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Chief Obafemi Awolowo

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ACCORDING TO VANGUARD OF DECEMBER, 2012 Insights into onshore – offshore dichotomy, by Obong Victor Attah on December 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm in For the record BEFORE the advent of the 1999 constitution, the principle of derivation was subjected to severe and whimsical gerrymandering by the various Presidents and Heads of State that had ruled Nigeria. This was due to the fact that, though the principle had been acknowledged and accepted there was no governing formula. Up till 1970, derivation stood at fifty percent. Decree No.113 of 1970, put forward by the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo and promulgated by General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) reduced it to 45 per cent and at the same time appropriated the entire offshore oil revenue to the Federal Government. That was the sad beginning of the onshore-offshore dichotomy. But it was an emergency war time effort to secure enough money with which to prosecute the war by the Federal Government and to reconstruct Nigeria. The minority people of the oil producing states w ...
A PARTY WITH THE VISION ,GOV Mimiko spoke in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Wednesday, while inaugurating the interim state executive members of the LP as well as the secretariat of the party located on Obafemi Awolowo Road, Oke Ado. The governor, who was welcomed by LP members and supporters of the party, described LP as the most progressive party in the country, adding that progressivism was not in words but in action. He stressed that a world of difference existed between LP and the party that tagged itself progressive but which takes pleasure in inflicting pains and sorrow on the people of the zone. Mimiko, whose address was punctuated, by intermittent shouts of Iroko by the tumultuous and enthusiastic crowd, condemned the systematic denial of the masses from enjoying university education through exorbitant tuition fee as high as N250,000. “LP is a party that lifts the masses from the dunghill and we thank Chief Obafemi Awolowo for making the Yoruba people what we are today. Without Awo, many of ...
Awolowo's Legacy Vs Tinubu's Mediocrity Any Yoruba man or woman that call the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Senator Bola Tinubu Yoruba leader or equate him with the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo is eithersick, illiterate or ignorant. Let uscompare Awolowo and Tinubuside by side. ...Read more
In this interview with Vanguard, Fasoranti said the ongoing National Conference is a welcome opportunity to adjust the Nigerian federation, that the Yoruba sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo would have backed it and faults northern leaders on the Boko Haram insurgency.Excerpts:
Its funny how small minded mischief makers keep declaring ppl as "not saints" in politics. Saints are for churches ppl with the guts to do what is necessary for their ppl belong to politics. Was Hitler a saint? No!!, but to the german ppl he remains a great leader. Napoleon, Caesar, Winston Church-hill, Abraham Lincoln, Odumegwu Ojukwu, Aminu Kano, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.. are examples of leaders not saints!
Nigeria Crying For Help. Our nation once cried. The cry for Freedom from the British in the early Nigerian Federation. Our great leaders responded. Sir Ahmadu Belllo and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa formed a successful alliance with Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. A sovereign Nigeria Nation was born. Change came to Nigeria. We have our Victory. We cried again and we demanded to be Educated. Chief Obafemi Awolowo pioneered free Education and free Health Care in Nigeria. Again, we have our Victory. Our nation, Strong and Powerful. Economy, well respected in the union of nations. Now we Cry, the cry of a nation in Turmoil. Our beloved Nigeria crying for help. She cries: Help me. Love me. Save me. Our country needs us. Nigeria our father’s land, a proud nation, a large and a fruitful land, a land fertile and flowing with abundance of natural resources, and a strong people of intellect with minds of a genius. So we Cry and cry. For We Have No Leadership. The seat of power is Crippled with Corruption. An Impotent Leadershi ...
Osun State Lodge in Asokoro has been renamed in honour of its revered Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The building is now called AWOLOWO HOUSE.
The S'west region is in a class of its own.It has prioritised healthcare,education,urban renewal etc as modelled after Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Never in history, have we had a president that is so assailed by criticisms. Do you believe Jonathan is the worst president ever in Nigeria? It is easy to be critical than to correct. Criticism is the pasttime of many who have no job to do. Critique is the pasttime of those who want to contribute to the development of their nation. But the easy goers, they will raise the red flag that something is going wrong. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, when he was alive was not full of criticism. He was full of critique. He was warning them that disaster was ahead. And several times those disasters came to pass because they didn’t heed his warnings. Now, to call President Jonathan the worst President of Nigeria is unfair because I don’t know what we make of the military years of the locust. T Bakare.
My Administration Has Done Well Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, in an interview with journalists (including GBENRO ADESINA) in Ibadan, speaks on the achievements of his administration How far has your administration gone with its transformation programme? Ibadan was the capital of Western Region where Chief Obafemi Awolowo administered the whole Western Region. We are noted for the first. We have the first television in Africa, the first university in Nigeria, the first stadium, the first tallest building in Nigeria, the largest teaching hospital and many other firsts. All these culminated in christening us as a pacesetter state. By the time we assumed office in 2011, we found out that all these firsts that we were known for had been destroyed. We found out that even this same Ibadan that we boast of being intellectual capital of Nigeria, where free education first started, became a place where our students took 31st position out of 36 states in the examinations of the West African Examination Counc ...
Former Ogun State governorship aspirant on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mr. Kayode Soyinka, has advised Yoruba delegates to the National Conference, not to push the case for the possible break away of Yorubaland from the Nigerian federation too far. He said the Yorubas should be more cerebral in their thinking and proffering superior, more convincing and workable solutions to the numerous developmental challenges facing the country. The three-time governorship aspirant made the appeal while speaking as a special guest at the meeting of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), held in Abeokuta on Wednesday. The renowned journalist and publisher of Africa Today magazine reminded the gathering that the political leader of the Yorubas, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, left his comfort zone to go up-North to persuade the Sardauna of Sokoto to see reasons why Nigeria should be independent when the North said it was not ready to join the South in the struggle for independence. He said it was Awo ...
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor, State of Osun writes: Complete Child, Complete Youth, Complete Citizen: Understanding the Essence of Osun‘s New Education Policy – Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Let me state from the outset that the Osun State Education Policy our administration is currently implementing is not a haphazard, impressionistic voyage. It is rather a comprehensive and holistic response to a scandalous educational rot, which we found, at the inception of our government, unbefitting of a state and people that were part of the first revolutionary educational policy in Nigeria; by which I mean Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his Action Group (AG) party’s free primary education policy, which started in the old Western Region in 1955. Our policy therefore seeks an integrative approach to the education of our children and youth. This spans: Education Infrastructure in O’Schools: massive building of new school structures to replace the present dilapidated ones, within the framework of our schools reclass . ...
MONDAY LINES NIGERIA’S ALI BABA AND THE 40 THIEVES Lasisi Olagunju The story of two kids of different orientations on power, its opulence and corruptive tendencies caught the attention of the Bishop of Zonkwa Diocese of the Anglican Communion, the Right Reverend Jacob Kwashi at the 27th posthumous birthday anniversary of Chief Obafemi Awolowo at Ikenne, Ogun State, on Thursday. The first boy is a three-year-old who saw, firsthand, the glitz, glamour, and the sheer street display of raw power that regularly travels with governors’ convoys in Nigeria. He saw one pass by his father’s house and was wowed so much he decided to kneel before his Maker that evening: “Lord, empower me to become a politician...” His mother, surprised at her boy’s prayer request, asked him why and his explanation was what he saw earlier that day. Somewhere else, at some other time, was another three-year old boy who had been conditioned at home to see every problem everywhere as a direct consequence of corruption. He was ...
The Exclusion Of Ogu (Egun) People From The Lagos And Ogun National Conference Delegates’ List Posted: SAHARA REPORTERS: Mar, 04 2014, 6:03PM The continuous marginalization of the Ogu (Egun) people of South-West Nigeria is common knowledge. The late sage and Premier of the then Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo has remained the reference point in leadership not only because of his selflessness and capability, but primarily because of his inclusiveness. For example, it was Chief Awolowo who appointed the Aholu, Claudius Dosa Akran from Badagry as the Minister for Economic Planning and Community Development (1958 – 1964) in the then regional government. At the same time, Chief D. K Aihonsu (from Ipokia, present day Ogun State) was a member of the Regional House of Representatives through the support of Chief Awolowo. Since the demise of this sage (and the leadership style he represented), there have been spirited efforts to present the South-West Nigeria as a mono-ethnic region. In this vain, politi ...
Awo symposium for March 4 To mark the 105th posthumous birthday of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, there will be a symposium, titled: The Nigerian Constitution: The Awo Road Not Taken, on March 4 at NECA House in Alausa, Lagos at 11am. The symposium was organised by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation. The Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu, said recommendations at the symposium would be sent to delegates to the proposed National Conference, which will start on March 18. Dr. Awolowo-Dosunmu said: “As the institutional custodian of the late Awolowo’s intellectual legacy, the foundation has decided that his prescriptions on the Nigerian constitution should be placed before intending delegates to the conference and Nigerians, so that they can be rigorously and rationally re-examined.” She said the panelists were carefully chosen to involve the younger generation in the discussion, adding: “We have chosen this panel because we want to involve the younger generation, who can ...
I am a Lagos boy, educated in Lagos, and my children were all given birth to and groomed in Lagos. -Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. It is only when they are in trouble they remember their Yorubaness and Yoruba hospitality. This same Sanusi alleged Yoruba were the problem with Nigeria. He insulted Prof. Wole Soyinka in the presence of Femi Fani-Kayode and Akin Osuntokun and pointedly told him Nigeria belongs to the Gambari and there is nothing the Yoruba can do about it. His first job as the then CBN Governor was the removal of a Yoruba banker Mr Akingbola. Sanusi sold Mr Akingbola's Intercontinental Bank, a corporation of over 21 years standing, worth more than N10 trillion naira, to the Gambari at a ridiculous price of N10 billion naira. In like manner, Yoruba groomed Zik politically. Just under three years after Nigeria's independence from the British colonial thugs, Zik teamed up with Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa, and together they imprisoned Yoruba leader Chief Obafemi Awolowo for 10 years for doing nothing. ...
Rather than fully maximise the country's potential for mutually assured prosperity,a privileged few has hoodwinked the Nigerian peoples.The result is what we have today;a country exhibiting all the characteristics of a failed state,the serial denial of government officials notwithstanding.Echoing Achebe,the problem of Nigeria is the ruling elite and the failure of leadership.There is nothing wrong with the Nigerian land or climate or water or air or anything therein but the unwillingless or inability of its leaders to rise to the challenge of nation building.Unarguably,those who started the Nigerian projects,the likes of Sir Ahmadu Bello,Nnamdi Azikiwe,Chief Obafemi Awolowo and others had good intentions before they were hijacked by rogues and rascals donning the garb of leaders.
Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Chief Obafemi Awolowo visited Nigeria in from there graves, the will die a last death of not visit.
Exactly 53 years today, Nigeria gained independence from Britain and thereby ending 46 years of colonial rule. Nigeria was born on January 1, 1914, following the amalgamation of the then Southern and Northern Protectorates by Lord Fredrick Lugard. The country owes its independence to the struggles of nationalists like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello and others, who were in the forefront of the clamour for the involvement of Nigerians in the affairs of their country. Several conferences were held. The late Chief Anthony Enahoro moved the motion for Nigerian’s independence on the floor of the House of Representatives. Though he had proposed independence for Nigeria in 1959, the Northern members of the House were opposed to the motion on the grounds that the North was not ready. The clause, stipulating a date for independence was later substituted with another clause: “As soon as possible.” Eventually, the country gained independence from colonial rule on October 1, 1960 ...
I wish to single out Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the greatest performing leader of Nigeria for all times -
It was so painful that Nigerian leaders did not allow Chief Obafemi Awolowo to rule Nigeria. He was the best leader Nigeria has never produced. All his prophesies are coming true. what do you think about this?
Chief Obafemi Awolowo a globally accepted icon of progressive leadership in Africa, predicted " in one of his books, The Hero, that the best of the conservative and the best of the progressive will one day rule Nigeria. Don't you think the APC has come to fulfill this prediction?
"Employment with little wage is undoubtedly better than no e mployment and no wage at all" Chief Obafemi Awolowo,budget speech in the Western house of assembly,Ibadan.2nd March 1955
Ogun State Politics!!! Gbenga Daniel is gradually becoming the boss of Ogun politics Since the pronouncement of Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the leader of the labour party in Ogun State, there had been unprecedented human traffic flowing in and out of the regal Asoludero Court; while some come in the open daylight, others came at odd hours The Southwest geopolitical zone of the country is noted for its political elitism and clear-cut bearing on national issues. Its people are always, almost unequivocal in the choice of, not only their leaders, but, political parties and voting pattern. A cursory spool-back of political trends from the First Republic to the present dispensation reveals a rather peculiar but factual mass movement of the people from one political party to the other as it suits their purposes: the First Republic was an all Action Group (AG) affair – what else with the enormous influence of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his progressive-minded disciples? Despite the national outreach of the Natio ...
Federal Republic of Nigeria centenary calender (1914 to 2014) made by federal ministry of information. Chief Obafemi Awolowo's name and events are not included. Can anyone, group or government write d history of Nigeria in ds centery, chief Obafemi Awolowo's will excluded. Why? This question is for Nigerians nd d government of President Jonathan.
HAIL KING OBASANJO! THE EMPEROR, THE BULLY, THE TYRANT! EX Ps. Are we surprised that Obasanjo will team up with the Anti Christ? We thought he obtained a diploma in Theology at a Nigerian University. A leopard cannot change it colour. Obasanjo who betrayed Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Obasanjo who escaped unhurt while his Boss Murtala laid in cold blood! Obasanjo whose bosom friend Chief Bola Ige the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was murdered during the reign of the Obasanjo, the know it all, the all capable. The killers of Bola Ige disappeared into thin air till today. We do not know of any political assassinations in Jonathan’s Government. Can Obasanjo say the same of his own? We do not know of Jonathan Government becoming like Abacha’s. Obasanjo must be invited for questioning by the police like any other citizen. He does not enjoy any immunity. Jonathan should not set a bad precedent by allowing Obasanjo to go free on some dangerous allegations. Obasanjo the Emperor is angry becaus ...
Femi Fani-Kayode A HARVEST OF HARDSHIP AND DEATH THE NIGERIA SEAT OF POWER BY FEMI FANI-KAYODE In Nigeria politics and the power game is a terrible business which, more often than not, comes with pain, anguish, humiliation, hardship, death and tragedy for those who reach the top. It is rather like playing Russian roulette. Let us look at the facts. In the early 60's Chief Obafemi Awolowo lost his first son in mysterious circumstances and so did Chief S.L. Akintola. President Olusegun Obasanjo lost three wives in mysterious circumstances whilst Sir Ahmadu Bello had no sons. Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello and Obasanjo all went to jail for three years each. Akintola was killed in the prime of his life just as was Ahmadu Bello and Sir Tafawa Balewa. As a matter of fact they were all killed on the same night. President Shehu Shagari lost three children whilst he was in power and was locked up for one year after he was toppled. Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12th 1993 Presidential election, lost two wives, was ...
Awo and MandelaIn this interview granted Sahara TV and uploaded to YouTube, writer, poet and social critic, Odia Ofeimun, speaks about the late Nelson Mandela's criticism of Nigeria and why he believes the late Premier of the old Western Region, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was greater than the a...
