Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Sowore: Ambition or delusion?

When I read Omoyele Sowore declaring his ambition to run for Nigeria’s presidency in 2019, my mind went straight to the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí, 1st Marquis of Púbol.

It was Dalí who said, “At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.”

Now it is obvious that Sowore because of the popularity, some say notoriety, he has gained as the publisher of popular news website, Sahara Reporters, has seen his ambition growing steadily.

One simply wonders what Sowore is bringing to the table. Is it because he is an activist or publisher that makes him feel entitled to become Africa’s most populous president in 2019?

Has Nigeria’s Presidency become so cheap that anybody without any record of public service or something more credible other than ‘bursting’ the bubble of some thieving officials and their accomplices now the yardstick?

Some have snidely remarked that if President Muhammadu Buhari without any verifiable school certificate could become president, why not people like Sowore who allegedly used foul means to seek asylum abroad?

It is interesting hearing him say: “I’ve always been in the forefront of the agitation and struggle to move NIGERIA forward – first as a student and youth activist during military regimes. Since 1999, my focus has been on improving and sanitising the democratic space. This is a natural progression of my commitment to moving Nigeria forward. This will not be politics as usual. I have always been a part of the movement to move Nigeria forward. I have always played a leading role in that movement.

“This is a movement. It will be the largest mobilisation of Nigeria’s ignored and dispossessed people. It will be the most direct engagement of a people in their own political future. I’ve always offered Nigerians a platform for amplifying their concerns and dreams for Nigeria.”

But for now, is it ambition or delusion when one takes into cognisance his lack of a viable party and grassroots base to want to run for president?

Ogbeh counting the cost of lying

Audu Ogbeh, the minister of agriculture should know with his age that elders do not lie. But there is something about politics that makes even the wise indulge in this expensive folly.

Last week, Ogbeh in magisterial arrogance looked Nigerians in the face and lied like the father of all lies, Satan.

“Just like two weeks ago, the Ambassador of Thailand came to my office and said to me that we have really dealt with them.

“But I asked what did we do wrong and he said unemployment in Thailand was one of the lowest in the world, 1.2 per cent, it has gone up to four per cent because seven giant rice mills have shut down because Nigeria’s import has fallen by 95 per cent on rice alone.”

But Fact Check by TheCable showed that the minister was less than honest. The newspaper reported that instead, Thailand’s export has continued to grow citing a report by The Nation Thailand, overall exports in January this year alone rose to 17.6 percent with an income of $20.101 billion.

Significantly, rice exports grew to 37.2 percent year-on-year — an indication that rice mills are not collapsing in Thailand. Instead, rice producers in the country may be needing more mills!

One would have imagined that with his hands caught in the till, Ogbeh would eat humble pie and apologise to Nigerians for absolute falsehood. But in what seems to have become a character trait in this administration of appropriating what is not theirs, expecting the minister to say he got it wrong would amount to waiting for Godot, and like we know in Samuel Beckett’s play, Godot will never come.


Becoming Adekunle Gold: A story of belief

Long before he became famous, Adekunle Gold had found a way to dream big, and he sure knew how to dream.

His story, like those of millions of others need to be told and retold to give hope, inspire confidence and make impact for those who dare to dream.

The music crooner whose real name is Adekunle Kosoko had always wanted to be something and knowing that it was a way off, he choose to photo shop himself into photographs of many celebrities.

His photo shopping skills was to earn him the sobriquet, ‘King of Photoshop’.

But Adekunle Gold also had his fears as he narrated: “One Saturday morning, I was in my house and I saw a particular photo of Tiwa Savage, which I loved. So I told my friend to take my picture and I did my thing (photo shopping). I was struggling to get people to listen to my music at the time.

“So I thought, if I can be popular for this one, I might as well just do it. It might find its way to the people I really want to work with as a musician. I went on to do pictures with Toolz and Tonto Dikeh and it became a sensation. So, when I released a song, people didn’t take me seriously at first. They were like, “This Photoshop guy, what can he sing?” But, here I am today.”




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