Analysis: A Nation And The Crisis Of Governance Fatigue

By Sunny Awhefeada,   Social scientists and other critical observers of the Nigerian experience must be hard put trying to codify or put a name to what has befallen Nigeria in the last seven years. Unbeknown to many other Nigerians, the intelligentsia that is considered as the facilitator of ideas, the encoder and interpreter of our socio-historical evolution is presently huddled in a mental cul-de-sac that make rational thinking almost impossible. Inventive, creative and as many as our eggheads are, they have reached their wit’s end. They are suffering from…

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Education: My Dear Teacher, Ademola Dasylva, @ 70

By Sunny Awhefeada   It was with mixed feelings that I received the news of Professor Ademola Omobewaji Dasylva turning seventy and retiring from active university service. Mixed feelings because I rejoice with him on his attainment of this landmark age in good health, but at the same time I look back and see how time flies and undo a lot of things. Looking back, it appears as if it was just yesterday that the then Dr. Ademola Dasylva taught my postgraduate class in the Department of English at the…

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Education: ASUU And The Reign Of Barbarians

By Sunny Awhefeada Unfolding events in the last six or seven months only confirm that Nigeria is under the asphyxiating grip of barbarians. When Nigerians went to the polls in 2015, they unwittingly let a clan of barbarians into the seat of power and the dreary consequences are there for all to see today. Nigeria seems to be packing up. The barbarians that we let loose on ourselves have ridden roughshod over us and are now manifesting their full savagery.   We have been badly bruised, physically and psychologically and,…

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Education: ASUU and Ngige’s Destructive Inferiority Complex

By Sunny Awhefeada Dr. Chris Nwabueze Ngige is a very bitter man. If very had a superlative lexis, one would have gone for it in describing how really very bitter Ngige must be. Diminutive, dwarf even, he thinks to talk brashly would give him an advantage over what he lacks in physical presence. Facially unprepossessing, he thinks reckless talk and playing braggadocio would earn him applause. Having suffered untold humiliation in the hands of the Uba brothers in Anambra State and shamefully thrown out of office as Governor of the…

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Analysis & Opinion: The Mind of Those Who Rule Us

By Sunny Awhefeada   There is something elusive about what happens to people who ordinarily were decent and rational before their ascent to power. It is either, philosophers have not been able to fully come to terms with this oddity or that those who walk the corridors of power remain incorrigible to the lessons of time. So much has been said about power as an aphrodisiac. So much has been written about power as an intoxicant. And the British historian, Lord Acton quipped, and rightly so, that “power tends to…

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DELSU @ 30: Abraka And The Furthering Of The Nigerian Literary Tradition (Part 2)

By Sunny Awhefeada,     The endeavors at creative writing in the first decade of the founding of DELSU, promising as it turned out, can be said to be a mere foreshadowing of that which was to come in the next two decades. The first decade of her founding terminated in 1999 and drew the curtain on the last century. That was quite symbolic in view of what was to follow. The next decade which unfurled in 2000 and which the world dubbed “the new millennium” not only offered DELSU…

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Analysis & Opinion: Government Without Ears

By Sunny Awhefeada,   Those familiar with modern Nigerian Literature would observe that the title of today’s intervention reminisces Ifeoma Okoye’s, 1984 novel, Men without Ears. Okoye’s powerful novel focuses on the social malaise buffeting Nigeria at the time it was set. The story would have been grim were Okoye to rewrite the novel today. Our present ordeal has surpassed that which was unleashed by “men without ears”. Our nation’s predicament today is the product of a “government without ears”. And I must duly acknowledge an older friend who used…

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Analysis &Opinion: The Nigeria Police And The Dog’s Nose

By Sunny Awhefeada   African lore is rich with anecdotes which speak to life as it is lived. Part of the African continent’s claim to culture and civilization inheres in her variegated verbal practices which have become codified as orality or folklore depending on choice of usage. Lighthearted or simple as many of these verbal practices might appear, they are endowed with profundity of meaning as they abut on philosophy. Protean and pragmatic, lucid and alluring, these verbal practices continue to expand their oeuvre and cohere with contemporaneity. Even the…

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General David Ejoor’s Final Salute

By Sunny Awhefeada Major General David Akpode Ejoor (rtd), one of Nigeria’s finest military officers, took his final salute on February 10, 2019, when he breathed his last. The General whose courage and patriotism approximated that of the Biblical David was a grand old man of eighty-six when he answered the final call. General Ejoor was born of Ovwor-Olomu and Ebor-Orogun parentage. A paragon of Urhobo intelligence, industry and foresight, Ejoor braved odds to go to Primary School which eventually led him to the portals of Government College Ughelli, (GCU)…

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