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Posts From Reuben Abati

Trump and Wole Soyinka’s Green Card

    Trump and Wole Soyinka’s Green Card

On November 2, 2016, a week before the US Presidential elections of Nov. 8, 2016, Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature told a group of students at Oxford

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Effiong Akwa and the NDDC

    Effiong Akwa and the NDDC

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was in the news for all the wrong reasons in the year 2020. The agency that was established 20 years ago to bring development

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Playing with COVID-19

    Playing with COVID-19

Nigerians are playing with COVID-19, and in so doing, they are playing with fire and death. Why are we so blest and yet so suicidal? When the index case of

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2020: The year that was

    2020: The year that was

My favourite end-of-the-year quote, which I have shared with many others, is the following passage from Chapter 3 of the inimitable Chinua Achebe’s Things Falls Apart, a novel of monumental,

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Sam Nda-Isaiah (1962–2020)

  Sam Nda-Isaiah (1962–2020)

Sam Nda-Isaiah, our friend and colleague who died the other day, aged 58, will certainly be remembered as one of

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Nigeria: From petrol to auto-gas

  Nigeria: From petrol to auto-gas

The Nigerian government deregulated the downstream petroleum sector with effect from March 19, 2020. The key argument was that the

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Inside Nigeria’s killing fields

  Inside Nigeria’s killing fields

On Saturday, November 28, about 43 farmers who had gone to their farms during the current harvest season were attacked

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Recession blues

  Recession blues

“My brother, how you dey?” “What can we do?” “E ku recession” “Excuse me?” “I said er ku recession…” “Are

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The global race for COVID vaccine

  The global race for COVID vaccine

If there is anything that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven beyond doubt, it is how humanity depends on science for

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Goodbye, Mr. Trump…

  Goodbye, Mr. Trump…

The most exhilarating part of the US Presidential election 2020 is the fact that President Trump lost the election. It

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