Essays / The Pontifical Papers

UNILAG: RISE OF DESPOTISM AND DECLINE OF INTELLECTUALISM | by Ayo Sogunro

Last week, the authorities of the University of Lagos agreed to reopen the school. The school had been closed for a while following a student protest over lack of water and electricity on the campus. The university authorities stipulated some conditions for resumption: students have to undertake and notarise a “Re-absorption Oath”; parents or guardians … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

[Sunday Punch] ON GENDER EQUALITY AND THE IGNORANCE OF HIGH PLACES | by Ayo Sogunro

Over a week ago, the lawmakers of Enugu State had the opportunity to consider what was termed the “Equal Rights and Opportunities for Men and Women and other Matters Related Thereto Bill.” These lawmakers, however, were not in the mood for opportunities—equal or otherwise—and the bill was “stepped down.” I have not seen a copy … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

SOME MORE TALK ON RHODODENDRONS IN DONKEYDOM | by Ayo Sogunro

The Nigerian system is run on a series of orders and counter-orders and exemptions to orders. This is why we keep “praying” for good leaders instead of demanding good laws. Our leaders determine what laws will be enforced by making “orders” to that effect. It is instructive that the early colonial laws were, in fact, referred to as “Orders”. In short, it seems our political legacy is the irrelevance of laws and the supremacy of the “orders” selectively enforced by an Oga. Continue reading

Academic (Sort of) / Essays / The Pontifical Papers

NIGERIA: A NATION BOUND IN FREEDOM | by Ayo Sogunro

We’re bound in freedom, peace and unity But something’s fishy about that trinity. Why not let’s limit the lines to what we agree: We’re plain bound, to a more or less degree. PART ONE: WHO IS A NIGERIAN? 1914—LUGARD’S MISTAKE? Geo-politically, the Nigerian nationality is no different from other African states that emerged through a … Continue reading