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Aquaman Movie Review

I’m no comic head, but the portrayal of the DC universe on the silver screen is often dark, dreary and lackluster and it appears Aquaman’s corner of this universe is no different.  

Apart from the Batman franchise (specifically Christopher Nolan’s) and the surprise success of Wonder Woman, DC movies are typically tragic.

Jason Mamoa , breathtaking underwater scenes and surprisingly good acting from Patrick Wilson an actor with as much personality as a wall painted beige, hold the movie together somewhat.

The story of Aquaman mirrors that of King Arthur, a seeming misfit with redeemable attributes must go on a journey of self-discovery to lay hold of his destiny, except in this story a golden pitchfork not the Excalibur.

It’s important to mention that Jason Mamoa is much more than a delectable slab of meat, he has a depth of character, quick wit and swag for days all of which make him a leading man worth his weight in salt. The movie Aquaman despite its best efforts, did not taint all that Jason has going for him. A testament to the fact that the movie is bad, but perhaps not that bad.

Ladies if you decide to defy this article and brave this movie, bear in mind that you are going in to watch  your typical over bloated CGI blockbuster, with a rickety storyline and awkwardly timed humor-but console yourself with the fact that Jason will make it all worth it.

For the guys, well… you’re going to be upset all through the movie, till you get to the fight scenes somewhere towards the end of the movie.

As far as we are concerned here at the Buzz Stop, there’s literally one scene that tickled us a little bit. It involves an octopus and a set of drums.

That’s all we’ll say about this movie. We rate it a 3 out 10.

Have you seen it? Share your comments with us in the section below.

Aquaman is now showing in cinemas across Nigeria.

Movie Review: Aquaman 


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Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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Artiste Expose: There’s Something About Teni

With a dimpled smile, unique vocals and refreshing authenticity, Teniola Akpata popularly known as Teni the entertainer, has taken the Nigerian music scene by storm and we’re here for it!

Younger sister to the Nigerian House Music queen Niniola (Maradona) Teni is charting her own path, showing her versatility with songs like “Case” and “Askamaya” two of 2018’s biggest songs.

Teni has warmed her way into all our hearts.

On Instagram she has this uncanny ability to make her followers feel like they are a part of her life.  She entertains us all with hilarious skits and angelic vocals. But the familiarity that comes with being a part of someone’s life virtually, can erroneously get one think they’ve seen all that there is to an individual. We thought we knew all the dimensions of the 26 year old crooner, but it appears we were sorely mistaken.

She has shown us a new angle to her with her most recent release Uyo Meyo. Done mostly in her native Ondo dialect, the song is reminiscent of an evergreen Ebenezer Obe track and it’s a great way for the 2018 Headies Rookie of the Year, to show she is going to be here for a long, long time.

It is seemingly difficult to compare Teni to anyone in the music industry now and in times past, but if you think hard enough, a name should come to mind.

Teni bears a striking resemblance in terms of persona, lyrical genius and oodles of swag, to the queen of Waka herself- Salawa Abeni. There is a similarity in the boldness and sheer thuggery of both women that could inspire one to say Salawa lives somewhere inside of Teni.

Teni is indeed one to watch, her tracks like Case, Askamaya, Uyo Meyo and the newest track featuring B.O.J, show her versatility and her love for what she does. 

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Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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Social Media Influencers, Religious Beliefs, Ethnicity: What Sways the Vote of the Average Nigerian?

Its common knowledge that the internet has democratized the concept of celebrity. In today’s world, anyone can say anything on whatever platform they so desire, and this has given rise to some of the world’s most influential people.  

Social media influencers are the cool kids of the social media space. To use any 90-2000’s high school movie worth its weight in salt as an analogy, influencers are the popular kids and everybody else is well…everybody else. They set the trends, they go for all the best parties, hang out with the high and mighty and get all sorts of cool freebies. They lead charmed lives that make us green with envy and all that good stuff, but when it comes down to it, how much influence do these people really have in the scheme of things?

 As elections inch ever closer this question is very important. 

To provide an answer to my question, I’d say they do have the wherewithal to stir up the polity somewhat. They can decide to make divisive statements on their social media handles for example, this could cause people to engage in a war of words in the comment section. They could even go as far as endorsing a candidate and proceed to throw shade at people that don’t side with them. Yes, that sort of rabble rousing could definitely ruffle feathers, but as far as I’m concerned it won’t cause that much damage and this why I think so.  

First of all, the base that social media influencers appeal to, are the educated elite. These people have way more agency than a person living in abject poverty in a backwater community, in the north east for example. The opinions of the educated elite would not be as easily swayed as their uneducated counterparts. They are also less likely to vote, so they aren’t your typical politician’s target audience in the scheme of things. In my experience “Stomach infrastructure” isn’t likely to sway the average educated Nigerian, compared to their poorer less educated counterparts. 

