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My Nigerian Apartment’s Solar Generator

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a new way to keep the lights on

From Popula
On August 26, 2022
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A Generation of Nigerian Students is Stranded

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But striking profs have an extremely valid point

From Popula
On July 29, 2022
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The Happiest People on Earth

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I come from the country / Of the Happiest People on earth, / Where death sells at ten for one kobo / And the Living envy the peace

From Olongo Africa
On July 18, 2022
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Questions for My Ailing Country

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A young police officer is standing with a woman I assume to be his mother. She is praying for him loudly, at a major junction on the streets of a Lagos suburb; speaking in tongues unashamedly while passers-by stare, some in admiration, others, not so much.

From Olongo Africa
On June 27, 2022
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Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike’s Double Wahala

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In Nigerian popular culture, ‘double wahala’ is a Pidgin English phrase that was made popular by ace Afrobeat musician and activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

From Olongo Africa
On June 13, 2022
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I took a tricycle to the hospital

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I hardly leave my house, but I had to go there; I was going abroad and needed to be double vaxxed before traveling.

From Popula
On June 2, 2022
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LECTURERS’ STRIKE IN NIGERIA GROUNDS STUDENTS, LECTURERS, AND PARENTS

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The university store where Bimpe Alabi sells snacks and drinks at the park is usually crawling with customers. Since University of Ilorin's lecturers have gone on strike, this has changed. Alabi stands outside, inviting passersby. Her profits have shrunk, pushing her family into hardship.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 27, 2022
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A Nigerian Poet’s Dangerous Amorous Episodes

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In the traditions that established earlier voices in modern Africa poetry, sociopolitical maladies have remained an arch theme. In the words of Omafune Onoge, what rocks African poetry most is the crisis of consciousness.

From Olongo Africa
On May 24, 2022
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Where Is Our Government?

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“We have a lot of insecurity in Nigeria. By road we are not safe. By train we are not safe”. (From a survivor of the Abuja-Kaduna Train bomb; Mon., March 28, 2022)

From Olongo Africa
On April 11, 2022
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Family Affair

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He belongs to a generation of Nigerian men raised to be strong, silent, and hopelessly incapable of accepting complicity even in the face of clear damage. The patriarchy is alive in him indeed.

From Olongo Africa
On February 3, 2022
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Nigeria’s Holy Romance with Ignorance

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Our dealings are dominated by a disregard for scientific reasoning, and a preference for ostentatious, and often venal religiosity.

From Olongo Africa
On January 21, 2022
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[New Year’s Eve Poem] Like a Semicolon

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The past year recedes

From Olongo Africa
On December 31, 2021
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Making a Start

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Iwo smells of dust and rusty air, clouding up my mind and drowning my memory. The first thing my mother welcomes me with is water. She is an ardent devotee of the culture that believes water is the most glorious form of courtesy that can be paid to a visitor. But I always find it hard to drink.

From Popula
On October 31, 2021
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