THIRD CHANCE: STORY OF A MODERN DAY PRODIGAL SON

I would like to thank the Proprietress of Ladela Schools for giving me permission to share this story.  Most times we underestimate the value of being opportune to hear inspiring stories; I learnt and re-learnt lessons. It ended my day on a good note and I left the school feeling hopeful about everything; all was not lost. It was that time of the year at Ladela Schools when the senior students picked up Expression of Interest Forms to run for various perfect positions. There was a caveat though; if a student had been suspended twice, that student need not apply. Frankly speaking, it didn’t make any sense to me. First of all, why were students who had committed grievous..ok serious offenses, being even allowed to think they could have the privilege of being...

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: DOUBLE STANDARDS?

So this young man went into a restaurant and while he was sitting according to his story (via Twittere ) a young lady sat down uninvited on the the empty seat at the table and offered to give me a blow job if he gave her transport fare to get home. Scandalized, he promptly chased her away. When asked why he didn’t respond, his first thought was it could be a set-up so self-preservation kicked in. With the zero-tolerance for just a semblance of what could be a bad deed to a female, whatever the case he wasn’t biting. The ensuing conversation among Twitter users was quickly divided along gender lines. While the men called the situation a veiled attempt at prostitution (men just don’t have time for colour actions and grey areas); the female engagers...

THE PEOPLE Vs.KEMEN: IN THE CASE OF THE GROPING OF TBOSS

Can we all remember Richard Bezuindenhout, the Tanzanian BigBrotherAfrica winner of its Season 2 show that fingered a passed out Nigerian contestant, Ofunneka? Endemol claimed it was consensual even when Ofunneka said she remembered nothing of the incident and Maureen another housemate had to scream for BB’s help as she tried to get Richard off Ofunneka. Richard was put in isolation as paramedics went to help the passed out girls. It was so bad that our lawmakers got involved, female groups got involved, CSOs got involved. He wasn’t kicked off but he went on to win. In the light of what happened to Ofunneka, the definition of consensual might need to be redefined at least by...

” WOMEN WHERE ART THOU?”

  Reading the papers can be chore. I just skim and know enough to be able to hold a conversation incase one gets invited to have one. Anyway, in an obscure part of the paper, was the story of a female human trafficker getting fourteen years(14) imprisonment with hard labour. Great! Being in a Nigerian prison is hard labour as it is and then a judge adding it to the sentence. Wahoo; that’s if she doesn’t pay her way through the hardness of prison life. This story should have made the headlines. Cases where convictions have been secured for these types of crimes against humanity don’t get the right type of coverage to keep us conscious, aware and to let the perpetrators know that the Law is catching up with them. There is more news when...

TWO TALES OF ONE CONCERN

  When the video where Apostle Suleiman was heard urging his congregation to kill any Fulani herdsman found around the vicinity of their church went viral, it drew the condemnation of a number of people. He was very clear in his stance and call for the “dispatching” of intruders on the church premises to their maker. While elucidating the game plan for his members, he referenced the Southern Kaduna killings in addition to the warning he had received. However, a grey line exists between whether this was a call to retaliation or self-defence, especially as his church is not situated in the villages of Southern Kaduna where the killings that he referenced are taking place. A Gestapo-like operation almost had him whisked away by Department of State...

I DONT WANT AN ACTING PRESIDENT, I WANT MY PRESIDENT!”

  Nigerians are such strange people. This stems from the fact that we don’t know who we are. I can understand this state of affairs; there was a time when I didn’t know who I was either. I was a strange person to myself. (don’t get excited-strange to other people isn’t the determining factor. ) The most important thing was I wasn’t honest with myself. And that is what is wrong with us Nigerians; we aren’t honest with and to ourselves. Unless we get honest and brutally honest, everybody will use our good and bad for and against us and they’ll be in their smarts to do so. When President Buhari decided to go on a 10-day vacation in faraway cold England and use the time off to see his doctor, we feebly protested. It was...

TAINTED

He sat huddled in the shower tray rocking himself back and forth as water fell on him, mingling with the tears that streamed down his face. He couldn’t remember how long he had been sitting there as he realised that the water had turned cold as he gingerly made to stand up. He winced as he applied pressure on his left ankle; he made a mental note to have it checked. He walked past their bedroom into the children’s room where he crawled into the bed and fell asleep. It was the draught that woke him up and forced him to put his pajamas on. He was amazed he had fallen asleep. He checked his phone; 115 missed calls. He put the phone back in the drawer and pulled out a second one. “Hello?” “Are you okay? The kids have been worried; not...

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