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About June 12 – What Would MKO Say? By Michael Afenfia

About June 12 – What Would MKO Say? by Michael Afenfia

Like most of the people on my timeline, the news from Mr. President proclaiming June 12 as the new Democracy Day—instead of May 29 we have become accustomed to since 1999—was totally unexpected. As soon as I confirmed the story was true and not some fake news circulating on the Internet, I was overcome by a sense of justice. Finally, June 12 might not be just another date on the calendar, or a sectional commemoration of a stolen mandate by…

14 Year Old Emerges Commissioner In Bayelsa

14 Year Old Emerges Commissioner in Bayelsa

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson has again been commended for using education as a tool to change the negative narratives about the state.   The overall winner of the state Essay Writing Competition, Master Africanus Noel, gave the commendation while acting as Child Commissioner for Education in the Ministry on Monday in Yenagoa.   The 14-year-old Child Education Commissioner who is an SS one student of the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, particularly lauded the Governor for establishing world class free boarding…

Beyond Wishful Thinking: What If President Buhari Doesn’t Seek Re-Election   – By Michael Afenfia

Beyond Wishful Thinking: What If President Buhari Doesn’t Seek Re-Election – By Michael Afenfia

As I write this piece, forgive my optimism, but I am hoping that it will be the one article the president or someone quite close to him reads and says to him, there is something here. A meeting is called immediately to discuss the state of the nation, and after hours and hours of deliberations lasting through the night and into the better part of the morning, a decision is reached. The decision reached? The president decides to put his…

The Football Tournament Everyone Is Talking About By Michael Afenfia

The Football Tournament Everyone is Talking About By Michael Afenfia

Last week Saturday, I worked out for one hour only, instead of two in the gym as I usually did. I had to cut short my training session, but it was all for a good cause. My personal trainer informed me that he was now the head coach for one of the teams participating in the second edition of the Governor Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament christened Restoration Cup 2018 – a privately funded football competition for football sides in…

Oronto Douglas – The Legend Continues

Oronto Douglas – The Legend Continues

A few weeks back, I got a phone call from someone I couldn’t quite remember. She said Oronto Douglas (OND) had sent me to her with financial assistance when she first gained admission into the university about four or five years ago. She informed me that she had just written her final exams and would be proceeding for her NYSC in a couple of months. She also told me that she never met him while he was alive and was…

Two Generals And The Richest Man In The World By Michael Afenfia

Two Generals and the Richest Man in the World by Michael Afenfia

Let me just state right off the bat, that there’s something not quite right about the title of the piece you’re reading now, but I decided to keep it anyway because it has a certain ring to it that I like. The intuitive readers in the building may already have guessed what the problem is, but for those very busy people who would prefer I cut straight to the chase, I’d point it out to you, but in a bit.…

Michael Afenfia: #TheyBroughtBackOurGirls

Michael Afenfia: #TheyBroughtBackOurGirls

This was the outcome we wanted, that the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, or even the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would appear on national TV himself with the exciting news to Nigerians, that within a few days of their kidnapped, the 110 Dapchi girls had been found. Well, while we didn’t exactly get the President to deliver the breaking news with some explanation of sorts, hearing it from the mouth of the Honourable Minister, Lai Mohammed was…

Winter Is Coming By Michael Afenfia

Winter is Coming by Michael Afenfia

When the 2018 Winter Olympics kicks off in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Friday 9 February 2018, I’ll be one of those watching the competition in the troubled peninsula with rapt attention. I’ll be monitoring newsfeeds from my phone for updates on events and results because I want to know the minute any major upset happens. I’ll also be absorbed by the coverage of the politics of the games, as if my life depended on it because of its likely impact on…

A Miracle For The Special Ones By Michael Afenfia

A Miracle for the Special Ones by Michael Afenfia

This week we got a message on our family WhatsApp group we didn’t see coming. It was from one of my sisters, sharing openly with us her siblings, for the very first since her last child was born six years ago. It was something about her lovely daughter, that was very obvious to all of us; but I figure we didn’t quite know how to broach the subject or we just didn’t have the courage to speak about. As the…

The Gift Of A Colony By Michael Afenfia

The Gift of a Colony by Michael Afenfia

In the course of the week, I stumbled on an online report quoting the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as saying that he was a Patron of Miyetti Allah and that in 2017, 800 herdsmen and their families were murdered in Taraba state, presumably by local militias. He claims to have pictures of the dead people, which were forwarded to the federal government for action. I read the story once and then went back to it one more time…