Kanmi Iyanda
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Kanmi is a Political Science graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. A writer and a blogger in his spare time, he currently has a body of work in the pipeline. He is the author of 'Diminshing Returns' and creator of 'The State of Play' (www.kanmiiyanda.blogspot.com) and a member of HuffPost since March 2012
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Chuka's Ladder

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2015 | (16:58)

There is a little, not-widely told tale about the current president of the United States of America. It is a story which lost a lot of oxygen, in the fearsome gush of life given to Barack Obama's political legend, once he occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington.

The year was...

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The Unquenchable Fire in the Belly...

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2015 | (12:20)

It can be difficult...this writing palaver. Like an unfulfilled childhood ambition, it pokes continually at one's resigned frame, asking the same questions on repeat.

This in turn, births an all-consuming belief most writers possess. A self-assuredness which convinces you, sitting behind your desk and tapping away at your keyboard, that...

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The Reassuringly Fickle Nature of Victory

(0) Comments | Posted 11 May 2015 | (12:39)

And so the elections have come and gone.

The wooing game referred to in my previous article, has now progressed to full-time dating. The lady has gone to type and made the safest choice. With no bad boys in the line-up, the underestimated Don Davey Cameron has sent Nicky...

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It's the Wooing Game, Silly!

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2015 | (12:18)

"We are your servants......"

It may come across like a sound-bite from a group wooing session gone wrong, but this was one of the many quotes dropped on the BBC's Question Time podium in Leeds, by the political triumvirate begging for our votes. It was Nick Clegg who came out...

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United Kingdom of Nigeria

(3) Comments | Posted 25 March 2015 | (15:55)

The uncanny parallels that merge the two countries of Nigeria and Great Britain are truly mind-boggling. The historical coming together of both entities about three centuries ago has somehow resulted in a weird morphing of the most unlikely national psyches.

Ask the average Brit on why their country deserves her...

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Nigeria 2015 - Valentine's Day Blues

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2015 | (12:51)

And so on the very day the rest of the world will be celebrating love, some bright sparks in Nigeria decided it was the perfect day for the country's two main political tribes to go to war. Surprised? Well, not really, I guess. We are Nigerians after all and everything...

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Nigeria We Hail Thee!

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2014 | (16:46)

Many years ago, I attended a boarding secondary school in Nigeria. It was a great time, filled with youthful, vivid and memorable moments....some low, but mainly, mostly high.

It was a different time then, but the school, was not much different from the one in the town of Chibok in...

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The Police and the Lessons of Lane Discipline

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (14:22)

Hands up anyone still luxuriating in the Plebgate affair...

Hmmm, so it's only me then?

Well, never mind, it gives me ample time to laugh my head off and attempt to entice you over to the comical side. Guffawing is a pastime here and I particularly prefer any comical situation...

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For the Love of Dogs

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (21:07)

"So you are basically a selfish person then," she said carrying a smirked face.

I wasn't certain if it was the sheer surprise at the barbed comment or the sledgehammer effect it had on me, but I was instantly uncomfortable.

"Selfish?" I asked. "For not wanting a dog, I am...

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Fergie - Great Football Manager, Terribly Flawed Man.

(0) Comments | Posted 26 October 2013 | (16:02)

A few months, I greeted the retirement of Alex Ferguson with this HuffPost blog. It was a welcome development for those of us, who although recognise the man's genius, couldn't exactly wait to see the end to 'Fergie Time,' the endless terrorising of match officials and the incessant...

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It's Immigration, Stupid

(3) Comments | Posted 14 October 2013 | (15:43)

So I woke this lovely monday morning, to find the powers that be have decided immigration will the news topic for the week. Or do my ears deceive me?

My bedside radio began spouting all sort of emotive nonsense as early as 6am and Sky News appear to be on...

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Parental Advice - Nigerian Style

(0) Comments | Posted 4 October 2013 | (15:22)

Maybe it's the Nigerian in me, but when it comes to my parents, any insult, intentional or otherwise, will always be met with forceful brimstone and years of grudge-holding. And yes, my father has been dead for 13 years. Nigerians are just like that.

We may share many things with...

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It's Good to Talk...

(2) Comments | Posted 28 September 2013 | (09:40)

Being a self-appointed observer and satirist of all things political, there are times when your zest is terminally dampened. Collective missteps by those who seem hell-bent on deciding our collective direction would do that to you. It all becomes especially worrisome with the increasing evidence these so-called leaders may not...

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Open Letter to David Cameron (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted 2 September 2013 | (16:09)

Dear Dave,

I wonder if you got the chance to read my last letter, although it now seems clear it would have made no difference. Now that you have lost the vote in parliament, I thought it might be prudent for me to advance further words of advice on how...

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Open Letter to David Cameron

(3) Comments | Posted 27 August 2013 | (11:32)

Dear David,

I am writing to you in the wake of the ongoing dilemma called Syria and hoping you will heed to some of the advice you will find in the following paragraphs. I am cognisant of your heavy workload, so brevity will be my keyword.

Let me start by...

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Child Abuse - Who is standing up for the helpless?

(5) Comments | Posted 1 August 2013 | (11:47)

"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."
~ Mahatma Ghandi

Let me start out by saying this; irrespective of how much hand-washing we attempt to do, we are a nation of child abusers.

Now that you have sufficiently retrieved your jaw from...

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Death By 3,000 Cuts...

(19) Comments | Posted 27 June 2013 | (02:53)

"It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail."

― Abraham Maslow

I have never been a fan of Theresa May. I think it's only fair this piece begins with that sentiment out in the open.

From...

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Releasing Mandela

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (20:56)

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."

- Mark Twain


Thirty years, when I was still knee-high to a grasshopper, my paternal grandmother came from the village to stay with us in...

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In Preparation for OscarMania....

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (08:54)

Anyone who has any doubts on how much sway the media holds over our lives, should cast their mind back to the last time they discussed, remembered or mourned the tragic passing of Reeva Steenkamp. Been quite a while for most of us, right?

Well, that's all about to change...

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Fergie - A Beautiful Retirement

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2013 | (14:42)

Life does indeed have a way of playing tricks on you...

I remember back in 1990, the month of January to be specific, the joy that was abundant among us Liverpool fans, as it appeared Manchester United's experiment of bringing Alex Ferguson to our rivals across the Pennines, had failed...

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