Posts by pius72:

President Yar’Adua’s Breasts

Written on December 30th, 2008 by
Categories: General Articles

By Pius Adesanmi My title is a play on the title of a play: Les mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tirésias), a 1903 play by French surrealist writer, Guillaume Apollinaire. Students of French literature will recall that Apollinaire coined the term ‘surrealism’ in his powerful preface to ...
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THISDAY, Lawrence Summers, and the Future of Africa

Written on September 28th, 2008 by
Categories: General Articles

The popular Nigerian newspaper, THISDAY, does not like to cover events and report the news as is the wont of regular newspapers all over the world. Rather, the Lagos rag loves to make the news it covers. And such news propositions seem to obey only one rule: ensure that the name and picture of its f...
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The Ya Before the Hoo

Written on September 17th, 2008 by
Categories: General Articles

By Pius Adesanmi   A few months ago, Nigerian newspapers were awash with ecstatic news about the latest government ‘initiative’ – Telemedicine. I squirmed in anger as I read the details in one newspaper after the other. Somehow, a Federal Government that cannot even competentl...
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Memo to the Nigerian Street

Written on August 19th, 2008 by
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By Pius Adesanmi     Bros! Bros!! How now? How far? Body dey inside cloth? Hope you dey manage. Abeg read this short passage and guess who the author is: “Listen to Nigerian leaders and you will frequently hear the phrase, “this great country of ours.” Nigeria is not a gr...
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An Open Letter to Professor Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke, PhD, OON, Chairperson of Transcorp and Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange

Written on August 15th, 2008 by
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By Pius Adesanmi� � � Dear Professor Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke, � Greetings. I apologize for the cumbersome heading of this letter. I may be dangerously approaching one and a half decades in the West, I am still very mindful of the importance of titles in Nigeria. I try to respect our sens...
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Britain, Hiss- Hiss- History, and the Ni- Ni- Niger Delta

Written on July 24th, 2008 by
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  By Pius Adesanmi     “The trouble with the English” stutters Whiskey Sisodia, a character in Salman Rushdie’s famous novel, The Satanic Verses, “is that their hiss- hiss- history happened overseas, so they do- do- don’t know what it means”. Sisodi...
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Makwerekwere: Black South Africa

Written on July 19th, 2008 by
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By Pius Adesanmi     “Bob Marley said how long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look. Little did he know that eventually the enemy would stand aside and look as we slaughter our own brothers”   - Lucky Dube     The letters came within two day...
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Failures of the Intellectual: Barack Obama, Black Agency, and the Burden of History

Written on July 16th, 2008 by
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By Pius Adesanmi   The timeline of black agency has been determined to a great extent in the last six centuries by the need to overcome man-made historical impediments, notably slavery, racism, colonialism, neocolonialism – and their new forms in the present – on the one hand, and...
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Frantz Fanon, Umaru Yar'Adua, and the 'Workers' in the Niger Delta

Written on July 8th, 2008 by
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By Pius Adesanmi Does anybody know President Umaru Yar’Adua’s mailing address? I know he’s in Aso Rock but what’s the P.O.Box or the P.M.B.? I have a gift for him: a brand new copy of the last edition of Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. It’s an excel...
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The Reproach from Mount Olympus: Pat Utomi, Moses Ochonu, and the Burden of Reason

Written on May 29th, 2008 by
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By Pius Adesanmi   I am worried about Professor Pat Utomi. Anyone who, like me, has been in awe of the unimpeachable progressive bona fides of this engagé public intellectual in the last three decades should be worried. When your reputation and persona rest on decades of sustained and me...
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