Efe Ajagba: A Nation’s Unappreciated Pride

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A Nigerian ChampionWhat does national pride mean?

What does it mean in the context of being a Nigerian?

These are questions that the average thinking Nigerian is plagued with on a daily basis. We are all witness to the sorry state of Nigeria today and the stories of her progressive deterioration since independence, yet the song of hope of a better tomorrow has continued to be handed from one generation to the other with no indication of a promise land in sight. The implausibility of this song of hope is a glaring reality that we are yet to come to terms with considering that things have hardly ever really improved in Nigeria since 1960.

The fact that Nigeria is one of the richest nations in the world in terms of her abundance in natural resources and cultural diversity is most tragic because it has neither translated into development, nor provided a better…

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Ayo Sogunro


Nigeria’s National Assembly is the bastard of Nigerian democracy—and that’s putting it mildly.

Now, “bastard” is a historically hateful word, and should not be applied to fellow humans. But, I have used it here to convey the intensity of the National Assembly’s disregard for both the wishes of the Nigerian people and the values of democratic government.

First: consider this very anti-democratic idea. A few days ago, the Senate proceeded to the second reading of “A Bill for an Act to Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and other Matters Connected therewith” sponsored by Senator Ibn Na’Allah, an APC Senator from Kebbi State. I am yet to see a copy of this bill but, from the copious reproduction in this newspaper report, it appears to be the most autocratic piece of junk ever to walk into the National Assembly and demand to be a law.

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I have watched with keen interest the brouhaha generated by the call for secession by the “Biafran people”.
Some days back, I saw a picture of some South Sudanese eating grass as food (I do not have empirical evidence whether it is true or not). One thing immediately struck me. Some years back, when the agitation for the creation of South Sudan was at the peak, we all thought that by now, South Sudan will be in a state of “oyunua”(wonderment), especially because of the abundance of oil. Alas, we all know the true story. No sooner had they achieved independence that they remembered that they were not only South Sudanese but belong to diverse tribes. Today, the newest African country is involved in a state of “wadoghe” and “filaga filogo”(apologies to Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon).
Today, all the promises the nascent nation once held are no longer there. There is…

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Some years back, I went for a matter in another town with my colleague. After the court sitting, she asked that we go see her mother who lived in that town.
Her mum offered lunch and after eating, I felt I needed to show my appreciation.
In my native Bini dialect, after eating, one says, ”kada” if a male, and “erhe ghi gbu”, if a female.
Since I did not know the equivalent of these words in hausa or in their native Lunguda dialect, I simply said, “Mama, thank you for the meal”, but she would have none of it. According to her, I was not supposed to thank her for providing me with a meal. As I was under her roof at the moment, I was her child and she owed me a duty to feed me. Therefore, I should not thank her for doing her duty.
That incident…

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To my Son, my Firstborn – Toyeosa Alegbemwenhosa Omoruyi


I have a huge smile on my face as I write this. You are obviously too young to read this but I am sure somewhere in there, you understand the feeling this conveys.

4:41am on the 13th of August, 2015 marked the end of a journey and the beginning of another that is filled with so much promise. The moment I heard your first cry cannot be explained (I guess everyone who has shared this experience can relate), and when I held you in my arms, the love was INSTANT. I was overwhelmed (as I still am whenever I think about it) and I knew at that moment that I have found one of the answers to the question, What’s life about (some of you will remember this phrase.) The nurse asked me to hand you over and I went “Why?” with a fierce look. I can only imagine how she must have laughed on the inside when she said it was to take your measurements – weight and height.

I loved you before you were born and watching you grow each day is rewarding. I have figured right away that it will be easier to spoil you than to be firm with you but be rest assured, you will not be a spoilt child. While I will ensure I do all in my power to provide for you, I will not hesitate to withhold anything from you and to set you straight. I am old school, and a strong believer in spare the rod and spoil the children – I interpret that passage literally.

