How the Olofa won his shoes
This month, it is 59 years since Chief Obafemi Awolowo stepped down as the Premier of the defunct Western Region. He had been in power for eight giddy years...
Yoruba: Time to speak truth to power
This week, I was prepared to write on one of those ‘national topics’ as we often do when I received a post on ‘whether Ondo State is jinxed,’ forwarded by one of my big brothers, Uncle Eric Teniola, who hails from Ondo state.
Underlying issues and fallouts of defections for 2019 poll
The politics of carpet-crossing has resurrected. It has become an undying feature of Nigeria’s party politics. Almost always, it comes with great promise of hope to launch a new strategy...
Open letter to Governor Godwin Obaseki - Part 2
Assuming, it was a question of grazing only, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo who read between the lines suggested a civilised approach to nomadic grazing long ago: a functional...
Issues of restructuring re-echo at Adebanjo’s book launch
There was a deep concern among prominent Nigerians who attended the recent launch of the autobiography in commemoration of the 90th birthday of Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
A good life
There is a relentlessness about Chief Ayo Adebanjo’s life works that makes you feel it is not about to reach a denouement. His quick wit, his compelling logic, his fearless embrace of the truth, his perception of the world through the prism created by his political....
The Left and election 2019
In late 1978, or early 1979, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of Nigeria’s frontline political leaders and the leader of the newly-proclaimed Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), came to Calabar in continuation of his presidential campaign tour.
Gidado Idris in his own words
Were he to be alive, Alhaji Gidado Idris (GCON) would be 82 next Thursday March 15. He passed on at a private hospital at Aso drive in Abuja on December 15 last year and was buried a few hours later according to Muslim rites.
Awo vs Zik and how it affects Southern Nigeria today
Nigerian history without Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo is impossible. Zik and Awo were clerks, teachers, journalists and politicians. The former dropped his colonial name Benjamin, the later put aside his Christian name Jeremiah. As politicians they were great rivals. Zik ended up as Nigeria’s First President after serving as the last Governor–General. The Presidency…