Analysis &Opinion: Zuma Is Not A Nigerian And South Africa Is Not Nigeria

By Sunny Awhefeada   One recurring thought or query that must be gnawing at the mind of former South African President, Jacob Zuma, now serving jail term, must be why he wasn’t a Nigerian where despite the ridiculous oddities that now encumber his name he would still be addressed as His Excellency! He would be ensconced in a hilltop mansion with countless number of rooms. He would eat amala or pounded yam or tuwo with a generous swamp of his choice soup or just anything that caught the fancy of…

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Analysis: Is Journalism Dying?

By Nobert Chiazor   I seldom give a take on group social media platforms.The preference is to watch with rapt interest being a long standing media guard. A worrisome press pattern has however drawn this observer-participant’s attentiveness – waning quality of news reporting and analysis.Though pieces of excellent journalism abound,the present generation must watch it! All is not well with Journalism. In social media,we see ludicrous syntactic and factual slips,screaming at us daily.Even in the more informed and formal mainstream media, journalism gaffes are noticeable in scary constancy. “Mace” staff…

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Analysis & Opinion: Oh, My Kaduna!

By Sunny Awhefeada     Places and people share a strong bond that is almost inexplicable. Memories, whether they hurt or heal, are constituted by events which happen in places as influenced by people. The place of one’s birth and the location where one grew up both enshrine nostalgic feelings that remain imperishable while one sojourns on this side of the vale. Kaduna, Ibadan, Evwreni and the densely forested village of Imobi beyond the River Oluwa in Ondo State remain permanent in my house of memory. I was born in…

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Analysis & Opinion: Nigeria Will Survive

By Sunny Awhefeada,   So much has been said about the idea of Nigerian unity. Some consider it to be unsustainable. Some think it is a fraud. While others think that there is no basis for it. Commentators and agitators are quick to point at other entities that have collapsed in the course of history. They glibly mention Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Yugoslavia and more to justify why they think that Nigeria will go up in blazes. Presently, there is a cacophony of voices advocating for the final…

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Analysis & Opinion: Southern Governors’ Self-Mockery

By Sunny Awhefeada   It has become crystal clear that the euphoria that greeted the meeting of the Southern Governors’ Forum which held in Asaba, the capital of Delta State on 11 May was too early or grossly misplaced. The meeting which was attended by 13 out of the 17 governors also had 4 deputy governors representing their bosses. What is now known as the Asaba Declaration containing a 12-point communiqué, which, among other things, focused on insecurity, national dialogue and restructuring, was issued at the end of the meeting.…

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Analysis: Exceptional Leadership Style Of Bashorun Askia Ogieh

By Alex Ovie   “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more and grow more, you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams (1787 – 1848). That evergreen quote made over 150 years ago by John Quincy Adams, celebrated statesman and diplomat who served as the Sixth President of the United States of America from 1825 to 1829 aptly describes the disposition to leadership over the years of Bashorun Askia Ogieh. From the womb of time, Bashorun Askia Ogieh (JP), Udu of Isokoland and the Managing Director/Chief Executive…

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Analysis &Opinion: I Pledge To Nigeria My Country?

  By Sunny Awhefeada   One of the earliest verses any Nigerian child commits to memory is the national pledge. The other one is the national anthem. Both renditions derive from an impassioned patriotism. The composers looked deep into the soul of Nigeria at a time when it was a country if ever it was and deployed the most sublime of tropes in encoding our articles of faith. As children, my generation rolled its tongue rendering both verses in alignment with the idea of Nigeria. Both were compulsory renditions during…

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Analysis: SCHOOL COMMUNITY RELATIONS. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES AND THE CHALLENGES IN DELTA STATE BASIC AND SECONDARY EDUCATION SYSTEM

BY COMR. BLESSING OMARAYARUE EGBAGBARA (JP)   INTRODUCTION: The issues of the school community relations and the attendant challenges of school at all levels will always remain relevant and existing, particularly as it has come to be accepted that an organic relationship serves as a catalyst to positively change to both schools and the communities they served. However, when we project into the future, to enquire about the kind of relationship, we either foresee or expect, we bear in mind that such a failure will come with factors which will…

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Analysis & Opinion: Tomorrow is June 12

By Sunny Awhefeada   Time does fly. That is why the events woven around the phenomenon that came to be known as June 12 seem to have happened only yesterday when they actually took place nearly thirty years ago! June 12 refers to June 12, 1993. That day like tomorrow’s June 12 was a Saturday. It was the day that a presidential election that was adjudged to be the nation’s freest and fairest took place. Unfortunately, the election was annulled by the very hand that made it to happen. June…

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Road Users In Ughelli Send SOS To Govt. Over Deplorable States

  By Godwin-Maria Utuedoye,   Residents, motorists and commuters from various parts of Ughelli town have continued to lament the deplorable state of the roads in the local government headquarters which causes them untold hardship on daily basis.   Journalist that has been monitoring some streets in Ughelli town, and which serves as link to other communities can authoritatively report the hardship residents undergone as the roads are in worse condition.   For instance, the Uduophori road, which is directly opposite the Ughelli Kings Palace, is in a pitiable condition.…

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