April 24, 2017

REUBEN ABATI: DEADLY GHOSTS AT ASO ROCK

Follow Us       People tend to be alarmed when the Nigerian Presidency takes certain decisions. They don’t think the decision makes sense. Sometimes, they wonder if something has not gone wrong with the thinking process at that highest level of the country. I have heard people insist that there is some form of […]

REUBEN ABATI: ENDORSING HILLARY CLINTON

Follow Us       If there was any hope that Donald Trump would change tactics and be more restrained after winning the Republican party Presidential nomination for the November 8 US election, that hope is now lost.  The fellow has remained aggressive, incorrigibly brash and completely negative. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has asked: […]

REUBEN ABATI: LET’S TALK TURKEY ABOUT TURKEY

Follow Us       By REUBEN ABATI I was shocked by the trenchant reaction to my piece on the July 15 attempted coup in Turkey from at least two persons. The piece titled “Nigerians and the Failed Coup in Turkey” (The Guardian, Sunday, July 17) had fetched a mail and direct messages from a […]

REUBEN ABATI: TWO LIVES AND OTHER STORIES

Follow Us       Two lives lost recently in the creative industry convey useful messages in terms of the import of their careers and the circumstances of their departure: the elderly actress, simply known as Bukky Ajayi, and the music entrepreneur, multi-talented artiste, producer and musician, Babatunde Okungbowa, popularly known as OJB Jezreel. Bukky […]

AMBODE AND THE STREET TRADERS OF LAGOS, NIGERIA

Follow Us       By REUBEN ABATI I am writing this piece after holding a series of conversations with Lagos street traders and hawkers who seem not be aware of or are just indifferent to, or may be they are intrigued by, the fact that the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has declared on television […]

REUBEN ABATI ON NIGERIA: THE STOLEN POT OF SOUP

Follow Us       By REUBEN ABATI “I am depressed, my brother.” “You are always depressed. I am actually used to that. I can’t remember when last you were not choleric, depressed, obsessed, uptight, down-spirited, what’s that your word again, yes, anxious. You better watch it, buddie-bae-bff-bros, stop carrying the world on your back, […]

REUBEN ABATI ON NIGERIA “THE GAME HAS CHANGED”

Follow Us     “My brother, I think all the people saying they have not seen any change should by now be convinced that truly, truly, the game has changed.” “Football? Euro 2016? Brexit?” “What is wrong with you?” “Or may be you are talking about the death of Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu and […]

REUBEN ABATI: REMEMBERING MKO AND JUNE 12

Follow Us       By REUBEN ABATI This day, June 12 will always be remembered by those who have defied the culture of silence and conspiracy against a significant moment in Nigerian history, to remind us of how today, 23 years ago, the battle against the exit of the military from power was fought […]

REUBEN ABATI: THE NATIONAL BRAIN IN RECESSION

Follow Us       By REUBEN ABATI “Have you eaten today? If not, let me show you this new restaurant. Good food, the service girls specially attractive, the Madam herself is quite friendly.” “What are you proposing: the food, the service girls or the Madam? Sorry to disappoint you, I am fasting.” “When did […]

REUBEN ABATI ON MUHAMMAD ALI, THE GREATEST (1942-2016)

Follow Us       By REUBEN ABATI   Muhammad Ali, who died late Friday evening aged 74, was one of the greatest icons of the 20th century, one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time, and certainly in his time, and during the era that he dominated the ring, the greatest among his […]

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