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As we welcome back our prodigal Arewa youths

By Abdullahi O Haruna Haruspice As we speak, some northerners are on their way in trailer loads returning back to the northern enclave- Good move I must say. These guys have no reason loitering around in the East, South or West. You can’t leave your rich green farm land to go idle away in another […]

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APAAC honours PMB, 4 others

By Ibrahim Ramalan In a bid to further position advertising as a profession and an agent of social change, members of Advertising Practitioners Association, Abuja Chapter (APAAC) has honoured President Muhammadu Buhari for the change agenda of his government, and four others for outstanding contributions to the growth of advertising profession in the country at […]

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O’dua and planned re-birth of Daily Sketch

LUKMON BAJOMO examines the many critical stages of salvaging the remains of Sketch Newspapers, a concern owned by the O’dua Group of Investments. Making an  observation from afar, one  can quickly count a number of hitherto thriving entities within the Od’ua Investment Company Group that have either gone comatose or completely dead. Epe Plywood Factory, […]

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Castro declares himself a Marxist-Leninist

Following a year of severely strained relations between the United States and Cuba, Cuban leader Fidel Castro openly declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist. The announcement sealed the bitter Cold War animosity between the two nations. Castro came to power in 1959 after leading a successful revolution against the dictatorial regime of Fulgencio Batista. Almost […]

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Lawmaker harps on sponsoring Bill for Arts Endowment Fund

Stories by Ibrahim Ramalan The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign debts, Sen. Shehu Sani, has pledged to dedicate substantial part of his time at the Senate to the realisation of the objectives and missions of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), chief among […]

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Book of Chibok meets the public

The Book of Chibok’, a poetry collection documenting the historic abduction of 276 female secondary school students in Chibok around April, 2014, written by Benjamin Obiri, has been unveiled recently at the famous Barcelona Hotel, Abuja. In attendance during the launch were the members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and its Coordinator, Obi Ezekwesilli, Prof. Epiphany […]

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Ken Saro-Wiwa hanged

Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian playwright and environmental activist, is hanged in Nigeria along with eight other activists from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop). Saro-Wiwa, an outspoken critic of Nigeria’s military regime, was charged by the government with the 1994 murder of four pro-military traditional leaders. He maintained his innocence, claiming […]

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Pope Urban II orders first Crusade

On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of “Deus vult!” or “God wills it!” Born Odo of Lagery in 1042, […]

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How Bauchi sons and daughters living in Abuja wax stronger

‘United we stand and divided we fall’. With this borne in mind, the  Bauchi sons and daughters living in Abuja has come together under one umbrella called Association of Bauchi State Indigenes (ABASI) to achieve same and by extension to give its members living in a far-flung town of Abuja a sense of belonging and […]

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I gave my all to ANA – Ali

Richard Ali, a Kano-born poet and novelist, is the author of ‘City of Memories’ published in 2013, one of the co-owners of Parresia Publishers Ltd. and the immediate past Publicity Secretary (North) of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). In this interview with IBRAHIM RAMALAN, the author reveals that he gave his all in the […]

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Kaduna 2015: Day authors decide

IBRAHIM RAMALAN, who was in Kaduna writes on the recently concluded convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) For writers across the country, Kaduna State, the City of Crocodiles, was the destination where the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) held its 2015 National Convention. The event which began on 12th to 15th November, 2015 […]

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A long verse for ‘The Mandarin’ (I)

By Haruna Penni One can only agree more when Abubakar Gimba is referred to as the ‘Mandarin’ of the Civil Service to the extent that first born writers like Denja Abdullahi, BM Dzukogi etc are also christened after their work as Mairogo and Kindirmo in that vein order based on their magnus opus. It is […]

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‘The Terminator’ becomes ‘The Governor’ of California

On this day in 2003, the actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as the 38th governor of California at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Schwarzenegger, who became a major Hollywood star in the 1980s with such action movies as Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator, defeated Governor Gray Davis in a special […]

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Joining Kannywood is a dream come true – Khadijat Mustapha

Calm, modest, coolheaded, gorgeous are all the attributes of Kannywood star actress, Khadijat Mustapha is relatively new in the Kannywood film industry.  Khadijat is in her second year as an actress and producer in the Hausa film industry. In an interview, Khadijat said it was dreams come true for her joining Kannywood and also becoming […]

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Garba Shehu is a thousand media men

By Abdulrahman Sade Over a template of periscoping Nigeria’s public relations practitioners and the various media men that have represented politicians and any other high profile principals who desire media representation, Garba Shehu has stuck out like a shining armour. Not in the negative aspect of it, but in all its ramifications. The man Garba […]

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Ali Nuhu, Adam Zango, others win awards in London

Two of Kannywood’s leading actors, Adam Zango and Ali Nuhu, were honoured at an award ceremony in London recently. Zango won the best actor while Nuhu was voted outstanding actor at the 19th African Film Awards in London at an event held at the Stratford town hall. The award is an annual event organized by […]

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German scientists brought to United States to work on rocket technology

In a move that stirs up some controversy, the United States ships 88 German scientists to America to assist the nation in its production of rocket technology. Most of these men had served under the Nazi regime and critics in the United States questioned the morality of placing them in the service of America. Nevertheless, […]

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CELEB

I know my temper is bad, SAYS Bukky Wright reveals

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated

Near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington after a march to its site by thousands of veterans of the conflict. The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of the 57,939 Americans who […]

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My blast moments at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair – Sule

Salamatu Sule is the Secretary at the Abuja chapter of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) who has just represented Nigeria at the just concluded Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. In this interview with IBRAHIM RAMALAN, she spoke on her blast moments at book fair, and other sundry issues. As the Secretary of the Association of […]

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Salamatu Sule: Africa had a very poor book stand with just few books and one publisher

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Newspaper mistakenly declares Dewey president of US

On this day in 1948, the Chicago Tribuane jumps the gun and mistakenly declares New York Governor Thomas Dewey the winner of his presidential race with incumbent Harry S. Truman in a front-page headline: “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Many of America’s major newspapers had predicted a Dewey victory early on in the campaign. A New York […]

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Successful writers don’t like grooming the upcoming ones – Akote

Abubakar Akote is a Minna-based budding poet and writer. In this chat with AWAAL GATA, he laments that successful writers don’t like grooming the upcoming ones. How did you begin as a writer? Right from my early days in the village, I had passion for writing. But as a child who grew up in an […]

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A Weekend With Kongi

‘’Trespassing Vehicles will be shot and eaten’’ was the grim sign that welcomed us to Wole Soyinka’s residence in Abeokuta. Set in a forest enclave at the far corner of the Kemta Housing Estate, the massive leafy enclave reminded one of the legendary D O Fagunwa’s ‘’Igbo Irunmole’’ (A Forest of a thousand demons). However […]

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Liverpool players celebrate Halloween with WAGS !

Liverpool’s first-team squad enjoyed a double celebration on Saturday… three Premier League points against Chelsea, followed by a spooky Halloween party back on Merseyside. A number of Jurgen Klopp’s players got kitted out in their scariest outfits for the night, just hours after their frighteningly successful trip to Stamford Bridge. Hosted by Jose Enrique and […]