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I remember the 12th of June

They tried so hard to hide the truth. But truth never really goes away. It is like smoke. It eventually finds its way out. So June 12th is our Democracy Day? Well, some who talk about it may see it as some distant political thing that happened under the military, in the age of impunity. But I remember it differently. ... Read More »

Of a coalition for development

    Pat Utomi   The Nigerian landscape is littered with images of the triumph of politics. The new winners are either draped in silkwear of triumphalism and yesterday’s winners in today’s mourning fields cloaked in the bitterness of regret. But pray, tell, where is the legacy of progress that yesterday’s triumph brought, or the shine of human material advance, ... Read More »

Death in Saudi: Beyond statistics

Death in Saudi: Beyond statistics The news came in trickles. First, it was said a Nigerian may have been lost in the stampede at a Holy site during the Pilgrimage. It was one Professor. Then, it seemed some judges had also been lost. At some point, when I called a friend to ask how the Sallah celebration was going, I ... Read More »

Education and the future of Nigeria

The African American Institute came to town recently. As part of the package of their annual conference, I was requested to give a keynote on the future of education in Africa. I was not quite sure of the effect of what I said to those in the audience, but I found myself both frightened and excited by what came out ... Read More »

Of a coalition for development

The Nigerian landscape is littered with images of the triumph of politics. The new winners are either draped in silkwear of triumphalism and yesterday’s winners in today’s mourning fields cloaked in the bitterness of regret. But pray, tell, where is the legacy of progress that yesterday’s triumph brought, or the shine of human material advance, that today is bringing? There ... Read More »