In honour of General Adeyinka Adebayo

My earliest sense of identity and kinship as an Ekiti man stemmed from studying the lives and public careers of illustrious men and women from the land of honour. One of such was the late General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo (Rtd.). It was from men and women of his ilk that I learnt and imbibed our pristine values of integrity, diligence and selfless service. I was born about the time the dear departed was at the peak of his professional calling as a military man. I recall that as a primary…

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The city of allure, sin, gambling

I’m a Christian, a firm believer in God and His majestic power to order the affairs of man on this plane of existence according to His perfect will. It, therefore, goes without saying that I’m also a firm believer in providence, which Wikipedia describes as “the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.” It was this providence that, once again, catapulted me to Las Vegas, in the state of Nevada from December 20, 2016, to January 30, 2017. In case, you have forgotten,…

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Ambode, the consolidator in the time of famine

His defining moment came when he was sworn in as the 4th democratically elected governor of Nigeria’s Centre of Excellence and Africa’s ever ebullient commercial hub, Lagos State. That was precisely on May 29, 2015 after the two-horse, riveting race between him, the gubernatorial flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). A lot of water, as the wise ones say has gone under the bridge ever since. But this piece is not all about his modest achievements within a short span of…

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DTN @ 91: Babatunde Jose and state of the nation

In seeking pragmatic solutions to the national questions of accountable leadership; vision, commitment to service, probity and altruism, we should draw inspiration from the illustrious lives of the few patriots who walked this way before us. Undoubtedly, Alhaji Babatunde Jose (of blessed memory) was one of them. The doyen of Nigeria’s print journalism, who rose through the ranks from the low rung in the mid ‘40s to become the news editor in 1956, editor in 1957 and subsequently, the managing director and chairman of the Daily Times conglomerate once described…

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The wedding parties and Dino’s circus show

“Uncle, last weekend was aexciting.” “How do you mean, Chucks?” “The wedding parties sir.” “Oh! You meant that Nigerian film? But it’s ‘The wedding party’ not parties. So, you went to a cinema to see the film?” “No sir! I am talking about the wedding in Minna last week Friday and the one in Lagos on Saturday.” “Oh! I see. The IBB’s daughter’s wedding in Minna and the one by ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s son and baba Ijebu Kessington Adebutu’s daughter in Lagos. Two society weddings of two Generals and former…

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Jose Mourinho’s big Stockholm gamble

Loved and loathed in almost equal measure, Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford was viewed by the Manchester United hierarchy as the man to once again bring the glory days back to the Theatre of Dreams, which has not enjoyed much happiness since the departure of their long-serving manager, Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. The Scotsman, who revived a fallen giant during his 27-year reign as United supremo, also struggled in his early years at the Theatre of Dreams with reports suggesting that Red Devils’ bigwigs had lost faith in…

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Protect your spouse from suicide (part 1)

In recent months, the media has been awash with reports of people either committing suicide or attempting to do so. Suicide is the act of killing yourself intentionally or causing your own defeat for various reasons, most of which are yet to be confirmed by investigations. It is only a thorough scientific research that can establish whether or not there is a link between suicidal incidents and marital relationships. There are suicides that are not pre-planned but occur following a bad news or negative discovery that affect self esteem. However,…

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