Tag: Nigeria

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The roar of an oncoming van and a close brush with the left flank saw him reeling back in a theatrical mixture of shock and adrenaline. Thankfully, the traffic from our side of the road hadn’t eased yet.

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Mascara is a story about four women who live as friends in a Lagos-based apartment. I had expected Lagos to be an extra, buoyant character on its own, rippling with familiar charm and chaos. But the establishing shot in the first episode was as dull as wet fish. In fact, I’m of the opinion that the shots of tall buildings and the cityscape were grafted from an unconnected, pre-existing source.

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In Nigeria, the process of getting a voters card is tiring. It is like they specifically made it so stressful so that people will not vote. In this 21st century, one would have expected them to not complicate such a routine task.

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No no no no. The devil is a liar I said to myself. My enemies want to disgrace me in public abi. The girls at the window were demanding to come in “who got valled in room 20 they asked?” I had to be sharp. I had to get to the bottom of this asap.

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These young men and women showed me how hungry, how starved my generation is, and not for money or vanity as the Major seemed to think; they are starved of support, hungry to prove themselves. They are world standard and could prove it too.

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The first step in solving any problem is recognizing that there is one; I believe parents do not love their children anymore. And by virtue of coming to a conscious realization of this, we can hopefully find ways to love our children as we birth the next generation. A just world requires parents not just raising their children as a responsibility but loving their children

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A lot of people who have died or people roaming the streets just didn’t have the right care. People amongst us are bipolar. Some have dementia, schizophrenia, and many other illness. Some children who get flogged by their parents for being dull may be battling autism, dyslexia and many other disabilities. We need more awareness.

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Dear Nigerians, we owe a sense of responsibility to ourselves. And so, the next time we offer our very colourful show of concern when a bomb goes off in France, or a nuclear leak in China, or flood in Florida, let us also speak out in concern when a suspected thief is beaten, molested and burnt in Lagos.

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Is there any passenger that thinks that they should confront officers when they stretch out their hand to collect ‘white’ (as fifty naira is called)? Is it fear that prevents this? Or is it a it’s-none-of-my-business attitude?