Human Rights Issues Surrounding The Non-Return Of Assets To Countries Of Origin and delivered last week at the Second Forum of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room, organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA).  By Femi Falana

“African governments and anti-corruption bodies should stop labelling Africa as a continent of corrupt people. London is the centre of global corruption. The banks of western countries receive and keep stolen wealth from Africa and other developing countries. Western governments conveniently hid behind the free movement of capital ideology to fold their arms and turn …

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We need to ask ourselves, ‘what do we do with available funds in our coffers? – Emir Sanusi

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano Africa’s development agenda must focus on the socio-cultural and commercial interests of Africans and the upliftment of Africa’s trade and economic ecosystem, said Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano and a former Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, during his address at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the …

Evidence of the “do or die” environment of Nigerian politics

Editorial The robbery suspects on live interview with the press said these government personalities did not order the Offa rubbery. The Police press officer, at the same avenue, stated without hesitation and or evidence, that these personalities were linked to the Offa robberies.Offa robbery: Bukola Saraki reacts to his invitation by the police, says allegation …

Oshiomhole’s path clear to APC chairmanship as Oyegun drops APC re-election bid

APC Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, says he will not seek re-election in the June 23 National Convention of the party, “in the party’s interest”. He announced this on Friday night in Abuja while speaking with journalists. The chairman said that his decision was taken …

Where to go Nigeria Tax or Not

While this is a show, it is serious food for thought. The IGR (internally generated revenue) the income raising efforts of Nigeria states is addressed here. There is no market place for the states to complete for businesses to come to their state on the basis of ease of doing business. Trading and business is …

Dame Martha Osamor: unsung hero of Britain’s black struggle — Interview Written by Harmit Athwal & Jenny Bourne

Veteran campaigner Martha Osamor talks to IRR News about her experiences in political struggles. Martha Osamor Martha Osamor, now 75-years-old is one of the many unsung heroes of Britain’s black community, yet she has spent almost all her life fighting to better the position of people in Tottenham and beyond – in the community, through the …

Dr, Dr, Dep. Sup. Police

I would have said that this thing here is narcissism, but something else tells me this is another attempt to cover up for inferiority complex. If you're feeling small, you will just jack up your profile, with extras, and may be your personality, and then expect people to hold you in high esteem. People with …

Toxic skin bleaching creams still rife in local cosmetics market, UK councils warn

The illegal, cancer-linked creams – which contain banned ingredients such as mercury and bleaching agent hydroquinone – are flooding the market, putting unwitting mostly black and dark skinned consumers at risk of permanently ruining their looks and or damaging their health. The Local Government Association, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, has issued …

US deports Nigerian man and revokes his citizenship for lying on his application for naturalisation.

A Nigerian man was deported on Thursday after his U.S. citizenship was revoked in April following a review his application for naturalisation and his conviction for indecency with a 7-year-old girl, a felony offense which he committed before he was naturalised. In a press release by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Deportation officers with U.S. …

Government hikes fees to renounce British citizenship after Brexit foreign nationality surge by Jon Stone

Families must now pay more than £1,000 to Home Office The Home Office has hiked fees sharply for UK nationals to renounce their British nationality, following a Brexit surge in people adopting the citizenship of other European countries. Ministers were accused of “cashing in on Brexit” and giving Britons living on the continent a “last …

Inside America’s damning verdict on Murtala Muhammed, Obasanjo after 1975 coup by Ini Ekott

For nearly half a century after his stint as Nigeria’s military leader, Murtala Muhammed remained widely regarded as a dogged corruption fighter who took fearless steps against official graft. As head of state, the army general dismissed more than 10, 000 public officials, charged many to court for malpractices, and moved against fraudulent firms. Mr. …

Key dates in the Windrush debate by Donald Peter Herbert

Commonwealth citizens became subject to immigration control in 1962, but before 1 January 1973 (the date the Immigration Act 1971 came into force) they could not be deported once they’d been here for five years. This exemption from deportation was preserved by s 7(1)(b) Immigration Act 1971 and is still there - for those who …

Windrush cancer patient has UK residency status confirmed Man previously referred to as Albert Thompson receives written notice of right to remain by Amelia Gentleman

Man previously referred to as Albert Thompson receives written notice of right to remain Sylvester Marshall, the Windrush victim who was denied NHS cancer care, has been given permanent right to remain in the UK after a battle with the Home Office that has absorbed nine years of his life. Marshall – who the Guardian …

“The Power of Love”— Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Bishop Michael Curry In the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. From the Song of Solomon, in the Bible: Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes …

From Windrush to Grenfell, the powerful only see tragedy when it suits them by Gary Younge Gary Younge

The pattern is clear. The privileged looks the other way until outrage about a specific injustice injects a sense of urgency When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving the dead floating in the street and the living stranded on highways and rooftops, a huge crowd of mostly black and poor people descended on the city’s …

I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye Kanye West wants freedom—white freedom. By Ta-Nehisi Coates

