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African Witches in Lagos State Governor’s Office!

Emmanuel Abara Benson

Look at the ugly picture above. Behind me is the office of the Lagos State Governor. The day an ex. colleague of mine helped me to take the picture, I was more than excited to get security clearance to enter the building. I mean come on, who wouldn’t be excited to be in Ambode’s office?! Anyways, I got cleared, and I walked in feeling very important. The Governor walked in half an hour later and the meeting started. All the doors were immediately locked once he entered; security protocol. Nobody…

“Uche, Face your work oh” by Dr Uche Anyanwagu

I returned from Abuja that evening and was told by my enthusiastic cousin that we now have another doctor in the compound. He was obviously elated to have a resident doctor since myself and my uncle were far away… We have several roles played by different professions in medical practice. Just like the human body it serves, the diverse professionals in this field need to work together to achieve a common goal – good health. Though this unity is very important, some degrees of independence is needed and each profession…

Why Do Nigerians worship the very people that enslave them?

Just yesterday, I read about the Nigerian senator (Mustapha Sani Mohammed) Who made headlines for commissioning an electricity pole within his constituency. This wasn’t even surprising to me because, as a bloody Nigerian (without a national Identity card by the way; story for another day), I’ve come to the realisation that it makes for quite the celebration when our public office holders commission mediocre projects such public toilets and electricity poles! So yay! Senator Mustapha for second term!! On a more serious note, this kind of development is all too…

When a Man Dies in Nigeria…

There is an uncomfortable truth about death in Nigeria, and that is the fact that no one is ever believed to have died of natural causes. Every incident of death is suspected to have been caused by the evil machinations of those who never wanted the man to be great. This widespread disposition to death is held regardless of the age at which someone dies, and interestingly, despite the glaring cause[s] of death. And the unfortunate thing about this way of thinking of death is that it does nothing good…

What Are you Reading? Chika Ike Wants to Know

Actress Chika Ike is on a mission to find the next good read! The superstar took to Instagram (where everything happens these days) to ask her fans to suggest to her the best books she could read. And they did. Come to think of it, I found it sexy that she did that because nothing is sexier than a beautiful woman who is also a bookworm; believe me. And I’ve always known that Chika is an intellectual, but never quite realised just how much of a bookworm she is until…

Stephanie Linus is undoubtedly Nigeria’s Angelina Jolie!

Asides being an incredibly beautiful and talented [world class actress], Stephanie Linus is now becoming known for something even more remarkable- her consistent humanitarian efforts!  Of all her contemporaries, she is probably the only one who has distinguished herself by dedicating her time and efforts to fighting the course of the less-privileged. She does this on a global scale and with the help of the United Nations and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; UNHCR.  For this reason I compare her with Hollywood’s iconic Jolie, another incredibly talented star…

Omawumi is a beautiful Itsekiri Bride! 

Congratulations are in order for beautiful Nigerian vocal powerhouse [Omawunmi] who got hitched yesterday in her native Warri; Delta. She looked quite beautiful in her native bridal gowns!  She married her long time partner who is a real estate broker/property developer. They already have a child together.  As expected, all of Omawunmi’s Celebrity friends were there to witness her marry her heartthrob, including Waje who couldn’t stop sharing beautiful pictures of the ceremony on her Instagram page.  By the way, Omawunmi is officially the first celebrity to get married this…

“Doors” and other Poems

CLOSED DOORS! They say to me- “you are not welcome.” Knock knock; will you let me in? “No…you’re not one of us!” Closed doors are all I see It’s like a curse on which spell I’m under Why does it have to be this hard? *KNOCKS*… Please let me in! The replies are just the same [always] It’s sad to be rejected Rejected by those you want; need A dangerous plight for a creative mind… Why does it have to be so difficult? Why doesn’t breakthrough come easily? Why this…

The Teenage Diary

14/11/2014 Dear diary… Today was embarrassing! Many awkward things happened to me all at once, one of which being my mother’s discovery that I own an android phone. She ceased the phone, went through its content [without my permission], and became privy to all of my little secrets. Can you believe that she actually scanned through all of my social media platforms and read all of my conversations? She violated my privacy! Like…how can she do that to me?! I am so unhappy with my mother right now.  But my…

A Look at Nigeria’s  Unemployment Industry…

Ever so often, we talk about the different sectors of the Nigerian economy. But seldom do we talk about one important sector- the unemployment industry! That’s right,  there is a sector of our economy known as the unemployment sector. It is a vibrant sector, absorbing most of the able-bodied men and women in the country. But something about this sector is very unique, and that’s the fact that it does not contribute wealth to the economy or ensure the livelihood of those absorbed by it!  Jokes asides, the unemployment crisis in Nigeria…