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Meet Nigeria’s Most IDP Friendly First Lady, By Emmanuel Bello

Believe it or not, Nigeria's most vibrant first lady is in Taraba state. And, in case you are wondering,  that is the state that has produced diverse personalities from the likes of the venerable Gen. Theophilus Danjuma to hip hop music icon, MI. And now it has also given the nation its hottest first lady. Mrs Ann Darius Ishaku, a barrister by training, is changing the face of the "first lady" franchise eve ...

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The Many Benefits Of Postponements, By Emmanuel Bello

The real reason for postponing any election would never be given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The terse press statement from Uncle Nick Dazang- spokesman of the commission- would always present a few paragraphs of dense explanations. Top officials of the agency, seasoned civil servants that they are, would merely silently comply and leave town- all deeply aware of the underlining ...

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The Peterside Effect At NIMASA, By Emmanuel Bello

Meeting Dr. Dakuku Peterside the other day at the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) imposing office at Apapa, Lagos changed my perception about life after a political contest. Unlike many people who have a hangover after "losing" an election, Peterside is settled-in in his current role as the Director General of a federal parastatal. Does he pine away and rue his fate for not becomi ...

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The Rebo Usman I know, By Emmanuel Bello

A friend called me the other day from Jalingo and complained about a certain top government official who he said was giving everyone a piece of hell. He went on and on while I patiently listened with rapt attention. At a point I broke his flow of woe-filled talk and inquired who he was even talking about. To my consternation he said it was Mr. Rebo Usman, the current Chief of Staff to Governor Darius Ishaku ...

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Attention, Governor Almakura! By Emmanuel Bello

When Nasarawa state’s Accountant General slumped and died recently, I was in the state capital, Lafia, and couldn’t help but be struck by the irony of it. And although my heart went to his grieving family, I find myself day-dreaming about how things might have played out were the educationally disadvantaged state not further paralysed by an on-going strike. The AG was first rushed to the Dalhatu Araf Specia ...

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Atiku Abubakar 101, By Emmanuel Bello

Reading that former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar recently went to Jos, Plateau state for vacation warmed my heart in no small way. Although the event itself was a footnote in many news medium meaning it wasn’t such a big news item, I saw it differently. First, I like his choice of Jos where, I learnt, the former number two man has a residence. Jos! The very theatre of all sort of crisis? Jos, the b ...

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25 Years On, Darius Shifts Taraba Into Next Gear, Emmanuel Bello

No matter what the harshest critics of Governor Darius Ishaku say, one thing I noticed is no one casts a shadow of doubt on his good intentions, and his patriotism for Taraba state. He has been slammed for his seemingly over bloated appointments and other inconsequential, mundane issues. But both praise singers and wailers alike agree with the verdict that this seasoned architect means well for the state. H ...

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The Minister Of Recession And Her Nightmares, By Emmanuel Bello

So, finally we are in a recession. For common Nigerians, that is just a big word. All they see is the hard life that many of us frankly have been dealing with for many years now: dwindling resources, unemployment and frustrations of all type. What is a recession? How is it different from a depression? Well, for many of us, all a recession means is increased suffering and the cost of goods and services in th ...

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How Modern Taraba Is Attracting Investors, Tourists, By Emmanuel Bello

The job of systematically modernising Taraba state is one of the tasks of its current governor, Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku. The former university academic whose years of federal and global exposure is already rubbing off on his new assignment is gradually turning Taraba into an emerging destination for businesses. This is very profound because modernisation is proving to be a huge pull factor to many i ...

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5 Common Mistakes In PDP’s Affairs,By Emmanuel Bello

We examined the common mistakes the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) made and is still making in last week’s column leading to many calls that suggested I got my points right. One caller went as far as saying “Emma, thanks for raising the mirror for us to see our face.” Today, I would attempt to expound on the five mistakes I identify with the largest opposition party in Africa, the People’s ...

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On Appointments And Disappointments, By Emmanuel Bello

When Hadiza Bala Usman was appointed last week as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), I was torn between different emotions of happiness, regrets, pains and pride. Now I don’t know the lady but media footages of the youngish, fortyish woman showed that she is serious minded and ferocious as they come. I know her dad though:  the fearsome History teacher at my alma-mater, the venerab ...

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Jesus! Men now lead in skin bleaching! By Emmanuel Bello

When the Ghanaian government recently announced it would, in August, ban all cosmetic agents used in skin bleaching, they were leading the way in restoring confidence in the dignity of the diamond dark or brown skin. The government has announced that it would ban all products containing hydroquinone- a cancer-causing chemical found in most bleaching creams. So, if you are Ghanaian and wants to whiten up, yo ...

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