I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and cable had not yet come to the city, and if it had, my father would not have believed in it. Yes, it had to have happened like this, like …

Haile Selassie’s Address to the UN, October 4, 1963

Last May, in Addis Ababa, I convened a meeting of Heads of African States and Governments. In three days, the thirty-two nations represented at that Conference demonstrated to the world that when the will and the determination exist, nations and peoples of diverse backgrounds can and will work together. in unity, to the achievement of …

Life is too precious to worry about death

Barbara Ehrenreich wants readers to ditch the “illusion of control” over their bodies Natural Causes. By Barbara Ehrenreich. Twelve; 210 pages; $27. Granta; £16.99. A FEW years ago Barbara Ehrenreich stopped going for check-ups. The decision to forgo cancer screenings and physical exams has set her apart from her friends, whose calendars are full of …

EFCC PHOTO Picture of Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu, former PDP governorship candidate in Edo State and Chief Dan Orbih, PDP Chairman in Edo State who will be arraigned for fraud, tomorrow in Benin, Edo State by the EFCC.

EFCC PHOTO Picture of Pastor Osagie ize- Iyamu, former PDP governorship candidate in Edo State and chief Dan Orbih, PDP Chairman in Edo State who will be arraigned for fraud, tomorrow in Benin, Edo State by the EFCC. A Federal High Court sitting in Benin City has remanded Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Chief Dan Orbih, a …

Jacob Rees-Mogg is right, the “hostile environment” is fundamentally un-British Windrush—though appalling—is just the tip of the iceberg by Colin Yeo

When I was first starting out as an immigration lawyer at the turn of the millennium, I was taught that here in our island nation of Great Britain we do immigration checks at our natural border. This contrasted with our continental neighbours, with their land borders, their Napoleonic Code and their state supervision of populations through …

Harry and Meghan’s wedding shows up racial division for the humbug it is. by June Sarpong

Meghan Markle (left) with her mother, Doria Ragland Credit: REUTERS Ordinarily, my hairdresser Verona doesn’t watch royal weddings; they’ve never captured her imagination. This time, it’s different. This time she has bought flags. This time, she’s hosting a party with her family, who will gather around the television in their west London home to watch …

Over 100 students of Idogbo Secondary School, Edo State trafficked to Libya in four months by LIB

The Edo State Government have uncovered a secondary school where human traffickers harvest teenagers. The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti Human Trafficking Issues, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa, who made the startling revelation on Sunday in Benin during the ongoing advocacy programme on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, said that over 100 students …

Cult group clash in Anambra State killing Nine persons by Nigerian PUNCH

No fewer than nine persons were killed on Sunday in Awka the Anambra State capital as rival cult groups clash. It was gathered that the fracas started brewing during the state’s annual cultural festival, known as ‘Imo Awka’ which was celebrated the penultimate week. According to a source, who pleaded anonymity, the cult groups had …

MALLAM AMINU NURUDEEN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED TO THE POLICE BY A TEAM OF LAWYERS/DOCTORS – Hassan Mohammed

Sickness, dyslexia, loss of concentration, fatigue, stress, African juju busy schedule/laziness that did not allow the man to read a prepared speech ahead of time, substance abuse or whatever it is as bandied about by many that may have happened to our IGP within in a period of under 20 minutes should be the problem …

SHOW THE “IDIOTS” THE ORIGINAL, PUT THEM TO SHAME OR… by Hassan Mohammed (videos)

Police

So, some people said you failed English and Mathematics at WASC level. They went one to present a result that shows '9' in these two subjects. You said that the result these people are presenting to the world is fake, that they altered the original copy of your result. You did not present your own …

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price appeals to ethnic groups to donate organs by Thurrock News

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle-Price has appealed to different faiths and ethnicities to help increase the number of organ donors. Speaking at the National BAME Transplant Alliance, Jackie Doyle-Price told Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and other faith representatives that almost three in ten people currently in need of a transplant are an ethnic minority. “Organ …

Stakeholders differ on solutions to farmers, herdsmen clashes by The Nigerian Guardian

Lai Mohammed Stakeholders at a meeting organised by the Federal Government in Abuja have differed over solutions to killings by herdsmen in Benue and other states.While some insisted on return to grazing reserves, others urged herdsmen to ranch their cattle, to forestall clashes between them and farmers. In his remarks, Minister for Information and Culture, …

Carl Adebare Adekola becomes the first Nigerian to sing at the Royal wedding by Nigerian Daily Times

11-yr-old Carl Adebare Adekola, a student at St Thomas of Canterbury in Grays, became the the first Nigerin to to sing at the Royal wedding. Carl Adekola, is a Royal Chorister, singing at St George’s Chapel on a daily basis whilst attending St George’s Windsor Castle Prep. Music had a starring role at the Royal …

Donald Trump has ruined any chance of a two-state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict – and the American public knows it by Independent Editorial

Israeli troops fire teargas at Palestinian protesters during clashes in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday EPA Just before the ceremony to mark the move of the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Pastor John Hagee, a leading American evangelical, CEO of a “mega church” in San Antonio, Texas, and big time tele-preacher, predicted …

UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR IS A LINGUISTIC TRAP by Joshua Rozenberg

. Tini Owens and her husband Hugh were married in 1978. They separated in February 2015 and she launched divorce proceedings against him in May 2015. Her petition was dismissed by Judge Tolson QC in January 2016. An appeal against the judge’s decision was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in March 2017. She is …

Status of legal marriage in Nigeria

There are only two types of marriages recognised in Nigeria; 1.Marriage under the Act (Matrimonial Causes Act and Marriage Act), 2. Marriage not under the Act (Marriage under Islamic Law and Marriage Under Customary Law). The first is monogamous in nature while the latter is subject to its tradition and uncodified rules. For intending couples …

Royal Wedding CANCELLED after Meghan Markle deported by accident – Fakenews.com

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace has confirmed that Saturday’s Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been cancelled after Ms Markle was deported by accident. According to a statement, the Home Office have misplaced her landing card that she filled in shortly before her last arrival in the country It is believed that …

Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity’s property empire by Jon Swaine

Fox News host who said Trump’s fixer ‘knows real estate’ has a portfolio that includes support from Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fact he did not mention when interviewing secretary Ben Carson last year When Sean Hannity was named in court this week as a client of Donald Trump’s embattled legal fixer Michael …

Alleged Money Laundering Case Against Ize-Iyamu, Four Others Stalled. By Unini Chioma

Osagie Ize-Iyamu The alleged fraud case brought by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others has been stalled. The case was stalled due to the absence of the first and fourth defendants in court on Wednesday. The EFCC through …

*STUDENT OBTAINED 0% IN AN EXAM!*

I WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM 100%! EACH ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT AND FUNNY TOO. THE TEACHER HAS NO SENSE OF HUMOR. *Q1: IN WHICH BATTLE DID NAPOLEON DIE?* ```HIS LAST BATTLE.``` *Q2: WHERE WAS THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE SIGNED?* ```AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.``` *Q3: RIVER RAVI FLOWS IN WHICH STATE?* ```LIQUID.``` *Q4: …

How Rwanda’s Capital Became an African Tech Leader by Lauren Razavi

In 1994, the African nation of Rwanda suffered one of the worst genocides in human history. Over the course of 100 days, its government slaughtered one-tenth of the country’s population and displaced more than 2 million people, turning them into refugees with little hope for the future. But even before the genocide, Rwanda was a …

Trump is manufacturing an immigration crisis. Here’s why that helps him. By Fareed Zakaria

President Trump has said that the group of migrants that recently made its way from Central America to the United States symbolizes out-of-control immigration, lawlessness and violence besetting the country. “Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming,” he tweeted last month . This week , he added : “The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border …

Half of Nigeria’s 36 states insolvent – Report

The Economic Confidential has released its Annual States Viability Index (ASVI) which shows that 17 states are insolvent as their Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) in 2017 were far below 10 per cent of their receipts from the Federation Account Allocations (FAA) in the same year. The index proved that without the monthly disbursement from the …

Half of 36 States Insolvent: An Issue for the New Candidates By Pius Adesanmi

Increasingly, you hear a segment of the commentariat scream that restructuring in Nigeria is a complex set of issues and problems that should be nuanced. Such commentators often ask: what is restructuring? What exactly are we restructuring? They then berate those who have "a simplistic, financial understanding of the issue". Well, I have a simplistic, …

Advertising body set to take action against Chafford Hundred church advert

THE ADVERTISING Standards Authority (ASA) is set to take action against an advert by a Chafford Hundred-based church. The Rivers of Life Ministry advertised their Easter services at the Drake Road Community Church with an advert that stated the following. “Come and Experience The Power That Raised Jesus From The Dead (Come And Receive Your …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘This could be the beginning of a revolution’ by Lisa Allardice

She’s on school reading lists and counts Hillary, Oprah and Beyoncé as fans. The author talks about motherhood, #MeToo – and causing controversy Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘The world is changing very fast, and we intend to accelerate it.’ Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian At a PEN lecture in Manhattan last weekend, the novelist Chimamanda …

Nigerians are walking into Canada, prompting request for U.S. to take action By Selena Ross

Refugees who crossed the Canada-U.S. border near Hemmingford, Quebec, are processed in a tent after being detained last August. The flow of asylum seekers that began last summer has resumed this spring. Most of the new arrivals are Nigerians. (GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images) MONTREAL — As Ni­ger­ian asylum seekers flood into Canada across a ditch in …

Nigeria Faces a Crippling Population Boom by John Campbell

At a population conference in New York, Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC) Eze Duruiheoma estimated that the current population of Nigeria is 198 million, and that the population living in urban areas has been growing 6.5 percent annually over the past fifty years. He cites that World Population Prospects prediction that by 2050, …

Nigeria’s Buhari to Visit White House by John Campbell

In stark contrast to the high ceremony of French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to Washington, which featured the French Tricolour flying from lampposts around town, President Trump’s first state dinner, and the French president’s well-received address to Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit on Monday will be subdued. The visit by the Nigerian president is more likely …

