NIGERIAN YOUTHS, IT’S TIME WE RESIST ‘THE SYSTEM’ | by Ayo Sogunro
Essays / The Pontifical Papers

NIGERIAN YOUTHS, IT’S TIME WE RESIST ‘THE SYSTEM’ | by Ayo Sogunro

Over the last few weeks, the political actors of Nigeria served us fresh drama. This time, the plot revolved around the ownership and purpose of some millions of dollars discovered in a flat in Lagos. Like any good thriller, it contained the elements of crime and corruption, heroes and villains, suspense, political intrigue, betrayal, and … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

IT’S TIME FOR NIGERIANS TO REASSEMBLE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY | by Ayo Sogunro

There is something wrong with the mental composition of Nigeria’s National Assembly. Many Nigerians would consider this an obvious statement but, I suppose, my expectations are still quite high. Yet, it seems the current iteration of the federal legislature is determined to outdo predecessors in its capacity for expensive idleness. Consider the 2016 budget. There … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

A FINAL FAREWELL TO GEJ | BY AYO SOGUNRO

Dear Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON, Congratulations on your successful exit from Aso Rock without the use of force or the tragedy of untimely death. In fifty-five years of Nigerian post-independence history, only Olusgeun Obasanjo and Abdulsalami Abubakar have been able to achieve this feat. But, before you handover, here’s a final farewell … Continue reading

Essays / The Pontifical Papers

WAIT! THE TIME TO PROTEST THE POSTPONEMENT IS NOT NOW | by Ayo Sogunro

A typically passionate Nigerian who wakes up this morning—or more likely stayed awake last night—to the news that the much anticipated February 14 elections have been postponed would likely get into a righteous kind of mad. This isn’t just about what party this individual supports or what candidate the individual desires to vote for; the … 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

Academic (Sort of) / Essays / Satiric / The Pontifical Papers

Now That Your Ten Year Old Girl Is Of Marriageable Age | An Appraisal by Ayo Sogunro

Fighting the Good Fight Mass hysteria is a wonderful thing to experience in a lifetime. That overwhelming sense of being a part of a larger emotion is one of the traits that particularize the human as a social animal. You will find it in prayer grounds, election rallies, football matches and popular protests. I have … Continue reading