Tag: Nigeria

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Nigerians constantly do the most unseemly things merely to survive. Whether it’s walking to and fro inbetween oncoming traffic from 8 till late selling packaged sausages or carrying around a brush and water just to wipe windscreens so they can get 50/100 naira just to get something to eat.

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This month, Lagos Fashion and Design Week will make its return, a flagship platform that has incubated, nurtured, and exported Nigerian designers to rest of the world. As before, many designers from Nigeria and the continent will be hosted under its brand and will continue to be that way for a long time.

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We have seen the elders fail. Freedom didn’t come cheap, yet in six years of independence we were already taken by military rule and a year later by an unforgettable war that the Igbos are still seething from. The system is warped, wieldy and unsustainable. Our democracy has been a charade, producing a government of liars by liars for liars.

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Mr. Ajimobi who enjoyed the best education Nigeria has ever offered closed down secondary schools for seven weeks and only re-opened the schools after apology letters were sent to him by the heads of the affected schools.

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Maybe, he shouldn’t even let Joke go to university in order to avoid this nonsense modernization. He however wants educated children who will  buy him that big house and new car, the type his aged landlord’s son bought him, children he can visit in Lagos when they have their own families.

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Perhaps the most significant difference between our fantastical living and the fiction of Game of Thrones is in the gathering of powerful people under the banner of good and evil. In GOT, the nature of characters that used to be murkier earlier in the series, has become clear in the face of impending doom. So how does this compare with Nigeria?

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I’d always wanted to keep a full hair since childhood, but my parents frowned at it, forcing me to get rid of my cherished hair every two or three weeks. I still put up a fight though. A trip to the barbershop was like a trip to hell. My mum would say, let`s go to mr biggs, and I would follow happily only to land in the spinning chair, with two hands holding my head steady. She was quite the trickster.

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In Nigeria, there have been about an average of one violent, noteworthy event, every year. But the spate of massacres by Fulani herdsmen on small crop-farming communities and villages, which has claimed over 4000 lives, in recent months, is disquieting even for a country used to violence. And this time, something more malevolent than ethno-religious or regional strife has been identified as one of the causes:  climate change.