TRIBUTE TO EKEKEEE.COM AT 1!   8 comments

As an avid reader and one particularly in love with objective analyses of political issues and events in Nigeria, it is impossible to not have been greatly inspired by, and learnt so much from, the ekekeee.com blog in its first year of existence! Indeed, I write this tribute in celebration of that feat!

Ekekeee.com was “born” barely a week after Nigeria’s 51st Independence Anniversary. Therefore, we can safely conclude that it was “conceived” during Nigeria’s 50th Anniversary year or so and that it was born to inspire a generation to counter the unfortunate losses of those years and contribute to building the Nigeria of the future.

Recently, an Oxford University research revealed that Africa and South America are lagging behind in the production and consumption of online information. For us in Nigeria, blogs like ekekeee.com are contributing much to filling that void.

Ekekeee.com was started by Chinedu Ekeke but has grown to become a team of very intelligent writers covering a range of mainly topical political and other socio-economic issues. Ekekeee.com is remarkable for its teamwork appeal. I don’t know of any other political blog in Nigeria that engages as many writers so regularly. The Nigeria of tomorrow will only come to be when we do away with parochial and sectional prejudices, and work together as one people.

It also helps to know that ekekeee.com has no political affiliations. Its founder and coordinator, Chinedu Ekeke, said so himself: “[Ekekeee.com] owes no allegiance to any political party or individual.” Noel Ihebuzor, a development and policy analyst, acknowledges that “Political neutrality and impartiality make for blog objectivity.” You may not agree with all what Chinedu or his fellow ekekeee.com writers say, and that’s natural, but you can’t deny their passion and sincerity.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, which today has over a billion active users, and which played a facilitating role in the Arab Spring against dictatorship and oppression, has rightly observed that “The real technological revolution happened when people started using the internet to fight corruption and oppression.” Ekekeee.com is using the internet and new media platforms to fight corruption and oppression in Nigeria and deserves commendation for doing so.

The late American militant civil rights leader, Malcolm X (1925-1965), said: “So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.” Ekekeee.com is making quite some noise against the miscreants currently running Nigeria. It takes daring to engage in the kind of work that ekekeee.com is doing. “In order to conquer, what we need is to dare, still to dare, and always to dare,” declared Georges Jacques Danton.

A Nigerian Revolution looms! The reasons are writ large! Ekekeee.com is playing a major role towards that. Toni Bambara said, “The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.” Chinedu Ekeke and his ekekeee.com team are doing just that! Revolutions only happen when a people have the requisite awareness. Bob Marley urged us to “Emancipate [ourselves] from mental slavery [as] none but ourselves can free our minds.” It takes having the right information for any person or people to be emancipated from mental slavery. In Nigeria’s case, I can certify that, in one year, ekekeee.com has contributed immensely to that noble endeavour. From “How Jonathan Diminished the Presidency” (http://ekekeee.com/index.php?p=1323), to “David Mark vs New Media” (http://ekekeee.com/david-mark-versus-new-media-by-chinedu-ekeke/), to “Jonathan’s 80 Pages of Nothingness” (http://www.ekekeee.com/jonathans-80-pages-of-nothingness-by-chinedu-ekeke/?wpmp_tp=1), to “El-Rufai, the Sinner” (http://ekekeee.com/index.php?p=2897), to “Somebody Lied” (http://www.ekekeee.com/somebody-lied-by-ademola-adeeko/) and a host of other sublime pieces by Chinedu and others, ekekeee.com has given a new lease of life to objective and cogent political analysis in Nigeria.

There was even a time when ekekeee.com was hacked. Not even that temporary setback stopped Chinedu from keeping his ink flowing, as attested to by former FCT Minister, Nasir El-Rufai: “Young Chinedu Ekeke’s website, http://www.ekekeee.com, may have been hacked to a standstill by the enemies of progress, but he still writes…passionately, powerfully and patriotically as always…”

The Managing Editor of The Africa Report magazine, Nick Norbrook, even had reason to share Chinedu’s “Jonathan’s 80 Pages of Nothingness” on Twitter, describing it as a: “Powerful rebuke to Goodluck Emperor’s new clothes”.

