archiveMay 2021

WEEKEND ARENA

How Nigerians became ‘Onyirionwu’

Resilience has become a crucial part of life in Nigeria; so much that adaptability here practically reminds one of the Igbo term, ‘Onyirionwu’, comically employed by hawkers to get attention for their wares in long buses and trains. The hawkers would tell the story of Onyirionwu, who is an ‘old baby’ full of mischief; he has refused to grow, refused to talk or walk, refused to do anything meaningful, apart from eating and inflicting pains on other children in the neighbourhood. His demeanours are so frustrating for his parents that...
ARTS, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Nigerian film opens doors to UK cinemas after COVID-19 lockdown

By TOSIN ADAMS History is gradually being made in the UK cinema industry by a Nigerian film, BADAMASI: Portrait of a General, the biopic of former President Ibrahim Babangida, as it will be the first film for cinema screening in the country after the lockdown prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the film stages its exclusive world premiere on June 12, 2021 at Cineworld, O2 Arena, London, UK.  Presenting, once again, the technical depth of Obi Emelonye, the filmmaker behind such blockbusters as ‘Last Flight to Abuja’, ‘Mirror Boy’ and...
NEWS

NPA: Suspended MD hires foreign influences to beg Buhari

Ms Bala Usman Fresh insights have emerged that the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, has been frantically reaching out to prominent local and foreign leaders, including global institutions, in a desperate bid to return her job at the authority. Meanwhile, experts have cautioned against unnecessary and undue foreign interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation such as Nigeria, especially in a matter involving alleged fraud and abuse of office. President Muhammadu Buhari had on May 5, approved the indefinite suspension...
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2023: The secret plot to foist GEJ as President

Jonathan The stories making the rounds about returning Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to power as the President in 2023 may not be a hoax after all.  A group under the aegis: Youths Earnestly Demand For Goodluck E.Jonathan (YED4GEJ 2023) has asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2023 presidential election, according to a report by Saawua Terzungwe in Daily Trust newspaper  Jonathan lost power to the candidate of the then opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) in the 2015 general election, thus, putting an end to the...
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The gathering storm in Nigeria…

I said it earlier; and I will say it again: EndSARS is like a gathering storm. The clouds would hover to stimulate darkness and whirlwind, after which thunderbolts would usher in the real rains and possibly floods. October 2020 signaled the hovering clouds and the whirlwinds, the thunderbolts are threatening all over the country at the moment as insecurity. But the good thing is that the real rains can be stopped with Nigerians’ collective will, before everywhere is flooded. Although the EndSARS protests did send some germane messages across to...