The Alma Mater

Enemies of progress: The letter

Enemies of progress: The letter If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed – Mark Twain Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, so says an old aph... Read More...

Enemies of progress: The lies

Enemies of progress:  The lies Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shall not escape calumny – William Shakespeare Between March 14 and 16, 2017, a national newspaper newspaper regaled its audi... Read More...

An encounter with Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, like all great men, means many things to many people and institutions. To the University of Ilorin, his personality is etched in gold for many reasons out which space w... Read More...

Thoughtful tips for this time

Thoughtful tips for this time In his book, The Spirituality of Being, David Hurr said something canonical: “All wisdom is plagiarism; only stupidity is original”. This is what the Yoruba meant when they said... Read More...

The post-truth era

The word of the year                                                                                   The editors of Oxford Dictionaries at the middle of this month (November, 2016) declared “post-truth” a... Read More...

The spectacle of death

In preparing a booklet I called Let’s Talk about Death published in 2003, one source I found useful is Khawalaja Muhammad Islam’s The Spectacle of Death, the adopted title of this column. A first reading of the... Read More...

The august people of August

Though the month of August 2016 will be remembered by millions of people as the month of the Rio Olympics, where the Nigerian athletes ran well like pregnant women and our poorly motivated football team managed... Read More...

Float like a butterfly

On Friday June 10, 2016, I was aboard an Emirates flight to Chicago enroute to the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, where it emerged that the University of Ilorin, based on its commitment to peace, is the onl... Read More...

10 years after Fulbright

The alumni of the US exchange programmes had a meeting with the visiting US Embassy cultural attaché, Mr Bob Kerr, and his team at a beautiful location in Ilorin last Wednesday (June 1, 2016). For Fulbright sch... Read More...