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Nigeria: The disappearing Naira, a revisit – Tola Adenle

August 15, 2016

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The first essay was first written for my Sunday column in The Comet on Sunday  on October 16, 2003 as one in a series of Letters to My Niece – a mythical creation – under the title, A Nostalgic longing for our “mentors”.  [The Comet later metamorphosed into The Nation.] I updated the essay before posting it here for the first time […]

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Buhari’s War on Corruption: “I do not owe anybody”: bank debtors’ semantic gymnastics revisited – Tola Adenle

August 5, 2015

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With Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) knocking on bank debtors’ doors as proxy for the retired General on his War on Corruption,through the who-me(?) template seems being dusted for use as was done in the not-distant past. The name-them-shame-them approach of Nigeria’s President Buhari seems to be resurrecting words that were offered during the last bank […]

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Nigeria & the way forward (11, and Final in series): The State level has held Nigeria’s “great leap forward”, back since 1999 – Tola Adenle

June 19, 2015

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This title may be deceptive but it’s not deliberate.  This is NOT to exonerate former presidents who had the opportunity, especially, retired General Obasanjo (rGO) to set the examples from the top which is from where best practices must flow.  While Nigeria has not had the good luck of any of those who have occupied […]

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The Road Ahead for Nigeria (1) – A troubling trend: Letter to President Obasanjo – Tola Adenle

April 8, 2015

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Having re-run five essays from the 2011 election cycle.  I hope to post two more, including something borrowed from way back that hacks to the time we were still respected, even courted, not for oil – which we did not yet have – and even though it was during the Cold War when Nigeria was […]

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A Letter to my niece: the writing life & saying ‘goodbye’ – Tola Adenle

November 11, 2014

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This essay was first published in the December 26, 2010 edition of The Nation on Sunday, a newspaper to which – with its older predecessor, The Comet on Sunday I contributed Sunday essays for about nine years. It was first blogged in emotanafricana.com on July 6, 2011, and with the essays’s popularity which started only […]

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The Abatis and Okupes in Yoruba’s usual political left-over post of “Federal” Akéde do not to the position come well-equipped – Tọla Adenle

July 30, 2014

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    When I heard of Doyin Okupe’s pronouncement in far-away England two weeks ago that most towns in Nigeria get at least NINE HOURS OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY EVERY DAY, I laughed not because it was funny but it was the kind of “laughter” that says in Oyo Yoruba, Ọ kare, onirọ́.  It shows the […]

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Who is afraid of Sowore? – Tola Adenle

December 25, 2013

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[This essay first appeared as “The President vs. Sowore” in The Nation on Sunday on December 17, 2006. It is used here under the title with which it was submitted … In a reference to “The President vs. Sowore essay, I used the original title because I could no longer find the actual newspaper clipping […]

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The march of the penguins: a return to the movies – Tola Adenle

December 23, 2013

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FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE COMET ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 2005. This title may not be that correct because I’ve not made a decision to start going to the movies, again. Even if I did, I am not sure there are movie houses in Nigeria any more where one can go for an evening out. I say […]

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A troubling trend: a letter to President Obasanjo – Tola Adenle

December 23, 2013

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[The following essay from 2003 was my first public expression of dissatisfaction with the presidency of retired General Obasanjo, a dissatisfaction that would grow and lead to many other write-ups with the president as main subject or as references. The last I read, the former president is still at it: we all know that his […]

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Of Blind & Citizens’ Trust – Tola Adenle

December 23, 2013

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[With President Jonathan’s public disclosure of his assets – and those of his wife – still pending, here is an essay from President Obasanjo era that shows the total disregard by Nigerian rulers to public opinion of the citizens they supposedly serve. While Obasanjo might have declared his assets at the beginning when he supposedly […]

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