Prison, they say, is a great leveler. Well, that may be only one part of the story. Gaol would also seem a place where human hard nuts are cracked. At least, this is the only deduction we could make of the experience of a former toughie, who literally held the acclaimed heart-beat of the nation by the scruff of the neck until the last Yuletide season.
The worst set of ingrates seem to inhabit the space called naija. First, when the new Sheriff arrived the rocky castle two years ago, he promised to battle sleaze and slime specialists to a standstill. On that score, Baba has applied every fiber of his being all the way; not just stepping on toes, but chopping off some when and where possible.
When it comes to drama on the international stage, Africans - especially Nigerians - are undoubtedly something else. In the comic movie, Coming To America, this propensity is aptly depicted when a black prince leaves his African roots to sojourn in the acclaimed God's own country.
Just how ludicrous the world is becoming on account of sexual orientation and categorization was again on display at the recent NATO summit in Brussels. Normally, heads of state attend with their spouses. In the male-dominated world order, the norm would be having wives swarming around the sidelines; giggling, preening, sashaying and generally indulging in the little matters housewives do.
For Osunkojo, a dancer, teenage actress and playwright, venturing into TV/film writing, producing and directing marked a major positive turn around in her career as she has morphed into a reputable multi-award winning TV/film producer.
Bidemi’s her foray in the Nigerian PR industry started with running PR campaigns for small fashion brands after she graduated from law school. In spite of her little beginning and challenges she faced as a young entrepreneur, she has morphed into a reputable public relations executive and social entrepreneur through her impeccable service delivery and cutting edge innovative ideas.
Tunji Awonusi writes on the powerful influence of the Jewish Diaspora in advancing the socio-economic wellbeing of their home country and how Nigeria can tap into this invaluable resource to bail itself out of recession.
Nigerian-American multimedia journalist, Chika Oduah, sure isn’t your regular pen pusher. Far from it. With her work in television news production and as a writer and photographer, she has continued to tell and preserve the African narrative.
That this young man won the 2016 Future Awards in Education may not be a big surprise. With a first-class degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Lagos, he is sure not a stranger to laurels. It’s, however, instructive that he decided to channel his knowledge to education, therefore portraying a desire to secure a stable future for other young people in the country.
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