Friday, 23 June 2017

Pictures of my visit to the house of Parliament!

The architecture, the building and the history that goes with,  just incredible. It was an awesome tour. Security to the building is airport style, the tour guide was fantastic and really knowledgeable.









Friday, 16 June 2017

Serenity

These pictures were taken in Kampala. If you look through the fog in the first two pictures, you will see Lake Victoria. The serenity of just sitting down and watching the lake through the fog, watching the fog clear, and the hills appear, priceless!

When so much is happening in the world and you just want it to stop for some minutes to grasp what the hell is going on and knowing that you can't as life goes on, all I can think of is just to go to that place where I find serenity. In nature!











Wednesday, 14 June 2017

This

And we woke up to another sad news coming from London.

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Some days

I think that I am all alone! 
Soosomunachim (just me and my maker) and that is enough. 


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Poem titled 'Solitude'

Solitude, a place I savour
A place I am most comfortable
A place I can be myself
and be whoever I want to be
A place I am not afraid to be in
A place I am queen

The desire for solitude is none like other
The one I bask in for a soliloquy
The one that I crave for in the midst of a cacophony
Never minding the dichotomy
of noise and silence
But the embrace of solitude

The monopoly to dictate
Who I want to be
What I want to say
How I want to say it
is hidden in my soliloquy
in the midst of solitude



LS 11/06/17

Nigeria : A country on the brink of genocide (Igbos in Northern Nigeria given notice to leave before October 1st 2017)

I was sent a video through WhatsApp and the accompanying message was that the Igbos (one of the three major tribes in Nigeria) have been given notice to leave all the Northern states in Nigeria before October 1st.

I decided to view the video to see what the whole debate on Whatsapp was about.

As someone who grew up in northern Nigeria and experienced all the violent conflicts up until 2002, I was a little reluctant to believe the message as I thought that after the bloodbath of 2000 and 2002 conflict, no one in the north would agitate for another violent conflict.

As I opened the video, I was greeted by a familiar and prominent face in northern Nigeria making incitement and hateful speech. It was shocking because Professor Ango Abdullahi was the former Vice Chancellor of one of the greatest Universities in Sub Saharan Africa, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a 'supposedly' educated man. His speech was full of hate and in effect, calling for a genocide.

Amongst the filibuster and harangue from the former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, was the quit notice given to all the Igbos to leave all northern Nigerian territories within 3 months time. He was the spokesperson for the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, ACYF.

According to him, the north is fed up of being in the same country with "this pack of acrimonious Igbo partners".  He  then called on the international and national authorities to take steps in facilitating the final dissolution of "this hopeless union" that has never been convenient to anyone.

In pursuant, he warned that  the first major step will be to "reclaim, assume and assert sole ownership and control of landed property owned by the ingrate Igbos" in any part of Northern Nigeria (whether rented or owned). He also stated that officials of the signatory group were mandated to commence immediate inventory of all properties, spaces or activities in northern Nigeria currently occupied by the Igbos.

Further, he stated that the groups were directed to compile and forward an up-to-date data of all locations occupied by any Igbo in any part of northern Nigeria including schools, markets, residences and any other spaces.

The date of the declaration was given as June the 6th 2017 and Igbos served notice to relocate in 3 months.

So, come October 1st what will happen? Cleansing of Igbos? Forcefully taking their properties and land? Go to each of their homes and force them out? What happens if their data is wrong and they evict non Igbos?

This is so disappointing and parochial. Nigeria should be working together to build a country that all can inhabit peacefully, leaving legacies for the young and building a strong science and technology industry.

I am happy that many are condemning this move by some scrupulous and parochial thinking individuals. There is no need for another bloodbath! There is so much poverty in the country that focus should be on how to build an equitable society and not on how to divide it.

It is not just black and white chasing a particular group of people out of a region. Some Igbos have only known the north as their home. Some were born and bred there, some are of mixed parentage, some have never been anywhere near the east and some want a stable and one Nigeria. The speech was not only polemic but it was not one I would expect of an 'educated man' let alone a former Vice Chancellor of a reputable University.

It is great to read that the Federal government condemned this call and also, not all northerners support this declaration. However, there is need to keep an eye on the situation so another genocide as that which happened in Rwanda does not happen in Nigeria!


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The video



Saturday, 10 June 2017

Saturday!

I am back blogging after many weeks of being absent! I lost motivation to write or blog about anything. Anyway, so much has happened in the world during this past weeks. The cities of Manchester and London were attacked by terrorists and innocent people lost their lives. Oh, and a general election was held with the ruling party not doing as well as they would have wanted.

The day is bright and beautiful and I plan to enjoy it! Here is to a fabulous weekend!



