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When I look around, faces of despair are not in short supply. My own face is not immune. Thank God every Nigerian has some innate resilience to abjection. The issue however is that we all have our breaking points. We know when enough is enough! Though our past as a nation was quite eventful, we seemed to have thrown the cigarette butt into a trash can filled with papers and moved on without putting the fire out completely. The smoke from the trash can has gained dense billows and ignition is not far off. With reference to the political antecedents of Nigeria, no Government in u [more...]
It takes at least 9 months to cultivate life normally through processes peripherally explained by science. Inherent in the process, are deep mysteries that manifest in various ways and continue to leave human kind with more questions. In this whole drama of the cultivation of life, especially human life, several still ask the question “when does life truly begin?” When I was little, I used to trundle items over ants neatly lined up in procession looking for food. It excited me to tie polythene bags over a stick and set it on fire and watch polythene fire balls drop on ants [more...]
What is terrorism? It may interest you to know that the world is not unified on a single definition for this word. A crime carried out by humans on humans. Some people say that one of the aims of terrorism is to instil fear in a population for a prolonged period of time. I then asked myself, to what end? It has been established long ago that human wants are insatiable. This fact has driven many humans on a burdensome pilgrimage of greed and selfishness. Having established that there is no end in sight to fulfilment of human wants, many humans today however feel it is possible to [more...]
As dawn broke, he awakened with a heightened level of anxiety. He had trekked several kilometres from a village close to Abuja; the last village a truck had volunteered to drop him to find the place he believed was his destiny to find. He got up, and rolled up his sleeping baggage; a set of very old blankets he grabbed from what was left on the bed he slept on for years. He went to a nearby tap and washed his face and rinsed his mouth, after which, it was time for him to begin a set of actions he had lined up to achieve by the grace of God. It didn’t take long before he was noticed [more...]
“I will love you wellu wellu, I must to love you wellu wellu, Maria don come for me oh. I will love you wellu wellu.   Bread wey I no dream of oh, Don find me come oh, Make una come helep me shout oh, Wetin I go use thank Maria oh.   I will love you wellu wellu, I must to love you wellu wellu, Maria don come for me oh, I will love you wellu wellu.”   After singing this song on top of his voice, he cleared his throat and started his story. “Maria and I were friends from babyhood. We danced and rolled together in the sa [more...]
Three gentlemen, sharply dressed in black suits and sunglasses, came upon a house. It was a three bedroom bungalow. The house was in the middle of a paved compound which was fenced. The house looked abandoned, spooky, and puzzling. They walked around the house taking notes and making references. When they got to the back, three old metal file cabinets stood abandoned with some pieces of papers lying around them. They thought little of them and moved on. Having gone round the house, they stopped at the front door and one of them knocked. A young boy in his early twenties appeared wi [more...]
Communing with other human beings is innate in every one of us. Don’t you agree? If you found yourself alone in a forest and you heard a human baby’s cry, would you look for it? If you found it and you also met a doctor who told you the baby has Ebola, would you still carry the baby? Is it the fear of infection and death? Would you trust the doctor and allow your fear of Ebola to erode a basic human instinct to care for another human? Would you choose Science over faith in God to keep you safe? So, is it our wish to push people away? I don’t think so. But because we qualify h [more...]
It was dawn. He heard the news over the radio two days ago, and since then, he had been through a series of automated involuntary actions which culminated with him standing in front of a bunch of padlocks on an iron gauze barrier on the popular Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. The barriers on both sides were filled with padlocks of different shapes, colours and sizes. But, he was staring on a particular one. The particular one that set him in motion since he heard the padlocks were to be removed by government maintenance officers over the radio, two days ago. About twenty five year [more...]
The modern professional or career worker needs to make him or herself a distinguished tool for integration whether in the workplace or in social or family circles. This is because it has become important for every human being to imbibe some management skills to function efficiently through life. Management skills are no longer a skill set for managers alone but for every human being who can have access to knowledge. It is often said that good leaders make good managers but not all good managers make good leaders. So, leadership and management can be separated. While many of us may [more...]
Whenever the subject of Africa's development is brought up, a passionate few are quick to name so called heroes, and go ahead to ask what will happen if they were to rise up and see what has presently befallen our dear continent. I will like to state here very clearly, that the simple answer is, nothing will happen. In any case, we have been made aware through beliefs and reality that once on the other side, your chapter here is closed for good. If not, I have a few heroes of mine to bring back too. It is now left for all Africans to draw whatever positives these so called heroes h [more...]
From the womb of emptiness and the dark voids of space, phenomena beyond human comprehension sparked life. A supreme authority designed and executed a plan that will continue to remain a mystery even to the best scientists with the most developed human brain. Did this Supreme Being remodel the earth and put life on it? Did this Supreme Being also create the entire multiverse as we know it from NASA? Even your thoughts are limited because the human mind cannot execute thought processes beyond the limits prescribed for it from the beginning. So, we can’t truly comprehend the magnit [more...]
An uneducated rural girl of 17 years of age came to the city to help her aunt who was delivered of a baby with house chores. She could hardly speak or understand English and mainly spoke their local language with her aunt. She went on errands for her aunt to the market and supermarkets to buy provisions and food items. A written list helped her cope with the difficulties of language barrier. She was very hardworking and also excited to be living in the city. Her intention to quickly blend into the “city life” made her quite open to make friends quickly. She knew nothing abo [more...]
Just like the approach of eventide, gradual and increasingly intensifying with time, a country so dear to us is sinking gradually into a sea of trepidation, and for the first time in our history, we are quite unsure about our future. We have heard statements from very highly placed Nigerians stating very firmly that Nigeria must remain one and that the unity of Nigeria is not up for discussion. I like hearing these statements a lot because quite frankly, they are the only source of belief for me now. The Nigerian state today reminds me of an earth tremor on the verge of eruption. W [more...]
When you look at a mirror what do you see? An image of yourself, isn’t it? But who are you exactly? Have you ever sat down to have some alone time about who you really are? If someone walked up you and asked you to name five things that define you uniquely, what would you say? How long would you have thought about them? Would any of them have anything to do with love? I think something common to all of us is love. We all know what love is, and we feel it when it is experienced. Pure love is unconditional and can be perceived even without action. Now, is there usually an intent [more...]
This short story came together rather quickly and I felt it had some lessons for us all. I therefore present Mr. and Mrs. Desmond. Mr. and Mrs. Desmond were a lovely couple. They had paid their dues through the public service and rose professionally to become quality personnel in their niches at work. Parenthood was successful because their two female children were almost through with university education abroad. However, home had become a regimented routine of early dash-outs to work, late entry, light meals, almost no television, little conversations, and little sleep. After [more...]
The human being at birth can be likened to a computer. We were all born quite unfilled. However, we all came to this world with the innate capacity to care for each other. Even as babies, we recognised other human beings as analogous to us and discerned them from the animals we found around us. As we grew older into toddlers, we stopped selecting who we allowed to carry us as long as someone we recognised was around. We were attracted to other Children we came across and played with them more freely. Sometimes, too freely. We enjoyed human gatherings because they provided us with o [more...]
I spent most of my childhood growing up within the adventurous and exciting walls of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria Kaduna state Nigeria. My Dad is a lecturer and my Mum was a Primary school teacher for 37 years. Maybe they inspired me. I began writing very early in Primary school. Most of my writings were short war fiction stories which I shared with friends. Even at that age, I usually received commendation for my works. These commendations encouraged me to write more. I wish I could find these unpublished materials today. I lost them. I started to see myself as an artist. At l [more...]

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