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Friday, December 09, 2016


E káasan,

That’s the greetings of a Yoruba person which means ‘Good afternoon’. It has been some weeks that I last came this way but it is all for good! The tap is still gushing but the demand of this time makes it seems like it is seizing from my end. I am sure the wind of the yuletide is blowing all around you; either it White Christmas or Hazy Christmas; May we all do it in good health.

There is a Yorùbá proverb, ‘ti obinrin o ba dan ile oko meji wo; ko ni mo eyi to san’ which means, if a woman never attempts two matrimonial homes; she will not know the most pleasant of both homes. We would want to consider this saying in the light of the first husband and subsequent husbands. However, this can be applied to all areas of life including our career.

The first husband is usually the stage of exposition from being naïve. The first husband has a lot of role to play in one’s life as it determines how wild and insatiable one would be in later years. The experience also determines if the person will want to hang on or find an exit route out of the union. For example, if the first company that one works with pays well; gives a lot of allowances and encourages growth; many people would not bother to seek for employment elsewhere until the statutory retirement age.

Subsequent husbands, from the second husband upward, usually, are tasked on many sides especially when there was a very damaging experience from the first union. This could have maligned the ability of the person to trust and stay loyal. As such, the husband strives to convince beyond all reasonable doubt that he can care and sustain the person. Unfortunately, the person coming into the union would be very sceptical and would have developed either a cantankerous, violent or defensive mind-set.

In all, some people will never go beyond the first marriage; some will prefer the second marriage; some will appreciate the first marriage while they are in the second marriage and some will regret both marriages.

I would plead with everyone, wherever you find yourself; please be the best so that we can create valuable experiences for others and not marred experiences. For those who are yet to make a choice, kindly examine your choice, if it will lead you to the Promised Land or an impediment to your progress.

Have a great weekend ahead.


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Thursday, December 08, 2016


People in the Yoruba Creative Industry have been encouraged to hone their skills in order to export it to other countries where there are Yoruba speakers across the globe as this can be a source of foreign exchange. This was unveiled by Mr. Adedeji D. Tarnner, a prolific Yoruba writer at the Christmas Edition of Yoruba Lakotun, a quarterly cultural show in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The author of Alajobi, Tobiloba, Aye Pegba, Ayinike and other several Yoruba books, Adedeji D. Tarnner, admonished the Yoruba Creative Industry to research into our cultural heritage in order to get unadulterated materials to present to the world.

According to him, ‘The Yoruba Creative Industry is ripe for harvest through her various skills which is not available in other parts of the globe. The unique tradition and lifestyle of the Yoruba can be exported because all other cultures and languages that have made meaningful impact globally transcended their territory for it to be adopted by other cultures. Yorubas need to fine-tune their crafts; preserve it and export it to other regions across the world through technology and literature.

Also, we need to consciously eschew foreign vices, such as the use of guns on fellow humans, which have crept into our communities as a result of foreign influences on our cultures. We need to continue to place value on human lives,’ he added.

While welcoming the audience to the heavily wreathed event for the Christmas edition, the host, Olutayo Irantiola, said, that the nature has created a distinction across different countries with seasons. As Yorubas are preparing for Harmattan when fruits get ripened, the Western world is preparing for winter when snow drop. He encouraged everyone to appreciate nature for her benevolence to all human race across the world.

The Christmas edition of the programme was dedicated to Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Emugoriade I, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo land, Ikorodu Division who just ascended the throne of his fathers. There were performance poetry from different Yoruba spoken word acts to the delight of the audience, some of the acts include Ogunyemi AbdulRahman popularly known as Ojogbon Akewi Remo; Olayemi Olajide popularly called Kongo Oro and Aremo Oluwaseun Obafemi.

The edition of Yoruba Lakotun was attended by cultural enthusiasts drawn from Corporate and Social Nigeria. 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Title: Asabi Alakara
Poet: Akeem Lasisi
Timing: 7:42 minutes
Directed by: Sanjo Adegoke
Reviewer: Olutayo Irantiola

Campaigns against sexual harassment, rape and other feminine associated vices are raving issues of the moment .In order to add a creative twist to the campaign, Akeem Lasisi, the award winning poet who fuses both Yoruba and English languages into all his performances, has come up with an ethno-poetic-musicology tagged “Asabi Alakara”.  