Saturday, 20 May 2017

Talking about depression in Nigeria!

I am glad that the Nigerian press is carrying more news and awareness about depression. Over the last few months, there has been an increasing coverage of the illness which has got people talking about it. Even though that there is a huge coverage about mental health illness, there is still a need for awareness and information about the available help out there. Nigeria, although a developing country, has the human and material resources to invest in this area even though that the country is going through a recession.

There are still limited facilities that people could access and there is still a stigma associated with mental illness. It is a topic that is not spoken much about and in many homes, it is something that is not associated with being 'Nigerian'. Hence, there is little awareness of how to deal with it. I remember talking about depression with some acquaintances who were religious fanatics and it was like hitting my head against a rock.

Rhetorics such as the following are not uncommon:
"It is unNigerian" to be depressed!
"It is not your portion. You are a child of God"
"Encourage yourself in the word of God"
"I reject that on your behalf"
"You don't know your bible then" etc

People should be taught that there is no shame in admitting to depression or any mental health problem. There should also be an awareness on how to respond and deal with loved ones with mental health issues. People should be made to understand that there is no stigma attached to being depressed or suffering from any mental health issues and that they can get the help that they need.



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A poem titled "Shut up and don't speak"

This is a poem written and inspired by me. I hope you enjoy it. 

"Shut up and don't speak"
Words that were said to me
Words that I have often said to myself
Words that I believed

"Shuuuu and don't speak"
"You have nothing intelligent to contribute"
"You have nothing tangible to contribute"
"Your contribution is stupid"
Words I have heard
Words that I have often said to myself
Words that I believed

"Don't ask questions"
"Your questions are silly"
"Your questions are stupid"
"Your questions are daft"
Words I have heard
Words that I have often said to myself
Words that I believed

"Don't open your mouth"
"Don't say a word"
"Don't embarrass us"
"Don't say a word"
Words I have heard
Words that I have often said to myself
Words that I believed

And then, one day,
I spoke
There was some laughter
There was some murmuring
I was told to shut up and not speak
But I refused
I spoke
and no matter the noise to shut me down
I spoke

All those years I shut up just not to be laughed at
Just not to be called stupid
Just not to embarrass others and me
Just not to be seen

I opened my mouth and spoke
I asked questions
I contributed
And I didn't care about the reactions

And I said to myself
I will speak
I will ask questions 
I will speak even with the cacophony of overwhelming utterances
I will not shut up


Poem by LS
16/05/2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Trending: US President Donald Trump fires the director of the FBI!

The White House announced James Comey’s termination and removal from office. He was said to have been fired over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails.

James Comey, 56, who was addressing FBI agents in Los Angeles was not even aware of his termination and learned that he had just been fired when he saw the news on television.


Mr Comey was three-and-a-half years into his 10-year term as FBI director – thought it was a prank.



Culled from bbc.co.uk. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39866170

Monday, 8 May 2017

Pictures of my visit to Kampala!

I love Kampala!













Rwanda - Diane Shima Rwigara first female presidential candidate, running against Kagame

35- year old accountant, Diane Shima Rwigara is Rwanda's first female independent Presidential candidate. 

“I will be tackling poverty, I will be tackling injustice, I will be tackling insecurity. In the last 23 years RPF has been in power, they have not been able, not only to eradicate poverty but even to give Rwandans the minimum. Most Rwandans are dying of hunger, they have nowhere to live,” said 35-year old Diane Shima Rwigara who has declared her interest to run for Rwanda’s highest office.

What a fearless young woman! I hope she goes for it and never mind the distractions.


Nigeria: President Buhari travels to London for treatment

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, 74, is in London seeking treatment for an undisclosed ailment. Earlier this year, he was in the UK for seven weeks undergoing medical check-up. Mr Buhari, has left Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in charge during his absence.



Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-39842686

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Tragedy as 30 Manchester United fans electrocuted in Nigeria

I have many Nigerian friends and family members who enjoy watching the football game. Sometimes, you would think the gathering to watch a football match is anything but that, as friends get together at a friend's house to watch the match even though, they could have watched it in the sanctity of their homes. Many people love to gather together to watch the match with friends and then, tease or poke fun at the opposing fans. In my family, my sister is a fan of Arsenal club and my brother, Chelsea club and I, a Man U fan. I know how we used to love to congregate and have a drink, a laugh and just relax watching our favourite club play. I feel so sad to learn that about 30 Nigerians died whilst watching their favourite club play. 


Read about it here: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/world-news/manchester-united-fans-electrocuted-nigeria-12924196#ICID=Android_MENNewsApp_AppShare

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Trending: UK Election

This came as a shock and surprise to me!

Theresa May announced plans to call for a general election on June 8.

Why so soon?