The statement above is now trending on social media! Thanks to Nigerian poet/writer Odia Ofeimun who made a shocking statement which has kept lips buzzing endlessly. He compared two legends, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late South African Human Rights activist Nelson Mandela, and stated the fo...
RIDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2013 LATE SAMUEL LADOKE AKINTOLA, PREMIER OF THE OLD Western Region BIRTH Samuel Ládòkè Akíntọ́lá or "S.L.A." was born in on July 6, 1910, a Nigerian politician, lawyer, aristocrat and orator in Ògbómòshó, South West, Nigeria. In addition to serving as one of the founding fathers of modern Yorùbá, he also held the title of the highly revered Ààre Ònà Kakañfò XIII of Yorubaland. EARLY LIFE/CAREER After he was trained as a lawyer in the United Kingdom, Akintola returned to Nigeria in 1949 and teamed up with other educated Nigerians from the Western Region to form the Action Group (AG) under the leadership of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. As the deputy leader of the AG party, he did not serve in the regional Western Region Government headed by the premier Awolowo but was the Action Group Parliamentary Leader/Leader of Opposition in the House of Representatives of Nigeria. At the federal level he served as Minister for Health and later Minister for Communications and Aviation. ...
The purpose of the International Gathering for Peace and Human Rights in Africa is to educate the world including Africans of their unalienable rights as declared by the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the need for world peace as societies and nations cannot progress or prosper where there is no peace; and there cannot be a proper peace in a society where Human Rights does not exist.Global peace has been disrupted by political storms, tempests and hurricanes that originated from tribal wars, communal wars, ethnic cleansing, genocide and civil wars! Hundreds, thousands, and millions of souls have died, maimed for life, and have been rendered homeless,fatherless and motherless, leaving behind them the anguish of devastation,hunger, and a moral degenerated society! According to Chief Obafemi Awolowo,“Violence never settles anything right: apart from injuring your own soul, it injures the best cause. It lingers on long after the object of hate has disappeared from the scene to ...
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Writer and poet, Odia Ofeimun, has rated the late Premier of old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, above late former South African President, Nelson Mandela. The social critic, in a chat with ...
Ekiti Roads Are Naturally Tarred He was a phenomenon. Chief E. A. Babalola was the first University graduate from that entity known as Ekiti, now Ekiti state, which is symbolized as the fountain of knowledge. Chief Babalola took the first baton when he graduated from the University of Sierra Leone also known as Fourah Bay College in 1946. He stood as a unique person being the first to have a degree in a place which later became a reservoir of intellectuals in Nigeria. I learnt that the whole of Ekiti erupted in disbelief and joy to have the very first University graduate among them. A reception was organized for him and he was welcomed with gun salute in Oye-Ekiti, his home town and the whole of Ekiti Division as it was known then. He was a teacher, a school principal and the Minister of works in Western Region during the administration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He was married with children and died around 1985. This piece is not intended to tell the story of his life as I am aware that he wrote his own b ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo said that ' nigerians are not bothered about who rules them so long as they are allowed to leave thier lives In crude comfort'. This he meant that there is food on his table, road, light, water, transportation, security, schools etc. Therr sversge nigerian does not care who governs them. The current political crises in the country is engined by self centred and expired politicians who want to be relevant after fifty years in governance.
"Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression”-Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Path to Nigerian Freedom (1947))
I have a DREAM...very tall one indeed. Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Herbert Macauley, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sardauna Of Sokoto,Sir Ahmadu Bello, etc While leaders of Nigeria, I was not yet Born. Gen Dr Yakubu Gowon, Gen Obj, Ty danjuma, Shehu SHagari, Gen Buhari, Gen. IBB, GEN Abacha, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen Abdulsalami, Abubakar, while they led this Nation, i had grown from a child to a man. Today in the Era of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. I am an adult and a Proud father. That of all the Leaders above only DR.GEJ that is less than 70 years, age wise he does not belong to their club! Perhaps reason for some of his travails. The current President, as a young man, just 57 has tried, my only worry is that he has not been strong and firm as i would have loved, but no one is perfect. If Dr GEJ has not satisfied your aspirations, agitate for younger people in all the parties APC,PDP LP etc to present themselves for the top spot. Instead of what we currently see, I ask sincerely that the d ...
LEGACY IN GOVERNANCE: Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a celebrated, revered and respected leader of his generation because of his legacies as Premier of the Western Region. Today, many Politicians clamoured for people's vote using Awo's name and contacts. What Legacy are they leaving behind since 1999?
Chief Obafemi Awolowo built the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan, the first of its kind in Africa; established the WNTV, the first television station in Africa; erected the first skyscraper in tropical Africa: the Cocoa House (still the tallest in Ibadan) and ran a widely-respected civil service in the Western Region. This is what to remember a good leader for, not for making few to become billionaires over night,building of roads and digging of boreholes, all these are fundamentals not an achievements.
Saying Late chief Obafemi Awolowo was greater than Nelson Mandela is like sayin NTA is more entertainin than SILVERBIRD.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo – one of d ‘ founders’ of d Nigerian state was primarily,a super- founder & member of d Yoruba Social – cultural organization Omo Egbe Oduduwa. There was no time Chief Obafemi Awolowo, believed in a country like Nigeria – he defined it in his book, “as merely a geographical expression.” ~Asari Dokubo
IS AWOLOWO REALLY A TRIBALIST? January 2, 2014 edition of The Punch Newspaper reported that a writer and a poet, Odia Ofeimun asserted in an interview with SharaReporters that Awo was greater than Mandela. Rather than prove to us that Ofeimun’s reasons are untenable or baseless, some people, especially our brothers and sisters at the other side of the Niger deviated from the issue. The only comment they could pass is: “Awo is a tribalist”. After a thorough assessment of the scenario, I concluded within me that those calling Chief Obafemi Awolowo a tribalist are ignoramus. As a matter of fact, they are inadvertently saying Nelson Mandela is a racist. Nelson Mandela fought against white supremacists in apartheid South Africa while Chief Awolowo courageously challenged colonialism in Nigeria. He was not fighting for the Yorubas alone but for independence of Nigeria as a whole. He eventually achieved this in 1960. The imperialists were offended by Awo’s role in the agitation for independence and ther ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Federal Commisioner of Finance and Vice Chairman of the National Executive Council, with President Boumadein of Algeria, circa 1968. Source: Daily Trust.
Kwame Nkruma of Ghana. Chief Obafemi Awolowo of Nigeria. Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Who among them is the greatest not most popular but the greatest? I need your candid vote or opinion please
Chief Obafemi Awolowo is often refered to 'as the best president we never had'. In my opinion, President Goodluck Johnatan will be remembered as the best president Nigerians never allowed to stay
REVISITING AWO’S IMPRISONMENT: 50 YEARS AFTER Introduction It may be convenient, sadly though, to begin the discourse of today with a funny but disturbing joke I read in some online publication recently. It says that a young Nigerian graduate went for an interview in a company. She looked quite prepared and confident as she was glowing from head to toe, elegantly dressed with re-doubled eyelashes and prominent lip-paint. Meeting the interviewer, an equally young lady with British accent, our young applicant decided to assume an air of importance with a borrowed but dislocated accent. The short exchange went thus: Interviewer: Who is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and what is her portfolio? Applicant: Excuse me, I don’t watch Nigerian movies, please. The above may have two basic connotations: one is the level of ignorance that has overtaken our youths despite the monumental legacy of education bequeathed to us by the towering intellectual leadership of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. On the other hand, it could also mean ...
Did Odia Ofeimun who was once his personal secretary actually say Chief Obafemi Awolowo was greater than Nelson Mandela? Well, what I know?
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Writer, poet and social critique Odia Ofeimun in an interview with Sahara TV, said late premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was a greater man than South... Read more »
I said it here recently that Papa Chief Obafemi Awolowo was greater than Mandela of South Africa and that we...
Awo was greater than Mandela – Ofeimun: Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo | credits: Writer and...
So Chief Obafemi Awolowo was/is greater than Madiba Nelson Mandela... I think I wanna kinda agree.
Ckn Nigeria shared the following link and had this to say about it: Writer and poet, Odia Ofeimun says Chief Obafemi Awolowo is greater than Nelson Mandela.. Do you agree with him, can AWO be compared to the greatest African HERO of the 21st century?..CKN
Chief Obafemi Awolowo rated higher than Mandella. Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Writer and poet, Odia Ofeimun, has...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo once said that a time would come that the progressively minded politicians across Nigeria would come together to form a political party that would take over power at the centre and set a new direction for the nation. Whao!
NAIJA FOOD FOR THOUGHT... "If Dr Michael Iheonukara Okpara, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe thought of selling off our common heritages when they held sway, there would not have been anything left for these modern day robbers to sell." -Lazarus Chukwukelu
Chief Obafemi Awolowo born in 1909 contested in 1979 & 1983 for Presidency - 70yrs & 74 yrs old respectively. Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe born in 1904, also contested in 1979 & 1983 fro Presidency - 75yrs & 79yrs respectively. Nigerians never raised any questions, but for Buhari, they will always look for excuse to discredit him. If either of the two above were to be alive today, & they contest, Nigerians may gladly vote for them without raising questions of age! Again, Chief Bola Ige, born 1930, also contested in 1999, at 69, nobody remembered his age! If he were alive in 2003, 2007 & today, he may still contest, people may not remember his age!
After the 'Five Majors' struck, Ironsi had this to say in a meeting to resolve the leadership gap that was created with the absence of Balewa: 'I asked for soldiers, and I am being given politicians dressed in uniforms'. I think Nzeogwu's comment after the coup confirms Ironzi's assertion: 'Neither myself nor any of the lads was in the least interested in governing the country.We were soldiers and not politicians.We had earmarked from the list known to every soldier in this operation who would be what. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was,for example, to be released from jail immediately and to be made the executive provisional president of Nigeria.We were going to make civilians of proven honesty and efficiency who would be thoroughly handpicked to do all the governing.' If they were not politicians dressed in uniform as Ironsi claimed,why was their interest on Awo? It had also been alleged that these guys had links with radicals like Soyinka and J.P: Clark.
It's in history that Chief Obafemi Awolowo introduced cross-carpeting into the Nigerian politics. This happened after the election, when he convinced his fellow Yorubas to defect from NCNC to AG
Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a politician of repute in his days. As a politician he was not a local champion but a national figure. All he had wanted was to rule the nation NIgeria with his welfarism ideology. In all his campaigns, it was not all about becoming the president but about a phillosophy. Interestingly, Chief Awolowo never became President, but today we talk about Disciples, Apostles and students of Chief Obafemi Awolowo politics. You cannot study Political Science, History or Law in Nigeria today without studying about the person and politics of Awolowo. Albeit, Awolowo was a LEADER. A leader of Yoruba race and A National Leader. However, my question, Do we have at least 1 person that we can say have, if not same, but similar quality. Awolowo was teaching politics, so you go to him making notes. What does our leaders today teach? Go and kill so,so; don't go or relate with this and that; NO PRINCIPLE, NO IDEOLOGY, NO PHILOSOPHY! My dear comrades please let us be careful and watchful before choosin ...
Of Amnesia and Myopia: The Igbos in Nigerian politics Most Igbo political leaders have made careers out of antagonising the Yoruba leaders and people. Their major excuse has always been that the Yorubas betrayed them during the Biafran crisis. Though as infernal and miry as this capricious allegation was and still is, the Igbo leaders have never been able to establish that there was an agreement between the Igbos and Yorubas regarding the creation of an independent nation of Biafra. What they have mischievously held on to and gratuitously interpreted to be a promise was Chief Obafemi Awolowo's statement to Colonel Emeka Ojukwu that if the Igbos were forced out of Nigeria, the Yorubas would be obliged to follow suit. The Igbo political leaders impishly and blatantly used this to misinform, "miseducate" and mislead an average Igboman for narcissistic ephemeral political gains. Ojukwu or any Igbo leader never informed Awo or any Yoruba leader of note about plans of Biafra. At the time Ojukwu declared Biafra, ...
I relate with all Governors irrespective of political party affiliation but I have not worked against the interest of the PDP. What I have not done is to influence the electoral process to favour our Party. You were definitely never so inclined, since you openly boasted in your letter of how you supported Alhaji Shehu Shagari against Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe and others in the 1979 presidential elections while serving as a military Head of State. You and I clearly differ in this regard, because as the President of Nigeria, I believe it is my duty and responsibility to create a level playing field for all parties and all candidates.-Goodluck Ebele Goodluck Jonathan to Olusegun Obasanjo
Lets not forget!!! By Micheal Ogunsina In 1964: Prime Minister Balewa’s Northern peoples Congress (NPC) aligned with a faction of the Action Group (AG) led by Chief Ladoke Akintola, the Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP), to form the Nigerian National Alliance (NNA) in readiness for the elections. At the same time, the main Action Group led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo formed an alliance with the United Middle-Belt Congress (UMBC) and Alhaji Aminu Kano's Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) and Borno Youth Movement to form the United Progressive grand Alliance (UPGA) and no one see anything wrong in this. In 2007, Mimiko left Pdp to contest under another party, LP and won the Guber seat through court almost two years after BUT that is okay. He is a saint. Right now Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu is forming alliance with Obasanjo's PDP as APC and He is being branded names. I think it is now evident some people are political hypocrites and are pained because what was unproductive in 1964 is now having a p ...
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Below is an essay on Chief Obafemi Awolowo it is a chapter in my forthcoming book on Nigeria leaders to commemorate Nigeria's 100 years of existencce Zents Kunle Sowunmi should take note and if you wish you can publish it in ur magazine/website Chief Obafemi Awolowo GCFR by Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa majekarofi He was born on the 6th of March 1909 in Ikenne, an Ijebu Remo (in the present Ogun State), it was a farming community known for its animal husbandry. His father David Shopulo Awolowo was one of the first converts to Christianity. He converted in 1896 and he was literate in Yoruba. David’s father, (Obafemi’s grandfather) was “a member of the Iwarepa the inner circle of the ruling body, Osugbo of the town”. David was a wealthy farmer and lumber merchant. He was also very interested in the education and physical development of his child. Obafemi was enrolled at St. Savior’s Anglican Primary School Ikenne at the age of five years old in 1914 and “after three years he was transferred to Wesleyan Sc ...
When I called up a broadcaster this morning to tell him I was hoping to release a TV series “The Story Mama Told Me” for his station to use and that one of the topics was “The Man Awo I Knew”, he told me those who know Chief Obafemi Awolowo are dead. I was shocked…by that statement. Was he actually saying I was dead? Maybe he was telling me my ideas can not sell…since TV has become buy and sell, these days. I was shocked especially knowing fully well that with out “The Man Awo” he would probably not be where he is today. If those who know him are dead, then he is also dead. Why did we study history I asked? How could we have forgotten so soon? Will Nelson Mandela also be forgotten so soon? The good news is that I believe I knew him….that is why I shall be releasing my TV series “Stories Mama Told Me” to some TV houses for broadcast. I am sure that there are many like me who know him that are still living. I believe there many like me who realize that had Chief Obafemi Awolowo not int ...
This book was first published in 2009 for International African Institute, London and has now been reissued in Nigeria by a local publisher to commemorate mama chief H.I.D Awolowo’s 95th birthday on November 2010. This is a scholarly work on Chief Obafemi Awolowo and t...
