Nigerian Universities and the unfortunate Reality of Strikes

Of all the news that made headlines today across the Nigerian media space, only one caught my attention- the news about the non-academic staff unions of universities (SSANU, NASU and NAAT) embarking on an indefinite industrial action. Just in case you didn’t already know, this strike is happening barely two months after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called off a months-long industrial action aimed at pressing home their [constant] agitations for improved welfare and funding for the universities.  Indeed, industrial action by Nigerian university staffers is as constant…

The Meat of our Myths by Uche Anyanwagu 

I recall an event which happened during the twilight days of my national service at a very busy district hospital in Abuja. I was the only doctor on call that day at the ever busy Accident and Emergency (A&E) department of the hospital.  Normally, people prefer to come to the A&E, nOt because they have conditions that require emergency attention, but for the promptness with which they will be attended to, compared to the long waiting times at the hospital ever-busy general outpatient department (GOPD).  So, it is not unusual,…

The deplorable State of Nigeria’s Medicare

Let’s speak clear- nobody wants to fall ill; especially not in Nigeria. The reason [of course] is obvious- illness is not something to be desired! If anything,  it is something that is very much dreaded/detested by everyone. Yet, it is simply unavoidable, seeing as people still fall ill every now and then. And for those who are unfortunate enough to ail in Nigeria, it can be a really horrible and traumatising experience. And the reason is because not only are most Nigerians unable to afford hospital care, those who do…

Waking up in a typical Lagos Neighbourhood

While people in different parts of the world may usually get woken up by their alarm clocks in the morning, such is hardly the case for most Lagos residents. The reason is simple- alarm clocks are needless here. Speaking from my personal experience, I get woken up by my neighbours almost on a daily basis. Imagine my neighbours, all of them with their school-aged children and all.  The mothers are up early in the morning (say 4:30 Am) as they busy themselves in the kitchen preparing the morning breakfast while…

Welcome to Lagos Nigeria: Now first things first…

An unverified statistics estimates that an average of twenty new visitors enter the city of Lagos every hour. Ten of those visitors have no intention of leaving! With this in mind therefore, it is safe to assume that about two hundred and twenty new people take up residence [every day] in the city which already has a staggering, official population of twenty four million people. Now you can begin to imagine the implications of this, as far as city management is concerned. The Lagos infrastructural base is already one of…

Lagos Train Derailments: Many Dead, Others Injured 

At least nine people have died and many others injured in the aftermath of two separate train derailments that happened today in Lagos.  The first accident happened in the Agege area of the city, when a train reportedly rammed into a vehicle that was parked across the railway. Four passengers who were hanging ontop of the train (as it is usually the case in Lagos) were said to have died instantly upon impact. Many others were injured.  The second accident happened along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, near Kara Bridge. Five persons…

The Nigeria Police of Extortions

​On Tuesday morning, while traveling from Enugu to Abuja, we were stopped at a Police checkpoint after Obollo afor town, Enugu State (just before entering Otukpa community in Benue State) at about 1300hrs . The Police officer shown in the attached video began to search everything in the bus including our wallets and handbags (without a search warrant or any explanations for such invasion of our privacies).  Having found nothing on anyone, it became clearer that he was looking for a foothold to illegally extort money from innocent commuters. The…

A Country where Abuse of Power is a Norm

Sometime not too long ago, I saw an advert for freelance writers. And being the ever industrious young man that I am, I submitted an application and hoped to be contacted. After all, there is nothing wrong with having multiple  sources of income; right?  But as weeks passed, no feedback got to me until this afternoon when I received a phone call from a woman who sounded quite bossy right from the start. She told me what the job entailed, and repeatedly asked if I could do it even as…

School Girls Pimped by School Security Guard

In what is perhaps one of the most chilling reports out of Nigeria this month, details have emerged about how  a security guard at a girls secondary school in Plateau State has overtime pimped girls as young as thirteen.  According to the exclusive investigative report by The Cable, the incident happened at the Federal Government Girls College, Langtang. The reporter pretended to be a potential customer (paedophile) and acquired the pimp’s contact through one of his associates. That was the beginning of the shocking revelations that have stunned most readers. …

Sexual Harassment: An every Day Experience in Nigeria 

A young woman named Nwafor Eurel recently made a Facebook video detailing the moment she was raped in Lagos. Now her frustration lies in her claims that her predator is currently colluding with the police to prevent justice from taking place, all because he has money. Eurel’s case exemplifies one of many; people who get sexually abused/harassed  on a daily basis in Nigeria and either forced to keep it quiet, or denied justice when they do speak out. It is indeed a serious situation, which is why we decided to…