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Sunday, 22 July 2018

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How To Help Your Young Children Develop Good Reading Habits

If your child seems bored with books, you may be concerned that they are missing out on the benefits of reading. In addition to picturing our children being impeccably mannered, perfectly behaved angels, we also envisioned them devouring books the way most of us did as a child. Reading does help children develop intellectually and emotionally, but many children don't take to reading naturally. 
Most parents make the mistake of buying lots of books for their children, hoping that they will love reading but not bother to find out which very types of books will really catch the interest of the child. And yet, most kids don't read those books and may even eventually make a mess of those books. Don’t worry, though—with a little creativity and some tweaks to the choice of books you buy for them, you can turn your child into an eager reader. Just read on.....

Helping your children to enjoy reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent and well worth the investment of your time and energy. Research shows that kids who read better perform better academically and children who choose to read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who don't. Besides consolidating a hobby, reading also helps to grow their IQ.

By far the most effective way to encourage your children to love books and reading is to choose books they will enjoy BUT there are, however, so many children's books in print that making the best selections may seem a formidable task. Fortunately, there is a very good help available.

Sunshine Bookseller has helped you develop a list of very appealing titles that will surely entice your child's curiosity and those books will surely become your child's favourites. They are excellent books for children age 7 to 15. Be rest-assured that these books will surely get your child hooked!

These are a series of African stories designed to stimulate reading among children so that they can improve on their vocabulary and understanding of the English Language. Each book has a session for Vocabulary Building, Comprehension Exercises and Class Activities.

Be Warned!!!: You might not have your child attention any longer as you will only have to watch him/her pick one book after the other until the whole pack is devoured.

Give this pack of great books to your child as special presents and also have your kids give them to their friends too, with an inscription that tells the recipient why those books are special for him or her. By so doing, you are teaching your child that books are a way to connect with others.

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

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Soyinka Exposed Obasanjo As The Nation’s Biggest Hypocrite.

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has warned former President Olusegun Obasanjo to keep away from movements struggling to restore Nigeria to the path of sanity.

The Nobel Laureate, who stated this in his new book: “Quis Custodiet, Ipos Custodes?: Gani’s unfinished business,” advised the former president to end his hijacking propensity because he is objectively unfit for the role he has assigned to himself.
His words: “That I have taken the trouble to address you frontally from time to time in this piece is simply because I know that deep inside there is a soakaway pond of personal insecurity struggling to be drained. Beneath every bully, there is a scared product of insecurity and troubled conscience"

“Now, fight your own demons as best as you can, and feel free to flagellate Buhari with all the weapons in your armoury. I have only one demand: Keep away from movements struggling to restore this nation to the path of sanity and even moderate rectitude. End your hijacking propensity. You are objectively unfitted for the role, moderate rectitude. End your hijacking propensity. So get thee to a monastery.”

Obasanjo has been in the vanguard of the plot to stop President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid, but Soyinka warned Nigerians against allowing those who want to take over a genuine cause for selfish interest.

He said: “Obviously, the starting pistol for the 2019 long distance run has been fired. Those with a ready nose for the detection of social collapse are already mustering, inculpating others but exculpating themselves through an assiduous industry of history revision. They are trying to take over genuine rescue motions and control them for their own purpose, in their class interest, even as they line up seasoned cronies guaranteed to carry out their will, their will only, and the will of none other. And so they lay the blame for social malfunctioning on everyone but themselves, blithely glossing over the criminalities and catastrophes generated under their own watch"

“They ferret out blood under the fingernails of others in the belief that time has washed the gutters clean of their own blood-soaked clothing. We have a responsibility to borrow a leaf from their own declared burden of duty, to warn, ceaselessly, throw aside boredom and irritation, and jettison the language of euphemism. A spoiler is a spoiler by any other name.”

Soyinka, had on June 22, threatened to expose Obasanjo as the nation’s biggest hypocrite. He made the threat at a gala dinner and award ceremony put together by the International Press Institute (IPI) in Abuja. He took on the former president after a participant asked him why he has remained a constant critic of Sani Abacha, long after the dictator’s death.

The Nobel Laureate responded by saying he isn’t particular about any former leader, before singling out Obasanjo with whom he has sparred on numerous occasions in the past. “Obasanjo is the most hypocritical leader this nation has ever produced. Obasanjo has crossed the red line, I will launch a publication to expose him at Freedom Park in Lagos on July 3.”

Soyinka, who reminisced on the Obasanjo administration in the 148 book, chronicling several undemocratic actions by the government he led, further advised the ex-president that it is time he took the back seat.

His words: “We must urge on such would-be leaders the very admonition that they have urged on their tottering, falling, incompetent successors: It is time for you to also leave the stage – stand aside and let a new generation take their time. Yield up the space. You’ve had your turn – take a back seat and give new minds, new vigour, newly inspired others a chance to flower. To summarize: Stop behaving like a Nigerian!”

