About two weeks ago, Wasila Umaru, a fourteen year old teenage girl was alleged to have killed her newly wedded thirty-five year old husband and few of his friends by poisoning them during their small wedding party somewhere in Kano State. As I looked at the pathetic picture of the girl, my heart bled for a young life forever ruined by the collective failure of society to address an ill which has left countless female children scarred for life – CHILD MARRIAGE. Continue reading “KILLER CHILD BRIDE – WHO REALLY KILLED THE VICTIMS?” »
In my last post, I talked about us needing a revolution somewhat. Over the past few weeks, a couple of young Nigerians set out to achieve that, “peacefully”, if I might add, but got arrested.
Let’s start off with a young man with the Twitter handle @omojuwa. He has used the power of social media to air his views and try to influence changes in the country. Some weeks back, he organized a peaceful protest concerning the Nigerian Immigration Service debacle in which about 16 people were killed. Unfortunately, in a so-called democratic nation such as ours, he got arrested alongside several other protesters. The news broke out on social media and after much condemnation, they were released. This young man has still not quit, of which full of admiration. Continue reading “Freedom In Nigeria” »
Since the recent bombings in Abuja Nigeria, emotions have been running high with so many citizens expressing their anger online and offline. In the midst of it all, I have watched carefully and searched for any statement from religious leaders. For two days, I saw nothing except from a certain Pastor that claims to have prophesied the incident. That wasn’t going to help in anyway so I ignored that and kept on searching. Finally, after two days the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Orisetjafor released a statement; how happy was I? but after reading it, I must confess I have been left deflated and disappointed. He didn’t suggest any solutions to the Boko Haram issue but simply condemned the act and placed a curse on the perpetrators. Whether that will solve our immediate problems is left for you to decide depending on your belief. Continue reading “Nigeria and our Many Issues:An Open Letter to Religious Leaders” »
I’m what could be deemed an early riser by nature and that could be blamed on my boarding school days. My best pieces are designed in the wee hours of the morning when tranquillity reigns, because that is my most creative period of the day. Yesterday wasn`t any different as I woke up at about 3.30am, however, it took another 30 minutes before I could psyche myself out of bed. Usually, my first deliberation often centres around whether to have milk in my coffee/tea or go milk-less. I must have written at some point on my blog that I avoid dairy products because my cholesterol level was once diagnosed to be above the normal level even though I`m skinny and never weighed more than 82kg/13 stones in my life except way back in the late 90`s when my late mum complained that I didn`t look as chubby as other folks(mums, lol) that are based in Europe so I went back and stuffed myself and then developed this humongous ass that I never knew I was endowed with. I might share a photo if I can find one. Continue reading “In this dangerous time President Jonathan needs us just as we need him” »
Nigeria is sitting on a ticking time bomb, not one set by the dreaded Boko Haram sect; but one set by years of neglect of successive governments and one that would consume this nation if it is not contained on time. This soon to explode bomb is unemployment and upon detonation, the effects will be disastrous. In a previous article I had tried to establish a correlation between unemployment and higher crime rates, but on a more serious note it is very dangerous for a country to have very large numbers of strong young people who have no jobs or who are under employed. Continue reading “The ticking time bomb” »
Winners and losers week 15….Chika Ike,Tiwa Savage,Ciaxon,Atiku versus Jonathan wedding,Banky W et al
I wish to commence this piece with the old adage “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. A few years ago the then to be President,Jonathan Goodluck conjured up this story about how he never had shoes while growing up and as is the case with every grass to grace story,this gist albeit unconfirmed sounded very appetising to most human ears and of course we all awwwwwwww-ed, swallowed it hook line and sinker. Did anyone ever bother to check that story out to see if it panned out?I`m not insinuating he lied oh,lol God forbid our “very religious” Presido lied but in climes where journalists take their jobs seriously, someone would have checked that story out. Up until now all we have is the President`s word unless I have missed out something
Why am I on GEJ`s back? Well, think of tweeting ,Boko Haram jailbreak,photos and you might begin to grab the drift but just in case you are yet to understand where I’m heading, (especially if you are still dealing with the nasty card/darkness NEPA/PCHN dealt you last night), then let me spell it out. Here it goes… Last week I was dumbfounded to read that Yusuf Isiaka Onimisi “ciaxon” has been abducted by the dudes from secret service and his offence was?Wait for it….just tweeting images of the attempted Boko Haram jailbreak.Ideally, our own Jonathan (the same one whose humble background we fell in love with and didn`t raise hell even when he shied away from debating against other presidential candidates) would never have metamorphosed into this one that condones the blatant abuse of fundamental human rights by the Secret Service.The government has been using the SSS to do their dirty jobs recently. This arrest and that of Sanusi and El Rufai by the secret service were simply three arrests too many. They should never have happened. You never discern the true character of individuals till they find themselves in a possession of power and money and the post-election GEJ is an absolute attestation to that so look no further for any more proof.
