Interview

As the news of Fulani attackers in Igboland filters through the internet, this writer called a few friends to find out their reactions. The purpose of this write up is to report on how some Nigerians reacted to Fulani herders/murderers who are terrorizing citizens of Southern Nigeria. Conversations were held with a fearful Owerri woman whose account I didn’t bother to write down in details because she wasn’t able to make much sense; my secondary school classmate who was a Nigerian Ambassador retiring in Plateau State; my old New York Igbo friend who calls himself a political philosopher (sometimes, Emeka…
Sunday, 02 August 2015 12:40

Isn't Lagos a No-Man's Land

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Is Lagos a no-man land? I have asked several Nigerians this question as a joke and also in all seriousness. Was Lagos ever a no-man’s land? Is Lagos becoming a no-man’s land? Many Nigerians have weighed in on this controversy. Some have done so angrily. Others are hiding their emotions. I am finding out that jokes serve some useful purpose in life. I am also finding out that every joke has a truth in it. A joke is told to reduce the poisonous impact what is to follow may have on the hearer or hearers. Now, I understand why fool…
As the debate over the deportation of some Igbo from Lagos rages, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in this interview tells ALLWELL OKPI that the city was built by the Yoruba and not the Igbo Your articles on the issues arising from the deportation of some Igbo from Lagos to Onitsha have generated much reactions. What exactly did you hope to achieve with those write ups? It’s perfectly natural for write ups that are of historical nature; that seek to bring to the fore and to public attention events in our history to attract various reactions. My purpose…
Dr. Omolade Adunbi is a political anthropologist and an Assistant Professor at the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. In this interview with Chido Onumah, he examines corruption, the national question, and political violence in Nigeria amongst other national issues. •What is your assessment of the current situation in Nigeria? Nigeria is in a state of rot. A rot caused by being held hostage by a cabal that is bent on destroying the country. A lens through which to see Nigeria is that of a sick person who suddenly found himself in…
Suge Green: We're bringing on the author of the very hot book JERSEY BOY: The Life and Mob Slaying of Frankie DePaula. Please welcome to On the Grind Boxing, Ade Makinde. Ade, welcome to On the Grind Boxing Adeyinka Makinde: Hello, thank you very much Suge Green: It's a pleasure to have you here. We know you penned a very interesting story. A lot of people may not be up on these events because they're not exactly current events. They go back into the past. A little bit of boxing history, a little bit of Mob history and a little…
By Kate Halim Amara Blessing Nwosu is one woman whose life and writings courts controversies and she equally enjoys them. Having gone through a horrible marital experience after she was given out in marriage at 17, her decision to take a walk has generated so much controversy because of her being a relationship coach. She tells you "people show openly that they have no faith in me because to them, I couldn't even keep my marriage." In a recent interview with Daily Sun, Nwosu revealed the wrong reasons for getting married, she also spoke on her NGO, Dorcas Generation Initiative.…
Dr. Valentine Ojo, economist and social critic in this interview with KAMAL TAYO OROPO identified areas of waste in the 2012 Appropriation Bill and proffered ways to curb high cost of governance and waste in the system. DO you agree that there are areas of waste in the budget? Unquestionably, there are too many areas of waste in the budget. Nigeria’s bureaucracy and presidential system are simply too top heavy. Nigeria’s politicians – from the Presidency right down to the Local Government level and everything in-between, are about the highest remunerated political office holders in the world, to the point…
Interview with Isaac Osuoka by Chido Onumah “People in the Niger Delta now recognize that Jonathan is a waste of time” – Isaac Osuoka As Nigerians from all walks of life gear up for the beginning of the “mother of all protests” on Monday, January 9, 2012, over increase in fuel price, journalist and author of Time to Reclaim Nigeria, Chido Onumah, interviewed Isaac Osuoka, director of Social Action and one of the leaders of civil society in Nigeria. Osuoka has been active in the country’s pro-democracy and Niger Delta peoples movements. He was one of the founders of the…
Thursday, 15 December 2011 07:20

Chido Onumah : Author Time to reclaim Nigeria

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A book Time to reclaim Nigeria will be presented to the public on Thursday December 15, 2011. The book is a collection of articles written over ten years on issues such as the trouble with Nigeria, President Jonathan’s insincerity, and National Assembly’s hypocrisy on the anti-gay bill. Sani Tukur of Premium Times had a chat with the author Chido Onumah and below is the excerpt. Q Your book is titled,’ Time to Reclaim Nigeria’. To reclaim Nigeria from who? A. We need to reclaim Nigeria from those who have held the country hostage for 50 years. We need to reclaim…
Monday, 12 December 2011 08:43

Ojukwu's Death, Not End of Biafran Dream

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Interview Though at the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war, the Federal Government of Nigeria declared that there was No Victor and No Vanquished, Chief (Colonel) Joseph Achuzia was imprisoned for seven years after the war. During the Nigerian civil war, he was commonly known as Air Raid among Biafran soldiers. An engineer and former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief (Colonel) Joseph Achuzia spoke with South East Bureau Chief, TONY ITA ETIM on demise of the Commander-In-Chief of the Biafran Armed Forces, General Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who was two years his senior at Kings College, Lagos. Excerpts: Can you tell…
“I’m Bullish on Nigerian Small Businesses”- Charles Ike Okwuobi, CEO, GoGagga The global recession of 2008 has changed the face of business. In North America, banks now actively deploy out-of-the-box Aggregators as solutions to Small Business Wealth Management & Personal Financial Planning. The growth of the Nigerian mobile market, with over 90 million subscribers, as well as the evolution of the Nigerian economy around small businesses - with at least one family member running a small business or being self-employed, has led to innovation in Mobile Technology Aggregator solutions to empower small businesses and facilitate their growth. GoGagga Corp of…
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie My Book Should Provoke A Conversation —Chimamanda Ngozi In her latest novel, Half of A Yellow Sun (London: Fourth Estate, 2006) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 29, bravely takes on the subject of the Nigerian Civil War, encountering the ordinary people who lived through the tragedies of that dark era of Nigeria's history. After her highly successful debut novel, Purple Hibiscus (Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003) - which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2004 (Best Debut Fiction Category); Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2005, Best First Book (Africa Region); Commonwealth Writers' Prize…
Monday, 17 October 2011 10:34

Omoyele Sowore of Saharareporters

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'I have almost 200 people reporting for me all over Nigeria' By Shola Oshunkeye Wednesday, July 13, 2011 He hit the nation's consciousness, and headlines, with his fiery activism when he led the Students Union Government of the University of Lagos, Akoka, between 1992 and 1994. Since that baptism of fire, which peaked with the relentless national and global agitation for the revalidation of the June 12, 1993 presidential vote, won by the late Bashorun M. K. O Abiola, Omoyele Sowore never looked back. While most of his colleagues chose the glittering broad way of life, the Ondo State-born activist…