term as governor of Akwa Ibom State with a programme he has codenamed Completion Agenda. It is a programme that is expected to guarantee sustainable socio-economic development of the state from the present well into the future. The Completion Agenda is expected to be the final phase of the fulfillment of Udom’s promise to leave behind a state that meets all parameters of development by the time he completes his eight-year tenure in 2023.  A common denominator of the projects encapsulated in the Agenda, which actually builds on ... more
  • 9 months Agenda for the next Ohanaeze Ndigbo president Sun |Opinion
     Fred W. Opara “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for greatness is there already.”                  – John Buchan. The outgoing president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, is not only leaving a shoe big enough that may be difficult to fill, but also an indelible footprint in the socio-cultural sands of time of the leadership of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Though he was in the saddle in an inauspicious time such as the volatility of Nnamdi Kanu’s detention together with IPOB ... more
  • 9 months The demolition in Kwara Sun |Opinion
    Kwara State was in the news for the better part of last week. The state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq,  made good his plan to recover properties of the state that were allegedly illegally acquired by the late father of the immediate past Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. He began with the revocation and demolition of a structure at Ilofa Road, GRA, where the late Dr. Olusola Saraki, and his scion, Bukola, used to distribute food and other things to the aged people in Ilorin, the state capital, which goes by the name Ile Arugbo or Old Peoples Home.  According to the ... more
  • 9 months Time to rebuild nigeria’s crumbling institutions Sun |Opinion
    Ayo Oyoze Baje “Africa does not need strong men. It needs strong institutions,” – Former President Barack Obama of the United States, in a speech delivered to Ghanaian MPs in July, 2009. Critical observers of Nigeria’s socio-political spectrum, over the past two decades of our pseudo-democracy must be worried stiff about the nation’s gradual descent into moral abyss. Rather than abate, the violent storms of the broken family unit, perversion of religious institution, personalizing power by not a few political leaders at the local, state and federal levels; utter disregard for the rule of law and political appointments skewed in ... more
  • 9 months The visa on arrival policy Sun |Opinion
    INWALOMHE DONALD The internal crisis in Nigeria is not caused by visa on arrival policy. I do not see any reason to scrap the visa-upon-arrival (VUA) privilege granted to Africans, but there must be eyes to tighten the process of its issuance instead. Minister of Interior will work hard to tighten the process instead of scrapping it so that the people will feel safe (amid the influx of foreign visitors). Boko Haram and ISIS did not invade Nigeria and other West African countries because of visa on arrival policy. Calls for the scrapping of the VUA privilege have gained ground ... more
  • 9 months Ugwuanyi: Building bridges, mending fences Sun |Opinion
    Samson Ezea It is no longer news that Enugu State indigenes, communities, residents, visitors and politicians have witnessed and experienced more peace and harmony among themselves in the last five years plus of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration in the state than ever before.  This enviable stride is not accidental. It is as a result of the diverse and multi-faceted crisis solving, peaceful measures and approaches introduced and adopted in the state by Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration. They are unique and novel. It would be recalled that on assumption of office in 2015, Ugwuanyi’s administration never hid its desire and preference for a ... more
  • 9 months Deconstructing President Buhari’s New Year letter Sun |Opinion
    SEVERAL high-octane reactions, some  of them commendable, others condemnatory or dismissive, have continued to trail President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year letter to his compatriots entitled: “Nigeria’s decade”. Expectedly, the contents of the letter has been analyzed and interpreted in different ways and contexts. Some critics claim that the President in that letter gave himself away as a poseur and that the letter was draped as a gimmick, a self-glorification and that the nation and the citizens were being misled by unfulfillable promises and unreal expectations. I beg to differ.    First, it was good that the President decided to send ... more
  • 9 months Missed the Golden Globes? Here’s the complete list of winners Sun |10ment
    (NYT) “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” came out on top with three awards, including best musical or comedy. “1917” won best drama and director. “Fleabag” and “Succession” each won two awards in the television categories. Awkwafina, the star of “The Farewell,” became the first Asian-American to win the Golden Globe for best actress. Kate McKinnon spoke candidly about being gay while presenting the Carol Burnett Award to Ellen DeGeneres. In her acceptance speech, DeGeneres said: “All I ever want to do is make people feel good and laugh.” An emotional Tom Hanks offered actors advice while accepting the ... more
  • 9 months The need to rework the education policy Sun |Opinion
    Jerome-Mario Utomi Every citizen of a modern nation is a subject of the state. And once a state is formed, the citizens formulate ethical principles or virtues to be pursued, vices to be avoided and values to be cherished-for the good conduct of the citizens. These values are in most cases not put in a codified form but transmitted from one generation to the next via a well formulated/structured process called education. Without a shadow of the doubt, this thought may have informed the decision of past administrations like their counterparts in other countries, to formulate the National Policy on ... more
  • 9 months Christmas celebration controversy and other matters (2) Sun |Opinion
    Gozie Irogboli Thus, it is not out of place to assert that calling Christmas a pagan practice on account of the day it is observed is also an acceptance of the concept of Henotheism which is about acknowledging other gods, localizing and restricting the influence and power of God Almighty. Our God is not subject to henotheistic limitations. Our God is omnipresence and omnipotent. Saying that Christmas Day belong to idol worship on the grounds that pagans used to celebrate on that day is akin to limiting the influence of our God. It is an acknowledgement of the authority of ... more
