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Dan Agbese

24 Dec 2021
The discerning knew it would come to these: that the electoral act bill sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent on which he sat for 30 days,  would once more come to grief; that the president who marketed himself to the electorate as the only Nigerian with the capacity to clean up the mess in…
31 Aug 2021
When book lovers troop into Uyo, Akwa Ibom State next month to hold the first Book Clubs conference in Nigeria, the town would have registered its name in history as a book-loving city.
18 Jul 2021
Footprints On Marble is Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako’s biography. The Editor-in-Chief of the defunct Newswatch magazine, Dan Agbese, writes it. It chronicles the life and times of the naval tactician, political gladiator, chief of the naval staff...
14 Aug 2020
These questions must baffle you as much as they baffle me as you watch these great actors strutting the stage in Edo and Ondo states in the poorly choreographic dance of the inebriated. I raised the questions for two reasons.
24 Jul 2020
These days when I feel overwhelmed by the mediocrity of the present, I mentally trudge down the path of the profundity of the forgotten past. I do so to make some sense of the present and convince myself that there is a universal agreement that progress for nations and individuals means moving forward. It is a healthy exercise, I assure you.
3 Jul 2020
I refer to the opinion article with the title ‘the giant north weeps’ by Dan Agbese in the Guardian of June 19, 2020. The piece was insightful. All of his texts on this medium are apt including the works of other grandmasters.
28 Feb 2020
The National Population Commission held a retreat at the very impressive Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, February 17-21. The theme of the retreat was a mouthful: Harnessing Demographic Data for Effective National Planning and Development.
21 Jun 2019
The blame game is as old as human history. Perhaps its first incidence was what happened in the Garden of Eden. There, in that paradise we now sorely miss, Adam and his helpmate, Eve, ate the forbidden fruit...
12 Mar 2019
I have reached a very significant point in my regular public writing, and compelled by a personal work restructuring that I just undertook to step it down significantly, by 70% perhaps. It means I would henceforth intervene in national discourse only on very few occasions when I feel so strongly, and when I need to…
28 Dec 2018
You do not need empirical evidence backed up by research to accept that ours is the most litigious electoral process in the world. If you doubt me, look into the court dockets and you would be shocked by what you see....
20 Dec 2018
The style adopted by Dan Agbese in his compilation of the interviews he conducted in The Six Military Governors, Voices of History: Reminiscences of a Reporter (MayFive Media Limited, Lagos; 2018) as a rookie is novel. His tributes to both the institution, New Nigerian newspapers, and its editor, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, who discovered and mentored…
5 Dec 2018
As 2019 elections draw nearer, some columnists’ yesterday unanimously condemned hate speech, insisting the media must be fair and non-partisan in its reportage. They spoke at the inaugural lecture of the League of Nigeria Columnists in Lagos, organised by Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies. Guest Speaker, Dan Agbese, who delivered the lecture on…


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