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How to tackle corruption



Book title: Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Solutions

Editor: Yusuf O. Ali, S.A.N.

Pages: 468

Reviewer: Seyi Shodipo

This book ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’ by Yusuf O. Ali, SAN, is a master piece that must be read. I read through from chapter one to the last chapter and could not see a chapter that is not useful to all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora. The inspiration behind writing this book is superb as all the contributors wield words together to tackle the menace of corruption, which has eaten deep into the fabric of the nation’s social, political, cultural and religious lives which calls for questions on the moral rectitude of the institutions of governance in Nigeria. As the editor and author aptly put it in the preface of the book, “Together, we have set out to answer the questions posed by corruption. We have not only dealt with the subject of corruption in full, we also proceeded to proffer suggestions towards finding solution on how to tackle and eradicate the menace”.

Yusuf Ali, SAN, equally described corruption as hydra-headed monster, which has ravaged our country, Nigeria.

The scholastic endeavour can change the socio-cultural milieu of all Nigerians if all the remedies provided by these contributors can be put into practice. In fact, I am the better for it, when I browse through the book extensively during my study hour.

In the first chapter of the book, Yusuf Ali delves into definition of corruption and its various species like breach of trust, nepotism, influence peddling and so on; and equally states the causes and the historical background of corruption in Nigeria and the way forward on this endemic disease.

In the concluding part of chapter one, I quite agree with the author that the truth seems to remain that however comprehensive law enforcement agencies may be, whatever fear factor law agencies may deploy as weapon in the anti-corruption warfare, the principal weapon against corruption is people with high personal moral standard and a disdain for crass materialism.

Chapter 4 deals with the role of the youth in combating the monster called corruption. This, the author says, the parents and guardians must be role models in all they do.

Chapter 5 of the book deals with the fight against corruption which he looked at from the perspective of sharia law as a model to suppress corruption in Nigeria.

Chapter 6 is a comprehensive examination of the issue of corruption vis-a-vis the role of the Bar and how it can be combated, using the law to forestall sanity in the country, Nigeria.

The two preceding chapters are what the various political parties in Nigeria have done in the fight against corruption in Nigeria by setting up various anti-graft agencies and whether these agencies are independent or not.

Chapters 9 and 11 deal with the challenges of sectional fight against corruption in Nigeria and legislative advocacy to combat corruption.

The final part of the book is a critical thrust on how corruption can be seriously dealt with in Nigeria. This, the writer says, “Concerned patriots must search for ways of taming corruption before it brings the nation to a calamitous disintegration”.

The book, ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’ is a critical view of the author on corruption, an issue that must be tackled headlong if we are as a nation. The book does not only discuss the problems, it also to proffer some solutions and recommendations, which if some are strictly adhered to, will make Nigeria better than we have met it.

In conclusion, this scholastic endeavor, ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’, by Yusuf Ali, must not be judged by its cover as its thematic concern is a serious discourse that must not be toyed with looking at the state of things in this nation.

Yusuf Ali is seen here taking a cursory look at his environment and thought that one of the ways to checkmate corruption in Nigeria is by putting pen to paper and discuss the issue and proffer some reasonable recommendations to all and sundry.

Yusuf O. Ali, SAN is a consummate legal practitioner and teacher of the law practice with experience spanning more than three decades. He attended the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) for his first degree and graduated with a second class upper division in 1982. He also made a second class in the class of 1983 in the Nigeria law school. He went back to the institution for his master of law degree in 1991.

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Values, morality as panacea for unity, development



Title: Music of the Muezzin
Author: R. Adebayo Lawal
Publisher: Kraftgriots
Year of Publication: 2014
Pages: 60
Reviewer: Mahfouz A. Adedimeji


Against the sorry state of our world that has lost its moorings, resulting in the Hobbesian conception of life as being “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short,” Adebayo Lawal in his second collection of poems, Music of the Muezzin, offers us a way out of the miasma. Through a blending of soulful sounds, delicious lines of pure poetry that offer us sense from the pervading nonsense beclouding our global horizons, the poet draws our attention to the need to uphold morality and promote character in our lives.


Basically, Music of the Muezzin is a collection of 38 poems divided into six unequal parts: “Pro-Song: Symphony of the Lonesome Lark”, “Invocation: the Cock’s Mystical Music,” “Smiles of Sorrow,” “Exhortation: Cryptic Clauses of Counsel”, “The Snail’s Courage” and “Epi-Songs: True Time is but Timelessness”. As common to most works of poetry, the themes are as diverse as the poems artistically woven in the compelling collection, but one thesis that reverberates across the work is the need for values and morality in our society. This the author does by distilling messages that tantalize or religious, moral, cultural and ethical sensibilities.


The first poem in the collection is the “eponymous” poem (i.e. the poem that gives the collection its title) where the poet explains the impact of the muezzin’s call to prayer on him. The rationale for putting the poem first is most likely informed by the fact that when a baby is born in Islam, the first thing he hears is the adhan or call to prayer. We then have the poet’s interpretation of the magnificence of His Creator, Whose majesty he celebrates in “The paradox of your presence” (p.12).


