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Humanity Failed Namibians, And Paid Dearly For It, By Owei Lakemfa

Descendants of the Herero and Nama people of Namibia on Thursday May 16, 2017 stepped into an American District  Court in  Manhattan. It was the first time in 109 years that the world would, through their descendants, hear the voices of over 100,000 Africans massacred in their ancestral home by German colonialists who operated on the basis that the Africans they annihilated are animals and not human beings. ...

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The worn-out Road to Economic Recovery, By Owei Lakemfa

I cannot get the picture of Mrs. Esther Gadimah off my mind. A man carried the old woman  in his hands like a baby. She was one of the pensioners that had come to the Benin City verification centre  of the Pension  Transitional Arrangement  Directorate. She looked frail, worn-out, resigned, sick and bewildered. The immediate ‘recovery’ for her is to be paid her pension. Same for other pensioners and workers ...

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Indian Garri, Plastic Rice And Brazilian Hair, By Owei Lakemfa

Many Nigerians are angry. They discovered  that their prized  garri, the cassava flakes staple food they  assume proprietorial ownership over, is being imported from India! The outrage seems justified as we produce eighty percent of world cassava (Manihot Esculenta)  across 33 of our 36 states. Also, we are the world’s largest exporter of cassava. Again, based on the economics of scale; given the fact that ...

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South Africa’s Wrestle With Its Past And Future, By Owei Lakemfa

Turmoil. That is  South Africa’s  state of mind. The manifestation of this, is violence at all levels; from the streets and campuses, through xenophobic attacks to last week’s battles in the hallow chambers of Parliament. The country  is caught between Post-Apartheid Reforms  that have in a quarter of a century, failed to deliver promised change, and implementation of the core principles of the 1955 Freedom ...

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Looking Back; Why Nigeria Tripped At The AU, By Owei Lakemfa

Nigeria at the African Union (AU) Assembly rolled out its fearsome arsenal; diplomatic, political and  economic  in a contest to win  the leadership of the Peace and Security Commission (PSC). The Giant of Africa which has been in economic recession, must have expended quite some money, at least for travels and estacode across the continent campaigning for its candidate, Ms. Fatima Kyari Mohammed. The PSC i ...

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The Politics of Power Transition, By Owei Lakemfa

Power is transient. Despite this ancient and eternal truth, transition of power from an incumbent to  a successor can be quite complex. Very few can be as seamless as that   in Mauritius on Monday January 23.  Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, 86, told his fellow citizens that his age can no longer bear the weight of his office. He  called his 55-year old  son, Pravind Jugnauth, who is also the Finance Minis ...

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The Trinity of Dipo Fashina: The Intellectual, Humanist and Revolutionary

By Owei Lakemfa I took no Philosophy course in my undergraduate days in the University of Ife - now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU ) - but I got to know Dr. Oladipo Fashina quite well. My introduction to him 38 years ago, was indirect. One day, I ran into two of my course mates in the Drama Department. They were in a hurry for a class. “We have Jingo” they announced.   I wondered what course was called ‘Ji ...

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One China, One People, Under One Sun, By Owei Lakemfa

Nigeria, the most populous Black country in the world, on January 11, in Abuja, sat with China, the most populous nation in the world, to sign a Bilateral Agreement  recognizing the One China Policy. The Policy, like a proclamation of monotheism declares that the Chinese have no other country, but the Peoples Republic of China and that any other nation proclaiming itself a Chinese republic, like  the Republ ...

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More Arms, Less Security, By Owei Lakemfa

The good news is that Nigeria has decided to scale up security at its  airports; the not so welcome news is that this translates to Aviation security personnel carrying guns. I would have preferred scaling up security to mean  greater use of intelligence services, more sophisticated  security machines and more vigilance. As it is, we are already saturated with arms which have not translated into better secu ...

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Soul Brother, Obama, By Owei Lakemfa

Those who signed the July 4, 1776 American Declaration of Independence gave humanity  one of the most imperishable declarations “ We hold these truths to be self- evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed  by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among  these are  Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”  Yet, 41  of the 56 signatories  including George Washington, Jame ...

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Nigerians Need More, Not Less Government Intervention, By Owei Lakemfa

Nigerians need more government intervention, not less.  All modern development has been government-driven. Nigerians need their government to regulate and provide for their basic needs, not a deregulated society where greed is hailed as enterprise; the rich get richer and the poor are sentenced to a live of misery. We used to have a country where the basic duty of government was to provide or strive to deli ...

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Conversations with African liberation fighters, By Owei Lakemfa

When I boarded the protocol bus at Algiers Airport on November 28, 2016, a lady politely greeted me in faulty Yoruba. Given my dressing, she guessed correctly that I am Nigerian. She then added “Iyawo Naija la wa” meaning, I am married to a Nigerian. Her name is  Boshigo Ntsi Rosinah Matlou, a South African who at 15 in 1966, arrived in Nigeria with four  of her younger ones, the youngest being seven. The c ...

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