Masculine gimmicks were demystified in this new piece. As characteristics of Lasisi, the poem is a fusion of dance, music and verses that has made him evolve another mode of poetry that is distinct from those of Lanrewaju Adepoju, Olatunbosun Oladapo and Ogundare Foyanmu genre as he instructs in danceable tunes.

Some of the cultural elements in the video include the playing of ayo olopon, the game typically played by men to relax; bata drums; the traditional kitchen which symbolises where the good delicacies are prepared and also pretty ladies plaiting their hair to bring out their beauty.

The various ladies depicted to be at risk of sexual harassment in a very subtle manner are hawkers, students, female members of a religious congregation while the baits include money; examination grades cum extra tutorial classes and special anointing. These objects have driven many people in perdition. However, the list is not exhaustive but it instructs everyone adequately.

The Yorubas are known for speaking in parables because it is unfolded by the wise and this was evident in the video. Animals used to carry the import of the narration are the Tortoise which is always associated with corny spells; the hawk which preys on the chicken; the squirrel that escapes from the pellets of the hunter. The poetry is full of post-proverbial sayings making it the poems full of contemporary vibes.

Kudos to team that made it happen, the Director, Sanjo Adegoke; the folklorist, Edaoto Agbeniyi, Ropo Ewenla and others for putting together a nice performance that the Yorubas can gladly call theirs and to the songbird, Akeem Lasisi, may your wisdom not wane.
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Friday, November 11, 2016


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Title: ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram’
Author: Andrew Walker
Publisher: Hurst & Company, London
Year of Publication: 2016
Pages: 281
Reviewer: Olutayo Irantiola

I accepted fate when I was posted to Maiduguri, Borno State for my mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) but it feels nostalgic now when I remember that some of the notable places that I knew had been levelled or deserted. From Tasion Kano, to Gomari, to Bulunkutu, to Post Office, to Kofa Sheu, to Custom, London Ciki and other places. As a Corps member, I have discovered the lawlessness in the region which one dare not attempt in the other regions of this country. This review is in the light of the complexities of the Nigeria’s North-East mentioned in the book and the terror of this type of documentation.

There are many nations (communities) in Africa that experienced different forms of conquest before becoming colonies of Western countries. The book opened with the story of John Henry Dorogu, one of those captured around 1849 in his native community around Lake Chad. However, he became the Biblical ‘Joseph’ who found favour in the hands of Germans and he eventually found his way back to his homestead where he lived till he died. Interestingly, there would have been incidences of sacking towns for slaves before 1849. J.H Dorogu eventually became an advantage to the colonial masters as he was made an interpreter. This is akin to what happened in some coastal towns, where history of the slave trade has been preserved and it has now turned a place of tourism attraction.

Virtually all religious sects in the world started out in search of puritanism, Islam is not exempted. Based on the early contact of the North East with the Arabians, Islam reflected on their traditional way of life greatly. From the days of Othman dan Fodio, when he led the Sufi brotherhood, there had been many wars ‘Jihad’ attacks on different communities. Thereafter, many other leaders emerged like Abubakar Gumi, who started out in Sokoto before coming to settle down in Jos; he condemned the Sufi brotherhood. Muhammadu Marwa, had his own camp in Kano, a charismatic leader, harnessed religious zeal and turned the anger of the poor into a social movement that clashed against the police in 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1985.

The final uprising that the country has been battling with is the group led Mohammed Yusuf. He started out in the 1990s, he was a great orator and he was strategic in his delivery of his message through writing, the use of the mass media and preaching on market days. The sect used a welfare system to catch the attention of people and they were operating as a state within Borno state. They totally forbade Western education. Eventually, their leader was killed and they have been seeking revenge till date.

Historically, western education, which was introduced to the North around 1914, was not accepted wholeheartedly from the colonialists; schools were rejected by the Emirs and the colonialists were zealous to educate indigenes of the North to run the civil service. According to Walker, the heart-rot of the Nigerian education system is eating the heart of the society. These rots include poor funding; late disbursement of funds; specific needs of schools are not addressed; poor communication between areas of governance; nepotism and corruption in the process of hiring. Others are poor salary; teachers involved in business to augment; blatant cheating that supports the certificate culture in the country.

