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The beggar in many of us, by Muyiwa Adetiba

The beggar in many of us, by Muyiwa Adetiba

Some three and a half decades ago, there was a beggar around the Amuwo-Odofin area – long before the area became this congested – who caught my attention. Dressed mostly in white, he stood apart from the rest. Unlike some others, his disability was obvious- a leg was amputated well above the knees and he […]
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When you are in a dark place and you are tempted to give it all up, By Muyiwa Adetiba

When you are in a dark place and you are tempted to give it all up, By Muyiwa Adetiba

From all accounts, all newly convicted prisoners irrespective of crime or status, are thoroughly searched before they are turned in to their cells. In some countries, they are compelled to go under the shower with supervision. The rooms are also laid bare and swept clean. The major reason is to prevent them from concealing weapons […]

Self Interest as National Interest, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Self Interest as National Interest, By Muyiwa Adetiba

All eyes were on Labour last week. I am not talking about the Labour Party which has been the cynosure of many eyes since the past year. I am talking about Organized Labour. I suppose there is a distinction between the two though the lines sometimes get blurred given the antics of the latter. One […]

We often confuse a mere dwelling place for a home, By Muyiwa Adetiba

We often confuse a mere dwelling place for a home, By Muyiwa Adetiba

This month makes it two years since my mother died. As it often happens during some anniversaries, the mind wanders. And as it wanders from one incident to another, from one happenstance to another, the latent philosopher in us emerges. We ponder with hindsight on the insignificance of things which were seemingly very important ten, […]

Who is an idiot? By Muyiwa Adetiba

Who is an idiot? By Muyiwa Adetiba

Although his conclusion was in the direction of kindness and cruelty, his illustration on how we react to people who don’t look, think, sound, act or live like us got me thinking

The emotional roller-coaster of love, sports and politics, By Muyiwa Adetiba

The emotional roller-coaster of love, sports and politics, By Muyiwa Adetiba

‘A Teenager In Love’ was a song many people all over the world in my generation related to. But it was also a timeless song all young lovers will probably always identify with. It was about the intensity of love. And the vulnerability of love. ‘One day I feel so happy. Next day I feel […]

Nigeria, the land of our birth, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Nigeria, the land of our birth, By Muyiwa Adetiba

I recently met with a young lady over a group lunch. Although I had not seen her in over a decade at least, I had no trouble recognizing her. Her small, almost delicate physique and her smiling face gave her away. Particularly her smiling face which struck me the first time I saw her. I […]

Of fuel and other subsidies, By Muyiwa Adetiba

Of fuel and other subsidies, By Muyiwa Adetiba

A few years ago,I had a dinner date with a former colleague and friend at Ikoyi Club Lagos. It was supposed to be a private, cozy affair. To my surprise, she came with a companion who was unknown to me. I made up my mind to tread carefully until his identity could be ascertained. I […]

As the baton changes…

As the baton changes…

By Muyiwa Adetiba On Inauguration Day, the rains came early, preceded by gutsy winds in many parts of Lagos. The optimistic would call them showers of blessings. The pessimistic would however, read ominous signs to the early morning downpour. According to folk lore, rains signify birth. They signify renewal. They signify cleansing. Many people would […]

May 29: A review and a preview in brief

May 29: A review and a preview in brief

By Muyiwa Adetiba Most people in the Arts and Literary world often get asked to do book reviews either during public presentations (launch) or for publication. It goes with the territory. It is not my scene but I get asked too; perhaps too often for my liking. I had a request early this month for […]

EKWEREMADU: End of the road?

EKWEREMADU: End of the road?

By Muyiwa Adetiba He was for eight years, the fifth most powerful Nigerian. He was for twenty years, a member of the upper crust, that elite and elitist Chamber called The Senate. During those priviledged years, he made laws for the good of the country and for the convenience of his elite class. He wined […]

The coup that almost succeded

The coup that almost succeded

By Muyiwa Adetiba Clouds of discontent started gathering across the country halfway into our new democracy when people realized that the same sets of people were doing musical chairs with positions of governance and power without anything tangible to show the governed in terms of development. In other words, all we had in the country […]