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Sarumi Lukman Oluwapelumi: Heirs Of Harmony

Veraciously an heir is what every man wishes for before the journey to the land of no return, if gone family heritage, culture and history cease to exist.   Sustaining ancestral pedigree lingers on the heart of an elder without a heir. However in the quest of seeking divine interference, recitations are offered solely for the good and upright offspring. A glorious heir, knowledgeable, pious and that which will be a blessing to humanity.   Elders taught us to be custodian of language yet the barren ones seems to have forgotten an important Yoruba axiom that says "He who begets and he who...
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#Pausibility: September! The EDD For Our Hybrid by Adebayo Coker

I have been in your face too many times recently. I don’t know where this juice is flowing from. I am just bleeding (literary). All thanks to the Almighty, The Giver of all things. The first few paragraphs of this piece may put a dent on or even put a stop to my writing career. My hands are shaking as my pulse rate is faster than normal but I will do it all the same. I have sworn the Oath of Truth, Nothing But the Truth Always. The allegiance even says … “without fear or favour.” I did a piece: #Pausibility: Gehazi, Vuvuzela-General And The Lesson For The New Generation.  The same rule...
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A Short Note To My Fellow Advocates – Bukky Shonibare

Fellow Advocates, It is true that you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have. I guess that has become our reality; which is why I do not take for granted the possibility that you may sometimes consider giving up especially when there seem to be no logical end in sight. It is normal. Don't worry. Change is never easy. When we fight for change, we do so by punching consistently and harder with every other punch even when we seem frail; that way, we'd soon see that the 'Goliath' we thought was too mighty would soon be taken down by our '1 stone.' I know how it is;...
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#StyleToday: Mocheddah Rocks!!!

Today we are learning how to smash looks and magnet eyes with Mo'cheddah's outfit. She posted this photo on Instagram and we are loving everything about her style. For starters, she is rocking hair style and shades inspired from the 60s and does the all black clothing mash up with a slightly oversized bold blue denim jacket. The handbag compliments the distraction, making her an ace showstopper.  
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ENUGU STATE IMPEACHMENT SAGA: SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS- ISAAC OLUYI

Nigeria, in recent times, has become a good stage for various dramas. From the comedy of error to the theatre of the absurd, entertaining Nigerians daily. Interestingly however, this same entertainment is becoming very worrisome. It is ominous of a gloomy and bleak future for the nation. From unprincipled defection from one party to the other to the running away of the nation’s military personnel to Cameroon for refuge as well as the continued hostage of over 200 school girls by the Boko Haram; the country has indeed become a veritable source of unpalatable story. The latest of such is the Enugu State...
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Osun Will Decide – Yemi Olutoye

It is during the election period that you begin to handpick the intellectuals from the food mongers; when we encourage the 'food for votes' system, by default we also encourage the 'embezzle public fund' process. How else will politicians replenish their loss if not through public funds... Unfortunately, the ones at the receiving end of bad governance are always the ones adamant to change. "Let's eat from the government's pocket while we can, let's eat from the national cake" mentality. Is it worth it? How we trade four years of governance with a bag of rice, a plate of 'Odourless Fufu' and all sorts. I...
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Nigeria, Terror and the #Hashtag Generation – Ohimai Godwin Amaize

We live in dangerous times. I grew up in a Nigeria without the nightmare of terrorism. In my childhood days, everything about us as a nation was not perfect but everyday presented hope in a new Nigeria that is possible. I grew up with Muslim kids. Some of my closest confidants back in my undergraduate days at the University of Ibadan were Muslims. I still have many friends and close mentors who are Muslims. I have great respect for them. For many years, Muslims and Christians have lived together in harmony even in the heart of Northern Nigeria, which is the homestead of Islam. Yes, there have been outbreaks...
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The President & the CBN Governor: in defense of institutions- Ayisha Osori

I thought I had nothing more to say. That after 5 years of writing weekly, everything that I could possibly say about Nigeria, had already been said. But I find that when it comes to Nigeria – heartbreak country –there will always be new lows. There have been many things written and said about the removal of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria but not enough about three things: the importance of institutions; the personalization of office; and the ‘clean hands’ argument. There is a reason Obama’s first key message to Africa as President was “Africa needs strong institutions, not strong...
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Sanusi’s Suspension: Jonathan and Co Ought To Bury Their Heads In Shame – Femi Fani-Kayode

