Tag: simon kolawole

Op-ed EditorApril 2, 2017

Simon Kolawole: Fiddling while Rome burns

by Simon Kolawole My wife lost her cousin last week. She suddenly started gasping for breath, so it was a ...

Op-ed EditorMarch 26, 2017

Simon Kolawole: Memories of midnight

by Simon Kolawole It was midnight, not so long ago, when I woke up, used the toilet and returned to ...

Op-ed EditorMarch 12, 2017

Simon Kolawole: Long road to recovery

by Simkn Kolawole President Muhammadu Buhari is back. Thank God. But seeing his pictures after his arrival on Friday morning ...

Op-ed EditorFebruary 26, 2017

Simon Kolawole: Can’t fight xenophobia with xenophobia

Something unNigerian happened in Abuja on Thursday: protesters vandalised an MTN office in an apparent reprisal mission over the perennial ...

Op-ed EditorFebruary 19, 2017

Simon Kolawole: Is fake news the new normal?

by Simon Kolawole Heard the latest? The Central Bank of Nigeria has been selling the elusive dollar to some end ...

Op-ed EditorFebruary 12, 2017

Simon Kolawole: The Drama Republic of Nigeria

by Simon Kolawole You can conveniently call Nigeria the Federal Republic of Drama. Or the Drama Republic of Nigeria. It ...

Op-ed EditorJanuary 29, 2017

Simon Kolawole: On the bloodbath in Southern Kaduna

by Simon Kolawole Sigh. Usually, the most tricky topic for me to discuss regarding Nigeria’s nationhood is religion and ethnicity. ...

Op-ed EditorJanuary 22, 2017

Simon Kolawole: Before the power sector collapses

by Simon Kolawole There is a prank I usually play on my security guy. Anytime I am out of town, ...

Op-ed EditorJanuary 15, 2017

Simon Kolawole: Tell-tale signs of underdevelopment

by Simon Kolawole We were stuck in traffic along Lagos-Ibadan road. Then we started hearing a familiar wailing — a ...

Op-ed EditorJanuary 9, 2017

Simon Kolawole: Buhari’s battle with poetry and prose

by Simon Kolawole Mario Matthew Cuomo, former three-time governor of the American state of New York, was known for his ...

Op-ed EditorDecember 18, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Bob Marley and the wailing wailers

by Simon Kolawole There are many reasons you will never find me in politics — either by election or appointment. ...

Op-ed EditorDecember 12, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Rethinking the definition of waste

by Simon Kolawole The middle-aged man sprinted in my direction, seized my suitcase and began towing me to his cab. ...

Op-ed EditorDecember 4, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Build, operate and transfer Nigeria

by Simon Kolawole Dearly beloved Nigerians, I have a number of proposals today that may interest you. Or upset you. ...

Op-ed EditorNovember 27, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Nigeria | A community of contradictions

by Simon Kolawole This must be a joke. An armed robber, on realising that his gang’s victim was a born-again ...

Op-ed EditorNovember 13, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Trumpism as tonic for “Africa rising”

by Simon Kolawole And so, the world’s most powerful country will have President Donald Trump at the helm from January ...

Op-ed EditorNovember 6, 2016

Simon Kolawale: Blame the leaders — or the followers?

by Simon Kolawole At my brother-in-law’s traditional wedding in Lagos last month, I was waylaid by a band of praise-singing ...

Op-ed EditorOctober 30, 2016

Simon Kolawole: The conspiracy to destroy Nigeria

by Simon Kolawole Sometime ago — I don’t know the exact date and time — the Nigerian political elite (some ...

Isime EseneOctober 23, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Is ‘Project Buhari’ falling off?

by Simon Kolawole There is a confession I’ve been longing to make: I never expected Candidate Muhammadu Buhari to win the ...

Isime EseneOctober 16, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Like a thief in the night

by Simon Kolawole Unprecedented. Dictatorial. Needful. Nigerians have deployed different adjectives to describe the overnight search of the homes of “corrupt” ...

Isime EseneOctober 9, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Unleash $200billion to grow the Naira

With due respect, I would say Nigerian lawmakers are “fantastically” failing to earn their stripes. They love to be called ...

Isime EseneOctober 2, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Left with a broken heart

Sadness overwhelmed me — that’s if sadness is not a criminal understatement. Sometime in May 2005, I had taken my ...

Isime EseneSeptember 25, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Whose interest is it anyway?

Baffling. That’s the word. When Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the minister of finance, publicly canvassed that the Central Bank of Nigeria ...

Isime EseneSeptember 18, 2016

Simon Kolawole: What my grandmother taught me

Yesterday, as her casket was lowered into the grave and I performed the ashes-for-ashes ritual, my emotions ran riot. You ...

Isime EseneSeptember 11, 2016

Simon Kolawole: If symptoms persist after one year…

Time changes everything. My barber voted for change last year. Which means he voted for Candidate Muhammadu Buhari. After Buhari’s ...

Isime EseneSeptember 4, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Recession, recovery and our relapsing fever

Confirmed. The Nigerian economy is in recession, the first in decades. The official report by the National Bureau of Statistics ...

Isime EseneAugust 28, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Restructuring the debate on Nigeria

Why is Nigeria like this — I mean grossly underdeveloped? I’ve been asking this question all my life. And until ...

Isime EseneAugust 14, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Elections, petitions and distractions

Roughly 20 months after Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu was nominated as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in ...

Isime EseneAugust 7, 2016

Simon Kolawole: All said and done, Nigeria first

In November 2014, I penned an article, “My Grouse with President Jonathan”. I highlighted his major achievements in agriculture, infrastructure, ...

Isime EseneJuly 31, 2016

Simon Kolawole: We need an economic war room

The worst kept secret before the 2015 elections was that Nigeria’s economy was heading for a rough weather. Following a ...

Isime EseneJuly 24, 2016

Simon Kolawole: Where do we go from here?

If you were a lover of reggae music in the 1970s, you would certainly know “Time Hard”, a hit song ...

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