Jan 28th, 2013
“It [is] beautiful and simple as all truly great swindles are”. O. Henry, 1862-1910; slightly modified. (VANGUARD BOOK OF QUOTATIONS p 239). Nigerian GSM network owners are swindling Nigerians and smiling all the way to the banks – whose ATM machines also rob depositors mercilessly. If the government...
Nov 22nd, 2012
NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA is a woman who speaks her mind. Just over a year into her second stint as Nigeria’s finance minister, she has written a new book that she describes as a road map for low-income oil-exporting countries and poor countries committed to reform. If she really does have an effective roa...
May 24th, 2012
In our series of viewpoints from African journalists, writer Sola Odunfa considers the difficulty of making a phone call in Nigeria. If you must make a call to anybody’s mobile phone in Nigeria, you need to be understanding and patient – it can be a very frustrating and annoying experienc...
Jan 9th, 2012
I was one of those people who fought against President Obasanjo De-regulation of the communication and phone industry and I was really angry and hurt on the hardship it was going to cause the common man in Nigeria in year 2001/2002. I protested, I wrote articles in 2001 and 2002 against it. My articl...
Nov 17th, 2010
From penis-stealing and ‘killer’ GSM calls in Lagos, to the mindless exorcism of ‘child-witches’ in Akwa-Ibom, to the bone-strewn forest shrines of Okija, to the stories of Abacha’s and Turai Yar’Adua’s armies of imported marabouts, to the principalities-and-powers fixation of much of contemporary pe...