Saturday September 20th, 2014
Saturday September 20th, 2014
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“Rest your legs…

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:51 am   /   Comments

amaka-Igwe-late

By Tiola She had me pinned to my seat with that penetrating stare of hers and patiently listened to my rant about not getting enough work, and having doubts as to whether I had made the right career choice considering how slow things were going and Nollywood’s total apathy towards me at the time. She

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Re: Nigeria, a strong potent force

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:14 am   /   Comments

Nigeria-map

The above titled piece written several weeks ago basically captured the effect and transformation that living in this country can trigger in any individual no matter how refined and was inspired by a friend’s totally ‘out of character’ reaction to a particular situation.

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The perceptions of a 16-yr old Nigerian

  /   in Tiola's Take 8:42 pm   /   Comments

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN

I promise you this is a true story, and I have not, did not manipulate the conversations recorded herein in anyway. I was actually minding my business, trying to decide on a theme for this week’s article – I am seriously tired of commenting on the state of the nation —when my nine year old, the baby of the house walked in to relay a conversation she had just with her older brother, who is 16.

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Nigeria: A great potent force

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:05 am   /   Comments

File photo

There’s no denying the potent power of Nigeria as a country or Nigerians as a people. Meeting just one Nigerian (depending on who) can have life altering effects not to talk more of walking into a room full of us or better still, drop a jonnie just come in the middle of Lagos during rush hour…. Trust me, it has a profound effect.

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2014: This year

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:35 am   /   Comments

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on January 1, 2014. A wave of pyrotechnic displays kicked off new year celebrations in major cities around the world, with Hong Kong welcoming 2014 with a choreographed music and fireworks show. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE

My first article of last year was to be titled “2013: THE YEAR OF IRETI DOYLE” but I thought to myself, how vain! and decided against it. Political correctness aside, there was just a calm certainty in the pit of my stomach, that the year 2013 would be very pivotal and in many ways it was. Professionally speaking, it was some of my best work yet; proof positive being the several nominations, and the handsome best actress trophy sitting proudly on my mantle.

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Home is where you are

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:24 am   /   Comments

File photo: kids playing on a street during school hour...

We had come into town late that night and smack in the middle of one of Britain’s worst storms. The plan was to spend the first night in a hotel, calibrate and then move over to my girlfriend’s house the following day. The kids and I had picked a fine time to visit London.

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… and the monkey won

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:05 am   /   Comments

Some things no just make sense… not after all this time and not after everything mankind has been through. Like we don’t have enough problems as it is … natural disasters of global proportions, monumental global fraud, all kinds of sickness and disease, the constant threat of nuclear warfare to mention just a few. On top of all of this and some, having to deal with the petty mindedness of man just seems too much to bear.

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Through the eye of the needle

  /   in Tiola's Take 8:09 pm   /   Comments

cartoonq

It doesn’t matter how wide a gate is, the people in charge more often than not, make it narrow; intentionally. I’ve never understood the logic behind it. You have two thoroughfares, clearly marked IN and OUT to aid the easy flow of traffic and to some extent improve the security situation but no, the current Nigerian way is to slow things down…complicate things… .

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Whereof our refuge?

  /   in Tiola's Take 6:11 pm   /   Comments

Cross section of fleeing Nigerians in Ashigashiya town, Gwoza LGA, in Borno state following the Boko Haram crisis. Photo Ndahi

Na wa o ! As a Nigerian I’m beginning to feel like the Israel with all this persecution. So if anything bad happens anywhere, what, just check around for the next Nigerian and that’s your culprit? And please, (with my hand all up in your face!) don’t give me that story about Nigerians being the worst criminals on the face of the earth.

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Nigeria we hail thee!!

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:01 am   /   Comments

A Nigerian fan cheers prior to Argentina vs Nigeria

Fifty three and counting…. Make I talk true ehn, warts and all; I am PROUDLY Nigerian, where else in the world will you find such an eclectic mix of the good, the bad and the ugly? Where else in the world does obscene opulence reside side by side and comfortably so, with abject poverty?

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Diplomacy matters

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:31 am   /   Comments

gay

Never before has the pressure to bring Nigeria ‘on-side’ as regards same sex relationships been so intense. Several weeks back I was watching a report on one of these foreign news cables about how we were one of the countries that imposed the death penalty on people found to be indulging in same-sex relationships which of course, is a blatant lie, we all know that punishment is 14 years imprisonment.

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Chronicles of a comical nation

  /   in Tiola's Take 9:45 pm   /   Comments

Cartoon-Rivers-crisis

A time will come when this too will become an entertaining anecdote round the dinner table and we’ll be like tee hee hee hee…. Remember when then mace was the political weapon of choice…hee hee…’.but for now, our very own theatre of the absurd moves on and is playing out to a packed house in the Garden City.

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Oil and water

  /   in Tiola's Take 8:49 pm   /   Comments

When the government led by the late President Yaradua first floated the idea of amnesty for the ‘restless youth’ of the Niger Delta, I did a piece questioning the rationale because my interpretation of the the Amnesty International charter did not include welfare packages and luxury trips (thinly disguised as training programs) for people who in plain speak have done nothing but take innocent lives and wreak wanton destruction albeit in the name of ‘fight for rights’; yeah! But that’s just me sitting here tapping away.

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Mercy Lord!! (2)

  /   in Tiola's Take 11:00 pm   /   Comments

Okay. . . I’m sitting here in church this Sunday morning, and I am finding myself undergoing a fundamental mind shift… It is not something I am consciously ‘willing’ to do but I find myself being lead by one fundamental truth.

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N1000… An amazing journey!

