Illiteracy + Ignorance + Poverty = Banditry

Extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere.” – Kofi Annan.
Late Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi (1952-2012) was my friend and brother. We had dinner in a Lagos restaurant with Herbert Wigwe, then Deputy CEO of Access Bank, two days before the helicopter crash that took his life and that of another friend, Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State.

To Hell with Self(ish) Interests

“Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles; the conduct of public affairs for private advantage” – Ambrose Bierce
As is usual in Nigeria, the word ‘interest’ has been bastardised but I will come back to that shortly. Take the expression ‘PR’, which has acquired such notoriety that the actual Public Relations practitioners think twice before using that expression to describe what they do.

It’s All About Buying and Selling

Well, today, I am going to demonstrate that everything in life is actually about buying and selling. The inspiration to write this piece came from a discussion I had recently with a driver known as Eddy. He was assigned to me by my host in the US to pick me up from the airport and handle all my movements.

Great Things Come In Small Packages

‘There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps’. – Peter A. Cohen
Not too long ago, one of the world’s richest men was in Nigeria. His name is Bill Gates. He took time to lecture us on our economy, telling us some home truths that we most probably had chosen to ignore.