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Friday, December 4, 2020

Politics

Obama’s Rope-a-Dope

With the current tally of votes in the 2020 US presidential election pointing to a possible defeat for incumbent Donald Trump, former president Barack Obama, a Trump bête noire mercilessly vilified by the sitting president, may have got his...

Dr. Aneze Chinwuba (1944-2020): An Obituary

Awka town loses a natal intellectual and controversial septuagenarian considered patriotic by those who favored his politics and opportunistic by those who disapproved of him. By Chudi Okoye with Stella Nzekwe He was steeped in the esoterica of Awka...

Prof. Soludo, Likely Gubernatorial Aspirant in Anambra State, in Political Storm After Covid-19 Donation

Following a reported ₦10m charitable donation to support ANSG coronavirus containment effort, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo faces a storm of innuendo about his finances and handling of a personal project to honor his late mother. His defenders claim the clamor...

Foreign Loan for ‘Nigeria’; Sullen Groan in the South East

The federal government of Nigeria under Major-General Muhammadu Buhari is seeking a jumbo foreign loan to finance infrastructure development and other projects in the country. The $22.7 billion loan, already approved by the Senate and now awaiting debate in...

Removal of Emir of Kano: Questions for Awka

The dramatic dethronement of the powerful Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, on March 9, 2020 by the governor of Kano State is a compelling story all its own, but it highlights the question of why the long-lingering kingship...

No Hope for Ihedioha As Supreme Court Refuses To Reverse Imo Ruling

... Supreme Court majority dismisses application to reverse initial ruling, ostensibly for lacking merit  ... Lone dissenting judge argued otherwise, urging colleagues to reinstate removed governor … Unlike in Bayelsa State case, Supreme Court does not award costs … Ruling perpetuates the...

Nigeria: GDP and Population by Geopolitical Zone

In the lead-up to Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary later in 2020, Awka Times will use occasional charts and other graphics to depict the country’s journey so far, hoping by this to contribute to the national conversation currently focused on how to...

Nigeria: Head of Govt Tenure by Individual and Zone

In the lead-up to Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary later in 2020, Awka Times will use occasional charts and other graphics to depict the country’s journey so far, hoping by this to contribute to the national conversation currently focused on...

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...
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Obama’s Rope-a-Dope

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Birthday Felicitations for Dr Matthew Offodile

Dr Matthew Ejiofor Offodile (FNMGS, FNAH), a highly celebrated geologist and Awka statesman, marks his 84th birthday this week. Dr Offodile remains active as a...

Free Online Courses From Yale and Other Universities

Dear Readers,Most of us will be concerned and some probably directly impacted by the frequent strikes by university teaching staff which invariably create severe...

Anambra State Governor Suspends ‘Errant’ Traditional Rulers: Matters Arising

The Anambra State governor appears to possess the powers to punish the ‘miscreant’ monarchs, but he may have neglected to follow due process in...

A Parable of Vultures and Maggots

A flock of vultures in flight is called a “Kettle”; when the vultures touch down to ground or perch upon a tree in descent...