Olabimtan: Dossier of a quintessential leader at 60

For Victor Adekanye Olabimtan, a veteran classroom teacher, lover of the lower class, compassionate humanitarian, valiant comrade and grassroots politician, who turns 60 today, God has been most kind and humane to him. An indigene of Supare-Akoko in the present day Akoko South West Local Government area of Ondo State, Olabimtan has been a blessing and God sent to his community, state and the nation of Nigeria at large. The man had always had the “fire” in him since his days as an undergraduate at the prestigious University of Lagos,…

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Nigeria: One step forward 10 others backwards!

Recently, on the cover of the New Telegraph were two pungent pictures supported by two equally captivating captions with the screaming headline: “The struggle… before admission, after graduation”. One of the captions said: “University Matriculation Examination applicants struggling to register at Digital Bridge Institute, while the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede (right) looks on in Abuja …yesterday,” while the caption of the second photograph had: “A cross section of applicants for the Nigerian Railway Corporation’s recruitment examination at Ibadan station”. One theme common to both…

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Balancing your wellness dimensions

Emotional wellness is that state where you understand your feelings, react appropriately and know how to effectively cope with stress when it shows up. This can be easily done by paying attention to self, knowing when to relax, staying calm to reduce stress levels and building inner resources through experiences. Roadmap to Emotional Wellness •Always Stay Positive – be optimistic with everything. • Show Your Emotions – don’t be afraid to show your emotions just be careful in choosing whose presence. Cry when you feel sad, smile when you feel…

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Define your relationships

A premarital relationship between two people of the opposite sex is sensitive and most times, contentious because of human nature, perceptive patterns, psychological and physiological make-up. In this era of rampant cases of rape, infidelity and unfaithfulness, it has become expedient to embrace wisdom in relationship involvements. To avoid marriage-related mistakes therefore, every relationship with an opposite sex, who is not a blood relative must be defined and operated as defined. It is difficult for a prostitute to maintain a successful marital relationship because of one reason. The prostitute bases…

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Egbinrin ote… as Nigeria’s metaphor

Bitter melon is an edible medicinal fruit found in Asia, Africa and parts of the Carribean. Its biological name is Momordica charantia but is commonly known in different parts of the world as: bitter melon, bitter gourd, balsam, bitter apple and carilla fruit. As the name suggests, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth because of its bitterness. However, it has a very long history of use in China and its efficacy has attested to the belief particularly among traditional healers that bitter foods tend to clean the body…

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A forced visit to Kumapayi’s barber’s shop

once had an encounter with a cantankerous Federal Road Safety Corps member some years back. He was of the rank and file. The guy who drove my car didn’t use the seat-belt, a punishable traffic offence. I sat beside the driver. I can’t remember any time, I failed to use the seat-belt either when driving or being driven. I also call people’s attention to it whenever they didn’t use their seat-belts. But on this particular day, I think it was an inadvertent error on the part of the guy who…

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Atinuke’s journey to wellness (2)

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK     So she had the baby couple of weeks after Taiwo left. With no family or friends around, she had to rely on the hospital support system. A doula was hired for her while she was in labour and even after having the baby the hospital had to keep her there for couple of days more while working on a postpartum support system for her. After staying in the hospital for about a week, she was eventually released to go home. An elderly woman, Mrs….

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