THE OLD BEGGAR WOMAN

When I was just a boy growing up in Akoka, of the eighties’ Lagos, I looked forward to the sonorous voice of the old beggar woman every Saturday morning. She would walk the long stretch that was my street then, starting from its beginning and disappearing at its end, off to where I never bothered […]

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ROUTINE MEDICAL CHECK UP

Early last week, I decided to follow my advice to my patients to do medical checks at least once a year. I decided against a nearby private medical centre because of the cost, and also because I wanted to have a feel of what public health care looks like in Lagos personally. I went to […]

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LIVING AS A MOUNTAIN GOAT

These days, I have but one aspiration, and that is to be like the Mountain Goat with little or no care in the world. I at some point even had fantasies of reincarnating as one before reincarnation buffs effectively burst my bubble in claiming I can only reincarnate in human form, either as a lesser […]

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BIBLE STORIES (47): JACOB RETURNS TO BETHEL

Jacob did fear for his life after what Simeon and Levi did to Hamor, his son Shechem and their people, but he made no attempt to leave his abode until YAHWEH asked him to “… arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto HIM, that appeared unto you when […]

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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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