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#Pausibility: Gehazi, Vuvuzela-General And The Lesson For The New Generation By Adebayo Coker.

The diverse reactions that were triggered by the recent appointments of the President are funnily incredulous. Very soon we will hear Dauralization or Patriarchization. We voted PMB to deliver to us chenji then we complain when he selected his team. PMB has chosen the people he wants to work with; I hope when playtime comes he will consider some of us. September is a month to look forward to. My fear is that one of his aides has set his over-ambitious eyes on SAN(K)ship already. Let’s move on to better things jor. "Uncle, two fighting!" I am sure not many of us know that our distress call of...
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Move Over Kim Kardashian, Some Nollywood Actresses Are The Butts Of Attentions

During the maiden edition of Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award, AMVCA, in Lagos, one of the top entertainment entrepreneurs, Alisa Adibua, described Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde's walking by and seeing her from behind as 'wonder in motion', not because the mother of four has suddenly turned a locomotive machine hurtling by, but because of the elixir her well-shaped backside seems to bring when she walks by and you have to look at her from behind. She isn't the only one. Nollywood has so many. There are the likes of Ini Edo, Mercy Johnson and many other older girls but they are gradually leaving the stage for...
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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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The death penalty

THE debate generated by the recent signing of death warrants of four condemned criminals in Edo State is not surprising against the backdrop of the existence …

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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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THIS ONE THING #opesays

In your pursuit of success and relevance, many strings may tug you several ways. They have told you your talent is what will make a way …

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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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BOKO HARAM: THE CONVENIENT FRANCHISE AND MOTIVES

I will start with a question: Do you really believe Boko Haram alone was responsible for all the bomb blasts “Boko Haram” claimed responsibility for? Only days ago, a man was arrested by the authorities while about to set a church ablaze in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State. The said suspect has been confirmed by the State Security Service to be a Christian from Edo State. He had no affiliations with the now convenient chief evil officers of the federation Boko Haram. What if this man wasn’t caught? What if he had been successful with his attempt? What if the call that claims responsibility in the...
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