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Dying In Public by ‘Lakunle Jaiyesimi

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“Felix X is dead” was the bold newspaper headline that was never made. It never saw the light of day, but remained on the whispering lips of all and sundry.

On that fateful morning, the neighbourhood of a very old patriarch was roused from slumber to hear the news going round of the death of the youngest and most promising man in their neighbourhood. There and beyond, stories of the death of worthless men, accompanied with stretched portraits of their fat-stuffed faces, graced the front pages of the National Dailies. Contrived smiles concealed the atrocious underbelly of corporate and disguised crimes lived through their years on earth. They died and a simulation of public service on public news sheets is their consolation.

“Felix X is dead” but no one cared to mention it. The stars shone at night; and the Sun rose at dawn. Continue reading Dying In Public by ‘Lakunle Jaiyesimi

The Miracle of Fear By Bode Asiyanbi

(Originally published on Lawino’s Magazine)


Rasaki knew something had gone wrong as he ejaculated but what exactly, he could not place. Was it the grandfather clock that chimed eight times at one o’clock, or the thunder that cracked the midnight air as the first spurts eased out? Was it the strange bird that began chirping on the silence of the night? He stared at his wilted member. He had jerked out too late. This withdrawal thing Osas suggested was not for him. It was like eating underdone rice.

“What…?” his wife said. “I’m safe…”

Her sweat-drenched breasts heaved in protest as he pulled away from her delirious grip. He did not respond. He faced the cracking wall of their one-room home, his face wrapped in a puzzle. It was not just about the niggling apprehension of pregnancy or the interrupted orgasm, he just did not like how he came. READ MORE


Tolani-SAN-300x224Tolani Ajayi is a name recently tossed in the news, I dare say, probably for the wrong reason. I’ve heard that name too. I’ve said ‘probably’ because I don’t assume the stance of the average public, who wouldn’t waste time to condemn the criminal act you, a 21-year old 300 Level undergraduate of History and International Relations at the Redeemer’s University, Redemption Camp along Lagos/Ibadan expressway, have committed. It was reported that you stabbed your father, Charles Ajayi, who happened to be a preacher and Senior Advocate of Nigeria before his death.

In retrospect, you have your mother and sibling to apologize to, saying anger made you kill your father and that you regretted your action. You also said in spite of your history of using drug (no tag), you were not under the influence of any such thing when the incident happened. However, trust Nigerians, it is most Continue reading A MESSAGE TO TOLANI AJAYI, THE RCCG FATHER-KILLER by ‘Lakunle Jaiyesimi

As Nigerian Doctors go to rest by ‘Lakunle Jaiyesimi

Today, the Nigeria Medical Association commenced her indefinite strike action. It is habitual for the Federal Government of Nigeria to frustrate and pushdownload (10) until an affected trade union, capable of it though, goes for the jugular of the Government. That way, you’ll be prudently stocking up more funds for exigency situations rather than spend on all institutions of Government. No wonder a Minister, supported by other appointed members of Government, once said, during the six-month strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (ASUU), “The Government Continue reading As Nigerian Doctors go to rest by ‘Lakunle Jaiyesimi

Re: Omojuwa & other arrested Nigerian protesters. Can we chat? by ‘Lakunle Jaiyesimi


It was an evening not anywhere surreal. As usual, everyone went about their daily tasks rather differently; some peacefully, others riotously, irritably, miserably, grumpily or some like billy-o. However, for some of us who were privileged, to say the best, or disadvantaged, to say the obvious, to be members of the academia, we were cocooned within an office space that was dimly lit, ventilated by a small slit called a window. As we sat, marking time, a song that waltzed itself straight to my spine was Fela Anikulapo’s “Suffering and Smiling”. I wondered why but wasn’t it rather apparent?


