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If not Fulani herdsmen, then who?

January 17, 2017 Vera Onana

One of my greatest gifts is a strong imagination, capable of conjuring scenes and breathing life into book characters. This mystic gift, I have always been proud of. But recently, it may have become my […]

Of Jenifa and the Christmas prophecy

January 10, 2017

The holy writ admonishes expressly: “Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.” I may not be the quintessential follower of the Creator, but I work really hard to decipher good from evil […]

So long, 2016!

December 27, 2016

UNLIKE mortals who die every night but awaken at dawn, 2016 will, momentarily, be gone forever. In a few days’ time, 2016 will draw its last breath. Ironically, it will from a state of intense […]

If the Mavros never thaw

December 20, 2016

In July, I met a tall, dark and handsome man. The quintessential chocolate fudge the ladies love. As a woman with amazing intuitions and hutches that are eight times out of ten as constant as […]

Trash everywhere but Nigerians are hungry

December 6, 2016

THE austerity currently ravaging our nation is no hallucination…it is whistled by the wind, causing trees to sway in apprehension. It spells the waters and they lie still, listless while it places an embargo on […]

Good luck to Nigeria’s neglected children

November 29, 2016

THE children that the society neglects today that are going to be its problem tomorrow. Forget about the high fences people think will protect them because; these children will scale through such fences. Leaving them […]

The ‘eeny, meeny, miny moe’ prophecy

November 15, 2016

IF you ever played the game tag as a child, you will be familiar with the phrase filled with nonsense-sounding syllables. It was usually used in the children’s game to select a person who leaves […]

Standing with Nigeria’s female IDPs

November 8, 2016

AS I perused the report further, the indignation I felt grew stronger…there was no comprehending the horrendous happening; it is simply vile, obnoxious, utterly inhumane and downright upsetting. After failing as a nation to ensure […]

Silence, the fuel of injustice

November 1, 2016

ABOUT seven decades ago, while speaking to the representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt,  Martin Niemöller dropped a ‘seed’ that has gained immortality, as mortals will definitely quote parts of his speech for decades […]

‘I may belong to the kitchen, if…’

October 25, 2016

Last week, I entitled my discourse in this column, where does your wife belong? and like ripples widen on the surface of still waters, innumerable lines of thoughts trailed my question. Last week, I desperately […]

Where does your wife belong?

October 18, 2016

AFTER short derisive laugh, with a look of utter disdain to his left, the most powerful man in Nigeria, the number one figure of leadership, spat the following grim words, “I DON’T know which party […]

Regrets of a patriot

October 11, 2016

Until 2015, towards the national election that paddled the Ijaw man’s boat home ward and heralded the galloping in of the Fulani into Aso Rock, I had never seen him argue so fiercely, passionately over […]

Celebrating retrogression

October 4, 2016

Nigeria is 56 and with the realities confronting her, would it be out of place to ask this: are the labours of our heroes past not plummeting into nothing as the years run by? Be […]

Look beyond what you see

September 27, 2016

What we look like through the retina of another homosapien’s optical system as well as the world’s adulations or criticisms tremendously matters to us, doesn’t it? However, an inexplicably talented young woman wrote some lyrics […]

Convoys of death and terror

September 20, 2016

TRAVELLING our roads are usually not very pleasant experiences. One of diverse evils could occur — frustrating gridlocks, temporal body paralysis accompanied by nausea from being thrown in and out the potholes, sprawling on the […]

Change begins with whom?

September 13, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

ON Thursday, September 8, in the Federal Capital Territory, the Federal Government finally launched the “Change Begins with Me’’ campaign, an initiative aimed at educating and enlightening Nigerians to appreciate the values of accountability and […]

Life’s consistent inconsistency

September 6, 2016

IT has been over a decade but the words come resonating through time like it was yesterday. Emmanuel, the ‘immaculate’ he called himself, and his task was to make sure we understood the essence of […]

The police is your friend

August 30, 2016

IN this country, a phrase that was created with the aim of dissipating the fears and misconceptions of the general public about the police force has more or less diminished into a hilarious irony. Say […]

Blessed are Nigerians in the Diaspora

August 23, 2016

JUST about a month ago, the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, while addressing the Senate, used the following words: “Technically, Nigeria is in recession but we should not go into definition…” She went on and on, […]

When in Rome…

August 2, 2016 Vera Onana

I   F you ever find yourself anywhere on this planet, where there is no Nigerian, RUN! I had guffawed uncontrollably at the bold assertion my roommate made years ago but as we rocketed through time, […]

Avarice, the hamartia of Africa’s giant

July 19, 2016 Vera Onana

MY My heart sinks into deeper melancholy and mystical perturbation swallows up my spirit like a landslide every time I ruminate over the current economic status of our dear country. Caustic hunger, sweeps through streets, […]

Our diminishing Nigerianism

July 12, 2016 Vera Onana

AS a little girl, mother told me many tales. I do not mean fables or folklores, but amazingly-soothing stories of the Nigerian kindred spirit, the inexplicable sense of solidarity displayed by the average Nigerian. She […]

God will not come down

June 20, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

IT is becoming unarguably irksome and disgusting the way we sit, fold our arms and exclaim ‘God will help us’ over the innumerable ills and adversities that have taken the nation hostage. For decades, submerged […]