Nigeria is Changing…Really?! ?

One of the reasons why I visit developed countries is I’m fascinated by good. I am captivated by beauty, knowledge and order. Like Aristotle once argued, knowledge can be an end in itself and can provide joy in itself. Developed nations understand that. Libraries are not wasted spaces. They exist to both delight and train[…]

48 Laws Of Power & Other Matters

I have met many good people who have lost their way in Nigeria. Individuals who gave up on values and embraced manipulation instead. They started out by being angry at the situation of the country, then envious of the way the corrupt get away with stuff. Eventually, they became bitter and helpless and finally desperate[…]

Nigeria Will Outlive Us All

Nations have a way of outliving us all. Nationhood doesn’t just happen. It is created by a group of crafty, intelligent, ruthless and determined men & women. Until nations are deliberately formed, they subsist lethargically, waiting for dreamers and opportunists to die. Nations age in generations. Humans age in years. So, it is foolhardy to[…]

Africa is Laughing at Nigeria

The rest of Africa is laughing at Nigeria. On developmental indices, the items we continue to boast about are population, GDP and natural resources. Without education, electricity, health, justice and equity, of what use are those things? What is our GDP per capita (which is a measure of the wealth of citizens)? It is because[…]

It Takes Character to Build Institutions

Anytime I read about the shenanigans of our country’s politicians, I wonder whether my generation will break the cycle of impunity to do better. I ask questions like, “Are we any better than our politicians? Have we handled money and power well? What impact have we had on the people and institutions around us? Have[…]

We Failed Nigeria

In moments of brutal honesty, I acknowledge that Nigeria didn’t fail my generation. We failed her. Historically, there have been other nations that were just as bad as Nigeria, yet their people turned them around. Perhaps we should admit that we do not possess the character, insight, wisdom, networks, power, money and even luck, needed[…]

Can a Good Person Survive in Nigeria?

There must have been a point when music videos became defined by tits and ass. In the same way, there must have been an inflection point in Nigeria, when good governance became about building roads, digging wells and commissioning bridges. The irony is, those roads often lead nowhere, for Nigeria has an uncanny ability to[…]

Missing Pens and Society

In my office, pens go missing all the time. I’m not sure if people simply appropriate them for use, or if it’s just a bad habit. So, I stopped bringing nice pens to the office and started buying cheap biros instead. Sometimes, people get irritated and shout about their pens going missing. This has a[…]

Jazz Lessons for a Nation

I have a great deal of respect for blues and jazz, especially of the old variety. I used to have terrible migraines. One day, someone gave me a cassette with the music of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. As I listened to the music, it was like a shot of Novocain went straight[…]

Toilets & the Dead

I am obsessed with toilets. Whenever I travel to a new country, I look forward to seeing new innovations that have been introduced to public toilets. I’ve seen luxury bath lounges in Dubai, technological plumbing wonders in the US and nature-themed sanitary creations in Malaysia. I was so excited when Dyson’s 10-second hand dryer was[…]