Essays / The Pontifical Papers


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

Essays / Satiric / The Pontifical Papers

DRIVING IN LAGOS AND OTHER CRIMES | Some Thoughts by Ayo Sogunro

Today, I paid my annual contribution to the Nigerian Police Force: I invested in a Twenty Thousand Naira “Get out of Jail Card”, in penance for the heinous “crime” of making a wrong turn—described by the law as “overtaking another vehicle”.  I have no particular complaints about the financial loss to my pockets—I wasn’t paying … Continue reading


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