Winnie’s Death Reignites Criticism of Nelson Mandela’s Legacy by John Campbell

South Africa became a “non-racial” democracy in 1994, twenty-three years ago. Nelson Mandela, who has always firmly been identified with the African National Congress (ANC) and the end of apartheid, died five years ago in 2013. Winnie Mandela, his wife during his imprisonment and the transition to non-racial democracy (he was married three times), died …

Trump’s not the only one who killed Iran deal; Dangers to a free press in Data Protection Bill amendments by London Evening Standard

Once again Donald Trump has stunned the world by doing exactly what he promised to do. Yesterday he withdrew the US from the agreement the Obama administration brokered with Iran to prevent it acquiring nuclear weapons. Although the other signatories, Britain included, say they will carry on, the absence of the US and the arrival …

Kardarshian toto by Hassan Mohammed

There is something in that Kardarshian toto that is killing people. But first, it will make you go dangerously crazy, then lose yourself loseely, and then die. Forget Kanye, okay don't forget him. But think of all the guys that married into that family, and even those that don't. They just gbenshu and left. They …

Kardashian Kurse: 10 examples that prove Black people should stay away from the Kardashians by Dustin Seibert

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images) I’ve spent the last few days reeling from watching Kanye West commit Japanese ritual suicide with his career in what might be the saddest thing …

Professor Dehlia Umunna

Dehlia Umunna is an outstanding Nigerian-born American lawyer and lecturer who has been appointed the Deputy Director and Clinical Instructor at the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) at Harvard Law School, where she supervises third year law students in their representation of adult and juvenile clients in criminal and juvenile proceedings. Dehlia Umunna is a Clinical …

Nigeria Kaduna: Bandits slaughter 51 villagers by BBC

A gang of what are said to be former cattle rustlers has killed at least 51 adults and children in a village in northern Nigeria, burning down homes. Amongst the rows of dead bodies in Gwaska, in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state, were children under the age of 10. Some bodies were mutilated. …

How cough syrup in Nigeria is creating a generation of addicts by BBC (Video)

The cough syrup epidemic affects Nigerians from all social groups When the younger brother of the BBC's Ruona Meyer became addicted to cough syrup, she began to investigate the men who make and sell opioid-based medicine on the streets of Lagos. Her investigation took her deep into Nigeria's criminal underworld, uncovering an epidemic that is …

The concerning popularity of Enoch Powell and his racist speech by Alastair Sloan

Editorial update Enoch Powell just died again in his death. Following his infamous rivers of blood speech in which he claimed that his fear was that “one day a black man will have a whip hand over a white man”. Two black Labour MPs were back, front and centre in the downfall of the Home …

In their ‘odd clothes and dazzling ties’ the Windrush generation landed in Tilbury…

In their ‘odd clothes and dazzling ties’ the Windrush generation landed in Tilbury... windrush THE Windrush scandal has rightly been making the front pages of many newspapers recently. Yet back in June 1948, when the Windrush pioneers docked at Tilbury, full of hope for a new and better life in England, the story only made …

Election 2018: Thurrock Council remains hung but gains for Tories and Labour – YourThurrock (Video)

THE THURROCK Council local election saw winners and losers on every side. The Conservatives increased their number of seats to 20. They gained Stiffords Clays and Stanford East and Corringham Town They saw the Mayor, Tunde Ojetola ousted in South Chafford. Labour increased their number of seats to 17. They gained Ockendon, Belhus and South …

The Guardian view on May’s immigration regime: unjust, inhumane and incompetent | Editorial

Changing language and personnel is not enough. It is time for a full inquiry and an end to the ‘hostile environment’ Victims of the Windrush scandal outside parliament on 1 May 2018. ‘The injustice and inhumanity will persist as long as this cruel immigration regime does.’ Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian Theresa May has …

Buhari speaks from America, exonerates herdsmen from killings “as they carry sticks not guns”

Editorial Trump slanders your country before the world press, you go into a dark empty room and whisper your push back. Buhari lacked the confidence and authority of a Nigerian President and failed his people before the world. President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari has exonerated Fulani herdsmen from incessant killings in the North Central, …

The “Hostile Environment”and the Overenforcement of Immigration Law by Paul Daly

One of the most striking things for me about returning to Britain in 2016 after six years in Canada was how I needed to produce a passport to do just about anything, from opening a bank account to examining a PhD student. These are not the identity checks familiar to people the world over, for …

Buhari must apologise for anti-youth comment by Sonala Olumhense

President Muhammadu Buhari should apologise for his insult of Nigerian youths at the Commonwealth Business Forum in the UK last Wednesday. This is now even more important following the “clarification” offered by his spokesman, Femi Adesina. If he does not, and his All Progressives Congress does not denounce the statement, the youth should unite and …

With Windrush, Theresa May mistook a national treasure for an easy target | Gary Younge Gary Younge

