Talk Naija

October 24, 2012


Talk Naija     How do we learn a new language? How easy is it to adapt to a new environment? What changes our perceptions, or our speech patterns? How does a baby learn to speak? How are new words coined? How does slang get to go viral? What is right? What is wrong? Am […]

Murder on the Campus

October 17, 2012


Murder on the Campus. Let’s play out a likely scenario. You alight a bus on Adeniran Ogunsanya Street in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria, Suddely there is pandemonium all around, and before you realise it there are hordes of people surrounding you, all savagely yelling, “Thief! Thief! Ole! Barao!” You are a stranger in the area on […]

Posted in: Essays, Features, Politics

Why Mimiko Should Win

October 17, 2012


Why Mimiko Should Win Politicking in Nigeria has never been fair. Our political history is replete with tales that would send Jeffery Archer and Frederick Forsyth novels off the bookshelves.  Five-star generals and billionaire rogues have tattooed their blood stained signatures on the torsos of our political tapestry. Farmers, market women and peasants have fought […]

Posted in: Essays, Politics

Spiritual Rehabilitation

September 14, 2012


Things don’t always work out as planned…Life is not always what it seems…Sometimes the happiest people we know are the saddest. The secret to a fruitful, wholesome being is to make our today’s better than our yesterday’s, and to secure our tomorrow’s; to learn from our mistakes – we all make them; and to show […]

Posted in: Inspired Moments

There is an Impostor in Aso Rock (The Reuben Abati I Know, or Knew!)

September 14, 2012


I once knew a man called Reuben Abati. He was a righteous man who stood on the side of the people. He was a man who brought credibility to the pen profession adding honour to what others before him like Bisi Onabanjo, Alhaji Kola Animashaun, Gbolabo Ogunsanwo, Sonola Olumhense and Dele Giwa had done. He […]

Kako Bi Chicken!

August 25, 2012


Kako Bi Chicken!   You may not have observed it, but there has been a subtle revolution going on in the Nigerian music scene. It began slowly, surreptitiously, like a cat lurking in wait for prey, but the movement is making a huge noise these days, gate- crashing all available air space. Can you understand […]

Posted in: Features

Babatunde Raji Transport (BRT)

July 16, 2012


Babatunde Raji Transport (BRT) It was my first BRT ride. I had always wanted to just hop on a BRT bus and ride, with no particular destination in mind, just ride from point A to B, and back to A. I got on at the National Stadium bus stop in Surulere, envisaged on my round […]

Posted in: Essays, Features