archiveAugust 2021

ARTS, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Music stops playing for ‘Guitar Boy’ at 80

Uwaifo By Ngozi Emedolibe What a week for Nigeria’s entertainment industry. Three renowned artistes passed on in quick succession. First it was actor Victor Olaotan, then actor, Prince  Ifeanyi Dike, the BOT chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, and barely 24 hours later, another big one…Sir Victor Uwaifo, veteran highlife maestro fondly called,  Guitar Boy, who passed on at the age of 80. Born Victor Efosa Uwaifo in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, he obtained his secondary school education at the Western Boys' High School Benin and St Gregory's...
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Demise of Victor Olaotan, Ifeanyi Dike heart-wrenching, says Nigerian Film Corporation

Olaotan and Dike By Ngozi Emedolibe The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has said that the passage of Victor Olaitan and Ifeanyi Dike, two legendary film stakeholders and actors which occurred within the out gone week has left Nigeria's movie industry in a state of mourning. It will be recalled that, the film industry lost one of Nigeria’s finest screen actors and Nollywood diva Chief Racheal Etabuno Oniga, who was laid to rest, recently. Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, described the deaths as heart wrenching for film industry stakeholders....
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PMB must not fail…this is how

I once told a friend, Sylvester Asoya, a journalist and writer, that if something was not urgently done, the Nigerian state would degenerate to a point where gangs, would be carving out territories to control within the country. We do not need anyone to tell us, we are almost there. The story is rife and the ugly daily incidents in many parts of the country are a clear testament. Nobody wants to count the daily figures as regards deaths from criminal gangs, who have smartly devised ways of getting their...
NEWS

Anambra 2021: Harris Chuma emerges DG of ADC Campaign Team

Harris Chuma (L) and Sullivan Nwankpo (ADC Guber candidate) By Tosin Adams As the political battle for Anambra Government House intensifies, the African Democratic Congress’ candidate, Chief Sullivan Akachukwu Nwankpo, has rejigged his Campaign Team for more efficiency. A statement from the Campaign Office at Awka, announced Dr. Harris Chuma as the new Campaign DG, while Barrister Victor Okeke takes charge of the media. The move which is seen in the political circle as strategic, considering the wealth of experience of the duo is also sending shivers in the opposing...
WEEKEND ARENA

Biafra: The thin line between a defender and an oppressor

I almost got attacked in a bus, while travelling around the southeast, researching and conducting interviews on my subject for a biography I was commissioned to do. I got into an argument. It was a consequence of the incessant and irritating presence of security personnel on the roads of the southeast. They had positioned themselves a few metres apart, menacingly extorting money from the drivers. My offence was saying that such sieges were very avoidable, if the agitation for secession had not turned violent. Like very hungry lionesses, everyone, mostly...
ECONOMY

PUTTRU highlights funding opportunities for Africa’s energy sector in new report

Monica Maduekwe, CEO, PUTTRU By TOSIN ADAMS A new report has shown the enormous investment opportunities available to projects and initiatives in the African energy sector, especially Nigeria. Aptly titled: ‘3 Must-Haves For Energy Projects To Attract Investment in Africa’, the treatise, divided into three parts:  Why Invest in Africa’s Energy Sector; How to Ensure Investability of Energy Projects in Africa, and What Projects to Get into in Africa, is a crystallisation of one-on-one conversations with stakeholders in the energy industry and the funding institutions, and serves as a guidebook...
WEEKEND ARENA

Abba Kyari and his bundle of ant-infested firewood

I am very proud of my Igbo heritage. Anyone nurtured within the geographical enclave, constituting Igbo land, would have more reasons to feel so. The experiences and attitude, the culture, especially the language, is always instructive and provocative. Proverbs are an intrinsic part of existence there, and people who cannot fathom them are derided as half-baked, and often seen as ‘those whose mothers’ dowries were wasted’. So you must sit up in the usage of the language, to prove that your ‘mother’s dowry was useful’. This language attitude is so...