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STRIVING TO FILL OUR FATHER'S SHOES: A TRIBUTE TO DR. ABDULRAHMAN SHAMAKI

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We had an amazing Dad. Sure, all kids think so about their fathers, but as we got older we realized that in our dad’s case, it wasn’t the usual childish thought. He was a brilliant doctor and a wonderful gentleman who was blessed with a brain that loved, soaked up & retained knowledge with amazing clarity, was as generous as a breached dam, had a great sense of humor, an astounding sense of love & concern for his family and an innate ability to cheer and inspire. He really was amazing. Which is why a few days after his death when a friend of his while commiserating with the family said he “was confident we would fill our father’s shoes with ease”, I let out an almost audible gasp. If not for the circumstances under which the statement was made, I am sure he would have inquired as to the quizzical look I had on my face in response to his statement. “Did this man really know my father?” I thought to myself. If he knew the uphill task I was up against, he would probably have chos…

A BEACON OF LIGHT: GONE FROM THE WORLD, ALIVE IN OUR HEARTS

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This was meant to be a tribute to mark ten years since the passing of my father. However, on the 24th of September, I lost the closest person I had to a father in this year’s Hajj stampede, which prompted me having to put the original idea on hold.In every family, there is that one special individual who can best be described as the center of the universe or the life of the party. This remarkable individual is usually the glue or one of the strongest unifying factors that hold the family together. He is a peacemaker, a guide, a guardian, a pillar of strength & support and a beacon of light. In our family, that individual was Justice Abubakar Abdulkadir Jega.
Baba, Baba Justice or Uncle Justice as he was fondly called, was an amazing individual. You could employ various high sounding words to describe him; kind, generous, amiable, wise. The best word, which in my humble opinion sums up his character, which is what most people who came to commiserate with the family all seem to agree…

LEADERSHIP, REAL ESTATE AND DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY

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In his new book "Leadership, Real Estate and Disruptive Technology" Dr. Joseph Aluya analytically and brilliantly discusses and brings to the fore how some of the world's largest and most renowned companies (Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, Yahoo etc.) are harnessing the power of collaboration with big data analytics to further maximize profits and expand the horizons and reach of their companies’ influences.
He further elaborates on how disruptive technologies and smart technologies have been at the forefront of some of the most awe-inspiring and far reaching technological advancements of the last decade.
Dr. Aluya, being a consummate and passionate advocate of good leadership, in later chapters takes readers through how deft leadership styles have changed the present technological pathways, pioneered new technologies and have altered global industrial standards. Leadership, Real Estate and Disruptive Technology has been written simply and the flow of words is easy to assimilate a…

COPING WITH A RARE DISEASE: MY STORY

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As a young lad, I always prayed for protection from illness and disease. When I became older and more of a realist, I understood the fact that as humans, due to the nature of our physiology, the prevalence of bacteria, germs and viruses as well as the stresses of daily life, it was impossible to live a life without illness or disease. So I did the rational thing; I amended my prayer. I still prayed for protection from illness and disease, however, in the event I did fall ill I prayed it would be limited to malaria or typhoid and not the sort of illness that would be beyond my means to seek a cure for or one that was so harsh or rare, seeking a cure for it would be difficult or impossible. For many years God has graciously and mercifully answered my prayers. Having been hospitalized only twice in my life, I guess it is safe to say I could (up to the beginning of this year at least) qualify as a textbook example of a perfectly healthy human specimen. 
Recently, some of my readers conta…

GEJ, A HERO? I THINK NOT!

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Nigerians have an amazing knack for hyperbole and the misapplication of words. Most times this happens when a simple incident is exaggerated to dizzying heights or when words are taken out of their usual context or totally misinterpreted to suit the absurdity of the incident or story being told. Having lived in Nigeria my whole life, I have come to accept the exaggerations and misapplications as being more or less a part of our collective culture. Most times these exaggerations and misapplications are harmless and could serve as a dose of comic relief. At other times, they can make you marvel at the utter disregard for common sense and logic inherent in those who peddle some of those outrageous stories.

In the last few days a word has been tossed around with reckless abandon by some individuals whom I suspect may either have no idea what the word really means or have chosen to deliberately change its context entirely. Regarding President Goodluck Jonathan’s concession of defeat in the …

NIGERIA DECIDES: WHOSE VICTORY?

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Editor's Note: This article was written by Farida Mukhtar: An Abuja based strategy analyst in the financial regulation sector with a passion for social development, specifically educational development.

The victory of APC in the just concluded elections isn’t for the party alone but for Nigerians. Usually, we define general principles applicable to the average and we have excelled in this regard.  It was postulated that violence would mar the election: it’s the best conducted in history. It will be rigged: the freest and fairest election of all time. Tension and hate speech: light and hilarious jokes on social media. Greatest of all, non-concession to defeat: gracious acceptance of the choice of the people. Nigeria: we have won!!! I feel these are mostly the precedents: 1st October 2010 when MEND took full responsibility for the Independence Day bombings and it was denied by those in power, we recognized that things needed to be different. At the time, we excused Boko Haram’s attack…

A YEAR AFTER BUNI YADI

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As far as being patient and resilient are concerned, Nigerians are the toughest nuts around. We have been abused, battered, bruised and misused by the horrendous socio-economic policies of various governments and we’re still standing. Increase the pump price of petrol; we’ll grumble for a while but we’ll still pay. Ask us to pay for erratic/non-existent electricity; we’ll queue up at the various electricity distribution offices and still pay. Arbitrarily introduce new license plate numbers for vehicles and ram them down our throats; we’ll comply. Our landlords increase our rents at short notice; we’ll hustle our butts off (pardon my language) and make up for it. For those familiar with the afro beat music of Fela Anukulapo Kuti, the term “suffering & smiling” is the apt and simplest way to describe the plight of the common man in Nigeria. A friend of mine recently remarked that the definitions of the words “patient”, “hustle” and “resilient” should make special reference to Nigeri…