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Welcome to Lagos: Politics and power in space invasion


(I wrote this on a different platform in 2010)

‘Welcome to Lagos’ (abbreviated below as W2Lag) was a BBC three-part observational documentary series, narrated by David Harewood, which explored life in the urban environment of Lagos, Nigeria. The documentary focused on life in different parts of Lagos such as, the Olusosun rubbish dump, where around 1,000 people live; the waters of Lagos Lagoon where people live in a houses built on stilts, and the beach in central Lagos, where people live in houses built  from cardboard, scrap wood and tarpaulin.

Stronger Than Hate


The history of humanity seems to be defined by human eyes
looking away…
Looking away from dead bodies floating in the water,
Looking away from people trapped in steel cans, 

My Argument Proposing the Motion to End Aid to Africa


I am looking back on this article in 2020, five years after I first wrote it. I wrote it in the style of the debates we used to have in secondary school. If you are reading this for the first time, I suggest that you also read ‘Questioning the ‘Aid to Africa’ Structure‘ as well as a speech by the late Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso, ‘A United Front Against Debt (1987)‘ given just a few months before his assassination. This is one of the things I don’t mention in detail in the article below. The relationship between unjust debt and unhelpful aid.

Nigeria’s #childnotbride Outrage: The Nigerian Sexual Offences Bill 2015


I remember writing on these issues a few years ago. I am going to quote myself and the venerable Professor Soyinka in the same post! yikes!

There have been repeated incidences of the #childnotbride hashtag being part of a public outcry in Nigeria.

The Not-So Silent Narrative of Race


Ludicrously, we have made race into the dominant narrative of our time.
It is a paradoxical narrative, because it is rarely spoken.

Women’s Movements: Today, yesterday, tomorrow?

There have always been women’s movements. There always will be women’s movements. The question for us now is what women will be moving and fighting for tomorrow.


Why I Do Not Celebrate International Women’s Day


On the 8th of March the world celebrates International Women’s Day. I chose to mark the day rather than celebrate. ‘Why?’ you may well ask. Here is my answer:

As long as women still have to justify their existence as equal citizens of the world, I will not celebrate,

Nigeria’s False Democracy


I would love to see Buhari win the general election. Don’t get me wrong. I do not like Buhari I also do not trust him as far any inclined person can throw him. However, 2 things possible outcomes to him winning the election obviously appeal to me. One, he could be as magnificient a leader as his blind followers hope he will be – that can only be good for Nigeria. Or he could be as horrible as I expect him to be and how I would love to laugh in some people’s faces. FYI, I am currently taking down names.

Ebola and R2P; Africa and the International Community: 5 Lessons from the Epidemic


After completing a scintillating [cough, cough]  on the responsibility to protect [R2P] and its operation in West Africa, I shamelessly seize any opportunity to crowbar my knowledge in this area into current affairs. My thesis focused on the preventive arm of (R2P) and I continue to examine any responsibility which the international community may have in preventing human suffering in fragile states.

What is Nigeria?


The everlasting conundrum of identity of the people living in the area marked Nigeria has raised up such phrases like “geographical expression”, “geographical entity”, “artificial creation”, “colonial creation.” Are we a ‘state’ in the true meaning of the word?