Stomach infrastructure and Nigeria’s emergent political culture
One of the most interesting features of Nigeria’s political environment is the rate at which it generates concepts, idioms and neologisms that populate...
Remembering Bola Ige
Ethno-religious leanings or socio-political ideology notwithstanding, it is almost improbable for any society to underestimate the contributions of some people to the emancipation of its people and the realisation of the dream of its founding fathers.
When ex-governors gather
It is always an exciting atmosphere when the burden of the responsibility of office is laid aside and they can relax and they can shake hands hard, pat themselves on the back, cast jokes and exchange banters. It is when the burden of state matters eases and work no longer presses. That is when they…
Bola Ige, the predictor
Last Sunday, September 30, this year, marked exactly the 35th year that the first civilian governor of the old Oyo State, (present Oyo and Osun States) the late Chief ’Bola Ige, Senior Advocate of Nigerian (SAN) left office in a rather foggy circumstance. Foggy in the sense that happenings preceding the gazetted end of his…
Bola Ige: The Luminary SAN
James Ajibola Idowu Ige was born on this day in 1930 in Osun state. He spent his formative years in Kaduna before moving to the then-western region when he was 14. After his education at the University of Ibadan, he headed to the University College, London where he graduated with a Law degree in 1959.…
Remembering Bola Ige
Had he not been assassinated in his Bodija Housing Estate, Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria home, that Sunday, December 23, 2001, Chief ’Bola Ige, SAN, would have been 88 years old today. May his noble soul, continue to rest in peace. Amen. The late Chief Ige, better known and called Uncle ’Bola, was not only…
Elegy for a soul uncle
On Saturday, 23rd December this year, it will be 16 years that the late Chief ’Bola Ige, SAN, a former Governor of Old Oyo State and sitting Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was assassinated in his Bodija Estate, Ibadan home.
The length of life and power in Ifowodo’s A Good Mourning
Ogaga Ifowodo’s A Good Mourning (Origami, Lagos; 2016) is poetry that rouses Africa’s collective memory on some of its darkest past. His poetry, like history, reminds its readers of the recent past.
Giant strides of the Ajele
‘Ajele’ which the opposition has nicknamed him, Aregbesola is very proud of his relationship with the ‘Governor Emeritus’ of Lagos State, his leader and mentor.