The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, had vowed or threatened to rule Nigeria for at least 60 consecutive years before it can hand over to any other political party. Given its performance since 1999, this ambition has serious implications for the future of Nigeria. Single political parties have attempted but always failed to dislodge the PDP … Continue reading Opposition Parties Political Merger in Nigeria: How likely?
That night as I lay in bed, I cried. I owed Candy Jones something: an explanation and an apology for the way I had behaved. Then I realized I had no such control over myself as I had enjoyed in my early teens. Now, I had become subject to another power – an external force … Continue reading Good Morning II
Clutching the registration slip venerably in my right hand, I walked into the hall. The venue itself was our school’s refectory hall. A few hours earlier, I sat here among other students taking a breakfast of moi moi and pap. Now in a few minutes, I was going to have before me another kind of … Continue reading Memories of a Jambite
That morning, Mr Philip, the Geography master walked into our class. We were new to the class but not new to him or to ourselves. It was the beginning of a new school year and we had just been promoted to Senior Class Two. He looked round for a moment and remained where he had … Continue reading Good Morning I
Where we stand We may not see much But the little we understand Does not match With the promise of better Better empowerment That a little later Will harness our endowment Though great in numbers And in strength no little Our leading members Often riddle Our aspiration With doubt … Continue reading Leaders of Tomorrow
There is an alien in me Of whom I am not proud I try to make peace with him But he is a big fraud He commands me Whenever he wants And even when I’m not keen I must obey at once Sometimes he does come When in our class, there’s a teacher … Continue reading The Alien in Me
Nigeria is a land of hypocrisy. The tragedy does not end there. Her people are so used to hypocrisy that they cannot face truth, so they remain un-free. There is hypocrisy in the home, church, mosque and in government offices. We – or rather or leaders – celebrate everything from the first 100 days in … Continue reading What Manner of Democracy “Dividends”?
After that quarrel with Father, Mother’s friend visited us.“Hey!” she exclaimed when Mother told her of the fight with Grace. This woman’s voice was strange: low and unsteady like that of someone who has just woken up from sleep and had dreamt he was chased by the devil; that kind of dream where one struggles … Continue reading The Log in my Mother’s Eye 2
False Image of Ourselves Achebe is stung by the hypocrisy and vain-glory common with Nigerian leaders. He is angry at the blatant self-deception by those who do not care to make Nigeria genuinely great, but who like to decieve everyone that Nigeria is great. He writes: “Nigeria is not a great country. It is one … Continue reading The Trouble with Nigeria: A Review II
The Nigerian youth is a creature of woes Left all the time on his own To contend with all manners of foes And live a life of little fun Day and Night he struggles to fend And the socio-economic structures to tame His cause, no one cares to defend Yet he is expected to … Continue reading NYSC Slaves
Recently, there have been consistent radio adverts urging Nigerians to accept deregulation as the magic wand invented by our team of expert economists for solving our national problems. Deregulation simply means non-direct involvement of government in the deregulated sectors. It could also be called privatization. It might help to recall that privatization has been around … Continue reading Deregulate the Federal Government
Author: Chinua Achebe Publisher: Fourth Dimension Publishing Co. Ltd Year of Publication: 1983 Chapters: 10 In presenting a review of The Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe, I do not imply that I have more competence than the author, an all time great writer of both fiction and non-fiction. This review is aimed at stressing … Continue reading The Trouble with Nigeria: A Review I
At that time, I was a tiny little thing. Mother carried me on her back wherever she went. She would place me on her back and use one of her wrappers to tie me to her. Sometimes, she did not tie me with any cloth. She would just support me with her left hand while … Continue reading The Log in My Mother’s Eye