The Battle of Osogbo 2018

By Dr. Tonnie Iredia Only two weeks ago, I attended an exciting workshop on the inexplicable herder/farmer conflict in Nigeria and thoroughly enjoyed one of the workshop papers which traced the origin of communal conflicts in parts of Nigeria. An interesting aspect of the paper was how it reviewed the famous Battle of Osogbo of 1840 where at that time; the Yorubas successfully halted the Fulani incursion into what became known as the South West of Nigeria. It was a battle which reportedly began with the quest of the empire-building…

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Exorbitant Party Nomination Fees

By Adewale Kupoluyi Few days ago, a friend of mine, who is aspiring for an elective post in the country, raised an alarm that the cost of nomination and expression of interest form in her political party was too exorbitant. According to her, such ridiculous amounts would not only drive away genuine aspirants, it would also limit the chances of many women to be elected into offices under the current political dispensation. This unfortunate situation would not only affect female aspirants but other promising contestants, most especially youths and young…

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Getting Our Women Ready For 2019

By Adewale Kupoluyi As Nigerians gear up for the general elections, many events are unfolding that suggest that next year’s poll is likely to be the most-keenly contested in the annals of the country. As usual, it is the men that dominate the political landscape, as not many women have so far shown interest to vie for elective posts in this important exercise that is less than a year to go. This should not be so. Many challenges are facing Nigerian women and by extension, African women that tend to…

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On The Gale of Defections

By Adewale Kupoluyi Anytime I get to read about how our politician cross-carpet from one party to another, I feel greatly troubled and unhappy for two reasons. First, it shows the level of indiscipline in the polity. Secondly, it gives one the impression that our journey into the enthronement of good governance and sustainable development is becoming a mirage. Perhaps, more than ever before in the annals of the country, the last few weeks have witnessed a litany of defections from one party to another that makes it difficult for…

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OBJ: Nigeria’s Letter-Writing specialist

By Gwiyi Solomon Even though he may not have been overtly antagonistic against the present government of Muhamadu Buhari on customary basis like the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose; yet, he is no less Nigeria’s pen-specialist. He is clearly, not known to be a writer; more so it is pointless comparing his scribbling skills with that of Prof. Wole Soyinka and the late Chinua Achebe, world notable writers with five-star-decorations from this part of the world. Yet, his letter-writing…

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