THE YEAR OF SURRENDER

Twenty eighteen. Wow! We are here and at the beginning of a new year! While many are focusing on resolutions, that generally focus on fixing things from the past, I’m creating the vision, which focuses on my future. Like last year, I took some time to identify key words that will allow me to have … Continue reading THE YEAR OF SURRENDER

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Five Things I Learnt Last Year (2017)

So…we’re counting down another year. There’s that! Either I’m busy doing at F-5 tornado speed or I’m at a standstill and the world is moving around me, Category 5 hurricane pace. That’s sort of the best way I can describe it all! Nevertheless, 2017 has been good to me. Really. I had my share of … Continue reading Five Things I Learnt Last Year (2017)

Beyoncè’s Father Mathew Knowles suggests she wouldn’t have been as Successful if she had a Darker Skin

The issue of colourism in the American music industry has always been a present one, and Mathew Knowles, father and former manager of Beyoncè, discussed it in his interview with Ebony. Talking about his new book, “Racism: From the Eyes of a Child” in which he discusses colourism and racism, Knowles shared how he experienced colourism as a … Continue reading Beyoncè’s Father Mathew Knowles suggests she wouldn’t have been as Successful if she had a Darker Skin

Are you an Artist, Painter or Sculptor? GTBank’s Art635 Gallery is giving you an Opportunity to Showcase your Artworks

Art635, the largest online art gallery in Nigeria, is giving indigenous artists a FREE digital space to showcase and sell their artworks. Powered by GTBank, Art635 is open to painters, sculptors, photographers and artists of all forms in Nigeria and across Africa. So far, Art635 has been at the forefront of promoting African arts and currently … Continue reading Are you an Artist, Painter or Sculptor? GTBank’s Art635 Gallery is giving you an Opportunity to Showcase your Artworks

Creating a Safe Space for Mental Awareness in Nigeria! Meet Victor Ugo, the Man Behind MANI

Mental health in Nigeria is one major issue that has suffered considerable neglect. The awareness and knowledge of mental disorders is extremely low, and those who visibly suffer from mental illness are largely stigmatized. While the rest of the world deals with the issues accordingly, Nigerians tend to turn a blind eye to it. Clearly, there … Continue reading Creating a Safe Space for Mental Awareness in Nigeria! Meet Victor Ugo, the Man Behind MANI

Right On CNN Jay Z Speaks Of His Marriage After Infidelity Scandals

Music star JAY-Z has opened up about how he had to fight for his marriage after his infidelity. The 48-year old dad of 3 opened up about his unfaithfulness to wife Beyoncewhile making an appearance on The Van Jones Show. He said: “You can love someone but if you haven’t experienced love, and you don’t understand it and you … Continue reading Right On CNN Jay Z Speaks Of His Marriage After Infidelity Scandals

About the Time a Business Meeting Turned into Field of Insults

“You are sick!” “Bastard from the street!” It’s been almost a week since my meeting with Mr. A, the Head of Legal, company M, and I am still traumatized by the verbal abuse I received. Let’s rewind a little. Company M recently opened in Nigeria. I was excited to work with them for sentimental reasons … Continue reading About the Time a Business Meeting Turned into Field of Insults

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks Immigration, Donald Trump, Nigeria at France’s Night of Ideas

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was present at France’s third Nuit des Idées (Night of Ideas), where she discussed equality, immigration, and, most notably Nigeria. In what was quite the memorable moment, the interviewer asked if there were any libraries in Nigeria, adding that French people didn’t know a lot about Nigeria. Adichie answered saying she felt the … Continue reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks Immigration, Donald Trump, Nigeria at France’s Night of Ideas

A Review of Yemisi Aribisala’s “Longthroat Memoirs”

People talk and write about a wide range of topics, from socio-economic dynamics to politics to gender fluidity, but it is rare to find people discuss Nigerian food with the eloquence and detail employed in addressing other issues. “In many other countries, Christmas meals must be complicated, sophisticated and dressed up, otherwise people feel that … Continue reading A Review of Yemisi Aribisala’s “Longthroat Memoirs”

5 Reasons Nigerians Need to Care More About Health Insurance

No matter how healthy you believe you are, or what great genes you have, you are not invincible. Epidemics happen. Accidents happen. There are a number of things that could put you health at risk, and if you are not prepared to handle them accordingly, you are in for a great deal of stress – … Continue reading 5 Reasons Nigerians Need to Care More About Health Insurance

Jean Clare Igwegbe: Drug Abuse in Nigeria – A Social or Health Problem?

