Florence Ita-Giwa Talks About Ageing Gracefully

Ita-GiwaTalking about ageing gracefully, one personality that fits into that description is Senator Florence Ita-Giwa.

The politician, popularly known as Mama Bakassi needs no introduction. Her boisterous personality at social gatherings continues to make enduring statements.

Ita-Giwa stands shoulder-high as a true definition of a cosmopolitan African woman. She bravely sojourned into politics many years back when many women would not even dream about it.

She rose through the ranks and eventually represented her people at the Federal House of Representatives and also at the Senate.

While she grew as a politician, she never abandoned her maternal responsibilities.

She is a proud mother and grandmother who extends her motherly role beyond her immediate family. This feat bagged her the informal title – Mama Bakassi, a testament of her selfless service to the Bakassi people.

The elegant lady was married to the renowned late journalist and founding Editor of Newswatch Magazine, Dele Giwa.

Metrofile got up-close and personal with the style icon who is celebrating her 70th birthday.

Nigerian Journalists Tasked On Investigative Journalism

journalismNigerian journalists have been urged to be more professional in their reportage by imbibing investigative journalism, to fast track the development of the nation.

A United States-based activist and mass communication expert, Professor Matthew Atobe, gave the advice on Monday while speaking at a forum in Abuja organised to mark the 29th anniversary of the death of Dele Giwa.

Professor Atobe said the death of investigative journalists is largely responsible for the level of impunity exhibited by corrupt persons.

The convener of the forum, Mr Richard Akinnola, who presented two books to mark the anniversary of the death of Mr Giwa, admonished journalists to remain abreast of new trends in journalism by constantly developing themselves.

Sumonu Oladele Giwa, popularly known as Dele Giwa, was born on March 16 1947 to a family working in the palace of Oba Adesoji Aderemi, the Ooni of Ife.

He was the editor and founder of Newswatch magazine.

Mr Giwa was killed by a mail bomb in his Lagos home on 19 October 1986.

Channels Book Club Reviews Major Bashorun’s Book On Dele Giwa’s Murder

On this edition of Channels Book Club, we reviewed two important books by two fascinating Nigerian authors – one is a retired major who tells his version of a high profile murder and the other is a young lawyer who is on a mission to educate and empower Nigerians; on matters of the law and the constitution.

In 1986, one of Nigeria’s leading journalists, Dele Giwa, was killed with a letter bomb. The murder case still remains unresolved till now. Major Debo Bashorun (Rtd) who was one of the core members of the administration of the day published out with a book revealing all that he knows about the murder.

The book is titled, ‘Honour For Sale’.

The good thing about books like ‘Honor For Sale’ is that they can spur others on to write their own sides of the same story and we, the readers, can compare and contrast the narratives. This can help us to get closer to the truth.

Channels Book Club Features Author On A Legal Mission, Adekunle Osibogun

Also, one of Nigeria’s emerging young leaders, Adekunle Osibogun who is a legal practitioner & arbritator, is on a mission to educate Nigerians on matters of the law and the Nigerian constitution with the aim of developing an enlightened citizenry.

Adekunle has written a book to that effect titled, ‘The Citizen’s Book On Governance’. He joined us to discuss this important work.

Channels Book Club: Analysts Predict Impact Of FG’s New Import Policy

channels book clubOn this episode of the Channels Book Club, analysts; Eghosa Imasuen and Robert Lawson discuss the potential effect of a new federal government policy that has imposed fresh tariffs on book importation in Nigeria and a few other issues around the subject.  The new policy sparked debates and protests amongst people within Nigeria’s publishing, education and book sectors.

The policy has led to the imposition of over 50% tariffs on importation of books into Nigeria. Here is what the numbers now read for importers of books: import duty: 20%; Surcharge: 7%; ciss: 0.5%; levy: 30% and vat: 5%; all totalling 58%.

Prior to this policy, certain books were tariff free, so to speak. Academic and religious books for instance, fell into that category. With the new policy, all books imported now attract duties and levies.

From the government’s perspective this new policy forms part of its fiscal policy measures designed to encourage self-sufficiency in local industry based on recommendations by relevant stakeholders in different sectors of the economy after extensive consultations. According to the government, this will encourage local printers.

Critics of this new policy have hit back at the government claiming that the policy will drive the costs of books up at least in the medium term, lower the quality of books available in the market, stifle the publishing sector, encourage piracy and generally set the effort to develop a strong book culture back by many years. Some publishers already have containers of books stuck at the ports due to this new policy.

Police uncovers letter bomb in Niger

The Nigeria Police Force in Niger state has confirmed that a letter bomb was delivered to a certain Ms Justina Udeh, an oil dealer in Minna, the Niger state capital.

But the explosives in the parcel were detonated by the police officers following the suspicion about the source of letter by the receiver.

The letter which was addressed with an envelope branded with the name of one of the new generation banks that was recently acquired by another bank was dropped by some unknown persons at a shop belonging to Mr. Emmanuel Emugo, a welder who later received a phone call to help deliver the parcel to the undersigned.

The Niger state Police Public Relation Officer, Mr. Richard Ogunche told Channels Television that it was Ms Udeh’s curiosity about the letter that made contact the bank before trying to open it.

“When the letter got to Ms Udeh, she suspected foul play and sought clarification from the bank on the true position of the letter only for the bank to deny sending any such letter to her.”

“She immediately alerted Tunga Police station and upon investigation by the officers of the police command, the parcel was found to contain some explosives which were later detonated” he explained.

The Police boss said the case had been transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for proper investigation.

Niger state has recorded a number of bombings in the last one year by the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram. This is however the first time a letter bomb device is used.

Foremost journalist, Dele Giwa was killed in his residence in Lagos by a blast from a letter bomb in 1986.