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Is Michael Emenalo about to lose his job at Chelsea?

Chelsea’s poor form this season has increased speculation that coach Jose Mourinho is about to get sacked by owner Roman Abramovich. But Chelsea’s Nigerian technical director Michael Emenalo is also in danger of losing his job. The former Enugu Rangers left back could be blamed for the poor quality of players signed this season and the shortage of talent breaking …

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Better to die in Agadez than go back to Nigeria

Many West Africans, including Nigerians, risk their lives fleeing poverty and deprivation to try to get to Europe. For many, the journey involves a perilous trek across the Sahara. This article originally published in the Guardian follows them on the road to Agadez. It tells their stories and demonstrates that they are people and it is shame that many in …

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Life in the time of Boko Haram

Boko Haram attacks have become the “new normal” for way too many Nigerians. In this report from Yola and environs, Nigerians describe how they just try to get on with their lives in times of terror. The report was originally published in the UK’s Guardian. Everyday insurgency: Nigerians describe life in the time of Boko Haram Buhari has promised to …

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Mosop planning to disrupt the oil industry

The Nigerian government just knows how to inflame rather than defuse situations. There is just no need for customs in Lagos to seize this artwork. Such action makes a mockery of the right to free speech. This article was originally published in the Observer. Protest threatened over memorial 20 years after Ken Saro-Wiwa execution Twenty years after ‘judicial murder’, Nigeria’s …

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Can oil benefit the people of the Niger Delta?

In the book “Curse of the Black Gold: 50 years of oil in the Niger Delta” Michael Watts writes: “What is on offer in the name of oil development is the catastrophic failure of secular nationalist development. From the vantage point of the Niger Delta – but no less in the barracks of the vast slum worlds of Kano, Port …

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Enugu Rangers was my second love

By CIC Old Boy Long before I discovered women, I fell in love with music and then fell in love with Enugu Rangers. Growing up in Enugu in the 70s, supporting Rangers was as natural as a baby feeding on its mother’s breast milk. Today, whenever I see the FC Barcelona motto “Més que un club” (More than a club), …

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How can Boko Haram be defeated?

Counter-terrorism has proven difficult for even security forces more sophisticated than Nigeria’s. This article from Open Canada demonstrates how a military approach should not be the only route to a solution. Boko Haram’s Evolution: How it got this far, and how to stop it By EJ Hogendoorn, Addressing bad governance, corruption and under-development is more crucial than military counter-measures. Boko …

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John Salako determined to excel as a coach

John Salako, the former Crystal Palace right winger, could have played for Nigeria and possibly have earned more than the five caps he got with England, but he turned Nigeria down. He was born in Ibadan of a Nigerian father and an English mother. After many years of rejection for coaching vacancies, he got a break from his former team-mate …

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The Marginalised Nigerian Youth and the curious case of Femi Pedro

A Rejoinder by Ahmed Olayinka Sule, CFA suleaos@gmail.com Dear Otunba Pedro, A couple of days ago, while talking to my sister, she asked me whether I had read an article written by Femi Pedro which was trending on social media. I hadn’t, but as we were speaking over the phone, I did a Google search and came across your article …

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The homeless of Badia East failed by the Lagos State government

Thousands of families with children are sleeping rough after being evicted from their homes in Badia East in Lagos. The Lagos State government led by Akinwunmi Ambode has ignored its constitutional responsibilities. The Nigerian Constitution is quite clear on this. Chapter 2, section 16(2)(d) states: “The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring that suitable and adequate shelter, suitable and …

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