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In the last eight weeks or so, you could not have missed the Obesere memes: video clips of several of his songs have opened him up to a new generation of fans who were not yet born when he created the Àṣà kaṣà variant of Fuji music. Yet, these digital natives have found a spirit animal in his irreverence, his refusal to conform to the norm (as evident in his post-2000 music videos when he appeared in camisoles and female blouses) and his innate hilarity. Who would have thought that when Obesere started pushing the limits of artistic music with…


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© Childish Gambino

Continued.

As I ran out of breath, I slowed down and eventually stopped running. I sat down by the side of the road. I wasn’t wearing a wristwatch but I know that breather would have taken no less than hour. All I had on was the white t-shirt I normally wore under my white school shirt, navy blue house-wear shorts and blue rubber slides. In my pocket was thirty naira.

I knew I should head back home. I didn’t. Instead, I walked off towards the expressway. My mind was set on leaving my mother. I made up scenarios in my…


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I successfully dodged the last hit of the ‘omorogun’. I’d endured almost an hour of sporadic swats of the belt and NEPA wire. In the last ten minutes though, my mother’s hurt and disappointment had transformed before my very eyes into unadulterated anger. Anger and frustration that her first born child had changed into this maniacal mess of screams and streaming snot. So I leaped over the dining table into the kitchen, slid out the rod that held the door and ran off into the rising run. I ran towards Falana Shopping Complex. I didn’t stop running until I got…


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Yesterday 6th December 2015 was the 10th edition of the annual The Future Awards. Since 2006, the platform has been the highlight of the youth year, celebrating achievers in different fields of life. The winners have comprised the wildly popular Dbanj and Don Jazzy as well as lesser known but by no means less influential Ola Orekurin and Philip Obaji. Each year, one feels a deep sense of pride and camaraderie at what the organizers have been able to do every year.

An innocuous incident made me chuckle with a strange blend of sadness, fear and optimism as I left…


UNITED IN GRIEF, FEAR AND A COMMON FATE

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“I wrote this few days after nearly three hundred students were kidnapped from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgents. The world stood in solidarity with Nigeria as the Bring Back Our Girls campaign went viral. Sadly, the girls have not been rescued and bombings are still rampant in Northern Nigeria. The events of the past few days- the Paris attacks (and the unfortunate bickering between sympathizers and those who say Nigerians pay more attention to crises in the world more than they do locally) as well…


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Youth Engagement and Participation: The Game Changer in the 2015 Elections

Nigeria is a country of many contradictions and paradoxes: we import food while over half of our land mass is arable ground for food sufficiency. We import petroleum products while exporting close to half a million barrels of crude oil per day.

In the build up to Nigeria’s unarguably most keenly contested election which unfortunately also would go down as one that had the most unethical campaign messages, one thing was clear; the opposition’s mantra was Change. Seventy-two year old Buhari promised a fresh start. The incumbent government ridiculed…


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Photo credit: GQ

Jay Z attains the Holy Grail

I’m a multi-millionaire. So how is it that I’m still the hardest nigga here- Jay Z. Death of Autotune’

There’s a reason that Jay Z is regarded as the greatest rapper alive and of all time; he never stops reinventing himself and staying on top of the game. As he said in his verse on Kanye West’s Diamonds from Sierra Leone, he’s more like a business and less like a business man. His business ventures span from investment in other chart-topping artistes, a chain of nightclubs (40/40), stake in the basketball team Brooklyn Nets…


About ten years ago, I discovered the art of blogging. I wrote a few blogs but then it became boring. I didn’t have time to push it as a monetized endeavour and I felt putting my life out there for consumption of a few hundred people who didn’t know me was a puerile thing to do. Admittedly at that point in my life, I was a 20 year old trying to find himself and his purpose in life.

Fast forward to 2015, blogging is something every Nigerian with internet access attempts to do; because they’ve seen the success of Linda…

The Jide Taiwo

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