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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…

Be afraid! Be very afraid!! By Dare Babarinsa

12 December 2019   THE GUARDIAN Few people would have expected that Omoyele Sowore would linger on in the public space after his poor showing at the last presidential election in which he scored less than 10,000 votes. Sowore wanted to be our President. Nigerians elected General Muhammadu Buhari instead. Sowore retreated to his base…

A distressed media: Impact on government, governance and society,  FIGHTING OFF THE THROES OF DEATH… By Gbenga Adefaye 

For this assignment of setting the tone for Sokoto ANEC 2019, let me begin with what should really be the endnote.  It is a quote from The Senior Director for Research and Analysis at Freedom House in Washington DC, Sarah Repucci (founded in 1941 to conduct research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom and human…

For Dele, so long a journey, by Dare Babarinsa  

I love Ile-Ife. Its dusty streets and ancient monuments are the enduring totems to some of the most memorable years of my youths. My set in Ife Anglican Grammar School, Ile-Ife, was the first to spend only four and half-years in secondary school. Our school was at Arubidi on the old Ondo Road, in Ile-Ife….

What goes round comes around… by Bola Bolwaole

turnpot@gmail.com 0807 552 5533   If a writer does not generate hostility, he is dead – Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, Nobel Laureate in Literature (2001). In any man that keeps silent in the face of tyranny, the man dies – Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate in Literature (1986). Those who vote (in elections) decide nothing; those…

Examining COWLSO’s Unlearn, Learn, Re-Learn Strategy For Women Empowerment, by Bukola Nwonah

It’s about that time of the year again when women in Lagos State converge under the auspices of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) for annual National Women’s Conference. For the past 19 years, COWLSO which is a community-based gender organisation established principally to complement the effort of the Lagos State Government…

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