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Bimbo Manuel Doro!

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Today’s Nigerian youth challenge us to excellence and industry in every way, all the time. It is in the music and the fashion choices. In the corporate environment and in the informal sector, a pursuit of attainment that locates ...

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Soap in my eyes

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Bathroom. Shower. Soap. Then the phone rings. The important call I was expecting. I already had soap in my eyes. It stung. I groped for the towel. My hand hit the shower knob, turning it to extreme hot. It ...

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Authority speaking!

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Brazil retaliated with one in pure rage after Germany’s seven. You know by now that Luis Suarez does not kiss; his teeth get in the way. Now, he is going to Real Madrid, he will bite Ronaldo, mark my ...

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Flyovers and things down under

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes I hear from a dear friend that there are bridges in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State now. I mean the type that fly over. That is fantastic news even if I wondered where they are flying off to ...

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Esu Elegbara!

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes The World Cup. It is the expectation of my editor and of course, it’s the fad until July. So, women who hate football with as much passion as they love their husbands, you have my sympathy. Men who now ...

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Why is there fire burning all over the world?

By Tony Okoroji We must thank FIFA for scheduling the World Cup at this time. The pressure was becoming unbearable. It might not make much sense but each game of 22 energetic men, running, fighting and breaking bones over one rubber ball has left the world transfixed. Before thousands of crazily dressed screaming fans in huge stadiums in Brazil, football ...

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Presidential silence

‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions –Oliver Wendell Holmes There were not many items called ‘lounges’ at the time we ventured into ministry. It was a big turnaround for many of us at the time, everyone almost to the man renouncing that life of sin and giving our lives to Christ. Many ...

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Nigerian popular music: The buzz over the years (3)

This week, I bring to a close my three part series on Nigerian popular music of the 1970s. A good part of the material is adapted from my book, Copyright & the New Millionaires. Aba, which had always been a major player in Nigerian music, produced two labels. Ben Okonkwo’s Clover Sounds had quite some success with several artistes including ...

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Our fallen heroes

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Things could indeed have been worse. Thank You God! My honest opinion is that we, the men folk, should be even more grateful to God and our women, whatever the description, the sisters, cousins, mothers, wives, the ones who ...

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Our fallen heroes

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Things could indeed have been worse. Thank You God! My honest opinion is that we, the men folk, should be even more grateful to God and our women, whatever the description, the sisters, cousins, mothers, wives, the ones who ...

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Women, men and…Arsenal!

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Only the Spanish Liga came close to the drama of the just ended English Premiership season and even the Spanish stole occasional envious glances of wonder at what was happening in England. Arsenal topped the log for most of ...

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Chibok and the bombs of Armagedeon!

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Allahu Akbar! Let all true believers give praise to Allah for His immeasurable mercies. Those of us still alive must remember the Day of Judgment, Aljannah and prepare as we remember the sad passage of Captain Yusuf Sambo, brother ...

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Amaka Igwe!

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes ‘Carlo Ancelotti had won this competition as has his opposite number, Pep Guardiola…’ the Champions’ League commentator said as we watched Real Madrid thrash invincible Bayern Munich four goals to nothing. If I wasn’t so sold on Arsenal, I would ...

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War!

Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes I was singing one of the most powerful pieces ever performed by the legendary, prophetic Bob Marley, played…‘WAR!…war!…rumors of war!…’ before a large audience. I jerked awake. It was a dream. I was one of many millions of Nigerians and ...

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In celebration of the achiever

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Liverpool is on top and that is quite fine by me so long as the hated boys in strange blue down by the bridge do not get anything. Manchester City should be content with what they already have – ...

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Arsenal, women and Jona

Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Watching the Arsenal Football Club play this season is the most harrowing experience. I remain unrepentantly a Gunner however. Before the season started, everyone, apart from diehard Arsenal supporters, felt the club’s highest aspiration should not be higher than a ...

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Federating our character

By Bimbo Manuel ‘The Federal Character Commission (FCC), a Federal Executive body was established by Act No 34 of 1996 to IMPLEMENT AND ENFORCE the Federal Character Principle of fairness and equity in THE DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC POSTS AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURES AMONG THE VARIOUS FEDERATING UNITS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA…’ Are you thinking what I am thinking [Pinky ...

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Arise O Compatriots!

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes My friends, my incredible wife and kids wanted it to be a birthday to remember for me and did I enjoy all the surprises! A surprising number of loving folks on facebook had started to bombard me with birthday ...

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History and little slave minds 2

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes Slavery is of many types, difficult to script. It is imposed and loathed or achieved of trickery and jealously embraced by the slave like in my country Nigeria and Mauritania not too far away. What I heard made me ...

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‘There is the good, bad and ugly in Nollywood’

Sylvester Uwadiae

Sylvester Uwadiae is a multi-faceted Benin based Nollywood act. He told Isaac Olamikan, in this interview, his experience as a movie producer. When and how did you join Nollywood? That was in 2003. I have always had a flair for acting. On the morning of March 13, 2003, I was watching our local TV station, EBS (Edo Broadcasting Service) where ...

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In the dock

By Bimbo Manuel My Lord… An Italian philosopher once said: “there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things…” My Lord, I read somewhere in the history of Hollywood how that great institution was engaged and ...

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History and little slave minds

By Bimbo Manuel ‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes In the 1960s and the 1970s, there were the great fighters who stood for something and the freedom of all. There was Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and a few other brothers. Africa had those who lit fires of ...

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Centenary Award: FG barred Anioma

By Emeka Esogbue My attention has been appallingly drawn to the list of 100 Nigerian awardees released by the Federal Government of Nigeria as part of its Centenary celebration. The idea of the award is quite commendable being that a nation must bestow honour on her people with a record of successes. The advantages of showing respect to deserving individuals ...

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Slaves loving their chains

‘Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions – Oliver Wendell Holmes By Bimbo Manuel I watched at first casually but with growing interest as the arresting report of that CNN documentary Freedom Project unfolded. I saw little children split cocoa pods with a competence that spoke a lifetime of practice, the look on ...

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Any coach would have dropped me, Agbim confesses

Super Eagles’ Assistant Keeper, Chigozie Agbim

Super Eagles’ Assistant Keeper, Chigozie Agbim, attracted attention of Nigerian football fans owing to his shaky start at the concluded CHAN championship in South Africa. In this chat with our correspondent, Tony Ezimakor, in Abuja, he gives a full account of his involvement in the national team and his future plans. It was a difficult outing for you in South ...

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