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Still on Burma Boy
ANOTHER
MAN’S WAR: THE STORY OF A BURMA BOY IN BRITAIN’S FORGOTTEN ARMY by
Barnaby Phillips Oneworld,
336pp. 9781780747118 Isaac
Fadoyebo was sixteen in 1943 when he signed up with the British Army to fight
in Burma. Not that he knew where he was going at t...

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The no-choice election
I won’t be voting in this year’s election in Nigeria, the fifth since the return of civilian rule in 1999 following many years of the military. It’s partly my fault; partly the fault of the misnamed Independent National Electoral Commission (misnamed becaus...

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Between Jonathan and Buhari, how did we find ourselves in this mess?
One doesn’t have to be a member of the opposition All Progressive’s
Congress in order to consider President Goodluck Jonathan a colossal failure.
Whether he is the most corrupt of Nigeria’s long list of venal leaders is
debatable and possibly pointless, but...

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The House My Father Built 6
And so it was, at last, that I had entered into my
possession, as the late Prince himself would have put it. The journey had begun
twenty years earlier when my father died, although I had to wait another ten
years for the terms of his will to be satisfied b...

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In which the God of Poetry makes a fleeting - poetic - appearance.

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The House My Father Built 5
We were all
gathered in the charge room, Prince and his friend on one side, me on the
other. The officer sat in front of us with a woman detective beside him. He
read my petition then turned to me. ‘So what do you
say happened?’   ‘This man has
refused to p...

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In which Pepsi is finally ejected.

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The House My Father Built 4
Back home, I
felt shabby. How had I acted any differently from the tenants? Later that day,
I went down to see Prince. He was standing on his balcony, rubbing his belly
and eyeing the local talent as he nursed a huge reefer. I told him that I was
thinking o...

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In which Pepsi gets a beating.
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