Bayo Olupohunda

Bayo Olupohunda is an educator, writer and independent journalist whose writing interests span the arts, culture, education, social issues and development politics. He is a contributing writer for the influential Nigerian newspaper, The Guardian. He was also recently a Columnist for 234Next Newspaper in Nigeria.   His articles have been published in Major Nigerian and foreign media. Bayo has also worked in education advocacy as the Project Coordinator in Education for Goethe Institut Lagos. He currently runs an education advocacy organization and teaches Literature and Creative Writing in an international school. 

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The clandestine and often veiled reference to the politics of a second term beyond 2015, involving the interest and the re-election of the incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan, which have often been dismissed as a distraction by the President and his aides is characteristically breaking out in the open.  Will the President contest a second term in 2015?

The line between free speech and hate speech isn’t always defined. What is hateful to one person may be legitimate to another. All societies place limits of free speech, and some are far more restrictive than others.  Irrespective of geography, however, drawing that line in the sand is never easy, and inevitably leads to intense, polarising debates…

Our long nightmare has just begun. But no one had any inkling that dreams will be truncated midstream. It all started in May 29, 2011; that sunny day in Eagles Square when President Goodluck Jonathan took the oath of office…

Why go through all the troubles to have Mrs. Clinton visit Nigeria for five hours just to make speeches affirming US support for Nigeria? Has she not done this before? What has changed since the last time she visited Nigeria?

In recent years, many celebrated cases handled by the EFCC have suffered a natural death. For example, the cases against bank chiefs are still pending in court because EFCC prosecutors failed to prove their cases beyond reasonable doubt or in most cases fail to bring on witnesses…

The capacity of the Nigerian soldier for reckless display of brute and barbaric force has long been established. A typical soldier is a reflection of the arbitrariness of the military institution – swashbuckling, above-the-law and arrogant…

“Is Nigeria worth dying for?” asked the moderator at a recent event in Nigeria’s premier University, Ibadan some weeks ago. How apt? In a hall packed with young Nigerians in their early twenties to mid-thirties, not one hand went up in response to this rather innocuous question about sacrifice to father land…

Nigerians are once again being led on another value re-orientation campaign farce. This recent campaign urging “Nigerians to do the right thing” is coming on the heels of Dora Akunyuli’s futile attempt to re-brand a country whose warped value system is compounded by inept leaders whose stock in trade is to perpetuate corruption and injustice…

The intervention of President Jonathan in an educational matter that falls within the purview of local government and the states seem like populist intervention. Given also that billions of Naira earmarked to fight the syndrome have ended up in private pockets in the North for over a decade…

Why should a political leader appoint somebody who never campaigned for him or showed any interest in politics? Is it just enough to have distinguished oneself in one’s chosen field while turning a blind eye to the political affairs of one’s country?

The signs that the PDP political hold on the South West is only temporary became evident immediately after the 2007 elections when all the candidates from the opposition parties went to the tribunal to rescue them and their stolen mandates from in an election that was said to be the worst in the history of democracy in Nigeria…

To say the current Presidency is embattled will be a glaring understatement. Isn’t the tell tale signs of a beleaguered Presidency evident in this breakneck and frenzied race to the 2011 elections?

President Obama has so far waged all the wars; with the Republicans, the Tea Party, a biased Fox news, Wall Street greed, Arizona immigration Laws, and the Taliban insurgents who are even more determined to spill American blood…

Why any politician would aspire or accept to be a worthless “spare tyre” deputy governor or any type of second-in-command at all in this warped democracy is one question I have always pondered on having observed with depression the plight of those politicians…

The death of any President, a country’s number one citizen is a watershed in the life of any nation. This rare but sometimes inevitable occurrence in the life of a nation often evokes a deep sense of loss and a prolonged period national mourning…