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Akinwumi Adesina, Buba Marwa – 2023 Presidency List, By Fredrick Nwabufo – The Maravi Post

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Nigeria is not in short supply of true leaders. The country’s diversity and generous human resources offer a limitless pool of talents, skills, abilities and character. Nigeria is blessed with all that a nation needs to be a lodestar in the galaxy of nations. But why do misfits end up in the cockpit here? The recruitment process has a bias for ethnic and religious emotionalism. The enlistment process is the snag — fundamentally. 



The political recruitment process at the party level is fatally flawed. Candidates for election are selected not on the content of their character, antecedents, abilities, and verifiable records but on the basis of where they represent, where they worship and how much they have to bribe party officials and delegates – in the case of indirect selection. 

Our recruitment process at the party level rarely throws up people with discipline and competence for election. In fact, people with some semblance of capacity are rather planted as running mates of very defective standard bearers. Our politics de-emphasises ability, competence, qualifications, integrity, expansiveness, temperance and compassion as primary values for leadership – but accents the geography and religious identity of power instead. 

We have to make a bold departure from this path. Nigeria needs healing. 2023 should be for national healing; closing the chasm and forging new bonds. As I said in ‘Nigeria needs a Nigerian president in 2023 – not Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba’, the country needs a doctor to heal the country in 2023, and it needs a carpenter. It also needs a builder and an architect to build the country back better. It needs an all-in-one president. Yes, Nigeria needs healing from six years of hate-slinging, recriminations and animosity. 

We have to get it right in 2023, lest we embark on another tortuous journey through the capricious wilderness. 

So, I have made my own list of five Nigerians I think can steer Nigeria away from the tempest. These individuals are notable for their integrity, leadership excellence and brilliance. This list is by no means definitive, but it throws up possibilities of what could be and should be if we must make it out of the doldrums. Enough of the predatory politics and recycling of the same political class. 

AKINWUMI ADESINA

Adesina is the president of the African Development of Bank (AfDB). He was first elected as the Bank’s president in 2015 and re-elected in 2020. He is an astounding economist. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree (first class) in agricultural economics from the University of Ife in 1981. He went on to earn a PhD in agricultural economics from Purdue University in the US. He has won many awards, and received global recognition and appointments. He also has sterling records on integrity and leadership. He came into the reckoning of most Nigerians when he was appointed as the minister of agriculture in 2011 by former President Goodluck Jonathan. He was named Forbes ‘African Man of the Year’ for his reforms in the agricultural sector. He is widely regarded as one of the best agriculture ministers Nigeria has ever had. No other agriculture minister after him comes close on the performance-meter. I have checked frantically for any dirt on Adesina, but found none. He has no corruption case in Nigeria or anywhere. 

Adesina is not a politician. The odds may be against him because he is not in the mould of the wheeler-dealer politician. But it is comforting that his excellence has not gone unnoticed. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is reported to be ‘’drumming support’’ for Adesina to enter the 2023 presidential race. Adesina is 61 years old, and by 2023 he will be 63 — still within a good age bracket. 

AMINA MOHAMMED

Mohammed is the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations. She was appointed minister of environment by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 – but she left the position to take up the UN job. Mohammed is one of Nigeria’s lodestars. If Nigerians are desirous of a break from the quotidian, then Mohammed will be that elixir that will spring life into the nation. She’s notable in international circles and has received global acclaim for her work on the environment, education, gender inclusion and the SDGs. She has no corruption case and her leadership style is said to be 21st century compliant. She is 60 years old and will be 62 in 2023. Although coming from a conservative and patriarchal society, the odds are stacked against her; she has the refinement and character to lead Nigeria in this age. Can we give women a chance in 2023? 

NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

Okonjo-Iweala is perhaps the most decorated economist out of Nigeria. Her accomplishments are unmatched by any Nigerian finance minister before and after her. She is the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as director-general. She became the DG of the WTO after a very competitive process. Leadership at the global level is chaotic with a barrage of interests at war. I believe Okonjo-Iweala can manage Nigeria with all its complexities going by her antecedents. She was once the coordinating minister of the economy, and it is obvious with the current parlous state of the economy her time was a golden era. Nigeria needs a good manager of the economy. Okonjo-Iweala is 67 years old and will be 69 in 2023. Although in Nigeria’s very murky politics, the likes of Okonjo-Iweala do not thrive, we can always chart a different path. After all is 2023 not about breaking the cycle and breaking away from the old order?