The subject of the rapidly growing menace of drugs among young adults came up during a recent conversation with a lecturer of a faith-based University. He gave examples of how students in faith-based tertiary institutions are increasingly becoming addicted to drugs despite the expected moral high grounds. He went on to talk about how numerous … Continue reading Jean Clare Igwegbe: Drug Abuse in Nigeria – A Social or Health Problem?

INTERVIEW: “I see good in everybody” – Erykah Badu discusses Fela, Bill Cosby & Hitler in New Interview

Erykah Badu, in an interview with Vulture, discussed how she avoids groupthink and tries to figure out things for herself. Badu, who just curated a box set of Fela‘s albums, discussed how she’s not quick to judge people like Bill Cosby and Louis C. K. who have seemingly done bad things, as she likes to weigh the situations individually. Asked about what … Continue reading INTERVIEW: “I see good in everybody” – Erykah Badu discusses Fela, Bill Cosby & Hitler in New Interview

Love without Boundaries with Bukola Ayinde: See My Child & You Behold My Faith

My friend told me the touching story of a special needs mum. Renovation and expansion work was being done at the church that this special needs mum attended and she decided to make a suggestion. She walked up to the leader in charge of the reconstruction and respectfully asked that a ramp (a sloping surface … Continue reading Love without Boundaries with Bukola Ayinde: See My Child & You Behold My Faith

Few Tips For Staying Safe on a Night Out with the Boys

You have had an extremely stressful week full of meetings, appointments, errands, e.t.c and luckily, your friends have invited you out for a night with the boys. You really need some sleep, but hanging with your guys, without the voice of your wife/girlfriend in the background, would actually be a better way to unwind… so … Continue reading Few Tips For Staying Safe on a Night Out with the Boys

I Need God to Forgive Me for Sleeping with Another Man’s Wife

This has been eating me up and I am not sure if I should cut the lady in question off despite her pleas. I feel I have let myself and my family down. I got down with a lady I’m not married to over the holidays. I underestimated the level of desire she had for … Continue reading I Need God to Forgive Me for Sleeping with Another Man’s Wife

Procreation Of Human Race: Adoption With Abortion By Abimbola Adeluwoye

When I began to research this topic, it did not go as smoothly as planned in my head. The consequence of this was that I was not able to feature any post last week as I was really scatterbrained. I had to reexamine everything I thought I knew about both adoption and abortion. I would … Continue reading Procreation Of Human Race: Adoption With Abortion By Abimbola Adeluwoye

MUST READ | Samklef Came Really Harsh On Daddy Freeze For Preaching Hate And Being An Anti-Christ

Producer Samklef has on his Twitter attacked OAP Daddy Freeze, accusing him of creating fake accounts to preach hate. The two had a go at it on Instagram on Sunday, after the beat maker commented “It’s getting boring” on a collage Daddy Freeze shared showing a mentally unstable man being healed at a church service. https://www.instagram.com/p/BeLzAoRnQog/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=500#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A51462.94%7D The OAP had … Continue reading MUST READ | Samklef Came Really Harsh On Daddy Freeze For Preaching Hate And Being An Anti-Christ

MUST READ | The Man Against God’s Prophets And His New Wife Tale

In recent times, on-air personality Freeze‘s fiancée Benedicta Elechi has been joining him on his YouTube videos as they discuss current affairs and trending topics. Benedicta, who is the C.E.O of TasteBudz Real Naija Cooking and Dictachi Foods Nigeria Ltd, has otherwise stayed away from the limelight. The relationship between Freeze and Benedicta started a few years ago and the couple now have a son together – … Continue reading MUST READ | The Man Against God’s Prophets And His New Wife Tale

Radio Personality Toolz visits Bakassi IDP Camp in Maiduguri To Score More Points

On-air personality Toolz Oniru-Demuren visited the Bakassi IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, recently and she shared her experience with her followers. According to the OAP, she was motivated to visit the camp for internally displaced persons by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright. Talking about her visit, Toolz says “Last year the British High Commissioner @PaulTArkwright challenged me … Continue reading Radio Personality Toolz visits Bakassi IDP Camp in Maiduguri To Score More Points

Exploring Serious Themes in a Fun & Light-Hearted Manner – A Review of Olumide Popoola’s “When We Speak of Nothing”

Life is often not a simple case of black or white. It is a lot more complex than that -with various shades of grey in between. We may need to ‘wear other people’s shoes’ a bit to understand how their life experiences have influenced and shaped their values, belief systems and characters. The introduction Olumide Popoola‘s … Continue reading Exploring Serious Themes in a Fun & Light-Hearted Manner – A Review of Olumide Popoola’s “When We Speak of Nothing”

