The dance of the inebriated
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.
Thoughts on yesterday’s men
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.
Beat the gong, Mr President
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.
Quit the blame game
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...
Time to sign off public writing
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…
The t’s not crossed, the i’s not dotted
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....
Dan Agbese mines history gold with The Six Military Governors
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…
Agbese, Anya, Oloja, Ekpu flay hate speech ahead of 2019 polls
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…
The people’s agenda - Part 2
The lack of basic facilities for self-actualisation has led to two major problems with their scally hands on the nation’s jugular: poverty and unemployment. They rate as number six and seven respectively on the people’s agendaPoverty. ...
Waste + want = poverty
It has become a mantra mouthed by our leaders with some fervour as if they are saying something for which they should be applauded. Poverty is ravaging our country.