Wike, Ake and the sad story of the Nigerian journalist

I was in the centre a of major drama, some years ago. As a state correspondent of The Guardian, I was caught in the web of a very, intricate, intriguing, but interesting sequence of events that underscored the precarious situation in the minefield of half-baked, crude...

By Sunny Igboanugo on March, 27 2020

President Buhari: Fighting Ndigbo is fighting God, a futile way you cant win

Bia nuru onu anyi ooo, Nna bia nuru onu anyi ooo, (2X) O dighi mgbe ike mmadu ga akari ike Chukwu Onweghi mgbe ike ekwensu ga akari ike Chukwu Nna bia nuru, onye bi n’Igwe Bia nuru onu anyi ooo Eze bia nuru, Olisa bi n’Igwe...

By Sunny Igboanugo on March, 14 2020

Open letter to Hope Uzodinma

Your Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma (Onwa) I am sure you know why this letter is coming this late. I wanted to write it when you might have the right frame of mind to read and assimilate its content, should you choose to give it your attention....

By Editor on March, 12 2020

Ban: Dilemma of a soccer loving Nation

For the past few years and regrettably, still in the present times, power-drunk Administrators laying claims to the country’s football body, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) haven’t ceased to plunge soccer-loving Nigerians (including footballers, Coaches, Staff, Referees, fans among others) into calamitous moments. The latest trend...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on August, 20 2018

NFF logjam: A cause with a curse

Anyone who has followed trends within the country’s football fraternity since Super Eagles crashed out of the just concluded World Cup hosted in Russia will continue to get confused by the day due to intrigues which have beclouded the entire circumstances. Those who are oblivion of...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on July, 31 2018

Tambuwal for President! Why not?

On one or two occasions when I broached this subject matter with my colleague and friend, the late Malam Imam Imam, erstwhile spokesman of Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, he had always pled patience. Don’t worry, he would always say, almost non-committedly, neither rejecting...

By Sunny Igboanugo on July, 25 2018

In search of salvation for Glasshouse

Football loving Nigerians have been grappling with ‘tsunami-like’ pronouncement which automatically brought sudden change in the leadership architecture of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). To those who understand the workings of Nigeria’s football, it didn’t come so sudden. In fact, the emergence of a new executive...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on July, 21 2018

Messed up Messi, reigning Ronaldo

Today (Saturday, June 23, 2018) is exactly 10 days the 21st edition of FIFA World Cup currently ongoing in faraway began with teams battling to find their feet. There have been a whole lot of upset which have thrown bookmakers off balance in a competition meant...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on June, 23 2018

Eagles 'zenith' quest at World Cup

With few days to 2018 World Cup scheduled for Russia, football loving Nigerians are yet to come to terms with why their darling team, Super Eagles churn out what many have described as another yet disappointing performance during their last high profile friendly match against Czech...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on June, 11 2018

Jega: Kettle calling pot black

Many Nigerians believe that Attahiru Jega rigged the 2015 presidential election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. I’m one of them. Right from the days I began to hear members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), swearing that Nigeria would cease to exist if anybody...

By Sunny Igboanugo on May, 31 2018

NPFL: Forward, backward

Hope was seemingly on the horizon some five years ago when the structure of the country’s apex league, the then Nigeria Premier League (NPL), later renamed Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was overhauled under the immediate past administration of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on May, 10 2018

'Helpless’ Nigerian Athletes at Gold Coast

As this year’s Commonwealth Games gets underway in Queensland, Australia, one basic subject matter rest in the mind of many, especially sports lovers all over the world, and that is to continuously monitor how Athletes from various Nations are faring. For Nigerians, their interest is certainly...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on April, 8 2018

'Money miss road’ at glasshouse

Who still remembers one of the popular manuscript for senior Pupils or young Secondary school Students known as ‘Chike and the River’, written by late literary icon, Chinua Achebe which painted how Chike, a native of Umuofia who later lived in Onitsha desperately needed money to...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on March, 12 2018

Crashed hope for Nigerian ‘young’ footballers

In just four days, Nigeria’s woes in global soccer especially as it concerns cadet representation know no bound. Last Sunday, exactly on February 18, 2018, the country’s Under-17 Women team, Flamingos for the first time failed to qualify for FIFA cadet championship otherwise known as U-17...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on March, 3 2018

The change Nigeria's Para-Sports needs

In all ramifications, Nigeria’s Sporting Men and Women classified as Physically-challenged athletes have continued to display high level of discipline, decorum and indeed performance in their various chosen career. Right from 1992, when these honourable set of Individuals were admitted and recognised internationally at 1992 Barcelona...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on February, 24 2018

NBBF Impasse: D-day beckons for Tijani, Kida

March 10, 2018 is the D-day. It’s the very day top officials of the World Basketball body; Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) will gather and receive report from three-man delegation they sent to Nigeria to carry out their findings on the lingering crisis plaguing Nigeria...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on February, 17 2018

Winter Olympics and Dalung's double standard on Sports development

So much adulation, admiration and indeed celebration expectedly followed the qualification of three bold and resilient Nigerian girls including Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga and Seun Adigun who qualified to be at this year’s Winter Olympic Games scheduled between February 9 and 25 in faraway PyeongChang, South...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on February, 10 2018

New dawn for Nigeria Taekwondo

There appears to be real change sweeping across the length and breadth of Nigeria Taekwondo since the past four months after years of near comatose occasioned by lack of practical and proactive sporting programmes. The dwindling fortunes of Taekwondo in a country where majority of young...

By Ikenna Okonkwo on January, 6 2018

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