So I went on the Lagos-Ibadan train Saturday 15th May 2021 to and fro and it was an enjoyable ride all through. Come with me on the short story of my journey.

Got into the train station at exactly 6.35am and met just 2 other passengers. The last time I took a train ride in Nigeria was August 1987 when we headed out to Jos for our annual family vacation, yes you heard right; VACATION.

Took a quick tour of the boarding area. A few pictures taken then later went to sit at the reception area to wait for my…


WHAT’s THE WAY OUT?

One incident reminded me of an issue that bothered a close friend of mine once while we both lived in the UK at a time. We had both agreed to meet up for drinks at one of the high-end bars in North London where we frequented most times especially on Friday nights after a hard week’s stress. I knew he had something troubling him and I was the one who offered that we meet over drinks and invited over 3 more close friends.

While we discussed, we discovered he was caught in between deciding to “let…


THE BEATIFICATION OF AREA BOYS/THUGGERY

I often wonder how and when we got into this state of affairs in Nigeria and still cannot find answers neither can any immediate solution be proffered. Perhaps it is reminiscent of the Italian mafia of old where there were godfathers in almost every nook and cranny of the state, and you had to pay reverence to each one depending on the kind of service one required.

It seems and more likely so to be a perfect waste of time to bother attempting or even actually deciding to pursue a university education in Nigeria now…


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As per say I be chronic bachelor na, my timetable na to wake, go work, hang out and return home for night to crash for my bed. Also, as guy man wey sabi join, na to enter owambe on weekends with koret guys and chikalas follow body go oppress or make dem oppress us for the owambe; any which way na way. Lasgidi na one kain city wey be say person fit wake up on the first day of the year as poor as a shosh rat and as you dey enter the last day of that same first month…


FREE READERS ASSOCIATION

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I got idle on Friday morning having slept so early the previous night, something I haven’t done in a very long while. And so, off I went to “under bridge” where different vendors ran around to get buyers and sell of their newspapers all in a bid to amuse myself. Expectedly, as it is with all newspaper stands, there was the free readers association made up of educated and semi illiterates who are always interesting to listen to when they analyse and argue. …


NIGERIA AT THE THRESHOLD OF A HISTORICAL REVOLUTION- By Ibikunle Williams

Things happen in life that make unsuspecting, careless or reckless persons bewildered! Meanwhile the events of life are scarcely isolated! When the time for a definite change has come, things begin to happen, that sometimes, may make people who are not sensitive enough or even very versatile with activities around them, become very confused and jittery. Beyond divine intervention however, often times when there is unity of purpose among a set or group of people, the energy derivable from such a huge force can be potent enough to, either…


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Mrs. Samson and Mrs. John both strolled down from the office to the side of the street where Mrs. John had asked the Uber driver to pick her up from and waited for another five minutes before the driver showed up. Alas, the Uber driver turned out to be Mrs. Samson’s husband, she wished it was a dream that she would wake up from. The daily practice was that Mr. &Mrs. Samson rode together to work every morning as her office and his shop were both on the Island and then park in the staff car park of Mrs. Samson’s…


FALLING IN LINE

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It was an organisational culture for new hires popularly referred to in this clime as “Fresh graduate” to have an official mentor and I was lucky enough to have a wonderful one. Very experienced on the job and had so much influence enough to pull strings if he needed to.

And so I was called to come receive a call from my own boss’ office and alas it was my mentor who was calling for the first time so we could get acquainted. A couple of months later, my boss was moved to another branch and in…


FALLING IN LINE

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It was an organisational culture for new hires popularly referred to in this clime as “Fresh graduate” to have an official mentor and I was lucky enough to have a wonderful one. Very experienced on the job and had so much influence enough to pull strings if he needed to.
And so I was called to come receive a call from my own boss’ office and alas it was my mentor who was calling for the first time so we could get acquainted. A couple of months later, my boss was moved to another branch…


POLICE IS YOUR FRIEND

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As I got into the police station after a distress call from my friend who had been “unlawfully” arrested as he explained, the ambience was so beautiful and it was smelling so nice. I was ushered into an air conditioned office to sit down and relax my nerves till the next hour when the IPO will resume his shift. …

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I am so passionate about Nigeria. A humanist and journey to perfection disciple.

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