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Monday, Oct 13

The engineering of change

I’m very much interested in how societies change, over time, for better or for worse. How for example did Nigeria become a country of 419-ers, or Yahoo-Yahoo youths? How did we manage to become a country that, as a friend of mine pointed out over the weekend, successfully divorced morality from religion?

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Monday, Oct 06

Ebola: Who deserves the credit for Nigeria’s success?

I find it sad that President Goodluck Jonathan, in his Independence Day speech, appeared to singlehandedly claim the glory for Nigeria’s containment of the Ebola threat, by telling us that his “directives to the Federal Ministry of Health saw the ministry leading the charge in curtailing the spread of this deadly scourge and managing its impact”

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Monday, Sep 29

The Internet is here to change the rules

I like the way the Internet intrudes, without warning or apology. Days ago, in a small town in the south west of England, I sought a hotel room, last minute, as I often find myself doing. I tried my luck by showing up at the front desk of some fancy hotel in the middle of the town, but it was beyond my budget.

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Monday, Sep 22

Synagogue building collapse offers an opportunity

The world is rightly outraged at the building collapse in Lagos, just as it was in April when more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok, Borno State. But in both cases, outsiders don’t seem to have realised that these tragedies are a way of life in Nigeria.

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Monday, Sep 15

The ideal Nigerian president

It all started when Nigerians woke up one recent fictional morning to find the newspapers full of adverts by a group that called itself the Sensible Nigeria Coalition. The adverts called for a citizen-led National Conference at which Nigerians would debate and determine the most important qualities needed in the “Ideal Candidate” for the Presidency of their country.

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Monday, Sep 08

A day in the President’s life

The President wakes up. He slept very late last night. It is in the nature of the calling – a series of late-night meetings that stretch well into the next day. Last night, there was the one with the two friendly state governors, who brought a list of allegedly disloyal ministers.

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