Let me state categorically, that as an individual who ardently believes that the devil you know is better than the angel you don`t know, I shall STAUNCHLY support President Jonathan if he can at least guarantee just 12 hours of power daily. Yes, the ultimate target is uninterrupted power but it is so appalling presently that 12 hours would go down in my book as a massive improvement.At times like this, Barth Nnaji comes to my mind.He was our messiah but we, or rather Jonathan got rid of him and we never questioned him. I`m beginning to view this man as “MEAN”, DAMN. And he traverses from church to church weekly? WOW, WOW and WOWWWWWWWW!
Ok,I`m about to vie into an area most people would rather not touch even with a barge pole except a certain lady whom I have nick-named “the multiple ball-ed lady”.Yup,this lady has more balls than most men I have ever come across and I mean that literarily and to buttress my point she happens to be amongst the most articulate Nigerians out there. I sincerely believe that if we have more folks from either gender that are as independent in their thinking as this lady instead of the prevalent herd mentality, we probably would be living a hunky-dory life in Eldorado as opposed to this matter-of-fact hell called Nigeria.Well,if you don`t consider 1 hour of power daily and in some neighbourhoods weekly/monthly as hell then I say we both have different understandings of the word “HELL”. Anyway, without much ado, kindly read what the “multiple ball-ed”, Victoria Ibezim put up on her status last week “I know no one wants to talk about it to avoid stoking the flames, huh? I will. Curse me today, but thank me later. A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered former Managing Director of the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc, Mr. Erastus Akingbola, to pay Access Bank Plc. N212.294 billion. This man is a pastor in one of those prosperity-preaching churches.
A huge chunk of the stolen billions was paid out as tithe offering to this traffic-congestion-trigger-happy pastor on Lagos-Ibadan Express Way. Another female bank thief and ex-convict allegedly bought a private jet for this same man-of-god. Private jet was bought with stolen money. Blood money! Let’s even assume pastor stolen-goods-receiver honestly received these monies without knowing the demonic sources of these gifts. So, the spirit of God does not direct him on these things?
But now that he knows, what has he done to show remorse and true repentance like the disciples of Jesus Christ would do? Now that he is aware that his church is full of armed pen robbers, murderers, polithievecians and extortionists, did God order him to keep mute and enjoy the loot quietly?
Under Nigerian law, a receiver of stolen goods is also a common criminal and no less. The law requires that he be punished severely. Why is this pastor not in EFCC’s net? Why the delay in arresting, prosecuting and sending him off to jail? Why are Nigerians silent about this?
Who put wool over the eyes of 170 million people? Who?”
As expected, the Christian fundamentalists (oh,we have fundamentalists from both religions and not just Islam so don`t get it twisted) went after her with bow,arrow,venom,amadioha,some even invoked the wrath of amdioha and other gods on her so she updated her status with this text “I knew I was walking into a landmine when I made that post yesterday about the rogue banker Erastus Akingbola and his get-rich-by-all-means-and-pay-your-tithes-church. The curses came. Some unfriended me. Some blocked me. This is not the first time I am being unfriended and blocked for criticizing the unprecedented criminality going on in the Christendom. Thank you for helping me create space for new people. Life is too short joor…
But I learned an important lesson. Boko Haram members are not only found in Maiduguri, Yobe and other northern states. There are many more Boko Haram Christians in Nigeria than you can ever find elsewhere. Some so-called Christians and self-acclaimed righteous people would gladly pardon you if you blaspheme and defame God, but will be prepared to kill, maim and make mortal enemies because of a fellow human being like them called “a pastor”.
So, if your pastor has taken over the God Almighty status in your life, and you are prepared to “DO ANYTHING” to defend him, then you have no business demonizing Boko Haram and its followers indoctrinated by fetid doses of false dogma. You are just one of them! You are already a disaster waiting to happen. The only difference is that your pastor has not yet handed over a gun to you to kill and maim in God’s name. And once he does that, the robot in you begins to act.
“The instinct to follow leaders blindly leaves evil unchallenged” J-M Kamatali, 20 yrs of Rwanda Genocide!
Ok that was the “multi-balled” lady expressing her utter displeasure with the obvious fact that Pastors have taken the position of God in the lives of most Nigerian Christians. She would have been absolutely fine and perhaps garnered more friends to herself if she omitted mentioning the Pastor who is God to some fanatical Christians. Anyway I will personally leave you guys with Mathew 24 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect”. If Jesus specifically warned us about these false prophets such as Pastor Erastus Akingbola and his ilks, so why then aren`t we given any heed to this warning?