Omoniyi Korode :I had written the submission below and part of it discussed Chief Awolowo.He was far ahead of his peers and understood the political economy of under development. I will answer your rejoinder later but i had never compared any Nigerian to Mandela,you did?Read on: Gbolade Jetawo wrote: Re: Nigeria's three(3) lost chances at effective and revolutionary leadership The three opportunities came through:1) Chief Obafemi Awolowo,2)Gen Muritala Mohamed and 3) Gen Sanni Abacha. Lack of leadership process plus some human personal flaws robbed us! CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO Of all the pre independence leaders Awo best understood the conflicting dynamics of underdevelopment at independence.His own lack of tact,British colonial suspicion and post independence designs,tribal jingoism,lack of national concensus and peer envy all combined to immolate this man of genius in an age of mediocrity.He ended up in jail! GEN MURITALA MOHAMMED Next on the list was the dashing ,exuberant and enigmatic one and only Gen M ...
good day my fellow Nigerians. The story u re abt 2 read is true life story. Nigeria is a great Nation & bless country. Wen dis country is being created, the "KEY" of dis country is giving 2 some1 which is Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He is d 1 incharge of d "KEY". Bt something happen d wick leader's whated 2 collect d "KEY" frm him so they threw him inside cell nt knowing 2 them dat d "KEY" is with him inside cell. Dis leader's don't allow "AWO" to use & rule dis country before he die. Dis set of leader's also was dat Olusegun Obasanjo wil give them problem so they aslo threw him inside d same cell "AWO" was then. On kw 2 them d "KEY" is stil inside d cell & "OBJ" was d "KEY" without knowing d usefulness of it until 1999 whn he became d "GCFR" i.e d president of Nigeria. My fellow Nigerians dis "KEY" i'm talking abt is stil with "BABA IYABO" looking fr who to give. My question is dis who can "CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO" gives dis "KEY"?
Politics used to be a game of the elders in the days of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, not a game for the premature minded ones-but a profession among the good thinkers.
Hey Nigeria!!! 1960's these are Youth who fought for Nigeria Independence., (1)Herbert MacAulay (2)Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe (3)Chief Obafemi Awolowo (4)Sir, Ahmadu Bello (5)Sir, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa they'r all Youth, who fought for freedom. Now,we youth need to fight for our freedom from all these old politician, they'v enslaved the youth, used the youth to achieved their evil deeds. We must stop all this and start a new Change., Nigeria Youth it's time to Save this Nation.
It is my THIRD time of reading former President Olusegun Obasanjo's letter to President Goodluck Jonathan. Sincerely, those who have been calling Obasanjo's names because of that letter should go and hide somewhere. Obasanjo wrote well, deep from the heart about TWO things he is passionate about - Peoples Democratic Party and a united Nigeria that is well-respected abroad. I had cause to discuss Jonathan's messy political strategy with a friend close to the seat of power in Abuja a few months back while in the FCT. He was diffident initially. But after telling my friend pointedly that the reason Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko was allowed to 'win' his re-election was because of his closeness to Jonathan, not because he had serious electoral votes as voters proved decisively in that state. My friend was shocked to know that one also had access to key reports that detailed how the PDP gubernatorial candidate's victory was stolen because of the man's perceived closeness to Obasanjo. It is the same in oth ...
They were shot because they dare asked for more pay. Nothing happened to those that killed them, even under a black PRESIDENT. Corruption is still high like NIGERIA. Nigeria has produced MANDELAS.The late SARDUANA, CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, DENIS OSADEBEY AND SOLOMON LAR.
“And I want to assure you that if I have the opportunity of becoming governor of Oyo State, I will improve on what Chief Obafemi Awolowo has done. That was why during the last election, rather than four cardinal points of Chief Obafemi Awolowo during the Unity Party of Nigeria, my own were six to include: full employment for all, not a propaganda card, integrated agriculture and rural development, industrial transformation of Oyo State, free education for all among others.” [Heritage Echo, March 2013, Page 20]
"The battle of life does not go to the faster or stronger Man, But soon or late, The man who wins, is the man who think he can." - From my great mentor, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, The President Nigeria never had.
Today, as the legally recognised Secretary General of National Youth Council of Nigeria(NYCN), I am concious of my place in History. I am propelled to by my deep conviction to continuing rendering my sacrificial services to this great Nation. Nigerian Youth must have a sense of belonging, we must be partners in the process of nation building & consolidation of our country's democracy. I, with our able & dynamic President Comrade Henry Nwabueze will be the bridge between Nigerian Youth & our government. We are going to create a frame work to harness & bring into full play the energy of our Youths in the task of transforming Nigeria into a truly developing nation. May we use this medium to thank & salute President Good luck Jonathan GCFR for giving our judiciary a free hand to operate. May I use this medium to invite our youth leaders to bury all hatchet & work with this new legally recognise executives of the council. According to Prof Wole Soyinka, "he who build the youth is building the country". I know ...
Still on OBJ's letter to GEJ. I have read through the Obj's letter, and the reactions that followed, majority of the people that. commented berated the writer of the said letter either on moral ground or on his relationship with Gej. However, the question I want to ask my fellow Nigerians is, who is qualify to write this type of letter? If it were Femi Falana, they will call hin an extremist and radical whose stock in trade is to formemt trouble, supposing it is from Lai Mohammed's desk, our people will say the opposition is out to destroy pdp, let's even assume its from the secretary of Arewa Consultative forum, the people will not hesitate to say the North is out to discredit Gej just to assume power come 2015. If it were pastor/politician Tunde Bakare, we will quickly discredit him as a bad looser. I remember in 1981 or so late chief Obafemi Awolowo wrote a letter to the then president, Alhaji Shehu Sagari on the state of the nation, he wrote then that the economy was in bad shape, and that the ship .. ...
PDP please and please again dont allow the LABOURS of AHMAD DU BELLO, DR NNAMDI and Chief OBAFEMI AWOLOWO to be in vain.
In 1979, OBJ because of envy of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo expunged the provision for electoral college in the 1978 transition decree when as head of state he knew that majority of members of UPN, NPP, PRP and GNPP, in the National Assembly then had made up their minds to vote for Chief Awolowo at the electoral college. That was when Obasanjo destroyed the Nigerian nation. If Awolowo had been president, he would have turned this country to Japan of Africa. What did we get in his second coming as president? Corruption of the highest level, shielding of corrupt officials, who are his cronies, fighting perceived enemy governors and public officials. Destruction of national assets, like toll gates, fraudulent privatization of public assets like NITEL, Aladja, Ajaokuta, Bacita Sugar, Iwopin, Aluminum Smelting plant, Itakpe, Volkswagen of Nigeria, to mention a few, destruction and destabilization of the National Assembly, election rigging, wasted tax payers money on illegal third term bid. In addition, he wast ...
The Constitution establishing Nigeria stipulated 50% derivation “in respect of any Mineral extracted from that region.” Sub-sections 1,2 3,4 and 5 of the Constitution explained this in detail. But this would not deter the rigging of Nigeria as Yakubu Gowon unilaterally took off 5% oil receipt of the Niger Delta leaving them with 45%. He then proceeded with another Census in 1973. At first, Gowon came out with a total of 79,758,969. The six states of the North got 51 million while the Southern six states were given barely 28,758,969. “This meant that the population of the North had jumped from 53.6% in 1963/64 to 63.8 in 1973/74 census. The Southern population had dwindled to 36.2% from 46.4%….” The Chairman of the census board late Sir Adetokunbo Ademola said “the figures published by Gowon were not my making.” Chief Obafemi Awolowo, now out of incarceration called the 1973 census a “barren exercise..” To appreciate the extent of the rigging of the census figures, a comparative analysis ...
''Let us forget our differences'' - Chief Obafemi Awolowo. ''No, let us accept our differences'' - Sir Ahmadu Bello.
And, pray, who are those that'll even fight on Jonathan's behalf? Is it these fools who should be fighting for their homelands, but had Henry Okah imprisoned in South Africa while they keep on buyinh houses all over Abuja and Lagos? Are these the jokers who'll fight? Fight who?A big thanks to Obasanjo for trying to assist the PDP back to life. Let's wait and hope that Jonathan will see the handwriting on the wall. Chief Obafemi Awolowo warned President Shehu Shagari more than two years before the old man was thrown out of office. Awo was abused to no end by political jobbers who later ran away and left Shagari to his fate.Let's hope we can still salvage our party from these hawks who see nothing but looting in their horizon.
Chief OBAFEMI AWOLOWO says n i quotw if a political GURU refuses to participate in politics, they will be ruled by an inexperienced fellow and it is an abomination to the Democracy for an unwise 2 rule the wise. VOTE 4 COMRADE RUFUS AJAYI 4 NAAS PRESIDENT
Odu’a Company: Leading partnership against hunger, unemployment JUST like every country of this world seeks peace by stockpiling weapons of war even when they are not being threatened by any form of aggression, any sensible government must map out plans to feed its citizens before hunger comes calling through food scarcity. Save the current action by the present Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, which is yielding positive results in the agric sector, not much is being done by the government at all levels to produce food for Nigerians who are increasing in geometric progression while food production is in arithmetic progression. An observation by Mr Adebayo Jimoh, Group Managing Director of Odua’s Investment Company, revealed that food scarcity is here with us in Nigeria because the majority of the nation’s farmers are now over 60 years of age. Hence, he opined that in the next 10 years, nature would have withdrawn the strength of these people and their ability to till the soil in order ...
Imoke: The Terror of National Indiscipline BY PUNCH by crossriverwatch admin “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through” —Zig Ziglar, author and motivational speaker The Guardian reported on Tuesday, the suspension by the Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, of 20 commissioners and special advisers for failure to participate in a scheduled four-kilometre walk to mark the World AIDS Day. Imoke’s sanction of his cabinet members, the report informs, will extend to their forfeiture of salary for the duration of the suspension. This columnist was struck by the story because it is such a long time ago anyone in public office in Nigeria was disciplined for anything. Even when widely published corruption charges hang around their neck, they are often let off the hook by a light reprimand, advised to lie low until the storm subsides or rewarded with a juicer appointment. What has become, for example, of Oduahgate an ...
"it is not the life that matters but the courage u bring to it." chief Obafemi Awolowo
Nigeria is now the 144 most corrupt nation on earth.This sordid rating does not perturb the National Assembly - the Epicenter of Nigerian's woes. To butress my claim, tell me in any Western capitals or cities you could find a single asset that belonged to Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sarduana of Sokoto, Dr. Francis Akanu Ibiam, Sir Kashim Ibrahim, S.L. Akintola, Dr. M.I. Okpara, Major General J.T.U Aguiyi Ironsi, Alhaji Aminu Kano and other authentic and real Nigerians. In contrast, take a hard look at the assets of the so-called Generals, or should I call them the military coup plotters, otherwisw known as Heads of States, that stole the nation to nakedness and amassed unbelievable amount of public funds and still stealing. Pick up a Bible or Quran and ask members of the National Assembly to swear if they don't have assets overseas. Nigeria shall be better when the people carries civil disobedience to sack every member of the National Assembly and block the Federal Secretariat to kick out e ...
DARE ADEKANMBI looks at the history of senatorial elections in Ogun State since 1999, especially why no senator has ever got a second term in the state. THE tenor and colour of Ogun State politics in the global politics of the Wild, Wild West are peculiar. This is why gladiators in the political theatre of the state are always literally on their toes, working round-clock to ensure that no weed grows on their political terrain. And of all elective positions in the state, the senatorial slots present a distinct case. The three senatorial districts in the state are Ogun East, West and Central. Since the country returned to civil rule in 1999, none of the senators elected on the platform of different political parties in Ogun has secured a re-election. A number of factors, intrigues and power play were said to be responsible for the development. Ogun East This Senatorial zone comprises nine out of the 20 local government councils in the state. The councils are Sagamu, Ikenne, Remo North, Odogbolu, Ijebu Ode, ...
Dear wen u get 2d world beyond pls tell Chief Obafemi Awolowo that we now pay school fees without going †ø school.
In his book,Adventure In Power:My March Through Prison,Chief Obafemi Awolowo did ask Chief Ladoke Akintola on what he,SLA said at the meeting he had with the Prime Minister together other Premiers where it was agreed that a "Prevention & Detention Act" was to be enforced in order to checkmate all "subversive elements" in the country,in response SLA told Pa Awo that he said nothing,Pa Awo then reminded him that shd such act be enforced he,Pa Awo will be the first victim. Now my dear Sen.Gbenga Kaka,APC i want to bring to your notice that shd this bill on 7yrs jail term for some of us unrepentant critics of insentive & anti-people policies by govt of the day becomes an Act,for sure most of us in the same party with you will be victims of such law.
GEJ etc. To my mind, whatever ill treatments we got in SA we deserved. I've taken the time to read through the eulogies since Mandela died and must confess that we-Nigerians are a group that appreciate outsiders and never our heroes. I might be wrong but that's the way I see it, I didn't see a super humanity in Mandela than what I saw in late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi and the late Sadauna of Sokoto. Awo was imprisoned and even lost his first son in prison while fighting for Nigeria's freedom but alas, no one seems to remember that as Nigerians but it is Mandela. Gani was imprisoned countless times by the military but no one voted him when he contested an election. All his efforts that brought us democracy today in addition to that of others are soon forgotten but in Mandela Nigerian now trust. South Africans will never celebrate your heroes. Mandela is being celebrated today because his people packaged him well I could recall my growing days when the fights of Nigerian against apar ...
"Your parents notice your fake friends before you do." - Chief Obafemi Awolowo 1960
Although my desire to serve has not been fully realized here on earth, my accomplishments in that respect are a sort of internal joy to me. I have a strong conviction of life after death and the possibility of my continuing to serve even after death. - Sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Something tells me that the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo brought succour to the people of Western Nigeria than Dr.Nelson Mandela to the black community in South Africa. Come to think of it,what better parting gift can one give to his people that surpasses education?
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"After independence we will have to stand on our own and rely on our own resources, the unifying force, the cement…which had hitherto been supplied by the United Kingdom Government will be removed, and will have to be replaced by new virtues of our own which must be capable of keeping all the diverse elements of the country together, in mutual trust and harmony and with a common national purpose." Excerpt taken from Awo, the Autobiography of Chief Obafemi Awolowo of Nigeria.
Pls, tell me ur hero among these past African leaders; Nelson Mandela of S A, kwame Nkrumma of Ghana, Alhaj Tafawa Balewa of Nigeria, muhammed Gadaffi of Libia, Jomo kenyeta of Kenya, Chief Obafemi Awolowo of Nig
"In the process of bringing out the best that is in man, and of enabling him to live a healthy and happy life, the agencies of politics and religion must work in close and harmonious cooperation. The eradication of ignorance, disease and want is a matter of the utmost concern to politics as well as to religion." - Chief Obafemi Awolowo (in) a lecture to students of Adventist College of West Africa, Ilishan, Remo, on 27 January 1961.
