Book Choice Culture & Arts Featured Notes Wole Olaoye

Favoured by benevolent gods…

Reading Time: 6 minutes For some inexplicable reason, the first thought that came to my mind when I saw the title of Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi’s memoirs, “The Road Never Forgets”, was a quick throwback to Wole Soyinka’s world-acclaimed play,“The Road”. The word, road, has had a loaded meaning for me on various metaphorical levels since I acted in a Read More…

Crime Featured Kidnapping Nigeria Notes Wole Olaoye

When Death Stalks…

Reading Time: 6 minutes Away from the grandiose promises of politicians in these testy times of electoral campaigns in the midst of insecurity, let’s just pause for a moment and consider how parts of our country came to look like Libya where warlords determine life expectancy. I am not aware that any of the leading presidential candidates has shown Read More…

Education Featured Nigeria Notes Wole Olaoye

Teacher, Don’t Teach Me Nonsense!

Reading Time: 6 minutes My name is Government, in case you don’t know. You underrate me at your peril, Teacher. You, a mere pen and paper wielder, exam marker, lecture deliverer, knowledge vendor. A hunter of antelope can’t compare himself with a hunter of men. Only the Government can delete you from circulation — and even find your corpse Read More…

Featured Nigeria Notes Politics Wole Olaoye

Enter the Bulldogs

Reading Time: 6 minutes As political campaigns for the 2023 presidential elections gather steam, the various parties have started unveiling their programmes. They are promising to take Nigerians to the moon and back. You have to give it to the Nigerian politicians: They know how to re-say the same thing others have said in the past and still appear Read More…

Agriculture Business Featured Notes Wole Olaoye

SAPZs: Solution whose time has come

Reading Time: 5 minutes Don’t give up on the rural areas as Nigeria’s food basket yet. Help is on the way. That is the message of the recent launch of the Special Agro-Processing Zone initiative led by the African Development Bank, AfDB.  For too long, we have come to accept the notion of rural areas being centres of poverty Read More…

Crime Economic Crimes Featured Nigeria Notes Wole Olaoye

Thieving Frenzy and Debt Slavery

Reading Time: 6 minutes At the rate Nigeria’s patrimony is being pillaged by known and unknown but well connected rats, the Guinness Book of Records will have to be updated to recognise our frog leap to primacy in thievery. Imagine, the Antwerp diamond heist used to be considered one of the largest robberies in history in which loose diamonds, Read More…

Featured Nigeria Notes Wole Olaoye

Coming to equity with unclean hands

Reading Time: 6 minutes “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are”, said Benjamin Franklin. Those words commend themselves to us today as we examine the landmark ruling of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, on the prosecution of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The judgement Read More…