WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

I’ve no apologies for my blog looking like an obituary section of a newspaper in recent times. The demise of the people I’ve recently blogged about couldn’t be ignored, not just because they were widely known but because I grew up knowing them, and I kinda was influenced by them one way or the other. […]

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THE PASSOVER QUESTION

Years ago, while in College, I told a classmate I am Jewish, but he found it difficult to understand what I meant. I also didn’t understand how and why it was difficult for him to grasp what I’d just told him, until years later. Apparently, he didn’t understand how someone could be Jewish without being […]

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ANCIENT IGBO GPS

I have always wondered what local technology, besides word of mouth, existed in times past, by which people kept track of the movements of people, living in this age of the Global Positioning System, GPS, where we tend to have become blind navigationally without it; besides using it to track our gadgets, cars even humans […]

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THE ASABA MASSACRE BOOK-READING

When one of the guests at the book reading I attended the evening of Wednesday the 4th of October at Quintessence, Ikoyi, Lagos, mentioned that his friends dissuaded him from attending because of the present Nigerian government’s unfavorable attitude to discussions or anything pertaining to Nigeria’s civil war, I felt he and his friend might […]

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COLONIALISM

We have the wind again The sun came before The rain came after We have the wind again We were covered before Now our roof has been blown We have the wind again We spoke to our gods before Now we speak in tongues We have the wind again Now our lives can never be […]

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THE GREATEST LIVES ON

Like everyone my age, I was too young to recognize Muhammad Ali at his peak. Back in the day when new films took months to hit Nigeria, videos of boxing events such as that involving Ali must have taken two years to come to my side of the world. My Dad was an avid follower, […]

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JANUARY 15TH AND THE NIGERIAN

The fifteenth of January means to Nigerians different things. Officially, it is the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, commemorating that day in 1970 when the Nigeria/Biafra war ended with the surrender of the rebel Biafrans to the Nigerians with the declaration by the then Head Of State, General Yakubu Gowon that there were NO VICTOR, NO […]

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