You are my first born and my heir so great responsibilities have been thrust upon you. Better be ready to hear that drummed into your ear at the slightest opportunity. Note that it will be my pleasure of holding your hand and guiding you through your life’s experiences to enable you fulfil that potential. You will live up to the billing, some people are born great. Toyeosa, you have been born great.

So you are a month old today!!! Can you believe that? I will love to know what your experience has been like, other than the sleeping, eating, farting, pooping, crying and other baby stuff. I believe you are having an exciting time, do enjoy this phase because as you grow so the expectations from you multiply but don’t worry, Daddy and Mummy are here for you.

I will not end this without talking about your Mummy. Trust me, she is your greatest ally – I can tell you that for free. You had better respect her and accept that she is always right, well at least 90% of the time but you cannot tell her that. She did not carry you in her womb and endure all sorts of discomfort from conception to labour and delivery to have you act otherwise. My respect for her (and all women) increased tremendously in the last months and especially at your delivery…yes, I was right there beside her. I won’t be upset if you shower her with more affections than you do me, she totally deserves it.

On my part, I promise to be a great dad and a role model. Being a husband to Mummy is totally different from being a Daddy – 2 equally important and intertwined roles but I intend to keep to my end of the bargain. The only standard I can hold you up to is the one I will set, so as you can see, it is a 2 way street.

May the meaning of your names burst forth as you embark on the journey of life – Toyeosa (Pleasing to GOD) Alegbemwenhosa (Through me the world will know GOD). I love you Son…my pride & my joy #MyChamp #MummysLove #DaddysLilTiger


I named you Toyeosa (the ‘e’ is silent) while your Mummy named you Alegbemwenhosa…just so you’d know who is responsible for the 14 letter name.


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Ayo Sogunro

Dear Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON,

Congratulations on your successful exit from Aso Rock without the use of force or the tragedy of untimely death. In fifty-five years of Nigerian post-independence history, only Olusgeun Obasanjo and Abdulsalami Abubakar have been able to achieve this feat. But, before you handover, here’s a final farewell from me—one of your most unrelenting youth critics. Despite my criticisms, I have wished your administration nothing but success, not for your sake, but for the sake of millions of Nigeria whose lives and welfare depended on your leadership. Please consider this as an exit appraisal and, maybe, a sort of guide in your future role in public affairs.

To summarise directly: if I were to score the overall performance of your administration, I would, unhesitatingly, label it “Below Average”.

Yes, you did well in some areas, especially in fixing some infrastructure, agricultural improvement, and some…

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This Yam, This Goat, This Country: Pwc On NNPC – Part 2

This sums it up.


No one has the right to retain money that should come to the federation account. Constitutionally, it should come and then , if expenses are legitimate, they should be presented transparently and properly approved. To even admit that you have withheld $10bn or $12bn and then say this is what I did with it is, frankly speaking, not even the beginning of an argument” – Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, speaking to Gavin Serkin, author of ‘Frontier

Part 1 is here if you missed it.

We now know the measurement of the yam ($69bn) that was left in the care of the NNPC goat. And we also know how much the goat handed back to the Nigerian treasury ($50bn). The debate now is what right the NNPC had to eat so much ($20bn) of the yam belonging to the Nigerian people, if it had the right to…

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This Yam, This Goat, This Country: PwC and NNPC – Part 1


Friends and countrymen; I beseech you by the mercies of God that ye do whatsoever it is within thine powers to prevent a frolic between the yam and the goat. For, as surely as the rising and setting of the sun, such an enterprise yieldeth only corruption, nay a sad ending for the yam” – Goodluck The Jonathan, First of His Name

Finally, we get a chance to see what PwC, the auditors, saw when they looked into the black hole that is NNPC. The full report is here (200 pages). It is not pretty.

I am not an oil and gas expert and much of the industry and how it works confuses me. But the PwC report is written in English so let’s try to parse it.

Remember The King?

A quick recap of what started all of this – King Mohammed Sanusi II, in his former…

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