Insisting that Obasanjo, whose contributions to democracy and culture of law and order are, predictably of a remarkable and unique quality that disregarded the constitution, the Nobel Laureate dared the former president to confront him on any podium to present the facts of his stewardship to Nigerians.

His words: “Your contributions to democracy and the culture of law and order are, predictably of a remarkable and unique quality – they consist largely of the kidnapping of legislators, the sacking of elected Houses of Assembly, wasteful convocation of delegates for ‘constitutional amendment,’ and the subversion of whatever exists as constitution in the quest for the elongation of personal tenure.

“During the 2004 elections, you did not hesitate to attempt the co-option of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and forcefully attempt to override its functionaries who insisted on a strict observance of the rules. You cannot have forgotten the notorious case of Edo elections – I was in the thick of it. You fought tooth and nail to install your in-law candidate, bellowing illegal orders across telephone lines. You met defiance.

“The Returning Officer fled back to Abuja headquarters to escape the heat of your intemperate and criminal pressure, taking with him the authentic results. I followed the action from my observation post – Edo state was on our radar, one of three states in which we had deployed our most seasoned and fearless monitors. Your goons did succeed in brutalizing some of our field team, yes, but you proved incapable of penetrating the structured core where some of your hysterical outbursts are still held in safe recordings.

“Finally, it was while seated in the plane not long before taking off on an engagement that the final results were brought to me. I personally deliver those authenticated results to the Congressional hearing in Washington DC where, manfully reinforced by Senator Ken Nnamani, I presented them before the Congressional Committee, shutting up the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lobby, a lady congressional, Nnamani and I followed up later with interviews. In the end, where it all mattered – the home front – the Election Tribunal reversed your dictated result and restored the rightful winner of the election – Adams Ashiomhole, Truth prevailed.”

Also recalling the political debacle in Oyo and Anambra states under Obasanjo’s watch, which led to the impeachment of then Governor Rashidi Ladoja and kidnapping of Governor Chris Ngige, Soyinka further wrote: “Presiding over this bedlam, openly without even the slightest concern both for the probity and dignity of office, is the same man who now wishes to lead a national rescue mission.

“Be assured however that an increasing number of discerning minds who owe you nothing, not even fear, who expect nothing from you, some of whom have even written off what you owe them have fully taken your measure.

Daring the former president to present a scorecard of his stewardship, Soyinka said: “I dare Obasanjo to meet me one-on-one any podium to present the facts of that stewardship to the Nigerian people to meet me one-on-one on any podium to present the facts of that stewardship to the Nigerian people.”

He added: These are mere side narratives however. What concerns us is that basic question, borne of Obasanjo’s own language of indictment – “rising to governance challenge.” And so, pushing aside all distractions however informative, that question again, just how did you, in eight years, rise to the challenge of power generation for a population of a hundred and fifty million people, endowed with enormous energy reserves – petroleum – one that even earned the nation the chairmanship of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for so many years?”

Soyinka did not stop at that. He charged Obasanjo to do some soul-searching as according to him, “my personal problem is – between nepotism and sexpotism, I really do not know which is worse.”

His words: “I now challenge you to search your soul, very deeply, and swear to this nation that you never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification. I do not make accusations lightly and I despise snide insinuations. I believe you know me well enough. And I am no prude, I am not a hypocrite of sexual desire, nor am I interested in the seamy side of power.

“Take your time, think deeply and remember that each day brings you closer and closer to your Maker and the Day of Judgement – going by your own professions. That applies to all of us, but you are the one who trot out that eschatology like a badge of human accreditation. If I denounce you as a degenerate in need of help, remember that I do not require fiction. Verifiable truth is solemnly at my disposal.

“I do not concoct a thousand snipers for a thousand listed enemies of governance – one of the most impudent and egregious fantasies ever manufactured by a former ruler, simply to destroy a successor and persuade oneself that one is a maker and breaker of governments. By the way, where on earth are those snipers’? Why haven’t they been mobilized against these nomadic killer herdsmen, whoever they are?”
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Monday, 4 June 2018

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Short Biography of the Late Justice Mustapha Adebayo Akanbi

Mustapha Adebayo Akanbi (11 September 1932 – 3 June 2018) was a Nigerian lawyer, judge and head of Nigeria's Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, where he served between the years of 2000 and 2005.

Early years

Muhammad Mustapha Adebayo Akanbi was born on 11 September 1932 at Accra, Ghana, to Muslim parents from Ilorin in Nigeria. After completing secondary school he worked as an Executive officer in the Ghana Civil Service. He was also active as a trade unionist. Moving to Nigeria, he worked in the School Broadcasting Department of the Ministry of Education.

Lawyer and judge

Mustapha Akanbi obtained a scholarship to study law at the Institute of Administration, now Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, followed by legal studies in the United Kingdom. He was called to the English Bar in 1963, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in January 1964. He joined the Ministry of Justice and became a Senior State Counsel in 1968. In 1969 he set up in private practice in Kano. In 1974 he was appointed a judge of the Federal Revenue Court, and in January 1977 he was elevated to the Court of Appeal Bench. In 1992 he was made President of the Nigerian Court of Appeal, a position he held until retiring in 1999. His son is also a successful Lawyer, becoming Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin Branch.

