Winners Of The Dapo Olorunyomi Essay Competition 2019

Consequent on the call for submissions, conclusion of reception of entries, collation of submissions and assessment by our judges, the Dapo Olorunyomi Essay Competition 2019, is pleased to announce the top 3 entrants for its second edition. The winners are: 1st – Ajiboye Oluwadamilare – Faculty/Department Law, University Of Ibadan. 2nd – Akinlaja Felix –…

Between Buhari and Naomi Campbell |Kemi Okunade

Yorubas would say “e ni wa fa, wa ofo”, meaning it is a person who seeks disproportionate or preposterous intent, seeks for misfortune or detriment. That’s the case of our dear president and Naomi Campbell. Let’s put sentiments aside for a minute and agree that there is no way President Buhari would have known who…

DAPCHI GIRLS: TRUE LIFE BLACK PANTHER | KEMI OKUNADE

Sometimes ago, my friend told me there is nothing new in Nigeria. What is being called news is not new. What is being reported is old stories that are being recycled because of relevance and the need to report something. Abi what is new in fuel price hike? What is special about corruption and bad…

America Wasn’t So Bad Back Then | by Donal Mahoney

​We have something in common, a fellow I talk to now and then. We’re about the same age and perhaps the only ones in the diner who think our past lives are interesting. So when the two of us shoot the bunk over coffee, it’s amazing that two men who sometimes can’t remember much about yesterday remember a lot…

Capitalism and Human Nature Must Be Regulated | by Donal Mahoney

“What can we do to make this right?” The speaker is Phil Burns, owner of the brokerage firm that Owen Mitchell has had money invested with for years. Owen’s not rich and not poor. He just prefers the action of the stock market to the passivity of fixed income. Owen says nothing, sits in his…

A Writer Who Writes Not Knowing Why | by Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney spent 12 years breeding rare Australian finches in the United States. African finches are much more difficult to breed and he had limited success. But he loved the Weaver family of finches who breed
in the wild in nests that hang like gourds over swamps from the end of tree branches, the better to keep predators away from the hatchlings.

AMERICAN NOTES 2 | by Fred Russell

NEWSSPEAK Journalists talk and write in platitudes. This is not surprising. They are not, after all, writers. Their command of the language is limited. Their minds are commonplace. They are also not scholars or political scientists. I occasionally watch Fox News, but what is true of Fox is true of any other news organization. The…

AMERICAN NOTES | by Fred Russell

EDUCATION IN AMERICA  Bill O’Reilly has discovered that Americans are ignorant “about their own country.” He told us so not too long ago, quoting Newsweek for the numbers, though he could just as easily have quoted some of Jay Leno’s man-in-the-street interviews (it turns out that 29% of Americans don’t know who the vice president…

Eight Men Who Are Doing Quite Well | by Donal Mahoney

A notice appeared in the paper recently with the names and faces of eight men who have a combined wealth of $426 billion. According to Oxfam International, in 2015 this would have equaled the amount of wealth held by half the world’s population, the poorest half. Oxfam International is a confederation of charitable organizations in 90 countries…

My Village of Blessed Memory | by Francis Egbokhare

When I was young there were no crows, now they are everywhere. When I was young, the owl ruled the nights. The hoot of the witch frightened us so much that we sought protection from Grandma’s withered breast. I could swear that the breast was full of sap – yes, I was filled, stomach gassed…

The Wedding | by Aremu Aanuoluwapo

Today happens to be my 14th birthday and my wedding day. The last one month has seen plans for the ceremony being put in place. Gifts have consistently succeeded  each other more than I have received since my betrothal 7 years ago to Alhaji Adamu – my potential husband. It was noon, time for the…