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A Problem with the Truth: Of Certificates and No Certificates.

I am a bit lost, in fact more than lost. I am aghast at the inanity and lack of decorum being spread around by the supposedly “educated” Nigerians, just because of political opportunism and expediency. Do we have a problem with "academic certificates", especially of our leaders and political aspirants?

Why do we always elude the Truth and Honesty in all we do? Why is it difficult for us to tell and accept at the Truth as a people? We see the Truth/Fact right in our face, yet we turn…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 3, 2015 at 1:56pm — No Comments

From Execu-thieves to Law-breakers – A Tale of Greed, Egotism and Corruption

It always comes down to this. How selfish, greedy and insensitive can some of these our rulers be? They are parasites feeding fat on the blood of the people, causing untold miseries and are like malignant tumours that just will not go away.

Eight years as a governor of an oil-rich state, with thieving hands in the…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 24, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

Nigeria 2015: A President under Siege by His Own People

“If we can learn to be bold enough to restore the value of truth in our society, then we will have justice. Without truth, we cannot have justice” - Jerry Rawlings, ex-President of Ghana

“And without Justice and Truth, we cannot have a Democracy” – my own humble addition.

When the late ex-President Umar Yar’ Adua was in incommunicado and invisible, due to his failing or failed health for many months, probably even dead, and his wife and so-called…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on May 19, 2014 at 10:45am — 3 Comments

Nigeria: Corruption Has Caught Up With Us At Last – It is Inevitable

Corruption: Synonyms - Sleaze, dishonesty, exploitation, bribery, fraud, venality, vice.

Many of us think we know what corruption looks or is like – a state governor dipping his dirty fingers in the treasury and amassing ill-gotten wealth; an illicit deal carried out by politician; a government official or civil servant taking a cut in a deal; a policeman on the road harassing drivers, demanding and collecting bribes or a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria collecting…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on May 18, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

All Loot and no Work makes Me a Rich Man

"The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury” has been a popular quotation on many websites since the global financial crisis of 2008. The quotation is usually attributed to George Washington (1732-1799), but there is no evidence that he ever said it.

Dear reader, please pardon me if it appears that you are being suffused with another entrée on corruption in our notoriously corrupt country. But don’t you just have enough of day-to-day…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on April 29, 2014 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

Nigeria: Missing – Why Is Our Money Always Missing?

As far as public money is concerned in Nigeria, the word MISSING has taken on a whole new sinister meaning. Every day, it is one massive amount (usually in billions, soon to graduate into trillions) of money missing from the coffers of one government ministry/department/agency or the other. The states are not left out and I bet the local government are only able to keep a lid on it because the torch is not shone on them, and we tend to underestimate the fraud and theft going on in these…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 14, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Some Insights into Democracy and How it can work in Nigeria by Femi Fabiyi and Akintokunbo A Adejumo

Some Insights into Democracy and How it can work in Nigeria.

Democracy promotes the same sets of value no matter where it is practiced. Simple definition implies that government is made up of people, and should serve the people. In order to enjoy the fruits (or as we call it in Nigeria, the dividends) of democracy, all its various components i.e. people and its…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Legislative Immunity for Nigerian Lawmakers: A Very Bad Idea.

Many Nigerians were expectedly shocked, concerned and apprehensive at the news on 07 March 2013 that the (notorious, inept and ineffective) Nigerian House of Representatives is planning to include immunity for federal legislators in the on-going amendment of the 1999 constitution, with the bills passing a second reading, and inevitably will be overwhelmingly passed as an Act. It was reported thus: “a bill for an act to alter the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 by…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 11, 2013 at 2:21am — No Comments

What Nigerian Political Leaders Could Learn from The World’s “Poorest” President

I have been reading the story of President Jose Mujica — the leader of Uruguay (please note the word “LEADER”) and I find it to be a singular example of humility, sacrifice and an uncommon disdain for all worldly material and other acquisition. In my opinion, this is a leader who may be worthy of emulation by our so-called leaders in Nigeria, and indeed, in Africa.

However, please let us recognise that being "poor" has not necessarily made Mr Mujica a successful or good leader…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on December 5, 2012 at 2:49am — No Comments

A People Beyond Redemption?

I have been moribund, as far as writing articles, for about three months. Honestly these days, I just don’t feel like writing, however, I comment on other peoples’ writings or on national issues on social media like Facebook and Twitter. And since I do not write for a living, in fact, I never get paid; I am never under any pressure or deadline. Maybe that will save my health from deteriorating further in despair, frustration, anger and desperation. Please I am not blaming it on anybody or on…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on August 29, 2012 at 5:35pm — 2 Comments

‎The Dana Airline Crash: Another Tragedy of Corruption

”After three days of mourning. What's next?

After three minutes of crying. What's next?

After three hours of begging and pleading. What's next?

After three months of investigation. What's next?

The self generated disaster continues and those that are affected remains hopeless and helpless. The fear of the unknown!” - Olatokunbo Akinsanya, Atlanta, GA on Facebook

Greek mythology tells the story of Icarus, the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, his attempt to escape…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on June 8, 2012 at 12:50am — No Comments

Corruption Incorporated Nigeria Limited (Or Unlimited?)

Murder, Inc. (or Murder Incorporated) was the name given by the American press to organized crime groups in the 1920s through the 1940s that resulted in hundreds of murders on behalf of the American Mafia and Jewish Mafia groups who together formed the early organized crime groups in New York and elsewhere. The name was a journalistic invention.

This same phrase should be applied to Nigeria’s main industry of nowadays – Corruption, since it is now beyond doubt that it is a well…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on March 30, 2012 at 7:01am — 2 Comments

NIGERIA, So What's Next…….After The Mother Of All Protests?