There is no way we can compare the present Nigeria leaders to the past. The likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, Alh. Amadu Bello, Sir Tafawa Balewa and others ruled with fear of God. They all fulfiled their election promises without sentiment. Chief Obafemi Awolowo founded the first ever television station in Africa 'NTA in the city of Ibadan not in Ikene. He also established the then Liberty Stadium and cocoa house, both in Ibadan not in Ikene. A 100 year guarante Ibadan to Ijebu tarred road. Free education and health for the masses. Transparency and accountability. Devidends of democracy to the riches and the ordinary citizens. 'Baba Awo's dream came true when governing the old Western Region which embodied about 5 or 6 states today. Some of you want to be addressed 'Awoist' but you don't want to follow the footsteps of these Godly politicians. What you cherish most is to be among best billionaires in the world. You don't have plan to serve your people wholeheartedly. Kudos to Late Nelso ...
COUNTDOWN TO ESOE CARNIVAL Sun Dec 15,2013-Yes,From Movie,to Music,To Infotech and now Poetry ,we have dem on Esoe Remo-Meet the Author of d book-The Political Moses-Poet Adedara Oduguwa,a book on d Sage Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo"hear him-even on a bike,we can travel & write about d World)meet him @ d Carnival.
When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, I remember being struck by how old fashioned he seemed. He spoke with the language, cadence and manner of figures from the 1940s and 1950s. As someone who grew up in Nigeria, he reminded me of videos I had seen of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and other great national leaders from the post-colonial world who had led their countries to freedom. He had the same formal way of speaking, the same dignity of bearing, the same sense of history. And Mandela really was a throwback to an older time - of great leaders, who through courage and sheer willpower, changed the course of history. Twenty-seven years in prison had kept intact his manners but also his morals. His most important act was, of course, of forgiveness. He didn't just talk about reconciliation. He took painful actions to make it real. He learned the language of his oppressors and studied their culture. Even after the election of a new government and with a new co ...
Oh, who would tell the father of FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION( CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO), that nigerians now pays school fees without going to school or with no Federal schools to attend? The offsprings of a lion now chews grasses! What a sad paradox??
History is Repeating Itself The Old Era: “Chief Obafemi Awolowo wanted to control his region and from there attempt to spread his power base to other parts of the country. He introduced tribalism into our politics and successfully pulled out his region from the national movement of which the West was once the leading light under Herbert MacAulay and Dr. Azikiwe”. – Ochereome Nnanna (Vnaguard, 09/12/2013) ''The New Era: Bola Tinubu has taken control of his region and now making attempts to control other regions as he tried to instal Ngige in Anambra state. To ensure he fails like in the old era, we must do the needful in Imo State as we did in Anambra. The intention of these guys in APC is clear. Look at those that protested at INEC HQT. Did you see an Igboman? Na so them love us reach, yet an Igboman (including Dr. Onu) is not occupying any position in APC. It happened before...lets repeat it!!! Omezue Slik Austin
Think 1963, and it's State of Emergency in Yoruba land and the Imprisonment of Chief Obafemi Awolowo by the Hausa/Fulani. 1993, it's the Annulment of June 12, Assassination of Kudirat Abiola, the Murder of Chief MKO Abiola and its Replacement with Olusegun Obasanjo by the Hausa/Fulani. I would like to think that, when people look at 2015, they will instantly say: "Never again to the Gambari.
South West APC GOVERNMENT; A DISASTER FOR THE MASSES? The late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo said in his address to the then Members of Ondo State House of Assembly, in Akure on Friday 18th January 1980 and I quote ……… “ Out of our 80 million population, about 70 million live in abject poverty while about 60 million are actually starving and have for house shelters unsuitable for modern poultry or piggery. As against this soul- depressing picture, we have in our midst about 1,000 rich Nigerians who, in the past, cleverly rigged the sources of the wealth of our Nation, and are now tactically poised to oligolise all the munificent avenues of riches that may superior now and in the future. The rich, and the highly-placed in business, public life, and government are running a dreadful risk in their callous neglect of the poor and down trodden” The situation of our country today and especially in the South West here is not different from what Chief Awolowo said 33years ago. When the South Westerners .. ...
NIGERIA MUST BE GREAT(1914-2014) No body would contest, for example that Nigerians of the First Republic possessed more sense brotherhood & general attitudinal decorum that we do today.This was because the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo,Sir Michael Okpara, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe were all inclined to putting the interests of their people first before anything else. these were leaders whose display of honesty, incorruptibility, trustworthiness, respectability, modesty, reliability, courage, competence, frankness, fearlessness & above all, fear of God did not leave even the Colonial Masters in doubt about their sincerity of purpose & commitment to the service of their people. I use this juncture medium therefore to draw the attention of fellow Nigerians to the bitter truth that the tendency of our leaders to dedicate all their attention to physical development alone over the years, disregarging efforts at attitudinal change has left us with wider roads, but narrower
What an interesting weekend, driving to Ondo town for a wedding, passing through Ile Ife, Iyanfoworogi, Abata Egba, Garage Olode, Ifetedo, Oramfe, Ile Oluji/Oke Igbo to Ondo, folks the whole area has changed but the road has not changed, It is still as solid as ever since Chief Obafemi Awolowo initiated the construction, the road otherwise known as "sina bole" (my people from Ile Ife should understand this better) was built by Soleh Boneh an Israeli company. Can"t our present visionless and armed robber leaders take a cue from Chief Obafemi Awolowo and give us good governance?
Why I picked rulers’ children for exco — Ajimobi ⁠November 18, 2013 Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi explained at the weekend why he appointed the children of some traditional rulers as commissioners. Ajimobi said he picked them based on their qualifications and record, adding that their fathers did not solicit their appointment. He spoke in his office while receiving traditional rulers in the state, led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III. Ajimobi said: “I am aware of what some people have been saying about the appointment of the children of some traditional rulers as commissioners. The question is: who among them was not qualified for the appointment? “I chose them. None of their fathers contacted me or requested appointment for any of the commissioners. I perused their papers and I discovered that they all had good records. We are proud of them. “The appointment was to show respect to the traditional rulers, support the traditional institution and recognise their contri ...
Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo is one of our past leaders that deserves to be honoured. May God touch our present leaders
Continued... Hon patrick: So in a nutshell, I want to say that my experience in serving as a legislator for 8 years, and my experience when I was leader of the Edo state house of assembly for 4 years, put me certainly in good speed for this assignment at the national level. Reporter: Is that why you have been a vibrant member of this National Assembly as it were? Hon patrick: Partly yes. Partly yes. It is terra ferma for me and not terra incognita. It is familiar to me and once you were ceased of the muances of parliamentary discourse and discobolus it follows therefore that it will be familiar to you too, partly …but again, partly it is equally responsible …, for the fact that you cannot succeed as a parliamentarian if you are not cosmopolitan. You must be prepared to immerse yourself in societal dialectics for you to be able to contribute efficaciously in a utilitarian modus. So, if you are a parliamentarian and you don ’t go through the ritual of even reading newspapers, you don’t bathe yoursel ...
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It's not spending 27 years in prison for the offense Nelson Mandela did not commit that made him great, but spending 27 years in prison and after being freed,he still went on preaching RECONCILIATION and even went to the extent of inviting those that prosecuted and persecuted and put him in prison to lunch and he did wine and dine with them. How many Nigerian leaders can do that? Even Chief Obafemi Awolowo in his own lifetime couldn't forgive his adverseries let alone shaking hands with them. In fact,Madiba was heaven sent.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo left (the Premiership of the Western Region) of his own volition without advice to contest the federal election. In the federal election he contested but he had no alliances. Stubborn, aggressive, very hardworking, visionary leader that Awolowo was, he never understood real politics at any time. In real politics you have to look at the figures, you have to have allies- there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies. You must have some allies. Nigeria is too fragmented for you not to have allies. If you are counting in the presence of someone with nine fingers, you don't count in the person's presence and say 'so you have nine fingers'. We had a brilliant man called S.L. Akintola who understood real politics. Awolowo believed that book knowledge was so important but he (Akintola) knew better. A situation arose- Awolowo wanted to ally with the East and Akintola wanted to align with the North. So there was a crisis". These are interesting historical perspectives and insights from a ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo (The Political Moses) by Adedara S. Oduguwa. A must read for researchers...and everybody!
In the history of Africa, when we talk of Wisdom, World Knowledge, Liberation of the People and Human Development. Who among these People can be regarded as the African greatest? ¤ PM Patrick Lumumba (Congo) ¤ Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana) ¤ Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Nigeria) ¤ Dr. Nelson Mandela (South Africa)
2013 ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY: CORRUPTION IS CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY Monday, December 9th, 2013 is United Nation's International Anti-Corruption day, a day set aside by the United Nations to raise people's awareness of the evils of corruption by resolution 58/4 of October 31, 2003. The resolution urged all nations to sign and ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to ensure its rapid entry into force. UNCAC is the first legally binding, international anti-corruption instrument that provides us an opportunity to institute a global response to corruption. This year's campaign has the theme: Zero Corruption - 100% Development, and reinforces the idea that there can only be development when we fight corruption with all our strength and bring all perpetrators to book. Although Nigeria ratified the convection since December 14, 2004, our fight against corruption has been cosmetic, weak, and half-hearted. According to late chief Obafemi Awolowo "since independence, our governments have been a ...
.it is not life that matters but the courage that you bring to life. - Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909 - 1987)
In the context of impermanence, it was always logical to contemplate, if not envision, the decline, if not the demise of the socio-political philosophy of the legendary Chief Obafemi Awolowo, on account of which he earned die-hard loyalists as well as unrepentant adversaries. It would appear that the inevitable dawn of new realities is already here, with the uncreative but calculating redefinition of progressivism implied by the cohabitation of varied political impulses under the banner of the recently realised All Progressives Congress (APC). The party’s unlikely emergence, following the merger of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and the absorption of a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), which was complicated enough, has been compounded by the noisy addition of five state governors from the country’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). There is no doubt that the entry of Rotimi Amaechi (Riv ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo would have done greater than what he is known for if not the Politic of arm-twisting, nepotism, corruption and tribalism.
Just listened to Gov Abiola adeyemi Ajimobi of Oyo State on splashFM 105.5 few minutes ago. In his usual eloquence and intelligence, he spoke about Mandela's life and death, and the great lessons Mandela had taught us! Mr Governor sir, please remember that Nelson Mandela gave priority to quality education, as a powerful tool with which we can change the world for good. Please, do something to redress the decay(ed)ing education in Oyo State, especially the foundational primary and secondary education. If you need my help, please let me know and I will be glad to help your government. Invite me and I will give you (and your cabinet members) a 20 minutes presentation of the possible solutions. Cheap and easily implementable ideas (review-able by stakeholders through rigorous brainstorming) that will set the pace for a better way to finance quality foundational education. The ideas will be foolproof to the corrupt-minded civil servants. Such that the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo will also rejoice in their g ...
The Halmark of Great men Nelson Madiba Mandela was a Black South African Freedom Fighter who was arrested and dumped in Prison for 27 years by White Southern African Government. On his release 27 years later by the White ruling Class, He forgave the Apartheid Government and urge South Africa to reconcile with one another. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was an Igbo-Nigeria Freedom Fighter . As a Governor of defunct Igbo dominated Eastern Nigeria he fought against the genocidal killing of his people against the Oligarchy North led Federal Government of Nigeria. He was forced into exile for 13 good years. He was thereafter pardoned, he returned back and forgave the Oligarchy North with whom he joined force in NPN to enthrone genuine democracy. ON CONTRAST Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a Yoruban Nigeria Politician who was Oppositional leader of first Independent Nigeria Government. He was arrested dumped in prison by NPC(HAUSA)/NCNC(IGBO) Coalition Govt. Few years later was released by Odumegwu Ojukwu on Instructio ...
So far as starvation policy on Igbos is concerned late Chief Obafemi Awolowo has no alibi in law . ''So I decided to stop sending the food there. In the process the civilians would suffer, but the soldiers will suffer most''. Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Don't get me wrong he has his defence by way of explanation, but the mileage of his defence is ofcourse a matter for the Judge or jury. In view of the admission above by late Awolowo himself, those attempting to fabricate non existing alibi to late Awo without basis are putting it mildly intellectual dishonest. It is submitted that, on any view late Awolowo has a case to answer with respect to starvation policy. Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury could properly or safely draw inferences and arrive at safe verdict of guilty against him on this Count if preferred in an indictment before a competent court . I challenge Femi Fani Kayode Cambridge trained lawyer and other Yorubas to contradict me on this point. I will say no more on this topic. My ...
FKK is a misinformant and his intetntion is to divert national attention. I am sorry to label him a blatant lier. Samuel Ladoke Akintola spent 3 years as Premier destroying every constructive work that Chief Obafemi Awolowo built for Yorubas from 1956 to 1960 when he was head of Government Business in the old West and from 1960 to 1963 when he reigned as Premier. Akintola's years in Yorubaland were locust years. Akintola and his colleague-in-arms, Fani Kayode Snr, introduced rigging and weti-e in the West and spilled large amounts of Yoruba blood. He spent more time with the Sarduana in Kaduna than in Ibadan his regional capital. He instigated Awo's treasonable felony trial using the late Dr Maja and provided documents that implicated Chief Awolowo, his boss of embezzlement of 6million pounds of Western Regional funds before the Coker Commission of 1963. He did all these things with Fani Kayode Snr, FKK's father. Today, FKK is trying so hard to rehabilitate Akintola's and his father's name among the young ...
O Madiba you were indeed the African greatest you fight for humanity and inequality of the black race in the struggle for FREEDOM you persevere. When you get your destination, my regards to the other glorious men like chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nkwame Nkrumah ,Thomas Sankara,Water Sisulu Stive Biko Chris Hani dr Azikiwe,patrice Lumuba Samora Michelle.and a host of other glorious men that you will meet who also fought and persevere for the emancipation of the black race without you glorious men every black man would have still be under chains and shackles goodbye Mandela.
...The heights that great men reached was not attained by a sudden flight, but they, while their colleagues were fast asleap, went on toiling during the night. So said by Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Many politicians use the name of selfless outstanding past ones like Chief Obafemi Awolowo as ladder to seek and get mandate, but only few govern like the sage, Some are power drunk that acts above presidential power we mean local politicians, Gdnigt frnds
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20 Amazing Facts About Ijebus: 1. Ijebus were the first people to have contact with Europeans in 14th century. 2. Ijebus were the first to be educated by western education. 3. Ijebu is the largest Ethnic group in Nigeria. 4. First people to manufacture gears of wars in history of Nigeria. 5. First people to contend the slavery extortion in the region. 6. The first people to invent money made from cowry shell, later made Coin called "PANDORA", which acceptable through Africa and Europe. 7. Ijebus were first settlement in Lagos and Ibadan. 8. Ijebu is the only tribe in nigeria that has its origin from bible days. 9. According to the Biblical account;The Jebusites were a Canaanite tribe who inhabited and built Jerusalem prior to its conquest by King David 10. Ijebu was the first indigenious CLERK to European missionaries. 11. The Europeans Observers found them more intelligent than the other groups in Nigeria. 12. When Oduduwa was blind, Ijebu King (fifth Awujale) was the one to provide remedy to restore the ...
