As I See It with Jude Atupulazi

Random Musings

By Jude Atupulazi High Cost of Petrol: Heroes and Villains. Anyone in Nigeria today, least of all those in the Southeast, won’t need to be told how excruciating the high cost of premium motor spirit or petrol has been on the masses. It is a season that many filling stations are using to nail consumers to the wall, so to ...

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Nigeria’s Last Chance

By Jude Atupulazi Has anyone ever wondered why, despite all the harsh measures taken against thieves in some cities in Nigeria, like lynching and burning them alive, they have continued to steal? Indeed, often times, even where suspected thieves are being killed and burnt you realize that others are still stealing there. Why do they do that? Why the wanton ...

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My Igbo Man of the Year and other Matters

By Jude Atupulazi The above title could have been any other one. For instance, it could easily have been ”Man of the year”, ”Nigerian of the Year”, among others. But I decided after much thought to use the above title, ”My Igbo Man of the Year”. It may seem as though I have succeeded in narrowing it down to an ...

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Echoes of the Yuletide

By Jude Atupulazi The Christmas festivities have come and gone and the New Year has even come but perhaps it’s time to appraise the major things that happened over the yuletide; from what I’ll describe as the ridiculous to the good. The ridiculous: Government’s directives/bans that mean nothing Every year just before Christmas, the Anambra State Government usually gives some ...

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As We Celebrate Christmas…

By Jude Atupulazi The many faces of Christmas celebration in Igbo Land. We should use this period to fix some of our pressing problems. It is Christmas once again. It is the period that means a lot to the people of Eastern Nigeria. They do not joke with it. From far and near, they converge on the home front; sometimes ...

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See Who’s Crying Now

By Jude Atupulazi It is a fact of life that every human being has eyes. What is however different is how each individual uses his or her eyes. Some see far ahead of others while others see just a little beyond their noses. And so there was a time when a new kind of anarchy was let loose upon our ...

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Why Do People Sell Their Votes

By Jude Atupulazi Simon Kolawole was my boss when I worked with The Week Magazine as their correspondent in Anambra. He has always come across as a brilliant writer and has been acknowledged nationally as such. While I mulled over what to write about the situation of things in Nigeria, I found this piece below written by the effervescent Kolawole ...

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One Chance, Last Chance and the Season of Anomie

By Jude Atupulazi A colleague of mine, name withheld, boarded a shuttle bus somewhere in Onitsha one late evening after attending a function. The last thing he remembered was boarding the shuttle. By the time he returned to his senses the next morning, he found himself lying by the roadside and realized that his money, phone and other possessions had ...

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Who Did This to Us?

By Jude Atupulazi In trying tom restore sanity on the roads, one of the punitive measures introduced by the Anambra State Government under Prof Chukwuma Soludo, against traffic defaulters is, apart from paying a prescribed fine, to have their heads examined at a psychiatrist hospital to ascertain their mental health. This is because the Anambra State Government believes only mad ...

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Naija we can: Obi gets diaspora support

By Jude Atupulazi In 2003, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held sway in Anambra State, with a certain political godfather pulling the strings and determining who got what position or did not. The party was so strong and so deeply entrenched in the state that it was inconceivable that any other party, not to talk of any single man, could ...

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