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Open Letter From Tunde Ednut’s Phone

Open Letter from Tunde Ednut’s Phone

Hello, if you are reading this, let me start by introducing myself. I am Tunde Ednut’s phone, and I am only a couple months old. I won’t tell you what make or colour I am; I’ll leave all that to your imagination. Let me just say that my guardian, Mr. Tee, yes, that’s what I call him, has been exceedingly kind and generous towards me since I became his property. Why do I say Mr. Tee takes good care of me?…

People Watching, Commercials & Hospital Waiting Rooms!

People Watching, Commercials & Hospital Waiting Rooms!

  • November 18, 2018
  • Op-Ed

A couple of days back, while on a visit to the hospital with my kids, we had to endure a long wait because of the number of patients ahead of us. When I asked why the process was that slow, I was told there were only three doctors on ground and they were taking their precious time with each patient. But this piece isn’t about the hospital, its three doctors and their very slow turnaround time; it’s really about something…

Citizen Leah Sharibu – The Girl They Forgot

Citizen Leah Sharibu – The Girl They Forgot

Imagine being Leah Sharibu’s father or mother and it’s the day after you hear an audio recording of your daughter who has been in captivity since February 2018. Her abductors, the dreaded Boko Haram fundamentalists, for the first time since the kidnap (and subsequent release of the other abductees) offer to the federal government and to her heartbroken parents proof that citizen Leah—the one child who refuses to denounce her religion in exchange for her freedom—is still alive. Imagine that these ferocious and…

Michael Afenfia: The Year Of The Cervical Collar

Michael Afenfia: The Year of the Cervical Collar

Cervical collars, also known as neck braces, are now a must-have, if you are a Nigerian politician. My first encounter with these lifesavers was as a youth corps member in Marina Lagos, posted to the head office of one of Nigeria’s commercial banks. Before then, I only saw them on TV and on rich people every now and then. Foolish, I know, but for some inexplicable reason, I associated them with some form of bourgeois. And for the life of…

Michael Afenfia: Open Letter To Femi Adesina’s Friend

Michael Afenfia: Open Letter to Femi Adesina’s Friend

Dear Femi Adesina’s friend, I trust this letter meets you well. Sorry I can’t ask about your family because I do not know if you’re married or still single, but I believe I can ask about your job. So, how is that going? I’ll take a wild guess and say you’re a civil servant; your friend Femi strikes me as the kind of person who’d have lots of them as friends because he’s likely to have had a humble beginning…

Don’t Stay Silent! Nigerian Lives Matter

Don’t Stay Silent! Nigerian Lives Matter

This week I survived a scare. What I found to be of particular interest in the course of it was that I did something I had never done before. For the first time ever, I put up a post on social media announcing a trip I was about to embark on. Even while at my destination, I acknowledged likes from people and responded to a couple of comments about my trip. I even had a few laughs about my last…

Michael Afenfia: Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Egypt & Nigeria…

Michael Afenfia: Don’t Cry For me Argentina, Egypt & Nigeria…

In spite of what the rest of the world might be thinking about the Russians right now, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament got off to a scintillating start in Moscow on Thursday 14th June 2018. Considering that it was a four-year long wait, the buzz and excitement was well worth it. So far, the competition hasn’t been short on controversies, heartbreaks, upsets, expected and unexpected wins, and the occasional burst of genius as was witnessed when Mexico outplayed and shocked the defending…

About June 12 – What Would MKO Say? By Michael Afenfia

About June 12 – What Would MKO Say? by Michael Afenfia

Like most of the people on my timeline, the news from Mr. President proclaiming June 12 as the new Democracy Day—instead of May 29 we have become accustomed to since 1999—was totally unexpected. As soon as I confirmed the story was true and not some fake news circulating on the Internet, I was overcome by a sense of justice. Finally, June 12 might not be just another date on the calendar, or a sectional commemoration of a stolen mandate by…

14 Year Old Emerges Commissioner In Bayelsa

14 Year Old Emerges Commissioner in Bayelsa

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson has again been commended for using education as a tool to change the negative narratives about the state.   The overall winner of the state Essay Writing Competition, Master Africanus Noel, gave the commendation while acting as Child Commissioner for Education in the Ministry on Monday in Yenagoa.   The 14-year-old Child Education Commissioner who is an SS one student of the Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama, particularly lauded the Governor for establishing world class free boarding…

Beyond Wishful Thinking: What If President Buhari Doesn’t Seek Re-Election   – By Michael Afenfia

Beyond Wishful Thinking: What If President Buhari Doesn’t Seek Re-Election – By Michael Afenfia

As I write this piece, forgive my optimism, but I am hoping that it will be the one article the president or someone quite close to him reads and says to him, there is something here. A meeting is called immediately to discuss the state of the nation, and after hours and hours of deliberations lasting through the night and into the better part of the morning, a decision is reached. The decision reached? The president decides to put his…