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March 28th – Winners and Sinners: My Social Media Memoir Part 3

The election has been won and lost, the lessons learned, and our democracy deepened.

Social media, like never before, played a major role. Not many people agreed before now that electronic social interaction had the ability to shape the narrative of an event. In 2015, it did just that and more. Read the rest of this page »

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March 28th – Winners and Sinners: My Social Media Memoir Part 2

In part 1, I recounted my personal encounters with the dirty fighting foot soldiers, the pawns, of the new opposition, the PDP.

In this part, I will recount how the rest of the chess pieces messed up the King’s move and got him checkmated.

One thing was clear as early as the beginning of February, power was slipping out of GEJ’s grasp. Read the rest of this page »

March 28th – Winners and Sinners: My Social Media Memoir Part 1

The kind of joy I felt yesterday when the winner of the 2015 Presidential elections was announced comes a distance 2nd, behind Obama’s election in 2008.

I felt a surge of happiness because I knew the amount of work that was put into unseating an incumbent President who was sitting on a pile of unlimited resources.

The campaign period was a roller coaster of emotions, for me, and for all the people who worked in front and behind to tend to the public perception of the people’s General. Read the rest of this page »

Who Is Razaq Obe? – Part 2

Continued from Part 1

The support that the student population gave to Razaq Obe transcended tribe. Even elements of the University authority secretly expressed their support. The Vice-Chancellor did all he could to victimize Razaq, but according to the wise saying, “You can not put down a good man”. Razaq Ayodele Obe graduated from the University of Benin in flying colours. Until this day, the name “Obe Razaq” is synonymous with righteous resistance. Razaq is a Uniben legend. Read the rest of this page »

Who Is Razaq Obe? – Part 1

When I was leaving home in 1998 for University, my father sat me down to give me the usual parent to child pep-talk.

“Ekwi, I am sending you to University so that tomorrow you can be someone in society” He started.

“You have to be careful what you do. Remember the home you come from. Remember HIV has no cure. I also do not want to hear that you joined campus politics. I did not send you to do that” concluded my father. Read the rest of this page »

Calamity at 35,000 Feet

Not many know me as a writer of fiction, but the shooting down of Malaysian Airline flight MH 17 woke that side of me from slumber. From the stories and facts that have been filtering in, what happened up there was sheer calamity. Bodies dropping through the sky from 33,000 feet, bodies which embodied all many of dreams snuffed out just like that. This piece of fiction is just to highlight the human tragedy that befell the world yesterday all in the name of politics.

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Political Reform

So Nigeria is in a quagmire. It’s in a state of confusion of what it is, what it wants to be and how it hopes to get there. Previously what we wanted was the end of military rule and a return to democracy. We didn’t spend much time on what democracy means to us and what type of government structure will best suit us. Should we have accepted the Constitution handed to us by the military in 1999 as a perennially binding document to be the basis of an enduring democracy? Should we have clamoured for a clause within the Constitution that compelled the NASS to produce ‘our’ democratic Constitution, under a democratic government before the expiration of its first full term cycle? Read the rest of this page »

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