Ladi Yakubu's Travelogue of Minna, Niger State Saw this on nairaland. Thought I'd share, to complement my #Minna craze. Hi Everyone, would like you all to read my Travelogue, it…
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Enter an average Nigerian street today, you’ll find little clusters of people, different genders and ages, talking, animatedly, over drinks or light food or some such, about matters—problems—that are really out of their hands to solve, directly that is. These are complaining lips, grumbling hearts, murmuring souls, angry and upset about any number of things— the way of governance in the country, the wealth distribution or its lack thereof, the fact that there are no jobs to help even the most optimistic partake in a little of the unevenly shared wealth, the understanding that corruption cannot be replaced as the blood that circulates the veins of industry and economy in Nigeria. It’s so rampant finding these groups that categorizing the act of finding time to indulge in it as part of the Nigerian lifestyle would not be so arguable.
Nigerians love CNA. Yes, I'm talking about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Americans love her too. She's almost like our favourite Nigerian-American these days. She's strong-willed, as unapologetic as unapologetic can come when she writes (just read any of her novels or essays), and is, to me, the world's foremost proponent of feminism. I'll pause here and say this: I am a big skeptic of the ideals of feminism, the "secular feminism" if you may. I, however, am a big advocate for gender equity and free speech for women. The sad truth is that the world has simply refused to limit their definitions of feminism to that; gender equity and free speech for women. This is what CNA fights for, and I'm solidly behind her.
I had to do it. The writer in me would not let me rest. I mean, there’s just so much to say, so much to analyse, and if you love using words to dissect situations like me, then you would not be able to resist the pull to do this if it ever overcomes you. I did not watch the first two seasons of Big Brother Naija. I didn’t even know when season 1 happened. I wanted to start season 2, but I was in a place where my thinking was nothing but, “this thing everybody is watching, where they’re just sitting down, and talking, and annoying each other…abeg, I have better things to do with my life.” And so, I ignored the show from start to finish. Then, all the talks about Efe, Bisola, T Boss, TTT, Gifty, Kemen filled everywhere, and annoyed me the more. And then, I resolved, “I’m not gonna be lured to watch any version of this thing. Ever.” And yesterday, I thoroughly enjoyed the Payporte games, and how only six persons out
Going into the end of the year, one finds out that 2017 has been a very weird year. A good number of these weird things have resulted to calamitous responses and even more overwhelmingly incongruent actions taken to calm the situations (Brexit’s non-terminating spiral, Donald Trump, Catalonia, Las Vegas shooting, Charlesville, Libya’s slave trade, Mugabe to Mnangagwa, Bobrisky, Davido vs. Wizkid, Banky W, and the list goes on and on). All of these persons, or places, or events, have been at one time or the other, publicity vortexes, either starkly showing us the truth of the world we live in today, or brazenly operating as the perfect smokescreen to hide, at that given time, the bitterer things that went on while they took centre stage. I really shouldn’t be taken by surprise saying this next part, but, the weirdest of all these vortexes is someone from an erstwhile nondescript (as far as world geopolitical zoning is concerned) section of the universe, the acclaimed leader of the people in this section, none other than Owelle himself, Gov. Rochas Okorocha.
It’s been barely three weeks since The Chairman, M.I dropped what is now, arguably, his most controversial song of recent. It’s been received with mixed feelings, especially within the Nigerian rap community; and why shouldn’t it? It’s a direct and bold challenge (some would say ‘attack’) on the state of rap music in Nigeria, and the rappers that sing them. I’m talking about no other track than ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives’. Guess, he’s not one for subtlety, judging from the track’s title.
I’m currently serving as a youth corps member in Nigeria, and can I tell you folks, it is a hoot! There are many bad days; there are funny days, there are meh days, but there are good days too, like very good, promising days. Guess, it’s just the same way with the rest of life, and living. There was once a desire for NYSC. I say there was once, not entire suggesting there isn’t anymore, but from a quantitative angle, not many Nigerian youth and school leavers jump with excitement at the p