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About a month ago the Honourable Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed made the bold claim that “fake news” could be worse for the country than Boko Haram. While not a fan of the exaggerated theatric language, Mr. Mohammed and I agree (in part) on the issue of “fake news”. And now that I’ve used the term twice, you will of course permit me to not use it again for the rest of this piece. Because the term (just one more time) “fake news” has become a catch-all phrase for whatever you disagree with or do not believe, regardless of whether it’s factual or not. Like “terrorist”, the term has been politicized, in some cases beyond recognition.
propaganda4sheepleuj9We should probably be clear, right from the start, on what some terms mean so there is less ambiguity going forward. Propaganda is essentially a framing of the facts and issues in a…

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DIY: A Simple Boho Bracelet

Posted: April 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hello all. I hope you had a fun weekend and are so ready to end April with a a big bang. I know I am. Phew. It has been full of  activities, projects and so much work on re-re-starting up my busine…

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Most times we see stories of women suffering, in poverty and with little to call their own. Then once in a while, a bright star would appear and remind us that most times, all it takes is the courage to step out of the conditions you find yourself in and just make it work. Yes, it would be hard but it is not impossible. Carry on Mama Furniture. Really proud of you.

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Faith Okeikwue, 48, is a famous carpenter in Mararaba,a suburb of Abuja who has earned the nickname Mama Furniture. She has sponsored her children to university working as a carpenter. For her, carpentry is not just a means of livelihood; it is a love affair from her childhood.

 

It was almost noon. The sun was hot and in the resultant heat, traders and artisans along Mararaba’s Old Karu Road, just outside Abuja, retreated into the shades of their business premises or under sun-beaten parasols, watching the cars drive pass.

Under a tattered patchwork of an awning, shredded in parts, a young carpenter was hard at work, hammering nails into a piece of fitment while a woman in a pink vest and a yellow wax wrapper leaned on a table watching him casually. She could pass for a customer, or one of the women selling things nearby. But in fact…

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Tree on a Bottle…

Posted: August 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

And it finally came out. I should do this more often…

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Ahhh. I am finally sitting in front of the laptop, ready to dish out about how I made this tree…and the words are just not coming out. So, I think this is going to be one of my shortest posts. But it will be full of pictures. The pictures would show how I moved to create the tree. I was trying this out for a concept i thought of: Trees of Life. Basically to make different trees that are considered highly valuable in any society or environment it is in. Like the Moringa Tree, The Coconut Tree, The Baobab Tree and much more.

OK, this is the first tree so bear with me. I still haven’t finished it yet, just the leaves left. It resembles a Neem tree, which is why I gave an African village theme underneath. The Sun and huts are from paper clay while the tree itself…

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 Starting in February, the Nigerian Army (NA) made some very impressive gains against Boko Haram (BH) insurgents, liberating most of the towns and villages under the latter’s control and pushing them back into the now-infamous Sambisa forest. Not only that, the army has been attacking the insurgents in their stronghold and rescuing several hundreds of captives. By now, it is well-known that the successes have been in no small part thanks to a private military company (PMC) called STTEP. But how exactly did they manage to pull it off?

Note: This is the second in a 3-part series examining the contracting of STTEP by the Nigerian government to beat back the insurgents.In the first part, I looked at the timeline behind the hiring of a private, armed, foreign company to help fight this war. In this part, I discuss the roles they played, including tactics, what it has achieved…

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It’s clearly that simple. “if you want to talk, invite us in.”

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If President Muhammadu Buhari is serious about defeating Boko Haram; if he really means to protect the lives and property of people all over this country; if he is not joking when he speaks about erecting and maintaining “an efficient, disciplined people–friendly and well–compensated security force within an overall security architecture”, then there is one move he can make that would be unmistakable. Mr Buhari, tear down these barricades.

Virtually every Nigerian knows the barricades of which I speak. For those not acquainted with the phenomenon, here is a synopsis: On a Nigerian street, you may encounter barricades of reinforced concrete roughly 2-3 feet tall, barrels full of sand and stone, or sandbags piled up about 5 feet high. Do not be alarmed, you have not crossed into a war zone. You are simply approaching a government installation where some VIPs happen to frequent. There are police stations in major cities that…

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Gossip Protocol

Posted: April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

The grapevine can be an optimal source of information if harnessed well. Read on…

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I often hear about how thousands, even millions, of people have been displaced in Nigeria. The numbers, however, are usually rough estimates that are disputed by various stakeholders. Here is my idea for how to determine, as accurately as possible, how many people have been killed, how many are genuinely missing, as well as where exactly the survivors are and even what mischief they get up to on the weekends.

How do you solve a problem?

It is well known that Internally Displaced People (IDPs) are not all concentrated in the camps provided. Some live with relatives, others have been taken in by complete strangers, and still others have been resettled by religious institutions. That’s what makes the job of determining how many people have been killed, how many displaced, where those are currently located, and how they are rebuilding their lives so challenging. As well, we don’t have much…

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