Are You Interested in Communications & Technology? Apply for Sesema PR’s Corporate Communications Pitch Competition

Following the success of the first two editions of its Corporate Communications Pitch Competition (CCPC); Sesema Public Relations, a leading Public Relations and Marketing Communications firm in Nigeria is calling for entries for the third edition of its competition. In line with the second edition, this year’s competition will be in two different categories; Public Relations and … Continue reading Are You Interested in Communications & Technology? Apply for Sesema PR’s Corporate Communications Pitch Competition

Ene Abah: A Travel Adventure Clothed With Regrets

I was asked recently if I have had any bad travel experiences! I laughed at this question, as I would be lying if I said all my trips always go smoothly. I will give two instances of some of my travel woes. In 2015, my friend and I went to Thailand. I wrote about it here and here. … Continue reading Ene Abah: A Travel Adventure Clothed With Regrets

Kogi Doctor reportedly dies from Lassa Fever As Brouhaha Between Doctors And FG #DoctorsLivesMatters #VoteOutBuhari

Ahmed Victor, the doctor who contacted Lassa fever after treating a 7-month-old baby has died from the disease, Punch reports. The director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Dr. Olatunde Alabi had announced on Saturday that 30-year-old Ahmed had been diagnosed of the disease and had been taken to Irrua for further treatment. Alabi said the World Health Organisation (WHO), the state Ministry … Continue reading Kogi Doctor reportedly dies from Lassa Fever As Brouhaha Between Doctors And FG #DoctorsLivesMatters #VoteOutBuhari

Ooni Of Ife Talks About Culture And Embracing Our Root After Condemning Westernisation

Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has further urged Nigerians to do away with vanity, telling a story of how he stays close to the masses. He “developed a concept to live like the common man,” he wrote, by visiting people who lived under bridges, riding commercial motorcycles, and taking molue to wherever he was visiting in Lagos. He wanted … Continue reading Ooni Of Ife Talks About Culture And Embracing Our Root After Condemning Westernisation

A Review of the Writivism Flash Fiction Anthology “Your Heart Will Skip a Beat and Other Stories”

“You sit beside a fat woman dressed in an expensive Aso-ebi, the type Lagos women wear to weddings and funerals. The harsh feel of the lace-material reminds you of sacks. You spare her one more glance; purple eyelids and a contrasting pink blush on her very dark cheeks, her face is a palette of several … Continue reading A Review of the Writivism Flash Fiction Anthology “Your Heart Will Skip a Beat and Other Stories”

Scholarship | Meet Representatives of Southern Ontario Collegiate & Get All Your Questions Answered | January 20th – 23rd

Making a decision for whats next after secondary school for your wards sometimes might be a daunting task, as understandably, you would want to make the best decision.  Southern Ontario Collegiate Canada is open for admission for the next school year and representatives will be around to answer all pertinent questions. Date: Saturday, January 20th – Tuesday,  … Continue reading Scholarship | Meet Representatives of Southern Ontario Collegiate & Get All Your Questions Answered | January 20th – 23rd

Governor And Dictator Yahaya Bello submits names of “preferred” students for Kogi Varsity Election

The Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has reportedly submitted names of preferred students to be installed as executives in the Kogi State UniversityStudent Union election. In a letter obtained by Sahara Reporters, signed by the Secretary to the Government of Kogi State, Ayoade Folashade Arike, the names of the students are listed, as well the positions in which they are to … Continue reading Governor And Dictator Yahaya Bello submits names of “preferred” students for Kogi Varsity Election

Bereaving with the Loss of a Loved One

Last week, we began this column with a true tell all of how I lost my mother and how the people that had gathered to commiserate with my family members and I almost compounded the loss with several DONTs. {Click here if you missed it}. These past few days, have really toughened me. Up until the sad … Continue reading Bereaving with the Loss of a Loved One

10 Contemporary Nigerian Writers To Look Out For in 2018

When there is a mention of Nigerian literature there’s a possibility that you’ll assume that the themes are centred around culture and tradition. Perhaps there was a time when that was mostly all it was, but Nigerian literature has since expanded quite impressively, especially in the past decade and a half. Nigerian literature now draws … Continue reading 10 Contemporary Nigerian Writers To Look Out For in 2018

Yes #LiterallyWhatsHot: Compelling Narratives, or Basic Poverty Porn? – A Review of Stanley Gazemba’s Nairobi Echoes.

