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The Nation and Its Teeming Youths Struggling With the Challenges of Change and A New Order – @bickerstethjimi

Enjoying my annual vacation,lying on the Akodo beach today,doing nothing begins to pall after a while.I elected shortly thereafter, to drive the 60-some kilometres back home,rather than the golf-club, as I originally intended. On the wheels, I kept ruminating on the ‘be hopeful, never despair’ talk of the Buhari’s administration. I came to the conclusion, that,much as the government’s talk was so reassuring as it sought to buoy and sustain ... Read More »

One Direction Vs Donald Trump – The Feud We’re Not Ready For

e Trump administration is scary for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that it seems entirely too susceptible to being provoked into some kind of nightmarish war. Look at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his recent comments about North Korea. It’s not a good situation. China’s a problem. Russia’s a problem. The hated Uruguayans are a problem. But there’s one potential war brewing that really has ... Read More »

Poetry Session: ”Time and A Place” – @iamheadrush_

A Time and A Place To the smile of you, when I’m gasping for that breathe stroke Lost in your eyes, searching for your escape route I must confess, your beauty stays intoxicating Lemme give you a time and a place, where time stands still just for us A time about us! A place just for us! To the sight of you, is a feeling so unease When all I ... Read More »

A Vacation, A Race Against Time in the Rain, and A Destination – @bickerstethjimi

I got to the shack called home to discover-horror of horrors- I’d locked myself out. While contemplating on what to do, I watched the sun go down and darkness settled over me,even as it foreshadowed the evening; and, a long moment of twilight and stars. Out of frustration,I rammed my left foot into the door, ah! It is either it was not built to withstand such force or that it ... Read More »

Obamacare: How Republicans Can Win By Making Peace

As efforts to repeal the ACA sputter, the GOP can refocus on protecting private enterprise from the voracity of a health-care industry that takes too much and delivers too little. “The old order changeth,” Tennyson wrote in 1912, “yielding place to new.” For three-quarters of a century, Americans have been debating whether the state should guarantee health coverage for all. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the “yes” ... Read More »

Why Putin is world’s most powerful man

In my latest documentary, we describe Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most powerful man in the world. But why? After all, the United States — and China, for that matter — are more powerful countries than Russia. The power of a head of state is determined both by the country’s strength and the capacity he or she has to exercise that power, unilaterally, unconstrained by other institutions, parties and ... Read More »

The GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan is out–and it’s even worse than anyone expected

After weeks of expectations — actually, nearly seven years of expectations — House Republicans on Monday released their proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Elements of the proposal, which was kept under lock and key last week — have been dribbling out for a few days. The text of the bill encompassing the GOP plan validates much of that reporting. On the whole, however, it’s a nastier, more consumer-unfriendly ... Read More »


Fellow Nigerians, as for me and my house, no news could be bigger and sadder than the gory death of my dear friend and brother, Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo. This has been a week of major events but none touched me as mightily as that of Onukaba, one of Nigeria’s finest journalists. Where and how do I begin to tell you about Onukaba? I first encountered him on the pages of one ... Read More »


I am not at all sure if a persistent subconscious inability to come to terms with the knowledge that I am over fifty years of age is peculiar to me. Why is it that the fact of this advancing years prey on my mind all the time? It is made all the more perplexing by the fact that the biological age progression; the life and death cycle; is the most ... Read More »

Focus on Your Goals, Not Your Enemies

I have just returned from President Olusegun Obasanjo’s 80th birthday celebrations in Abeokuta, Ogun state (actually I’m still in the car driving back to Lagos) and I am very proud that Nigeria is blessed to have had a man like Obasanjo as a citizen. Let me say that the event, including the unveiling of his Presidential library, the first of its kind in Africa, was a gathering of The Who-is-who ... Read More »

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