Tag: Nigeria

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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.

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Ethinc hostilities have been brewing steadily in Nigeria, and on the 6th of June, they erupted. The youth wing of Arewa Consultative Forum declared Igbos persona-non-grata in Northern Nigeria. This followed recent calls for secession from pro-Biafra groups led by Nnamdi Kanu. Do these agitations suggest Nigeria is better split apart?

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“Our partisanship towards corruption stems from the general belief in Nigeria that once one occupies a political position, be it the smallest, they have found El dorado. So, people tend to lend support to anti-graft war when charges of corruption are levelled against those in their black book.”

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How do we respond to people who have attributes we do not like, or lack the ones we desire? Do we just reject them or mock them? And what is the essential quality in any acquaintance, friend or partner?

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If the internet is to be believed, those who are not watching Game of Thrones are missing out on a major event of their times. Sundays have now become a long wait for the show, and Mondays a deluge of critics explaining the show and watchers dodging spoilers on their social media pages. But why, really, does this show and its ‘silly’ mottos matter to anyone?