The outrage about the exclusion of ‘worthy immigrants’ must not blind us to the outrageous policies that made it possible One of the most tragic aspects of writing about gun deaths in America is hearing black parents make the case for why their child should not have been killed. They will impress on you that …

Why some Nigerians give 10% of their income to the church – BBC (Video)

AFP Pastor Adeboye's Redemption Camp church is one of the fastest growing in Nigeria Many Nigerian Christians believe it is compulsory to give 10% of their income to the church. But, Yemisi Adegoke writes, others say this practice, known as tithing, means poor people are funding the extravagant lifestyles of some of Nigeria's richest people …

Ward by Ward: Little Thurrock Rectory by YourThurrock

THIS ward, is a bit like South Chafford, in that the other parties flatter to deceive. They make a few noises about taking it but then look at their resources, do the math and leave it to the candidate to try their best. The Tories hed the seat by 138 votes in 2014 and 126 …

Michael Cohen, once at pinnacle of Trump’s world, now poses threat to it by Michael Kranish, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman

When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House. At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that …

Arsene Wenger’s African legacy after 22 years at Arsenal

Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi is one of 16 African footballers to have played under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal As news broke that Arsene Wenger is to leave English club Arsenal at the end of the season, there was an immediate outpouring of affection for the manager from African fans and players alike. From current Liberia …

ANALYSIS: How Nigerian lawmakers share N100 billion zonal intervention fund annually by Kemi Busari

National Assembly Billboards bearing the inscription; ‘This project was funded by senator/honourable XYZ,’ are familiar sights in Nigeria. Planting those kinds of signboards is the common method federal lawmakers use in communicating how they are supposedly using funds allocated to them under the zonal intervention project system. Such messages, usually left near ongoing, abandoned or …

Boko Haram huntress by Rosie Collyer

Aisha Bakari Gombi has reached real-life superhero status for her battlefield bravery in her fight against Boko Haram. Since the dawn of humanity, hunters have roamed the forests and savannahs of Africa. Fast forward to the 21st century, and there is no big game left in northeastern Nigeria. Artillery fire exchanged between Boko Haram fighters and the Nigerian …

Stolen mace, shaky democracy and bruised mandate

While the orators and philosopher-kings have been consulting over the mystery surrounding the stolen Mace from the hallowed chambers of the Senate, we the oracles who can discern the deeds of principalities and powers over this country’s wobbly democracy should begin to speak up. The other day, I was saying here that the trouble with …

Cleanest city in Africa? Kigali scrubs up

KIGALI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the rainy season, water used to pour into Dativa Nyiramajyambere’s house on a cheap plot of land in the Kigali suburb of Rugenge. Outside her home, a half-metre-wide hole in the pavement gathered rubbish. A general view of Rwanda's capital Kigali, March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Edmund Blair But in 2009, …

Barbara Bush’s commencement speech at Wellesley College in 1990 a response to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie single narrative on feminism?

Barbara Bush gave the commencement address at Wellesley College on June 1, 1990. The speech was ranked No. 47 on a list of the top speeches of the century in 1999. The list, compiled by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and Texas A&M University, was based on a survey of scholars who ranked speeches …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie replies her critics on her single narrative on feminism

Dear Unnamed Person Who I Am Told Is On Social Media Saying I am Her Family and Telling Me to Shut Up: Cynicism is ugly. It doesn’t flatter anyone. Yours doesn’t suit you at all. I remember you vaguely; I think you were in my class in primary school. And now you claim to be …

An Ancient Curse Kept Nigerian Women Bound to Sex Slavery. Now, It’s Been Reversed by Lynsey Addario

Wealth, 23, from Benin City, on March 25. After spending 15 months in captivity in a run-down brothel in the Italian city of Torino, Wealth finally saw her chance to escape. The 23-year-old Nigerian had scraped together nearly 50 euros in tips from a couple of regulars and so one winter afternoon, with her madam …

No Tears Left to Cry: Being Deported Is a Distressing Nightmare by Luke de Noronha

Hear the voices of the British people who were recently deported to Jamaica on a charter fligh A fishing beach in rural Jamaica. Photo by the author A fishing beach in rural Jamaica (Photo by the author) On the 7th of September, 2016, 38 men and four women were forcibly removed from the UK to …

May’s immigration policy seen as ‘almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany’ by Ben Quinn

Comments from ex-civil service chief Sir Bob Kerslake increase pressure on PM as row over Windrush-era citizens continues Comments from ex-civil service chief Sir Bob Kerslake increase pressure on PM as row over Windrush-era citizens continues The hostile immigration environment Theresa May set out to create when she was at the Home Office was regarded …

Homelessness, exploitation, failure: The price of May’s anti-migrant project By Luke Butterly

Border control: The hostile environment places immigration enforcement requirements on landlords The standard operating procedure of the May government is to outsource immigration enforcement to the public, embedding borders in all sorts of different aspects of our day-to-day life. One of the chief ways it does this is through the 'right-to-rent' scheme, which is a …

