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Sorry, But My Country Is Ugly

What lofty and enduring dream could sprout in us when we have become accustomed to squalor, habituated to decrepitude, made our peace with detritus? What hope is there for us when we fetishise Dubai and flaunt our expensive Louis Vuitton handbags, and yet fail to realise that our country has become—is—an endless open toilet, overflowing with septic sludge? Okey Ndibe chronicles his recent visit to Nigeria, which he describes as a “nightmare”.

Members of the "Bring Back Our Girls" movement, holding a banner showing photographs of some of the missing, march to press for the release of the schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 from their school in Chibok by Islamist group Boko Haram, during a rally in Abuja on January 14, 2016.  Photo: ANP/AFP Stringer
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Throwing a Lavish Party for the Dead

I have said this before: one of the hardest tasks is to predict how Nigerians would react in any given situation. We are a perplexing bunch, able to defy the most skilled pontificator. Imagine, then, my constant frustration. As one who has written for years on Nigerian affairs, I am often asked—both by audiences in Nigeria and abroad—to pronounce on the likely turn of events in my country of birth.

File picture. The South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo enter Thursday night in the Chasse Theater in Breda. Photo: ANP Ed Oudenaarden

Wizkid and Ladysmith Black Mambazo nominated for Grammy Award

Talented Nigerian musician, Wizkid is in contention for a Grammy award for his role in U.S. rapper Drake’s 2016 album, Views, nominated for Best Album. Wizkid is the only Nigerian in contention for an award at the 59th Grammy’s. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a celebrated South African band received a nomination (Best World Music Album) for their album Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers, and South African born fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout is also up for an award. A hearty congratulations.

Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General, United Nations Photo credit: EPA/Nic Bothma

“I stand by the ICC”, Kofi Annan says

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has weighed in on the ongoing debate about the relevance of the the International Criminal Court (ICC), after damaging withdrawals from the institution by three African countries. Annan said Africa needs the Court more than ever “because the most heinous crimes must not go unpunished”. Annan has previously argued that the ICC does not target Africa, and victims of heinous crimes, and others who cannot get justice in their domestic courts should have a provision to seek justice abroad.

A fan of the Nigeria national football team cheers as he watches the World Cup match between France and Nigeria at a viewing centre in Lagos, on June 30, 2014. Photo. ANP/AFP Pius Utomi Ekpei

Nigeria clash with Algeria: Road to Russia

It’s the battle of Africa’s soccer heavyweights as the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Algeria’s Desert Foxes battle for the precious three points, vital in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualification. The game certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter considering the depth of both giants and high stakes on the table as the two soccer giants battle for glory in the Group B match. What’s your prediction?