ESTHER AND CHIBOK (STOCKHOLM) SYNDROME

The name Stockholm Syndrome was derived from a 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, where four hostages were held for six days. Throughout their imprisonment and while in harm’s way, each hostage seemed to defend the actions of the robbers and even appeared to rebuke efforts by the government to rescue them. Months after their ordeal had ended, the hostages continued to exhibit loyalty to their captors to the point of refusing to testify against them, as well as helping the criminals raise funds for legal representation. ****************************************************************************************** I had no words for the news article reporting that one of the returnee Chibok girls wanted to go back to her “husband”. As...

WE DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT US

“Insanity laughs under pressure we’re cracking Can’t we give ourselves one more chance? Why can’t we give love that one more chance? Why can’t we give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?.. ‘Cause love’s such an old-fashioned word And love dares you to care for The people on the edge of the night And love dares you to change our way of Caring about ourselves” Those lyrics by Queen taken from their song, “Under Pressure” puts my article in perspective, though Freddie Mercury who was a talented tortured soul could have used the advice. While getting dressed for work, I remembered the banker who worked in First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and recently shot...

STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

“Countrymen, Friends, Nigerians lend me your ears” It is with mixed feelings I come to you. But come I must; I am your leader, your President. A little over a year ago you gave me victory; us victory. A little over a year later, you rue that victory and I dare say with good cause. Inflation. Prices have gone up and skyrocketing by the day. I see from the monthly budget Aisha sends to get housekeeping allowance. I have to send her back several times to readjust the budget. I hear that you are stealing each other’s pots of soup to feed your children. And Gas cylinders too since kerosine in now out of your reach. I am sorry to hear that the Federal Capital Territory is now being referred to as “Federal Cattle Territory”. I asked that...

KILLING THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS(IDPs)

” I’m not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I’m afraid of what real human beings do to other real human beings” Walter Jon Williams A couple of weeks ago we heard in the media that 200 children (and counting) had died in IDP camps due to starvation. Then the shouts started. How is that possible given the monthly allocation shelled out by the Government for the upkeep of the IDPs? Everyone turned and looked at Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) the body primarily saddled with managing disaster on behalf of our humble selves. A frenzy. Then beans started being spilt. Apparently, some other horror story was going on. They had become nothing but an acronym; statistics and a cancer. Let’s back track a bit. The...

SEXUAL ALIENS IN OHIO

(*music* I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien I’m an Englishman in New York I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien I’m an Englishman in New York When Sting sang that song he was in a happy place, a catchy tune, a meaningful song on being a man in the world/ New York and an English one while drawing parallels. It showed he had taken time to understand the differences. Unfortunately, this probably cannot be said of the “Nigerianmen in Ohio” We woke up to the news that three Honourable members of the Nigeria House of Representatives had been accused of soliciting for sex and sexual assault in a hotel in far away Cleveland, Ohio. And the US of A is not joking with them. They do not take sexual misconduct of any kind lightly. They...

A TALE OF TWO WOMEN

Atinuke was sweating as usual when she got back into the office. She had complained two weeks ago that the air conditioner in her car wasn’t cooling effectively anymore. It was safe to assume that it still hadn’t been fixed. She barely had sat down when our supervisor walked into the office. She was certain he had it in for her; the Universe had been kind to her once more. It wasn’t my business why Atinuke always came to the office harried but today something piqued my curiosity. I noticed what must have been palm oil stains on her blouse and what looked like flour in her hair. She was oblivious. So I made it my business. This was no way for a Customer Service Executive in a prestigious firm to look. When she burst into tears, I remembered...

PLATINUM DIGGER

And so this conversation has been raging for a long time now. Personally I don’t see why. Once a woman gets into a relationship with a man who happens (HALLELUYA!) to have deep pockets she goes through a number of tests (somehow or somewhere down the line ) to ascertain whether or not she is in the relationship with the man for his money. Booby traps are placed, minefields mapped out, friends/ relatives self-recruited to find out this sensitive bit of information. I mean why has it become such a grave issue if women seek to ensure before they end up in a man’s house by studying his level of financial muscle and real time money if he has the capacity to cater for her and their eventual family??? That women are branded “gold...

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