Confusion as Queen’s College remains shut

Minister orders resumption of WASCE candidates as ‘day students’ There is palpable confusion over the fate of students who are supposed to commence the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) at Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, this week, following the outbreak of diarrheoa leading to the death of two students These are not the best of times for the management and students of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos. Less than one year after the college was engulfed in crisis over allegation of sexual abuse of one of its pupils by a…

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Hi-tech terminals berth in Lagos

The Lagos State government is currently changing the faces of its bus terminals in the state. Rather than the usual method of conductors shouting and giving directions to commuters, the state is introducing high-tech terminals at major bus stops. OKI SAMSON reports The face of public transport in Lagos megacity is set to assume a new shape with the introduction of state-of-the-art, luxurious bus terminals at Tafawa Balewa Square and other locations in the state. This is in line with the vision of Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,…

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The new face of African football

History was made in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last Friday at the General Assembly of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF). The elections into the executive body of CAF were held and it was a rude shock that former President, Issa Hayatou, was dethroned. For over 29 years, Hayatou was President of the African body. He served seven terms and survived opposition from Armando Machado of Angola in 2000 and Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana in 2004. They were roundly beaten, but Hayatou was also thrown out last week. Ahmad Ahmad, a…

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GOLDBERG EXCELLENCY TOUR: How Otapo Bata drummers emerged winner of cultural contest

After colourful and stimulating performances, Otapo Bata Drummers from Abeokuta emerged winner at the traditional drummers contest as part of activities to kickoff the Goldberg Excellency Tour which held recently in Abeokuta. The group outperformed four other groups at the grand finale to cart home the coveted prize of N250, 000. Ayanwale Drummers clinched the second position and won N150, 000, while Omo Aribido Drummers claimed the third spot and settled for the N100, 000 on offer for the slot. The other two finalists, Ayandare Drummers and Paramount Band got…

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Artistic nationalism: Okafor’s take on people’s consumption pattern

Art is inherently nationalistic; it stays true to its social context even in the face of sweeping changes. May Okafor’s “Of Consumates and Cannibalism”, is an exhibition of works of art in the exploration genre. The art pieces mainly in the form of installations engaged issues of collective national and social conventions bordering on consumption, a culture that has led to the enthronement of significant level of foreignness over relevant and essential local resources, products and values, resulting to a growing sense of despondency. Okafor is a 2010 first class…

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