Lolllllll, this image of this “loser” CONFAB member went viral last week. Now, we have all had our fun at the expense of this “hard-working” dude.For all we know,this out-of-the-box thinking chap who was perhaps a CONFAB member in 1945 judging from the hair (ok,that was me being the goofy Emmy. I couldn`t resist taking just a “lickle” dig at him,lol) reckoned the solution to Nigeria’s very knotty problems lies in “scrabble”. So basically, he was performing the functions we paid him N12m (about £48k) but being that he was way too innovative for our myopic minds, we figured him out wrong so instead of him receiving a well-deserved pat on the back, we castigated him. Continue reading “Winners and losers week 15….Chika Ike,Tiwa Savage,Ciaxon,Atiku versus Jonathan wedding,Banky W et al” »
I participated in the last general elections in Nigeria, but I did not vote President Goodluck Jonathan for the sole reason that I did not trust him. To me it was as if he never really wanted to be president, so he had no clear cut agenda of the things he wanted to achieve while in office; so while the other candidates outlined their plans the Goodluck campaign was busy singing songs of luck and playing up ethnic sentiments. I did not vote for him, and going by where Nigeria has been headed under his leadership, I think I have been vindicated.
This article is not about the president’s performance (or lack of it), rather than that it is about his brand of loyalty; strange loyalty to the point of stupidity. The president is very loyal to his friends that he ends up shooting himself in the foot; I will explain what I mean. We all remember the Stella Oduah debacle where she supervised the award of a suspicious contract that went over the cap of 100 million naira that ministers are not supposed to exceed without express approval from the federal executive council. This contract was for the purchase of bullet proof cars (allegedly for her own protection), and she also went outside of the appropriation law; but in spite of the backlash president Jonathan kept quiet in the face of obvious fraud. The actions of the president were not entirely surprising after all Stella Oduah started Neighbor2Neighbor an NGO which mobilized massive support for the president then and was instrumental to his eventual victory. She also served as executive director of finance and administration of the president’s campaign consequently she was rewarded for all her efforts with the portfolio of aviation minister. Continue reading “The doctor and his loyalty” »
Lupita Nyong’o is Hollywood’s new it girl with an Oscar and a SAG award on her shelf at home, this article however is not about her talent or acting prowess. Lupita was honored not too long ago by Essence magazine at a “black women in Hollywood luncheon” and while she was giving her speech, she talked about her own insecurities while growing up as a dark skinned girl. She went ahead to talk about a fan who wrote her a letter, thanking her for inspiring and rescuing her from buying Dencia’s whitenicious to bleach her skin. It was a very touching speech on beauty being all encompassing; but Dencia did not find it funny. The Cameroonian singer (I still maintain that I haven’t heard anything she sang) lashed out on twitter, calling Lupita names and going as far as saying that Lupita was “the black girl who played a slave to white men to become famous”. Lupita of course did not respond to her; I don’t get where you place an Oscar winner beside an attention seeking bleaching cream maker. Continue reading “The DELUSIONS called Dencia” »
Recently Nick Cannon gave an interview where he was asked to mention some celebrity ladies he had sex with and Nick gladly reeled out some names. In the case of Mariah Carey, Nick stated that she didn’t have sex with him until after they were married and seemed quite impressed by that. I came across a report of the interview on a blog and the insinuations of Nick’s seeming disrespect for the babes he slept with outside wedlock and seeming respect for Mariah for not ‘giving him some cherry’ until after wedlock generated some argument as to whether ideally a woman should give some cherry before or after wedlock. Of course most people posited that a woman holding out on a guy is sure to increase a lady’s value where the guy is.
What do you guys think? Continue reading “IDEAL TIME FOR SEX – AFTERMATH OF NICK CANNON’S INTERVIEW” »
The other day, on a blog, I came across the report of an interview with one of Nollywood’s major actors, Jibola Dabo. The extract I read focused on Jibola’s support for polygamy and quoted him as saying -
“Every single man, mostly from Africa, is polygamous in nature… There are so many women out there who just want to have a man as an umbrella, but we keep saying one man one woman. Yet the women keep suffering. We all know that we have much more women in this world than men, the ratio is too high.”
I quoted just part of what was published, the full report was a lot more interesting. After reading, I just burst into laughter in anticipation of the comments that would follow and folks didn’t disappoint; they simply turned on the tap on Jibola, especially the women. Apparently, the ace actor believes he’s on a self-commissioned undertaking to help the ladies, I commend his chivalry and selflessness. Continue reading “THE POLYGAMY OF MAN” »