Sonala Olumhense


An Airport to Make You Cry

Written by Sonala Olumhense

In case you missed the story, three of Nigeria’s top airports were this year rated among Africa’s worst 10. Africa’s.

Sleepinginairports, which surveys travelers for its ratings, named Port Harcourt, Abuja, and Lagos alongside airports in Africa’s poorest and troubled areas.

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Presidential Grades and Gaffes

Written by Sonala Olumhense

“Most of the Ministers and Special Assistants/Advisers in that government were mini-tyrants; they saw every criticism of government policy as an act of affront, the more deluded and disoriented ones among them, with their arrogance helped to make more unnecessary enemies for government.

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As Easy As PDP (To Defeat)

Written by Sonala Olumhense

Is there really an electoral contest in Nigeria next February?

Yes, the electoral commission, fulfilling its constitutional duty, has listed an election on its calendar for that month, but it is really a referendum on 15 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in charge of Nigeria.

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Misfit/Misfit Leadership, Not Muslim/Muslim, Is What Haunts Nigeria

Written by Sonala Olumhense

President Olusegun Obasanjo last week warned Nigerian political parties against “Muslim-Muslim” presidential election slates.

“It will be insensitive to the point of absurdity for any leader, or any political party to be toying with Muslim-muslim or Christian-Christian ticket at this juncture,” the 141-word statement said, detonating such bombs as spectre, fear, proselytization and danger.

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Happy Birthday, Nigeria?

Written by Sonala Olumhense

That was a familiar Nigerian greeting last week as the country marked its 54th year.

But the greeting could only have been applied as a joke. We should not be marking the calendar, which is God-given; we should be celebrating the joys we have given to our people, which are few and often dubious.

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