  • 9 months Rotational presidency as equalizer Sun |Opinion
     Nnaji Jekwu Onovo Some Northern leaders including the Kaduna state governor, El Rufia; Prof. Ango Abdullahi (convener of the Northern Elders Forum), and Senator Walid Jibrin (Chairman, Board of Trustees of PDP)  are advocating merit in place of rotational presidency as being practiced by the various political parties especially the leading parties in nominating presidential candidates. By all intents and purposes, we need merit in every sector of our society to achieve progress and development of the country.  So, I am not against entrenching merit in every sphere of our life especially governance; but rotational Presidency is necessary as an ... more
  • 9 months Nigeria’s problems and mathematical solution Sun |Opinion
    Oludayo Tade Like before, uncertainties and tensions continue to envelope Nigerians as they throng churches and mosques to thank ‘God’ for making them cross-over into 2020. Being thankful to the supreme-being is anchored on the fact that only the living can hope to enjoy the basic goodness of life even when such goodness is perpetually scarce in the Nigeria’s socio-political space. Surviving a topsy-turvy 2019 is itself a feat as it was for the majority characterised by unemployment, unimpressive infrastructure, insecurity and deaths, culminating in hopeless docility. In 2019, the minority ruling class commenced and devised means of narrowing civic ... more
  • 9 months PhashyO set to rule 2020 with She No Believe Sun |10ment
    Fast rising singer, PhashyO (Olayinka Oluwaseyi Fashola) says he is determined to make 2020 the year he rules the Nigerian music scene. In a chat with Entertainer, he said: “My latest single, She No Believe is currently on massive rotation and is a favourite of OAPs and DJs.  Ever since it was released, the response has been overwhelming! 2020 is my year; the year I will rule the music industry. ” Born in the early 1990s, he is an indigene of Isale Gangan Lagos Island, Lagos. Among others he is an Afro pop/R&B artist, songwriter, mix and mastering Engineer and ... more
  • 9 months My parents disowned me ‘cos of modelling –Adesuwa Aighewi, model Sun |10ment
    Christy Anyanwu Adesuwa Thongpond Pariyasapat Aighewi is a Nigerian/ American fashion model and filmmaker. She was the cynosure of attention at the 2019 edition of GTBank Fashion Weekend. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, her father is Nigerian while her mother is a Thai-born Chinese. In this interview, Aighewi opens up on her career among other interesting issues and how her parents disowned her because of modelling. She recalled: “Being a model was not something I ever wanted to do but the scouts who contacted me both online and in person at Prince George’s County, Maryland, were persistent.  Finally, I agreed ... more
  • 9 months Nightlife entrepreneur, Chris Erondu’s staying power Sun |10ment
    The czar of conventional nightclub and entertainment on the mainland axis of the Centre of Excellence, especially Ikeja metropolis, Chris Erondu, has achieved yet another feat worthy of commendation. He has successfully remodeled the erstwhile highly-patronised watering hole, The Page, into a more worthwhile and all-encompassing nightclub dubbed De Vogue. The repackaged De Vogue strategically located in Opebi area of Ikeja, provides second to none services in a cool, welcoming ambiance that befits the yearning of its potential and established clientele. For those who have been part of Erondu’s success as a nightlife impresario of close to ... more
  • 9 months Siju Iluyomade in birthday mood Sun |10ment
    Come January 8, Dr. Siju Iluyomade, philanthropist wife of Idowu Iluyomade, the Senior Pastor, RCCG City of David, Victoria Island, Lagos, would hit a new age. Siju, the Convener of Arise Women, a charity organisation that has been adding to human capacity building and empowerment in the country, will clock 56. Though, she will not be throwing any big party on that day, she would, however, be using the occasion of her birthday to reach out to more people as the year 2020 starts. Siju, the delectable woman of influence and character, has over the years become a ... more
  • 9 months Nigerian Scientist, Kazeem Jimoh picks 2019 UNESCO MAB Award Sun |10ment
    For young scientist, Kazeem Jimoh, the year 2019 ended on a good note. The 27-year-old Research Fellow with the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria has been selected for the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Award under the cate- gory of MAB Young Scientist of 2019. Kazeem is the third Nigerian ever to be decorated with the prestigious prize in a programme that seeks to promote a new generation of scientists worldwide to addressing eco-logical and sustainability issues. The award is focused at encouraging young researchers to undertake work on ecosystems, natural resources ... more
  • 9 months Aliko Dangote joins World’s Richest 100 People Sun |10ment
    For two decades on the bounce, billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote has unarguably been the single biggest player in the Nigerian economy. But he raised the game in the outgoing decade with his $12 billion refinery project in Lekki, Lagos. The refinery complex, which will house the largest single train refinery in the world, is sitting on 2,600 hectares which also includes a fertilizer and petrochemicals plant, and a pipeline system running 550km from the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Recent reports have it that Dangote, Africa’s richest man, became $4.3 billion richer in the year 2019 ... more
  • 9 months Prince Hakeem Ajasa’s date with destiny Sun |10ment
    For Lagos Prince, Hakeem Oriyomi Ajasa, he is cool, calm and connected. Stability and security are his watch- words. Somewhat withdrawn and shy, he is someone who takes a while to open up, but once he let someone into his life, he is utterly loyal and steadfast. That’s how a friend aptly described the persona of Prince Ajasa, a top police officer and leading contender to the throne of Oniru of Iruland, a rich community that comprises of highbrow Oniru and Victoria Island — a location in Lagos with investments and buildings worth hundreds of billions. ... more
  • 9 months When real estate mogul, Siji Ogundele lost his cool Sun |10ment
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