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Two things come to mind after reading Alex Von Tunzelmangripping tale of United States decades cum centuries-long foreign policy towards its neighbours in the Caribbean. First is the overly used truism attributed to the philosopher George Santayana that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", and secondly, the "Ugly American", a catchphrase derived from a 1950s-era novel penned jointly by Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer. That the policies and actions of the United States of America should be consistently scrutinized and often-times be subjected to the most devastating sort of criticism is no surprise given…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 03:57

Poeticizing Kidnapping

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 Poeticizing Kidnapping on Chidi Anthony Opara's "Degenerates Pound Our Polity Polluted"     Beautiful. Sad. Moving. Poignant. I find the last two lines particularly striking: "Pardoned kidnappers Cruise in our capital city, Cuddling ransoms, We supplicate in shackles." The image of kidnappers "cuddling" ransoms rings out in its suggestion of tenderness. Yet, in a manner that suggests the ludicrous, it contrasts with their characterization as kidnappers. The kidnapper is characterized through the action of "cuddling" the proceeds of their kidnapping. This correlation of the physically, psychologically and socially violent criminal action of kidnapping with the tenderness evoked by "cuddling", evokes…
Monday, 05 September 2011 22:55

Back-To-School Celebrations

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It has never hit me like this before. All of a sudden church pews became empty, and I could not but try to remember who loved to seat where! I had given back-to-school gifts for many of our friends, especially those who have great aunties and uncles to my little all summer holidays long. So, we knew it will happen, but I never thought that the transitions will impact individuals in so many different ways as we now witness. One parent was so excited that he would have to pay less in utility bills for a minute. Another parent was…
This essay asked the question that many Nigerians probably ask: would you prefer a Nigerian professional to professionals from the other races to provide the services that you desire? If the answer is no, as it probably is, why is it the case that Nigerian professionals are third rate? What can be done to make them first rate. The paper asked questions without proffering answers. You, the reader, could provide the needed answers! Over the weekend I told a friend that a cousin’s wife recently died after she had gone into diabetic coma and was rushed to a hospital at…