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There is FFK-Spirit in every Nigerian

After one whole week, FFK has refused to stop trending? Quite unlike Nigeria, where something happens to displace another within a few days, only for everyone to return to probably a trivial one, like the drama in BBN or Tonto Dike, Prince Kpokpogri and their voice notes. Ours is a country of drama, indeed! But FFK’s defection (I choose to call it ‘migration’ sha) to APC has held sway. I see traits of it as rejoinders, news stories, cartoons and the social media is awash with such. It is a...
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Biafra: The thin line between a defender and an oppressor

I almost got attacked in a bus, while travelling around the southeast, researching and conducting interviews on my subject for a biography I was commissioned to do. I got into an argument. It was a consequence of the incessant and irritating presence of security personnel on the roads of the southeast. They had positioned themselves a few metres apart, menacingly extorting money from the drivers. My offence was saying that such sieges were very avoidable, if the agitation for secession had not turned violent. Like very hungry lionesses, everyone, mostly...
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Abba Kyari and his bundle of ant-infested firewood

I am very proud of my Igbo heritage. Anyone nurtured within the geographical enclave, constituting Igbo land, would have more reasons to feel so. The experiences and attitude, the culture, especially the language, is always instructive and provocative. Proverbs are an intrinsic part of existence there, and people who cannot fathom them are derided as half-baked, and often seen as ‘those whose mothers’ dowries were wasted’. So you must sit up in the usage of the language, to prove that your ‘mother’s dowry was useful’. This language attitude is so...
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Nigerians should ‘cut soap’ for politicians

A question darted across my mind the other day: Is it proper for a legally married couple to smooch inside the church? Typically, there are many reasons to justify or condemn the scenario above. One would turn to a ‘wanderer’, trying to ‘wonder’ it, according to Femi Kuti. Rationalising it would always leave one in a quagmire. That is pretty the same way our leaders leave us with their decisions and policies. They proffer solutions that often leave the people worse. As one of those who ardently believe that urgent...
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Nigeria’s art of romanticising lies, deceit and injustice

For the umpteenth time, another grievous warning has come to the people of Nigeria and the government that serious danger is ahead, if urgent steps are not taken to address certain issues in the polity. Earlier in the week, the British Government, one of the great allies of the county, added its voice to the situation. But as usual, the politicians, especially those on the dining table as holding political power portends in Nigeria, are dismissing their warnings as a prophecy of doom. Like they usually believe, the country would...
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When life loses value like the Naira…

A friend told me a story that got me thinking what life is worth today. The story is repugnant, distasteful, awful, and in the words of Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon or Pastor Chris Okotie, would amount to ‘molestus foedius’.  Here: A man was test-driving a car he had parked for a long while and suddenly needed to apply the brakes, only to realise that the braking system of the car was faulty. He intuitively veered off the major road (to save his life) into an apparently less busy route. But right...
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The virtual country called ‘United Africans Republic’

A tax consultant with the Lagos State government, Adeyeye Jokotoye has set the Nigerian ball rolling indeed. The import of his proposition for Nigeria’s name to change to United Africans Republic, UAR, can be felt on the social media space. Referring to instances in the Bible, Jokotoye, is reasoning that it could well be the beginning of a new era for Nigeria. This is in sync with many, who feel that Nigeria, coined by Lady Shaw, the mistress of Lord Frederick Lugard at the time, may have resulted from an...
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How Nigerians became ‘Onyirionwu’

Resilience has become a crucial part of life in Nigeria; so much that adaptability here practically reminds one of the Igbo term, ‘Onyirionwu’, comically employed by hawkers to get attention for their wares in long buses and trains. The hawkers would tell the story of Onyirionwu, who is an ‘old baby’ full of mischief; he has refused to grow, refused to talk or walk, refused to do anything meaningful, apart from eating and inflicting pains on other children in the neighbourhood. His demeanours are so frustrating for his parents that...
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The gathering storm in Nigeria…

I said it earlier; and I will say it again: EndSARS is like a gathering storm. The clouds would hover to stimulate darkness and whirlwind, after which thunderbolts would usher in the real rains and possibly floods. October 2020 signaled the hovering clouds and the whirlwinds, the thunderbolts are threatening all over the country at the moment as insecurity. But the good thing is that the real rains can be stopped with Nigerians’ collective will, before everywhere is flooded. Although the EndSARS protests did send some germane messages across to...
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The worst time to be a Nigerian child…

The Nigerian society as it is today, no doubt, has a lot of ‘avoidable’ challenges for everyone. But the most vulnerable group, if you ask me, is the younger generation of Nigerians. So many ugly and injurious things are unfolding before them. Their generation is inundated with a lot of gloomy details: defilement, child trafficking, unsafe schools, hunger etc.  And the ‘briefcase’, ‘naira-printing economy’ has further deprived most of them of adequate parental care, as many parents are more concerned with their economic fortunes. Many parents work their butts off...
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