Which Research or Practice Methodology Will You Prefer?

Which Research or Practice Methodology Will You Prefer?

There are four ontologies / epistemologies by which we undertake research in the academy. empiricism, positivism, realism and pot-modernism. We also put them into practice in the real world. There is a lot of rhetoric about them but I see methodology (method) and practice through the lens of a person’s ailing loved one. Namely, a parent, sibling, cousin, spouse, sweetheart, friend or business partner. (more…)

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Fraternal Criminality as Charity

Fraternal Criminality as Charity

One growing and disturbing phenomenon of Nigerian university campus grown fraternities (UCGFs) is their transformation into “charities”. It is a purely criminal phenomenon. Set up by criminals purely for the benefits of a cabal of criminals who run these fraternities. It is just another ruse for fraternities to hit the goodwill of funders of charitable agencies with criminal and fraudulent activities in the name of do-gooding. (more…)

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To Be or Not To Be Political: It’s Mostly Corruption

In Nigeria, politics is where all the easy money is; parvenu opportunities, rent-seeking, corrupt practices, patronage benefits, prebendal incomes, ‘settlements’, blackmail etc. Many organisations that started originally swearing to be “non-political” are now rethinking their mission statements aggressively and ambitiously. Leaders of such organisations have now realised their ‘traditional’ or ‘necessary’ ambitions are not corrupt enough to earn the political incomes apparently “flowing” unrestricted in society if you “know your way” or “know the right people”. They now have to engage in political corruption but in a “sophisticated manner”. Scandals of corruption demonstrate there is nothing sophisticated about corruption other than the existence of perverse access and cultures of non-transparency, complicity and impunity. (more…)

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The Privileged Nigerian Intellectual?

The Privileged Nigerian Intellectual?

Whether Nigerian intellectuals like it or not, Europe and its extensions were built with the ideas of intellectuals. I cannot imagine a Europe without its prodigious history of great intellectuals in all spheres of learning. The intention here is not comparison but waste. It would appear that in recent times of democracy post-1999 Nigerian intellectuals are increasingly a waste of space because there is no need for them. The only intellectual pursuit of note is transient (political and doctrinal economic) consultancy/advice for profit. Is that all they have got though? (more…)

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RE: Collapse of Nigeria’s Power Privatisation

RE: Collapse of Nigeria’s Power Privatisation


I found Timi Soleye’s piece in the Financial Times interesting. The Financial Times and its editors would have a lot to lose by reputation if Soleye produced a story of the privatisation of the electric power sector in Nigeria without facts. And one which could we can readily debunk with counter-facts. Newspaper often restrain articles they publish by word count limits, causing summarisation and missing details. Does one have to represent hidden vested interests to write what they think or observe? (more…)

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A Response to “Our Lands Must Bleed No More”


Our Lands Must Bleed No More is an activist’s plea and determination to end the cumulative and inimical genocide of people of the Niger Delta in the name of “oil extraction” and “national income”. Nnimmo Bassey’s essay is a worthy effort in the remembrance of the “Umuechem Massacre” of the Etche people in Rivers State, Nigeria on the 31st October 1990. (more…)

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A Response to “Political Party Funding & Nigerians”


If I may extend your argument, there was a time when political party funding was ethical (enough). This was the period after World War II up to the 1970s manly in the developed world. The current unethical nature of political party funding is not peculiar to Nigeria since it all started and blossomed in some of the world’s oldest democracies. The reasons for the transition from ‘legitimate ethical’ to ‘legalised unethical’ party funding are numerous but a few will touched on here. (more…)

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