Analysis & Opinion: On A Darkling Plain

By Sunny Awhefeada,   If one were to write an abstract on Nigeria the resonating keywords will not be far from chaos, anarchy, confusion, tragedy, waste, loss and other such words with dense negative connotation. Matthew Anorld’s “Dover Beach” gives an apt imaginative depiction of the Nigerian narrative as it is today. Arnold, the Victorian writer captures the uncertainty and chaotic reality of his time in the following words, “So various, so beautiful, so new/Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light/Not certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain/And we…

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Analysis & Opinion: Let Us Stand With Nigeria

By Sunny Awhefeada,     I choose to stand with Nigeria at this moment and always. I stand with her armed forces. I stand with her people who make up the immediate humanity I know. Let us stand with Nigeria. Ours is a nation in distress, but I am sanguine that no matter the turbulence, we shall wake up someday to a new dawn, glorious and brimful of greatness. Yes, this too, this storm, shall pass! And we shall say lo here is peace! But this optimism will be in…

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Analysis &Opinion: Welcome IGP Usman Alkali Baba

By Sunny Awhefeada   When Muhammadu Buhari finally stirred and fired the disaster that Muhammed Adamu was as Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), the nation did not applaud the move even though Nigerians have long clamoured for his sack. That Adamu was shown the way out and Usman Alkali Baba was ushered in as the acting IGP meant nothing to Nigerians because to them, both men represent the same calling that has evolved to become the worst institution in the nation’s history. The ENDSARS uprising and its aftermath more…

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Analysis & Opinion: Nigeria Must Remember Them

By Sunny Awhefeada Nigeria has become a country that eats up her own both in war and in peace times. And we have lost count of how many of her own she has eaten these last twelve years. Many Nigerians shuddered and shed tears as the funeral obsequies of the twelve soldiers who were killed by bandits in Benue State two weeks ago was aired on television. The slain soldiers died in active service as they were on a mission to restore peace when they were killed in an ambushed…

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Analysis &Opinion: The Housekeeper’s Lament

By Sunny Awhefeada     That Nigeria is in a lamentable situation is no longer in doubt. Nigeria is in dire straits. This point is not lost on anybody. Not anymore! Our situation has become so compellingly harsh and stark that most Nigerians not only lament our plight, but have also become the encoders of our woes. The truth is that our burden suffers a duality of our not just being the encoders of Nigeria’s excruciating condition, but we are also its prime victims. We are the embodiment of the…

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Professor Peter Ekeh Symposium And Burial For 24th And 26th March 2021

  A memorial symposium and day of tributes has been scheduled to hold in honour of the late distinguished social scientist, Professor Peter Ekeh who died in the United States of America in November 2020 at the age of eighty-three. The symposium will hold on Wednesday 24th March 2020 at the Urhobo House in Uvwiamuge-Agbarho after Warri in Delta State. The event which will kick off at 10am has Professor Eghosa Osaghae, eminent political scientist, a former student of Professor Ekeh and former Vice Chancellor of the Igbinedion University, Okada,…

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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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