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Concussion (2015 film) is a Nigerian

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 3, 2016 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Concussion (2015 film) is a Nigerian

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 3, 2016 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Dangling the Poisoned Carrot of an Ibadan State

Nigeria Election 2015! There have always been some asinine, farcical and insincere features to the politicking and electioneering in Nigeria, even long before the real election times. Nothing has ever been normal or straightforward with politicians; if they are not involved in one corruption scandal or the other; they are involved in bloodletting, mudslinging and what not. It is entirely typical and with my universal experience, has come to realise that this particular trait of “insincere,…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 21, 2015 at 4:26pm — No Comments

A Problem with the Truth: Of Certificates and No Certificates.

I am a bit lost, in fact more than lost. I am aghast at the inanity and lack of decorum being spread around by the supposedly “educated” Nigerians, just because of political opportunism and expediency. Do we have a problem with "academic certificates", especially of our leaders and political aspirants?

Why do we always elude the Truth and Honesty in all we do? Why is it difficult for us to tell and accept at the Truth as a people? We see the Truth/Fact right in our face, yet…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 3, 2015 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

The Buhari Re-Emergence and some Implications for Nigeria

Shortly after the coup of December 1983 in Nigeria, in which the seemingly no-nonsense duo of General Muhammadu Buhari and General Babatunde Idiagbon took over by force the government of Nigeria from the corrupt and inept Shehu Shagari-led civilian regime, I was invited by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to their Winnipeg, Manitoba radio station to shed some light on the situation in Nigeria. I was then the President of the International Students Organisation.

One of the…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on December 18, 2014 at 5:45pm — No Comments

An Irritating Apologue – Ibadan People Do Not “Serve” the Same Leader Twice

I always take exception and umbrage at hearing that slogan “Ibadan ki sin eniyan le’meji......".  (Ibadan people do not serve the same leader twice). What about other Oyo State people?

It is as preposterous as it is denigrating. The insinuation and connotation, from the literal translation, is that Ibadan people worship or serve their leaders. That is where everybody’s getting it wrong and thereby inadvertently confers on those who have been ruling us, "mini-god" status. The…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on December 18, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

From Execu-thieves to Law-breakers – A Tale of Greed, Egotism and Corruption

It always comes down to this. How selfish, greedy and insensitive can some of these our rulers be? They are parasites feeding fat on the blood of the people, causing untold miseries and are like malignant tumours that just will not go away.

Eight years as a governor of an oil-rich state, with thieving hands in the treasury every day, no visible or beneficial…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 24, 2014 at 5:13pm — No Comments

The Evil That Men Do……Does Not Mean Anything in Nigeria

This article is not meant to hold brief or a rejoinder for Prof Wole Soyinka – I am most confident he, and others, can do this for himself more effectively than me; rather it is to seek to protect Nigerians from the insult and onslaught of the spectre of brazen and barefaced arrogance, insensitivity and deception that our society is having to contend with on a daily basis.

When I first read Sadiq Abacha’s response, or rather, reaction to what he perceived as an insult from the…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 8, 2014 at 7:49pm — No Comments

A Little, Humble Tribute to Late Chief Segun Okeowo

Truly and indisputably, the last of the great student leaders of Nigeria

“Nigeria, March/April 1978: The Minister for Education, Col Ahmadu Ali under the Obasanjo Military administration, had just announced that the Federal Government of Nigeria intended to increase the cost of feeding for University and other tertiary institutions’ students. At the time also, students pay about 98 Naira per year to secure accommodation on campus. The room…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Between Inordinate Ambition and Good Governance

Adjective

1. not within proper or reasonable limits; immoderate; excessive: He drank an inordinate amount of wine.

2. unrestrained in conduct, feelings, etc.: an inordinate admirer of beauty.

3. disorderly; uncontrolled.

4. not regulated; irregular: inordinate hours. Greed and inordinate ambition lead to great human tragedy

 

“He that seeks to be great by all means seeks the path of…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on May 7, 2013 at 1:46pm — 2 Comments

The Apotheos-ification of Nigerian Leaders and Political Elites

Apotheosis (from Greek, apotheoun "to deify"; in Latin deificatio "making divine"; also called divinization and deification) is the glorification of a subject to divine level. The term has meanings in theology, where it refers to a belief, and in art, where it refers to a genre (Wikipaedia).

