Analysis &Opinion: Her Heroism Saved Her Teacher

  By Sunny Awhefeada Nigeria is a great country and my optimism that it shall someday overcome its present tribulations and live out its manifest destiny is unshaken. Each day that brings us the many bad tidings that make us shudder and want to give up on this space that God has planted us also comes with incidents that imbue us with a measure of mirth. Thus our cries are punctuated with smiles and there are times we also dare to laugh. Our fears are never bereft of hope. We…

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Analysis & Opinion: More Than Many Matters Arising

  By Sunny Awhefeada Nigeria has taken a pride of unenviable place as a country of one day one trouble. Nigeria relishes trouble and it is being sustained by trouble. There probably will be no Nigeria if there was no trouble. Nigeria has become home to trouble. This is why everyday brings its own share of trouble that the ones of yesterday and the day before yesterday not only become inconsequential, but takes a dim location in our collective memory. Nigerians wake up expecting trouble and ask “wetin dey happen?”…

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Analyis & Opinion: Double Wahala For Dead Body And The Owner Of Dead Body

  By Sunny Awhefeada I am not in a position to know or understand why music maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, sang “double wahala for dead body”. Most Nigerians who listened to the song when it first hit the airwaves must have enjoyed its aesthetic enchantment as depicted in the words, rhythm and overall sound effect. The satirical import would have also elicited nods and put smiles on the faces of the listeners as Fela hollered with the saxophone blaring away. The remarkable and unforgettable track certainly enriched the repertoire of yabis…

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Analysis & Opinion: Oily Punches From The Delta

  By Sunny Awhefeada The title of this intervention will have a familiar ring among students and scholars of Nigerian poetry. It recalls Ibiwari Ikiriko’s Oily Tears of the Delta, a collection of poems which the late poet published in 2000. Ikiriko’s dedication reads, “This collection owes its inspiration to the need to save the Niger Delta/It is dedicated to the famished and fed-up people of the Delta including the dead and the dying”. The poet goes on to offer poems which engage the parlous condition of the Niger Delta…

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A Tribute to Professor Enamiroro Patrick Oghuvbu

  By Sunny Awhefeada The profound or genuine essence of our world is embedded in philosophy. Every race or society has a worldview which is lucidly expressed and accepted as part of its given philosophy. Although imperial arrogance as embodied by Europe negated the African worldview, more than enough evidence abound to depict a rich and abiding tradition of thought which is anchored on studied rationality. Among Africans of old as of now are philosophers, poets and prophets. And there were also professors in African universities in Sankore, Fez and…

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Analysis &Opinion: In Defence of Bishop Kukah

By Sunny Awhefeada,   Men of courage stand up to be counted when it mattered. They do not succumb to the gains and comfort of complicity in moment of crisis. They courage range on the side of the people and their deeds are inscribed in the hearts of men long after they are gone. The clergy ought to be a calling for men of courage, men who minister to the overall good of society, men who can speak truth to power no matter what. The Bible and other religious books…

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Analysis & Opinion: All Will be Well

By Sunny Awhefeada One incontestable fact is that 2020 was a year of trepidation. It was a year that humanity will never forget. Stories will be made out of it for generations to come. Such a year as 2020 is never lost to history. By family records, none of my grandparents was up to fifteen years of age in 1918. That means that my parents were not even born then. They were born three and four decades later respectively. However, an incident that shook the world in 1918 some many…

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Analysis & Opinion: 2020, It Is Well

  By Sunny Awhefeada One of my childhood preoccupations was to watch my maternal grandmother, Mama Omorona Urhobojavba, at sundown every 31st of December carry out what was her end of year rite. It was in the December of 1983 that I first noticed it. From that moment, I would, each year, stay vigilant at that time of the evening when she would walk to the corner of our house facing the direction of the sun in its pale westward journey. With muttering lips and solemn look, delicate and deliberate…

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Analysis & Opinion: ASUU And The Presidency’s Three Ostriches

By Sunny Awhefeada   I do not know if President Muhammadu Buhari has a soft spot for avian species or if keeps or kept any the way he loves and keeps cows. My surmise is that if he loved or kept birds as pets, the species must be the ostrich. The President doesn’t need to bother about the cost or where to get ostriches. He would not need the services of a handler to groom them. Truly, Buhari will not need to look too far in search of ostriches because…

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Analysis : Buratai And The Ghost Of January 1966

By Sunny Awhefeada When in late 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the emergence of the then Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai as Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, many hailed it as a strategic appointment that will facilitate the former’s declared intention to exterminate the Boko Haram insurgency by December of that year. The tall two-star general was the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF), a coalition of troops from a number of countries battling insurgency in the sub region. Buratai was also from Borno State the epicenter of…

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