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Football As A Religion In Nigeria

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu Nothing excites and unifies Nigerians like football, especially when the national team, the Super Eagles, can claim a continental or world title. It was the typical Nigerian night of high hopes on Sunday, February 11 when Super Eagles squared up with the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire, in the final match of the AFCON tourney. Nigeria had beaten ...

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Valentine Love Song

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu Some diabolical male chauvinists out there are making bad noises that because this year’s Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday women should not be romanced. These evil men go further in their crazy desecration of womanhood by pointing out that some crunchy football matches are slated for that day and should take precedence over the celebration of ...

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The Beautiful Game Is The Only Nigerian Vehicle

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu It’s only one vehicle bearing the legend “One Nigeria” that plies the badly maintained roads to the turf of this benighted country. That long-suffering vehicle is called football or soccer or, on the aficionado frequencies, the beautiful game. When Nigeria plays, all men and women and children, plus even the living, the dead and the unborn, are ...

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Rangers International @ 54

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu When the Nigeria-Biafra war ended in January 1970, there was gloom in Igboland. Even as the then Head of State General Yakubu Gowon made the famous announcement of “No Victor, No Vanquished”, the vanquished ones knew themselves as they sauntered back into Nigeria, hungry and broken, after the end of the Biafra struggle. The legendary football administrator, ...

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The World Hails El Anatsui @ 80

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu They no longer make creative masters like the personable wonder simply called El Anatsui. El Anatsui came from Ghana to Nigeria and then conquered the world. It is no mean feat for a self-effacing man who never courted the klieg lights of international celebrity to be named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people ...

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Amazing Hospitality Of Chief Chux Ononuju

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu The truth is that I stand guilty as charged for always looking for, and celebrating, leaders in far-out places without paying much attention to zestful achievers very near at hand. It just dawned on me during this Christmas season in my hometown of Umuchu in Aguata local government of Anambra State that Nigeria can reap a rich ...

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Beyond The Armed Forces Remembrance Day Parade

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu It does appear to me that Nigerians are yet to grasp the deep meaning of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrated on Monday, January 15. Nothing better calls for sober reflection as Nigerians remember and celebrate our fallen heroes in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Police who died in the line of duty. The launching of ...

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Koboless Christmas

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu Most Nigerians are koboless – I mean, they have no kobo coins in their pockets, let alone naira notes, and they must perforce celebrate Christmas. When a kobo is so hard to come by, all talk of having naira is totally abolished in the Nigerian scheme of things. The matter of kobolessness in Nigeria is not funny ...

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Why Is Oshiomhole So Obsessed With Fayemi?

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu Former Edo State Governor who graduated to become the chairman of the country’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), ex-Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, always manufactures good copy for journalists. The latest grandstanding release from the stable of Oshiomhole is that former Ekiti State Governor who doubled as the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, ...

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Awo & HID: Nigeria’s Greatest Political Couple

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu Chief Obafemi Awolowo famously described his wife as “the jewel of inestimable value.” In the political evolution of Nigeria Awo was the great lion that made things happen. Mama HID was the rare jewel who stood by her man through thick and thin. I have just discovered in a corner of my scattered library a worn book ...

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