Essays / The Pontifical Papers

FASHOLA AND THE WORRISOME TRIUMPH OF CLASSTHINK | by Ayo Sogunro

I have not had electricity in a while. This trivial point had escaped my notice because—like some Nigerians—I have created the illusion of uninterrupted power through the combination of a generator, an inverter and the occasional beeps of DISCO light.  The current fuel situation has forced reality on me. I now face the sobering challenge … 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

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