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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Football is Politics in Nigeria

A few days ago, FIFA once again, suspended Nigeria from international football. On History Class today, we will take a look at the remote causes of that, and attempt to compare it with Nigeria’s politics. This will not be the first time that the big stick is being wielded on Nigeria, it probably won’t be

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

#HistoryClass: Nigeria’s Super Eagles

Our British colonial masters brought us a lot of good stuff. Stuff such as education, Christianity and corruption, among others. But probably the best thing the Brits brought to us was football. Today, in homage to the...

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Nigeria’s Catch 22: American style democracy will only throw up more more GEJ’s

There are so many problems in Nigeria, true. But it bears reiterating that we’ve not even correctly identified the biggest one of them… Our biggest problem is not the fact that we are an artificial country. Asides...

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

#HistoryClass With Cheta: The balkanization of Nigeria

There have been growing calls for the balkanisation of Nigeria by various groups, so we want to look at what led to Yugoslavia. The South Slavs are a subgroup of the Slavic people. They inhabit the Balkan...

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Nigeria’s baby boom

Yesterday, a statement was credited to Bob Diamond, former CEO of Barclays, who is attending the World Economic Jamboree in Abuja. Mr. Diamond is credited with saying that, “Nigeria is the place to be if you want...

Monday, April 28th, 2014

#HistoryClass: Who sold Nigeria to the British for £865k in 1899?

Today we will be discussing the first oil war, which was fought in the 19th century, in the area that became Nigeria. All through the 19th century, palm oil was highly sought-after by the British, for use...

Monday, April 21st, 2014

#HistoryClass: Nigeria’s Police

Right, so by popular demand, let’s talk about the Nigeria Police this Easter Monday because they definitely need to be resurrected. The Nigerian police have come under a lot of scrutiny recently because of, frankly, very poor...

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Who are Boko Haram, and how did they come to be?

Nigeria has a long history of communal conflicts, many of which were only suppressed under military rule. Despite the heavy handed tactics of the dictators, some of these conflicts came to the fore, the best example being...

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

#HistoryClass with Cheta Nwanze: A Short History of the Slave Trade

Henry Okelue suggested that today's History Lesson be about Nigeria's security agencies. Problem is, there's paucity of verifiable information, so, we'll go ahead with what was mapped out for today, which is about slavery, it's effects on...

Monday, April 7th, 2014

#HistoryClass: On Nigeria’s standing as Africa’s “biggest” economy

It took centuries before capitalism’s survival and future growth depended on an increase of the standards of living among the general population. This was reflected in the living standards of the people in the capitalist West. They...

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Chinua Achebe 1930-2013

Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings.  – Things Fall Apart. It is not a surprise the amount of...

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Why Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential pardons are a bad idea

Last Tuesday, President Jonathan pardoned 7 Nigerians. While four of those pardons, Diya, Yar’Adua, Adisa and Fadipe have raised semantic issues as they had been granted ‘clemency’ under the regime of General Abdusalam Abubakar in 1999, the...

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Nigeria: How many Twitter activists make one vote?

In the last week I attended a conference of ‘Future Leaders of Nigeria’, and one of the facilitators made a very interesting statement, “Politicians do not value the number of followers you have on Twitter, they value...

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Why would Stephen Keshi resign one day after winning the Africa Nations Cup for Nigeria?

In 1989, an unknown Dutch manager, Clemens Westerhof happened upon the job of managing the Nigerian National Team, known at the time, as the Green Eagles. A year later, the team was meant to compete in the...

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Nigeria: Kings of Africa for a third time

Make una no vex, I’m running on less than 2 hours of sleep, and for good reason. Scratch that, FOR GREAT REASON. Thirteen years of sorrow, hurt and pain were wiped out in an instant a few...

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Super Eagles!

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have in the last few minutes brushed aside the Eagles of Mali to move imperiously into the final match of the 2013 African Cup of Nations. First half goals from Elderson Echiejile, Brown Ideye...