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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014  


The best things in life are free but jailing gays isn’t one of them. It costs money to send people to prison, even homosexuals. In 2011, when the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was just a bill before the House of Representatives, I accused its sponsors of seeking to impose the religious views and beliefs of a Moslem and Christian majority of Nigerians upon a homosexual minority. The moral, cultural and religious justifications for the Act are questionable.

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Friday, April 12th, 2013  

Recently, an incident occurred in Alu community in Rivers state, Nigeria, where four young students were tortured for several hours and subsequently burnt alive in the presence of members of the community. This raised the question as to whether there is still any humane feeling in the members of our society. There is no doubt that the act was a display of barbarism as a result of the loss of values.

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No Paper, No Land, No Compensation.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013  

Bild 5It was when I traveled home from school for the Christmas and New Year holidays that I noticed the changes that have taken place in my hometown. My family lives in Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State, and since the coming into power of the ACN government in 2011, there have been series of development projects across the state. The latest of such projects in Ijebu-Ode is the attempt of the government to expand the busiest road in the town known as Folagbade or Ibadan road. This road was built during the regime of Olabisi Onabanjo, the first Civilian Governor of Ogun State. It is a dual carriageway comprising of three lanes on each side. The present administration, in line with its urbanization drive, felt the need to further expand the road by widening it to four lanes on each side. Whether this project is desirable, considering the huge expense involved, the fact that funding for the project will come from loans, or that there was hardly any traffic build-up on the road to justify the expansion, is not the focus of this paper. That will be an issue for discussion in another forum.

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Monday, March 11th, 2013  

The first time I mentioned, to the hearing of my mother, that I would like to adopt a child when I was older, I was sharply rebuked. This reaction left me puzzled, for though I had heard someone saying before that Nigerians weren’t favorably disposed to adoption, I had waved it off because I couldn’t believe anyone would be opposed to what in my opinion was a benevolent gesture. So, I set out to find out the truth about Nigerians’ attitude towards adoption, and here’s what I discovered.



Having a child is one of the yardsticks by which the success of a marriage is measured; therefore infertility can be one of the strongest sources of pressure on a marriage. Sometimes, the woman (who mostly bears the brunt of the stigma of infertility in our society) is made to believe that without children, her place has not been secured in her husband’s home [Ginger’s blog]. Adoption is one of the options that can be used to manage the situation.

Upon research on the subject, my fears were confirmed. The Ebunoluwa orphanage confirmed that in Nigeria, customs and traditions have it that children who cannot be cared for by their parents are taken in by someone within their extended family, but the idea of taking in or adopting a child who is not somehow related to the family is highly uncommon.

In a survey by Ezugwu of 264 women who were having difficulty conceiving in South-Eastern Nigeria to determine their knowledge, attitude and practice of child adoption, it was shown that 183 of them [69.3%] were unwilling to adopt, while only 81[30%] were willing to consider adoption.

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013  



The phrase `we are happier than our forefathers` has never been truer than it is today. Drawing from the tail-end of the 20th century to the rays of hope that brightened the 21st century, the planet called earth has enjoyed a significant improvement in culture, thanks to innovative technological developments by Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, yahoo, Google, MySpace, Word press, and gadgets like the blackberry, Ipad, IPhones, amongst others, which have heralded the development of Information Technology. The works of Bill Gates, Larry Page, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Mark Cuban etc, have undoubtedly made life better for the lot of a significant percentage of the world’s population. Information is now better transmitted to a larger audience with minimal effort, surprisingly, at the speed of light. Reaching out to people across the poles via social media networks, reuniting lost friends and creating new acquaintances have become the norm of the day. Business transactions are now effected more quickly and with minimal risk. Online purchasing has opened a phase in the marketing world where buyers and sellers need not necessarily know or meet each other, and this by no means diminishes transactional efficiency. All these and many more are the beauties of the novel concept of Information Technology.

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Pollution and Development in Beijing

Monday, January 14th, 2013  

British Union and Devolution in Northern Ireland

Saturday, January 5th, 2013  

Pedagogy: Using Film to Teach International Relations

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012  

Using Films to Teach International Relations goes a long way in teaching about International Law.


Monday, June 4th, 2012  

In most cultures today, marriage has bewww.vanguardngr.come a big ‘project’, especially when it comes to payment of the bride price. Research shows that, because of the endless demands made on the intending husband, the celebration of traditional marriage ceremonies seems to be on the decline. Such factors have been the cause of low patronage of the traditional marriage institution and a threat to the family system. This has made many parents give out their daughters without sweating the details of traditional obligation, or run the risk of leaving them unmarried.

Gift exchange has been an essential part of marriage rites and ceremonies in Nigeria. It involves the exchange of materials or money from the man’s to the woman’s family, but practices differ among communities. The bride price may be payment in cash, gifts or the rendering of services by the groom and/or his family to the family of the bride. Payment of the bride price is one of the most significant traditional practices in Nigerian traditional marriages. The fulfilment of the bride price confers on the marriage recognition under the customary laws of the relevant communities. Traditionally, bridal gifts were to bring about a bond between the two families. It was emblematic.  It was to unite the couple as well as to bring the families together. In the past, it was given freely by the future husband and not demanded by the bride’s family.

But the opposite is what we see and experience in recent times in relation to payment of the bride price. Today, the practice of bride price is aggressively negotiated, thereby reducing ladies to mere commodities for exchange. This has also made families to see their daughters as a source of revenue generation.

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We are the Corruption In Nigeria..

Monday, May 28th, 2012  

Corruption in its plain terms can be defined as a dishonest exploitation of power for personal gain. It could also mean a state of depravity or immorality.

   For several years, Nigeria has topped the list of corrupt nations in the world with no such position in any positive area, and sadly, the country has continued to deteriorate. Nigeria gained independence from her colonial master, Britain, on 1st October, 1960. As a young person, one who is information-driven, I have gathered that Nigeria, at some point, was a thriving nation with a naira that was almost equal in value to the British pound. The question I constantly ask is, ‘What exactly happened to my beloved nation?’

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