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Buhari’s men are not working

By Prince Charles Dickson And finally the ministerial list was read on the floor of the Upper Chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly, and in a few hours the nation was under the couch, the wailing wailers and the body language experts went into over drive. Timeline was October 2015, and I penned my thoughts…today a […]

Mr. Buhari and the liars within

Bayo Omoboriowo   By Prince Charles Dickson   Ronald Reagan once said, “Government is like a baby, an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other end.” And I add a big head that thinks it knows it all and then treat us all like the […]

Obasanjo as Nigeria’s metaphor

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions” – Dwight Eisenhower

Osinbajo and the conspiracy of nine fingers

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “Our wife, our wife”: come midnight and we will know whose wife she really is.

Because We Are Hypocrites in Nigeria

Manish Swarup/AP   By Prince Charles Dickson Hypocrite. Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities or standards that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a lie. The Nigerian story is either hypocritical, or contains much of hypocrisy today.

A nation on sick leave

Reuters photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “The public does not like you to mislead or represent yourself to be something you’re not. And the other thing that the public really does like is the self-examination to say, you know, I’m not perfect. I’m just like you. They don’t ask their public officials to […]

Media, Activists and the violent narrative

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson In recent times the Nigerian news media and social media feeds are bombarded with images of spectacular extremist violence and increasingly aggressive and bellicose rhetoric from politicians and pundits. This coverage warrants a close look, as public discourse sinks to new lows in justifying violence against entire racial […]

Nigeria; dishing out negative echoes and expecting positive vibes

PT photo   By Prince Charles Dickson The Nigerian state has as usual spent the last week having conversations in the minor while major issues remain unresolved, unattended to and left at the decision table… at the expense of these we continued our dance of the mundane.

Let us pray for Nigerians

By Prince Charles Dickson A bimo ko gbon, a ni ko ma saa ku; ki ni npa omo bi aigbon? (A child lacks wisdom, and some say that what is important is that the child does not die; what kills more surely than lack of wisdom?)

Two stories: The Thomases and watchmen around Mr. Buhari

Sunday Aghaze/AFP   By Prince Charles Dickson I want to this week talk about the men and women that are supposed to be helping Buhari. Many people say that followers are often a reflection of their leaders, however in Nigeria that is one axiom that isn’t exactly so. We have suffered both the leadership and […]

With love, asking after Lai Mohammed

By Prince Charles Dickson   Liars and cheats occasionally win a war but seldom win a battle.

Nigerians and the love for the dramatic

Ben Curtis/AP   By Prince Charles Dickson By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed, and you can beat a fool half to death but you can’t beat the foolishness out of him. African Proverb.

Nigeria 2017: Another year to prove the pessimists wrong

Ruth McDowall   By Prince Charles Dickson   “One cannot eat crab in secret“   It was one long year, 2016, a year that a lot of us want to forget for so many reasons and others would not forget for obvious reasons. But either way what more can we do than be happy that […]

Editorial: Tuck Magazine 2016

    Tuck Magazine had a record breaking 2016, publishing an increased number of articles as each month progressed, easily surpassing the achievements of the year before.

There are good Nigerians…many good Nigerians

AP photo   By Prince Charles Dickson

Nigerians, Collapsing Churches, Religion and Systems

Trevor Snapp/AFP   By Prince Charles Dickson Last week, it was Uyo, Akwa Ibom, with the following narratives everywhere; that the Akwa Ibom state helmsman Udom Emmanuel would have been part of the casualties as a church building collapsed in Uyo.

The Red Beret Minister, the Falcons and that Ewu Gambia

By Prince Charles Dickson Throughout last week, it was the usual one week, one problem, but really none could beat the saga between the Super Falcons (Nigeria’s female soccer team) and the nation’s sporting authorities. Let us review it together.

Albashir, Nigerian and a Good Man

Seyllou Diallo/AFP   By Prince Charles Dickson

Nigeria quickly forgets her own

Lekan Oyekanmi/AP   By Prince Charles Dickson A man is wearing black, black shoes, socks, trousers, and, gloves. He is walking down a black street with all the street lamps off. A black car is coming towards him, its lights off but somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the man?

Northern Nigeria: Alhaji vs Alhaji

Ed Kashi   By Prince Charles Dickson   Use Religion as a tool to dumb them down…use ethnicity as a tool to fan the embers of hatred and then sit back and watch them burn themselves…The template has remained the same…albeit with slight modifications from time to time…and nothing has changed. If anything, much worse…Folashade […]

Changing narratives: Beyond other rooms for African women

Projekthope photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   “Through her voice I saw a free woman, down on her land, a woman who knew how to kill her own chickens, hunt her own possum, cut her own cotton, fix her own roof, make her own whiskey, walk in her own shoes, and speak her mind, […]

Elder Orubebe, Trump and other stories

By Prince Charles Dickson   There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full  –  Henry A. Kissinger   A Professor was traveling from Accra to Tamale in Ghana, and somewhere between the Eastern and Ashanti Regions, one of the tyres in the front wheel of his car removed and went into […]

The soft underbelly of a nation

Allison Shelley   By Prince Charles Dickson “Every ethnic group is an oppressed minority somewhere. Every group is a religious and ethnic minority somewhere. Every majority or settler is an indigene somewhere. In one way, we are all settlers; we just don’t remember where we came from or why we came. But ultimately, we are all […]

The lies of Lai, Nigerian stories and one pound

NAN photo   By Prince Charles Dickson So I decided to read a Lai related news item, and that was when my admonition for this week took shape…

When the dead body speaks…Nigerian leaders hear fit

Wahabi Oluwafemi   By Prince Charles Dickson It was one of those experiences that lingers…one which when you recall, it is filled with nostalgia; it has a sense of humor in it, but largely filled with the irony of life.

Our education is in the other room

By Prince Charles Dickson Over the week, I was busy with much on my table, I had to be at the Open Session of the Peace and Security Council of the AU, I had unfinished office business, and was reflecting on the fire that gutted my beloved University of Jos; I am an alumnus, and […]

Nigeria is like this and like that…

August Udoh   By Prince Charles Dickson Do you remember that gist on the bush meat and the hunter? It was Frank Zappa that said there is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. This cannot be more true than in Nigeria where there are far more stupid persons […]

Solving Nigeria’s problems at 56

Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson Bring a male and female squirrel, a virgin turtle, seven white doves, an animal without a spine, and three kola nuts, one white, two brownish red ones and a necklace worn by a woman that has had twins three times…

This is why Nigerians suffer…

Pius Utomi Ekpei   By Prince Charles Dickson The greatest lesson in life is to know that sometimes even fools are right—Winston Churchill. So, that the country is in recession is not the news, has never been the news, despite all the debates, arguments, mutual consent and accusations…who is at fault and who is not […]

What does change mean to a Nigerian?

AP photo   By Prince Charles Dickson   I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness–Al Pacino