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Monthly Archives: May 2017

2017 JAMB Exams, an Avoidable Experience

The 2017 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination has come and gone but not without raising a lot of dust. From the registration period to the examination proper, candidates were made to go through harrowing experiences that were not of their own making. Thus, a sizable number of candidates either missed the exams or performed poorly. Indeed, aware of ...

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Living With a Sense of Mission

This is graduation season. Some children are graduating from secondary school and others are graduating from higher institutions. Graduation always marks the end of a specific period in a child’s life; it also signals the beginning of another phase. As children are graduating, so are some adults retiring from many years of work and some young men and women feel ...

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Eliminating the ”Sorting” Syndrome in Nigeria’s Tertiary Institutions

If there is one thing that kills scholarship in Nigeria’s higher institutions today, that thing is ”sorting”. It is a situation whereby lecturers demand gratification from students to either approve or go through their projects/papers, or to give them good marks. It also involves subtly forcing students to buy their textbooks, despite official ban on such by the school authorities. ...

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The Last Sacred Words

In all cultures, the last words of a dying person are considered sacred and powerful. Last words carry the force of the spirit. Not many are lucky to say those last words before they leave this earth. But for those that are lucky, it is always memorable and consoling. I recall my friend, Justin who is the firstborn of his ...

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Voters’ Registration: Disturbing Signs from the North

The voters’ registration and revalidation exercise is currently going on across the country, with the various state governments adopting measures to ensure that the masses participate fully in the exercise. In Anambra State, last Monday and Tuesday were declared public holidays by the state government to enable workers to be part of the registration. While members of the public seem ...

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Where are you going?

Whether we like it or not, conscious of it or not, we are on a journey of life. Each one of us is going somewhere. Life is much more than being born to live and die. As each day comes and goes, the reflective person realizes that there is a purpose to life. And like most things in life, if ...

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Peter Obi: Pride of Igbo Race

These must be good times for Anambra State. Not long ago, the state had cause to celebrate the emergence of the governor of the state, Willie Obiano, as the Silverbird Man of the Year. As he came out to receive the award, the people of the state must have felt some pride that the image of their state was being ...

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The Security of God-Confidence (May 7, 2017)

Rev. Fr Uche Cornelius Okeke has a PhD in Clinical Psychology. He taught for about 9 years at Pope John Paul II Major Seminary, Awka, and now on Mission in the US, where he is currently the pastor (parish priest) of St. Andre Bessette Parish, in Ecorse Michigan. He has written five books on the Catholic priesthood, Marriage and Relationships. ...

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