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Ray Ekpu at 70

Mr. Ray Ekpu turned 70 recently, and we all turned up at the Agip Hall of the MUSON Centre in Lagos, to celebrate his arrival at the gate of the proverbial three scores and ten in life’s bumpy journey, what Dan Agbese calls, the “age of wisdom.” Except that wisdom came to Ray Ekpu much […]

Heroes and Villains of Nigeria’s Parliament Siege

Nigerians still can’t say for sure why armed, masked men held our country’s parliament under siege last week. But the alarming incident had a most joyous ending. They blocked all entrances to the building, denying lawmakers, civil servants and journalists access. It turned out they were operatives of the state’s spy agency, the Department of […]

MAKING IT BETTER: Does Fear and Anxiety Hold You Back?

Let’s start off being very clear that fear and anxiety are not the same thing. I have had my share of both. Fear is a response to a real or perceived imminent threat. Anxiety on the other hand is an emotional fear of expected or anticipated threat. It can be an unfocussed worry; feelings of […]

Minister Adeosun’s NYSC Certificate

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun has been in the eye of the storm, and that is putting it mildly. While I believe that she may be the target of a conspiracy against her by persons on whose toes she may have stepped, (otherwise, who is still worrying these days about NYSC certificate?), it […]

MAKING IT BETTER: Compassion, Empathy, Humanity

These are words that sound quite simple and straightforward but in reality are quite powerful and mean so much. As human beings we have been created to have these qualities inherently within us. These are some of the gifts that have been bestowed upon us as human beings that separate us from the animal kingdom. […]

MAKING IT BETTER: My Own Personal Rant…Who are we?

The Yoruba’s would say ‘Tani aje’. Who are we as a people? I used to believe unconditionally that we are a good people intrinsically, but I’m faltering now and almost despairing. When a people lose their humanity then all is lost! Where do I start? Well, I will start with those who have been charged […]

Why Has Nigeria Rejected Paternity Leave?

For a change, it’s Nigerian men at the receiving end of outlandish deliberations by our nation’s lawmakers. We, women, are usually the victims. In 2016 for example, Nigeria attracted global head-shaking when its parliament refused to pass a gender equality bill. Among other rights, that legislation sought to protect Nigerian women from violence, and allow […]

Buhari and The June 12 Saga

There are three aspects – the strategic, the political and the legal – to the Federal Government’s decision to replace May 29 with June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, and to confer on the late Chief MKO Abiola, the highest honour in the land. Strategy: Long before now, the Buhari government had needed to review […]

MAKING IT BETTER: Talking About Suicides

Reading about the recent spate of suicides of celebrities in the UK and US has really struck a chord with me. It was only a few weeks ago I was writing about the increase in death of our younger generation. Hearing about the suicide of a very successful fashion designer, Kate Spade at 55 who […]

MAKING IT BETTER: Another Birth Year To Be Grateful For

Six decades and a year! That’s if you want to be dramatic which I have an inclination to be every now and then. I marked another birthday last week in the midst of hearing of death everywhere. Life continues to happen and we have to be a part of it the best way we know […]