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Ramiya

Summer, 2015. I woke up from sleep with a chill and a headache. I dressed up, popped an icebreaker into my mouth, pulled on my old sweater. I was going to have exams the next day so I went to the library to study (my room gets too comfortable sometimes, haha) .As I walked out i noticed everyone else was… Read more →

Redemption

“When you’re upside-down, then you see it all You’ve spent all your time pushing on a ‘pull’ door”- For King And Country Sometimes it takes a defeat to learn victory. If you grew up like I did- church boy, godly family, godly schools, godly friends, you know there’s a certain amount of confidence in your goodness. Oh sure, you’re born… Read more →

Silent Silhouette

A friend of mine, Joseph Jawfu showed me a photograph he took of the Jos skyline at sunset and he asked me what I thought about it. I found that it did not only evoke a sense of awe and nostalgia for the warm African sun- it suggested multiple stories of who the silhouetted woman could be. I invited my friends… Read more →

Athletes of the Sun

When I first heard about ATHLETES OF THE SUN I was a ten-year-old boy living in Port Harcourt. The adults were talking about it excitedly. Aunty Bernice said something like “oh, you can’t look at it directly, you have to pour water in a bowl and look at the reflection so it doesn’t damage your eyes” I was totally confused.… Read more →

How to Survive NYSC orientation

  So you bloody otondos have finally made it to camp. All the tension while you waited for “mobilisation“; all the anxiety when you heard horror stories of people that were sent to bush camps in far-flung corners of the country. Maybe your worst fears were confirmed- you queued up, pushed, snarled at people, lied for your friends; and then… Read more →

An Exercise in Self-Depression

I have the most morbid of thoughts. I usually fantasize about plane crashes especially when I’m on a plane. I turn on my mobile phone when the pilot announces we’ve reached cruising altitude to see whether it’s really THAT dangerous, whether the plane will plunge because my phone’s signal will jam the plane’s radio system. I wonder how many seconds… Read more →

How to Survive Law School: Court Attachment

The goals of the externship programme are stated in your externship handbook. The people over at law school must be listening because last year it was in hard copy and in some campuses people had to pay 500 naira to get one. You already know that time is running out. Some people already have a countdown to bar finals ticking… Read more →

How to reBuild a Nation (part 3)

How to reBuild a Nation (part 3) Defining our National Standard is the starting point of the planning stage. What is the barest minimum a Nigerian should have access to in Health, Education, Housing, Food, Power Supply, Transportation and Communication? What is the barest level of religious tolerance acceptable? When we know what our standards are, we can measure whether… Read more →

How to reBuild a Nation (Part 2)

  Defining a National Vision can be quite a feat, you know? We all come from different places. While a man raised in Lagos may dream of having a country having facilities that rival and/or surpass Disneyland, the O2 Arena, Old Trafford, the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Al-Arab; the man from deep in Kwara or Benue may simply… Read more →

How to reBuild a Nation

So our nation has been destroyed by the faulty foundation our well-intentioned heroes past laid for us. We could spend thousands of pages analysing who said what or who did what and who should have done what and did not…and miss the point. Our Fathers built a magnificient high-rising structure on a foundation that was never built to carry the… Read more →

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