Monthly Archives: May 2012


ImageThe fact that Nigeria is a conglomeration of many nation states re-echoed on Tuesday May 29, 2012, Nigeria’s Democracy Day, when a truth we try to hide re-surfaced.  Nigeria was a creation of colonial lordship without recourse to common sense and consideration for unified socio-political, cultural and economic indices and affinity that should be the hallmarks of a country.

Just like every other May 29 since the return to democratic governance in 1999, this year’s Democracy Day was celebrated as usual but not without some hue and cries.  The first news that attracted news hunters was the declaration by the Federal Government that there would not be any celebration.  Everybody knew why:  the government was afraid of Boko-Haram, MEND and their accomplices.

The day’s Presidential broadcast took all by surprise.  President Jonathan in the broadcast re-christened the famous University of Lagos (UNILAG) to Moshood Abiola University, in honour of late Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola, who paid the ultimate price for running for and winning the popular June 12, 1993 Presidential Election. 

It was a shocker; unexpected and castigated by many.  Students of the institution took to the streets in protests and the authority of the school shut down the institution.  The President is still being lampooned for not consulting with stake-holders before the re-christening of the University.

As opinionated by many, I agree that Chief MKO Abiola deserves the honour.  But re-naming the institution shows a truth we all avoid; that Nigeria is not a country.

And while we are confronted with yet another good but not-well-thought-out policy, most of the students on the streets may not even know who MKO Abiola was since nobody bothers about our history again. Everybody waits what comes next.

Nigeria, A Nation-States By Nature

Nigeria, a nation naturally segregated into North, South and East is famous for naming governmental institutions after individuals (dead or alive) and some of the naming are mostly parochial and not national in nature.  A nation that calls itself one will not regionalize its activities.

Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Bayero University Kano, Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Abubarka Tafawa University Bauchi, Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic Kazaure and Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic Birni-Kebbi are named after northerners and these schools are located in the North; Unamdi Azikwe University Awka, Michael Opara University of Agriculture Umudike and Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Oweri are in the East and named after people from that region; Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Adeyemi College Of Education Ondo and University of Lagos (now renamed Moshood Abiola University) that are named after Southerners are situated in the South.

If we are a country it will not be difficult to name an institution in the North after an individual from the South, and vice-versa.

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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Thoughts



Wherever she ride or go

She has my heart in hold.

Pseudo-love I hitherto embraced

Till evicted, from wondrous paradisal tryst

Into a vacuum foraged vagabond.

My phallic bruised, and sick I am

All for love in flight


It seemed the rays of the sun blackened out

And I cannot even see the common clouds.

Damp and swollen, chilly and feverish

All in longing for a belle not in sight


My ontology dallies

My being tarries

Mine is an essence clouded

For you are distantly founded

Ashore where I cannot landed

All in search of a stolen jewel


A veiled multi-tentacled web

Like a beclouded fog in December;

A chilly guest on a wondrous Eve

Wrapped my soul in icicles

All in longing for my separated half


I pilgrimaged in phantasm;

A solitary sojourning in nil realism

Secreted by a monstrous lacuna

Of a distanced love aspired

Alack! How enslaved I am in desire?


I desire your comforting arms again

Laying my head in your bosom again

I crave your succulent lips again

Let your enveloping warmth invigorate my being again

Your love in me remain


My mind flies about for a solace

Sourcing a respite from this odious place.

You were the fillip that dazzled my heart

The convivial salt of my heart

The rays of the sun went out

The day you marched out.



Your exit fathered in me a vacuum

A void excruciatingly shallow

A peppered heart in palpable hollow.

Dusk till dawn, in loneliness I pine

Alone in the cold

Caged in an avalanche of seismic hold

All night Wishing… and Missing you!


©Femi Olabisi (November 2006)

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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Poetry



Former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, was early on Wednesday sentenced to 50 years by the International Criminal Court, ICC in Hague Netherlands.

The sentencing was fallout of his arrest and prosecution for his role and the atrocities he committed in Sierra-Leone during its civil war in the 1990s.Image

He was initially allowed asylum in Nigeria by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He later fled the country before his subsequent arrest and prosecution.

According to the judge presiding over the sentencing Mr. Taylor had been found guilty of “aiding and abetting, as well as planning, some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history” and that the lengthy prison term underscored his position at the top of government during that period.

“Leadership must be carried out by example by the prosecution of crimes, not the commission of crimes,” the judge, Richard Lussick, said in a statement read before the court.

Mr. Taylor was the first head of state convicted by an international court since the Nuremberg trials after World War II.

Prosecutors had sought an even longer sentence of 80 years. If carried out, the term decided on Wednesday would 

likely mean the 64-year-old Mr. Taylor will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Asked to stand as the sentence was read, he looked at the floor.
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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in True Life


Beneath the veil.


I hate the way you crawl into my dreams
Shifting faces in the moonlight
Riding on a wave of deep blue sea.
The carpet,
That was and is not but will be if I’m not
Stronger than the shadows kept bound
Within the mirror,
Strain to the portal beneath
Tailored by love, I’m tutored in devotion
Sometimes men are too noisy on this quest

I see your mannequin in jagged multicolors
Ethereal form embalmed in earth’s substratum
My odyssey advances in a plethora of scenes
Early is not the act where you love to be
In daily connivance with my heart’s desire
The walls you breach are forged in fire
Mounted to keep all hideous comers
Beyond the borders of a glowing light

The beast is at home with us
Irreverent, cares none for the cutting
Edge of tongues uncountably deflowered
I will walk the mile in a cloak…

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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Fiction


MOTHER – A POEM (Commemorating Mother’s Day)

You went through pain

Sacrificing in strain

Not minding whether there will be gain

And unsure whether I will be a vain


Loaded with load you knew not

Protruding belly of a strange carriage

With an overt façade

Regionalised by creasing countenance


A suppressed agony

That the loaded load was tasky


From pregnancy to labour room                     

Prenatal to postnatal

My infancy to adulthood

Were relics of greatest sacrifice.

Thank you Mama, for giving me life.


© Femi Olabisi (April 2007).

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Poetry



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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Opinion


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