  /   in Tiola's Take 9:09 pm   /   Comments

AH! Ejo e ma binu! My sincere apologies for seeming ‘AWOL’. As is wont to happen sometimes, other aspects of my life take on gargantuan proportions and literally subsume everything else. In the last two months it’s been relentless.

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Chai!! … Na wetin sef ??!!

  /   in Tiola's Take 7:41 pm   /   Comments

This piece would have been my submission last week… but there was no way I was going to send it in as is.

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Another flies the cuckoo’s nest

  /   in Tiola's Take 8:54 pm   /   Comments

Thirteen years ago, when I decided to marry my husband, the general shock was palpable. Not surprising as ours seemed to be a rather incongruous combination. He was a widower with four children; an established name who had been there done that, and had several t-shirts to show for it.

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DEATH: The booming business

  /   in Tiola's Take 6:12 pm   /   Comments

In these parts, death is taken as seriously as life;sometime even more so. Indeed, in Africa the style in which you bury your dead especially one’s parents is a measure of your stature as a man or woman of means, and is a testament to how well (or not) the dead have raised their children. It’s a paradox.

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Serving the public

  /   in Tiola's Take 8:18 pm   /   Comments

Let it never be said of our public servants that they are not working. Neither can you accuse them of lacking in long-term vision. I also dare anyone to say they lack that intrinsic intuition necessary for inspiring leadership.

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Much to be grateful for…

  /   in Tiola's Take 8:40 pm   /   Comments

It’s amusing how we scurry about our ‘daily grind’ planning this, scheming that, plotting the other… all legitimate of course, all seemingly ‘worthwhile’, like somebody promised you tomorrow. No one said tomorrow wouldn’t come either so hey! I guess we just carry on… .

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2013: Our year of infinite possibilities. . ?

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:11 am   /   Comments

Jonaeagles1

OH. MY. WORD!!! The Super Eagles are actually soaring again! They pulled it off! Frankly speaking I was expecting them back home the first week. This is one occasion where I actually relish eating my words and I am shameless enough to bask in the reflected glory of communal success. I can say this now without the fear of being lynched that I was hoping the Burkinabes would take it.

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A clean slate

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:05 am   /   Comments

The beautiful thing about a new day, or a new book, or a new friend… or a new year; is the promise of opportunity. What I could not achieve yesterday perhaps I will achieve today. It’s a chance to do it all over, begin on a new journey of discovery but this time with the benefit of hindsight (for the serial slipper uppers *wink*)Long story short—a clean slate— upon which to write anything our hearts and minds can imagine.

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Life as a long distance flight

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:14 am   /   Comments

Half the time you go around like a headless chicken trying to cover every day all that needs to be covered from personal hygiene to the children’s homework, and ever thing else in between. And even if you are one of those super-efficient individuals blessed with not one but 2 effective assistants, you can still come away feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

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2012 don go!!

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:03 am   /   Comments

Christmas-today

I stole that line from Sound Sultan –remember his hit track 2010? It underscored the many failed promises of our leaders. Remember our nation was to undergo a major transformation and everything was supposed function well —albeit miraculously!

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The Nigerian paradox

  /   in Tiola's Take 4:18 pm   /   Comments

Hate us, love us, one thing is for sure; you can’t ignore us! Even if all you do is to stop and marvel at some of the more bizarre and absolutely mind boggling things we get up to as Nigerians.

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A special kind of stupid

  /   in Tiola's Take 8:29 pm   /   Comments

It’s a paradox of sorts the daily gridlock that the Lagos traffic has become. One would have thought that the banning of okada would ease things up a bit; the direct opposite is the case. So I’m thinking to myself that perhaps a large percentage of the people who used bikes as their primary mode of transportation owned private cars.

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Unadulterated bovine excreta

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:27 am   /   Comments

What could have been Justice Ijeoma Jumbo- Offor’s offence that day? Maybe… her gele was too big. Or was her entourage too large? Was she overly excited? I know!

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More than half full

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:00 am   /   Comments

All you have to these days is tune in to any news station to realise what a sorry state the human condition is.

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The nature of man

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:10 am   /   Comments

Labour leaders  and workers protesting fuel price increases

Sometimes, when certain things occur and people react in a certain way, I wonder if it’s peculiar to us as Nigerians, or if it’s just basic human nature period. Four students lose their lives; and that is just one incidence, one drop in the recent flood of such events; in the most gruesome way conceivable…

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The nature of man

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:03 am   /   Comments

Sometimes, when certain things occur and people react in a certain way, I wonder if it’s peculiar to us as Nigerians, or if it’s just basic human nature period. Four students lose their lives; and that is just one incidence, one drop in the recent flood of such events; in the most gruesome way conceivable…

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The nature of man

  /   in Tiola's Take 8:24 pm   /   Comments

File photo; ...The protesting students...and the victims

Sometimes, when certain things occur and people react in a certain way, I wonder if it’s peculiar to us as Nigerians, or if it’s just basic human nature period. Four students lose their lives; and that is just one incidence, one drop in the recent flood of such events; in the most gruesome way conceivable.

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The Aluu 4:A blemish that won’t go away

  /   in Tiola's Take 12:00 am   /   Comments

File photo; ...The protesting students...and the victims

What is this madness? What kind of darkness has enveloped this nation? No light, no food, no water, bad governance; is that a recipe for barbarism thinly disguised as justice? A lady allegedly steals a phone and the punishment is to be stripped naked, her legs torn mercilessly apart while onlookers record the inner recesses of her human form for posterity. Till this day there is no evidence of the purportedly stolen phone.

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