Meet Monica Osagie, the lady involved in the OAU sex-for-mark scandal by Segun Adewole

Miss Monica Osagie has been identified as the lady in the OAU sex-for-mark scandal. An audio recording surfaced online last week which ‘revealed the voice’ of Professor Richard Akindele asking Miss Monica Osagie for five rounds of sex before she can pass his course. A panel of inquiry constituted by the school authority to investigate …

Arsene Wenger and the story of why he really decided to leave Arsenal

Officially, he wasn't pushed. He jumped. But it's the sort of leap you take into thin air when a group of board members with machetes have chased you to the top of the building and there's no way out. At some point the haze will clear, the retrospectives will end, the tributes will fade and …

Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ at heart of Windrush scandal by Jessica Elgot

MPs say policy to tackle illegal migration applied without consideration for social effects. Theresa May was two years into her job as home secretary when she made her strategy explicit, telling the Telegraph in 2012 her aim “was to create here in Britain a really hostile environment for illegal migration”. The outcry over the treatment …

Arsène Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of the season by Sachin Nakrani

• ‘I feel it is the right time for me to step down’ Wenger says • Frenchman arrived in 1996 and led club to three league titles Arsène Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, bringing to an end a trophy-laden but also increasingly fractious 22-year association between the Frenchman and the …

Hounding Commonwealth citizens is no accident. It’s cruelty by design by Gary Younge Gary Younge

While playing up ties with ex-colonies, Britain also encourages the harassment of people who have spent their lives here On 4 April Prince Charles opened the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast with a brief reminder of the historical ties that bind. “The ancient stories told by the indigenous people of Australia remind us that, …

Lying Moron Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ Comey says in TV interview

"The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him," former FBI Director James Comey told ABC News. President Donald Trump is such an indiscriminate liar that he sometimes doesn't even know he's lying, former FBI Director James Comey said in an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday night. He said …

Rights groups decry Trumpian May’s ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy by Diane Taylor

Report argues border controls are embedded in UK society and that all sectors must refuse to participate Human rights groups have published a report laying bare the extent to which the government’s “hostile environment” immigration policies have spread into all areas of UK life, encouraging “discriminatory” and “racist” behaviour. The report, by Liberty, the National …

Edo State government to commence biometric capture of resident herders

The Edo government has announced plans to commence the biometric capture of cattle herders resident in the state, in a bid to end attacks on farming communities. Godwin Obaseki, Edo governor, announced the plan on Friday during a parley with the national leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and heads …

Nigeria’s Troubling Counterinsurgency Strategy Against Boko Haram by FP

How the Military and Militias Are Fueling Insecurity The kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls from Dapchi last month is the latest event to cast doubt on the Nigerian government’s claims that Boko Haram has been technically defeated. Unfortunately, the attack should have come as no surprise. Since 2015, the jihadist group has lost significant territorial control …

I witnessed Nigerian civil war, I’m too scared to experience another one – Tsav, Former Police Commissioner by Punch Newspapers

Today, Lagos is an embodiment of a cosmopolitan culture. It is a cosmopolitan metropolis with a multitude of cultures stemming from its multi-ethnic population. It is also the commercial hub of West Africa and therefore, anything that threatens its security will also threaten the economy of Nigeria and that of the West African region, by …

Wakandanomics

“Black Panther” resists one economic myth but perpetuates another “Black Panther” resists one economic myth but perpetuates another “THIS will require a quick lesson in global economics…bear with me,” says Erik Killmonger, the muscular villain in “Black Panther”, a long-running Marvel Comics series. In that saga and the recent film it inspired, Killmonger and the …

Syria bombing allows Mrs Trump May to pose as patriotic leader – but betrays weakness, rather than shows strength by Patrick Cockburn

Political leaders in power generally like small wars. It enables them to stand tall, wrap the flag around them, pretend they hold the fate of the nation in their hands, and denigrate their opponents as unpatriotic softies. Theresa May is behaving in keeping with this stereotype since ordering four British planes to join the very …

Home Office accused of turning ‘blind eye to discrimination’ in housing immigration crackdown

The Home Office has been accused of turning a “blind eye to discrimination” after rejecting its own inspector’s call to investigate a “racist” scheme targeting private housing tenants. Support groups have reacted with fury after ministers quietly threw out recommendations designed to address widespread criticism of the crackdown, which makes landlords responsible for immigration checks. …

An Excellent Case for Buhari’s Second Term By Pius Adesanmi

Two Buharideens, two separate threads far apart, going on simultaneously. Unbeknownst to the other, each make exactly the same case for Buhari. I decide to be a quiet monitoring spirit, following with interest. They make what on the surface is a perfectly logical and sensible submission for another four years for Buhari. I listen in …

Kidnapped as Schoolgirls by Boko Haram: Here They Are Now by NYT

In April 2014, more than 200 girls were kidnapped from a school in Nigeria. The world responded: #BringBackOurGirls. Boko Haram dressed them in dark gowns and head coverings, broadcasting the images to the world the following month. Four years later, more than a hundred of them have been freed. The New York Times met and …

