Going to Mecca and Jerusalem – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Nigerians take so much pride in making pilgrimages to Mecca and Jerusalem in the name of religion.   The Muslims and Christians obviously can never have enough of acting holy through these pilgrimages even when they cannot afford it by paying…

On stage and in print – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Drama And Theatre In Nigeria: A Critical Source Book Edited By Yemi Ogunbiyi; Second Edition; Tanus Books Limited, Lagos; 2014; First Published 1981; 736pp The handsome young lecturer ambled into the lecture room and did not waste any time with…

Toni Kan strikes 50 with panache – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It was fun at first sight. The first time I set eyes on Toni Kanayo Onwordi, famously known as Toni Kan, I found fun oozing from his every pore.  He blazed into the Lagos writing circle with uncommon confidence that…

The Yoruba: 2000 years of workable history – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The Yoruba: A New History by Akinwumi Ogundiran; Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, USA; 2020; 532pp It strikes me as not very funny that there was a time when a celebrated historian in Oxford University, England, Professor Hugh Trevor-Roper, boldly…

I don’t drink bottles; I drink beer – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The party is heavy, but the beer is even heavier. In the present tense of liquor, it’s a rollicking night of highs and higher highs in which, under the inspiration of booze, the face of every girl looks like that…

Saints and sinners of political prostitution – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

There are more male prostitutes in the crooked field of partisan politics than there are female harlots in the brothels across Nigeria. The prostitute politicians come armed with the bewildering dimension of wanting to be canonised as saints. Their prostitution…

Prof Ernest Igwe says “malicious lies cannot distract our goal of establishing the best faculty of agriculture in Africa” – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It takes no time at all for Fake News and Hate Speech to go viral across the whole wide world. The nameless and faceless voice trended all over the social media accusing Prof. Ernest Chukwusoro Igwe, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture,…

Revolution is inevitable in Chima Ubani’s dream Nigeria – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It’s crucial in this charged season that a good number of clowns in the name of politicians are toying with democracy in Nigeria that one remembers the departed one: Chima Ubani. A crusader, organiser, activist, revolutionary, hero, strategist, and above…

A tear for the checkpoint policeman – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

I hereby mourn the demise of my dearest friend, the ubiquitous illegal checkpoint policeman, who was heartlessly made to kick the bucket by Unknown Gunmen. Oi! Oi! Oi! This monumental loss is indeed very tragic for me because the checkpoint…

Agbodike: The personable politician in Anambra – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

I instantly fell in love with the house I got into by accident. A house becomes a home when the host makes everyone feel at home. I had never met him in my life but in no time whatsoever he…

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