The memorial was small, private. It was just a couple of friends and family come together in the living room to drink to his name and reminisce... After dinner that night when everyone had settled into their rooms for the next day, I decided to visit the workshop.
There are many entrepreneurs in Nigeria, all working tirelessly to create solutions to problems of the community, and making money from these creative solutions. Some entrepreneurs have been able to stand out in their business and have built it into a global brand while still embracing strong Nigerian values. One of them is, Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti. … Continue reading Ifedayo Durosinmi Etti; Entrepreneur, Author and Co-Founder of Parliamo Bambini – Lauretta Onwuegbuzie
Unity, peace and progress. How do you believe in this, when those who coined it did not execute it? When those who execute in it do not understand it? When those who understand it do not believe in it? We are an endless chain, held together by the bonds of a constitution. And our ethnicities … Continue reading Unite
Tell them You used to weave fabrics: You Pulled golden threads through Ivory patterns; Tightened cotton Knots into thin cloths; Your Joints rolling like the song That sat at the tip of your Tongue; You and your boys Singing, braiding melodies in- To the sequin; … Continue reading Strip(p)ed – Tayoshe Aluko
200 million people. One code. Every morning the bus driver gets up by 4am to say his prayers to his God in a dingy room infested with mosquitoes. Somewhere else, a night guard closes his shift with a deep yawn and stretches. He is grateful for another uneventful night —boring is good. The fact that … Continue reading One Code – Henrie Adesina
Jackson moved swiftly, skirting through the dark back streets of Ijora, he'd lived here only six months but already knew all the back alleys and shortcuts to the place— the best magic show on the mainland. He heard rumours about them when he lived in Festac, things were better then, before his dad got sick. … Continue reading The Circus
NEPA no fit bring light. We don taya o, we sidon for our stuffy parlours, generators dey pour smoke pepper eyes. Instead make police punish Boko dem dey give dem Coke and biscuit, even after dem kidnap innocent girls, with many wey dem never find. Governors and Senators dey pocket country money like say na … Continue reading Nigerian: Arinola Ososanya
It was the year 1958, the game of football towered above others in the heart of the people. Like the devil’s residence, it sustained in the country, a raging inferno of passion in the common folk and elitist alike. The year was also a defining one for a hardly acknowledged country near the Amazon called … Continue reading The Year ‘Fore ’59-Henrie Adesina
Imagine you're a child in Primary 3. Your mom drops you off at school early, and submit all your assignments. You keep your bag in your locker, and get out your books for class. You sit in front jejely. As the teacher is about to start, you felt a burning sensation run up your neck. You … Continue reading Should I say something…?
The sores bored in your crusty skin; In jagged flakes, your flesh within. You, chain-bound; neck and arms and soul Now wriggle free, show me some self-control What’s rash; what’s vile; what’s right ; What’s bleaches, skins and tights? Burn colours on your hands for me And at my call, shed dignity. Embrace … Continue reading Beauty- Similoluwa Aluko