2019: WHY I DECLARED INTENTIONS NOW- PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why he declared his intentions to run for another term in office on Monday, April 9, 2018, during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London Wednesday, President Buhari said: "I declared before leaving home …

‘Serious flaws’ in UK immigration system, Law Society warns

PA Bad immigration decisions are having a "devastating" effect on families and businesses and undermining the rule of law, solicitors have warned. Nearly half of decisions that go to appeal in England and Wales are overturned, suggesting the system is "serious flawed", the Law Society said. And, the group added, it needed to be fixed …

Speech by Bill Gates, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at the National Economic Council Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja

Thursday March 22, 2018 Your Excellency Muhamadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Senator Bukola Saraki, Senate President; Honorable Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House; Your Excellencies, executive governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Royal fathers; Distinguished ladies and gentlemen; and …

The State Department Wants to Require Visa Applicants to Submit Five Years of Social Media Details TIME

The US State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, vastly expanding the Trump administration’s enhanced vetting of potential immigrants and visitors. In documents to be published in Friday’s Federal Register, the department said it wants the public to comment on the …

Nigeria’s Troubling Counterinsurgency Strategy Against Boko Haram How the Military and Militias Are Fueling Insecurity

The kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls from Dapchi last month is the latest event to cast doubt on the Nigerian government’s claims that Boko Haram has been technically defeated. Unfortunately, the attack should have come as no surprise. Since 2015, the jihadist group has lost significant territorial control and no longer holds major cities. But as …

Winnie Mandela’s demise: 9 thought-provoking quotes that’ll stay glued to your heart by Tunde Ososanya

As the world mourns one of South Africa's freedom fighters, Winnie Mandela, highlights some of her thought-provoking quotes that she would be remembered for. Below are the quotes: 1. "To those who oppose us, we say, 'Strike the woman, and you strike the rock'." – 1966 2. "Together, hand in hand, with our matches and …

Winnie Mandela in six quotes – BBC

AFP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a firebrand activist who fought the apartheid regime in South Africa. She was far more militant than South Africa's first black president, her ex-husband Nelson Mandela. She also became a critic of the African National Congress (ANC), the party to which she was fiercely loyal throughout her political life. Here is …

Déjà vu as Strasbourg approves deportation of Nigerian drug trafficker By Clare Duffy

The European Court of Human Rights’s judgment in Ejimson v Germany (application no. 58681/12) has a whiff of Groundhog Day. For the second time in just over six months the court found that a Nigerian national convicted of drug-related crimes could not prevent deportation by relying on his relationship with his child. Crimes and deportation order Mr …

Martin Luther King Jr was a radical. We must not sterilize his legacy by Cornel West

The major threat of Martin Luther King Jr to us is a spiritual and moral one. King’s courageous and compassionate example shatters the dominant neoliberal soul-craft of smartness, money and bombs. His grand fight against poverty, militarism, materialism and racism undercuts the superficial lip service and pretentious posturing of so-called progressives as well as the …

When individuals are stronger than state institutions by Adewale Kupoluyi

William Easterly is a Professor of Economics at the New York University, who in a 2006 publication; “The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Harm and So Little Good”, enunciated that fragile states are plagued by two factors, namely: political identity fragmentation and weak national institutions …

Mindless killing of Nigerians By Punch Editorial Board

These days, it is difficult to keep up with the mindless killings going on around the country. On a daily basis, reports of gory killings inundate the airwaves and benumb the mind. From Niger Delta militants’ macabre gyrations to gangland (cultism) killings, and Fulani herdsmen carnage to Boko Haram massacres, the nation is always in …

Candidates declared for Thurrock local elections

LOCAL election nominations for councillors have officially closed and the names of all candidates standing in for election in Thurrock on 3 May 2018 have been released. Polling cards have been delivered to eligible electors giving details of their polling station and how to apply for postal or proxy votes. Polling hours on Thursday, 3 …

Me too: Cambridge Analytica’s ruthless bid to sway the vote in Nigeria Carole Cadwalladr

Still terrified witnesses paint a shocking picture of how far a western firm will go to win an election If Britain hadn’t voted to leave the EU, and Trump hadn’t won the US election, it’s unlikely anyone outside Nigeria would have given a second thought to what went on during its presidential election campaign three …

Read Donald Trump’s Remarks to Republican Donors About Lying to Justin Trudeau

President Donald Trump bragged about lying to the Canadian prime minister, argued a Democrat who just won a special election was just like him and tried to sell his trade policies to a group of Republican donors Wednesday. Speaking behind closed doors at a fundraiser for Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is running for the …

”Nigerian Military was warned before Boko Haram abduction in Dapchi” Amnesty International claims

Amnesty International AI, has alleged that the Nigerian military was warned of an impending attack on Dapchi community by Boko Haram terrorists, hours before the February 19th abduction of 110 schoolgirls. The students -- the youngest of whom is aged just 10 -- were seized from the town of Dapchi, Yobe state, on February 19 …

