The Pretension of Calling Art Pretentious

This might be one of my biggest pet peeves: people calling art pretentious in a derogatory manner. Let’s look at the definition of the word: pre·ten·tious /prəˈten(t)SHəs/ adjective attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed. You know, pretense, as in to pretend, make-believe. Now, is that not the […]

Maturity: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

While there are some general overlapping societal views of what maturity is, maturity is a very culture-centric phenomena with a wide range of varying arbitrary rules and rituals for one to pass into “womanhood” or “manhood”, from culture to culture. Most people’s idea of what it means to be “mature”, ironically, is not very mature […]

The Change We Need

The situation of Nigeria cannot but make one wonder. Why should a country richly blessed by God be in such a state of poverty? Why should a country endowed with natural resources, ethnic values and hardworking people from different ethnic groups be economically unstable? What went wrong? There is no way one can find the […]

Little Known Facts About Mother’s Day

Although Mother’s Day has passed, let’s pause a moment to congratulate mothers the world ’round and look at the larger picture. Motherhood isn’t necessarily defined as a woman who has born a child. The meaning is much broader than holding the hand of an infant and leading him/her to a successful life. Some mothers adopt […]

The Mandela We Should All Become

Most African leaders possess a common frailty, “greed”, which has become so abysmal and unequivocally detrimental to the Pan-African concept. They have failed to understand that true leadership means selfless service, rather, their interest lies more in satisfying their unquenchable greed. “A me first” approach has become the norm in African leaders. They gladly run […]

My G.I.F.T for a Changed Future

As this month of July, 17th marks the International Day of a global icon, an epitome of valor, a selfless dreamer and a resonating influence that penetrated Africa and the world – Nelson Mandela; I present a coined concept of molding ourselves, especially the younger generation as G.I.F.T of change as Mandela did to make […]