Saturday, 2 August 2014

ANOTHER VIRUS IN AFRICA;THIS ONE NAMED EBOLA VIRUS


No; those are not space men, they are doctors looking after an Ebola patient
Nature has seemingly made it that the stage of life would never be quiet for any length of time without one new thing emerging from one of its numerous scenes. From the fields of music, science, sports and a host of other countless aspects of life, innovations are constantly made, and new stars are daily born to replace the dying and dead ones.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

PROOVE THERE IS GOD



More than 500 million cubic meters (132 billion gallons) of water flow over Victoria Falls every minute.
 I came across this heading from a forum, and found it interesting. It interested me mostly because it is one question that won’t be very easy to answer, no matter the angle from which you try to answer it. A lot of religious and traditional bodies have various interpretations of the essence and form of God, but on a whole, it remains one of the most discordant topics ever to be thrown up for discursion in any forum. That summation is arrived at simply because it is one topic you will engage upon for any length of time, without arriving at an accord.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

THE FOREX TRADING MISTAKE WE MADE


A typical Meta4 trading window

One hot afternoon, while I was having a nap, as I waited for a phone call that was to announce the right time for a meeting I had scheduled for that day, my friend Emeka burst into the room all excited. He was good at coming up with interesting business ideas that often ended up not working out as speculated. Seeing him in that mood, I cleared my eyes and waited to hear the latest proposition.

Monday, 7 April 2014

NIGERIA AS THE LARGEST ECONOMY IN AFRICA



Nigeria emerged the largest economy in Africa over the weekend. This was after it rebased its economy for the first time since 1990. In the rebasing process, it factored in some none oil aspects of its economy like the unorganised sector of the economy, the telecommunication industry; which has really thrived so well in the country, the music industry and of course its performing partner dubbed the Nollywood.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

NIGERIAN PASTORS AND FAKE PROPHECIES: A NEED FOR GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION



Posters, such as this, can be seen all over our cities.

NEWS: The pastor of a church located in a suburb of Lagos state has been arrested by the Nigerian police for colliding with a friend of his to defraud members of his church. When their case was brought up before a magistrate court in the state, both of the men pleaded not guilty to the count of intentional defraud act that was labelled against them. As I am writing this article, the pastor and his friend are still under the police custody as they have failed to meet the conditions of the bail granted them.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

THE MAN WHOSE LIFE INSPIRED A SMALL BAND OF WARRIORS


Biafran soldiers shortly before the famous Abagana onslaught

I came to know the man we simply referred to as De Calimbo as a small boy attending a primary school located behind his house in my home town. He was above six foot in height and walked with a slight limp. His face was always contorted in a manner that portrayed a mean character when seen from afar, but on closer contact, the opposite became the case. He was a refined gentleman, with an ever amiable disposition and air of confidence about him. He was firm in his decisions though, and a strict disciplinarian.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

SNORING AND THE SIMPLE STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE YOU BLAME YOUR LUNGS


Woman with snoring partner
All my life till a few months ago, I never had any experience of snoring. Then suddenly, one of my cousins who came to stay with me complained that I was snoring. The relationship between myself and this cousin of mine could best be defined as that enjoyed by cat and dog. For no reason neither I nor he could lay our hands on, we had this penchant for not agreeing with each other right from childhood. And yet, we manage to get along as the best of cousins.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

ANAMBRA STATE IN TRANSITION



Chief Willie Obiano
There is no doubt that the outgoing Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has indeed done a very great work for the State, and for the people of the State. I listened to the score card of his administrations achievement and couldn’t help but agree with him on several points. That he inherited a State in a total mode of anarchy is no understatement. That Anambra was far from where it was supposed to be for a State in its pedigree, was also an open truth.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

MALAYSIA AND THE NEED TO CONSULT NIGERIAN PASTORS OVER THE MISSING PLANE

It is now days gone and still counting, since the Malaysian plane on a flight to China, went missing. That a plane that size can go missing with no trace for hours, I am sure, is a possibility most would believe impossible with the modern and advanced tracking devices today present in the world. Though Planes have in the past gone missing; some never found till date, most of the incidents occurred long before the down of this our millennium, tagged the information technology age.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

A DEBTOR TO THE WORLD BEYOND



 
Mazi Okeke was the only surviving child of a parents plagued by series of child deaths. The custom of old being very supportive of superstition, several reasons was adduced to be the cause of the serial misfortunes that befelled the family. Even the survival of Mazi Okeke was not without a great cost to the family, as he was on several occasions virtually pulled out from the grips of death, owing to numerous bouts of illnesses that was his occasional companion as a kid growing up.

