You Don’t Need a Ministry of Happiness to Make People happy

Dear Governor Rochas, I hope you are happy with yourself. Well guess what,  I am not! Not long ago, I read (with dismay) about your establishment of a ministry of Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment. And then my disappointment became doubled when your failed PR people later tried to fool Nigerians, telling us that your newly established ministry is not that of “Happiness and Couples’ Fulfilment” as earlier reported, but of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment. Apparently, there had been  a typo in the original Press Release, they said. LIES!  But I…

The Plight of an unemployed Nigerian Graduate

The unemployed Nigerian youth is perhaps the most optimistic person in the whole wide world! Every morning as the day breaks,  s/he is full of hopes that it is finally time when that long-awaited email/phone call will come in; an invitation to that job interview that would change their lives. The unemployed youth imagines a future that is bright and luxurious, with a steady flow of monthly salary and an annual bonus. He or she is hopeful that all will be well with their souls once [they] receive that letter…

Bad Business for Feminism…

Recently, there has been many cases of women stabbing their husbands to death in Nigeria. One of the most recent incidents (which shocked the nation by the way), involved the late son of former PDP’s national chairman, Haliru Bello. The young man was stabbed several times and killed by his wife [Maryam Sanda] after she suspected he was cheating on her. In the aftermath of the unfortunate incident, many observers took to Social Media to blame it all on feminism. Perhaps the situation does not look very good for the…

Why Professors Don’t Win Elections in Nigeria

It was early March back in 2015, and the Nigerian general election had just been postponed by the electoral commission [INEC] due to security concerns. There was palpable tension in the streets of Nigeria, although in most institutions of higher learning (especially the University of Ibadan), such tension was absent. Academics believed that it was going to be a historic election and that there was no need for worries. They busied themselves dissecting the perceived issues involved in the electioneering. It was all interesting, especially for me seing as I…

When Power Gets to the wrong Hands

One truth that is well known to me is the fact that Africa lacks good leaders. Nigeria [especially] has been doomed with a crop of very bad, altruism-lacking and utterly incompetent men and women who shamelessly parade themselves as leaders. This is hopelessly worrisome, even as it raises a very important question- who could possibly lead us out of our many troubles? This is an imperative question, seeing as our political system has become so corrupted and conditioned to favour bad leadership. Now the thing about power is that once…

The Diary of a None-Chauvinist

Some people think I’m weird. And this is simply because I am a man who fly the feminist flag. They wonder why I do it, even as they wonder whether there is even such a thing as a male feminist. And so they make light of my masculinity, often going short of calling me a woman. But I am not deterred by their bullying. Instead,  I hold onto my perspectives about how women ought to be treated in our societies, even as I make those known also. For I am a none-chauvinist,  and I…

Biafra: Ndi Igbo and the 50-year Quest for Independence by Akinlabi Omo-Oso

We  hold  these  truths  to  be  self-evident,  that  all  men  are  created  equal,  that  they  are  endowed  by  their  Creator  with  certain  unalienable  rights,  that  among  these  are  Life,  Liberty  and  the  Pursuit  of  Happiness.

The Carnage in Plateau and the Complicity of Silence

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”                – Martin Luther King Jnr We have rapidly evolved so much in our national life that human lives do not matter. We simply ignore deaths or even blame the dead for dying. Is it any wonder that our President (and his predecessor) will ignore the bombings that took hundreds of lives in his backyard to send condolence messages to France for the death of a…

Why Would Governor Rochas Okorocha Spend N520 million Erecting a Statue of Jacob Zuma?

How many schools in Imo State are lacking functional libraries? How many schools in the state lack well-equipped labouratories and well-trained teachers? How many public hospitals in Owerri lack oxygen? How many of the roads there are ridden with potholes and filled with mud water? And how many Imo youths are jobless and dependent on others for survival? I bet we already know the unfortunate answers to the above questions. But apparently, Governor Okorocha does not know; little wonder he thought of what to do with N520 million and the…

Why Do Nigerians Mishandle Money?

Oftentimes, I’m scared to collect my balance after carrying out transactions. And this is because it’s either that the balance I’m getting is comprised of dirty, torn notes or I’m getting the wet and smelly ones. Can you imagine the disgust; you pay a bus conductor with the finest naira note and he gives you smelly one[s] in return in the name of balance! What effrontery?! That’s how the other day after I’d gone to the ATM machine and withdrawn the freshest five hundred naira notes (too fresh so much…