April 27, 2017

Review Category : OP-ED

#ChildNotBride: “A nation of perverts and paedophiles” – Femi Fani Kayode

Former FCT Minister Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned Nigeria as a “nation of perverts and paedophiles” after the country’s senators left in place a clause that legalizes child brides. The politician, in his lengthy opinion piece condemned the Nigerian Senate for failing to remove clause 4b of Section 29 that determines a woman is of “full age” if she is married, be she 18 or younger. While the section of the constitution deals with the age at which a Nigerian can denounce citizenship, this clause makes it acceptable for young girls to be given away in marriage. The Senate had moved ...

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Was President Goodluck Jonathan insulted in China?

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Beijing, China on Tuesday for his four-day visit, which is meant to boost bilateral cooperations between both countries. But the buzz on the internet was not centered on the president’s plans to secure a $1.1 billion low interest loan for much-needed infrastructure, including roads and electricity. Instead, what has some Nigerians talking is the welcome party that met President Jonathan when he arrived at the Beijing international airport. Upon his arrival, Jonathan was welcomed by China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Li Yucheng, not President Xi Jingping or Premier Li Keqiang or even ...

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Nigerians DENY Woolwich attackers, say Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, are BRITONS

Nigerian or British? In the aftermath of the brutal murder of a British soldier by two Briton Islamist fanatics of Nigerian descent, the argument many Nigerians continue to have is whether or not the men can be considered Nigerian. The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Ambassador Habib Habu, said on Thursday that the two suspects, Michael Adebowale, 22, and Michael Adebolajo, 28, who brutally murdered Drummer Lee Rigby in southeast London on Wednesday at 2:20 p.m. are not Nigerians. Like many Nigerians who have taken to social networking sites to distance the nation from the killers, the envoy, ...

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Soyinka’s candid interview; why he says Achebe is not the “father of African literature”

In a very candid interview with Sahara Reporters, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka opens up about his relationship with late iconic author Chinua Achebe, a man celebrated in the press as the “Father of African Literature“. Soyinka sets the record straight on rumours of a rift between himself and Achebe, but also explains why Achebe, while brilliant, can not be called the “Father of African Literature,” a title Achebe himself never embraced. “It’s as ridiculous as calling WS father of contemporary African drama! Or Mazisi Kunene father of African epic poetry. Or Kofi Awoonor father of African poetry. Education is lacking ...

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Disrupted wedding at the Overcomers Church; the REAL story

A lot has been said about the disrupted wedding at the Overcomers Church World Outreach in Aguda between Ms. Uloma Agwu and Mr. Solomon Akiyesi, and not all of it has been true. Petty bloggers (shout out to Linda Ikeji) have seized upon the opportunity to spread hurtful lies about the couple in the interest of getting a few extra hits on their sites. I am a member of the Overcomers Church World Outreach, a proud one, and Ms. Uloma Agwu is my family, a beloved one. To see her wedding to Nollywood actor Mr. Solomon Akiyesi, completely overturned today ...

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“The Yakowa I met few hours before he died” by Cosmas Asogwa

The most cheerful man I met today (Saturday) was Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State. Upon alighting from the doomed chopper aircraft that brought him into Okoroba, Bayelsa State, he was beaming with smiles all the way, greeting and acknowledging greetings from those of us around. He even took time to cheer up his kinsmen who were at the corner butchering cow meat for the occasion before moving onto the reception hall. I don’t understand Hausa, but the smiles on the face of the Hausa butchers following their conversation with Governor Yakowa smacks of fulfillment and excitement. I have no ...

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“We remember differently” by Chimamanda Adichie; the author’s candid review of Chinua Achebe’s TWAC

I have met Chinua Achebe only three times. The first, at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, I joined the admiring circle around him. A gentle-faced man in a wheelchair. “Good evening, sir. I’m Chimamanda Adichie,” I said, and he replied, mildly, “I thought you were running away from me.” I mumbled, nervous, grateful for the crush of people around us. I had been running away from him. After my first novel was published, I received an email from his son. My dad has just read your novel and liked it very much. He wants you to call him at ...

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Jonathan pays secret visit to First Lady’s hospital bed

President Goodluck Jonathan paid a secret visit to his sick wife, Patience, in Germany on Saturday. A short news item aired on the Nigerian Television Authority at 9pm showed the President’s visit to his wife, who is reported to be sick of an undisclosed ailment in Germany. The news item was accompanied by a short video clip showing the President and his gorgeously dressed wife. Patience, who was in high spirit was heard saying, “Let me take picture with my husband.” When contacted, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed that the President visited ...

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Tears from Maiduguri by Ahmad Salkida

Growing up as a child in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State left me with vivid memories. There are clear memories of affinity, of love, of trust, of sharing and good neighbourliness. By the way, I was born a Christian, and raised as one. But I also had among my very closest friends, Muslims; and in no way was any sense of difference amongst us highlighted. The adopted official lingo of “home of peace” seemed very fitting. Today, that epitaph mocks at the state, its people and government. On a recent duty tour to Maiduguri, what I saw showed how ...

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Patience Jonathan reportedly hospitalised in Germany

There were speculation on Sunday night that the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, might be undergoing treatment in Germany for food poisoning. An online news portal, Saharareporters, had reported that Patience had been undegoing treatment in a German hospital for about four days. The news medium reports that Patience was airlifted to the hospital by an air ambulance last week under emergency medical conditions. It also quoted Presidency sources who said that the “emergency airlift departed for Wisbanden, Germany” but could not confirm if “her treatment was being undertaken in that city”. Efforts made by The PUNCH to confirm ...

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