The Yorùbá nation and Omolúwàbí renaming proposal

CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY My response is: What’s in a name? In what specific senses does a name or naming constitute a signpost to destiny and predestination? What causal effect does name achieve especially as the Christian bible suggest of Abram/ Abraham, Jacob/Israel or of Jabez renaming? To be mischievous, in what sense did the name “Wole Soyinka”, within the Christian or Yoruba thinking, contribute to the impeding or enhancing of Soyinka’s fame and fortune? My suspicion is that the Yoruba condition is deeper than a concern with the name we…

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Umahism: Good governance as a banner over opposition

All over the world, the preference for either two-party or multi-party system over one-party system is hinged on the necessity of opposition parties as catalysts for good governance in any given democratic setting. Apart from serving as an alternative platform for acquisition of political power, the basic roles of the opposition in a democracy are to cooperate with a focused administration or ruling party in the delivery of good governance to the citizenry; and to prevent a ruling party from derailing or straying away from its mandate of delivering good…

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The Yorùbá nation and Omolúwàbí renaming proposal

I have never hidden the fact that I am a proud Yoruba person who appreciates the cultural richness of the Yoruba people. For instance, I have been fascinated, right from my youth, about the accommodating capacity and the republican pedigree of the Yoruba and how this was demonstrated within the tiny geographical confines of Aáwé. This, in a manner that brings to light the seamless interwoven matrix that Ali Mazrui calls Africa’s ‘triple heritage’ of the traditional, the Islamic and the Judeo-Christian. I have a strong belief that my ecumenical…

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Is Ibrahim Magu a vindictive character?

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the Senate put on suspension for two weeks, the screening of 27 nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari, for the office of Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs). The decision was to protest the displeasure with the continued retention of Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as a result of his failure to get confirmation and approval from the Senate. It should be noted, however, that such confirmation is a mandatory oversight function of the legislative upper house. According to…

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Who owns the monies?

The late Sonny Okosun it was who crooned: “Who owns the land? I want to know who owns the land. Papa’s land; Papa’s land” Of course, Okosun’s was a rhetorical question because everyone knew who owns the land in question, that is, southern Africa, which at that time, was under colonial rule. The land belongs to the Black race but was taken over by the White colonial masters. The last of those countries, South Africa, got its Independence in 1994 and the whole of the region is now ruled by…

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Who owns the monies?

The late Sonny Okosun it was who crooned: “Who owns the land? I want to know who owns the land. Papa’s land; Papa’s land” Of course, Okosun’s was a rhetorical question because everyone knew who owns the land in question, that is, southern Africa, which at that time, was under colonial rule.The land belongs to the Black race but was taken over by the White colonial masters. The last of those countries, South Africa, got its Independence in 1994 and the whole of the region is now ruled by Black…

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Buhari’s health and absence at FEC meeting

Nearly a month of lull after his return from medical vacation to London on March 10, 2017, questions about President Muhammadu Buhari’s ill health resurfaced on Wednesday, April 12, in Abuja, and across the country, reviving imageries of him reportedly being vegetative, totally incapacitated, and even dead. That day, the president was absent from the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which he presides as the head of the Government of the Federation. Accounts in the media say the council members, mainly ministers, while expecting the president to…

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