Essays / Satiric / The Pontifical Papers

TO SADIQ ABACHA — ON BEHALF OF WOLE SOYINKA | BY AYO SOGUNRO

Dear Sadiq Abacha, I do not know you personally, but I admire your filial bravery—however misguided—in defending the honour of your father, the late General Sani Abacha. This in itself is not a problem; it is an obligation—in this cultural construct of ours—for children to rise to the defence of their parents, no matter what … 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 / Generic / The Pontifical Papers

NOW THAT YOU WANT TO MARRY | A FEW POINTERS by Ayo Sogunro

The Proposal Getting married, as someone has pointed out, is easier than getting a driver’s license. Consequently, a whole lot of people “get married” without much thought. However, the consequences of an accidental marriage are far reaching to the individual than unsteady driving. When we say, “accidental marriage”, as used in this paragraph, we mean, … Continue reading

Essays / Generic / The Pontifical Papers

BABY VISITING: CONTEMPLATIONS FOR THE ADULT MALE | by Ayo Sogunro

One day, I eventually summoned the courage to go baby visiting. For a long time, I had avoided this task. The realisation that my female friends were becoming proud mothers had depressed me greatly, if irrationally. Despite the joy motherhood had brought to them, I (being organically younger) did not appreciate the sudden obligations of … Continue reading