Dilibe Onyeama (1951 – 2022) — The Nation Editorial

By NewsBits Dilibe Onyeama, author, publisher and arts enthusiast who was the first black boy to graduate at Eton, the elite British College for boys founded in 1440 by Henry VI just passed on. He had returned to Nigeria in 1981 and had written about 28 books, some of which have been published in at least four countries. Dilibe came into global prominence after his first book, “Nigger at Eton” now published under another title, “Black boy at Eton” was published in Britain in 1974. The book was a chronicle…

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Lejja: The Story Of Enugu’s Iron Community…Said To Be World’s Oldest Iron Smelting Site

By Tony Adibe, who was at the site in Enugu State The un-tarred, rustic, rough road stretches from Nsukka, the university town, to Lejja, a remote agrarian community well-known for blacksmithing, though popularized the more by the discovery of one of the world’s oldest iron smelting site in it. The site dates back over 2000 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, according to scholars. Lejja is about a 45-minute drive from Nsukka urban town, but I drove up to an hour because there was a downpour which made visibility…

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2023 And The Peter Obi Enigma: Leadership Nuggets

By Joseph C. Ibekwe Mr. Peter Obi is not the project of the Church in Nigeria! Because the church is not united on political issues, just as it has never been united on doctrinal issues. And Obi is not the project of CAN as the apex body has never issued any public statement to that effect. I cannot tell you that Obi is divine a project because I have no divine clarity on that and would rather not delve into it. Obi is also not an Igbo project as can…

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History Beckons And I Will Not Be Silent (Part 1)

By Chukwuma Charles Soludo My attention has been drawn to some of the tirades on social media following my frank response during an interview on Channels TV regarding the “investments” Mr. Peter Obi claimed to have made with Anambra state revenues. Sadly, several of the comments left the issue of the interview to probe or suggest motives, inferred from my response on “investment” that I am opposed to Peter Obi’s ambition and therefore committed a “crime” for which the punishment is internecine abuse and harassment even to my family. Some…

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The Costly Lies About Senator Ekweremadu And Southeast Roads

By Uche Anichukwu Among Ndigbo, we say, “Onwu gbuo okorobia, ewere asiri jee akwa ya”, meaning when sudden death befalls an able-bodied, young man, many fallacious stories are told at his funeral. Indeed, many tales have been told since the unfortunate fate that befell former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and his family in London. Only a few days ago, one Houston-based critic vomited a whole lot about Ekweremadu with triumphal gusto and air of finality. Among others, he wrote: “I had always told the senator in…

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First Black Professor Of Philosophy At University Of Edinburgh

By James T. Curry Today, I became the first Black professor of philosophy to sign the professorial roll at the University of Edinburgh. Philosophy has been taught at the University of Edinburgh since 1581. Since the university’s founding, there has never been a Black philosopher to hold a professorial chair. My chair in Africana philosophy and Black Male Studies is now the very first to be entered into the roll. From 1785-1820, Dugald Stewart served as the chair of Moral Philosophy. He was one of the architects of ethnology in…

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History: What Ojukwu Told Me Before, During And After The War — Sam Aluko

This interview is the most intimate account of the thoughts and actions of Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu before, during and after the Nigerian civil war. The account is coming from Professor Sam Aluko, the respected Nigerian economist, who has revealed that he was the most trusted friend Ojukwu had. That friendship started immediately the Ikemba Nnewi assumed the governorship position of the Eastern Region. Since then and through the period of the war, Ojukwu’s exile in Cote d’Ivoire and his return to Nigeria, that friendship had sustained. More profoundly, in that…

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Why Ghosting Is A Two-Way Street, And How Companies Can Avoid This

By Dan Schawbel The following is an excerpt from my FREE Workplace Intelligence Insider Newsletter. If you haven’t heard of the term “ghosting,” I can tell you that it doesn’t have anything to do with Halloween, despite today’s date. Ghosting refers to the practice of abruptly cutting off communication with someone, without any warning and with no apparent reason. Although the term originated in the world of online dating, it’s now found its way into other aspects of people’s lives, including the workplace. In fact, we’ve heard a lot over…

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The Real Cause Of The Floods

By David Hundeyin In 1977, the Cameroonian government made a rational decision. Observing the absence of adequate water resources to support growing agricultural pressure in northern Cameroon, the government of Ahmadou Ahidjo decided to build a dam on the Benue River, which would supply hydropower to the region and allow for the irrigation of 15,000 hectares of farmland. The dam was completed in 1982, which was the same year that a certain Paul Biya succeeded Ahidjo as Cameroon’s head of state. It was projected that the dam would have a…

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My Memorable Encounters With Col Patrick Anwunah

 (…30th November 1934 – 16th September 2022) By Tony Adibe As a curious journalist, who is always interested in reading the history of the Nigeria-Biafra  War, and also eager to meet face-to-face with  the heroes from both sides of the war, I was privileged to have had several unforgettable encounters with Col., Barrister, Sir Patrick Anwunah, a pioneer Nigerian Officer, General Staff Officer (GSO) 1, Nigerian Army and also the Quartermaster General and Chief of Logistics, the defunct Biafran Army, who joined his ancestors on Saturday September 16, 2022, at…

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