Oluremi Sonaiya is the sole female candidate in a field of 14 contestants who will battle it for presidency on 28th MarchShe is not only one of the main candidates in the Nigeria presidential race but Oluremi Sonaiya is the sole female candidate in a field of 14 contestants who will battle it for presidency on 28th March.Professor Oluremi Sonaiya is the presidential candidate of the KOWA political party.Many see her as an underdog in a contest dominated by incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) and his arch-rival, Muhammadu Buhari of the opposition party, APC (All Progressives Congress).Regardless, Sonaiya has been a loud advocate for drastic change and the radical overhaul of the country’s political system.She has run a campaign mostly on the social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter because she lacks funding, an area in which the two big parties have totally outdone her and the KOWA party she represents.Professor Oluremi Sonaiya believes Nigeria really needs, the uphill journey towards that change and the role Women need to play in solving the socio-political challenges facing the country.Why she thinks she is the better candidateWhy Oluremi thinks she is the best candidate for president in Nigeria is in her slogan which is: The Right Choices. The Right Choice. She says Nigerias need to make the right choices for a better nation.Remi is 60 years old and is not very well know in political circles as she is known in academic circles. She became a professor of French Language and Applied Linguistics in 2001.This is what she thinks of the current situation in Nigeria:”Nigeria is a nation at a crossroads. It is blessed with abundant natural and human resources, but the right choices need to be made to turn them into health, wealth and progress for all its people. Poor leadership over much of the past 50 years has wasted time and opportunity to make that progress. We can not afford 50 more directionless years.The obvious challenges Nigerians face are not difficult things to fix, it is only the will to do them that has been lacking. Electricity, water and roads are not the challenges of the 21st century; they’re the solved problems of the twentieth! She says there’s need for leadership with vision, prepared to ask difficult questions of themselves and of us, and then chart a bold path toward a bright future.We need to secure the lives and property of all Nigerian citizens. We need to revitalize dormant industries and encourage the birth of new ones. We need to restore our institutions to world standard-and then raise the standard. We need government that works. We need to make merit and excellence the global reputation of Nigeria. We need to aggressively educate, prepare, train and engage our youth. They are our future.”
Quite often, NFL scouts are wrong.They have a challenging job. A job that requires them to predict the future success of collegiate athletes for teams prepared to spend millions.They attend everything from the scouting combine to pro days and private workout sessions, charting every move a prospect makes, hoping to deliver an accurate grade to their respective war rooms.It’s widely understood that there will be inexplicable busts each year. That just comes with the territory of being a scout.But you’d assume all the proper research is done to ensure teams make the best pick possible.You’d assume they know everything there is to know about each player they scout.Well, that’s not always the case.Yesterday, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had a story that provided unnamed scouts’ takes on various players from Wisconsin high schools or colleges, leading up to the draft.For the most part, the scouts’ insights made sense. Their evaluations of the former Badgers were in line with what we saw here at UW throughout the past couple seasons.But then I got to Bill Nagy and Scott Tolzien.Both players are expected to be late picks or free agent signees. For them, each scout’s view is critical as they try to get one team to take a chance on them towards the end of the draft. Most coaches and general managers aren’t spending a lot of time studying film of Nagy and Tolzien – it’s the scouts who get paid to find those late-round contributors.But sometimes these scouts’ logic makes you scratch your head.We’ll start with Nagy. Here’s what one scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:“There’s just no reason why he can’t come to an NFL team and be a center-guard for at minimum four years, Every time he went into a game he played well. Between that kid and that coach there’s something going on. They don’t talk him up. They don’t seem to think he’s much of a prospect, but the tape to me shows different. I don’t get why he didn’t start at center or guard.”Lets break this down.The scout spoke highly of Nagy, noting his ability to come into games when needed and perform at a high level.Then the scout hints there may have been a player-coach dispute, which explains why Nagy wasn’t named a starter.That’s news to me. That’s news to anyone who covered the Wisconsin football team this past