Honorable Patrick's Grammer on Independent day "As we celebrate our flag and shambolic autarky at 52, we must realize that Nigeria is still more of a geographic contrivance as has been rightly posited by Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Not with our centrifugal excrescences preponderating over our centripetal proclivities. It’s a matter for mental pabulum that we are daily drifting into our ethnic cocoons. We still remain one country with disparate ethnic agendas and I can say it for the umpteenth time again that we must sit down in a sovereign national colloquy to discuss the basis for our nationhood. Anything short of this is just vacuous scahiamachy.”
At a time like this when every issue is twisted and given ethnic or religious hue, thereby dividing Nigerians and raising tensions in the land, one could only wish that many Nigerians were like one man who I consider as the greatest Nigerian that has ever lived. Once a Nigerian is told to mention who his or her greatest Nigerian is, the name that usually pops up is one of the three founding fathers: Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, former Premier of Eastern Nigeria and first President of Nigeria; Sir Ahmadu Bello, former Premier of Northern Nigeria; and Chief Obafemi Awolowo, former Premier of Western Nigeria. These three men were seen as the three pillars that held Nigeria together. They achieved a lot, especially for their regions, and have remained evergreen in the minds of many Nigerians. Because of the achievements they recorded in their regions, they are seen as demi-gods by their people, and almost worshipped. It is seen as sacrilegious to say any negative thing about them, no matter how true such a statement i ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo is one of the great progressive's leaders but the greatest progressive's leader dead or alive today in Nigeria is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.Waiting for your responds ?
May my Days be long,The living can still send message to the Dead ones:Extends my greetings to julius Nyerere of Tanzania,Leo Sengur of senegal,Kwan Nkruma of Ghana ,chief Obafemi Awolowo,Zik of Africa and the rest of others I could not remember .Mandela sleep at the bossom of ur lord til we part no more
I learned that Doyin Okupe, one of Special Assistant/Advisers to Mr. President was quoted to have said on AIT that President Goodluck Jonathan is Nigeria Mandela. If he truly uttered such then it is an insult on the late icon, the people of South Africa, Africans and the entire world. Did he take clearance from Mr. President before uttering such a shameful statement. If President Jonathan is our Mandela then what is Tafawa Balewa, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and other late and living elder statesmen who fought and dedicated their lives to see that Nigeria remain one. Doyin Okupe should be call to order, enough of his childish.
The last journey Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) made before he died on May 9, 1987 was to his trusted friend and steadfast colleague Chief Alfred Ogbeyiwa Rewane (1914-1995) in Warri. He was in Warri for three days and some interpreted that Chief Awolowo went to Warri to thank Chief Rewane for his enduring love and friendship that spanned over 45 years. It turned out to be a farewell visit. A sort of good-bye. Those who knew Chief Awolowo very well will acquiesce to how Chief Awolowo values true amity and friendship while disavowing ingratitude.
Dayo Williams wrote: Nigeria has never produced a real unifying leader. Even with our close to a century period of 'nationhood'. South Africa, a far smaller nation has produced one...And he'll forever remain the father of the rainbow nation.. Now get it clear: Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sadaurna of Sokoto, Ojukwu etc were ethnic leaders/dealers... And what logic is that? We're not yet a nation
An elderly wise men let us know that, such people like this (MADIBA) do come in the family and nations in every 100yrs and they do laid down a markable legacy ever in the memories of their family, nation and followers. this were people like late mandela, marthins luthan king (I HAVE A DREAM) and chief obafemi awolowo just to mantion a view. may their soul rest in perfect peace Amen.
since two days ago, the media (social and mass ) went varial with emotions and praises for just one man, madibo Nelson Mandela who left this world a while ago. am shocked at the pace of tributes and emotions for madibo Nelson Mandela. by leader and citizens all over the world. no man on earth has received such envious tributes and emotions. not Julius ceaser,not Alexander the great, not Michel Jackson, not chief obafemi awolowo, not chief nnamdi azikiwe,not any pope or religious leaders or politicians ever . Great leaders are born. but wait a minute, our politicians have rushed to pay tributes and adviced Nigerians to emulate the great mandela . story, can you mention any of our present politicians that have a drop of mandela trends or philosophies or can sacrifice a percent of his/her time ,live or resources of an average Nigerians .mweshioii
After Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo - ; after Arch Minister Benjamin O. Tietie; the third personality that ARE so dear to my soul, spirit and heart, and by which I, Rev. (Dr) Gbejoro drew inspiration and courage to life, is Ex-President Nelson Mandela: a.k.a. (Tata - MADIBA). But for the Word of God: Ecclesiastes 8:8, the LOVE humanity and your country - South Africans has for you - MADIBA, could've kept you alive; and death would not have gotten dominion over you on 05/12/2013. The God that is forever able to keep the soul of the righteous - Psalm 22: 29 after death, will certainly grant your "diamond soul" ETERNAL REST, in JESUS CHRIST name, Amen and Amen.
Anybody who claims to be filling the vacuum created by a departed good man should be treated as an impostor, fit only for a fantasy island. If you find anybody claiming to be the Zik of Africa or Chief Obafemi Awolowo or our own "Aiyekooto" Bisi Onabanjo, please hand him over the police! He is a stranded ***
It is not life that matters but d courage you bring into it . Chief Obafemi Awolowo
WONDERS SHALL NEVER END AS MOST NDIIGBO ARE STUPID IN BUILDING WEST AND NORTHERN NIGERIA Many would now keep wondering why I said “Why the most Ndiigbo are stupid. Well to the best of my knowledge in the politics of Nigeria shows that Nigeria is not one entity bound in love and the purpose of unity. Nigeria has many political parties, North and West has theirs, and East has its own which is APGA representing the people of East. Now, how many governors’ aspirants contesting for APGA in the northern and Western Nigeria? I mean contesting for Governorship from other parties from West and North. The answer is none of them are contesting, while the easterners were contesting for governorship aspirants under an umbrella of the Western and Northern Parties in Nigeria. All mind their parties, running for the affairs of their people in good faith, hoping on their own party alone. Even if one contest from APGA, other parties would not live to see the person wins, because Nigeria is not one. The typical example ...
SA are blessed with fair Mandela successors unlike the great in Nigeria(Late Dr. Nmamdi Azikwe, Alh. Tafawa Balewa, Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and many more from then three region)with vipers and whoremongers as successors. I don't know anything abt 9ja. God Bless Nigeria.
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BE THE CHANGE AGENT. The great Madiba has gone to the great beyond. Torrents of tributes from world renowned leaders and exemplary state men from around the globe keep coming even from countries whose leaders are giving their citizens torrid times. Tears streamed down my cheeks when CNN,Al Jazeera and the BBC were pouring out eulogies on the life and times of the iconic figure. My mind drifted down memory lane about those in Nigeria that had a semblance of his qualities. Only the Great Zik of Africa,the sage himself Chief Obafemi Awolowo,Sir Ahmadu Bello and Alvan Ikoku can be quantify. Trust Nigeria Leaders. They can praise someone to high heavens but they can NEVER live an exemplary life for the betterment of their own society. Who can rise to the occasion and be the next Madiba? Each one of us has the latent ability to be one and we can rise and be the Lil Mandela even in our various communities. When you wait for these our myopic leaders to make the difference,you go wait tire till dem carry you enter ...
If we are really sincere in our desire to stamp out tribalism, we must put an end to, at least, most of the manifold evils which abound and proliferate, with general approval in a capitalist economy. Try as we have, we will not succeed otherwise.Chief Obafemi Awolowo
The Justice Department: "Eating what you serve" Boko Haram (western education forbidden) has struck again! And they struck in style. In grand style! Nigeria is at war. And like the Learned Sage Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo once said "All is fair in war...". Much has been said and published in support of Human Rights, Rule of Law, Due Process and most importantly "Justice"! That word 'justice' i fear is being miscontrued relative to Human Rights. A completely Western Ideology passed down to us through colonialists (those who themselves failed the "justice test"). Justice is not given, it is taken! That is an empirical fact not an academic exercise. I recommend we take these "abberations" of nature to that department. The Justice Department. By virtue of trainning, i am schooled in procedures and processes. Trainned to eschew "jungle justice" and extol due process. This is my quandary at this moment. I suffer some sort of ideological crisis here. The ideology that says even if a man pulls the trigger in murde ...
TWenty-six years after his death, the legacies of the late chief obafemi Awolowo are still being celebrated.
" I dont see why we should feed our enemies fat in order for them to fight harder" -- Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the 60s spent 30% of his government's budget on Education in the South West,more than 26% UNESCO propose today,and the drunk we have as leaders find difficult to implement. Instead they issue laughable threats only an infirm and nicompoop will issue to lecturers in country with 60,000 deficit in University scholars.
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I am sorry this page is on break since yesterday, 1/12/13 to resume February 2014. This is as a result of other commitments which demand urgent attention. LESSON LEARNT FROM THE VARIOUS QUOTES SINCE THE EXERCISE STARTED 2 MONTHS AGO. 1. You do not need to come from a wealthy family to be rich, famous or become successful in life. You can only achieve this through hard work. Because more than 70% of the eminent personalities quoted since this exercise started on 1/10/13 (2 months ago) were born into poor homes according to their biographies. Personalities like Bill Clinton, Lionel Messi, Cristiana Rolando, Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Ben Okri, Pastor Adeboye and Chief Afe Babalola came from poor families, but by dint of their hardwork became famous and successful. 2. Success is not by accident. It is gotten through hardwork. 3. You derive knowledge from reading. Even Michael Jackson who was a musician and was not in the core academics recommended reading as a means of reach ...
A guy travelled frm d city to marry a village girl & afta their marriage, he travelled to Lagos with her. D guy went to luk 4 a job & girl also said she will like to wrk. And both of dem filled in application in a bank. When d day of d interview came, d guy was d 1st man standing. When he went in, they askd him whose image is on ¥100 note? & he answered "chief Obafemi Awolowo", when was he born? He answered "1909" & they he should leave & call d next person in and it was dat his wife. So he told d wife abt d 2 questionz they're going to ask her thinking itz d same question they asked him and wht she will reply. D wife walkd in and d interviewer askd d laddy: what is name Madam? & she laughed and aswered "Chief Obafemi Awolowo" and they asked her again: when where u born? And she laughed again and said : "1909". The interviewers askd he are u sure? She said yez i'm very sure.
Written by Leo Sobechi A PIECE FROM THE GUARDIAN _ FROM the time Nigeria adopted democracy as its system of governance; the electoral body has undergone several changes in its nomenclature. But like a Leopard, its spot, nay character, have refused to dissolve. As such whether as Federal Electoral Commission, (FEDECO) National Electoral Commission, (NEC) or even as NECOM or Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) the body charged with superintending and organizing elections in Nigeria does not command the respect of Nigerians. But the electoral body has never lacked honest and courageous men. Michael Ani, Justice Ovie-Whiskey, Abel Guobadia and Professor Humphrey Nwosu did not disappoint the country on account of moral or academic defects or deficiencies. But one indubitable truth about Nigeria’s electoral management is that we are yet to meet the high water mark of credible elections. And at each crisis moment after each passing election, the need for reforms is expressed after vigorous condem ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo: The prophetic Jeremiah of Africa, the greatest Nigerian leader ever. A visionary and a sincere performer.
The trouble in Africa is that there is the disease of tenacity of office. That is to say, once you are in office you want to remain there until you die. If you don't die young, or two years after in office, the country is in trouble, because you are going to do everything in your power legitimate or illegitimate to remain in power. Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
In d words of ..Chief. Obafemi. Awolowo, “I never pray not 2 fall but 2 b able to get Up ..after I fall .
Why Past Mergers Failed – Oyeweso Prof. Siyan Oyeweso In this interview with TUNDE ODESOLA, a Professor of History, Siyan Oyeweso, takes a historic perspective of the merger What are the historic antecedents of the merger? The emergence of All Progressives Congress as Nigeria mega party comprising 4 major political parties is a welcome development in Nigeria political process. For the last 14 years, the Peoples Democratic Party has prided itself as the largest political party in Africa and has also boasted that it was going to rule the country for the next 100 years or at least for the next 60yyears. The practicability or otherwise of this advertised political mission is certainly going to face acid test from the APC. Nigeria now has two major political parties – APC and PDP, while 2 minor parties also exist – the Labour Party controlling Ondo State and All Progressive Grand Alliance controlling Anambra State. What happened to similar mergers in the past? In the First Republic, the National Council ...
On Leadership ; Simply put; Leadership is the ability to get people to aid you to carry out activities without coarsion. In this case people are willing to support you without you using force or threat but because of certain qualities that you ( the leader possess); these qualities ranges from ; compassion, humility, Love, affection, kindness , generousity, altruism, selflessnes, philantrophy, trustworthines, charisma etc. A genuine leader must have these traits. We had world leaders like , Prophets (SAW) , Jesus Christ, Chairman mao of china, Fidel Castro of cuba, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, J.J. Rollins of Ghana, Mandela of South Africa etc all were selfless leaders who had their people under full control and were respected without using force on their subjects. The likes of Sir. Ahmadu Bello ( the Sardaunan Sokoto), Chief Nnamdi Azikwe popularly known as the (Zik of Africa) because of his Political Ideology, Chief Obafemi Awolowo all commanded tremendous respect among their subjects; it is worth men .. ...
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It is not de country ALHAJI TAFAWA BALEWA, CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, DR. Nmadi Azikiwe, CHIEF. Anthony Enahorn and a host of others dream of and fought 4. Dese nationalist offered us qualitative and visionary leadership.
Today’s youths are angry at the nation’s leaders. They are exasperated by the tale of how good the nation once was to its youths, a story that runs contrary to their experiences. SULAIMON OLANREWAJU reports. ENGINEER Ernest Ndukwe, former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), once told the story of how he landed a job before the completion of his youth service. “I graduated from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo) in 1975 and went for my National Youths Service Corps in Lagos. Before I completed the youth service, I got job offers from two companies. After the service, I decided to join a company called Radio Communications Nigeria Limited (RCN). In those days, you had a choice of job selection. I was offered a job with Lever Brothers Nigeria Ltd as a trainee manager with a higher remuneration. It was a 50 per cent higher pay than my salary at RCN but because I felt RCN was more in tune with what I studied, I jettisoned the idea of working with Lever Brothe ...
In the word of Chief Obafemi Awolowo everybody is going to reap what he or she sows but in some cases we are going to reap more than what we have ever sown. This is to tell us no evil done by man to men that shall not be redressed. If not by man surely by God, if not in this world in the world beyond, if not now, later. For the victory of evil over good is temporary.
So much have been said about chief Obafemi Awolowo. "Yoruba and Ibo should bury hatchet.uplift Nigeria because I was involved in the war,I wish igbos had someone like Awo to lift them up -Ojukwu in his book. Let them give account of their heroes if is not the best president Nigeria wilfully missed ?
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When Biafra Nigeria war was put on silent hold, code name ended but killing continued. chief Obafemi Awolowo
Buhari And Post Election Violence By JOSEPH JEGEDE The presidential elections have come and gone, at least results have been declared and a winner announced. Like in every activity of man, the ripples continue. The piece is necessitated by the so called reactions to the declaration of the results. To every follower of events and canny observer and discerner, the violence did not come as any surprises. General Buhari, the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, did not leave any one in doubt that should he not win the elections, he will instigate violence. He was reported to have said that he will not go to court, but that t5he people should go and fight for themselves. The court is the prescribed forum, under the law as in civilized societies, for those aggrieved, to seek redress. The land mark judgments of the courts these past years speak eloquently well of this standpoint and hence, the reason for the simple minded and honest gladiators to take recourse to the courts. This i ...
