DOOR COURTESIES

     One of the things that determine a succesful coexistence with anyone, for me, is what I like to refer to as ‘door courtesies’. Did I say successful coexistence? Not exactly, I can live with someone who lacks door courtesies, but after I have completed a Structural Adjustment Programme to accomodate their ‘deficiency’. Not to…

TEMPUS FUGIT

Write that book The one you’ve always wanted to write Visit those old folks The ones you’ve always talked about Make the call The one you’ve always planned to make Tempus fugit Time and tide waits for no man Start that business The one you’ve always dreamt of starting Go back to school Complete your…

COAT OF MANY COLOURS

She used to be a baby So sweet, so cute With a smile for everyone But days ran their course And she became a girl She used to be a girl So carefree and naïve Trusting everyone Till age took her over And she became a lady She used to be a lady So quiet…

IS THE ULTRA VIRES DOCTRINE DEAD OR ALIVE?

     Ultra vires is a Latin phrase which means ‘above powers’ or ‘beyond powers’. It is used to show that a person or office is acting beyond the bounds of their legally conferred powers.  In a broad sense, the Latin expression “ultra vires” is used by lawyers to describe acts which have been conducted “beyond…

“OJU ANU”

     Kwap! Gbam! Wham-dagam! I turned at the sudden noise of collapse and destruction only to discover a short, almost one eyed ruffian uprooting an MTN sales umbrella and banging same on some large polythene bag package containing I-don’t-know-what wares and swearing hard as he did so. The scene was in front of a small…

PARRY ROAD (inspired by a daydream gone awry)

     ‘…In Nigeria, ownership of petroleum resources is vested in the Federal Government. Pursuant to the Petroleum Act of 1969 however, the government grants certain rights in the oil and gas industries to investors. There are three different arrangements under this heading. Oil exploration license, oil processing license, oil mining lease. A license is… What’s…

Be-Spectacled.

“Livingstone!” “Hi!” I look up to a senior colleague I haven’t seen in a while (except for the day before). “How are you?” “I’m great! I saw you yesterday, and with a pair of glasses on, you finally gave up your revolt?” Laughs. “I had to.” “Did you get this at the clinic?” (the one…

MY NIGHT OUT AT ARTS THEATRE, UI

So I finally went to see a staged play. Yay! Now don’t get me wrong I am not excited because it was the first for me (I’ve seen several staged plays) but it was my first time at the famed Arts Theatre, University of Ibadan. Yay! Again. The play was OUR HUSBAND HAS GONE MAD…

HAIKU: THE ESSENCE OF LIFE IN SEVENTEEN SYLLABLES

     Beyond the spoken word, poetry is a transcendent and sublime mode of self expression. It comes in several forms one of which is the Haiku. The Haiku is an unrhymed Japanese poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively. The term haiku is derived from…

WAKING THOUGHTS

I turn and toss and open my eyes Its morning already, the sun’s rise steady I twitch and close and open my eyes again Tick tack tick tack, it’s almost five A great task it is to get out of bed Ere Jack! My thoughts are wandering I shall visit the barbers’ today. And oh!…

THE WEDDING NIGHT

The guests have all gone The party is over We are left to ourselves, My bride and I The hustle and bustle Of yesterday and today Have stilled into a sudden calm. You’re mine ‘tis true And I’m yours for life Death being the clause But is this a journey begun? Or a trial bound…

TRAUMA

I hear her come in and ask for my note on political participation. My roommate goes on with her dressing up for evening mass. B.J makes straight for my reading table and goes through my stuff looking for the material on political participation. It’s not there. “When will she wake up?” She asks my roommate…