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Fanta, Sprite, Vitamin C and the safety of Consumers By Isah Ismail

The recent judgment of a Lagos High Court which ordered the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Conrol (NAFDAC) "to compel the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Plc to warn consumers of dangers of drinking Fanta, Sprite with Vitamin C has raised concerns over the unwholesome practices by manufacturers and the seeming inability of regulatory agencies to protect the rights of consumers in Niger ...

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Etisalat and the big cover up by Telcos By Isah Ismail

Last week, Nigeria woke up to the disturbing news of a possible takeover of Etisalat, one of the big four  telecommunication companies in Nigeria by some commercial banks to which the Telco is indebted to the tune of $1.7 billion (over N500 billion depending on which foreign exchange window you are using). Etisalat Nigeria was said to have secured a total of $1.7 billion medium term syndicated loan facility ...

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From Buhari to Osinbajo: Implications of Personality Brand in Leadership By Isah Ismail

When President Muhammadu Buhari announced Professor Yemi Osinbajo as his Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections, I had high hopes that the pair would make Nigeria great again. They were on a mission to rescue Nigeria from the monumental fraud and financial burden that the previous administration had inflicted on Nigeria and her citizens. But on assumption of office in May, 2015, President ...

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What happened to Radio in Nigeria? By Isah Ismail

The World Radio Day is observed annually on the 13th of February. The day is about celebrating radio as a means of communication. According to UNESCO, the World Radio Day is 'a  day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe'. This was proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by the 36th General Conference of UNESCO following an original proposal by ...

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Nigeria in 2016: the winners and the losers, By Isah Ismail

Call it the year of the locust and you might not be wrong. 2016 was a most trying year for many Nigerians. It was the year in which everything turned on its head as the country witnessed what could be the worst year in recent history. From economic recession to the foreign exchange depreciation that left many Nigerian businesses and families gasping for survival, there was hardly anything to be happy about ...

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AIT@20, Channels@21, By Isah Ismail

Recently, two of Nigeria's broadcast giants- Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Channels TV went all out to celebrate major milestones. AIT was celebrating 20 years of 'sharing the African experience' while Channels TV was celebrating 21 years of 'professional broadcasting'. The two broadcast organisations epitomise the enormous advantage of the deregulation of broadcasting in Nigeria. For the converte ...

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NYSC: To be or Not to be, By Isah Ismail

Ukeme Monday, Elechi Chinyerom and Oladepo Ifedolapo. These three Nigerians have one thing in common- they all died in the course of the three-week orientation programme of the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) scheme. Ukeme was deployed to Zamfara; Elechi to Bayelsa and Ifedolapo to Kano states respectively but all died after falling ill in the NYSC orientation camps.  The circumstances or causes of their ...

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Facebook, fake news and the dilemma of censorship, By Isah Ismail

The recent presidential election in the United States of America did throw up a number of concerns over the enormous power of social media in election campaigns. In particular, allegations of fake news on Facebook, particularly reports of Donald Trump's endorsement by Pope Francis jolted the democratic campaign until it was refuted and declared unverified by critics in the on-line community. Although, the e ...

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Donald Trump: The PR Lessons, By Isah Ismail

Following the largely unexpected victory of Donald John Trump in last week's US presidential election, many are yet to come to terms with the rather unprecedented campaign that propelled the New York-based real estate mogul and a known 'outsider' to the White House. Here is a number of Public Relations lessons from the Trump campaign that should agitate the minds of professionals, political commentators. Th ...

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As America’s ‘Dirtiest’ Election Campaign Comes To Frenetic End, By Isah Ismail

It has been described as the dirtiest presidential campaign in US history. And rightly so from the personality of the candidates; their divisive campaign messages and the many negative revelations trailing both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump- the two most unpopular candidates in the recent history of the US presidential election. As Americans vote to elect a new president this Tuesday, nothing best descri ...

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Release Of 21 Chibok Girls: The PR Profit And Loss, By Isah Ismail

When news filtered in late last week that some 21 of the over 200 Chibok Girls held in captivity by Boko Haram had regained their freedom, many Nigerians expressed joy over the development. The girls who have been in captivity following their kidnap over two years ago by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group finally breathe the air of freedom. For the parents of the girls and many who have been working har ...

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Nigeria’s Power Sector: New Names, Old Ways, By Isah Ismail

There appears to be something fundamentally wrong with the Nigerian power sector. At least that much has been admitted by stakeholders in the power supply chain. From the way things are, it is a tacit consensus that there is no end in sight to the daily blackouts that the government says are costing our economy about $100 billion a year in missed investment opportunities and slide in productive potential.  ...

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