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Penelope and the Man

I was in the right place…at the right time and caught a lady (she was under 40!) reprimanding a man for urinating in front of her residence. She was really riled, especially when she discovered the man was visiting one of her neighbours! He did his business and then entered the compound, blithely chatting with the other chap. Penelope was …

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Police is your Friend

I laugh whenever I read or hear anyone say, √?¬Ę‚??¬¨√?Ň?police is your friend√?¬Ę‚??¬¨‚??¬Ę…in Cantonese! Yes, that√?¬Ę‚??¬¨‚??¬Ęs how ludicrous that phrase has become, because most encounters that ordinary citizens have with them are the less than friendly variety. There√?¬Ę‚??¬¨‚??¬Ęs no doubt that there are some civil officers among the lot and that they do have their uses, where would we be …

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Stage Fright

It’s interesting how public speaking is the greatest fear of all time. Facing a room full of people, total strangers in most cases is a little wearing on the nerves. The only thing that stands between you and the sea of faces is empty space. Interesting situation though, it doesn’t seem to matter whether those present are five or ten …

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Fear Factor

My bug eating days are far, far behind me. I got over catching those insects that emerge after the rains and frying them. I hear ewwww…don’t knock it if you haven’t tried them is all I’ll say on the topic! Anyway, I’ve not eaten calves’ brains, squirming, wriggly, slimy critters that defy definition and look a zillion times worse. I’ve …

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Friends, Good Friends and BFFs

My conversation with a close and good friend of mine sparked the thought for this post. We were doing some catching up and as usual asking about mutual friends. I ended up sending him photos taken eighteen years ago at my birthday. We travelled down memory lane and how time had flown. It happened without any conscious monitoring on our …

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My First Crush

I remember my first crush. I was a late bloomer and so experienced this in secondary school. Unlike my contemporaries that felt the first fluttering of puppy love earlier, I didn’t have time for all that. Boys were more of a nuisance, to be tolerated and ignored, depending on the circumstances. That period was for competing with them and generally …

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Habits and You

Everybody has habits. Fortunately or unfortunately they end up as a large portion that constitutes our personalities. Whenever the word is mentioned, it sometimes dredges up unpalatable things we do (that it were better we didn’t) and some we don’t even know fall into that category. On the other hand these characteristics may not be unpleasant…unusual more like and often …

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Nigerian Pop Culture and Nollywood

There are some bona fide scenarios that Nollywood movies are yet to explore. These traits are uniquely ours and yet they haven’t been included in home-videos (as we call them). There are many that when seen by a Nigerian (even those that have disowned it and happen to be at large in the Diaspora or elsewhere) anywhere will remind them …

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Up NEPA!

This glad shout was usually preceded by the advent of electricity and the subsequent removal of the artificial darkness and gloom. An area that had been languishing in the dark for a few hours, days or even months once again rejoiced because ‘light’ was back. This is a commodity highly coveted and valued by all and sundry. Moods of individuals, …

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Friends, Relationships and Trust

The tragedy that befell Cynthia is one of the worst that could happen to anyone i.e. betrayal by ‘friends‘. Unfortunately, in her case these fellows were not what she thought they were. The relationship that had been formed was through Facebook (nothing wrong with this either), a bond forged and trust had developed over time. There was enough there for …

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