Author Archives: Lasisi Olagunju

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2023: Some Proverbs for the North and Tinubu

2023: Some Proverbs for the North and Tinubu

(Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 17 January, 2022). The aged died, we replaced him with the chronically ill; who does not know that there will be wailing once more soon in the palace. (Arugbo ku a fi olokunrun j’oye; taa ni ko mo wipe ariwo k’eekan l’aafin). This Yoruba proverb covers the field

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A Critique of Bisi Akande’s ‘My Participations’

(Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 20 December, 2021) ‘The Man who looks history in the face’ is the title Professor Wole Soyinka put on the Foreword. Of course, “the man” here is Bisi Akande, the author of ‘My Participations’, an autobiography that is roiling calm across Nigeria. Soyinka endorses the book and the

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Jalumi War: Remembrance and Lessons

(Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 1 November, 2021) Today, November 1, 2021, is the 143rd anniversary of the Jalumi War. Some historians call it the Battle of Ikirun but Jalumi (meaning: plunge into river) is the more popular name for the one-day war that commenced at dawn on Friday, November 1, 1878 and

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Gunmen at Oyo Prison

(Published in the Nigerian Tribune on Monday, 25 October, 2021) I read Camara Laye’s ‘A Dream of Africa’ in secondary school. I still see the sky-high gate of his walled Africa; the murderous giants and guards; the cowering captives, terrorized and traumatized in their condemned prisoners’ cells. I remember the homicidal, militant ‘nationalists’ and the

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