Hamilton Odunze's Blog (6)

What happened to the Nigerian revolution?

I question whether the necessary psychological conditions exist for us to address Nigeria’s problems or to implement the necessary solutions to them. This skepticism stems from the relative ease with which those in power restore the status quo after Nigerians have appeared to have awakened to the need for change.

For instance, when the…

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Added by Hamilton Odunze on June 23, 2010 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Nigeria: A Nation with a Death Wish

“Since the death instinct exists in the heart of everything that lives … let us unfasten the ties that bind us to life, let us cultivate our death wish, let us develop it, water it like a plant, let it grow unhindered” Eugene Lonesco…

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Added by Hamilton Odunze on March 29, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Is Africa behind in evolution? Revisiting Dr. Watson’s statement

Dr. James Watson once diagnosed our problem in Africa as evolutionary. He said that “I am inherently gloomy about the prospects of Africa. . . . There was no reason to think that races which had grown up in separate geographical locations should have evolved identically.”

The premise of Dr.…

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Added by Hamilton Odunze on March 7, 2010 at 3:17pm — 2 Comments

OPEC’S UNGUIDED OPTIMISM

Last year, Abdalla S. El-Badri, Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) dismissed fears about the imminent replacement of petroleum with biofuels and other alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, or even agricultural products like sugarcane. Appearing at a media project in Abuja to meet OPEC’s statutory responsibility to member nations, El-Badri said, “the global debate about seeking alternative to oil would not yield result because of the strategic… Continue

Added by Hamilton Odunze on February 3, 2010 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Rotational Presidency, Rotational Looting

Those who support a rotational presidency rely on the old argument that because Nigeria is a mosaic a rotational presidency offers the only possibility for peaceful existence. Indeed, Mr. Anthony Akinola uses this argument in his article, “Rotational presidency can stabilize Nigeria,” published in The Guardian on December 31, 2009. To take the position that only a rotational presidency can bring peace to Nigeria, suggests that Mr. Akinola does not understand the implications of basing his… Continue

Added by Hamilton Odunze on January 26, 2010 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

The true heroes of Nigeria

The other day, I was watching a video tape of Oprah Winfrey opening her school in South Africa, “Leadership Academy for Girls”. I asked myself why Oprah didn’t consider Nigeria as a desirable place for this gesture. Does Nigeria as a country have the credibility to attract such gestures, not only from Ms Winfrey but from other philanthropists who are looking to bring Africa up to developmental speed with other continents? Besides these questions, what struck me to the core was when these girls… Continue

Added by Hamilton Odunze on December 14, 2009 at 12:43am — 3 Comments

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