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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News Feature: A Distressing Visit To The Past

By Sunny Awhefeada   AN abiding relationship exists between our past and present. The farther we move away from our past through ageing, time or travel, the fonder we are of it. Our past ensures our rootedness and provides a compass for navigating a world that has become so complex that one is daily baffled and astounded with happenings. Our past remains with us, individually or collectively. Our past is not just enshrined in our memory, but it is lying in wait and active whenever we summon it as a…

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Economy: Why Nigeria is in Debt

By Sunny Awhefeada       I must begin with a confession that I am not an economist! My dabbling into a topic with its moorings in economics is the consequence of provocation by those who rule, run and ruin Nigeria. The ruling class too often feels that the rest of us do not think and are therefore bound to swallow opinions hook line and sinker without asking questions. This tendency to undermine the people is also traceable to our docility and inability to follow through clamours for accountability and…

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News Feature: Crude Oil Theft And The Ogo Onovworo Syndrome

By Sunny Awhefeada   The Urhobo people, like other peoples of Africa and Nigeria, have a rich repertoire of expressions manifesting as proverbs, aphorisms, idioms and variegated figures of speech. The linguistic virtuosity of Africans attests to their high innovative, imaginative and creative aptitude. The African genius asserts itself in a number of ways and the verbal arts remain a forte for the manifestation of the validity of a rich cultural ethos that is not inferior to any other culture. The remarkable achievements of Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, J. P.…

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Education: With ASUU For Nigeria

By Sunny Awhefeada The lad clad in a neat sky blue school uniform could not have been more than eleven years of age. But his conviction, innocent as it was, rang true and it was enough to tug at the heart of a Hitler, Mussolini. Idi-Amin or Abacha. Together with his school mates, this unknown school boy, yes the cognomen unknown is the buzz word in today’s Nigeria, joined other people of goodwill to protest against the Federal Government’s insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians in the provocatively shoddy manner…

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Education: Delegate Tea Vs. ASUU Tea

By Sunny Awhefeada   Our country has, before our very eyes, snowballed into something close to an irredeemable tragi- comedy. We are daily confronted with oddities which leave us astounded. Meaninglessness and chaos of tragic proportions have become our lot as we wallow in pity and looming danger. We have become so inured to pain, fear and ill-omen that we can now poke our fingers into fire not minding whether we will get burnt.   We seemed programmed for doom. Ours has become a country where illogically trounces logic and…

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News Features: Nigeria’s PVC Revolution

By Sunny Awhefeada It is no longer news that a revolution is sweeping across Nigeria. Driven by Nigerian youths, it is sweeping many in its wake. It is called the PVC revolution. One is confronted by the clamour and necessity of owning the item called PVC everywhere and anywhere one turns. The phenomenon is depicting the tenacity of a people genuinely fed up with an order and desirous of change. What began as a mere whim and wish is gathering huge and unprecedented momentum. The PVC, which is the acronym…

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News Features: For Ejiro Otarigho The Uncommon Hero

By Sunny Awhefeada   A few days ago, the town of Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State witnessed an incident that would have ended up as a tragedy of unimaginable destructive proportions, but for the extraordinary bravery of one man. A truck fully loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popular known as petrol burst into flames on the East-West Road axis of Agbarho. For those familiar with that location, it is always a busy zone as it links the busy cities of Warri and Port-Harcourt. Sandwiched…

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News Features: And We Lost Our Humanity

By Sunny Awhefeada   A society bereft of good leadership is condemned to perdition. Doom comes slowly, but surely to such a society. Such an entity eventually gets to eat itself up if no redemptive intervention happens. And when it is time to eat itself up it will consume everybody and anybody in its path, the governors and the governed. It happened in Liberia, Rwanda, Zaire, Sierra Leone and so many other places where leadership once went bananas. The failure of leadership if not arrested often ends in tragedy for…

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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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