Another rotten areas of the society that was touched in the book include the military incursion into the leadership of the country with specific mentions of the money laundering in the days of ECOMOG; promotion of officers based on their loyalty and not on the trade of soldering; corruption; poor organization; poor human rights record; the setup of the army which favours heavy weaponry; mechanised division and armoured division. The police force was not spared, some of the identified problems include mounting checkpoints for bribes; poor payment; poor training; poor equipped officers who prefer to protect the homes and businesses of the elites rather than facing the risk of the job.

The book dealt also with electioneering in Nigeria- the various methods of rigging elections; the political food chain; political thuggery; technicalities of primary election and the lack of ideologies by political office aspirant but on their individual ambition. This he called ‘Stomach infrastructure’, as described by Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. Everyone want to have a share of what is offered as possible during election period.

The author of the book who is an International journalist spoke about the form of journalism that is being practiced in the country when compared to the Western world. The news items are on oil business; human interest story which comprise of mysterious, strange, absurd and humourous aspects of life.  According to him, ‘the articles are arcane, written in syntax full of journalese. The high level of corruption in the media was cited. Journalists are poorly paid by their employers, who are aware that they are providing their employees access to a marketplace where they can hustle among political players. This often relegated them to the role of ‘stenographers.’ The level of subjectivity in many journalistic pieces is a source of misinformation. It is really a challenge for journalists on all desks in Nigeria to be involved in investigative journalism and research that would rightly inform the society and aid her advancement.

In 2015, Professor Wole Soyinka, as part of activities to mark the Lagos Black Heritage Festival, led children into mentally seeking for ‘The Road to Sambisa’. This road is still being sought for because of the missing Chibok Girls that are being retrieved in bits. According to the book, Boko Haram has become a fully fettered terrorist outfit with the brand name Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). The group is split over six camps across Borno State and there are camps outside Nigerian territory in Chad, Niger and Cameroon. The tripod on which discussions around Boko Haram is centred are religious; political and the military. Sadly, the group operates under conditions of a continually crisis of epistemology, where it is impossible to verify any fact and all accounts are filtered through the political objectives of the players involved. Unfortunately there are no institutions of record that anyone in a highly factitious society can fully trust.

Conclusively, a half-exposed terror is half-solved. The Nigerian military and other agencies of the state needs to come up with an effective strategy to combat this ‘snake that have been cut into two’ through the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari’s administrations because the suicide bombing and kidnapping attacks still linger on in the nation. This handy book must be made available to all top-military officers and formations while it should be incorporated into the curriculum of all military academies and Institutes of Peace & Conflict Studies. Andrew Walker must be commended for giving us a historical book with abundance of references; his courage to face the terrorist; write about their terror; research this territory to stir the country up to action is deeply appreciated.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2016



There is no ethnic tribe where there is no word "friend" and that's "Mwanmin" in Kulere language of Plateau State, Nigeria. It is always a pleasure to have you as an audience for Versus Series

Today, we have the voice of two people in a dialogue. An Igbo man who sells spare parts who gives the owner of the car the option of either buying a "follow come" part while the vehicle owner for financial reasons insist that he wants him to "patch-patch".

"Patch-patch" is a phenomenon in which a similar part of another manufacturer or model is used on a different vehicle. Those who do patch-patch, usually and unfortunately, are at risk manage times because it could malfunction anywhere. People who commute in commercial buses around Lagos, would have noticed some vehicle part of another vehicle entirely in some buses. Patched parts cannot function optimally like the original part; the destruction could be compounded and it may lead to fatality.

Follow come is the ordinary part made by the manufacturer for a particular model of a car or any other device. The part has less complications if it will be fixed onto another car of the same model. The "follow come" part usually gives the right feel and produces the right result effortlessly. It, equally, does not complicate the issues.

The right result is achievable through the right tools. A disjointed combination cannot produce optimal result.

Have a nice week.



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