year.Nagy was the odd-man-out for the deepest offensive line in the country. He had a shot to win a starting job at right guard heading into the season but lost out to Kevin Zeitler – one of the top interior lineman in the Big Ten. And as for the center position? Some scouts say Peter Konz was the best O-lineman the Badgers had last season (including Carimi and Moffitt). Nagy wasn’t slighted. He played behind some of the best lineman in college football.What’s worse is the other part of the scouts’ take could be interpreted as one of those “character issues” we always hear about come draft day. What did he do to lose favor with the staff? Why does Nagy have a poor relationship with head coach Bret Bielema?There is no evidence that shows these are questions that need to be asked.Bielema constantly praised Nagy for his hard work and dedication to the team. The senior played three positions for Bielema (guard, center and tight end) and did what he could to get on the field.His performance against Iowa, when he replaced the injured Konz, drew tons of praise.“Billy Nagy pops in, takes off the tight end jersey number and steps in there. Unbelievable, selfless act to give us that win,” Bielema said.Here’s what Nagy had to say after the 31-30 victory: “That’s my role, and I’m doing whatever I can to help the team win.”But that’s not the only questionable perspective I found.Here’s what a scout said about Tolzien to the Journal Sentinel:“He will be a third and smarter than the starting quarterback. He manages the game. He can’t win a championship for you. He couldn’t bring them back against TCU. He’s just not gifted enough to do it.”Everyone agrees Tolzien is probably destined to hold a clipboard in the NFL. He doesn’t have ideal measurables or arm strength, but he’d be a reliable backup quarterback – a guy who won’t make costly mistakes and who’ll know the offense perfectly.No problem with that sentiment.But it’s not fair to say Tolzien can’t win a championship because he couldn’t bring the Badgers back against TCU.You’re going to discount Tolzien because Horned Frogs’ linebacker Tank Carder made an incredible individual play to knock Tolzien’s game-tying 2-point try down? If Carder loses his footing, gets pancaked by the UW O-line and Tolzien completes that pass, does that give him a higher NFL grade?That’s absurd.Point to his mechanics or question his arm strength if you want, but Tolzien proved he could win the Badgers a game with his arm.UW’s running game was so good last year, Tolzien rarely needed to sling the ball around and engineer a comeback.But in that same game in Iowa City where Nagy impressed, Tolzien led a game-winning, 15-play touchdown drive. UW went with an empty backfield, shotgun formation and Tolzien delivered against the Hawkeyes at a point in the season when they still cared enough to try.Takes a pretty gifted signal caller to pull that off.Sure, Tolzien and Nagy aren’t perfect.Neither are the scouts.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Think Tolzien and Nagy will be prove the doubters wrong? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has warned his players that no-one is guaranteed a place in his final squad for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.The Black Stars trainer has left out several key players for the international friendly against Cape Verde in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday.Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah as well as Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan have been omitted from the squad that will take on the Blue Sharks.Captain Asamoah Gyan has been excused for the game after he lost his mother last week.The former Ghana captain is in the final phase of naming his final squad for the continental showpiece and has therefore invited those on the fringes including shot-stopper Daniel Nii Adjei, Fatau Dauda, Nana Kwesi Asare, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Richard Kissi Boateng, Derek Boateng, Samuel Inkoom and Albert Adomah to impress.There are also debut call-ups for Inter Milan whizkid Joseph Alfred Duncan as well as in-form Maritiburg United defender Awal Mohammed and South African-based Edwin Gyimah. It is widely believed those left out are sure candidates to make the final cut for the Nations Cup in South Africa but coach Appiah insists no-one has an automatic place in his final 23-man squad.‘It is not whether someone is going to the Cup of Nations or not. There are some players that I need to take final decisions on,” Appiah said“As to those not called are guaraanted places in the team is not correct. Everyone has got a chance to go.“The important thing is to look at those who are really commited to fight for Ghana. I will be looking at disciplinary aspect as well.“I believe anyone chosen to play in either friendly or competitive match must prove their worth so that I can make the right decision.”The Black Stars are housed in group B where they will take on old foes DR Congo, Mali and Niger in Port Elizabeth. Ghana will be looking to end a 31-year-wait for an African crown in South Africa.