Top 10 Reasons Why Marrying A Child Bride Should Be Legal In Nigeria

Child Bride

1.  It's our culture. 2.  They're doing it already, so why not just legalize it? 3.  The law only affects those who practice it. 4.  It is the religion of the Muslims, just like Sharia, so they should be allowed to practice it. 5.  Legalizing it is the same thing as legalizing gay marriage. 6.  The men don't actually have sex with the young brides until they are of age. 7.  This law doesn't actually exploit children; instead, it gives child brides the same rights as adult Continue Reading

What Are You Worth?

L-R: Damon Davis (Director for the Healthcare Initiative), Chiquita Brooks LaSure (Deputy Director, Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight), and Anton Gunn (Director, Office of Internal Affairs

The debate over healthcare and insurance is one that is best understood and appreciated by people who know what it’s like to be sick and not be able to afford the needed treatment. Years ago, I suffered what was supposed to be minor stomach flu. I had all the classic symptoms: nausea, diarrhea, cramps, and fever. The cramps went from bad to worse, and while I feared that what I was suffering might have been worse than the stomach flu, I made Google my doctor and refused to go to the hospital Continue Reading

Lessons Hollywood Can Learn From Nollywood

Hollywood

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of watching the Golden Globe Awards. While I enjoy watching almost most awards of this kind, I usually do not get to watch the red carpet. They’re just going to tell me what they are wearing, and since I cannot afford them yet, what does it matter? But this time, I sat in front of my television at 6pm, searched for Channel E, and enjoyed the red carpet. From the red carpet to the actual award show, I could not help but notice some differences between Continue Reading

Whose Mouth Will You Have To Stop Feeding?

change

Yours? Or someone else’s? You may be one of those people who tune into stations like CNN and MSNBC only accidently, and when you do, the first thing you notice is that your television has a lot of pixels. My, the clarity! And that the lady giving the news is kind of pretty. Look at the fullness of her lips. And that the man next to her is a sharp dresser. Where did he get that suit from? And while you ponder all these very important things, your right ear might overhear – also Continue Reading

Top 12 Reasons Why Igbos And Yorubas Should Not Marry

Couples who are NOT the people I'm talking about (but who look good on my blog)

Whether you are aware of it or not, many inter-tribal relationships have died an untimely death because of the tribal differences between the couple. Parents, elders, and friends have rained down fire and brimstone to see to it that this sacrilegious union does not get to the altar. The strong couples come out of it beaten, bruised, but alive nonetheless. The weaker ones --- well, they inspire me to write this. Continue Reading

My Meeting With Professor Viola Onwuliri, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Nigeria's Minister of Information, Professor Viola Adaku Onwuliri

With the exception of my birthday having been the previous day, Sunday, January 15th 2012 would have been like any other Sunday. I would have stayed dressed in my comfy clothes, talked on the phone, and maybe blogged a little bit. But at about 4 PM on this Sunday, I received notification via Facebook that Professor Viola Adaku Onwuliri, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs was having a town hall kind of meeting with Nigerians in my area. The first instinct was to dismiss the message, but it was Continue Reading

To Date A Married Man

In the generation before ours, and in the generation before the generation before ours, there were people – men and women – who questioned if marital fidelity truly existed. And now, in this generation, here I am, among many others, questioning the same issue, wondering if it is just an ideology instead of an actual day of life. Continue Reading

Life’s Like That Sometimes

On Tuesday, July 20th 2010, what started out as a short trip to the University of Baltimore, Maryland turned out to be a real eye opener for me. How long its lesson would last is still unknown, but for my sake, I hope it lasts a long time. The University of Baltimore is the most libertine school in Maryland, as I have been told, and while I loved that bit of information about the school, I did not like its location: Downtown Baltimore. For the past decade, Downtown Baltimore and I have had Continue Reading

Facebook – The 9th Planet

We used to have nine planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto), but Pluto became a dwarf planet (an object in space). Facebook has since taken its position. With over one hundred and fifty million active members, Facebook has earned its place in the world of legendary planets. The only difference between Facebook and the other planets is that Facebook is virtual…and like all virtual worlds, it is full of surprises. Continue Reading

Dear Saint Valentine

Dear Saint Valentine, I have a problem. A BIG problem. Your anniversary is on a Saturday. A Saturday! For the past few years, I have been able to come up with the perfect excuse for why I did not do anything special i.e. romantic on Valentine’s Day: it was a week day; I was busy. I was on the phone with a friend the other day and she happened to mention that Valentine’s Day was on a Saturday, to which I answered – without thinking obviously – “Oh, that’s great!” Then it struck me. What was so Continue Reading