Education: Hurray For Professor Oriaku @ 70!

By Sunny Awhefeada,   Sunday 4th December 2022 did not just come and go like any other day. It came with a lot of anticipation, excitement, prayers, good will and songs for one man who has impacted generations of people for about forty years. As the day unfurled from the cocoon of darkness with the dawn heralding crow of the cock, words went out that our teacher, my dear teacher, Professor Remigius Onyejekwe Oriaku was turning seventy that day. The zeitgeist deployment of social media in birthday celebration went full…

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Analysis & Opinion: Omotetobore and Our Vanishing Names

By Sunny Awhefeada,   Growing up, whether it was in Kaduna, Ibadan, Evwreni or Ughelli, we were given indigenous names that reflected significance and wisdom. Some of our names were influenced by happenings and cultural nuances. A mere mention of such names evoked memories, good or bad, of such happenings. The generations before mine had even more profound and significant names than ours. Parents, grandparents or whoever it was that gave names did so after reflections before settling for what was considered apt. Names were not just given. Names were…

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Analysis: A Nation And The Crisis Of Governance Fatigue

By Sunny Awhefeada,   Social scientists and other critical observers of the Nigerian experience must be hard put trying to codify or put a name to what has befallen Nigeria in the last seven years. Unbeknown to many other Nigerians, the intelligentsia that is considered as the facilitator of ideas, the encoder and interpreter of our socio-historical evolution is presently huddled in a mental cul-de-sac that make rational thinking almost impossible. Inventive, creative and as many as our eggheads are, they have reached their wit’s end. They are suffering from…

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In Search For Economic Excellence In Volatile Times Political Leaders Should Adopt a Systemic Change And Strategic Courage

  Today’s challenging environment in which we find ourselves requires political leaders to hone their edge in nine critical areas: insight, character, commitment, credibility, competence, communication, consistency, care and execution — so as to achieve economic excellence.     History has shown we are beset with numerous challenges that strain our economy from incremental and radical development — some people whom are right thinking want to do their part to limit the suffering and promote a sustainable human flourishing environment, so as to minimise the current and future challenges ahead…

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Teachers’ Day: WHY THE NIGERIAN TEACHER SHOULD BE APPRECIATED

By Andrew Darah   Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, former President of Turkey says, a good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others. There is no contention about the positive contributions of teachers to human capital development globally. Teachers turnout engineers, filmmakers, writers, astronauts, architects, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs and others. The above simply shows that without teachers, the world would not have great leaders and heroes who make our planet a better place for all. It is pathetic that teachers are not respected for their…

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Opinion: OFUOMA COMMUNITY AND 2023 POLITICS, WHO IS OUT OMODJEVWECHA

BY COMRADE EGBAGBARA BLESSING (PH.D)   OFUOMA Community is one of the twenty three communities that makes up the great and prestigious ancient Ughelli Kingdom; in the present day Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State. It is a community that is made up of early elitist, as there is no family in Ofuoma community that does not have at least one university graduate. Ofuoma community is blessed with both human and material resources, as it is one of the earliest community to have produced one of the earliest…

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URHOBO TRADITIONAL JURISPRUDENCE AND PRIMOGENITURE

BY CHIEF BOBSON GBINIJE   “Whilst thou waitest for dead men’s old shoes, thine own exertions might procure thee new ones. Be like the bee, and thou shall gather the honey of life and not cursed dungeons”— Napoleon’s Oraculum   The tradition of primogeniture entails the total non-negotiable handing over of power of attorney over properties, titles, positions, etc to the eldest son. This is a very common practice all over the world. The eldest son and not the eldest daughter is looked upon as the pretender to the throne.…

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Delta 2023: Don’t Be Terrified, A David Is Coming To Town!

By Annabel Ogheneganre   Since May 25, 2022 when Governor Ifeanyi Okowa cunningly foisted Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori on the PDP as the party’s flagbearer and Okowa’s eventual emergence as PDP Vice Presidential candidate, there had been some form of misgivings in the state with regards the fate of Chief James Onanefe Ibori in the party. Ibori had maintained uncommon silence which kept his supporters wondering why a man of Ibori’s clout could be so rudely intimidated and frustrated into a shocking political coma by his political son whose supporters…

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Joel-Onowakpo Thomas: An Outstanding Personality That Understands Political Legislature

  “We need leaders, not in love with money but love with justice. Not in love with publicity but love with humanity”-Martin Luther King Jr If you know Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas Ewomazino(FCA, FCTI, MBA) very well in person, you will be glad to have a personality who thinks creatively, constructively, and progressively in nature. Since I became close with a man of vision, I realized, that his style of politics is different from other regular politicians in Nigeria. When it comes to politics and humanity, Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas is a…

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Analysis & Opinion: The Mind of Those Who Rule Us

By Sunny Awhefeada   There is something elusive about what happens to people who ordinarily were decent and rational before their ascent to power. It is either, philosophers have not been able to fully come to terms with this oddity or that those who walk the corridors of power remain incorrigible to the lessons of time. So much has been said about power as an aphrodisiac. So much has been written about power as an intoxicant. And the British historian, Lord Acton quipped, and rightly so, that “power tends to…

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