Here in Nigeria, at a time when young Nigerians should be brazenly outspoken at demanding the respect of their long-trodden rights, everyone seems to be sated by the crumbs that fall off “God knows where”. No one talks, no one agitates, no one cares about their trampled rights; everyone simply grumbles and submits “Why should I be the one to lead?” There’s a Yoruba wise-saying thatomo Continue reading Re: Omojuwa & other arrested Nigerian protesters. Can we chat? by ‘Lakunle Jaiyesimi

Nelson Mandela dead at 95

credits: CBC News

Anti-apartheid hero, imprisoned for 27 years, later became democratic South Africa’s first president

Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013: special coverage

Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders of modern times, passed away Thursday at his home in Johannesburg after a prolonged lung infection. He was 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, “the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” adding that he “passed on peacefully.”

“Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” Zuma said.

“Our thoughts are with the millions of people who embraced Mandela as their own and who saw his cause as their cause.… This is the moment of our deepest sorrow.” Continue reading Nelson Mandela dead at 95

“Live your everyday as if it was the last” “Die empty”.


The dying man doesn’t have to worry about anything.

Not even the fears that crumble others and prevent them from stepping out onto those terrains that they love to tread on but who’s fears serve to prevent such a venture.

The worst frame of death to the dying man must (since I’m afraid I’ve never been in that kinda situation before) be child’s play.

His own death he must fear the most because still filled with dreams and hopes (not dying empty but full) is enough to make the ghost of the dead man hunt himself till he probably dies the second time (death in death). download Continue reading “Live your everyday as if it was the last” “Die empty”.

Tributes to the man of letter, always-alive Prof. Chinua Achebe

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Of note na the yarns of one of the major political parties in Nigeria, wey actually capture the essence of the mood. Find them below:

“Prof. Achebe’s nationalist and democratic credentials were unassailable. He loved Nigeria with a passion and used the platform offered by his global exposure to call attention, time and again, to the years of misrule in his homeland, which must have left a gaping hole in his heart till he breathed his last. Continue reading Tributes to the man of letter, always-alive Prof. Chinua Achebe

A Reblog: Pharmacists, doctors trade blameS over rising drug abuse deaths by Chukwuma Muanya

“PHARMACISTS, under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and medical doctors belonging to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), are trading blames over who is culpable for rising cases of drug abuse related deaths.

A Nigerian Newspaper, not The Guardian had on Sunday reported the Chairman of NMA Lagos Branch, Dr. Francis Faduyile, to have blamed deaths traceable to drug abuse on the failure of pharmacists to disallow the sale of drugs over the counter.      Faduyile also said that Nigerians prefer to visit pharmacies and pharmacists, for their health needs.

Faduyile said: “Many lives were lost to wrong diagnosis and prescription. The major challenge is the people; they are the ones creating the problems. They walk into any laboratory for tests and instead of consulting with a pathologist, they directly visit pharmacists who prescribe and administer drugs on them.

“In Nigeria, people prefer the drug shops.”

But the PSN, Lagos Branch, in a statement signed by the Chairman,  Akintunde Obembe, blamed doctors for the situation. The PSN said Nigerian doctors were particularly guilty of the phenomenon styled, dispensing doctors in both the public and private sectors.

Obembe said doctors are not trained to dispense drugs and therefore they are part of problems of drug abuse and misuse as well as the inherent complications of this unwholesome development. “The other dimension is that doctors through their hospital facilities purchase the drugs they use in practice in open markets and the scores of unregistered wholesalers presumably because the drugs are cheaper. In this way they sustain the illegality they are now complaining of,” he added.

The pharmacist said it is also very fundamental to indicate that private doctors in furtherance with their agenda to boost quackery stock and dispense drugs in unlawful facilities contrary to the provisions of Cap 535 LFN 1990 and the Fake Drug Act which prohibits the sales and dispensing of drugs in unregistered pharmacy facilities.

The statement reads: “The sale of drugs in Nigeria is ravaged by a departure from the global norm in many respects. In Nigeria today there are only about 3,000 registered pharmacy facilities in the various cadres of practice including retailers, wholesalers, importers and manufacturers. Of this number less than 2,000 are retailers who provide services directly to the consuming public.

It is a statement of fact that while there are less than 2,000 registered retail pharmacies and 10,000 patent medicine vendors, there exist over a million different drug sellers who are unregistered.”