Miscellaneous / The Pontifical Papers

#BORNOMASSACRE: A 22-POINT OUTCRY | By Ayo Sogunro

1.      A time comes in the evolution of any country when it becomes necessary for its citizens to take stock of the national affairs and frankly assess the suitability of the men and women who have been empowered as the proprietors of the nation’s undertakings. 2.      This examination is necessary. Continued disinterest … Continue reading

Poetry

THE LAGOS BUS DRIVEN | A few sombre lines by Ayo Sogunro

First, the sweat—which gathering mass in the heat Doubles up, proportional to the frequency of bus-stops. Stopping? Pause. You curse. “Driver! Move this thing.” The syllables short and sharp. It’s always inevitable, This conflict of interest. The empty seats must be filled But the filled seats must be moved. “DRIVER! MOVE!” He heard: bus sways. … Continue reading

Essays / Miscellaneous / The Pontifical Papers

GONE BLOGGING, BACK SOON | A Short Memoir by Ayo Sogunro

As a university student, I gained a reputation for being rather clever, and the satisfactory nature of this reputation encouraged me to develop an even more satisfactory habit of imparting some of my versatile knowledge to friends and colleagues in the form tutorials. In the course of time, I had gained a wider reputation as … Continue reading

Essays / Satiric

TO SPEAK TO AN AMERICAN BLONDE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, PRESS ‘1’ NOW | A SATIRE BY AYO SOGUNRO

In a comical confluence of America’s two most fundamental issues–freedom of expression and insane tolerance of idle celebrities—this week we, Nigerians, found out that a significant commentator on critical social issues on behalf of hundreds of thousands of American citizens is a woman conventionally regarded as “a dumb blonde”. Nigerians already know that Paris Hilton … Continue reading