Why she’s still single

Are you bothered why some beautiful women are still in the ‘market’ as spinster and they are aging in the process of waiting for their Mr. Right? Three major reasons are responsible: they are not willing or patient to go through the longer route of friendship to marriage; searching or waiting for ‘already-made’ suitors; and living life to please the others. Other adjunct factors include peer-influenced tall criteria, pride, living larger than life, bloated self-esteem and spiritual reasons. The increasing number of single women in our society is bothersome. Many…

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As Anambra decides

“The state of Anambra is strong, financially, economically and indeed psychologically. You will be taking over the reins of state where there is sanity, political civility and overall decorum” – Peter Obi in handover note in 2014. I had resisted the lure to get involved in Anambra State gubernatorial imbroglio because of some very personal issues but after watching the debate of the five leading contestants on Channels Television last Sunday, I was urged by the journalism in me to serve the society rather than my personal interest. Anambra politics…

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Populism and crisis in public education

It is easy to predict the loser in the current face-off between the Kaduna State Government and organised labour. The pupils in the public primary schools will be the ultimate losers in the face-off. The state government is adamant and insists on employing its own teachers and organised labour is insisting that the competency test administered on the primary school teachers was an organised fraud. The Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Nasir Umar, claimed that of the 33,000 teachers that sat for the examination, 21,780…

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Kaduna, el-Rufai and the Nigeria Union of Teachers

Yesterday, I watched on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, with benumbing consternation, how the teachers’ union in various shades and manners, were displaying their solidarity for their colleague teachers over the abysmal outcome of their competency test in Kaduna State. In their typical fashion, they raised their fists in rendering solidarity songs and looking so shamelessly unperturbed in the realisation that their colleagues could not pass simple primary four examinations. I am still wondering how in a 21st century Nigeria, teachers could display such penchant for ignorance and expect to…

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2018 Budget: The prospects, the fears

The President on Tuesday November 7 presented to the joint session of the National Assembly the 2018 Budget Proposal of N8.6 trillion representing 16 per cent increase from last year’s estimate. It is good omen for this presentation to have taken place the way it did with banter and camaraderie because the story out there before the presentation was that the legislators were spoiling for a war waiting to heckle the President to enquire why they should sit through listening to another budget presentation when justice had not been done…

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PMB’s 2018 Budget: Where cometh our health?

Since attaining self-rule in 1960, Nigeria has made several attempts at enthroning virile democracy, with some always ending in a fiasco. But, the 4th Republic, which began on May 29, 1999, seems to have broken the jinx of longevity, though political observers contend that it is not yet Uhuru due to myriad of paradoxes. The Nigerian socio-economic and political landscape has journeyed from Obasanjo’s “reform agenda” to Yar’Adua’s “seven-point agenda.” We have also had a “transformation agenda” under Jonathan, and presently we have Buhari’s “change agenda.” Are these just name…

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Russia 2018: Bailey, Zaha aim to clinch ticket for Elephant

Nigeria and Egypt were the two countries that confirmed a place in Russia 2018 World Cup before the last match day which is this weekend. Cote d’Ivoire are one of the big teams on the continent and they will have to bag the maximum points against Morocco to pick a ticket to the Mundial. Eric Bailey of Manchester United and Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace are expected to play a key roles in the quest of the Elephant. Both players just returned from injury for their respective team in the…

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