Nigeria, the supposed ‘Giant of Africa’ has been in the news lately for the wrong reasons. The never ending Boko Haram insurgency which started since 2009, mind boggling corruption where billions of dollars is being frittered away by heartless public servants and their politician accomplices, all manner of internet scams being perpetrated by fraudsters popularly known as yahoo boys, the denial of salaries to some workers which saw the protests by some magistrates in Cross Rivers state over two years unpaid salaries etc. The list of negatives goes on and on. …


In 1988 Donald Trump made speculations that he will be throwing his hat in the ring in the US presidential race. Nobody gave the ‘Real Estate’ mogul a chance as the then Vice-President George Bush Sr was the front liner by the opinion polls to succeed the legendary Ronald Reagan.

Trump known for his publicity stunts carefully weighed public opinion and decided not to press his ambition further. …


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was founded in 1978 as an educational trade union to act as a collective pressure group on behalf of all public universities. This was in the heady days of the 1970’s when trade unions had enormous powers and held governments to ransom. We recall that it was the unions in the United Kingdom that brought down Edward Heath’s government in 1974.

Strikes have been a constant feature of ASUU accounting for about 30 percent of their total existence being lost to strikes which have greatly eroded the value of Nigerian education. A typical…


One of my lecturers in the Department of English at the University of Lagos where I did my undergraduate studies was Dr (Mrs) Yewande Ntekim-Rex.

When I read the news broke by Roy Mustang of the death of David Ntekim-Rex by armed robbers in the Jibowu area of Lagos. The similarity of the surname struck me and I hoped that he won’t be in any way related to her.

My worst fears were confirmed when Roy, a cousin of the deceased said that he was the middle son of the academic. According to him, the deceased — a 22 year…


Diezani Alison-Madueke has scored firsts in several endeavours. In 2006, she became the first woman to be appointed a Director in The Shell Petroleum Development Company where the board appointed her as the External Relations Director after spending less than fifteen years in the Anglo-Dutch country. She went on to score a first by being the first female Minister of Transport in 2007 under the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua and later Petroleum under former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. …


Senator Dino Melaye first came to national consciousness in 2007 when the then first female Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Patricia Olubunmi Etteh was impeached as Speaker for an alleged financial malfeasance. A group known as the Integrity Group was hurriedly formed to install Honourable Dimeji Saburi Bankole as the Speaker. The Ijumu born politician played a major role in the enthronement of Bankole and subsequently became extremely vocal on burning national issues.

He is rather dramatic and missed his calling to becoming an actor as he can be aptly described as a drama king. He loves showing…


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Professor Chinua Achebe ended his twenty-one year fiction writing hiatus by writing the ‘Anthills of the Savannah’ which is one of the greatest literary oeuvres to emerge from Africa. It was a 1987 Booker prize shortlist. The antagonist, Ikem Osodi was the editor of the government owned National Gazette and was had a nasty encounter with a reckless cab driver. The driver upon being acquainted with his high social status went in company of a friend to apologize to him. The driver then said he didn’t believe a journalist of his status…


In 1883, Otto Von Bismarck who later became the Chancellor of Germany was up in arms against the Marxists who were gaining ground in the country on a daily basis. In a single master stroke, he proposed to the Reichstag (Parliament) that anyone over the age of sixty-five should be made to retire with a pension for life.

This made him extremely popular and outwitted his opponents for political power. In 1889, the policy was implemented and most countries in the world have adopted a pension plan for the aged though the age varies from nation to nation. …


China has never hidden its desire to be the next conquerors of Africa. Africa is now the new beautiful bride among foreign investors and a second scramble for her but this time around different from the 1884–1885 scramble and partition of Africa is the new reality now.

All sectors are of interest to the Chinese and some have even gone as far as lending money to hitherto Sovereign African nations.

In 2018, Opay a previous Norwegian fintech firm which was acquired by some Chinese investors in 2016 for the princely sum of $600 million launched operations in Nigeria. …


During the colonial era, the Nigerian police was decentralized. It was called the Native Police Authority and the recruits lived amongst the people. The former were well familiar with the areas that their policing operations covered and in most cases were indigenes of the areas they policed. They were very familiar with the residents of the area and they could detect the strangers in their midst. They were able to effectively carry out intelligence gathering because they to use Nigerian English — Sons and daughters of the soil.

The first republic retained the native policing authority and it worked well…

Tony Ademiluyi

I am a writer with a bias for politics and foreign affairs. I am a Manchester United Fan and love to swim and analyze the news.

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