Participation in politics can be looked at 4rm 2 ways, 'action' & 'inaction'. Dat one may be active in d politics of ones community & one may be inactive, dis wil depend on some situatn, kwoledge of d input-output, expectations, interest, past experince, availability of vital resources, dis type of political culture, political participation as a sub-set of political behaviour could be an interesting learned behaviour afterall. Some of d reasons why people participate in politics are :- Man as a political animal has d nature to dominate or rule over others. Thus People participate in politics 2 acquire power & influence. Active participation in politics may not mean a quest in power. i.e. Political office holding, it may be 2 acquire influence in d society, 'seek yea 1st d kingdom of power and other things shal be added 2 u, could mean be inflencial as one can change d political course of event in d society without necessarily holding political office. (2) Political participation may be for economic reason ...
community whereby Dog kills Lion is unsaved to live says Chief Obafemi Awolowo
WHEN General Alabi-Isama’s voluminous book recounting his experiences during the Nigerian civil war was launched a couple of months ago, it was primarily promoted as a work designed to cut Nigeria’s former President retired General Olusegun Obasanjo down to size. Given the nature of the hype that preceded the actual release of the book, it is not impossible that the publishers of the book (Spectrum Books Ltd) and the author himself may have envisaged this approach as the best strategy for generating interest and sales, in view of the fact that Gen. Obasanjo (who continues to be a controversial figure on the Nigerian national scene) is a man whom many Nigerians absolutely love to hate... Most unfortunately though, this one-dimensional publicity strategy can only be described as a great disservice to a book that amply deserves to be read by as many members of the public as possible on its own merit. The primary reason one would be inclined to recommend that this book be read by as wide a public as possi ...
"It is dangerous to suppress a negative feeling or bad habit. It is better to recognise it and cultivate its opposite virtue through meditations,affirmations and prayer. In addition, we must strive to act the virtues we meditate upon, affirm and pray for"- Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo
GIDAN MAKAMA MUSEUM: Kano's House of Treasures If you make your way to Kano, the capital city of Kano State in Nigeria, it would be a shame to leave without at lest one visit to the city's Gidan Makama Museum. Located in the heart of Kano Old city, opposite Emir's Palace, Gidan Makama is both a national monument and a museum. It is renowned for its traditional architectural excellence, as well as its superb historical and ethnographic collections on Kanawa civilisation and the Hausa land. Gidan Makama is reputed to be the oldest house in the city of Kano, and is still preserved in its original form. Highlights of the museum are many. One particular favourite is a picture taken in from of Lancaster House, where northern ministers had gathered to participate in the move for independence. There is also a picture of Queen Elizabeth, dressed in royal regalia during a state visit to Kano in 1956 and a photograph of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the frontline Nigeria nationalist and politician, campaigning to a cross s ...
In a normal clime, politics should be of issues and ideology and political parties should be the congregation of people with same ideology. Is Nigeria normal? Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his parties (AG and UPN) were of Ideology and strictly issue based, they were also puritans in approach. Did he get power? and without power was he able to do for the masses of Nigeria that he wished to do? The APC seems to have learnt a great deal from what happened to Chief Obafemi Awolowo that in Nigerian politics get the numbers and power first then Ideology can come to the table. No Puritans party can get power in Nigeria with the way the nation is structured, the PDP, more than any party, understand this since 1999 and they have held on to power and promote the ideology of sharing the common wealth of the people among PDP elite. Now the APC seems to be beating PDP to its game. Will they also share our common wealth or give back to the people, as they are doing in the southwest, when they get power at the center? Will ...
How the arrest of Obafemi Awolowo for treason in 1962 led to the freedom of minorities from the old Western Region in 1963. _ BENIN AND THE MIDWEST REFERENDUM In May 1962, an important development occurred within the Western Region and Action Group which would open the way for the Midwest to bolt out of the West. A crisis erupted between Chiefs Obafemi Awolowo (Party Leader and Leader of the Federal Opposition in Lagos) and Samuel Akintola (Premier of the West). This crisis had many causes [Sanya Onabamiro, Glimpses into Nigerian History. MacMillan Nigeria, 1983. p149]. For one, the positions of party leader (Awolowo) and head of government in the Western Region (Akintola) were held by two different persons, one from the non-Oyo group of rain forest Yorubas (Awolowo from Ijebu) and the other from the Oyo group of savannah Yorubas (Akintola from Ogbomosho). Secondly, Akintola felt that Awolowo ought not to have allowed any competition with him as “deputy leader” for the position of Premier when Awolowo ...
What is life? There is no joy in a man's fall but there is greater joy in each time is able to rise again. Apology to papa chief Obafemi Awolowo of blessed memory.
( If you don't know history, then you don't know anything.History is Power and Power is History by TOPE RAPPER) ARGUMENTS IN DEFENSE OF AN OODUA REPUBLIC Nigeria, as a country emerged in 1914 after the forceful amalgamation of the Yorubas, and the south in general with the north, without the consent of the former, by Luggard, the representative of the Queen of England. Nigeria was a marriage that the Yorubas, and the south in general were forced into by the British solely in order to serve their (i.e. the British's) selfish economic and political interests at the detriment of the Yorubas. Nigeria was a "loopsided marriage" in all sense of the word. It was a forced marriage of two economically unequal partners. It was a marriage between two partners who have "absolutely" nothing in common in terms of culture, tradition, language, values, e.t.c. Yorubas make up about 22% of Nigeria's estimated 140 million population. The population of the Yorubas should be at least 40 million, if the population of Yoruba .. ...
When Arthur Eze was abusing Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Goodluck was on that stage. They were campaigning in Anambra. He didn't object
Chief obafemi Awolowo introduced free education in 1955, He created 2political parties Action Group and unity party of also campaign with helicopter during presidential campaign in 1959.
Most of our people have formed the habit of praising people in power or positions of authority, shouting Honourable this and that, praise worshipping, simply to gain some favours or recognitions from these villains. They prefer to worship man than they worship God. They cry everyday, 'Hon. Festus Ebea is trying. Hon. Okoodudu is doing great'. Most of these people say these things not because they meant to but simply to be heard or gain political favors or recognition since the time of Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and all successive military leaders and administrators. All these praises have led us nowhere, yet we have refused to be educated, strong and wise enough as not to be stupid. The more you hail these politicians or those in positions of authority, the more stupid you become, and the more foolish power makes our leaders drunk. Corruption and greed takes root, and our economy and politics become blinded in hatred and nothingness. These are the idol worshippers. At times people back h ...
Girls that spend on guys have a special mansion in paradise- Chief Obafemi Awolowo
After d governor of d Western Region chief obafemi awolowo dere is no orda yoruba candidate dat as lead his tribe wit loyalty.by chief oyero
Chief Obafemi Awolowo's resting place at ikenne. after mama's birthday @ ikenne
I need answers anyone (progressives) would Chief Obafemi Awolowo have sanctioned these moves by the APC?
"It's totally Acceptable to address a Girl with Small Boobs as *** .." - Chief Obafemi Awolowo 1995
Today is a great day for Nigeria and womanhood as our mother, Chief Mrs. Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, the Yeye Odua and ‘jewel of inestimable value’ celebrates her 98th birthday. I want to warmly on behalf of myself, my family and all Nigerians wish our mother a most glorious birthday anniversary. Mama, you have inspired millions of people around the world. Your sterling qualities of honesty and dedication have been qualities that womanhood will be proud of. To me, the service and greatness Chief Obafemi Awolowo left as great legacies was made possible by the dedicated partnership that you offered. Mama, I wish you many more years of great leadership and service to Nigeria. Happy birthday mama! May the Lord Almighty bless you for us. GEJ
I call Chief Obafemi Awolowo a writer have read some of his books and excerpt of his speech they are simply amazing
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,Gen.Sanni Abacha,Chief M.K.O,Pre.Gudluck Jonathan Chief Obafemi Awolowo e.t.c they all av their past in nigeria. As a bonifed nigeria,u're given an oppurtunity to be a day PRESIDENT,wt "ll do to make nigeria great?
Letter to the Nigerian politician By Gimba Kakanda Dear Nigerian Politician… That the weather has changed doesn’t make the leopards spotless. There are things that time doesn’t easily change, and Nigeria is one perfect example: this country has evolved only chronologically, “devolved” is the best adjective that summarises its politics. Gone are those days that our politicians, despite their failings, represent “isms” – ideology, purpose. Gone are those days that a politician in power can go on an evening walk, unaccompanied by a retinue of armed men, without being lynched. Politicians in those days were confident because their followers were not imaginary as found among today’s delusional clowns whose contact with their ‘people’ is through the screen of their gadgets or pages of newspapers. Their popularity was earned, genuine and their notoriety not imaginary. Like any Nigerian who panders to commonsense, I was not shocked by the outcomes of the (inconclusive) Anambra Election. Firs ...
According to my philosophy in Ikenne-Remo in Ogun-State late Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the father of free education in Nigeria said and I quote that "Education is the best legacy" Inwhich education is "Light" Knowledge is "Power". Education is and exursion of the mind, to have education is like you a third eye.am very greatful mama for your effort on my. thanks for those that are part of my story.C-Cyber i sight u bro 4rm another motherhood.. ...my gratitude to all TASUED 2012 set,i hail great diplomat 2012 set...Taking education to greater height. love u all.
"In present day Nigeria...One thing is common to the poor and the rich.Practically all of them are unhappy for some or all of the following reasons;their economic activities are in constant danger of unwarranted control,restraint,and extinction; and their welfare and freedom suffer continual derogation.".CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO.
"since independence, our governments have been a matter of few holding the cow for the strongest and most cunning to milk, Under those circumstances everybody runs over everybody to make good at the expense of others." Chief Obafemi Awolowo
The genocidal Biafran war still haunts Nigeria By Chinua Achebe Almost 30 years before Rwanda, before Darfur, more than 2 million people – mothers, children, babies, and civilians – lost their lives as a result of the blatantly callous and unnecessary policies enacted by the leaders of the Federal Government of Nigeria. As a writer I believe that it is fundamentally important, indeed essential to our humanity, to ask the hard questions, in order to better understand our neighbours and ourselves. Where there is justification for further investigation, justice should be served. In the case of the Nigeria-Biafra war there is precious little relevant literature that helps answer these questions. Did the Federal Government of Nigeria engage in the genocide of its Igbo citizens – who set up the Republic of Biafra in 1967 – through punitive policies, the most notorious being “starvation as a legitimate weapon of war”? Is the information blockade around the war a case of calculated historical suppress ...
Up Awo! Do u know dat the Nigerian tribune Newspaper was founded by chief obafemi Awolowo and was launched on 16 Nov. 1949?
PART THREE - OBAFEMI AWOLOWO It was the quagmire that happened that took the third force to Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the Leader of the Yoruba people. Soyinka says: "It was during this seeming suspension of reality and intense speculation that we decided that the state of mind of Obafemi Awolowo had to be ascertained, and urgently." The messenger was no other person than Soyinka. According to Soyinka; "Bola(Ige) set up the appointment with the leader of the former Action Group, now bestowed with the superfluos and unenviable title of 'Leader of the Yoruba' by the Governor of the Western Region, Colonel Adebayo" The concern of the third force wasn't only the war but mainly the safety of Awo. Hear the Prof.: "... we were deeply apprehensive of his(Awo's) safety, perhaps no one more than I. Had a swaggering officer, a Major, and of the same Yoruba stock, not boasted to my face that he would personally take Awolowo to the nearest crossroads, tie him to a stake and shoot him as an example because 'we know what he ...
Utaan Terhide Conrad Muhammadu Buhari: A GIANT OF A MAN General Muhammadu Buhari is a polarizing figure. You either love him or hate him. But that’s okay. Most statesmen are polarizing, anyway. In so many ways, he reminds me of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo: tough, uncompromising, visionary, tenacious, honest, and loyal. His mantra is simple: performance and accountability. Regrettably these attributes have not been welcomed in the Nigeria of the last three decades. And I would posit that it is because Nigeria was unappreciative of men like Buhari, Idiagbon and Awolowo that we’ve found ourselves in the current social-economic and political cesspit Since his forced departure from office, lesser men have been at the helms of our national affairs. Any wonder then that we mistake mediocrity for excellence, stupidity for intelligence, and cowardice for bravery? It is a national tragedy to have shunned men like Buhari who is a patriot, a nationalist, and an embodiment of political and personal morality. At ...
"Its not about you falling, its how quick you get up that matters"- chief obafemi awolowo
Ogbeni Aregbesola is on the side of history. He will be judged like chief Obafemi Awolowo is being judged
Chief Obafemi Awolowo one time Prime Minister of Western Nigeria and his famous wife Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo (née Adelana). Circa 1964. On 26th December, 1937 Obafemi Awolowo got married to Miss Hannah Idowu Dideolu Adelana. They remained each other's best friend to the end; together they fought for the cause of justice and for the release of their fellow man’s mind from ignorance and the freedom on his body from disease. They had 5 children: Olusegun (1939-1963), Omotola, Oluwole, Ayodele and Tokunbo.
looking at d hyper rate at which ppl surrender their WILL to the power of paper(money), i wonder if after waken chief Obafemi Awolowo frm his grave yard, he cud still win a gubernitorial election with that nigerian capitalist, d person of Aliko Dangote even in Oyo State where he had most of his loyalists, giving that Awo will use his charismatic power alone and Dangote will use his financial capacity
Nigerians should knw d fact dat there re some people who fought for this democracy such as sir Hamadu Bello,Tafawa Balewa,chief Obafemi Awolowo nd so many top political leaders ,will nt b happy with how things re going in this country. emerging d election conducted in anambra some one want to tell me it was free nd fair am angry bitter nd nt happy with hw things re going in this country, God come nd see us through.
Post Independence Problems and Challenges" The attainment of Independence to some African leaders is an end to Political Oppression, Economic Exploitation, and Human Degradation, which are essential characteristics of alien rule. According to Awolowo, the African leaders had promised the people that after Independence, they would be in position to: 1. Put an end to Oligarchy Oppression and Capitalist exploitation. 2. Elevate Africa from the morass of humiliation and indignity into which more than five hundred years of slavery and colonialism had kept him 3. Usher in for the masses of new era, which would generate their freedoms and full enjoyment of their lands. It's with this determined effort turbing those promises to fruitition that Chief Obafemi Awolowo devouted his pratical Political Struggles and his theoretical dissertions in his people republic. Awo, U̶̲̥̅̊'r gone but u'll remain fresh in all Nigerians memory, miss U̶̲̥̅̊ .
Awo and SLA: Two Exemplary Paradigms Culled from: Tatalo Alamu Forty seven years after the assassination of Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola and twenty six years after the death of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the relics of the bitter war are still taking up positions behind their departed principals. It was an epic duel which defined and crystallised the Yoruba political identity and which has determined the subsequent position they will occupy in Nigeria’s political evolution. Like the ancient and mythical duel between Shango and Gbonka, it is not as if the victor and vanquished of that royal battle between two of the most illustrious Yoruba sons ever are unknown. But the politics of memory can be as harsh and even more vicious than the original engagement. As Walter Benjamin famously puts it: “if the enemy wins, not even the dead are safe” To choose between Awo and SLA is not to choose between a villain and a hero, but to choose between a fallen icon and a resounding and resonating avatar. Both of them rep ...
