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November 29, 2005

Man of the Year 2005

by Uche Nworah (London, UK) --- It’s nearing that time of the year, when major news networks and organisations select their man of the year, woman of the year, person of the year and any other appropriate title as dictated by political correctness. They roll out the drums and pour out accolades to honour these men and women who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields, also people who have impacted one way or the other the life of their people are considered.

Media organisations usually base their selection on what they claim is the readers’ or audience’s choice, and the final choice is attributed to the results of a poll conducted by the media organisation, who however do not tell their audience that the choice was actually decided over the telephone by the powers that be. For this reason Osama Bin Laden controversially lost out to being selected the Times person of the year in 2001.
Because those at the top felt his own kind of influence was negative, despite the fact that he had clearly led in the polls.

As is the case with such honours, controversies normally trail them, just like the one that trailed Adolf Hitler’s selection in 1938. This is to be expected, because an angel in Bangladesh may be considered a butcher in Togo. That is the beauty of the human race.

I didn’t need to look very far to find my man of the year for 2005. His citation is already obvious to every Nigerian; for keeping many journalists in their job, and many writers busy, by constantly generating news, more than enough to fuel the rumour mills, since his ordeal began, the expression - slow news day vanished from most newsrooms.

His reputation has spread beyond our borders. He is a perfect role model for us all, having distinguished himself in his trade. He is a very wealthy and courageous man, a master of the art of deception. He is a modern day Houdini and the champion of the rights of his people. He has also shown himself to be the Idi Amin of our time, not only because of his weight and size but also because of the way he has taken on the mighty British Empire and beaten them in their game, even in their own backyards.

Not even the combined forces of M16, M15 and the London Metropolitan Police could hold him captive; neither could the tough talking corruption Czar, Nuhu Ribadu and his EFCC scare him away from his beloved fatherland.

This man is a true survivor and many serving and future governors have a lot to learn from him, he does not back down from fights, he has the capacity to take on OBJ and his federal might and still come out on top. He has shown that even Aso Rock can not touch people like him. He has exposed power.

He is able to slip in and out of national borders without detection, a great attribute for a modern day warrior and hero. Once inside a private jet, he has the ability of evading radar. He is now back in his island and tuff, where his people need him. Every leader worth the millions in his bank account (local or foreign) knows that he has to be where his people are, the place where he can best put his resources to best use, away from the prying eyes of the neo-colonialists.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, forget about Isaac Adaka Boro, move over Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, please put your hands together and give it up for the mighty Ijaw hero, Governor Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieseghe of Bayelsa State, my man of the year for 2005.

Uche Nworah is a freelance writer.

Posted by Administrator at November 29, 2005 07:11 AM


I strongly support your view about the MAN OF THE YEAR.The man really proved to the so-called giant of Africa Leader in person of Baba Iyabo or whatever they call him and also to the World that where someone power ends,that is where someone power begins.Big shame to Obasanjo and all those that instigated that Met police should not release Alamco then.I give Three Kudos to D.S.P Alamiesegha

Posted by: Kunle Ola at December 1, 2005 08:23 AM

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