“I knew what I was leaving behind, but certainly not what awaited me. I would miss the barefoot, easy-to-lay girls of Apac and the older women with hand-chiseled gaps in their front teeth who knew how to time their husbands’ return. This was one matter that was very dear to my life. I would miss … Continue reading Yes #LiterallyWhatsHot: Compelling Narratives, or Basic Poverty Porn? – A Review of Stanley Gazemba’s Nairobi Echoes.

S1/E13: Aliya The Story By Minna Davies

Aliya is walking on a lonely street and very terrified. A foot wearing a boot walking behind her, she turns the flash on her phone and hastily turns to see who is there Episode Thirteen ALIYA The story By Minna Davies MUSIC STUDIO - DAY BOSE is rehearsing with her sax, Mrs ANITA listening on … Continue reading S1/E13: Aliya The Story By Minna Davies

Muslims have a right to Islamise Nigeria —Bishop Badejo

Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Most Reverend (Dr) Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, speaks on the concerns regarding Islamisation of Nigeria; how his father reacted when he was ordained a deacon more than 30 years ago; how the experience has been, 10 years as a bishop, among other issues. Rita Okonoboh provides excerpts: What attracted you to … Continue reading Muslims have a right to Islamise Nigeria —Bishop Badejo

S1/E10: Aliya The Story By Minna Davies

ALIYA is sleeping holding herself LALA opens the door slowly, closes it. Walking towards ALIYA pulling his belt. Episode Ten ALIYA The story By Minna Davies THE HOUSE Ramat is waiting for Aliya worried, finally the door opens, Ramat runs quickly to see who it is. Aliya is standing in frame. RAMAT Ohh thank God. … Continue reading S1/E10: Aliya The Story By Minna Davies

Two Aishas In A President’s Life By SOC Okenwa

When Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was overthrown in a bloodless palace coup in 1985 mounted by the then Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, the Daura-born lanky man ruling Nigeria then with the late Brig-Gen. Tunde Idiagbon was subsequently locked up incommunicado in Benin City for more than three years. And when eventually he has … Continue reading Two Aishas In A President’s Life By SOC Okenwa

Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari In IPOB By Charly boy | @Areafada1 |

My President: I bear my heart out in this letter with great respect and humility. Often times I wonder if you read any of my open letters. However, I write this open letter so fellow Nigerians will understand the ache in my heart. I was about 17yrs during the Nigerian civil war. My youth was … Continue reading Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari In IPOB By Charly boy | @Areafada1 |

UNGA: What is President Buhari there for? Does he worth being there?

The President is expected to address the General Assembly and participate in a debate on ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet, a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said. In addition to that, President Buhari will join … Continue reading UNGA: What is President Buhari there for? Does he worth being there?

Akwa Ibom Churches As Parastatals By Reuben Abati

eligion was not quite a major divisive issue in the community in which we lived in the Old Cross River State in my days as a student there. On Sundays, students felt free to attend church service either within the campus or outside. I do not recall any major religious upheaval in the largely Christian … Continue reading Akwa Ibom Churches As Parastatals By Reuben Abati

S1/E5: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies – Mini Read Series

Both hear the door crack open. Their faces go dim as they look at each other.   Episode Five ALIYA (the story)   By Minna Davies           Both hear the door crack open. Their faces go dim as they look at each other.   JANE (Whispers) Your last prayers?   ALIYA … Continue reading S1/E5: ALIYA (The Story) By Minna Davies – Mini Read Series

A letter to President Buhari from Charly Boy

ear Mr. President Sir: When I learned that you would be returning yesterday, I was glad because it means you eventually listened to our cries and yearnings. You have returned at a time when our country needs you most to surmount the crucibles battering us as a people and a nation. Though for a very … Continue reading A letter to President Buhari from Charly Boy

Worst moments of democracy in Nigeria

resident Muhammadu Buhari’s return to work on Monday got off to a limp start despite the celebrations which accompanied his return to Nigeria on Saturday, his health clearly not much improved despite the best spin efforts of the cabal in the presidency. Aso Rock insiders who had been made to believe a rejuvenated and energized President … Continue reading Worst moments of democracy in Nigeria

Nigeria the most corrupt country says UN in a new survey as over 80 million people paid bribe

Roughly 82.3 million bribes were paid in Nigeria in the 12 months leading to May 2016, according to a survey by the official National Bureau of Statistics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. It added that almost a third of Nigerian adults (32.3%) who had contact with a public official between June 2015 … Continue reading Nigeria the most corrupt country says UN in a new survey as over 80 million people paid bribe