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In Name or in Deed? – The Selectiveness of Nationality

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013  


The shockingly heinous crime recently committed in broad day light on a London street by two black men is an unacceptable atrocity that has, however, generated an interesting dimension about our perceptions of nationality and citizenship.

The main perpetrator of the crime, a British citizen, Michael Adebolajo, was widely depicted in the British and international media as being a “British-born person of Nigerian descent”, resulting in vehement protests by the Nigerian community in the UK.   Their argument is that Adebolajo is a born and bred Brit – he was issued a birth certificate in the UK and holds a British passport; therefore, his name does not confirm his nationality.  These Nigerians in the diaspora are obviously worried about the negativity that can be easily generated if other British citizens associate such barbaric behavior and inhumane cruelty witnessed in this crime with other persons of Nigerian or African descent.

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013  



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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“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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AFRICA – Does Poverty Stop Here?

Monday, June 4th, 2012  

www.southafrica-pig.blogspot.comA few years ago my room-mates and I watched a very unflattering foreign documentary supposedly about life in Lagos. It was as typical of most stories about Africa that one finds in mainstream Western news media – a veritable catalogue of woes. The visuals consisted almost exclusively of swampy slums with houses on stilts; there was hardly any information on the less grim aspects of the city. One of the scenes featured an interview with an adult male resident of a Lagos slum, conducted, dramatically, whilst the man excreted in the lagoon. I remember recoiling in vicarious shame at the rebarbative sight – the same way I presume parents must feel when publicly embarrassed by an ill-mannered child. In many ways it was depressing to watch, this depiction of Lagos as the desolate habitation of a forgotten people. I remember the heated arguments that broke out when a room-mate spoke out in defence of the documentary and called it an authentic depiction of the realities of life in Lagos.

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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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Another Scramble for Africa?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012  

The New Mad Scramble as reported by the BBC "Slavery and the 'Scramble for Africa'" by Dr Saul ...

As you probably already know, Africa is the richest and the most beautiful continent known to man. Very few natural resources are sought globally today that cannot be found within the shores of at least one African nation; those that can’t, seem to be of little consequence to global markets. The burden of beauty that the continent bears is reflected throughout the annals of her history- be it the era of the slave trade, the scramble for Africa, or her forced involvement in the First and Second World Wars. History was indeed cruel to Africa; historians saw what would be considered today as the unethical division of Africa by her then European colonial masters as “The White Man’s Burden”, as opposed to the burden of the nations of Africa.

The consciousness of the international community

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The African State and the Effect of Its Sino-Relations.

Friday, April 27th, 2012  

Over the years, Africa, being home to majority of the developing countries of the world, has been and remains the continent where the most products – both original and sub-standard – are being dumped, making the African continent a dumping ground. Also, Africa, being home to mainly third world countries, has been and continues to be exploited by the developed countries of the world. Significant hazards in this regard include the signing of unfavourable trade agreements which are unhealthy to the African state, both economically and environmentally.  A vivid example of these exploits can be seen with the foreign oil companies in Nigeria, which employ methods of extraction of oil that pollute and destroy the surrounding land and water and the environment, making it hard to farm and fish. It is important to note that these oil companies do not do much to stop this pollution and they do not make any attempt to clean the environment or pay compensation to the affected communities for the destruction.

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