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This is the third bridge to have collapsed, ostensibly as a result of the myths surrounding the river. The first was the bridge that links Trans Ekulu to the popular Polo Field. This happened about a decade ago, after the river mysteriously ate the foundation of the bridge leading to its collapse. A new bridge is presently under construction by the federal government.
A prophet it is often said is not recognised by his people. But for Isaac Adaka Boro, who fought for the emancipation of people of Ijaw extraction from oppression and neglect by the federal government, the story is different. Boro who led the first Ijaw revolution in 1966 is being honoured annually many years after his death.
The British Website netmums.com once asked a group of 1,000 women whether they have a favourite child. Sixteen percent answered yes, they love one of their children more than the others, 33 percent said they loved all their children the same and half said they loved them differently, but equally.
In Nigeria there is a Yoruba adage that says Abikehin ni’jere Iya (the last child enjoys the mother more than others). It sounds dogmatic to most parents who fielded question from Newsworld on the subject.
The climax of the activities marking the diamond jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II of England is in June this year. Activities marking the historic occasion, however started since January.
Queen Elizabeth II, the second longest reigning queen in history, began her reign on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI. She was then 25 years old. With the celebration of her diamond jubilee, Queen Elizabeth became the second in history to mark 60 years on the throne. The first was Queen Victoria, who celebrated her diamond jubilee in 1897.
Come April 29, the much talked about royal wedding involving Prince William and Kate Middleton, will take place. Already, the British media is awash of the wedding which is only four days away.
Kandaha is a city in Afghanistan with a population of 468,200 according to the 2009 population census; it is a city known for producing fine grapes, pomegranates, apricots, melon and other sweet fruits. It is an Islamic republic, apart from being a producer of fine fruits and other good things of life, lawlessness is the order of the day.
Similarly, Soho is a city in the West End of London, it had a reputation for sex shops and night life, it is the headquarters of red-light areas in Britain.
Jonathan Ocheje, a university graduate had hoped for a good job, probably in the bank after his service year. With a good grade in accountancy, Jonathan believed that the banks would be in his pursuit. But two years after his mandatory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Jonathan was still waiting for non-available job. His aged mother, who had spent her little savings to train him, was dying of hunger since she could no longer raise money to continue with her business, nor has the son she trained able to secure a paid employment.
Obalende is not just a street in Kaduna State. Located along the popular Maiduguri road, Obalende houses one of the oldest primary schools in the state, the Maiduguri Road Primary School, which many influential indigenes of the state attended. The Federal Club Hotel , where various social activities ranging from political meetings to launching programmes are held, is also located along the street.
It is called “One-man Village,” but today it has a population of hundreds of thousands of people. What an irony!