Category Archives: 30DaysOfNovember


MADNESS AS I SEE IT #30DaysOfNovember

By Sogo Owolabi

As I settled down to my lunch on an empty corner table in the office cafeteria today, I noticed a medium-sized fly settling in across me on the same table. I felt my jaw tighten as the fly landed on the white table cloth and bounced off almost immediately. It tangled with another fly in the air and they both returned, perching for a few brief moments, on my table!

My disapproval of having to share my table and guard my food from the restless germ carriers was just registering in my consciousness when I heard the much welcome pop of the bug zapper hanging on the pillar across me. One down I thought satisfactorily, only to see three flies take its place on the table.

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SCHOOL AS I SEE IT #30DaysOfNovember

BY Modupe Fadipe

I think one of the priceless moments I enjoy is when a child keeps asking you countless questions and oh my… you dare not be unable to provide the most appropriate answers. And the amazing thing is how hard it is for that child to forget what you have just said. It’s like this new generation of children have an incredible level of intelligence. You can have a beautiful conversation without even realising that you are speaking with a five (5) year old.

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CHOICES A I SEE IT #30DaysOfNovember


I studied Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” many years ago (feels good to say ‘many years ago’, haha) in Literature and loved it for its simplicity and depth. Now that I’m a little more grown up, I remembered the poem, read it again and it makes even more meaning now that I can relate better to it.

The first big responsibility thrust on me was choosing from 3 classes in secondary school and I chose Arts (it was for me the ‘road less travelled by’) despite the negative prejudice attached to it, you know the ones about Arts being for the olodos. The thing with choices though is that at the time you made your decision, you had no magical way of seeing where it would lead you. But wouldn’t it be cool if God gave us a preview of what our lives could potentially become with whatever option we choose? Ha, keep dreaming…

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FALLING AS I SEE IT #30DaysOfNovember

By Patience Lawal

I fell in love with a phrase;

That no matter the height, if these wings fail me,

I’d fall flying.

That mind-set confirmed that I had fallen so deep into pride and that even if I am banished from life, I’d stroll out gracefully walking on silken drapes and everything else that would be suitable for a triumphant exit.

And so the other day, at night, I sat under the moonlight and I saw a shooting star- and silently I made a wish… a wish that ended as a wish.

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By Timileyin Ologunde

It was time for chapel and as usual the hostel porters did what they do best; annoyingly chase everyone with the annoying “ding-dong” noise of their antique bells. Amidst the premium time rush, clash of the titans and the stench of humanity, I made my way to the chapel. My intention was to do the same thing everyone did during chapel services (popularly termed ‘church was awesome!’). I sat among my friends and tried as much as possible to allow the mellow of the church Organ take my mind on a little wonder. Then I looked to the door and there I saw this amazingly beautiful, tall and fair lady who gracefully walked into the place of worship. And for a moment just as in the Rolls Royce wraith advert, ‘the whole world stood still’. I couldn’t get my eyes off her. And as she took carefully measured steps into the chapel, I could feel my heart beat and for a moment in time, everything felt right!

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FASHION AS I SEE IT #30DaysOfNovember

By Oluwatodimu Jolayemi

So you are always tuned to E! TV watching the Kardashian sisters (maybe not), maybe your choice station is Fashion TV, Spice TV and others because they present to you the definition of fashion? Fashion has no definite definition, Google will disagree, but in my own opinion, ‘FASHION IS YOU’. Fashion is who you are, where you live, what you eat, what you do, where you go and not just what you wear. The term ‘fashionable’ shouldn’t be used only for the ladies and gents that go around in sneakers, ripped jeans or those that wear the ‘fade-off’ look. If you choose to wear hats around like ‘GEJ’ or you decide to have your hair dyed white like Prof. Soyinka, or go off the limb like Denrele, then it’s YOU – your fashion.

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Today, I put on my badge of courage

I dare to speak on a matter at best whispered in the closets of men

For far too long, men and women have suffered this

The subjugation, repression and depression of their ability to choose

I stand in the Place of Martin Luther the reformer,

I rise as a Nelson Mandela,

I am tired like Rosa Parks,

I will no longer be silent in the mould of Rev ML King

Today I rise against……………wait for it



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LOVE AS I SEE IT #30DaysOfNovember

By Adedoyin Kugbiyi

I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes at this “Love” topic… You know how I know this? Because no one seemed to take on Love, at least no one before me. When I was asked to do this, I was so sure the topic of love would have been taken. Then Boom!!!…The topic was in my plate and I was up and about the place jubilating, which lasted for a few seconds… Then I paused “wait a minute dude” I said to myself, as all the angles and  branches of this topic “Love” flooded my mind. My inadequacy overwhelmed me… Then I decided I’d say only what I know for sure… So here goes:

Love is Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah…..

There you have it! All I know!

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DEATH AS I SEE IT #30DaysOfNovember

By Jemima Ojapa

“To everything there is a season…A time to be born and a time to die…”

 The notion of death is one that I struggled to accept for a very long time. The thought of dying used to terrify me. Whenever thoughts of it popped into my head, I’d quickly shake my head vigorously so that the thoughts can ‘fly’ out. I mean, God forbid bad thing, Hian!

Why in the world did I choose to write about death sef? I’ve asked myself this question so many times in the course of writing this article. I almost quit writing it at various points. Aren’t there so many ‘sweeter’ issues to write on? Okay oh! Something that many people don’t even like to think about for fear of inviting bad luck. In fact, if you are still reading this, Milo round of applause for you. If you make to the end, ‘Tiri gbosas ‘await, I promise.

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1826 DAYS AS I SEE IT #30DaysOfNovember

By Oreoluwa Abidoye

It was John’s turn to check in, I look at his boxes, I am jealous of those boxes. I had thought of so many ways I could fold myself into the biggest one but I know that even if I can squeeze myself into the box I will not get pass security.

I watch the way security goes through John’s luggage like he is a criminal, I don’t blame them, this is only happening because of the international reputation of my country. I wish things could be different, lately I believe all my wishes fall on deaf ears.

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