Monday, 27 January 2014

NOT ALL MEN ON SUIT ARE GENTLEMEN


 I boarded a bus from a location in Abuja that had over the years been known for morning and evening holdups. The reason for the incessant lock jam on the road was thought to be because it was a single lane route, but even with the dualization work recently completed and commissioned on the road, the problem still persisted.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

NIGERIAN LEGISLATORS ARE AT IT AGAIN

National Asembly Complex

Since the return to democratic governance in Nigeria in 1999, the political landscape in the country has been active with several events that have truly shown democracy as being a very interesting form of governance.

Friday, 24 January 2014

EMBARRASSING THE KING


A Palm tree
He was the king of his town; a very large town that consisted of several villages. The stool had long been in their house, and his ancestors long before him also held the same position as him. Their family was always blessed with famous kings that had one form of myth or another interwoven around their names.

His great, great grandfather it was that had the myth of killing a lion that defied the expertise of all the great hunters in the land. The one before that was the one who fought the great wars that conquered almost all the villages around them and made them to become one under his kingdom. He also conquered most other towns far off and had them paying homage to the day of the present king. He was reputed not to have sat behind for the warriors to fight the wars for him, like most other kings would have done, but was at the head of it, leading the warriors to all the victories.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

SAME SEX MARRIAGE OUTLAWED IN NIGERIA



A Gay couple
Finally, the Nigerian President has signed into law the bill as passed by the National Assembly prohibiting same sex marriage in the country. This move brings to an end the speculations as to whether the government of the federation was going to yield to pressure mounted on it by the western governments. But at last, the tension generated in the polity by this discourse has been laid to rest for now, as what most Nigerians described as common sense has been brought to bear on the issue.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

THE NEW YEAR DAY I WASHED MY STOMACH



Each year that comes and goes means several things to several people. But on summary, it can either be good, or bad. Now, what makes a year qualify either as good or bad is individually defined. Each person has his or her reasons for labelling an outgoing year good or bad. Several factors, ranging from unfulfilled dreams, ill health, lost opportunities, poverty, and a host of others are some of the commonly adduced reasons for referring to a year as being bad, while the opposite of the same reasons automatically qualifies the year as being good.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

THE MERITS AND DEMERITS OF LEGALISING MARIJUANA: THE URUGUAY EXAMPLE



Marijuana Plant

When we were growing up, the mere mention of marijuana or ‘Egbo’, as it is known in the local parlance, was considered a taboo almost. This was because it was seen as a habit embarked upon by the very bad elements of the society. It was mostly associated with madness and wherever we saw a mad man, the assumption was quite simple- there goes another victim of egbo consumption.
A particular madman of the few we had around the community at that time, tended to lay more credence to that supposition as he would be seen smoking the stuff around the market place where he resided.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

NIGERIAN CENTENARY CELEBRATION AND FACTS ON RECORD


Abuja, Nigeria's Capital
In a few months time; January to be precise, Nigeria will mark the first centenary of its amalgamation. It was Flora Shaw; then fiancée to Lord Lugard, who in an article, described her experience in the Niger area, being an area around the Niger River. That was over a decade before the amalgamation, an event that saw a collapsed Niger area into Nigeria, being adopted as the title for the then latest addition to the chain of British colonies. It will be a hundred years that would no doubt invoke a lot of thought: Salient, spoken and debated chain of thought.

Friday, 6 December 2013

NELSON MANDELA: THE GREAT MADIBA GOES TO SLEEP!

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and one of the most prominent figures ever to come out of African continent, has died! Aged 95, he died late in the evening of 5th December in his house in South Africa, surrounded by his family members. Ever since he took ill over a year ago of lung related infections which refused healing, and saw him moving in and out of hospitals, the world knew that the eventual time of departure was near at hand for the great Madiba of Africa. As it eventually happened yesterday, the world rose up to pay tribute to the man whose life style and believe has affected people all over the world in a most positive form.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

AMAZON’S PRIME AIR: A DELIVERY DRONE IN THE MAKING



The quadcopter with goods kitted under it.
Amazon, a US based giant online store, recently unveiled a new delivery system it tagged ‘Prime Air’.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

AFRICA AND THE HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC: A BIG THREAT TO THE CONTINENTS CONTINUED EXISTENCE



AIDS Patient
The debate over the origin of HIV/AIDS has been an ongoing one that has lasted for several years now without an arrival at any conclusive accord as to its definitive origin.
While some believed that it was derived by an accident that involved a hunters handling of blood sprout from a chimpanzee, others believed that it derived from an accidental contamination of polio vaccine that was transmitted to most African countries.

