HOW TO LOSE YOUR FATHER’S NAME

“Òrìsà tí a kò bá fi tọ́mọ irú rẹ̀ á parun ni.” During the callous colonial era when white foreign ships blackened the shore of Africa, a radical revolution riddled the land. The continent, once filled with beauty and the serene simplicity of nature became something else – a ghastly ghost to itself, a shadow…

HOW TO GET A JOB BEFORE GETTING A JOB

While it is very important to exert one’s energy as a student on academic life, we all know that it is not an end in itself. Of course, it is a beautiful thing to get educated for its own sake. In fact, I think it is noble. I will not judge you if you just…

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE BORN A GIRL?

      What happens when you are born a girl? Your story is that of Tolani Adewusi. We just called her Tola, anyway. Tola was born into a family of six. She was the first child and the only girl. As the first born, she grew up rather fast. She quickly learned how to…

NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES: CITADELS OF UNLEARNING AND GROSS MISEDUCATION

Despite his lack of the carnivorous fierceness of the tiger or the jungle-ruling brutality of the lion, one fact that is as evident as the blackness of the night is man’s superiority over other beings in the universe. Pardon me if you are a believer in the extra-terrestrial theory of alien existence. However, of all…

AND THAT WAS HOW THE MUSIC DIED

  The issue of the decadence in the Nigerian music world cannot be over-flogged. Horses of ink could ride through the pages of a thousand volumes of books and oral stories could be sewn into the fabric of time and illuminated through a moonlight of tales and that would still not be enough. By its…

Learning to Hate My People

  Who am I? What is this place? Where do I belong? I grew up in two worlds. One was realistic, inferior and archaic. The other was an object of fantasy. You know, the kind of superior reality that you can only see in televisions, the kind you read about in books about foreigners, the…

Breaking Down The House Our Fathers Built

“Entrepreneurship and innovation are the keys to Africa’s liberation. Not a bloody revolution, not a resistance!” – Habeeb Kolade In 1960, Nigeria rejoiced as a new bride escorted to the home of Independence by jamboree and the infectious wave of celebration. Her intoxicating beauty and youth which the English man had taken advantage of was…

How would Africa be today if colonialism never happened?

Originally posted on Ayo Sogunro:
On Quora, I turned some attention to the “what if?” in alternate African history: How would Africa be today if colonialism never happened? Africa would simply be (no) more or less like Europe or the Middle East is today. Political Geography: A number of folks think the modern political geography…

IN SEARCH OF A SECURED FUTURE

Originally posted on An archive of chronicled consciousness.:
Ayo’s dreams of becoming a renowned opera pianist seem to crumble right before him. All the days he spent in his college’s music room, the music classes he never missed, the hours he spent downloading and scoring classical songs of G.F Handel would soon become wastes all…

The Dangers of Capitalism

Since the ideological Cold War in the West, countries have been divided into two groups : those that embraced the more American brand of capitalism and those that chose the USSR’s socialism. Many African countries -including Nigeria- chose not to choose. Therefore, they were stuck in the middle bloc, practising a mixed economy (a mixture…