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…

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…

Doctors Are Patients by Dr Uche Anyanwagu

It had been a very tumultuous night shift in the newly relocated ever-busy Children’s Emergency Room (CHER) of a Teaching Hospital, east of the Niger. On this fateful night, I was not feeling too well but I had no choice than to man the almost 100-bedded emergency room with a Registrar whose main occupation that night was to man the 6-spring bed in the doctors’ call room.  As expected, it turned to be a very busy call for me, even as my “village people” were busier blowing white powder in…

In the Name of Christmas…

On the twenty third of December this year, a woman was shot and killed right in front of her shop. This unfortunate incident happened at an Iyana-Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos. It is one in a series of crimes that have been perpetrated in the area this December, all of which remain unsolved. But while nobody knows who the the criminals are, their motive is all very clear- to steal from others by all means in order to have a good Christmas at the expense of their victims!  The criminal…

Culture Shock too Shocking?

On the fifth day of Christmas 2017, a young man arrived Lagos Nigeria from London on an Emirates Airways flight. And ever since the very moment he touched down on Mauritala Mohammed International Airport, his life changed for the worse. Now nearly three weeks since his arrival to Nigeria, he has been roaming around Ajao Estate, a Lagos neighbourhood very close to the international airport.  Information about the man is sketchy. But according to the information he disclosed to a Lagosian that interviewed him in a bid to get him…

Travel Alert: Ethiopian Airlines by Fisayo Soyombo

Dear friends, This may be useful for you or for someone you know ‘who knows someone who knows someone’ planning to travel this Yuletide. PLEASE STEER CLEAR OF ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES, unless you or your loved one will not check any luggage in.  Whenever you board an Ethiopian Airlines flight, your check-in luggage isn’t safe. This advisory is to save you the heartbreak of long travels to your loved ones without the Yuletide gifts and other belongings you spent long hours and valuable cash purchasing.  An expected observation is, but Ethiopian…

Nigeria and the Problem of recurrent Fuel Scarcity: A Thing of Shame

One very bad thing has become normalised in Nigeria, and that is the unfortunate  reality called fuel scarcity. Every year we experience it; an inevitable aspect of our existence. But why must fuel be scarce at the end of every year? The High Demand…  In Nigeria, petroleum products are in high demand at the end of every year. There are reasons for this. One of these reasons is the fact that Nigerians travel a lot for the holidays, albeit by road. For this reason, fuel and diesel are needed for…

The Transformer in my Neighbourhood Blew up!

In a string of very unfortunate incidents that happened last week, the transformer in my neighbourhood blew up and then three days later, a drunk driver rammed into an electric pole and knocked it down along with some other poles and the high tension cables. Luckily, nobody was physically hurt. But we’ve all been hurt in other ways. There has not been light here since. As a matter of fact, there is zero hope that the damages would be repaired and power restored before Christmas. As though the situation couldn’t…

The Raging Battle by Uche Anyanwagu

I sat in Church and watched in utter amazement as the young eloquent and vibrant pastor left no stone unturned in demonising all I stand and have lived for, for the greater part of my life. It was testimony time in a well-known Pentecostal Church in a beautiful town in the southern part of Eastern Nigeria where I had been invited to the dedication of one of my patients’ baby… I can recall Nathan’s birth (not his real name) and how I had come face-to-face with labour-induced psychosis. His mother…