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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News Features: DELSU @ 30: Abraka And The Furthering Of The Nigerian Literary Tradition (Part 1)

  By Sunny Awhefeada     There exists an abiding link between Nigerian literature and the university. Although, the tendency for the university, in many parts of the world, to be the springboard for literary flowering is well acknowledged, the case of Nigeria is rather too compelling not to enable a reference to it again and again. The seminal example of the then University College Ibadan (UCI) now University of Ibadan which served as nursery for the growth of Nigerian literature remains phenomenal and significant. When the portals of the…

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Analysis & Opinion: And The Sons Of Senghor Prevailed

By Sunny Awhefeada   Watching the final match of the just concluded African Cup of Nations was quite emotional for me. It was not about the presence of twenty-two players on the football pitch in Paul Biya’s Cameroon. It was not about the charged atmosphere, the shouts, anxiety, fear, significant and telling as they were. What competed for my attention with the aforementioned was our past, the history of Africa, her not too distant past. The two countries that played in the final, Egypt and Senegal, hold so much allure…

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Analysis & Opinion: Is This The Land Of Our Birth?

By Sunny Awhefeada   Nigeria held great promise for my generation in our childhood, and I must add that it still holds same for me despite our present ordeal! While growing up, Nigeria was the ideal place to be born and be brought up. Although we were born just after the Civil War, we grew up not knowing that a war was fought. The victims of the war put the tragic experience behind them and got sucked in by the ideal and idea of Nigerianism. We grew up in different…

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Analysis & Opinion: When Silence Spoke

By Sunny Awhefeada   An intriguing relationship sustains the deployment of words in different contexts be it serious or banal. What students of structuralism call binary opposition is one depiction of the multiplicity of the tendencies to which words can be subjected. The storehouse of words throws up choices, options or variations from which the user selects to suit his whim in giving words to his thoughts. Silence and speech share the opposite and intriguing tendency which the oeuvre of language epitomizes. Both are opposites and complementary in more ways…

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Analysis & Opinion: The Imam’s Verdict

By Sunny Awhefeada Spiritual leaders owe their societies a sacred duty to act as moral compass. Apolitical as they are supposed to be, they are often compelled to intervene in moments of grave crises which seek to destroy such societies. Spiritual leaders see tomorrow. They draw our attention to pitfalls. They caution and admonish. Above all they suffer discomfort and make sacrifice for the society. Theirs remain an onerous task of social reclamation in the face of assaults occasioned by socio-decadence. Such assaults if not averted often spell doom for…

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Analysis & Opinion: Of Policing And Criminality In Nigeria

By Sunny Awhefeada   There is something decidedly Nigerian which is deeply rooted in hypocrisy and the inability to admit our foibles until they are pointed out to us by outsiders. Bound to this consciousness is our laid back attitude and tendency to celebrate half measures usually camouflaged as achievements. We are daily pushed away from values which should drive our aspirations and around which a national consensus can be constructed.   The capacity or desire to interrogate issues has taken flight and in its place is a feeling of…

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Analysis & Opinion: Lawless

By Sunny Awhefeada   Not too long ago, I think it was during the regime of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued a directive banning the “spraying” of Naira notes in Nigeria. The directive carried with it a string of sanctions that await offenders. Many Nigerians were elated about the directive saying that “yes, sanity is about to be restored to how we handle the Nigerian currency and bring a modicum of decency to parties and allied celebrations”. How wrong were they? The…

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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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