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#KakandaTemple ~ The Hysteria of a Malfunctioning Robot: A Response to Muhammad Mahmud’s Misinterpretation of Texts

Dear Mahmud, I think you have just made it into the Guinness Book of Records as “the most sophisticated illiterate ever identified in the history of public discourse”. For this, I ought to have sent you a private mail congratulating you for this ignoble accomplishment. However, I feel that your education should be done in public and to the records ... Read More »

#KakandaTemple: Politics of Deportations: Where Are the Northern Governors?

Religion and nationalism are the most powerful forms of indoctrination and, in the name of these two, many injustices can be done so that our idea of a shared humanity [in terms of religion and nationality] is thus contradicted and ridiculed. Nationalism is theoretically the healer of a colourfully diverse country possessed by the ghosts of hatred along the lines ... Read More »

#KakandaTemple ~ The Future Awards and its Misrepresentation of the Nigerian Youth

        I have absolute confidence in the strength and ability of the Nigerian youth. All over the world, the Nigerian youth is a newsmaker, known for exhibiting talent, using his brain either to redeem or to reduce whichever system he is in. The Nigerian youth, despite having bad role models, has defied setbacks and limitations to climb ... Read More »

#KakandaTemple ~ Mandela: Remembering the Prophet of One Humanity

The day started with reports of a tragedy, though not unusual, but a terrible tragedy nonetheless, of challenges of being a Blackman especially overseas, among a people to whom black is an inverse of decency, to whom Africa is a civilisation built upside down. It was the news making the rounds that banners bearing “We want peace in Goa. Say ... Read More »

#KakandaTemple ~ Nigeria: Interpretations of Racism

  I will call him Smith, my White friend. I admired him, in my days of naiveté, for once berating a waiter who attended to him, with overdone courtesies, before turning to know the junk I cared to eat. Smith was a conscious expatriate who suspended his curiosities over things he found exotic and checked his tempers in reacting to ... Read More »

#KakandaTemple: Nigeria: A Nation of Goodlucks…

#KakandaTemple: Nigeria: A Nation of Goodlucks…

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan may be a good private citizen. I think I have seen his types. But “good” and “luck” are not enough to lead a country, especially one that reeks of ethno-religious and regional monstrosities. GEJ appears like one of those unfamiliar countrymen you can corner at a bar to enjoy an innocent chat around life, politics and, ... Read More »

#KakandaTemple – 2015: The Power of Rants

I do not have faith in Nigeria, no faith in the next elections, but do not trust me when I rant. Ranting is an expression of freedom, it’s the seldom unintelligible language of the oppressed. It’s similar to the persistent, incoherent noise accepted as Afro-Hip hop in parts of Africa. I rant as an escape, I rant also to dramatise ... Read More »

#KakandaTemple: Farewell, Destitution!

#KakandaTemple: Farewell, Destitution!

Exploring Abuja this week brought upon me a strange feeling intensified by a visit to an orphanage. It tugged my empathy towards the dregs of the city seen across every part of the country. Earlier in the year I accompanied a friend to an orphanage in Minna where she showed me how best to mark a birthday with her modest ... Read More »

#KakandaTemple: A Letter to my Unborn Son

Dear Son, This is the first of the epistles I promised myself I would write. I wish to preempt what anxieties you may soon have and, perhaps, anger too. But this letter was torn out of me by the same force that forestalls your arrival. The events now unfolding in the country seem to have eclipsed the turbulent relationships I ... Read More »

#KakandaTemple: Beyond Mr President’s Tears

Collated commentaries on and around Nigeria seem to portray a nation waiting to implode. Brilliant Nigerian playwright and poet, Opeyemi Adedayo, in a poem Heritage of Lies, lashes out on what he considers to be the mindsets that cause our country’s failures; he attacks various corruptions and total drought of transparency in our government which, true this, are now being ... Read More »