The clash btw chief obafemi Awolowo and his deputy chief samuel Ladoke Akintola established the fact dat d best friends can disagree and fight..the boat of their relationship capsized
THE ALTARS OF FAMOUS GODS BY AJIROBA YEMI KOTUN “For the four years of my administration, there will be no dinner, no banquet, no luncheon. Nobody will drink anything but water in the office, including my office if I am elected president. Nigeria needs a shock treatment!” – Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) Do you know that in a precarious economic circumstance like Nigeria’s, maintaining a mood of cautious optimism might just be imperatively healthy and necessary for one? Therefore, venturing outside the country in search of instances and examples that could make the optimist in one appear to be heading for a comfortable success in life may become very tempting. The optimist wants to take upon himself only those instances and examples he knows he can manage comfortably, and he finds the American example fitting the picture perfectly here: On Tuesday, 20th January, 1981, at the inauguration of the ‘Great Communicator,’ Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004), 40th President of the United States’ .. ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo Is the first Nigerian lawyer to head a regional governmen
Congratulations to Anambra people and the Governor they have chosen. A people get the Government they deserve, and I can only wish them the very best. My biggest worry is the ethnic politics that coloured the whole campaign, especially the continuous stoking of a so-called animosity against Igbos by the Yorubas. Coming from otherwise educated and urbane Igbo sons and daughters, I worry so much because of its implication for the future of our country. This myth has served the political class so well, and the masses remain the main losers. What is the evidence of Yoruba hatred for Igbos except the alleged use of starvation as a weapon of war by the Federal Government, allegedly on the advice of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, then Federal Commissioner of Finance? This is selective perception at its best, because it has served its purveyors quite well. Nobody can honestly address this issue without a full inquiry into the whole story of the civil war. In the absence of that, we should use empirical evidence to gauge ...
History shows we fail to learn from the past or allow the past to let go but if we do, the lesson learnt becomes experience which inturn becomes our teacher and life navigation. As long as life goes on we would always make mistakes but advance and move towards a positive issues In life attimes given up is a smooth terrain of escape or move to another city . Infact Hope against hope can lead us to the darkest inner part of our life but prism once life against being thankful and thanking gives courage to hold on, push hard and believed this time will pass. Most successful men faint, weary , denied but never stubble in the mist of the storm They stand their courage and guts to their vision and dreams. At 70years Ted Turner is still waxing strong as a philanthropist, environmentalist, humanist and activist of many kinds This man change the face of media in the 21st century and redirect the news information of this age. Today the likes of Warren Buffet, Bill Gate , late Steve Job, President Bill Clinton, Dr N ...
THE PROBLEM OF ALLIANCE IN NIGERIA POLITICS That election which was supposed to kick-start democracy in Nigeria led to victories for the regional political parties in their respective home bases. The NPC led with 134 seats, NCNC came second with 81 seats while the AG came third with 73 seats. One thing was clear; Chief Awolowo, the AG leader, was the only one among them genuinely interested in becoming the Prime Minister of Nigeria. With no party having a clear majority, there was a stalemate which eventually led to an alliance between Sadauna's NPC and Dr. Azikiwe’s NCNC. This saw Sir Tafawa Balewa, Sadauna's protégé becoming the Prime Minister and Head of government with Dr. Azikiwe becoming the Governor General. Dr. Azikiwe subsequently became the ceremonial President in 1963 on attainment of republican status. It is not just a coincidence that those countries of the world today such as America, India, and nearer home, South Africa, which have made real steady democratic progress were lucky product ...
It baffles me to see people arrogate the monopoly of knowledge to themselves.When you raise a valid point they gag or hush you down through sneer remarks.They attack you rather than refute your point or at least disagree with you.They resort to name-calling and mud-slinging.We must learn to respect other peoples' views.No wonder the late Yoruba sage,Chief Obafemi Awolowo once said "I always make sure of my facts before I take a decision.They may abuse me but they can't fault my facts".Congratulations Chief Willie Maduabuchi Obiano,the" Akpokue *** of Aguleri ancient kingdom in Anambra East LGA of Anambra state for emerging the new governor of Anambra state. .Onye iwe na ewe ya makpuo nime osimiri.
Maybe if Late chief Obafemi Awolowo had become the president , Nigeria might have had another trajectory in global economy.
Tolulope Olugbamila wrote on Ekitipanupo. Of Ambition, Ekiti Politics and MOB It was the great African Novelist, Chinua Achebe who insightfully opined: I know enough history to realize that civilization does not fall down from the sky; it has always been the result of people’s toil and sweat, the fruit of their long search for order and justice under brave and enlightened leaders. In other words, the defining character of a civilized society is brave and enlightened leadership. Of course, a civilized society is defined within the context of the responsiveness of the society to principles, values and ethos that makes for qualitative living. Needless to say, these values and ethos are predicated on the productive capacity of the society to meet basic physical (food, shelter, clothing, medicals, and security) and psychological (self-actualization) needs. Beyond lamentations, the reality is that our beloved Ekiti state is a state with grossly underutilized potentials. We are not lacking in qualitative human ...
IJAW ELITES & THE PHILOSOPHY OF BOROISM: While Chief Obafemi Awolowo was educating d Yorubas, our fathers were drinking dry gin, marrying many wives nd building brick houses. Many years later while d brick houses hav all crumbled, d Yorubas on d other hand hav taken over all sectors of d economy. This goes to re-emphasize d overwhelming importance of education to a people. So, take d right step today.
Experience matters. Gov Aregbesola must ask for advice before sending observers to hot zones like Anambra state. In his days the sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo used to send eminent lawyers to monitor elections in hostile parts of Nigeria. The arrest of Oshun Civil Society Coalition members under trumped charges is an embarrassment to the southwest. Softly, softly Aregbesola!
De current face off between ASUU & Federal Govt where our university education has been under chains, lock & key for over 4months is a tragic reminder dat those who lead & direct de affairs of this great country named Nigeria by Lord Lugard don't care what happens to de ordinary Nigerians. Education all over de world is de bed rock of human development while research/development/production open de frontiers of new products and services. Universities are de centers of research & development. By locking up our universiy labs, workshops, lecture halls etc for 4months, we have cut off Nigeria fron de fountain of knowledge & scientific advancement, what a SHAME!!! America, Japan, China,Israel, Ghana, South Africa & de entire world are advancing while Nigeria is made to go down de slope due to "I don't care" attitude of our leaders. Let's cast our minds back to those old glorious days when Alhaji Tafewa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo etc were piloting de political affairs ...
"MY OWN NIGERIAN HEROES THAT HAVE DIRECTLY SHAPED MY PERSONAL POLITICAL THOUGHTS IN MY FORMATIVE YEARS":A number of dead and living Nigerians were directly responsible for shaping my political thoughts, ideological orientation and political education in my formative years growing up in Nigeria. I had never agreed with these heroes 100% of the time on their own political opinions and positions on all the issues in Nigeria. I do not also consider these heroes as infallible members of the human family, perfect masters, blameless leaders and unquestionable public opinion shapers in their own rights. First and foremost among those Nigerians are the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Fela Kuti, Alao Aka-Bashorun, Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, Major Kaduna Nzeogwu, Bala Usman, Gani Fawehinhim, Chinua Achebe, Prof. Eskor Toyo, Dr. Tai Solarin, Mallam Aminu Kano, Prof. Festus Iyayi and many others that I did not mention here. My today's living heroes are General Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Tam David West, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Alhaj ...
2015, CORRUPTION: JONATHAN AND THE TENACITY OF POWER “I define tenacity of office as a political Monstrosity whose characteristics are an Inordinate and shameless love of power For its own sake and a morbid tenacity for public Office even when all the legitimacy for continuing In such public office has completely disappeared” CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO (VOICE OF COURAGE) Power has a scandent and transilient potential, but it brings out the theriomorphic proclivities in man. Hence, realizing the transitoriness and ephermerality of power, the Sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo in his allocutus delivered on 11th September, 1963, when Justice Sowemimo declared him guilty on charges of treasonable felony, said: “But after darkness comes the glorious dawn. It is therefore, with a brave heart, with confident hope and with faith in my unalterable destiny that I go from the twilight of power into darkness, unshaken in my trust in the providence of God that the glorious dawn will come on the morrow”. Power has the insti ...
I've always wondered, without answers because I was too young to understand then. Please, tell me if you have any idea. What was the meaning of chief Obafemi Awolowo's 2fingers symbol/sign?
Isunola Anishere wrote: I intend to report to the Spirits of Our Founding Fathers, namely: Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nnamidi Azikwe, The late two Premiers, namely: Sultan of Sokoto and Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Baba Tarka, Oparah, alhaji Aminu Kano. Where at thou? That, their political successors have bastardised your vision of Nigeria, 'where no man is oppressed'. That, your political successors have now turned N...
The Poverty of Leadership By Odumody Nnamdi In Nigeria and some African countries, there is a dearth of quality leadership that is visionary and holistic. The era of Ahmadu Bello, Dr Michael Okpara, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe. In Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnaut laid the foundation for the transformation of Mauritius as Africa's Most Competitive Country, Most Educated, Easiest Place to do Business and only Malaria free Country in SubSaharan Africa alongside her island neighbour Seychelles. In Botswana, Dr Festus Mogae as President eradicated corruption and provided visionary leadership which transformed the diamond rich landlocked country into one of Africa's best Governed Countries winning The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Prize Award for Good Governance. In Countries like Zimbabwe at 89, Robert Mugabe has ruled for 33years, Paul Biya of Cameroon also in his eighties almost 30 years, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea who self styled himself ''El Jefe/The Boss''Yoweri Museveni of Uganda .. ...
The late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the leader of the Opposition Action Group ( AG) in the First Republic, waving victory sign, after he was set free by Gen. Yakubu military administration. Free education at all levels remains Awolowo's indelible legacy, a policy which has put the Yoruba people at the commanding heights of Nigeria's educational system. That was what visionary leadership is all about.
Maturity is not when we start speaking big things.it is when we start understanding small things. When you do small things right,big things happen. That is the secret behind every successful man in the world. Remember Tai Solarin,Chief Obafemi Awolowo Aliko Dangote,Mike Adenuga,prof. Wole Soyinka,Orji Uzor Kalu,. And many others started small but were determined and refused to give up even though they were facing alot of challenges. Always know that Your beginning may be rough and small but your Latter End is better and greater than the beginning. Friend, You must Never give up.
From Masculinity to Feminism: the saga of the G7 governors: by Olabode Sowunmi Jr I am from the South West. And so what, someone may ask. I say so because I want to talk to start with a yoruba proverb. It goes thus: Agogo to lu mejila on bo wa lu kan. 'the grandfather clock that banged 12 times will still ring once.' Our people are deep. When they are good its genuinely good and when the are out for blood its not only that of humans the go after, the goats, dogs and anyother thing. So they know a few things about the intrigues of power. This proverb is about diminishing returns and anyone goes through this. Only the ignorant think that all will be well all the time. These are governors who have cracks in their ranks and who are genuinely confused. They have spent all their time traveling that their state offices now look foreign. But just how did they get to this stage, let do a quick X-ray of their cases. Kano: the governor of the ancient city who is dissatisfied with the Minister from his state (Samsude ...
It was a Saturday morning, the sun had not fail in its usual capacity to rise from the eastern side neither had the ever compassionate creator of the universe refused to reopen our eyelids from its 8-hours dilation, despite our consistent display of unrepentant imperfection and penchant disloyalty. The usual obeisance was paid and other rituals were carried out. So that I could live and others too could survive, I did brush my teeth. Hurriedly slipped into a sport short/top and a bathroom slippers to match, then went out of the abode where I had laid my head the previous night. After driving for about ten minutes, I sighted some men-in-black from afar standing by the road side. A quick mental mapping was quickly needed to check if my licence and other documents were with me. Task completed! Stated my processor, all files are complete! As soon as I approach them, I heard a towering voice with hands stretched towards the road’s left shoulder and later to the right as if it was been remotely controlled. ...
History of AAU INTRDUCTION The origin of older universities in the developed world can be traced in Europe to as far back as twelfth century. Most of them developed from cathedral and monastery schools and other centres of learning under the guidance of academic leaders whose fame spread far beyond their immediate environment, enabling them to attract scholars and students from far and near. Their rates of development varied and it is sometime difficult to know when they actually became full fledged universities. The University of Bologna is believed to be the oldest having been founded in the early twelfth century even though it existed as a law school since the ninth century. The University of Paris with a slight different structure from that of Bologna developed in the late twelfth century. These schools and centres, which where founded mainly to serve the professions, provided unified teaching of law, medicine and theology providing Ministers of Religion and other statesmen and professionals. Some of ...
The SAGE During the 1983 elections, Chief Obafemi Awolowo was hosted to a town hall interview at Abeokuta and he was asked a question about challenging the will of the masses. His response fully quoted here verbatim: “Syngman Rhee of Southern Korea was a great fellow, some. He led his people to freedom and independence. And they revered him a lot, respected him very much. Then he used to win elections and on this occasion he got it into his head that his son-in-law should be his Vice-president. People said you’re alright by yourself, you’re president, we are returning you unopposed but your son-in-law we don’t want him to be our Vice-president. Here’s this other man in the party who’s going to be our Vice-president. Syngman Rhee objected, so the other man who the masses wanted stood as independent Vice-president, and his son stood on the platform of the party. The election was held, and the people voted solidly for the other man. Then Syngman Rhee saw to it that there was a false announcement. ...
Nigeria and the SNC--From Nigerian Internet Fora "I think it is a divinely-ordained agenda to give Nigeria another opportunity to fulfill its manifest destiny in the comity of nations. For 53 years, Nigeria has been a paradox of a kind, a land of squandered opportunities, wasted talents, chaos, disorder and injustice, all because we have embraced the wrong idea of nation-building. We have shunned the routes of prosperity, of peace, of unity and of justice by running a multi-lingual and multi-cultural entity as a unitary entity. That is a recipe for disaster. And Chief Obafemi Awolowo, may God bless his spirit, for decades, was telling this nation that the only way a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria can work is by being a federal state but we chose not to listen to Awo. On three occasions that Awolowo contested the presidential election 1959, 1979 and 1983, he was stopped from being president because he was canvassing for federalism." Of course, there is nothing divinely-ordained about t ...
Osun education controversy: We will go to court -Job The controversy over the reclassification of schools in Osun state is still raging. While the churches are said to have been pacified, the leadership says it is only waiting, hoping that the governor will see reasons to change his mind as befits a democratically elected governor. Tayo Lewis spoke to the immediate past Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Bishop Felix Alaba Job. The situation in Osun state seems to be very peculiar. With your years of experience in the education sector, what do you think will be end of the present scenario in that state? Your question has restricted me and I will obey. The situation in Osun State is strange because in a Federation like Nigeria, the governor of a unit, a state is breaking the laws of the Federation without anybody saying anything, except those of us directly concerned. This is because Governor Aregbesola has unilaterally changed the policy on education. Our Constitution has education on its concurrent list-that ...
