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Chief Ndi Obi: ‘I have Decided to Sit Back and Watch’

Awka Times Interview with High Chief (Senator) Ben Ndi Obi Intro by Chudi Okoye He combines some of the finer diplomatic skills of Talleyrand and Metternich. He has been a fixture in the rarefied circles of high politics in Nigeria for...

The Incredible Shrinking Awka Town

The primordial Awka town is shrinking in size and authoritative influence, a result of territorial encroachments and political marginalization.By Chudi Okoye, Ik Cino Otti and Emeka RalIt might be an interesting exercise to depict the territorial expanse of Awka...

ACTDA MD: Awka People to Blame for Slum!

ATM Interview with MD/CEO of ACTDA, Ven. (Barr) Amaechi Okwuosa"…They can’t eat their cake and have it."The dismal state of infrastructure in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, is a much-mentioned issue, and the focus of detailed reporting in...

Options for Viable Peace in Awka

The current leadership crisis in Awka has been long in the making, engulfing the kingship, town union and other institutions. There are ongoing court cases to settle the claims and counterclaims, and it is unclear when the legal hazard...

Meditations on Awka Leadership Crisis

Awka polity is going through a serious leadership crisis. The pursuit of power, prestige and perquisites among elite factions has led to a rupturing of local leadership institutions. This threatens Awka political stability and undermines its relevance in Anambra...

Policy Failure and the Slumification of Awka

Awka looks very much today what a capital city should not: an unprepossessing and slowly decaying municipality, trashed by its inhabitants, lacking effective local leadership, and neglected by the resident state government which makes fabulous plans for infrastructure development...

Awka Times Person of the Year 2019 – Dr. Okey Anueyiagu: A Profile

By Chudi OkoyeAwka Times Magazine (ATM) is establishing a tradition of choosing and announcing, annually, the person who has the most dramatic positive impact in Awka. They could be private individuals or those in public offices. It could also...

Awka Times Person of the Year Interview: Dr. Okey Anueyiagu

By Chudi OkoyeDr Okey Anueyiagu proved to be of dramatic and phlegmatic disposition all at once. He came across as a controlled explosion, with a calm externality that belied a fiery intentionality. Awka Times editors had tracked this urbane...

Want a King. Won’t Kiss His Ring!

For millennia, Awka people rejected the idea of a sovereign chieftain. The Awka village republic existed as a segmentary society based on well-defined kinship structures. Then colonialism ensued. The evolving colonial constitutions produced at some point a House of...

Daggers and Swagger in Awka Kingship Saga

The kingship crisis in Awka has turned into a Gordian Knot. It has become a debilitating stalemate, with the contending coalitions caught in a strained balance of power. Neither coalition seems able to vanquish the other. Thus, a negotiated...

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TAP Holds Town Hall Meeting with Hon. Onwuasor

By Awka Times An Awka socio-political group, the True Awka People (TAP), held a town hall meeting on January 4,...
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‘The Struggle’ (An Ode to the Igbo Revolutionary Activists)

The Struggle By Chudi Okoye Nov 26, 2021 The struggle may look like lunacy To those seduced into vain ecstasy By the Nigeria of their vast fantasy. To them, the...

Igbo Elders’ Parley with President Buhari: Contrasting Perspectives

A recent meeting of Igbo Elders with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja during which they pleaded for an ‘unconditional’ release of Nnamdi Kanu, the...

Igbo Grandees’ Wrong-headed Plea for Political Mediation of Kanu Case

Igbo political emissaries met with President Buhari in Abuja to plead for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People...

Igbo Critics and the Presumed Menace of Nnamdi Kanu

The IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, elicits resentment and dread across the Nigerian polity, even among his own people. Many Igbos acknowledge the validity of...