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July 17, 2018

China bans Islamic names

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are prohibiting parents from giving children some Islamic names in the latest effort to dilute the influence of religion on life in the ethnic Uighur minority heartland. “Muhammad,” ”Jihad” and “Islam” are among at least 29 names now banned in the heavily Muslim region, according to a list distributed by overseas Uighur activists. An official at a county-level public security office in Kashgar, a hub in southern Xinjiang with strong Islamic influences, says some names were banned because they had a “religious background.” It is unclear how widespread the ban is or whether it is…

Trumpism as The Trump-Card of Eroding Western Civilisation (1)

PREAMBLE In this article, we shall attempt at focusing chiefly on Donald Trump and by extension delineate, succinctly, the preponderant negative impact of radicalism or fanaticism on the world. Indeed, on how the world seem to be stung to a stage of stupor by the alarming influence of an apparently infinitesimal percentage of a group of people who seem better organised and truculently systematic in executing their programme of engulfing the rest of humanity like the amoeba. Some ideas expressed in this article that touch on fanaticism are apologies to Dr. Emmanuel Tanya, a well-known, German psychiatrist.   TRUMPISM For…

Aba can be the Japan of West Africa – Odenigbo Lecturer

Soon, all roads will be leading to the Enyimba City for made-in-Aba Products – shoes, handbags, belts, and a lot more. Additionally, the army, police, navy and other uniformed forces can, once again, look to Aba rather than China for their paraphernalia. This is because Aba’s electricity woes is nearly at an end and this has raised hopes that the creative City will bounce back as the industrial hub of the South-East, Nigeria’s success story and Africa’s Japan. This disclosure was made at this year’s Odenigbo lecture  “Nkuzi Odenigbo” delivered by Former Minister of Power Prof. Barth Nnaji, a Professor…

MULTIFARIOUS MENACE OF MEDIOCRITY (2)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

Power-manipulators always search for beautiful expressions to dress up the mediocre they choose. They dress them up in leadership clothes only because they have amassed a lot of money, mostly by graft, with which they can control the process of producing leadership. Consequently, the masses suffer. A cabal, a small group may benefit from the reign of mediocrity, since the mediocre will depend on hangers-on, sycophants and praise-singers to forge ahead in office and those fellows will always support him as long as they garner material benefits from him. AVERSION TO CHANGE Mediocrity often sticks to status quo, attributing the…

Baby survives eight days after he was buried alive

  A Chinese baby born with a cleft lip was abandoned by his parents and buried in a cardboard box two days later, but rescued alive after eight days  media reported. The parents left the baby in a remote countryside in the southern province of Guangxi, before he was buried, apparently by relatives who believed he had died, Guangxi Online News said. But water and air were able to seep into the box, the report said. The baby was buried in a container, the size of a shoebox on a dusty dry, landscape, surrounded by long grass, according to images…

Sub-standard Nigeria

Although the civil war (July 1967 – January 1970), challenged the ingenuity of our local manufacturers to produce alternatives to imported goods, our industrialists and importers for a long time, continued to maintain the high standards inherited from our British colonial masters.  Such was the case till the early 1990s.  Until then, one could go into the market and find quality materials to buy, such as textiles, electronics, hard wares, building materials and car spare parts. Due to the availability of quality products the consumer had the choice of what to spend his money on.  But today, the story has…

Rudd sworn in as Australian PM after overthrowing Gillard

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister for the second time on Thursday, a day after toppling Julia Gillard and three months ahead of elections in which opinion polls show the ruling Labor Party faces a devastating defeat. Rudd’s return as prime minister follows three years of squabbling within the Labor leadership and as the world’s 12th largest economy faces challenges stemming from a slowdown in top trade partner China. Rudd, a Mandarin-speaking former diplomat, has highlighted the difficulties associated with “the end of China’s resource boom” and said he would work to rebuild the government’s strained relations…

Mr. Chucks Obiodu: DRIVEN BY PASSION

With a passion for business and a determination to be a haulage contractor just like his father, young Chucks Obiodu went to school knowing exactly what he wanted to do for a living. When life wanted to take him down a different path, he quickly made a U –turn and returned to his dream. Although his older siblings took up jobs in mining, telecommunications, teaching and health sectors, Chucks, the last of five children, preferred to stick with his father. Even so, the young Chucks did not choose his dad so he could work for him or inherit the business…