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 […]

2017 prophets and prophecies

December 12, 2016 Lasisi Olagunju

Prophets are historians of the future. They shout their warnings in the shrillness of silence. The new year is less than three weeks away. If you have not been reading prophecies from the specialists, it […]

Ondo election and revaluation of power

December 4, 2016

There is this old photo of General Olusegun Obasanjo playing a game of draught with then Colonel Ibrahim Babangida. Among officers watching the play were General Theophilus Danjuma and Colonel Sani Abacha. Both players looked […]

Lessons from Trump’s nonsense

November 14, 2016

DONALD Trump gave the world enough notice of what happened on November 8 but we were too arrogant to look at the sense in his nonsense. Months ago, he announced gleefully and with audacious impunity […]

Okorocha and the barrel bomb called APC

November 7, 2016

It was Jon Stewart who got me thinking at the weekend as I encountered his one line bomb: “If con is the opposite of pro, then isn’t Congress the opposite of Progress?” I wonder if […]

Creating scapegoats, spreading misery

October 31, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

Oil companies are running out, throwing their workers overboard. Governments can’t pay salaries. Lucky doctors and other well trained professionals are on the queue to receive half pay. Their less fortunate colleagues are on the […]

Aso Rock and magical (un)realities

October 24, 2016

This is not about what happens in the kitchen and the magical chemistry that melts the stubborn in the other room. This is not about knowing or not knowing the political party where somebody’s wife […]

Conversation with a judge

October 17, 2016

“Na wao.” “What?” “This horrible news about judges and bribes. Just like folktales. Very embarrassing.” “You remember the story of the man who was about being eaten by the crocodile he helped escape death?” “Faintly. […]

Tinubu’s dance of the elephants

October 3, 2016

The last sallah celebrations produced a viral online video clip of former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu dancing with gusto to drumbeats of a group of young men. Although the drums really talked […]

Between a Governor, a minister and 36 governors

September 26, 2016

Nigeria’s 37th governor heads the Central Bank. When the 36 other governors wined and dined and snored away last night in the opulence of their government houses, Godwin Emefiele couldn’t be seen sleeping. He cannot […]

Bad news everywhere, why?

September 19, 2016 Lasisi Olagunju

A: When an old, overstayed king dies and you replace him with a sickly prince, what do you think will happen in the palace?   B: Tears. wailings and gnashing of teeth will erupt there […]

Journalists and hunger in the land

September 12, 2016

Ideal journalists are a special breed. They see the world as theirs to mould in the image of whatever is good and desirable. They are vulnerable and at the same time impregnable. They do not […]

Our leaders want to be God…

August 29, 2016

“DID you read that stuff yesterday?” I asked my friend, who answered slowly, head bowed, that she did. ‘It was our sad story.’ “Beeni,” I told her, and for almost one hour afterwards we went […]

Who wants PDP back? Who?

August 15, 2016 Lasisi Olagunju

Each time we vote for strangers because the incumbent turned out uglier than his predecessor, I remember an old story. It is the story of the headstrong girl who marries this handsome stranger against the […]

In search of opposition for APC

August 1, 2016 Lasisi Olagunju

There is a sense in which great fortune engenders misfortune. Good fortune can make an otherwise skillful General lower his guard on the battlefield. That was what the PDP did with itself when its last […]

Yoruba and Buhari’s government

July 25, 2016 Lasisi Olagunju

Is it that everyone has been silenced, or these times are just normal or what really is happening? One Igboman wrote a provocative piece last week challenging what he called the inexplicable silence from the […]

Osun and the management of savagery

June 20, 2016 Lasisi Olagunju

“Humanity has moved from unbelief to more intense unbelief,” writes a very controversial  Islamic strategist. Generations after generations in the Christian West, he says, “have walked down” the road of intense “unbelief and depravity.” The […]