Going forward, I wish ekekeee.com and its team more success. There’s still so much to be done to turn Nigeria around. Some time ago, Transparency International said, and truly so, that, “The political situation in Nigeria is more of criminality than governance.” The pen may be mightier than the sword but, compared to the latter, it takes quite a while for its full effect on a people to materialise. This calls for persistence from the likes of ekekeee.com. Wellington said, “Revolutionaries are like conquerors: they must go forward. The moment they are stopped, they are lost.” If we must secure Nigeria’s future, we must remain ever steadfast today. As Albert Camus succinctly puts it, “The revolutionary’s real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”

Prevailing shortcomings nonetheless, my optimism for Nigeria’s promising future remains unshaken. Nigeria’s change will not suffer a miscarriage while blogs like ekekeee.com continue to expose gross inadequacies in governance and raise awareness about the way out. Ernst Toller attests to this when he says, “The spirit of revolution will not die while the hearts of these [writers] continue to beat.”

In closing, let me borrow, and recast, a leaf from Chinedu’s “David Mark vs New Media”: “I understand [Chinedu] is a Christian. I would refer him to an interesting portion of the Bible. It is [Proverbs 4:18]: “The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”

Keep it up, my dear brother. To you and the entire ekekeee.com fraternity, I say Congratulations for your first anniversary! GOD bless you. GOD bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Raymond is on Twitter: @Raymond_Eyo

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Posted October 8, 2012 by Raymond Eyo in Celebrating Nigeria

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8 responses to “TRIBUTE TO EKEKEEE.COM AT 1!

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  1. I should really commend you raymond for this thoughtful decision to honour us at EkekeeeDotCom .. I can’t agree less as it seems you’ve done a thorough research on the blog. You’re also a great writer in your own capability. There’s more work to be done for sure and I believe in you to walk the talk!! Thanks so much for this tribute. We owe you one.. Lol

    • My brother, thanks for the kind words. I’m humbled! Yea, there’s still so much to be done for our beloved country, Nigeria, and working together will make it a lot easier for us!

      You’re welcome! Lol! This alone is a tribute on its own! You need not do anymore.:)

  2. Kudos guys!

  3. D Ekekeee team has stood out in recent times as objective and passionate as possible about positive Change in our Nation Nigeria. Im so proud of all of U guys.More of His Grace on U all in Jesus’ name.

  4. Thanks Ray. The responsibility our sorry state has placed on our shoulders is enormous and we must stand as one to lift our nation out of the shackles of slavery. @Ekekeeedotcom we have taken up the tasking of raising our voice until the dead deaf man hears and harkens to the line of reason. We daw inspiration from people like you and we swear on our honor to stand by the truth now and always. Thank you and God bless you

    Nwachukwu Emmanuel @emma_dele
  5. He’s doing a good job. Many more writeups please.

  6. One of your objective is to defend the less privilege in our society and to speak the truth. When, I was faced with the problem of allowing air Nigeria flying coffin to crash with over 100 souls, I opted to die than to remain in air Nigeria as executive director finance, when these souls will be lost. It could have been anybody. In the month of April 2012, I said before resigning that air Nigeria is a flying coffin and i was correct. 790 staff of Air Nigeria on protest confirmed all that I said, the senate of our nation confirmed that the loan of 35.5billion given as aviation intervention fund was fraudulently diverted by bar jimoh ibrahim, the NCAA suspended the airline based on all the facts that I listed then, the CEO Kinfe who resigned confirmed that the airline cannot continue operations due to financial distress,IATA suspended the airline for financial distress, luthansa technique suspended the airline for failure to meet her obligation, Uba has gone to amcon to takeover the debt of air Nigeria, jimoh ibrahim was blacklisted by central bank of Nigeria for being in debt of 28billion out of which amcon has taken over 17billion, jimoh ibrahim was charged to court for tax evasion of 4.87billion, now reconciled to 6billion, I have been discharged and acquitted of the criminal charges, which was part of the persecution for whistle blowing these crime against 790 staff of the airline, who cannot fight a billion debtor like jimoh ibrahim and finally the airline aoc has expired, which means is officially closed. Sir, your publication of 5th June, 2012 on me need to be revisited by you and chinned ekeke. I would like to upload a lot of documents to you and I am ready for a formal interview with your publishing company. I must let you know that, I am one of your fanatical readers but since you published this article that was based on wrong information, i believe that, in your profession, i should be given the right of reply.Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you on any way forward. John Nnorom, former executive director, air Nigeria.

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