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Love and Tennis (Part 2: Love-30)

Prelude: Love is equal to tennis, and plainly so. The Tennis scoring system is almost as complex as a romantic relationship. Previously in this series, the initial point of a romantic feeling developing was being discussed. How does it grow? Let’s play… At what stage should feelings be mutual? That depends on a lot of things like circumstances and personalities...

Life is a Sport: Sack Race

I was often said to have an athletic stature, the large bones in particular, but I had a sports nightmare as a kid to really love it beyond keeping fit and healthy and leaving the extra passion for sports on TV and games on devices. Having older ones who did everything from football to gymnastics is one thing, but having...

The Thief Around Your Neck

If nothing has been stolen from you in Lagos, then you are lucky. I thought I was careful enough to avoid this menace when I lost something very valuable, stolen from me from someone trying hard to be nice. That was then, when my Lagos sojourn was still young. Well, I could be excused because I was in a hurry,...

Human Traffic

In Lagos, words and phrases have a different meaning from what they do elsewhere. We adopt one attitude: turning what annoys us to something that amuses us and laughing it off with humour. That is the Spirit of Lagos! So, when you are on your way to work and you see people struggling to pass through a makeshift bridge over...

FOLKTALE: Tortoise in the House of Food (The Nike Arts Gallery Lesson)

I grew up listening to folktales. Often, those stories were about the tortoise and how cunning and 'wise' these slow creatures are. Well, my generation did not question those stories like young ones today would because at the end of the stories there were moral lessons clearly spelt out. One of those stories I remember is Tortoise In The House...

Oil Wails

(Port Harcourt, January 2016. For the fear of “educated militancy”) The price I pay for peace is too great, the price I pay is a disgrace Do I, wail my wails to the whales, or listen to your fairy tales? I am here, carrying my file to join every file, searching for ghostly jobs. You say I am not schooled,...

Connecting People To Nature

(a 2017 World Environment Day Memoir) I looked for a picture I took or was taken of me that showed me really close to nature. There were several to choose from. Someone told me to upload a picture of me carrying a baby chimpanzee. It was taken by the sister of Lisa Gadsby, the co-founder of Pandrillus (visit  https://www.pandrillus.org/). It...

Stronger Together

I am doing this for the environment today, no, not because today is World Environment Day, but because every day is. We live our lives as if we can exist without the environment, we seek convenience and hence choke nature with plastic waste. The truth is, we exist only in the environment. We are nothing without it, not even dust....

SUPERHERO

I lost a pair of glasses recently, but I did not lose it per se, it was taken by a young cousin who felt she was more trend-conscious than I was. She just visited, picked the pair of glasses, wore them and that was all. I have not really been a glass-wearing person, but there is this thing about glasses...