Get-well visits to a hale President

February 13, 2017 Lasisi Olagunju

Historians would remember Augustus Caeser’s famous unanswered question: “How did you like the performance?” He got no answer because he asked no one in particular. It was his very summation of the totality of his […]

Between Sai Baba and 2Baba

February 6, 2017

It is intriguing how sex pops up in all narratives. Even when hunger and fear are supposed to freeze its warmth, it peeps, seeking to be counted. Nigeria’s trouble pot is bursting in its seams […]

Messing with an ageing king

January 30, 2017

Men favoured  enough to dine with elders won’t talk death to big men and kings. Big men are not just big for nothing. Sometimes they die to live. Snakes retreat to shed their skins, live […]

Obasanjo, Jonathan and the Ibadan games of thrones

January 23, 2017

Politicians are great dramatists. They are actors of ambiguity, cold surprise and sly moves. Their drama is always strewn beautifully with intriguing symbolism. Goodluck Jonathan was in Olusegun Obasanjo’s Ibogun Olaogun village home last Friday. […]

Federal Republic of Religion

January 15, 2017 Lasisi Olagunju

They were called the “A-men” people when they first surfaced in my father’s farmstead in the mid 80s. We were used to hearing Christians say “Aamin” to every line of prayer.  Our village was a […]

Fighting elders, plastic rice and plastic heads

January 9, 2017

“What is our intelligence, our school going and our reading of books without getting money?” A certain Ibadan pioneer in literacy wrote in his diary around 1914. Every generation has its priority. For some, it […]

The Yoruba in 2017 Nigeria

January 2, 2017

Today is supposed to be the first working day in the new year but the queer Nigerian system has declared a public holiday to celebrate January 1, 2017 which was yesterday. This is the first […]

Christmas and the frogs of Nigeria

December 26, 2016

Recession and festivities are strange bedfellows. But that is the reality of this season. Hunger and uncertainty packaged as Christmas hampers are hardly anyone’s dream gift.  But that was the lot of many this Christmas […]

A December of tragedies and conspiracies

December 19, 2016

The last one week has been rather sad and sobering. Even if the unfeeling head of a tortoise is your delicacy, you are not likely to ignore the avoidable deaths in Uyo and the tragic […]

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