Nigeria

#EndSARS as a placeholder

SARS #EndSARS, the people protest The people continue the protest The people continue in protest IGP ends SARS The people rejoice And continue, in protest IGP announces SWAT A new special team to protect us When police on patrol need help But the people protest The people protest #EndSARS now a placeholder, for all police …

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COVID-19: Opportunity for National Development

COVID-19, the coronavirus respiratory disease is the major news feature globally as I write this. The outbreak has caused entire countries to ask their citizens to remain indoors while health officials work tirelessly to treat infected people and contain its further spread. Nigeria has recorded 12 positive cases of the infection already and efforts are …

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A prayer for comfort

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. May our God reach through the fog of sorrow and comfort all those who mourn. God is our refuge, our present help in time of need. We will not be moved, though the heavens fall and the earth be moved. The LORD is our refuge. …

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Betting the future

Banners announcing new betting shops or franchises are the fastest appearing in Lagos, second only to those of new churches and the latest church programmes. Young men (and maybe women) everywhere hold on to their printed bet receipts awaiting a turn of fortune. I have tried to understand this revived, reinvented phenomenon and here articulate my …

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Tomato

 is the new economic index. Now, you can exchange three like thisfor a bus ride from Ikeja to Yaba. Or for two bags of pure water. Or for two bottles of thinned colas. Or for four robo-robo chicken eggs. Or for two one-hundred-naira recharge cards. Or for one litre of petrol — with some change …

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Startup-huberia

Paul Graham is my role model. His simplicity comes through without any trumpeting or marketing whizz-puff so I take what he writes seriously. His talk How to Make Pittsburgh a Startup Hub is consistently oil-free. The answer: Bring the young people in. Lots of them. These are the guys with energy willing to try stuff, hungry …

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