Ayo Sogunro

Dear Sadiq Abacha,

I do not know you personally, but I admire your filial bravery—however misguided—in defending the honour of your father, the late General Sani Abacha. This in itself is not a problem; it is an obligation—in this cultural construct of ours—for children to rise to the defence of their parents, no matter what infamy or perfidy the said parent might have dabbled in.

The problem I have with your letter, however, arises from two issues: (i) your disparaging of Wole Soyinka, who—despite your referral to an anecdotal opinion that calls him as “a common writer”—is a great father figure, and a source of inspiration, to a fair number of us young Nigerians; and (ii) your attempt to revise Nigerian history and substitute our national experience with your personal opinions.

Therefore, it is necessary that we who are either Wole Soyinka’s “socio-political” children, or who are ordinary Nigerians…

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Life n Choices 13 – Isaacola AA

Newnaija's Place

Episode 12 here

Special thanks to Taiwo Marayesa, for all the help on this series and Dako Alice Temitope for all her contributions too. Your efforts are appreciated and I’m grateful for the support given.
I can’t forget my ‘brother from another mother’; Seye Babalola, for going out of his way most of the time, even when it is certainly not convenient, your support is highly appreciated.
Today, we will focus on a family, the choices made early in life and the consequences of decisions taken. For the sake of this piece, let’s call them; ‘The Daniels’.
The family is in the middle class, who saved a portion of their meagre resources and invest same in the Stock and Real Estate markets. Fortunately, they were able to quadruple their money within a short time and re-invested, until they became financially…

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A Disengaged Middle Class

Okwu Nwachinaemelu

I’m Nigerian, I live in Lagos & I’m middle class. Since the bulk of the Nigerian middle class lives in Lagos, I think I’m eminently qualified to write on this topic.

There’s a difference between disappointment & disengagementDisappointment implies that you are deeply saddened by the current state of affairs, that you wished Nigeria could get its act together. A good number of Nigerians in the Diaspora are disappointed with the state of Nigeria. Thus, they organise conferences and write articles in “Sahara Reporters”, you can feel their pain.

Disengagement on the other hand, means you couldn’t care either way – and from my interactions in Lagos – at work, in my estate and at church, most middle class Nigerians couldn’t give a toss about what direction Nigeria is headed. This is not because they are callous, unthinking or wicked, but because they are simply engrossed by the…

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Teacher’s creed

Farmer's Diary

Greetings to all and sundry who took their time to read, comment and retweet my last post. Thanks for the kind words of assurance, I promise to keep up to expectations.


Definition of terms: Teacher ” A personified abstraction that teaches”
Creed “Any system of principles or beliefs”

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” – Plato

Teaching was an honorable profession in the past laced with keeping the society in order but in recent time this profession ethics is lost gone in hades, remnant of reality err the core of the profession. Teachers are no more of zeal of knowledge but fracas of social strata exhibiting filthy act to satisfy their wading thought, more like fortune…

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