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Truth: Everyone must not stay married

Prince Emeka Obasi, my boss at National Mirror once said something very instructive about life during one of our numerous editorial meetings. We were in the process of fine-tuning a story idea for the Saturday title, when he, impulsively remarked that a perfect life was a mirage in reality. According to him, life was designed in a way everyone cannot be rich, must not be married, will not give birth, and cannot have top-notch health. Life was a bouquet of realities and the best anyone can do is to design...
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Anger + Bigotry = Danladi Umar

To ‘blow’ in the Nigerian entertainment industry means to arrive at the podium of stardom. It is a clear testament that every dog has its day and when its day comes, ‘blowing’ becomes inevitable. As you know, there is no straight formula to ‘blow’, and there is no timetable for it. It does not abide by any mathematical rule, where one plus one must be two. It comes when it is destined to come and could be triggered by the most mundane of things. If you remember Little Success from...
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When government depletes its Trust Capital…

No matter how one looks at it, trust is the most important factor in any relationship. Without it, all efforts would simply amount to ‘air leaking as one is patching’. The way a currency, like the dollar or naira would drive a transaction, is how trust drives a relationship. And just like a currency, one builds a capital with some effort and could have a credit or debit of trust in any relationship. Providence or grace could create an excessive credit of trust and it could also be blown overnight...
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The Different Shades of Burna Boy’s Grammy

The agama lizard praises itself with a nod, whenever it falls from a tree. So, it will not be out of place to celebrate Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, who clinched the prestigious Grammy a few days ago. I took notice of him in 2012, when his first single, Like to Party was released. Uniqueness is an asset in any artistic journey and Burna Boy exhibited it from the onset; he sounded quite distinctive, and obviously met a good producer who polished this attribute with the afro-fusion sound, that has...
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Nigeria’s Erewhonian standards

I was a wide-eyed 9 year-old when my father, Emmanuel, told me about a country, Erewhon, captured by Samuel Butler in his book with the same title. The criminal punishment system of that country left me awestruck after Papa told me how the country justified the criminals and criminalized the just. It sounded impossible until he explained that Erewhon, was fictional, just an anagram from ‘No Where’, meaning such a country was not in existence. Although Butler published his book in 1872, Nigeria as it is, almost 150 years after,...
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Memo to Abdulrasheed Bawa, new Chairman of EFCC

Abdulrasheed Bawa, the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is a child of destiny; grace if you like. Without overtly being in strong contention, he clinched one of the most revered jobs in the land. Against all odds, the stumbling blocks placed on his way to what would be the zenith of his career turned stepping stones for him.  In spite of reports of his consanguinity with the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, the general opinion remained in his favour; that he should be allowed to prove...
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Loving to live again…living to love again

First and foremost, I wish to make it crystal clear, that the intention here is not to disparage the personality of Helen Prest-Ajayi. A gorgeous and charming personality, I have always admired her. As a child in the primary school, I used to be attracted to her gorgeous photos in the magazines of that era-Drum, Vintage People, Prime People etc.  The zenith of her persona for me would be the fact that she is not only a beauty queen, but also a writer and lawyer; the type the media would...
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Letter to President Joe Biden

Dear Uncle Joe, I bring you warm regards from Nigeria, that big country in Africa. I trust you are doing well. Let me begin by congratulating you on your new job. Your political bid has indeed put a Biden in the White House, for which many people, especially those who love the Democrats are happy about. Obviously, you have many supporters in Nigeria and you need to know that the streets of Lagos, the cyberspace in Nigeria literally got annexed as a part of the United States, during your heated...
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