16 Highway Code rules most people ignore – RAC

When did you last dust off your copy of the Highway Code? Research suggests over three-quarters of UK drivers never return to the motoring bible after passing their test. Are you one of the thousands of drivers who directly contravene these most-forgotten road rules every day? Is the Highway Code actually law? No, taken alone …

Nigeria’s debt rises by N9.61tn under Buhari

Under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria has grown its debt portfolio by N9.61tn, statistics available from the Debt Management Office have shown. According to the DMO, Nigeria’s debt stood at N21.73tn as of December 31, 2017, while the figure as of June 30, 2015 was N12.12tn. This means that within a period of 30 months – …

The Tragedy of Lagos by Pius Adesanmi

Lagos state has the most opaque finances in Nigeria because she has been run since 1999 by cosmopolitan minds who need a progressive veneer for crude and conspicuous consumption. Other personal slave plantations such as Kwara, Delta, and Imo, are less opaque because the Emperor has no burden of pretending to be a progressive. For …

Rolls-Royce Phantom review by Jonathan Crouch

The eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is quite an achievement. Ten Second Review The Rolls-Royce Phantom was the car that re-launched its brand in inimitable style and in this eighth generation form, it's still a super-luxury saloon that still commands the road like no other car on Earth. Massive in every respect and full of cutting-edge …

Risk of absconding is not a trump card in unlawful detention cases By Bilaal Shabbir

Credit: William Warby on Flickr Short and sweet is the best way to describe the High Court’s decision in BS v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 454 (Admin). It comes as a useful reminder that whether detention is “reasonable” depends on all the circumstances of the case. In particular, the risk of a …

Resistance Continues to End Child Marriage in Northern Nigeria by Chika Oduah

In a village in northern Nigeria, teen wives gather on mats spread out in the dirt just outside the chief imam’s home. They talk about their initial reactions to getting married. “I had no interest in it at the time. I was just doing my own thing. Marriage was not on my mind until when …

New guidance on family and private life applications: a harsher test for parents of British kids? By Nath Gbikpi

Credit: PublicDomainPictures On 23 February 2018, the Home Office issued new guidance on dealing with applications for leave to remain on the basis of family life as a partner or parent or on the basis of private life, on a ten-year route to settlement. Under the heading “changes from last version of this guidance”, it …

Nigerian Nation

The Nigerian nation is hungry for something. Betterment of our lives, realisation of our potential as a great nation, providing guiding light to other African nations in particular and to the black race in general. When other races and nations are being nasty to us, we intone, it's not your fault. If only Nigeria can …

EFCC arrests former codinator of Amnesty Programme, Paul Boroh and discovered $9 million cash at the residence

Operatives of EFCC and ONSA, have discovered $9 million cash at the residence of the sacked Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, retired Brig.-Gen. Paul Tarelah Boroh. Boroh, who was Special Adviser on Niger Delta to President Buhari has also been arrested. The discovery of the cash was made a few hours after his arrest …

The DWP just won a court case literally allowing it to ignore disabled people’s human rights By Steve Topple

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has just won a court case. It is one which will now set a staggering precedent. Because it effectively means the DWP can ignore benefit claimants’ human rights when it comes to the welfare state. Precedent setting Back in November 2016, Jacqueline and Jayson Carmichael successfully beat the government in court …

Alhaji Shittu, Buhari’s Minister of Communications accused of fraud speaks on his alleged acquisition of vehicles, properties and theft

Mr. Shittu, who had long expressed his intention to become Oyo State governor in 2019, has been sparring with Governor Abiola Ajimobi for several months. Although both are of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Ajimobi has another preference for the office. Yet, Mr Shittu has continued to push for the party’s tickets, apparently hoping to leverage on …

A letter of despair to religious minister who would not shake hand with women in public

March 12, 2018 Chief Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu Hon. Minister of Communications Federal Ministry of Communications, Federal Secretariat, Abuja. Dear Sir, RE:  REQUEST FOR MY ACCUMULATED EMOLUMENTS I am writing on behalf of myself and my colleague, Sheik Tajudeen Imam, Special Assistant (Special Duties), renowned Muslim Cleric and leader, whom you appointed to assist you 25 …

Cambridge Analytica Played Roles in Multiple African Elections by Salem Solomon

Long before its controversial roles in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. presidential election, Cambridge Analytica influenced elections in Africa. The data mining company, under fire for its alleged use of 50 million Facebook accounts to shape campaign messages for then-candidate Donald Trump, also played a role in elections in Kenya and Nigeria, according to …

Cambridge Analytica-linked firm ‘boasted of poll interference’ by BBC

AFP A brochure suggests the parent company of scandal-hit data firm Cambridge Analytica boasted of interfering in Nigeria's 2007 election - widely dismissed as lacking credibility The company that became Cambridge Analytica boasted about interfering in foreign elections, according to documents seen by the BBC. Cambridge Analytica is embroiled in a storm over claims it …