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A couple of days ago, I watched a documentary on “Fela Kuti: the Father of Afrobeat” on BBC2, and it was very inspiring. I felt so emotional because of the roles Fela played in helping to emancipate humanity from mental slavery, and how he fought the corrupt system to the detriment of his own life and that of his entire family; he made himself vulnerable to the draconian governments of his time and was ready to become the sacrifice for his people. Unfortunately, most of the people he fought for never saw the light, and till date, haven’t seen it. I am one person who has continuously believed that the Afrobeat creator and legend was a prophet because all he wrote and said in his lyrics are even far more relevant today. Police brutality, dictatorship, massive corruption in the polity surpass unimaginable boundaries, exceeding what made Fela gasp for breath,…

It was December 2019 And the sun made us remember We looked at the number And were thankful for all that hunger What we didn’t see was the anger We thought it would only be China Smiling away like we were unreachable from its hammer Until the storm came with thunder We locked ourselves in our corners Believing that when we hide under our warmers It’ll bolt away like a runner But it came back like a toddler Who forgot its toy on our sofa The counts are getting higher Each day, a home loses a number Because someone goes into eternal slumber But the rulers are gamblers Selfishness is their charmer On the screens they are liars They guide us to the slaughterer Still saying they’re our carers

One crisis that must be dealt with to set free the African black from the shackles of self-enslavement is SUPERSTITION. Superstition has been defined in various ways by dictionaries; “a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like;” “a custom or act based on such beliefs;” “irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, especially  in connection with religion;” and the most pathetic for me, “many blindly accepted belief or notion.” Whatever definition it is, superstition stops us from questioning, enquiring and investigating to know the reason for a thing. The sad reality is that anyone who crosses the red lines of superstition or questions its veracity is stigmatized or inundated with words of fears of the menacing consequences that loom. We’re told a certain location is an evil forest and that no one…

It’s true that Nigeria’s democracy is styled in the designs of military dictatorships. During the #EndSARS protests, as the leaders were inundated with a barrage of resistance, they pleaded with the protesters to down tools and come to the negotiation table. Same time, they called in their foot soldiers; those they use to snatch ballot boxes and rig elections; the thugs, to cause mayhem, burn and loot property, to discredit the peaceful agitation. That tactic didn’t work as there was a made-up mind on the part of the youths to bring an overdue social revolution to fruition. At this point, it became apparent that the devices of the oppressors weren’t working, so they brought in their killer squad; the military and the same SARS that was “banned.” They killed. They maimed. They stole the corpses of the deceased. They denied. They crisscrossed blames. But one thing remained standing; they’re all…

Show me a nation that was colonised, as in “colonised” that ended up developed, in its true definition. This is because slavery and colonialism don’t only focus on material gains; they work to impoverish the mentality of their subjects also. The impoverishment isn’t targeted on short term effects only, but designed for eternal sustenance. That’s why hundreds of years after “freedom,” you aren’t actually free because in your head, you’re inferior, and for this, you under-develop your homeland because it will “never” be as good as those of your captors, even if in the real sense, it’s far better. It takes education of the mind to break off slavery and colonial mentality. Many African leaders are suffering from this horrible epidemic. I always thought it was just our leaders, until Trump came into the scene. Faraway in unknown places in Africa, the sounds of the drums of his supporters reverberate.…

How to Stop Assuming and Start Making Good Business Decisions Within the Black Community Just a couple of days ago, I took my wife to the train station on her way for an appointment, and on returning, I was stopped by the traffic lights. As one usually does, I scanned round the environment with my eyes, and saw an African restaurant called “Mauritanian Delight.” I didn’t need being told that it’s mainly for Mauritanians. And I said to myself, “A recipe for disaster!” Why? The business wouldn’t break even, let alone make profits; it was so easy to know. I know someone would say “I reject it in Jesus name,” but no matter how good your intentions are, your start-up must be data-driven so that you can make informed decisions, otherwise, you’re doomed. I concluded that the business was in a wrong location, and that the niche was too…

How Nigeria’s Upper Chamber Frustrated the Constitutional Amendments Concerned and patriotic Nigerians have for a very long time demanded a constitutional review and amendment based on the conviction that not only are a huge part of our constitutional provisions unrealistic, obsolete, and not workable in this age and time, they are also a part of the problem rather than the solution. Technology and social media have helped amplify our voices and calls for constitutional review loud enough for it to be heard and considered, which could be the catalyst for the recent call for proposals by the Senate ad-hoc committee on constitutional review. Running a working and functional society is a continuous and recurrent one, this also applies to the constitution that governs it. As time goes by, population multiplies, people grow, their problems, challenges, beliefs, priorities and needs also evolve with them. This is the reason why reviewing the…

What Parents Can Do To Balance The Unequal Opportunity Race It’s not a secret that the black child has been disadvantaged in the opportunity race for quality education. From Africa to every continent or country with black people, far less education opportunities have been given to black children through underfunding, lack of infrastructures and a deliberate effort to ill-inform them on what the true challenges are beyond mere school curriculum. The Telegraph of 6 June 2018 explains clearly that most black kids in the UK leave primary school with good grades, but while in secondary, they aren’t positioned in such a way to make it into Oxford, Cambridge or other top universities. The demand of these top universities are “the highest grades at A-Level, the ability to pass an interview, and the stamina to take on the tutorial system,” says the Telegraph. It further says that “there is little evidence…

Strip me of this accursed Black skin – I want to live in peace! I watched this video with emotions I can’t describe. But, America why? England, why? I watched this fully aware that I am Black, living in a White world. I am Black, in a White college. I am Black, in a White country. I am Black – and to many I am wrong! For this, I cannot breathe. For how long will this injustice prevail? Slavery, oppression, repression, murder… genocide. Does God ever curse the oppressors of His people? Or, does He simply look away? If this is the God of the Exodus, isn’t it time he drowns Pharaoh? Isn’t it time he destroys Pharaoh’s army of brutal oppressors? If only for a moment, to allow me to take the breath of life. But, nay – this white-washed, Blue-eyed Jesus appears to side with the oppressors –…

The first case of COVID-19 was reported by South Morning China Post on November 17, 2019, and since then, it’s become a pandemic. The extent of the spread was not in man’s imagination, and anyone that would have predicted it may have been ridiculed by the entire globe, but today, its devastating effects on lives, economies, and how many people it’s rendered furlough is unbelievable. The pandemic has also exposed a lot of weaknesses in leadership, shaken institutional foundations, and made a mockery of nations, who for years have had chief executives that plundered every sector of their economies. It has also exposed the genius in man, as he began to think the innovative pathway. In the pandemic as well, we’ve seen those whose lives are immersed in ludicrous conspiracy theories – may God help them! Data Capture When the pandemic began, developed nations focused on data – developing nations…