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While Rome Burns, Emperor Nero Fiddles The Roman Emperor Nero is considered by many religious scholars to be the Antichrist, the beast code marked 666, who ordered the execution of his own mother, persecuted and brutally executed many early Christians (including the apostles Peter and Paul), a group he falsely blamed for the fire that consumed most of Rome in 64 AD. Legend has it that as Nero watched the six-day conflagration, he somberly played...

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Rasak Adekoya is a young visually impaired Nigeria. He is a Public Speaker, Brand Strategist, Assistive Technology Expert, and an Inclusive Leadership Coach. He is an astute writer who has authored four books, also an Ashoka Change Maker Scholar and the founder of two social enterprises – African Volunteering Week and Brand your Waithood. In this exclusive interview with The West African Pilot News reporter, Bada Yusuf, he discussed the stigmatisation and emotional trauma people living...

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After five weeks of Covid-19 induced lockdown imposed by the Federal government, on May 4, people will gradually return to normal lives in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, although there are restrictions in place aimed at curtailing the spread of the infection. For many, the post-lockdown measures in Lagos and what life was pre-COVID-19 in the state mean that hard times are approaching, Adeola Oladipupo reports. With over 20 million people, Lagos was a bee-hive of...

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It is past 5, Wednesday evening, and Club 7 — a club and outdoor bar is still as empty as Jacob’s kettle. From a distance, one would think the club was closed for the day considering that the curfew was night time.  The rooms looked pale, the tiles were bare. R&B songs were playing,  underlyingly into the atmosphere as though it’s high tunes can attract the deadly virus. The outbreak of Covid-19 had turned a...

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After five weeks of Covid-19 induced lockdown imposed by the Federal Government, on May 4, people will gradually return to normal lives in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja, although there are restrictions in place aimed at curtailing the spread of the infection. For many, the post-lockdown measures in Lagos and what life was pre-Covid-19 in the state mean that hard times are approaching, Adeola Oladipupo reports. With over 20 million people, Lagos was a bee-hive of...

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There is hardly any Nigerian adult who doesn’t know about what goes on in Nigerian banks in the name of “marketing.” It beats the hell out of me that for all these years, bank CEOs and branch managers in Nigeria have sent out these young women (both singe and married—it makes no difference) into what is to all intents and purposes a life of prostitution, without any repercussions. We all know the country is a...

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In the last 20 years, Nigerian banks have not only become irredeemable money laundering organizations, they have also institutionalized the immoral exploitation of their female employees. It’s time somebody or some people did something about it. In this two-part article which I originally wrote three years ago, I lay out the enormity of these twin problems. There is a kind of person called a “pimp.” Not the “PIMP” described by my late father Dr. Nnanna...

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The use of child labour on cocoa farms in top producers Ivory Coast and Ghana has risen over the past decade despite industry promises to reduce it, according to a draft of a U.S. government-sponsored report seen by Reuters. More than 2 million children worked in the sector last season in the West African countries that produce about two-thirds of the world’s cocoa, according to the draft of a report funded by the U.S. Department...

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Since the beginning of this year, the media was agog with news of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The World Health Organization (WHO) China Country Office had on 31st December, 2019 informed the organization of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. By 3rd January, 2020, the Chinese national authorities had reported 44 case-patients with this pneumonia, causal agent unidentified until 12th January when the National Health Commission China...

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The Northern Christian Elders have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of failing to reflect religious and ethnic diversity of the nation in his appointments, a statement released Sunday disclosed. The Christian Elders Forum of Northern States, comprising of Christian Elders from the 19 Northern States and Abuja, led by Elder Ejoga Inalegwu, spoke after a meeting held in Kaduna, Punch Newspaper reports. The Elders condemned the worsening insecurity in the country and the Government’s inability to...