Also, throughout Nigeria’s embattled history, there is a tried and tested duo that has never failed to deliver desired results to people who choose to employ them. Good old divisiveness along ethnic and religious lines, are part and parcel of our murky polity and it is amplified during election season. 

It gets scarier. There is a new kid on the block that has caused this infamous duo to morph into a winning trifecta, that third element is called fake news. Considering its far reaching effects in America’s 2016 presidential race, it is indeed one to fear. 

Ethnic bias, Religious strife and fake news, a truly deadly combination. 

In all of this madness, what then can we do to avoid playing into the hands of people who hope to profit from our country plummeting into anarchy?

The first tip would be to not allow ourselves to be swayed by so called religious and traditional leaders, who are for lack of a better phrase “stirring shit up” to make a quick buck at the behest of their patrons.

It would also be useful to get acquainted with the many ways we can spot fake news and allow our mobile devices be the place fake news comes to be buried. Here are a few tips courtesy Facebook:

  1. Be skeptical of headlines. False news stories often have catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation points. If shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable, they probably are.
  2. Look closely at the link. A phony or look-alike link may be a warning sign of false news. Many false news sites mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the link. You can go to the site to compare the link to established sources.
  3. Investigate the source. Ensure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy. If the story comes from an unfamiliar organization, check their “About” section to learn more.
  4. Watch for unusual formatting. Many false news sites have misspellings or awkward layouts. Read carefully if you see these signs.
  5. Consider the photos. False news stories often contain manipulated images or videos. Sometimes the photo may be authentic, but taken out of context. You can search for the photo or image to verify where it came from.
  6. Inspect the dates. False news stories may contain timelines that make no sense, or event dates that have been altered.
  7. Check the evidence. Check the author’s sources to confirm that they are accurate. Lack of evidence or reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story.
  8. Look at other reports. If no other news source is reporting the same story, it may indicate that the story is false. If the story is reported by multiple sources you trust, it’s more likely to be true.
  9. Is the story a joke? Sometimes false news stories can be hard to distinguish from humor or satire. Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story’s details and tone suggest it may be just for fun.
  10. Some stories are intentionally false. Think critically about the stories you read, and only share news that you know to be credible.

Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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Panther Power or Good old Pandering: Is the Black Panther Academy Award Nomination for Best Picture Merely a Platitude?

The movie Black Panther is on a roll garnering awards from the Golden Globes, to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and I don’t know what to feel about it.

Here’s a quick rant on how doubt started to creep up on me insidiously.

I remember feeling elated that Black Panther has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category “Best Picture”.  Yeah the Golden Globes, the SGA’s are all great but the Oscars are a whole new level. 

Upon hearing the news, being the drama queen that I am, I erupted in glee screaming a heartfelt “oshey” on the open office floor.

Feeling a little embarrassed, I shared the reason for my joyful outburst with my colleagues, only to receive a well-timed hiss from some, and others just sighed and went back to typing furiously at their laptops. 

I found one or two people that shared my sentiment, and we happily yapped away about how this is a win for black people everywhere and how it means that the academy is recognizing work by people of color. 

My joyful yapping was cut short when another colleague and dear friend of mine, dropped a truth bomb that disabused me of my sentiments rather quickly. 

Her stance was simple.

She was of the opinion that the nomination was merely a platitude, a follow up to the “Oscars So White” hashtag that had cast a shadow over the Academy Awards two years ago. Actors of color had rebelled against the glaring lack of representation in the 2016 lineup the Oscars had put out. The hashtag became a proper movement, with notable black actors like Will Smith refusing to attend the ceremony that year.

My rebuttal to that was that the following year, Viloa Davies won the coveted statue in the category “Best Actress in a supporting role” for her performance in Fences. Mahershala Ali also won in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category, for the movie Moonlight. In one night! 

If at all the Oscars were pandering, they have pacified the black community with those wins. Why would they feel the need to pander again this year? Plus movies like Black Panther i.e. superhero blockbuster’s, aren’t usually big contenders at the Oscars and definitely not in the Category of Best Picture! As far as I was concerned The pandering narrative seemed a little farfetched.

Right?

She laughed, perhaps reminiscing on the days she was as naïve as I currently am.

She insisted that it was in fact pandering. “Black Panther was great, but not Oscar great” she said matter-of-factly.

Let’s just say after some deep thinking, I must say if only for the reason she sited, maybe Black Panther really isn’t Oscar worthy. You don’t have to be a top movie critic to come to that conclusion. Black Panther is a fantastic movie but perhaps we need to think a little deeper lest we get ahead of ourselves.

Yes Black Panther is a more than just a film. It is a testament  to the fact Black people are made of magic. It brings a whole new perspective to the term “black excellence”.