You can imagine a Yoruba man trying to attack me cos I told him about the atrocities of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Consistently, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari's mantra about the proposed National Conference is that President Goodluck Jonathan cannot be trusted. Somewhere along the line, while Buhari was Commissioner (Minister) for Petroleum, some billions of naira got missing. Nobody dared talk about it in public. But ever vibrant Tai Solarin, may God rest his atheistic soul, insisted the matter must be made public. Unfortunately, as in the Fryo-Festus Keyamo case, the whistleblowers became scared. Solarin had nothing to stand upon. The thieves melted into public air. Nigeria's lost money was declared safe and in the kitty! Chief Obafemi Awolowo's Park Lane residence in Apapa was turned upside down by goons of a dictator called Buhari in search of non-existent documents that could incriminate the old man. They found nothing. But Papa was livid, and did not forgive Buhari till he died. The sickness that killed Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, Prof. Ambrose Alli and a host of others were indirectly induced by Buhari because of how these ...
STRICTLY POLITICAL: Fellows,find below the meaning of a strictly political being; B: By calling,I'm a politician (Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo). E: Enlightening my polity with the fear of God is my focus. N: Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised,and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed. T: Taxation without representation is tyranny ( James Otis). I : I pray without ceasing now.My personal prayer to God is; Make me an instrument through which only truth can speak within my territory. G: Getting the difference between people in one's corner and concerning people is what I believe to be one's SUCCESS. O: One definition of insanity is to believe that you can keep on doing what you're been doing and get different results.So,all you need is CHANGE ! L: Living as a POLITBURO is my hobby. I remain BENTIGOL,what about you?
EKITI 2014 BUILUP ; A POEM AND AWO'S WORDS ON MARBLE Femi Orebe A smoke must show up announcing fire and so it is now with MOB Under the lead of the inimitable Dr Segun Osoba, I first came across the book, WHAT IS HISTORY, which literally became my bible for the Philosophy of History class at the University of Ife during my final year in ’71. Originating from a series of G.M Trevelyan lectures given by the English historian, E.H Carr, it is a deep study in historiography; discussing facts, science, morality, individuals and society but, most importantly, moral judgments in history. It is a book I would like to recommend to all, especially, aspiring politicians who, unfortunately, find themselves vacillating between honour, integrity and crass opportunism. But rather than wade through pages I last read 42 years ago, it will suffice to teach the same lessons I intend to impart by this recall, simply by quoting a very apt poem from the ekitipanupo web portal and gloriously cap it with the immortal words of ...
Not to be bothered today is to be when it is too late to make amends But for President Goodluck Jonathan’s antecedents, one could easily have accepted his statement to the effect that he is not bothered about criticisms as a Freudian slip. Speaking at the funeral of his mother-in-law, Late Mrs. Charity Oba, in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, on November 1, the President said, “To me as a political leader and most of my friends here who are politicians, politics or holding political offices is almost like death. While you are there, you are on the stage. The day you leave, what would people remember you for? That has always been my guiding principle”. He added: “No matter the comments; whether the comments are to the left or the comments are to the right or at the centre, what challenges me everyday is what the present and future generations of Nigerians will remember me for the day I step out of the State House”. Ordinarily, one would have taken this to mean that all President Jona ...
Awolowo Is Responsible For The Developments In Today's Western States - Clark: FOREMOST Ijaw leader and politician, Chief Edwin Clark, has said that Chief Obafemi Awolowo was instrumental to the rapid development of the Western states and the Yoruba nation as a whole. Clark stated this in Abuja during the Southern.Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) meeting held to articulate the position of the assembly in the forthcoming National Conference. SNPA is made up of leaders of thought from the South-East, South-West and the South- South geopolitical zones. Clark further stated that the agitation for National Conference was not new, saying that the call had been on long before now especially from the Yorubas. According to him, “ the demand for National Conference did not start during the Jonathan government, it is an age-long demand particularly by Western Nigeria. “But no government had the courage to listen to Nigerians particularly when they heard sovereign, they thought it was a move to overthrow their gov ...
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We have seen at the end of the First National Conference in 1950 held by the representatives of Nigerian Nations and Communities, the delegations opted unanimously for Federalism. Why? Let us seek an answer from the most consummate student of federalism Nigeria has ever known - Chief Obafemi Awolowo (see 'Thoughts on Nigerian Constitution', pp.48-49). "From our study of the constitutional evolution of all the countries of the world, two things stand out quite clearly and prominently. First, in any country where there are divergences of language and of nationality - particularly of language - a unitary constitution is always a source of bitterness and hostility on the part of linguistic or national minority groups. On the other hand, as soon as a federal constitution is introduced in which each linguistic or national group is recognised and accorded regional autonomy, any bitterness and hostility against the constitutional arrangements as such disappear. If the linguistic or national group concerned are ba ...
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Vet Adebanke Oduguwa presenting Mr Adedara's citation during the launching of the book "Chief Obafemi Awolowo:...
I won't stop appreciating nor forget the amazing talent of this young female poet from South Africa, Miss Bothlale Boikanyo. Just as she honored Tete Madiba, i hope one day/someday a Nigerian President will worth such an honor! Maybe Chief Obafemi Awolowo, though was not a President, but i guess he deserves one.
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF PA SAMUEL KAYODE FAMILONI 1903-1955 William Shakespeare already rightly puts it: “Some are born great, some acquire greatness, and some have greatness thrust on them”. In this, we mean true greatness that is, one’s life as lived to the benefit of fellow human beings, tough it maybe a great sacrifice to oneself; but all is well as long as it accord with the will and direction of God. Samuel Kayode Familoni lived mostly unto other regardless at what cost to himself: and may be (God knows it all) that’s one reason he did not stay with us here long!! BY BIRTH, Papa S. K. Familoni was born into the reputable FAMILONI FAMILY of Isape, Ido-Ekiti. He was the son of Baba Omole Familoni, a reputable Ifa Priest, famous beyond the confines of our little domain. It was through his religious professional contacts that a great Princess, Daughter of Ajero Odundun, was given to him in marriage. She was Adekusibe (Later Marian Adekusibe Familoni) and mother of our Papa Kayode Familoni. Princess A ...
'The worst type of democratic government is better than the best form of military rule' - Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Tribune Awo left great legacies in South-West - NACCIMA · Written by Olayinka Olukoya - Abeokuta · Friday, 08 November 2013 02:30 The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has said that the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, left behind great legacies which were enough for the Western Region to achieve economic liberty. The association’s second Deputy National President, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson, said this at a pre-press briefing to herald the 18th Oodua joint trade fair scheduled to hold between 12 and 25 November, 2013 at the M.K.O Abiola trade fair complex in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The Oodua states comprises Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo and Lagos. Lawson, who addressed the media alongside the chairman of the trade fair’s planning committee, Chief Adekunle Ogunbayo, said the governments of the South-Western states and the organised private sector in the states have collaborated at making the event a success. She stated that only products tha ...
THE 1997 PHANTOM COUP AND MAJOR SEUN FADIPE ROLE - Oluranti Afowowe. THE search for social relevance and economic survival in the face of daunting economic challenges that Nigerians daily confront is assuming dangerous dimensions. It has degenerated to the level that some Nigerians even declared themselves HIV positive when they are not, simply to access international monetary supports. For perceived economic and perhaps political gains, Nigerians have been known to tell outrageous lies against people who were hitherto their confidants and political bosses. The key witness against Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the infamous treasonable-felony trial of 1962 was the man Chief Awolowo established his law firm/chamber with. This possibly explains why Dr. Wale Okediran contendedthat ’many more politicians have been destroyed by their supporters than by their opponents’. It is within this purview that the view expressed by Major Seun Fadipe in his interview with The Nigerian Tribune of Saturday 23rd of March, 2 . ...
HIOSTORY (1) Uku Akpolokpolo Akenzua II (Oba of Benin) shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth II of England. On the Far Left is Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Premier of the Western Region).(2) Photograph taken during the Queen’s visit in 1956
I prefer Buhari to Jonathan, the same way I prefer Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo to Buhari and any other present political leader in the country.I don’t support people on sentiments and I don’t allow sentiments to determine my actions. I only support people who have good qualities and not people who lack good qualities. President Jonathan lacks the qualities of a good leader and that is why I always criticize him..There is no way any individual can compare Jonathan with Buhari. They are two different individuals with different ideologies and beliefs. Buhari is one leader that is discipline and highly responsible. He is a faithful person and a down to earth man to the core. He believes in fairness and equity. So, Buhari is far better than Jonathan.
"Today, if Engineer Tukur, Gen. Murtala Muhammed, Ahmadu Bello, the Sardaunan Sokoto, Prime Minister Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Azikiwe and individuals like them would dare to contest elections, they will not win any vote. Nigerian people mostly vote for GARRI." Garba Shehu
Do you know that the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo ran for the presidency of the Second Republic in 1979 and 1983...
A lot of people are waiting for Chief Obafemi Awolowo,Ahmadu Bello, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa or Nnamdi Azikiwe to come back -- but they are gone. We are ... It is up to us. It is up to you, it is up to me to do it in right way!
Ubonid: Is really interesting that Rotimi Amaechi antecedent is not different from Ladoke Akintola against Chief Obafemi Awolowo!
HISTORY OF THE OLD... Part 9 (1) The Emperor and I In January 1972 Emperor Haille Sellassie of Ethiopia visited Nigeria. He had mediated in the Nigerian/Biafran civil war that had ended just two years earlier. I was told he wanted to see for himself that the ‘NO Victor , No Vanquished’ policy was really being implemented in the former Biafran enclave. Anyway, dressed in orange poplin suit and skinny as a pole I set off to welcome him with a bunch of marigolds, daffodils and daisies. I remember my speech - “I welcome to Nigeria, His Royal Highness, the great Emperor of all Ethiopia, Elect of God, and the Lion of Judah, Emperor Haile Selassie.” I remember a small man, a warm kiss and a gold coin being pressed into my hand. In this pic were General Gowon, TY Danjuma, Ukpabi Asikathe then East Central State Administrator and someone else.(Remember we had an administrator while everyone else had a governor. I guess nobody wanted any reminders of the army, military etc in this war traumatized region. Ve ...
"Any guy who drinks Alomo and doesn't squeeze his face is capable of murder."-Chief Obafemi Awolowo 1956
In times like this when politics and true democracy has lost its aura and glare, when politicians were seen as men/women of immense personality, integrity, values and principles; when supporters and loyalists were known based on unwavering belief, faith and followership of their leader; when participatory politics and competitive challenge of pros and cons were based on philosophical ideology of leftist, centrist and rightist believers and leaders who commanded great followership across political divide, ethnicity, religious, tribal and region without fear and sentiment; that ushered great Nigeria patriots of our heroes past led by eminent Nigerians like sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Owelle Chief NNamdi Azikwe, Mallam Aminu Kano, Ibrahim Waziri, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and so on. I am verily proud and glad I live to witness the great politics and leadership of these great and patriot Nigerians. May the soul of the blessed memories of these lost heroes continue to RIP. Adieu Great Leaders. Nigerians we live to ...
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Do you know that all those strangulating education in Nigeria today were the products of free education under our first generation leaders Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Sir Ahmadu Bello? They were not only given free education, they were paid to go to school, collecting weekly allowances.
53 Remarkable Nigerians in the last 53 years. Hello everyone, i made a compilation of 53 names of those i think have in one way or the other done the Nation proud or had been involved in nation building. In no particular order, these persons are worthy of mention,they are: Maviews Independence 53 Competition s/n Name = Achievements Politics - General 1 Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe = Founder of modern Nigerian nationalism and first president of Nigeria (1963-66). 2 Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi = A Nigerian soldier. He served as the Head of State of Nigeria from 16 January 1966 until he was overthrown and killed on 29 July 1966 3 Brigadier Murtala Mohammed = For his numerous reforms that led to the second republic 4 Chief Obafemi Awolowo = Nigerian nationalist and Yoruba political leader; principal participant in the struggle for Nigerian Independence 5 Aminu Kano = Led an Islamic movement in the North of the country in opposition to British rule 6 Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa = International statesman; one of the leade ...
Akintola fought for the Yoruba people By Fazil Ope-Agbe Culled from VANGUARD Thursday, August 07, 2003 FOR quite a long time I have agonized over the wisdom of telling truths which I know a majority of Nigerians do not want to hear. After reading Oluwole Kehinde's article on the subject matter (The Guardian, June 3, 2003) I believe it is time to hear from someone who not only was an eye-witness but an insignificant participant in Chief S. L. Akintola's fight to create a viable, stable and prosperous Nigerian nation. First and foremost, I must put to rest the fallacy that Chief Obafemi Awolowo's fight was against Northern domination. An understanding of the situation at Independence would reveal that the urge to dominate was in the minds of the major tribes of Southern Nigeria, the Ibos and the Yorubas. The clamour for independence started, was nurtured and brought to fruition in the South, comprising the Eastern and Western Regions of Nigeria. In those early years of Nigerian nationalism, the North made . ...
Kudos to Chief Bola Ige who gave me free education and Chief Obafemi Awolowo who was the originator of free education.
Why Buhari may not be elected President BY THE PUNCH From 1973 until his death in 1987, I was an ‘Awolowo-man’. I still am! In some ways, Chief Obafemi Awolowo had equals; but in many other ways, the mountain and the oceans were his and his alone. To me, he was the greatest Nigerian who ever lived. You may debate my assertion, but really, what’s there to debate? Verifiable data are there to support my claim. But beyond the data are the everyday realities that attest to the superior accomplishments of Awolowo. Ask yourself this simple question: “Who was on the stage before Awolowo; and what’s the political stage and space been like since his death?” In another time and place, he’d be philosophised and declared a statesman extraordinaire. He was that good. He was that great a human being. But amongst the current crop of high-level politicians, ideologically and philosophically, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) stands closest to Awolowo. He is a clear disciple of the sage. He himself may not s ...
I did not want to spoil Gowon's birthday, yesterday, as he clocked 79yrs of age. Even though my very Good friend, Chijioke Ngobili had already finished the Bashing; Posterity still needs to bash General Yakubu 'Go On With One Nigeria' (GOWON). This man with all the training he got from sandhurst, London, had the opportunity to be the Abraham Lincoln of modern Nigeria. However, the General from Jos, decided to go the 'British way'. He failed Nigeria from all angles,in all sectors & his 'achievement' of keeping Nigeria one has continued to remain an elusive lone item in the annals of Nigerian History. Even his State, Jos is more divided as a state, than the expression, Nigeria. His flawed human interaction with Gen. Odumegwu Ojukwu, led to a series of law-break down, that eventually resulted to the Civil war; showing his deficiency in Human Management & Situation control. He had one of the best thinkers in his cabinet in the person of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Pa Enahoro et al. However, instead of him doing .. ...
Timothy Abiodun Olatokunbo Tugbiyele wrote: ASSU STRIKE You can be part of the change. Chief Obafemi Awolowo changed the face of education in Western Nigeria. He made education free. Some of us are the product of his free education policy.Alhaji Lateef Jakande changed the face of education in Lagos State.Education was not only free but also easily accessible. He set up schools all over Lagos State. Alhaji Ahmadu ...
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