Alhaji Abdulaziz Ude (1940-2021): A Tribute -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Fate was at work to ensure that my last meeting with Alhaji Abdulaziz Chivuzor Ude happened after he had been to an art exhibition.   The devoted art patron was walking alone, without attendants or courtiers or whatever in the open…

Onemanocracy is government of one man, by one man, for one man -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Let’s take a trip to a very strange country, a way-out country faraway from Nigeria, because I am sick and tired of being sick and tired about writing only of Nigeria.   The country I’m writing about boasts of the magic…

Alliance of Nigerian leaders and Igbo dropouts – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

All that any Igbo charlatan needs to hoodwink many a Nigerian leader is to claim that he has the beans to bring the Igbo people to the centre after the Biafra war.   It works like magic for the so-called patriotic…

There was a newspaper called NEXT -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Nigeria is the burial ground of big dreams. Dele Olojede brought great honour to Nigeria by winning the coveted Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 2005. Thereafter Olojede dreamed big of publishing a newspaper called NEXT that aspired to break…

Christianity of controversies and crises -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Religion provides an anchor to the lives of believers. The belief in a Supreme Being lends meaning to man’s existence on earth, and the promise of the afterlife makes the toil of life more bearable. Toying with matters of faith…

First in class of education and leadership -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Unhappy is the country whose leader is not properly educated. Going to school is a matter of urgent national importance unless Nigerians want to submit to the thesis of Boko Haram that “Western education is unwanted.”  Incidentally, coming first in…

Against occult miracles of emptiness -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Fear and superstition have taken over Nigeria, and church pastors are having a ball preaching occult miracles of emptiness.  I have a book here with me entitled God, Faith and Reality by Sam Akowe that packs a punch in dealing…

Revolutionary music of Gerald Eze in Awka -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The music was more arresting than a lover’s summons. Call it the music of the spirits that intervolves the ancient and the modern. It was revolutionary music being dished out by the Igbo classical music exponent Gerald Eze and his…

The Ultimate Lagos Big Boy – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

He called himself the Ultimate Lagos Big Boy.  Some called him Owo Lagba, that is, Money Power, while some others preferred to call him Lagos Yuppie.  Niyi was the quintessential neighbourhood boy who made good in Eko, the city by…

Big Brother sees all sorts -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija for short, is one television show that no Nigerian can ever escape from. Whether you like to watch it or not, it is always there in your face because the kids and the wives cannot have…

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