by Emmanuel Osanedum
Winners and Losers is a new column that does a roundup of the day’s major news by distilling the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of the day’s news cycle. As always, you are welcome to agree or disagree sharply below!
Noval Djokovic & Rafael Nadal
Even though Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open men’s singles title, but men proved their prowess in a 5-hours-plus game that gripped global attention.
There was almost a settled meme that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were enemies till death, but today the billionaire changed the storyline – and it’s for good.
After a weird endorsement of ‘The People’ that threatened to make him irrelevant, the former candidate’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich returned him to the centre.
Arsenal might have played badly, and there was that freak goal, but they won, and for now, some people are happy to Tweet #InArseneWengerWeTrust.
President Thomas Boni Yayi
In the first meeting of African heads of state since the death of Ghaddafi, the Benin Republic president was selected as the Africa Union’s leader. That’s huge – for him.
Accused for a long time now of publishing half-truths, Reuben Abati put the site in harsh glare today. They might yet win the battle – but for now, it’s not pretty.
Does he ever catch a break? He landed a fine blow on SaharaReporters, but didn’t seem to do himself much good? The lack of full disclosure didn’t ring credible.
President Goodluck Jonathan
His spokesperson says he only went to Ethipoa with 32 people including “essential aides”. Oh really? Still doesn’t sound good for a government trying to cut waste.
Egypt’s ruling government
Protesters in Cairo and Egyptians across the world continue protests in defiance of the army and the government of the day. It’s confusion all round.
With at least 53 confirmed dead today in a stand-off between the rulers and the ruled that won’t just abate, Syria’s government’s legitimacy is still in question.
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