TEMPUS FUGIT

Lemme tell you about this thing that happened to me in my second year of med school less than two decades ago. I hadn’t failed any exam ever in my life before then, but that year I had become very active in an adolescents and young people advocacy group, which I had joined late into […]

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THE PASSOVER QUESTION

Years ago, while in College, I told a classmate I am Jewish, but he found it difficult to understand what I meant. I also didn’t understand how and why it was difficult for him to grasp what I’d just told him, until years later. Apparently, he didn’t understand how someone could be Jewish without being […]

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IGBO TRADITIONAL WEDDING

A man and/or woman isn’t considered married among the Igbo, if (s)he hasn’t completed all of the rites required by the prevailing culture (Odibendi) to do. Hosting a lavish wedding party, following a solemnization in church or a Nikkah by Muslim faithfuls, or even at the registry is totally besides the point, as it is […]

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BIBLE STORIES (46): DINAH RAPED

After Jacob had mended fences with his brother Esau, and they parted ways amicably, he built himself a house in Succoth, and booths (from where the name of the place, Succoth was derived) for his cattle. He was soon on the move, till he “… came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in […]

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LIVE FOREVER, HUGH MASEKELA

Sadly, the radio On Air Personality that announced the demise of Hugh Masekela, last week on my way home from work, pronounced his first name as “Hoff”, which first of all put me off, as another example of the decadence in the Nigerian news and media industry, that’s now become the dumping ground for just […]

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LIVE FOREVER, DOLORES O’RIORDAN

I was introduced to Dolores O’Riordan‘s chants from the surround speakers of a fellow medical student towards the end of the last millennium. “Zombie” used to blast from the block besides mine in the hostel for a while, and I’d just pay it some heed without further engagement, till I moved to the topmost floor […]

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ANCIENT IGBO GPS

I have always wondered what local technology, besides word of mouth, existed in times past, by which people kept track of the movements of people, living in this age of the Global Positioning System, GPS, where we tend to have become blind navigationally without it; besides using it to track our gadgets, cars even humans […]

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