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July 12, 2017

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NIGERIA: Senate President, Saraki/ Abba Kyari’s purported power game to throw Nigeria into chaos – Tola Adenle

Nigerian websites and even some foreign ones have lit up lately as hopes for return of President Buhari from his  very long and unusual leave have dimmed. Is Buhari dead; Buhari is dead, and it is de ja vu as Buhari’s long illness brings back memories of Yar Adua’s illness, et cetera are headlines or secondary titles as […]

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July 11, 2017

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FAMILY PLANNING: IRETI EDA” Radio Program Returns

Originally posted on Adejokeiyabadan's Blog:
“IRETI EDA” Radio Program Returns: Weekly Program to Air in Oyo State   The “Get It Together” Campaign, led by the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative 2 (NURHI 2), will launch 26 new episodes of their weekly radio program – Ireti Eda – during the week of July 14,…

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July 9, 2017

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Want to teach your kids self-control? Ask a Cameroonian farmer – [US] National Public Radio

  STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let’s ask what a classic test of child psychology shows in a different culture – a test of self-control which involves being presented with a tasty marshmallow, which you’re not supposed to eat. Researchers found a culture where kids demonstrate almost unbelievable self-control. Here’s NPR’s Micaeleen Doucleff. MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF, BYLINE: A […]

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July 7, 2017

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Obit: Maitama Sule, one of rarest of Nigerian politicians, dead at 89 – Tola Adenle

I have no house in Abuja, none in Lagos, none in Kaduna – Maitama Sule, Erudite & Nationalist Nigerian, in a SUN interview.  How many Nigerians who held posts below his landmark achievements can say that! TOLA.   I had never written anything on Alhaji Maitama Sule, a man who was rare among Nigerian politicians (a […]

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July 5, 2017

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T r u m p ’ s L i e s, the Definitive List – David Leonhardt & Stuart A. Thompson/New York Times

  FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, JUNE 23, 2017.   Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump’s lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath […]

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July 4, 2017

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US Visa Reject, Khadijatou Gassam: “… disappointed not representing The Gambia to ‘show the world [that] ‘yes, we can do it'” -Azad Essa & Colin Baker/al Jazeera

I watched a program on al jazeera recently showing the all-girls Afghanistan team to the Robotic Competition who were denied visas to the same competition. To think Afghanistan is a country where girls’ education is not only frowned upon but enforced by formal and societal forces makes the particular case very sad. TOLA. PHOTO CREDIT: […]

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June 21, 2017

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USA: Fish rotting from head downwards calls for Democrats framing ALL elections around President Trump & Republicans – Tola Adenle

This is definitely Monday morning quarterback(ing) as there’s no other way to look at an election that came tantalizingly close than looking back at what should have been the route to take. Handel, who is now headed to Washington to represent Georgia State’s 6th District in the House of Representatives stayed away as much as […]

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June 13, 2017

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Language, politics and historical cleavages in Yoruba’s continued search for unity – Niyi Akinnaso

The subject of Yoruba unity – actually, the lack of, and need for it – came up again at a recent public lecture given by a social commentator, Professor Niyi Akinnaso, as one of the events to mark the 90th birthday of Samuel Agboola Akintan, a traditional title holder of Idanre, the Ojomu of Idanreland. […]

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June 6, 2017

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These times call for courageous voices that “Terror will continue until Islam is reformed” & “Islam must undergo painful theological scholarship” – Tola Adenle

These times call for a departure from the default mode of dealing with terrorism by Islamic extremists: near-denying of the role played by Islamic teachings and practices that have led to people resorting to violence to right “injustices” against Christians in the Western world as well as in places far removed from the births of […]

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June 3, 2017

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All hail – yet – another Indian-American, 12 year-old Ananya Vina, wins 2017 Scripps Spelling Bee! – Tola Adenle

Ndian   Photo Credit:  Times of India   As a fan of the annual National Geographic Scripps Spelling Bee Competition, my heart, despite the fact that I would not have wagered in her favor for a couple of reasons, was always with home-schooled Edith Fuller, the little Oklahoman girl. A sure contender for a not too-distant […]

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