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Buhari’s Trip To Banjul And The Morning After

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


There’s no need asking why Gambian President Yahya Jammeh changed his mind and minced his words. After 22 years in power, Jammeh has learnt that mincing his words make them easier to swallow.

A Daughter’s Letter And A Difficult Reply

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


On Saturday, I received an email from my 18-year-old daughter, which she titled, “My bleeding heart.” When I saw the title, I stopped everything and opened it. I could feel blood rushing to my head as I started to read: 

To Catch The Grandfather

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is used to getting a beating from his children. His son, Gbenga, once tried to strip him publicly with a rather nasty accusation of in-family wrongdoing.

Black Friday Blues

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Chinyere Fred-Adegbulugbe


Yet again another Black Friday is come and gone. I promise I am not going to talk about the frustrating experiences disappointed Black Friday enthusiasts here in Nigeria have shared with me.

Ondo, Atiku and Buba Galadima

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


Forget the staging of placards in Sokoto asking former President Goodluck Jonathan to come back to power tomorrow. The jesters have earned their pay and gone their way. They know that not even a Trumpian miracle can put together again the thousand broken pieces of the Jonathan era.

That guy was worse than Humpty Dumpty.

With Love From The ‘Other Room’

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Chinyere Fred-Adegbulugbe


What should constitute a home? Well our President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari recently made it clear – the Kitchen, the Living Room and the Other Room.

That was vintage President Buhari obviously. I mean what’s in a home if these three rooms are missing. Those are the basics and also the core. Everything else is an addendum.

Who’s In Charge Of NNPC?

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


In Anthony Sampson’s bestseller, The Seven Sisters, sleaze and oil go hand-in-hand. If there was a Nigerian version of that book, not only will sleaze and oil go hand-in-hand, they’ll be inseparable bedmates and incompetence their guardian angel.

Red Card, Green Card – Notes Towards the Management of Hysteria, By Wole Soyinka

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How Donald Trump Defeated the American Media -- By Akeem Soboyede

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Akeem Soboyede


Donald Trump’s stunning and “upset” victory over Hillary Clinton in the recent US presidential election should primarily go down in history as the triumph of a political outsider over a corrupt and arrogant media industrial-complex, not necessarily as the triumph of a derided billionaire against a woman that was a political insider like no other.

Magu’s Anniversary Gift And Our Kenya Moment

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Azubuike Ishiekwene


It was an unexpected gift on the eve of his first year in office. The Senate has cleared all those put forward by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation nearly four months ago, except the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

So, after one year in office, instead of a letter of appointment, what Magu got was a dagger in his back.