However, the first two parts are not about Islam and faith alone. There is a striking poem, “Lines for a don”, dedicated to his teacher, Prof. David William, with which the poet decries the decline in the academics, which is of interest to every lecturer or don. In his usual inter-lock of sense with sound, a major stylistic feature of the collection, our poet takes a swipe at academic shoddiness and intellectual laziness, a cankerworm that seems to have seeped, or sneaked like a thief in the night, into our ivory towers. The sense is compelling in describing various types of dons in lovely lines and repetitive sonority before upholding the standard as symbolised by the teacher: “There are dunces / And there are dons. / Dons by distinction, / Dons by connection / Dons by compassion / Dons by constipation. / The mafia don, / Done by cruel connection, / Is the Don Juan / Thriving on a code of terror.” … (p.20)


There are interesting poems in Part Three, which begins with “The multinational tycoon’s theory”, a witty and humorless poem that ascribes the black man’s tragedy to the accident of creation. He lampoons the archetypal politician in our era of politics without principle describing him in powerful imagery using the bat metaphor: “Bird by day/ Rat by night/ The bat vies with the vulture/ And races with the rodent.” (p.25).

In “Damsel of the ivory tower” (p.31) and “City damsel” (p.32), Lawal has urgent and pungent messages for the students who waste their present and future on illicit sexual adventures.


For the latter poem (i.e. “City damsel”) that exploits the computer imagery, the warning to men is that the city damsel is not more than a lovely laptop with a caveat: when you “insert a randy flash-drive / You end up with a vicious virus” (p.31).


The third part under consideration contains the longest poem in the collection, “Smiles of sorrow” (p.34), which drives home the need for character and morality in our society.


In Parts Four and Five, the author offers antidotes to our troubled and troubling times while canvassing the virtues of love (i.e. “True love”(p.38); “We are all one” (p.39)) reason (“Who are you? (p.40); “Rat race or human race? (p.41)), religious tolerance and righteousness (i.e. “The cannibals” (p.42), “The bubble shall burst” (p.48), “Blessed are they” (p.52)) and other poems of similar thematic concerns. There are also well-crafted poems in this section like “Ilorin” (p.45) which offers a food-for-thought that everyone would like to relish and “In the long run” (p.47) which gives poetic expression to the maxim, “Justice delayed is justice denied.”


Generally, this collection is “larger than its frame” in terms of the profundity of the timeless messages that make good sense for our troubled season in a world that is going amok. It is a call to action to eschew what is morally bad, religiously sinful and ethically repugnant in our day-to-day interactions.

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Sam Dede supports PHLS Poetry Slam



The PHLS Poetry Slam has received a major boost from acclaimed and award-winning actor, Dr. Sam Dede, with the institution of the Sam Dede Prize for Best Spoken Word Artist.


Dede made the announcement in Port Harcourt when he spoke with the Resident Poet of the Port Harcourt Literary Society, Chijioke Amu-Nnadi. He commended the Society for energizing literature in Port Harcourt.


“What you guys are doing is quite remarkable and deserves the support of every well-meaning artist and sponsor of the arts,” Dede said.


The actor, whose inspiring performance in Isakaba earned him Africa’s top acting honours, stated that the Prize comes with cash and a plaque.

The Sam Dede Prize is in addition to the N100,000 already set aside by the Society for the winner of the PHLS Poetry Slam. Other prizes are N75,000 for first runner-up and N50,000 for the second runner-up. A fourth prize of N25,000 will go to the best Spoken Word poet from one of the secondary schools which have benefited from the Society’s monthly PHLS Literature for Teens programme.


The PHLS Poetry Slam, already described as Nigeria’s biggest Poetry Slam, will be judged by award-winning poets, Efe Paul Azino, Andrew Patience, Obii Ifejika and Graciano Enwerem.

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Bwl agency awarded best public relation in Western Africa at Sabre awards



Agency, founded by 30-year-old Ronke BamIsedun have surfaced as winners of The Gold SABRE Award for Public Relations campaigns in
Western Africa and have been awarded two certificates of excellence in two categories.

They were also shortlisted alongside some of the largest brands and agencies in the world for The Platinum SABRE Award for Best in show, the highest category of the award.

BWL is a strategic brand development company composed of a team of young, hard-working, bold communication consultants who build brands and help them deliver compelling campaigns that cut through the noise. An exclusive affiliate of top global communications
agency GRAYLING.

Their unique disruptive campaign for Jameson Connects Nigeria secured them The Gold SABRE Awards and The Platinum SABRE Award shortlist, whilst the fun curiosity led FOLLOW THE SWIFT campaign for Martell Cognac earned them certificates of excellence in the practice area categories: Marketing to consumers (new product) and Food and beverage.

The SABRE (Superior Achievement in Branding, Reputation & Engagement) Awards is the world’s biggest Public Relations Awards Program, dedicated to benchmarking the best PR work from across the globe. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, May 10 th in Gaborone, Botswana. The gala dinner was part of the African Public Relations Association’s annual conference.

Present to receive the award and certificates of Excellence at the gala dinner, was Ronke Bamisedun Founder of BWL and a member of the elite 2018 class of Forbes 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa under 30 says “We are ecstatic and humbled with our Gold SABRE Award and Excellence Certificates.

This amazing accomplishment has been a great positive reinforcement for my team and I, further emphasizing BWL as a company, albeit small, that can transcend borders, disciplines and compete with the largest PR firms in the world”.

BWL have also been shortlisted as finalists for the Upcoming SABRE EMEA, nominated for The Gold SABRE AWARD under the geographical category of Africa. The 2018 EMEA SABRE Awards shortlist was selected from over 2,500 global entries. The competition recognizes “Superior Achievement in Branding, Reputation and Engagement”.

The winner of this award will be announced on Saturday May 23 rd at the annual awards dinner in Amsterdam.

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