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Travelling While Black (TWB) on the Paris Metro

The news and video of a bunch of Chelsea hooligans shoving a black guy off a train in Paris has gone viral. Why? This is “news” in the “dog bites man” category for anyone who has ever had the misfortune of travelling on public transport on match day in England. I lived for over 20 years in London’s East End …

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Nigeria’s democracy deficit

Let’s get one thing out of the way.  Nigeria is not a “democracy”.  Let’s stop deceiving ourselves. Ever since the end of military rule in 1999, the notion that Nigeria is a “democracy” has benefitted from endless repetition.  We keep hearing stuff like “our nascent democracy”, “democracy dividends”, “we are the biggest democracy in Africa” and so on. We are …

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Pots and kettles in politricks

A certain pot-bellied former Nigerian ruler has an autobiography (most likely ghost-written for him) to promote and an over-bloated ego to massage. He has been making all sorts of pronouncements on the non-performance of Goodluck Jonathan, the corruption of the regime, how Goodluck is destroying his “good works”, endorsing the APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, and so on. His latest …

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Ibori’s missing millions

Jailbird James Ibori, the former governor of Delta State, who is doing a 13 year stretch in Wandsworth Prison for money laundering and fraud, used four London-based Naija guys to launder several million pounds. The money was paid into their accounts for them to keep on his behalf. Since he was jailed, they have claimed the money as theirs. One …

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Jega begs for his job

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) boss Attahiru Jega has been begging president Goodluck Jonathan to allow him stay on till after the (s)election. Our source reported last week that Jega was toast because ruling party PDP bigwigs believe he is working for the opposition.  A replacement had been lined up with the expectation that Jega would be sent on leave …

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Are you the real deal?

By Ken Chigbo Since the Premier League was formed in 1992 and pay-TV transformed it into a global spectacle, we have witnessed an exponential growth in the numbers in what was considered football’s backwaters – Africa, Asia and North America – representing themselves as fans of English clubs.  Those clubs have strong working class roots and are deeply embedded in …

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They don’t even trust each other

The party hierarchy of the APC and the PDP are questioning the loyalty of a few of their governors. Borno State’s Kashim Shettima is being suspected by his party the APC of working secretly for the PDP.  He has stopped attacking the president in recent times. Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State is at odds with his party the PDP …

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Make love not war

It is Valentine’s Day.  A day for lovers around the world.  It was also the day in which Nigerians were expecting to vote for who will lead the country for the next four years – until it was postponed to 28 March. We were meant to elect people who loved the country so much they were putting themselves up to …

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