Some others believed that it derived from the hepatitis B vaccine, which was produced in chimpanzees during pilot test conducted on Gay men in New York City and later in some Central African communities between 1972 and 1974. The fact that the disease was first noticed in these areas in the late 70’s lends some credence to this thesis.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

FASHION AND DRESS CODE: A CHANGE TOO OBVIOUS TO IGNORE


A fashion picture
Man has come a long way since the period that preceded his evolution, as posited by Charles Darwins. Despite the arguments for and against the theory, it has come to stay and forms one of the reference points as to how we humans came to inhabit the earth.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

ERIC THE MISER



A construction site in Abuja
They were known as manwaka’s and operated mostly as untrained hands in the building industry around Abuja. Abuja; Nigeria’s capital city, could aptly be defined as one of the world’s biggest construction centres, having spanned through a period of over thirty decades of continuous construction activities.

Friday, 8 November 2013

HOPE FOR PEACE IN DR CONGO


Joseph Kabila, President of DR Congo
The wide spread riots of 1959 in the then Belgium colony of Belgium Congo, which eventually led to a hurriedly granted Independence in 1960, seems to have been more of a curse than blessing for the inhabitants of the large African country.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Li-Fi Soon To Replace Wi-Fi

Li-Fi soon to power such gadgets


Beijing: Chinese scientists have successfully developed a new cheaper way of getting connected to internet by using signals sent through light bulbs, instead of radio frequencies as in 'Wi-Fi'.

I REMEMBER THE MOONLIGHT TALES DAYS


A picture of the moon taken from orbit

I was woken up by my grandmother at about seven o’clock in the evening. I had slept much earlier that evening, after crying so hard over the size of dried fish given to me from the stock meant for that evening’s pot of soup. My grandmother had given me what she felt was okay, but I complained it was too small. I cried for more, but she ignored me.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

LIFE AND ITS IRONIES


 
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Experience is said to be the best teacher, and events has repeatedly held that dictum as being one of the best phrased truths. Adults, and surprisingly children, all learn from experience.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

AFRICANS AND THE ATTACHMENT TO PILGRIMAGE



A view of the pilgrimage centre in Kaaba
Pilgrimage is defined simply as a journey to a holy place, undertaken for religious reasons. It can also be defined as a journey to a place of special significance.

Friday, 25 October 2013

RAPE: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.


 
The Rape of Europa  (Culver Pictures)

In recent times, cases of rape abound all over the world. Nobody can really come out with one single and convincing reason why the situation is like that. But one thing almost all of us will agree to is that rape is one of the most heinous forms of crime anybody will ever commit against his fellow human.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

WHAT A RICH CULTURE WE HAVE!


Nigerian Masquerade


Culture, simply defined, is a people’s way of life. Said to be dynamic, in the sense that factors, like the evolution of civilization, can influence it in several ways. But with all the influences all over the years, most cultures have managed to maintain one form of static feature or other that make it distinct.

Friday, 18 October 2013

GRAMMATICAL MISFIRE.


 
Wonderful Grammatical Expresion


Growing up in the early eighties around a thickly populated suburban area, in the midst of numerous children of same age bracket, was quite challenging and intriguing. Children of that era engaged more in outdoor activities, in contrast to their today’s counterparts who are more privileged, and engage more in indoors activities.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

ON ASUU AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STAND OFF.


Nigerian President
My dear readers, the lingering strike by ASUU has become a worrysome one. Worrysome in the sense that it is a situation one finds difficult to address. It is a situation one can best define by applying an Igbo proverb that talks about a sword thrust through the stomach. If you leave it, it will result to death. On the other hand, if you remove it, it will as well result to death. ASUU has its points, that before it, is so justified that they are ready to shut down the economy if giving the opportunity. The Government on its own part, has its own justifications, which it claimed that if undermined, will shut down the economy.