July 22, 2018 Zeta

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror I’m asking him to change his ways And no message could have been any clearer If you want to make the world a better place Take a look at yourself, and then make a change” As pop star and music legend Michael Jackson sang, the change we clamour for or want can only start with each individual. As humans, it often seems easier to push blames unto someone else rather than take responsibility for our actions. Nigerians are wont to blame the government for lack of infrastructure and amenities, poor maintenance, poor…

July 16, 2018 Zeta

I am very excited to be sharing my very first Adventures with Chi video and article. Even better is that I get to start with one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life, Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda. Quick selfie with the tour group, trackers and guide. | Credit: Reynaldo I travelled to Rwanda courtesy Radisson Hotels Kigali and I wrote about my first day in Kigali here. If you’d rather read, I wrote about the gorilla trekking experience here as well. We trekked with the Hirwa family at the Volcanoes National Park. The park accommodates…

July 15, 2018 Zeta

There are only a few things more horrifying than the accusation of rape. In recent years, social media has been awash with conversations revolving around this divisive topic, from accusations of revered celebrities to victims bravely narrating their experiences. These stories date back decades, revealing that rape is not a new phenomenon in Nigeria. The Violence Against Persons’ Prohibition (VAPP) Act states, “Rape is non-consensual penetration of a person’s vagina, anus, mouth or body parts with an object, penis or other body part.” Rape is born out of the deliberate or non-deliberate notion that the victim’s body is that of…

July 8, 2018 Zeta

Nigeria is replete with people who make it their life work to do the exceptional. They thrive in adversity and take bold steps to do what needs to be done. Meet Bolajo Fawehinmi (who capitalised on taking polaroids in Nigeria), Tiwalola Olanubi Jnr (New Media expert and social media consultant) and Obinna Owodu (introduced flexible rent and lease payments), three individuals under 30 in whose lives the saying “exceptional people learn that doing their best is all they can do” is evident. They are changing the status quo raising the bar in their industries and proving to the world that…

July 4, 2018 Zeta 18Comment

“I hope someone somewhere will be able to draw inspiration from me. Considering what I’ve been through and how I have been able to overcome that, and still live a positive life, doing positive things…” I made an open call on Twitter and asked people to get the word out, but it was difficult finding people who wanted to share their stories. But not Edwin! Victor Ugo of Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) introduced him to me and he was nothing but positive about the series from the jump. Many months after that email and shoot, Edwin still radiates so…

July 1, 2018 Zeta

James Ademuyiwa, a social media marketer, does not believe the police is a friend. After two nasty experiences with men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Abeokuta and Lagos, his disposition is more than justified. The first time he was arrested for committing no crime, he was walking down a street in the Ogun State capital. Immediately tagged a Yahoo boy — the Nigerian label for an internet fraudster — without evidence or justification, his phone was confiscated. Without asking any questions, knowing he would be saving himself from wounds or bloody harassment, he handed them his phone. Nothing incriminating…

July 1, 2018 Zeta 1Comment

I bought Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun as well as Elnathan John’s Born On A Tuesday. The former was bought because of great reviews but I haven’t read it yet. I bought Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun because of the bright cover, and I don’t regret it. On a huge side note, Cassava Republic has interesting covers for its novel and that’s a good selling point for them. The Feeling While reading this novel, it felt like I was getting insight into the hip life of an elderly woman that most elderly…

June 17, 2018 Zeta

In an extravagant landscape filled with pop divas and entertainment kings and queens, Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau-Ameh, popularly known as Kaffy, stands out. Dance is so encoded into her DNA that her name is one of the first that comes to mind when dance in Nigeria is mentioned. But growing up was not all that rosy for Kaffy. She had to become a mother of sorts to her younger siblings when her parents divorced. She was a child herself, barely aged 11. But the pain from that episode affected the family’s fortune and, like she said in an earlier interview, “we…

June 16, 2018 Zeta

I have read Who Moved My Cheese? about a couple of times. The first time was at the dead of night while I was bored. This happened about three years ago and it changed my life as I knew it. The key to reading success literature is to read it every now and then. Recently, I entered a rut and I had this book in my bag for a while, so I decided to write about it and it has helped me far more than it did the first time. Here are 19 lessons I learnt from reading Who Moved…

June 10, 2018 Zeta

Oluwaforijimi Adewale Amu did not set out to be a renowned disc jockey. The thought of spinning turntables did not immediately appeal to him. But that career happenstance is not only putting bread on his table. It has made the man known as DJ Jimmy Jatt a bonafide hip-hop head and world-renowned turntablist. With almost three decades in the business that has seen him release two albums, write an autobiography appropriately titled Avant-Garde, headline some of the biggest shows the country has ever seen and mentor others, Jimmy’s time as the top echelon of deejaying in Nigeria is well storied…