MOHAMMED BUBA MARWA

Buba Marwa, chairman of the NDLEA and retired army general, is an accomplished administrator. He has a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard. As governor of old Borno state, he introduced the first joint-military patrol in the country, codenamed ‘Operation Zaki’ to tackle banditry and other forms of criminality in the north. Other states soon followed his novel example. As governor of Lagos, he tackled insecurity with ‘Operation Sweep’, set up a bitumen factory in the state; rehabilitated area boys by setting up skill centres and giving them grants to start bakeries, furniture work, tailoring and other businesses. He was also able to manage the ethnic divergences in Lagos very well. His stewardship in Lagos remains stuff of legends and tales pass down from generation to generation. Marwa is a politician and member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Even though from the north, I believe Marwa can manage Nigeria’s diversity and effectively tackle insecurity. 

YEMI OSINBAJO

Osinbajo is a fine gentlemen; a refined politician. He is cerebral, competent, temperate, and disciplined. He is an example of what the avant-garde Nigerian politician should be. But an albatross hangs on Osinbajo’s neck. He shares in the failures of the current administration and has taken a good lashing in the public for them. He is named in areas where the administration is faltering, but not where it is succeeding. Being the brains at the presidency, Nigerians expected much of him. Osinbajo will have to work at dismantling the web around his persona. But I believe he will be a president, with gravitas and character, for Nigeria. 

By Fredrick Nwabufo; Nwabufo is a journalist and writer

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Bigg Boss Tamil Season 5, Nomination 13th October 2021 Written Update, Today Voting Results Eliminations!

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Another entertaining reality show, Bigg Boss Tamil Season 5 is back with another interesting and twisting episode tonight. Fans have been going more excited for every episode of the show since the Bigg Boss Tamil Season 5 has been started and the host of the show, Kamal Hassan is creating a big buzz among the fans just because of his amazing host performance.

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Well, many contestants have been entered inside the house and two weeks have been passed and now, the third one is ready for all and we have seen in the last episode that who has nominated for the weekend and one of them will go out this week.

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Namitha Marimuthi walked out of the house due to her some medical issues. Along with this, Isaivani, Raju Jeyamohan, Abhishek Raja, Mathumitha, Priyanka Deshpande, Abhinay Vaddi, Chinnaponnu, Nadia Chang, Varun Kamal, Imman Annachi, Suruthi Jayadevan, Akshara Reddy, Iykki Berry, Thamarai Selvi, Ciby, and Niroop.

On the other side, many fans are also searching for the name of Pavani is not added to the list of nominations. Before the latest episode releases on TV, the makers release the promo videos of the show and now, the makers did the same and released the promo videos before the latest episode appeared.

In the latest promo video, we can see that how contestants are arguing with each other and on the other side, some argue that took place in the kitchen was also shown in the promo videos and it will definitely affect the performances of the contestants. On the other side, Thamarai Selvi shared her sad story with all the contestants and it will make them teary in front of everyone while Thamarai Selvi will also be seen crying on the stage.

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Well, the last episode shows some entertainment in the house which makes everyone excited but tonight’s episode is going to be a little upset when everyone will come one by one on the stage to share their sad story.

Maybe, the watchers want some excitement and entertainment in the house and some of the rumors are spreading on social media that the show is creating a big buzz as many contestants are performing well as usual. Well, the nomination has been started and you can also vote for your favorite contestant of the show to whom you want to see as the winner.

On the other side, the episode will bring lots of tasks, twists, and turn and you can watch all these things in the upcoming episodes. So, let’s wait for tonight’s episode that will be aired tonight at 09:30 PM on Vijay Television.



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Religion and relationships top podcast charts in Ghana on Spotify – The Maravi Post

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Podcasts have become a beloved pastime for many people around the globe, and data shows that Ghana is joining the trend.

Since launching in the West African nation, Spotify, the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, has noticed a keen interest in podcasts among Ghanaians.

