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It is true that every word has its own separate and distinct meaning; it is also true that a word may be redefined or its meaning reinvented by the accepted usage in a particular locality. This is why it is not surprising that most people would refer to all brands of noodles as ‘indomie’, regardless of the names of specific brands. However, I am concerned not with the different varieties of noodles, but with the word ‘accountability’ and the variance between the original meaning and the Nigerian customary or conventional definition.

The English word, ‘accountable’ simply means “to be called to be responsible for one’s actions; answerability”. Accountability is frequently referred to as an account-giving relationship existing between two parties. In governance, accountability is blame-worthiness and responsibility.

It is only conventional and customary that in a society, people in positions of authority or those in privileged positions are held accountable for their actions, in an effort to prevent chaos and disorder. These people, whether selected or elected, are expected to be answerable for their actions.

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Carpe diem

Friday, October 19th, 2012  

Time is the most wasted commodity God has created …

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”

Charles Richards

One thing I have come to see as life’s most ironic yet rather intriguing feature is time. Most of the time, one is carried away by the euphoria of youth, making it easy to forget the big picture – the moments you spend now will never come back to you. It may seem as though you have the time to procrastinate, that you can complete that assignment tomorrow, send that email in the next hour, or send that text message in the evening.  But, if you really ponder over it, you can only do just one thing in just that one moment. It will never be repeated. If you decide to do it, or not, or do it later, you have for that time, made your decision on how that moment would be spent. The only option life gives you is the privilege to celebrate what you have done in the time past, in the time to come.

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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.

“Give Us Our Corpse”-The Legal Ownership of Corpses.

Thursday, September 20th, 2012  

It all started with the much criticised University of Lagos (UNILAG) name change, and the fact that I had to keep away from school (on

What is in a name?

mum’s instruction). I considered it embarrassing for me to be tongue- tied if anyone asked me about the situation of things in my school, so I vowed to buy a newspaper once every two days ( because I knew I couldn’t win the battle as to whether to listen to the news on the TV or watch a soap opera). I did this religiously for the first two weeks, after which I discovered that the stories were all the same, the only difference each day being the character and/or location.

 After catching up on the news on UNILAG, I usually just dropped the paper in my bag, and waited for the perfect time to turn the rest of the pages looking for a captivating story. In the National Mirror of Wednesday, May 30, a caption on page 50 on the column for Community Mirror particularly caught my attention; it read: “Family accuses hospital of stealing corpse”. The story was about the claim of a family that when they requested for the body of their late sister/ wife, the morticians presented a corpse which did not have any semblance with that of the deceased. The matter was reported to the police who promised to investigate, but the family insisted that no way would they rest until they got the body of their late relative.

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Friday, August 31st, 2012  

Before evidential issues are even raised, insuperable as they are, there still exist greater social challenges to attaining justice for women who suffer this crime. According to a 2006 Amnesty International report on rape in Nigeria that cited several national civil society organizations, the greatest challenges is getting victims to report the crime and getting the police to investigate and prosecute rape. The AI report also says social stigma is a major reason rape is under-reported. I personally think that we did not need the research to realize how badly rape victims are conceived by our society. Added to social stigma is the insensitive and traumatic treatment victims can expect to experience with the untrained police and the criminal justice system in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, the same Amensty International report, states that state actors especially the police are the major perpetrators of rape and violence against women.

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The Red Light District

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012  

It really is a feature of our society that we can’t seem to tacitly ignore anymore. It has taken the fancy of a vast number of our youth, leaving our working youth to work twice as hard to satisfy the desire of our dependent youth. It’s gotten to everyone- to our clerics and the pious, to our teachers and the taught, to the haves and what we once thought were the have-nots.

Thankfully I’m not talking about prostitution. But I am talking about a particular red light that has people from all walks of life, in various homes, streets, schools and districts canned into utter obedience. It is rather interesting to watch the red light go off, and people scramble to action to respond to its beckon. As you may have probably guessed by now, I’m talking about that red light on the top right corner of your Blackberry handset that springs (you) to life every time you have a message or a phone call.

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THE RAPE CHRONICLES – A Place for Date Rape?

Friday, August 24th, 2012  

Date rape is the common term for non-consensual sexual (vaginal, anal, oral) intercourse that is forced (by way of physical force or

psychological coercion) on a person by someone that they know. Date rape is a complex and difficult area of criminal law, given the nature of the relationship between the victim and the accused.  However, most jurisdictions like ours, make no legal distinction between date rape and rape. This is even though it is well known that rape occurs far more often between people already acquainted than between strangers.

(Date) Rape cases may also take the form of emotional or financial coercion as opposed to the regular physical coercion. Where the rapist is placed in a higher position, he may use his position to harass and intimidate a woman to succumb to his sexual demands. By instilling fear through threats, a woman in that circumstance who succumbs can hardly be said to have given her consent. Where the rapists threatens to withhold or refuse promotions, money, examination results or anything due to the victim, the eventual intercourse would also fall under the heading of rape. In these cases, there will be no form of physical evidence.

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THE RAPE CHRONICLES – Rape A Gender Question?

Friday, August 17th, 2012  

There are not many criminal acts as invasive, as degrading and as traumatizing as the act of rape. The victim becomes scarred for life, and many times, ends up with significant psycho-sexual challenges. It was conceived to be so reprehensible in the old days that the Law of Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible stipulated that the rapist be put to death. (Deut.22:25-26).

Rape is simply defined as non-consensual sex. But, in that definition lies the error of simplicity. It certainly raises more questions than it answers. What if the victim “invited” the non-consensual sex, perhaps by her dressing or her attitude? What if she didn’t struggle or cry for help?  What if both parties were drunk? What if the “rapist” heard yes when the victim was really saying no? What if she was not particularly forced, but was only emotionally coerced? Or financially coerced?

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Litter The Law

Monday, August 13th, 2012  

I am very passionate about the environment, more importantly the environment where I reside: Nigeria. And there is something that always speaks to me: litter. I see it everywhere and it begs me to pick it up…on the streets, just beside a trash can, on the road, in the gutters….everywhere!  Nigeria is filled with litter! But what can we do about it? The government is already overburdened with problems of security, education, employment and others with such magnitude of importance, and to add that, the burden of the environment might even seem cruel or harsh, not to mention the issue of opening the floodgates of the court. Therefore the constitution has made the rights to the security of the environment non-justiciable according to Section 20 of the 1999 Constitution.

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