Ede Dafinone: The Beautiful Bride For Delta Central

By Annabel Ogheneganre   As the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the most impressionable political discovery of the Urhobo nation in the fourth republic prepares to step down from the National Assembly en-route Government House Asaba, the people of Delta Central must search for a proper and fit replacement in the 2023 general election.   The two major political parties in Nigeria, the PDP and APC have been on the search with the PDP throwing up Chief Ighoyota Amori and Chief John Nani. The APC on the other hand…

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News Feature: Let Us Whip Government Into Line

By Sunny Awhefeada,   Once upon a time it would have been unfair to say that Nigerians deserve the kind of government they had. There has been the contention regarding who to blame for the leadership scourge that has been the bane of Nigeria since that morning when in October 1960 we bade farewell to the British raj. The hopes incubated during the struggle for independence became stillborn at a time the people waited in anticipation of a new deal that was supposed to bring them life more abundant.  …

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Why I support John Nani

By Annabel Ogheneganre, The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a place of power where senior Lawmakers in Nigeria meet to take decisions on how the Nigeria government should be administered. It is the highest policy and law making organ of the federal government. Without the seal of approval of the Nigerian senate, the president is not empowered to appropriate the commonwealth. It is not a gathering for kids and the Nigerian senator commands tremendous respect at least all over Nigeria. It is a thing of pride to…

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DELSU @ 30: Abraka And The Furthering Of The Nigerian Literary Tradition (Part 3)

By Sunny Awhefeada   Thirty years after the founding of the Delta State University, Abraka, stakeholders can look back and attempt a reckoning of her literary engagements. The harvest has been impressive and remarkably so. The seminal efforts that ran through the better part of two decades have started yielding dividends which manifest all around. The doyen, Sam Ukala went on to win Nigeria’s most prestigious literary prize and Africa’s biggest in monetary value the LNG Prize for Literature with Iredi War in 2014. Abraka’s biggest poetry brand Ebi Yeibo…

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News Features: DELSU @ 30: Abraka And The Furthering Of The Nigerian Literary Tradition (Part 1)

  By Sunny Awhefeada     There exists an abiding link between Nigerian literature and the university. Although, the tendency for the university, in many parts of the world, to be the springboard for literary flowering is well acknowledged, the case of Nigeria is rather too compelling not to enable a reference to it again and again. The seminal example of the then University College Ibadan (UCI) now University of Ibadan which served as nursery for the growth of Nigerian literature remains phenomenal and significant. When the portals of the…

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News Feature: ASUU, Osinbajo And The Ostrich Syndrome

By Sunny Awhefeada   There is a consensus which frames the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as a popular struggle to liberate the soul of Nigeria and stop its fast declension into the abyss. Nigeria is at the crossroads and doing battle for her soul are forces that range on two sides; villainy and heroism. Those who profiteer from the present rot, anarchy, poverty and gloom hold trenchantly to their position which seeks to perpetually balkanize Nigeria. Those in this group are all over Nigeria…

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Analysis & Opinion: Government Without Ears

By Sunny Awhefeada,   Those familiar with modern Nigerian Literature would observe that the title of today’s intervention reminisces Ifeoma Okoye’s, 1984 novel, Men without Ears. Okoye’s powerful novel focuses on the social malaise buffeting Nigeria at the time it was set. The story would have been grim were Okoye to rewrite the novel today. Our present ordeal has surpassed that which was unleashed by “men without ears”. Our nation’s predicament today is the product of a “government without ears”. And I must duly acknowledge an older friend who used…

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Politics: GOING BEYOND POLITICS OF STOMACH INFRASTRUCTURE OR SELFISM!!

By Marcus Ekure   Your candidate won, theirs lost, that is good news to you. Isn’t it? But why are you so excited? Is it because you love him more than anyone else or you are the closest person to him? Or you feel you have just won a jack pot? Yes jackpot as you have already mental photographed your desired appointment and the fact that you now feel a quantum lift in the scalar chain of life in comparison to your equals!! As pleasant the foregoing may sound, it…

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Analysis: SEN. OVIE OMO-AGEGE: A GREAT REFORMER USING CONSTITUTIONAL ENGINEERING

  By Otive Igbuzor,   PhD (Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) and Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate.) INTRODUCTION The task of nation building is always work in progress. All over the world, there is consensus that democracy is the best form of government. But liberal democracy is facing a crisis of legitimacy and declining confidence in political leaders and institutions necessitating the need for democratic renewal through increasing citizen participation. The bedrock of any democracy is…

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Analysis & Opinion: Adamu Must Go! Ngige Must Go!!

By Sunny Awhefeada That Nigeria has regressed, some say irretrievably, since 2015 is not in doubt. Citizens are daily confronted and assailed by the raw and harsh realities of monumental misrule and the gross incompetence that has become the defining feature of the ruling elite. The citizens’ plights are hourly reinforced and made worse by indices of failure of governance and state capture which add up to grave disillusionment. Those who forced themselves on the hapless masses, beginning from 1999 till date have refused to live up to the ideals…

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