Sep
13
2014

Ilu kowokowo

Life & Living

My young daughter and I had a short conversation as I began to write this piece: “Daddy, what is kowokowo?” “Oh, so you don’t know? I thought you boasted to me last week that your teacher has been teaching you so many Yoruba words.” “Yes, she has. That’s why I know the meaning of Ilu because she once taught us in class.” “Then let’s start by agreeing on what Ilu means.” “Daddy, Ilu simply means a [...]

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Sep
5
2014

Love what you do

The common expression asks that we should do what we love. Yes, it makes sense for you to do something that you have great passion for. But in reality, it is not always easy to find what you love to do. So, this expression remains pointless until such a time that your utmost aspiration is fulfilled – dream job, dream holiday, dream home, dream partner etc. Instead, how about loving what you do? How about [...]

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Aug
24
2014

Follow Follow

The word “follow” has been around for some time. But its usage some years back was quite different from what we have today. The word was once reserved for any copycat who would then be called, “Mr. Follow Follow.” A guy trying to get the attention of a beautiful babe would also boast to his friends that, “Guys, I’m trying to follow that girl.” Clearly, there must be a reason for someone to be copying another [...]

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Aug
23
2014

Why we long for Nigeria

Life & Living

Another interesting article by Sabella Abidde titled “There goes Nuhu, here comes Ribadu” is on the back page of The Punch newspaper of Wednesday, 20th August, 2014. Quite an interesting piece – the type that has always endeared me to The Punch powerful writers such as Sabella himself; my uncle, Tunde Fagbenle; Tolu Ogunlesi; Bayo Olupohunda; Abimbola Adelakun; Minabere Ibelema etc.   As the title of the article suggests, Sabella airs his views on Nuhu Ribadu’s [...]

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Aug
4
2014

Pain and Gain are Siblings

For everything that anyone enjoys, someone has paid some dues for it. That’s because pain and gain are siblings. With pain comes some gain, and vice versa. For a child to be born, someone must bear the pain of pregnancy and labour. For the beautiful edifice we all admire, some people must have given their sweats (or blood) into the construction. The examples are uncountable.  The food we eat, the books we enjoy, the TV programs [...]

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Aug
3
2014

As we do on Earth, so they do in Heaven

It is quite easy for us to dismiss certain things we hear about heaven. That’s because no one has ever travelled there and returned to give a full account of what happens over there. Yes, you may want to quickly remind me of those who tell us about their vision of heaven, or those who experienced near death experiences. No. That’s not what I’m talking about. I mean someone who went to heaven (say, on [...]

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Aug
2
2014

No regrets

I may be wrong, but I have a feeling that journalists enjoy being fed with lies. I have just read an interview session that a certain journalist had with a popular man in town, and I keep wondering who was deceiving who between the two. The journalist had asked if the man has ever had any regret, and the man replied that he had never, at any time, had any regret in his more than 60 [...]

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Aug
1
2014

Hot at the Top, cold at the Bottom

Life & Living

“Good evening, Ma.” “Good evening, my dear. How are you?” “I’m okay Ma; and you?” “Ha, my dear, it’s not easy o.” “But, aunty, I least expected that you would have any problem. You’re already there at the top. Just pray for those of us who are still coming behind.” “Is that what you think? It’s not easy at the top o.” “Really?” “Yes o. It’s hot at the top.” “You know something aunty, every [...]

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Jul
30
2014

The Hard Choices

Life & Living

We are all students of experience. But only a few learn from experiences. From your past experiences, you must have noticed that the difficult things you embarked upon yielded the best results. Think about the difficult project you chose to work on when others ran away. Bet the outcome was quite rewarding. Think about that difficult phone call that took you ages to make. Guess you thanked your stars that you summoned the courage to [...]

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Jul
29
2014

The Guest

Happy Eid-El-Fitri to all our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. This 500-word post is actually for all our Muslim readers, though it equally speaks to every other person. I love the Hadiths of the Muslims. That’s why this post is anchored on one of the beautiful Hadiths that I know of – Tirmizi, Kitab al-Zuhd, Hadith no. 44 which says, “My relation with this world is as a traveler who continues his journey [...]

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