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Has Putin’s assault on Ukraine’s power grid failed?

Ukrainians are enjoying the onset of spring. The nights are still cold, but they are emerging from a winter of Russian missile strikes that have cut their power, heating and their water too. The winter was very hard but it was now over, declared President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ukraine still had heat and the country was …

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Nigeria polo: The Kent University student with a mission

A childhood accident on horseback had left Nigerian Baba Ige terrified of horses. Not exactly the best start for an aspiring polo player – a sport that involves charging around on a horse while hitting a ball with a large mallet. But his father’s love of the sport finally drew the 20-year-old student in. Ige …

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The Magic of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Finally watched Black Panther: Wakanda Forever last night. Great acting by the cast, especially Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o. However, there is a huge hole in the movie without the late Chadwick Boseman, “the Black Panther” who passed on, sadly, two years ago at the young age of 46.  And how …

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Stop Raping Me!

(Nigeria at 62)     When the last white ship departed  You pounced on your unwedded bride: You tore my shivering legs wide  And your brutal violence started. As your guns kept cracking inside, Your sweet-nothings drew scalding tears: “I adore you, voluptuous bride!” Silly rhetoric whacked my ears. Your grandfathers you murdered As the …

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The late Adamu Yusuf

Remembering the late Adamu Yusuf (16th July, 1961 – 2nd August, 2007)

This man was appropriately described as a legend and “Mai halin Sardauna,” i.e. one who emulated the character of the Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello – in his caring for the well-being of his people. Adamu’s people were just like the Sardauna’s; they cut across tribes, religions, ages and other classes. He was friends …

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Balarabe Musa: Death of a Progressive

“…The man in question is a quintessentially honest Nigerian and patriot who is completely detribalised. His sound principles and strong moral character remain uncorrupted and unshaken, despite the general malaise and retrogressive tendencies that have engulfed our nation over the years: as a result of the general maladministration the country has been subjected to in …

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The late Dr. Muhammadu Uba Adamu (Kantoma)

The Man, Dr Muhammadu Uba Adamu (Kantoma), 1935-2020

The man, Dr. Muhammadu Uba Adamu, was one of the last men standing in the traditional northern Nigeria in the three areas of public service, scholarship and the arts. A historian, poet and ethnographer, he died suddenly at dusk in a Kano hospital on Monday, 27th April, 2020 as a result of age-related complications. A …

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The late Usama Saminu

How My Friend’s Soldier Son Was Killed

It happened three days ago. Yes, on Friday, 13th January. The boy soldier and some of his uniformed colleagues were in a hot pursuit of kidnappers in a bush off the Kaduna-Abuja highway, the thoroughfare that has for years become a Bermuda Triangle of sorts. They were pursuing them on motorbikes provided by the Army. …

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