Our nineteenth birthday
Today marks the 19th birthday of our Fourth Republic. This is the longest run we have had as a democratic nation. When compared to the three dead republics this is a marathon. The First Republic lasted for five years, the second for four years and three months, while the Third Republic, more like a joke....
Death penalty: Not dead yet
Amnesty International, the libertarian crusader for near-absolute rights, has just released its 2017 annual report on capital punishment aka death penalty. It thinks the world is making progress, although slow, towards abolishing the death penalty.
Obono-Obla’s bla bla bla
Someone copied this message to my daughter: “Ray Ekpu made a confession that startled everybody present. He pointedly said the media would never support PMB’s regime because all media houses that collected huge sums of public funds from Jonathan’s regime were compelled to refund what was given to them by PMB. He said that is…
Nigeria an outstanding example of leadership failure, says Ekpu
Former chief executive officer of Newswatch Communications Limited, Ray Ekpu, has said Nigeria would not rise above poverty, ignorance and underdevelopment, which had undermined its citizens, until the country’s leadership selection process was reformed. He said the country was heading closer to doom as it continues to rely on crude oil as the only source…
For several weeks I could not decide whether or not to put my foot at the door of the serpent. I did not join the ongoing serpentine conversation...
NB celebrates media excellence at Golden Pen Award
Nigerian Breweries Plc recently celebrated outstanding journalism practice at the ninth edition of its Golden Pen Awards, which took place in Lagos.
Local government autonomy, the NASS doth-no-wrong
Abrasive verbal conflicts often arise on account of differential meanings we assign to either the word or the word group. Vagueness of meaning leads to cloudiness of thoughts.
Ekpu heads NGE’s electoral panel for April 28 biennial convention
Ahead of its biennial convention, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) yesterday inaugurated a five-man electoral committee to supervise the election of a new executive on April 28 to 30 in Lagos.
History, not Ekpu’s verdict, will be kind to Aregbesola
I have been reading Ray Ekpu’s column since the 1970s when he was at the Daily Times and I literarily went with him as his journalism career coursed through National Concord before berthing at Newswatch. I was embittered when the Newswatch dream died and became happy again when he started writing for The Guardian. He’s…