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Christians without churches: Prophecy fulfilled? By Bola Bolawole

In December last year (2019) when I wrote “Emerging trends: Christians without churches…”, no one knew there would be anything called corona virus and no one knew churches would be asked to close down by government. I had simply followed trends abroad where many churches were getting empty, where professed Christians no longer patronise churches…

Sanusi and 2023 conspiracy theories… By Bolanle Bolawole

turnpot@gmail.com 0705 263 1058 Seeing the fate that last week befell the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, must thank his stars for escaping a similar treatment weeks’ ago. The suspension for six months slapped on him by the Osun State council of chiefs must now look like…

A noisome ‘troika’, by Bola Bolawole

turnpot@gmail.com 0807 552 5533 A proverb of our people admonishes us to tread gingerly because the ground under our feet has eyes. Be careful not to march on ground’s eyes, says the collective wisdom of our people! Or else, the repercussions are usually calamitous; which, then, is the Ifa or oracle that admonishes the chameleon…

Bitter truth the North must hear… by Bola Bolawole

turnpot@gmail.com 0807 552 5533 One Northern leader after another has, in recent times, decried the so-called poverty of the North, as it were. They have attempted to state why this is so as well as proffer solutions. The World Bank says 87% of Nigeria’s poor are in the North; and since Nigeria is the capital…

Akpabio: New vision for Niger Delta, by Anietie Ekong

The appointment of Senator Godswill Akpabio as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs on August 20, 2019 was greeted by great enthusiasm by people across the Niger Delta region. President Muhammadu Buhari was widely hailed for the appointment as putting a square peg in a square hole. The excitement of the people was not misplaced….

Okada and why it doesn’t pay to be mad, by Dare Babarinsa

06 February 2020   THE GUARDIAN I hope that the Lagos State government would use the current attempt to restrict the movements of motorcycle taxis in Lagos to fully regulate public transportation in the megalopolis. The motorcycle boys and girls are called okada riders, a fitting tribute to the business ingenuity of the original Okada…

Maryam and the mirage called love, by Dare Babarinsa

THE GUARDIAN January 30, 2020 Five years ago, Maryam was seriously in love with Bilyamin Bello. They married and hope to live happily ever after. Then the vagaries of life that brought fear, suspicion and danger; intervened. Two years into their marriage, they have had a child (some report said two) and they were the…

We, the Biafrans! By Dare Babarinsa

It is 50 years now that the Civil War ended and the soldiers returned home. Thousands never returned. They earned their eternal rest on the battlefields and their comrades in hasty retreat or full flight never had the opportunity to retrieve the bodies. They are represented on the Heroes Acres in Abuja with the statue…

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