Independent Corrupt Practices Commission

In 2000 President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Akanbi as Chairman of the newly established Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC). Four years later, the ICPC had failed to make any significant convictions. Akanbi publicly questioned why the government had set up the ICPC and appointed competent people to run it "only to frustrate it from performing by starving it of funds". He said that another issue was that the law forbade it from investigating corrupt practices dating before the creation of the ICPC. In March 2004, Justice Mustapha Akanbi urged parliamentarians to ratify the United Nations and the African Union Conventions Against Corruption, which would greatly assist the struggle against corruption.

As of July 2005, the ICPC charged 85 people but had only secured two corruption-related convictions. Commenting on this record, Akanbi said he suspected that some judges had been paid off to toss out cases. In September 2005 Akanbi said, "Corruption has been described as a cankerworm, a malaise that has afflicted our nation and done havoc to our corporate existence". He attributed the problem to lack of will by past military leaders to fight corruption, inconsistency in government policies, and reluctance by law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute "sacred cows".

In retirement

Akanbi retired in 2005 on completion of the first term of office, and was succeeded by Emmanuel Ayoola. He joined the board of the Justice and Law Enforcement Reformation Organization, a non-profit organization that aims to eradicate corruption and poverty from the perspective of the Judiciary and Law Enforcement agencies. In 2006, Akanbi established the Mustapha Akanbi Foundation in Ilorin, Kwara State, dedicated to strengthening civil society groups, governmental agencies and private business concerns and helping them imbibe a culture of transparency and accountability.

In August 2009 he called on Nigerian Muslims to shun the ideas of the Boko Haram sect, which teaches that non-Islamic education is a sin. He said that both Western and Islamic education were germane to the development of mankind.

In April 2018 the late Justice Akanbi graced the national capacity building workshop held by the National arm of the Association of Nigerian Authors at the knowledge platform in Ilorin where he advised the Association and blessed its activities.

He died on 3 June 2018 at the age of 85 due to a brief illness.
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

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Equip Your Library With Dr. Toyin Falola Publications.

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Toyin Falola, Ph.D., is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Kluge Chair of the Countries and Culture of the South, Library of Congress. He is a celebrated author, editor, writer, poet, academic leader, organizer, teacher, Pan-Africanist, and a visionary of extraordinary grace, talent and accomplishments. An author and editor of over one hundred and fifty books on Africa and the African Diaspora, he has been invited to speak in all continents, and in over sixty countries, and widely proclaimed as Africa’s preeminent historian and one of the major intellectuals of our time. Many of his books have received awards, defined various fields, and inspired the writings of various critical works. He manages five distinguished scholarly monograph series, and serves on the board of over twenty journals.

A global icon in African Studies, Toyin Falola has received seven honorary doctorates:
  1. Doctor of Humane Letters from Lincoln University.
  2. Doctor of Humanities from Monmouth University.
  3. Doctor of Humane Letters from City University of New York, Staten Island.
  4. D. Litt. from Lead City University.
  5. D. Litt. Adekunle Ajasin University.
  6. D. ED. from Tai Solarin University of Education (Nigeria).
  7. D. Litt. from the University of Jos.

His lifetime career awards include the Nigerian Diaspora Academic Prize, the Cheikh Anta Diop Award, the Amistad Award, and the SIRAS Award for Outstanding Contribution to African Studies, Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria, and The Distinguished Africanist Award.

An annual international conference has been named after him, TOFAC (Toyin Falola Annual Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora) which meets every July in a major African university. The Association of Third World Studies has named its annual best book award after him as the Toyin Falola Prize for the best book on Africa. His memoir, A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt, captures his childhood, while another memoir, Counting the Tiger’s Teeth, covers his years as a teenager.

For his contribution to the study of Africa, his students and colleagues have presented him with a set of five Festschriften, two edited by Adebayo Oyebade, The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola and The Foundations of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, one by Akin Ogundiran, Precolonial Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, and yet another by Nana Amposah, Beyond the Boundaries: Toyin Falola and the Art of Genre-Bending. Toyin Falola: The Man, Mask and Muse presents bio-critical studies of his works in over a thousand pages. Abdul Bangura examines his contributions to pedagogy in major book: Toyin Falola and African Epistemologies.  

He has received various awards and honors in various parts of the world. At the University of Texas at Austin, he received the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, The Texas Exes Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the Career Research Excellence Award. His life time career awards are over two dozens, including three Yoruba chieftaincy titles, most notably the Bobapitan of Ibadanland.

He served as the Chair of the ASA Herskovits Prize for the best book on Africa, the chair of the Martin Klein Book prize for the best book on African history (American Historical Association), and committee member of the Joel Gregory Prize for the Canadian Association of African Studies. He once served as the Vice President of the International Scientific Committee, UNESCO Slave Route Project, and President of the African Studies Association and President of the Nigerian Studies Association. He is the current President of the Consortium of Pan-African University Press.

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