Until Death Arrives Your Door

Perhaps Paris is closer to us here in Nigeria than Baga is, that is why we can wail and roll on the floor in agony over the loss of 12 cartoonists from Charlie Hebdo that surely many of us did not know existed before news of the shooting broke. It’s not hard to imagine, we…

The Pollination Project: Kingsley Iweka, Africa-OnTheRise

The Pollination Project featured me on its platform after granting me $1,000 in support of my Africa-OnTheRise Platform, here’s what they wrote: In response to the large breadth of media that reports solely on the negative stories coming out of Africa, Kingsley Iweka founded Africa-OnTheRise, an online platform focusing on positive and progressive news in…

EBOLA: THE DEATH OF THE HANDSHAKE

“You may now offer each other the sign of peace”, said the Priest as he rounded off the prayers of consecration. Parishioners stood where they were exchanging awkward stares and glances as opposed to handshakes and embraces synonymous with ‘the sign of peace’ referred to by the Priest. This was mass on Sunday in a…

ALL HAIL THE HASHTAG #, THE NEW ‘SUPER POWER’

According to Twitter the ‘#’ symbol, called a ‘Hashtag’, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. However, this symbol has evolved beyond just marking keywords and topics on Twitter, to something much greater; from enabling resource mobilization to fostering campaigns…

ONE INSTANCE WHERE IT IS OKAY TO ‘RAPE’?

NB: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Alright, here’s what I have to say. We all have that one very cool, trendy and fun friend who we enjoy being with a lot, and for some reason you really just desire getting ‘into’ them, but they just won’t yield. The kind of friend that’s so cool they have all…

HOW HOPE CAN(NOT) SET THE NIGERIAN YOUTH FREE

“Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives. They persist generation after generation, virtually intact, even as the economic and social and demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished, and they play such an important role in directing attitudes and behaviours that we cannot make sense of our world without them.”…

RELIGION HAS DAPPLED US.

Once upon a time, Christianity provided the official system of thought, Life and Law. And I say ‘Christianity’ for lack of a better collective term to describe the group of people who through their teachings and practices reflect the true identity of those who have been transformed by the renewing of their mind, and who…

FOR HALIMA’S SAKE…

He said her ‘cocoyams’ were ripe. That was all the reason he needed to approach Halima’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. The smile on Adamu’s face was disgusting and not because it was hard deciphering how much of his teeth his lips covered for they were of like shade and colour. Worse…

SNAP JUDGEMENTS: WHY FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

The human brain uses two very different strategies to make sense of situations. One is the conscious strategy. This strategy is logical and definitive, and it is familiar. But it is also slow and often requires a lot of information. The second strategy is quicker. The brain reaches conclusions without immediately telling us that it…