In theology, the term apotheosis refers to the idea that an individual has been raised to godlike stature. In art, the term refers to the treatment of any subject (a figure, group, locale, motif,…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on April 11, 2013 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Legislative Immunity for Nigerian Lawmakers: A Very Bad Idea.

Many Nigerians were expectedly shocked, concerned and apprehensive at the news on 07 March 2013 that the (notorious, inept and ineffective) Nigerian House of Representatives is planning to include immunity for federal legislators in the on-going amendment of the 1999 constitution, with the bills passing a second reading, and inevitably will be overwhelmingly passed as an Act.

It was reported thus: “a bill for an act to alter the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 by…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 10, 2013 at 9:49pm — No Comments

The Judiciary’s Complicity in the Rape And Looting of Nigeria

"Money and Corruption Are ruining the land, Crooked politicians Betray the working man, Pocketing the profits And treating us like sheep, And we're tired of hearing promises, That we know they'll never keep."  –Ray Davies.

Once upon a time in America, a man named Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks.

He replied: "Cos that’s where the money is".

It was an uncomplicated philosophy which served him well until he…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 6, 2013 at 11:18pm — No Comments

What Nigerian Political Leaders Could Learn from The World’s “Poorest” President

I have been reading the story of President Jose Mujica — the leader of Uruguay (please note the word “LEADER”) and I find it to be a singular example of humility, sacrifice and an uncommon disdain for all worldly material and other acquisition. In my opinion, this is a leader who may be worthy of emulation by our so-called leaders in Nigeria, and indeed, in Africa.

 

However, please let us recognise that being "poor" has not necessarily made Mr Mujica a successful or good…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on December 4, 2012 at 11:13pm — No Comments

Transforming Ibadan – A Study in Resistance To Change

The Government of Senator Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has come under very fierce criticism and scathing remarks regarding the demolition of illegal shops and other wrongly erected structures that his government has embarked upon. I was lucky to tune in to the Ibadan-based radio station, Splash FM 105.5 this morning (Saturday, 24 November 2012) listening to all kinds of diverse opinions on this issue on the Edmund Obilo Show. Knowing the history and antecedents of my hometown, my people and…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 24, 2012 at 3:50pm — No Comments

A Good Name Is An Invaluable Possession

“Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear”. Socrates, Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC - 399 BC)…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 4, 2012 at 1:08am — No Comments

A People Beyond Redemption?

I have been moribund, as far as writing articles, for about three months. Honestly these days, I just don’t feel like writing, however, I comment on other peoples’ writings or on national issues on social media like Facebook and Twitter. And since I do not write for a living, in fact, I never get paid; I am never under any pressure or deadline. Maybe that will save my health from deteriorating further in despair, frustration, anger and desperation. Please I am not blaming it on anybody or on…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on August 29, 2012 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Much Ado About A Village Church

You will probably be wondering why I am writing so late after the news of this issue, but you see, I don’t move with the herd sometimes. It is, in most cases, with my experience, very prudent to back off and watch and be far from the madding crowd, to paraphrase Thomas Hardy. I am not accusing everybody who has written on the issue of the church built at Etuoke (?), the President’s village by an Italian construction firm, with an unpronounceable name, but it’s just that when the news broke –…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on May 3, 2012 at 9:50am — No Comments

Corruption Incorporated Nigeria Limited (Or Unlimited?)

Murder, Inc. (or Murder Incorporated) was the name given by the American press to organized crime groups in the 1920s through the 1940s that resulted in hundreds of murders on behalf of the American Mafia and Jewish Mafia groups who together formed the early organized crime groups in New York and elsewhere. The name was a journalistic invention.

 

This same phrase should be applied to Nigeria’s main industry of nowadays – Corruption, since it is now beyond doubt that it…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 30, 2012 at 11:58am — No Comments

Ibori - Divine Retribution And Punishment For Hubris

When the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti released the song, VIP – Vagabond In Power in the late 70’s, Nigerians paid little heed to the lyrics, but danced their feet out to this politically-laced music. By the time they realised that Fela was something of a prophet, it was rather too late for them to arrest situations whereby their rulers were in fact vagabonds, thieves, looters and convicted felons. That is not to mention political prostitutes and opportunists whose main intent into going into…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 2, 2012 at 6:17am — No Comments

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