President Macron: a Validation of Fela’s Legacy – By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma | Lagos, Nigeria | July 20, 2018-  It seemed inconceivable that the President of France will visit the citadel of Afro Beat iconoclasm and activism, the New Afrikan Shrine. After all, the Shrine is a tin-pan, a boisterous, corybantic spot, frequented by bohemians and oddballs. What then was the president of one […]

Thank You, Mr. President – By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma | Lagos, Nigeria | June 23, 2018 –  Thank you, Mr. President By Tochukwu Ezukanma As his death in the hands of a military dictator became imminent, the onetime Pakistani prime minister, Ali Bhutto, said, “I am not afraid to die. I am not afraid to see God. I will tell God […]

The Nihilism in Biafranism – By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma | Lagos, Nigeria | June 2, 2018 – Following the July 29th 1966 mutiny that killed Aguiyi-Ironsi, the rallying call of many Northern Nigerians was Araba! Araba!, meaning secession. The clamorous secessionists were led by a 28 year old army major, Murtala Mohammed. Murtala Mohammed evidently was made giddy by an inebriating mix of […]

Enough of Buhari-styled Change – By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma| Lagos, Nigeria | May 20, 2018 –  Despite its magnificence, democracy has its limits. One of its major drawbacks is that it does not guarantee the election of good leaders; it only makes possible the removal of bad leaders. President Mohammadu Buhari is a bad president. His administration is wobbling under its […]

Danjuma’s Call for Self-defense is Most Apropos- Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma | Lagos, Nigeria | April 3, 2018 – A onetime Chinese leader, Mao Tse Dong, once said, “We advocate world peace but there can be no peace without war”. Interestingly, history has consistently attested to the validity of this maxim. The history of Europe, for example, was replete with wars between European countries […]

Nigerian Democracy and the Obasanjo Paradox- By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma  | Lagos, Nigeria | March 18, 2018 –Entrapped by an evil cabal, enmeshed in nepotism and blinded by ethnic chauvinism, Mohammadu Buhari, is a bad president. However, despite Buhari’s bungled presidency, Nigeria remains a democracy. As such, the supreme judges of the Nigerian president are the Nigerian voters; they reserve an incontestable […]

Tiny Rays of Light into an Encompassing Gloom – By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma | Lagos, Nigeria | February 28, 2018 – The Nigerian ruling elite can be repulsively arrogant, disgustingly snobbish and frighteningly coldhearted. With the superciliousness only fitting of colonial masters and medieval feudal lords, they ride roughshod over the masses of Nigerians; treating them as though they deserve no respect and their lives […]

Is Nigeria a “Shithole” Country? – By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma | Lagos, Nigeria | January 28, 2018- A Mozambiquean professor at Howard University once summed it up in his own words, “Nigerians have very low morals”. Despite our low morals and its attendant sleaze and moral squalor, we long to be portrayed in the most favorable light. To remain wedded to unethical and amoral […]

Beware of Those that Fight the Mirror – By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma | Lagos, Nigeria | November 3, 2017 – If you look into the mirror and see dirt on your face, you clean your face and leave the mirror alone. Even, if you choose to ignore the dirt on your face, as revealed by the mirror, you still do not bother the mirror. […]

A Democracy in the Clutch of an Evil Oligarchy- By Tochukwu Ezukanma

By Tochukwu Ezukanma  | Lagos, Nigeria | October 15, 2017 – In one of his mournful songs, Sorrow, Tears and Blood, that tireless nonconformist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, sang: everybody run, run, run; everybody scatter, scatter; police de come, army de come; confusion everywhere; somebody nearly died, somebody just died; ten minutes later, police don go away, […]

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