This government has once again shown that it has no shame and that it is utterly bereft of any semblance of decency or morality. A man blows the whistle and exposes the fact that 20 billion USD has been stolen and instead of commending him and promoting him he is accused of wrongdoing, criminalised, vilified and suspended. It is only in Nigeria that this sort of thing can happen. It has happened to many others before and now it is happening to Sanusi. I commend his courage and his ability to stand up and speak the truth to power. No matter what the government accuses him of now and no matter what trumped-up...
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Strange Behaviours: Fear Induce – Abba Mustapha @Abbatyyy

Fear is a strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger. It is a survival mechanism occurring in a response to a specific stimulus. It causes entities in response, to pull far away from it (either by fight-or-flight or freeze/paralysis) and disappear. In trying to pull away, there are behaviors induced by fear elicited by individuals. Some of these fear-induced behaviors are sometimes impossible to imagine in individuals who are not in a state of fear. If these behaviors sometimes are narrated, it will be like an exaggeration of what actually happened, but they are...
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2015: Jonathan’s Real Friends, Foes and the Way Forward By Eze chukwuemeka Eze

Having written several articles on the current macabre dance and political crisis rocking Rivers State and x-raying its effects on the future political developments of Nigeria if not checked, I do not see further need to come up with another piece on this subject despite new challenges that need to be addressed. Even the poser by Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka ‘that the man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny’ could not sway me otherwise. However, while I was in this state, I opened a daily guide from the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) titled ‘Open Heavens’ and was...
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The Church of God or the Home of Rules? By Tayo Elegbede

As a religious cum spiritual organization, the Church performs a fundamental role in human and social development. Call it social responsibility or shared value, you might not be incorrect. At the core of this reality lays the quest to first, fulfill its heavenly mandate of nurturing souls with truth whilst preparing them for the rapture (heaven) as well as strengthening and sustaining minds for a better society. Suffice to say, the church is a representative of GOD here on earth. However, one is left to wonder if  the myriad of humanly outlined religious laws truly reflect the nature, notion and...
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GOING GREEN: TRY DOING GREEN EXERCISES

Green exercises refer to physical exercise undertaken in relatively natural environments. While physical exercise is well known to provide physical and psychological health benefits, there is also good evidence that viewing, being in, and interacting with natural environments has calming and positive mood effects. The combination of these two elements (exercise and nature) leads to the notion of green exercise. People and animals tend to naturally participate in green exercise. However its potential role in physical and mental health attracted increased attention during the 2000s,particularly through the...
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I AM NOT MY HAIR #opesays

Gabby Douglas Yes and I mean that literally. I am not my hair. All my life, my hair has been one part of my body I’m not proud of. Growing up, I realized that my hair was not as long as my friends’ or as shiny, silky or smooth. That brown unusual colour of it didn’t help matters. It made me so self-conscious .You can still see me in my childhood pictures touching my hair self-consciously (I still do it till this day). The weird texture of it didn’t help matters. My hair is that type of hair that gets hair stylists curious. It’s as soft as cotton wool and sometimes as hard as cement. No...
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DON’T BOX ME IN (PART 2) #opesays

This is for you, if like me, you have never felt good enough. You try to conform and fit into the mould, but just don’t fit. No matter what you do, it just seems like you can never be good enough. They just don’t understand you and what you’re about. Perhaps it’s the way you do things that rubs them the wrong way or it’s your gentleness, your dressing, your chattiness, your mistakes, your disability or even your personality. It may be your parents, your family, your friends or even total strangers. They try to make you conform and just fall in line. I watched a movie some days ago titled ‘Like...
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OF THE YEARS GONE BY, TEN YEARS AGO

  10 YEARS AGO "All of life is lived on levels and arrived at in stages" - Ed. Cole 10 years ago, I was a young boy adapting to life in secondary school. I was a young boy with no friend, and no foe. I clutched my bag and food basket as if my very survival depended on it. Today however, I am a young man on the brink of adulthood. 10 years ago, I couldn't look a girl in the eye, talk less of sit by her side. My religious parents had taught me that to do so would make her pregnant. And so when the time to choose my friends came, I chose boys only as my friends. Today however, I have come to...
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PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE ON DEATH THREATS AND THE RALLY

''If politics, desire for popularity,politicians or their money are the reasons why I led civil protest against Fuel Subsidy...Let my name be removed from the book of Life. BUT If national peace,steady and predictable progress ...in Nigeria is the reason why I resisted the government ..then let those who rise against me be scattered and consumed! **I was asked why I went to Ojota with my whole family...my response is this: It's evil to ask other people and their children come out to protest while you hide your own. Leadership must be transparent **FG through their agents..said to me...You are the...
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