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The Sinner

For three teen-years I was perhaps the ‘Rock’ upon which my father built his church, and the object of his Sunday chastity sermons. My body, he said, was “God’s Temple.” Often, the Devil sends Ada to tempt me with pinches during Choir Practice, but I always overcome, never looking at her face. This evening was different. When I saw her...

Let’s Talk About Sex

Let me start with you, especially if you are young. How are you reading this article? What will you do if someone tries to look over your shoulder at what you are reading? Probably you may think of quickly scrolling to another page, pretending that you were reading something else. I will not blame you for that; it is the...

Life is a Solitary Race

(Art by Effiong Samuel, Jun,2009; courtesy Environment Photocopy Book by Ellis Monk Et al.) Rhinos are very solitary animals, when the next calf is born, 'youngsters' are driven off to find their own territories. They often learn to survive by holding on to their respective territories. Life is a solitary race, so no one will live ours for us. Any...

“I Want to be a…” Their Dreams, Your Dreams and You.

When next you meet a child, try asking him what he wants to be in future and you may be surprised at the things you will hear. Perhaps, what should be of more importance to us is the passion children attach to their dream careers. Recently, I visited two kids close to where I live. They were both in nursery...

Long-radius Elbow

LONG-RADIUS ELBOW I watch football a lot, but I do not always agree with all the rules: offside, tackles, penalties and many more. I also disagree with the uneven way punishments are sometimes meted out during a match. For example, I still find it hard to comprehend why an elbow is such a crime. Two players jump and one hand...

To Achebe

It was a cold, lonely evening and I was stuck in a dark room in Patani, Delta state, Nigeria, as part of my National Youth Service.  It was hot inside but I dared not open the door for there were hundreds of mosquitoes just waiting for the opportunity. I suddenly found solace in ringtone of the phone on the bed....

Black Panther: The Review

  Black Panther: The Review A couple of people asked me to do this, but I took my time, sieving through positive and negative reviews and comments about the movie. Obviously, I knew the story-line by heart and had watched it more like a movie critic than anyone else. I will however bore you with these details: 1. THE LIFE-LINE...

Don’t Kiss the Wrong Bride

In Lagos, 'public kissing' is allowed. I am not thinking what you are thinking. You cannot drive in Lagos without your vehicle hitting another or another vehicle hitting yours. Depending on the level of dent, it could be a 'hit', 'jam', 'bash' or 'kiss'. Kisses are the most tolerated ones, there will hardly be a scratch, but accidents are ego...