Essays / Satiric

HOW TO CRITICISE BUHARI AND GET AWAY WITH IT | by Ayo Sogunro

Times are hard in Nigeria. A lot of us are physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially frustrated. Sadly, the only person anyone can kick in the shin right now is President Muhammadu Buhari. But kicking President Buhari comes with great damage to one’s feet. President Buhari is a saint. You have to contend with fanatical Buharideens … Continue reading

Dramatic / Satiric

THE BUHARI METHOD: A CONCERNED CITIZEN INTERVIEWS THE PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON | by Ayo Sogunro

This week, a Concerned Citizen caught up with—erm, Mr. Fe Made—the imaginary Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Nigerian President, for an imaginary interview. Here, Mr. Fe Made shares imaginary opinions on the Nigerian political scene and the challenges of publicising a very reticent president. Continue reading

Essays / Satiric / The Pontifical Papers

THE WORST 10 OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN’S 2014 | A Review by Ayo Sogunro

At the risk of putting a dampener on your holiday festivities, here’s a quick reminder of how badly 2014 went. Of course, we’ll rather sweep all of this under Nigeria’s Big Rug of Forgetfulness, but now that the presidential campaign is in full swing with the achievements of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in roads, bridges and … Continue reading

Essays / Satiric

THE ILIAD OF THE GREAT NIGERIAN POLITICIAN | BY AYO SOGUNRO

An Oxymoronic Impossibility Wait, before you dismiss this topic as an oxymoronic impossibility, try—difficult as it is when politicians are involved—to be open-minded. There are great Nigerian politicians—and they don’t necessarily make the news headlines. Of course, I understand the fact that politics and politicians are not exactly the best sort of intellectual discourse, and … 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