So what exactly are Ghanaians streaming in terms of podcasts? Spotify is excited to reveal the top podcasts in Ghana over the last 90 days. At number 1 is Sincerely Accra — a firm favourite among podcast listeners in the country.

Interestingly, the rest of the top 10 podcasts are a curious mix of religious and relationship-focused podcasts:

Rank Podcast Description
1 Sincerely Accra Joseph Nti (host) and Kwame Asante (producer) bring listeners a vox pop-driven podcast set in Accra. The show is fast paced, colourful and heated — just like the city.
2 Articulate One A lifestyle show that focuses on entertainment, relationships and more.
3 Apostle Joshua Selman A weekly programme organised by the Eternity Network International where listeners tune in to worship and listen to other discussions around Christianity.
4 Divercity 1 Love Christian Network Gospel music, love songs, sermons, bible teachings and more.
5 Joel Osteen Podcast This podcast is hosted by Joel and Victoria Osteen, who inspire people to reach their dreams, find fresh beginnings and live their best lives.
6 The Joe Rogan Experience The official podcast of comedian Joe Rogan.
7 CEYC Airport City Podcast Faith-filled messages from Christ Embassy Youth Church, Airport City.
8 The Michelle Obama Podcast A Spotify Original, the Michelle Obama Podcast features the former First Lady diving deep into conversations with loved ones — family, friends, and colleagues — on the relationships in our lives that make us who we are.
9 Short Sex Stories Erotic daily stories.
10 TED Talks Daily Every weekday, TED Talks Daily publishes the latest talks in audio.

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Joseph Nti, co-creator of Sincerely Accra, the number one podcast in Ghana, says they are focused on putting out episodes that their amazing community supports: “Kwame and I found out in April that we were the top show on Spotify, and having our hard work be validated felt pretty amazing — especially with our pretty intense production schedule with an episode out every two weeks,” says Nti.

The Michelle Obama Podcast and the Joe Rogan Experience also made the list, which are both highly popular shows streamed worldwide. Similarly, TED Talks Daily is a well-loved podcast that many people around the world tune into every day.

The rest of the top 25 podcasts range from paranormal shows to motivational shows, like:

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Kundali Bhagya Written Episode13th October 2021 Spoilers Alert: Sarla Meets Rishab

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Kundali Bhagya today’s written update starts with Preeta assuring Dadi that she needs to take the medicine. She tells her not to worry as Rishab will soon return home. Preeta adds that she will make sure that Rishab comes out of jail as soon as possible and will also tell him how she didn’t take the medicine when he was gone. Dadi asks Preeta to stop blackmailing her as she will take her medicines. Karina asks Sherlyn to rest while the latter cries. Kritika also asks Rakhi and Dadi to rest.

Here, Rishab is seen sitting in the cell. A constable comes and tells him that his mother has come to meet him. Rishab gets excited but gets shocked seeing Sarla there. Sarla tells him that she knows he was not expecting her but adds that she is also like his mother. Sarla asks him to recall the time when Shrishti was in jail. She tells him that no one has come to help her but it was him who appeared as an angel and came forward to help her. Rishab asks her not to thank him as it was his duty. He even kisses her palm.

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Sarla asks Rishab not to worry as she knows that he will come out stronger and no difficulty can bring him down. Rishab requests Sarla to go to Luthra house and inform everyone that he is doing fine as he knows Rakhi would be upset and hasn’t eaten anything yet. Sarla agrees. Rishab says that he is grateful that she come here and thinks that the constable did the right thing by calling her his mother. Later, Rishab thinks that thinking of Sherlyn lead him to drink alcohol and now he has landed in jail. Here, Sherlyn and Prithvi meet on the terrace and spend quality time.

Sherlyn tells Prithvi that she doesn’t want to live in constant fear and tension. Later, Sherlyn asks Prithvi if Sandeep is his man. Prithvi answers that if he was his man, he wouldn’t have gone hospital to meet him. He says that it’s not like he doesn’t know him as he had come to his office once and had demanded money. Prithvi adds that he wanted to threaten him but Sandeep threatened him first and asked him to call Karan but he refused and offered him 60 lakhs rupees. Sherlyn gets shocked. To know the further story of the Zee TV serial Kundali Bhagya, stay tuned to this space.

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