I am almost afraid and weary to write this article. This is probably because of my penchant to dwell very long on issues that are very close to my heart, but don’t want to bore the reader with a long treatise.

Unfortunately, however, the problem of Nigeria is my problem, your problem, and you know what, the world’s problem. 

In sitting down to write this article, I have had to rely very heavily on comments made by my friends and other people in the newspapers, internet media,…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 26, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

NIGERIA: Fuel Subsidy Removal - Fraud, Deception, Corruption or Good-intentioned?

I will be very frank with you; despite the raging debates over the past six months or so, I had not the slightest intention of writing on this contentious and controversial issue of fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria until the Federal Government actually did it on 1st January 2012. One reason I did not want to is because I feel that deregulation of the petroleum sector is something that should happen, if only we have a responsible, accountable government and an efficient and less…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on January 4, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Death Of A Nigerian Icon – The Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu

Prior to the 1966 coup which ushered in General JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi, very few people in Nigeria had ever seen soldiers before. They were mostly confined to the barracks. Most of us in those days did not even know that Nigerians soldiers were sent to the Congo. Even now, most history books never recorded the exploits and bravery of Nigerian soldiers in the West African Auxiliary Force who distinguished themselves in the First and Second World Wars on the side of the British colonial masters in…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 29, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Corruption Is Good Business

On the way to Ibadan from Lagos, just after crossing the first of the concrete bridges on that most horrible and dangerous of roads called Lagos/Ibadan Expressway (more like expressway to hell) on the Lagos/Ogun States border, on the right you will see the business empire of one Otunba Ghadaffi (SAN), and the sign saying “SHIT BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS”, referring to the commendable fact that he has departed from being a lawyer and made a fortune in dealing with what most of us are repugnant…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on November 7, 2011 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Defining Achievement, Performance and Humility of Nigeria’s Political Class

As I was having a brainwave and contemplating what to write about the topic of our political leaders’ “achievement," “performance” and their “humility”, it occurred to me that I personally don’t resound with the concept of focusing life on achieving end results outside of myself. The English dictionary’s definition of ‘achieve - to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain; to gain as by hard work or effort - states that by its nature, achievement or accomplishment is a result, a…

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Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on June 20, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

The Unimaginative and Purposeless Political Recycling

This article is not intended to offend anyone personally but recent developments in the nation’s socio-political environment warrant comments and focus on the situation so readers of this medium can be fully apprised of developments around them.



When I opened the pages of the newspapers recently and read that the PDP, which had been ruling since 1999 had come up with a list of 270 nominees for Ministerial and other positions for the new (?) incoming government of Goodluck Jonathan, I… Continue

Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on May 28, 2011 at 1:55am — No Comments

A Farcical And Anarchic Look At Nigerian Car Plates

A Farcical And Anarchic Look At Nigerian Car Plates







Akintokunbo A Adejumo

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Laughter, they say is the best medicine. Let’s take a comic look at our predicament in Nigeria.

A “farce” is defined as “A light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect”. And “The broad or spirited humor characteristic of such works”. Or “A ludicrous, empty… Continue

Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 27, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Party Politics And The 2011 Elections

In previous articles, since 2007 I have always defended and given the excuse for our aberrant democratic practice as being nascent, (i.e. new, embryonic, blossoming, hopeful, promising, and budding). In fact, I try very hard to believe in my own folly, always trying seriously to believe myself that we cannot perfect our brand of democracy so soon. After all, as they say, Rome was not built in a day, and even the great democracies of the modern world like the United States of America and Great… Continue

Added by Akintokunbo Adejumo on February 8, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments


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IRIE BITS: A broader role for Reggae Music

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A true international citizen Reggae Music remains the universal soundtrack for social justice and IRIE global citizenship ... still while many continue to write and perform songs about global consciousness and solidarity, that inspire activism to…Continue

Tags: Jamlink, Jamaica, reggae, Irie

Taking Down Flags and Tearing Down Walls: Some Seriously Needed Distinctions --Dr. Maulana Karenga

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  By Dr. Maulana Karenga | It is important to assert at the outset, in the interest of seriously needed distinctions, that a single symbolic act of taking down a…Continue

David Horne’s ‘Decade of the Diaspora’ takes a critical look at Black women and police brutality, July 23 on Harambee Radio

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‘DECADE OF THE DIASPORA’ LOOKS ATPOLICE BRUTALITY AND BLACK WOMEN!  On Thursday, July 23rd, David Horne’s ‘Decade of the Diaspora’ will take a critical…Continue

MARK ALLEN TALKS at The Black Star Projects SUNDAY UNIVERSITY, Sunday July 19th

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Some can HEAR MY VOICE - MARK ALLEN TALKS at The Black Star Project's SUNDAY UNIVERSITY Sunday July 19th at 2:30 PM, at The Black Star Project, located at 3509 South King Drive -- and thank Phillip Jackson for my new role as PROFESSOR Mark Allen. It…Continue

Chemtrails are fatal.

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Hello everyone,Normally I only contact the people who want to receivethe announcement of my blog posts. But this is not anormal situation, because you all are affected no matterwhere in the world you live.So please log onto…Continue

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Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the major peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himalaya, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna,…Continue

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Musings on the Plainfield Rebellion at 48!‏ --Baba Zayid Muhammad

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If You Must Bang…Some Reflections on the Plainfield RebellionBy ‘Baba Zayid’**~“Where are niggers when the people need some shots?Niggers are scared of…Continue

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Similarities Between Detroit and Greece

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                       From The Ramparts                     Junious Ricardo Stanton             Similarities Between Detroit and Greece ECB century’s new mode of warfare. It is as devastating as military war in its effect on population: rising…Continue

 

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