Posts Tagged ‘Columns’


Nimi Princewill: When your net-worth threatens your self-worth

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Society don't care what value you create. If you aren't getting rewarded with an obese paycheck, you aren't doing nothing. Well, shame on society. Finding fulfillment in the service you render (even on a volunteer job) is the biggest reward. Monetary remuneration is only an added advantage.

Every once in a while, I get approached by publications across Africa, requesting I contribute my thoughts to their platforms. I oblige for free, and it drives a few people crazy. In their words, "You write for all these publications? You must be earning a boatload..." I do imagine how terribly disappointed they get, as nothing reeks of poor judgment any worse than my usual reply, "I don't write for money."...

Spread the word: The Bahamas is still open for business

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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NASSAU, Bahamas -- In the aftermath of the crippling blow delivered by Hurricane Irma to most of the islands of the Caribbean that depend heavily on tourism as the mainstay of their economies, it is critically important for The Bahamas to get the word out worldwide that our country is still up-and-running as one of the major tourist destinations in the world.
 
The telephones at  Weber Shandwick, the New York-based public relations company that the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism signed  a major contract with “to provide communications support in the US and Canada, as well as project work in the UK and Latin America” for The Bahamas, should have been ringing off the hook, so to speak, the day after it became clear that relatively speaking The Bahamas’ ability to provide...

What does the military do to our loved ones?

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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A while back, a close friend of mine and neighbor, decided to pursue his dream of joining the Nigerian Army. Was it a cool decision for his friends and family? Yes.

Were we expecting him to preserve a chunk of his admirable gentle nature—which we all loved him for, despite the rigors of military training? I didn't see why not!

Anyway, he successfully scaled through selection and began active service. He visited home whenever he could, but everyone could tell he obviously wasn't the same person. His first strange behavior as a soldier, started when he aggressively threatened to beat up an elder sibling...

The Emoji Movie – Review

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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One of the taglines for this movie: An Adventure Beyond Words. In a boy's cellphone a part of a communication application discovers that he can do multiple things despite the fact he was programmed to do one like everyone else he knows. He embarks on a quest to become like everyone else after he is marked for deletion by the ruling entities of the environment when they decide to label him a malfunction that jeopardizes everything they hold dear.

Gene is a ‘Meh’ emoji who is considered an outsider due to his ability to show multiple expressions when everyone else in his world is only able to show one expression. HI-5 is a hand emoji dealing with the fact that he is no longer a popular choice in the emoji hierarchy of Alex’s phone and guides Gene on a mission outside of their application to find someone who can help them. Jailbreak is a codebreaker emoji who needs Gene’s multiple expressions to get into an application that will help her escape her past life in her original application...

My 1st encounter with a racist was on the world’s oldest ship

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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It was the tail end of the year 2002, when the world's oldest passenger ship at that time- MV Doulos, suddenly showed up in my town (Port Harcourt, Nigeria). “Were they lost? or were we headed for another round of slave trade?” I naively queried, as an eleven year old who was getting up to speed with History classes. MV Doulos, wasn't exactly as glamorous as the Titanic, but it was certainly worth the hype.

Schools within the town, took turns visiting the Doulos ship which was said to be two years younger than the Titanic, but still going strong, and was on a mission of 'bringing books to the people.' Their target audience, was obviously the young academic population.

How I Luckily Earned Myself A Free Pass To MV Doulos...

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 22 – 26

Friday, May 26th, 2017

THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE PART ONE: THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Amid the excitement, pomp, pageantry and high fashion that have come to define the Bahamian culture surrounding opening of the Bahamas Parliament, HE Dame Marguerite Pindling, Bahamas Governor General, delivered the Speech from the Throne, outlining the legislative agenda of the next parliamentary session in addition to the articulation of key policy initiatives proposed by the incoming Minnis administration.

In the interest of time, the budget debate begins next Wednesday, 31st May 2017...

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 15 – 19

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Thirteen substantive and three State Ministers sworn in


As Prime Minister Minnis continues the process of assembling his cabinet, sixteen substantive and state ministers were sworn in at Government House on the evening of Monday, 15th May 2017 by Her Excellency Dame Maguerite Pindling, Governor General.

Prime Minister Minnis was sworn in as Prime Minister without ministerial portfolio on Thursday, 11th May and Ministers Turnquest and Bethel were sworn in on Friday, 12th May...

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 8 – 12

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

FNM wins 10th May 2017 general election in a landslide


There were thirty-nine seats contested in the 10th May general elections and when the hotly contested battle was over, the opposition Free National Movement had secured thirty-five of the thirty-nine seats. For the first time in our history, a sitting Prime Minister lost his seat. Former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie lost to Reece Chipman 1909 to 1905 in the constituency of Centerville, the area he represented for forty years. Incoming Prime Minister the Hon. Hubert Minnis secured 74% of the votes cast in the Killarney constituency...

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 8 – 12

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

FNM wins 10th May 2017 general election in a landslide


There were thirty-nine seats contested in the 10th May general elections and when the hotly contested battle was over, the opposition Free National Movement had secured thirty-five of the thirty-nine seats. For the first time in our history, a sitting Prime Minister lost his seat. Former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie lost to Reece Chipman 1909 to 1905 in the constituency of Centerville, the area he represented for forty years. Incoming Prime Minister the Hon. Hubert Minnis secured 74% of the votes cast in the Killarney constituency...

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 1 – 5

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

The controversy of 3rd May Advance Poll


The Advance Poll locations were published by the Parliamentary Registration Department and gazetted in the local newspapers according to local election laws.

The voting locations were the Kendal G. L. Gymnasium and the western grandstand of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

So far so good.

Then came the 3rd of May, the day of the Advance Poll, where those who are scheduled to work on Election Day get to vote. These voters include civil servants who administer and manage the electoral process...