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What Does Obasanjo Know About Buhari?

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo will officially be 80 in March and there are many who think he is hyperactive for his age.

He is probably one of the busiest former presidents with a schedule that combines half a dozen foreign travels each month with countless domestic trips filled with meetings, speeches and plenty of mischief in between.

You Are Banning The Wrong Crowd, Mr President

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Chinyere Fred-Adegbulugbe


Dear President Trump,

Of course, I was one of those literally dazed when you became the president of the exceptional United States. Not necessarily because I cared much for Hilary.  No, not after sometime in 2009 when I read Hillary’s Secret War, a book written Richard Poe. Since then I haven’t been so enamoured with her anymore. But that is another story.

Insanity Is Closing The Airport For Six Weeks

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


They say there’s no going back on the decision to close the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja for six weeks, starting March 8.

That’s what Minister of State, Ministry of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said and Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi has repeated it as well.

Never Again To The Bomb That Missed Our Backyard

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


In a week when Africa riveted on former President Yahya Jammeh’s tantrums, an event that could have shaken the continent to its core slipped below the radar.

Journalism And Business: Review Of An Odyssey

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


I have always known that we needed more journalism books. But I didn’t know how badly we needed them till recently. I had just finished making a presentation to a group of young journalists in December when a participant approached me outside the hall.

The Nigerian Political Party Creation & Branding Challenge

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Tolu Ogunlesi


One. ‘A’ and ‘N’ names appear to be the most popular first names for political parties in Nigeria; ‘A’ because it pays to have your name show up near the top of the ballot paper (party names are arranged in alphabetical order); ‘N’ because, ‘Nigeria(n)’, and ‘National’. For last name, P is the commonest, expectedly. Trailing well behind are C (Congress) and A (Alliance).

Life After Jim Obaze

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


Last week could have been named the Jim Obaze week. It was, really. How a relatively obscure public servant was thrust on the headlines with shards of his alleged misdemeanor strewn across the pages and powerful forces calling for his head is not the kind of drama seen often.

Obasanjo Vs Awujale: A Delayed Showdown

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


The book is nearly seven years in print but I didn’t get a hold of it until sometime last year. Someone very close, whom I had told I wanted to interview Kabiyesi Oba Sikiru Adetona, had sent a copy over to me in Abuja. He advised me to read the book before the interview.

Plastic Rice, Indian Jollof, And Adeboye’s Gift To Fayose

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


Superstition is the common thread. And that’s a commodity that’s never in short supply around here, even in a time of recession.

Is Magu Nigeria’s Most Dangerous Man?

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


It’s not a surprise that some folks are finally twisting the knife in the back of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.