Karamajiji: A forgotten beggars’ colony

Some years ago, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nasir el-Rufai considered beggars a nuisance on the streets of Abuja and decided to forcefully evacuate them to a “special location”. The idea was to give Abuja, the Capital City, a facelift. However, many years after, the vision appears to have been derailed. CALEB ONWE reports     Karamajiji, a sprawling ghetto is home to both Gwari aborigines and other tribes, especially, low income earners. It is hidden right behind the National Military Cemetery, a few metres…

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EFCC, humongous money ‘discoveries’ and the continuous entertaining circus shows (Part 1)

INTRODUCTION The farcical story that NIA, Nigeria’s external secret Police, has claimed ownership of the large haul of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m is heretic flapdoodle, bunkum, baloney, hogwash, poppycock and balderdash. Let this government and its minions credit Nigerians with some modicum of sense and capacity to reason, even with their valiant attempts to cow, browbeat and intimidate all opposition elements and critical voices in their so called anti-corruption war. At least, not even the terror halo cast on our individual and collective psyche has dulled our analytical minds. The…

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How Sparkling wine is made

We are still learning about how Sparkling wines are made. The base wine grapes are picked a bit younger to preserve acidity and fermented into a dry wine. The winemaker then takes the various base wines and blends them together into what the French call a ‘cuvée’, which is the final sparkling wine blend. Tirage yeast and sugars are added to the cuvée to start the second fermentation and the wines are bottled and topped with crown caps. The second fermentation takes place inside the bottle, which adds about 1.3%…

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I regret not fleeing with my daughter – Mother of Chibok girl

Mrs. Rebecca Samuel, mother of Sarah Samuel, one of the missing Chibok school girls, broke down in tears as she was overwhelmed by emotions during the lecture held to mark the 3rd Anniversary of the kidnap of the chibok girls. Onwuka Nzeshi caught up with her at the foyer of the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton, and asked her a few questions Where were you at the time your daughter was abducted? I was in Abuja. You mean you have always lived in Abuja? No. I came to Abuja, but it…

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EPL: Palace hold Leicester; Everton beat Burnley; Hull, Swansea lose

Crystal Palace edged further towards Premier League survival as they fought back from two goals down in an absorbing draw with Leicester at Selhurst Park. The Foxes took the lead on six minutes as the hosts’ lax defending allowed Robert Huth to rise and head in Christian Fuchs’ long throw. Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare had opted not to rest the majority of his stars before Tuesday’s Champions League return against Atletico Madrid, and was vindicated when Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy combined to make it 2-0. The visitors broke from…

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