Nov
27
2014

The Lovely Danfo Bus Girl

Life & Living

“Something interesting happened on my way to Oshodi this morning. At the motor park, this rough mean-looking conductor was screaming for passengers, his vernacular oscillating between Yoruba and Pidgin English. “Oshodi! Oshodi!” he shouted angrily as I, along with some other passengers, struggled for seats. There was this beautiful young lady who couldn’t throw caution and decorum to the wind but waited patiently until the bus was almost filled. Then she pleaded to sit by [...]

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Nov
18
2014

The Greatest Question in the World.

“Do you know why many people are not as successful in life as they wish?” “No, I don’t. Tell me please.” “Do you know why they’re so rudderless about so many things in life?” “Ooooh, you ask too many questions. Say whatever you want to say and stop querying me like a lawyer.” “OK. I will tell you. Look, many people do things without asking the greatest question in the world?” “And what could be [...]

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Nov
3
2014

Reactions

Life & Living

We all watch the same TV programmes; but we react to them differently We all read the same newspapers; but we react to them differently. We all live in the same world; but we react to world events differently. It is not so much of what happen in the world that shape us. Rather, it is how we react to world events that define us. We may listen to the same news, we may hear [...]

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Oct
20
2014

Between Conventional Insurance and Takaful

I addressed a group of people on the subject of Islamic Insurance (Takaful) recently and was surprised to discover that they knew little about the concept. I have therefore decided to do this small piece for the benefit of those who may also be out there having little or no knowledge of Takaful. We live in a world that is full of different types of risks. As they say, anything can happen at any time so [...]

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Oct
19
2014

A World of Uncertainties

I changed the title of this post at the last minute. I had tinkered with other alternatives such as “Between Certainties and Uncertainties” and “Moving from Certainty to Uncertainty” but on a further reflection, it dawned on me that, indeed, nothing is certain in our world. We live in a world of uncertainties. When you go to bed at night, there isn’t 100% certainty that you would wake up the following morning. When we set [...]

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Oct
18
2014

EBOLA: When your Neighbor is Eating Cockroaches…

Life & Living

In case you did not know, eating cockroaches is normal in China. It is a hot delicacy. And in case you find this strange, you can do your own research on the internet. CNN actually did a special report on cockroach farming in China not long ago. So, as they say, one man’s food is another man’s poison. Nigerians, and I believe Africans generally, consider cockroaches to be poisonous as food. That’s why a Yoruba [...]

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Oct
4
2014

Could Shekau be Dead?

Life & Living

A Google search for the name Abubakar Shekau returned 3,030,000 results. Another search for President Goodluck Jonathan returned 1,360,0000 results. That shows how popular this notorious Boko Haram leader has become. He may end up “winning” the TIME Magazine Person of the Year “award”. The Nigerian military claims the man has been killed. But he has just refuted this in a newly released video. As usual, he says he’s still very much alive! Who do we [...]

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Sep
29
2014

He answers!

Certain things do happen and we begin to wonder, “What a coincidence!” I had such an experience over the last few days. For a period of three consecutive days, I kept coming across issues relating to atheism. It started with a particular article someone posted on Facebook about non-existence of God. I read it and could not help laughing. The second day, I came across another article in which the writer proclaimed that God only [...]

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Sep
22
2014

Talent is truly Overrated

Do you believe that some people just happen to have a natural talent for certain things? Have you ever wondered how some guys could effortlessly do certain things like playing football, playing the guitar, giving a speech, or writing a book? If you are, then you have a partner in me. I used to think that way. I used to think that some people are just gifted (naturally) to achieve some goals that others can [...]

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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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