It is also a movie of many firsts. First Marvel Super Hero movie  with a black lead and predominantly black cast, its one of the highest grossing super hero movies of all time….the list goes on.

But let’s be honest, a best picture nomination at the Oscars is a bit farfetched. It’s the sort of affirmative action that can come across as an insult. It’s akin to giving a wailing child a gold rattle in the hopes that it would shut up, forever. It may seem like progress, but then again…is it really?

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Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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A Girly Girl’s Takeaways from the 2018 FIFA World Cup

An interest in football or any sort of sport for a little schemer like me, is to simply percolate the ever erupting landmine that is a man’s mind and leave on it an indelible mark.

The idea behind it is good old fashioned posturing; I present myself as a girl that can effortlessly balance glam and grit…

Boom! Issa Wifey!

It’s genius I know.

Whether or not this theory has resulted in my becoming someone’s Mrs. is a discussion for another day, but yeah “Yay football and other forms of sports I could care less about… yay!”

Now, in the absence of a genuine interest in the game itself, I would say this-there were quite a number of takeaways from this year’s edition of the world cup. This I garnered from social media and general gossip and fortunately not from the sitting down and watching 22 men chase a ball around for 90 odd minutes… (huge wink)

Here goes…

 

1. The sportsmanship of the Japanese team

Japan’s stint at the 2018 FIFA world cup, came to a tearful end with a 3-2 defeat in the final minute of injury time against Belgium.

But despite how heartbroken the fans were, they cleaned up their own side of the bleachers at the Rostov arena, which they had been doing at all previous games. This amazing behavior was also practiced by the team, who cleaned up their locker room and left it spotless, leaving behind a note that read, thank you in Russian.

How amazing is that?

We’ve all heard the quote “be magnanimous in victory” in loss? Be even more magnanimous. 

It didn’t end there, the Japanese team was given a hero’s welcome in their home country by a crowd of adoring fans that greeted them at the airport. Another teaching moment.

In the end, the glass is either half full or half empty, the choice is yours.

2. The Croatian President

History will be kind to the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, not because she is drop dead gorgeous with a megawatt smile. History will be kind to her because of her display of exceptional leadership at the 2018 FIFA world cup. She displayed great passion from the beginning of the tournament, cheering her team through every game after the group stage. She only missed the quarter finals against England, due to a NATO summit she had to attend in Brussels.

She even drove the team bus at one point.

Perhaps her greatest display of true leadership, was at the finals. Despite her team’s 4-2 loss to France, she stood clad in her country’s national colors and hugged every member of her team in the pouring rain, like a proud mother. It didn’t end there, the team was treated to a hero’s welcome when they returned home.

The mark of true Leadership is getting down and dirty with your people when it matters, how many of us can say authoritatively,  that if we find ourselves in positions of power today we would be like Kolinda.

Let’s chew on that for a minute. 

3. Naija for Show

The Nigerian team was dubbed the most stylish team in the world cup. All Nigerians gave our boys the side eye when they returned home after an abysmal outing at this year’s tournament. All I take away from the whole thing is this, if you’re going to flop you might as well do it looking fabulous!

So there you have it, a girly girl’s World Cup greatest moments. What did you learn? Leave your comments in the section below!

 

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Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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The “Lazy” Nigerian Youth Series: Vol 1 (Joel’s Story)

It was hot

There were a lot of things Joel has become accustomed to since he left Jos for Lagos and the unrelenting heat was not one of them.

The rickety Volkswagen commercial bus he was in, was filled beyond its capacity with everyone from market women, to school children. It was rank with a pungent smell of sweat, raw food stuff and petrol. Joel was stuck between a pretty girl, who he would have tried to chat up, save for the odor that emanated  from her armpits and a man who preached intermittently about God’s fire and fury.

He couldn’t wait for the bus to drop him off at his stop, which would have been a few minutes away but for the traffic.

As the vehicle galloped down the bumpy road for the umpteenth time, his mind drifted and he wondered what was taking fate so long to reward him for all his hard work.

Soon as the bus stopped at the Ojodu Berger motor park, he would begin yet another journey to Ibadan, in a bus in probably worse off condition that the current one, all to woo a potential business partner.

Joel was 28 years old born and bred in the city of Jos, his parents were Christian missionaries who had been killed in the 2001 riots.

Being an only child and a teenager at the time, he had to move in with his grandmother on her quaint farm in the Chaha hamlet, located on the outskirt of Vom.

It was just the both of them, she had put him through school with the proceeds from her crops, but taught him to till the ground and patiently wait for life to sprout.

When she died, she left him 5 plots of farming land, she had been a strawberry farmer at the point of her death and Joel had every intention of continuing her legacy as the best strawberry farmer in their location.

Her death had sparked something in him. It had created a need to leave an indelible mark on the world, just like she did in his. He knew this could only be achieved through tenacity and patience, the sort one must cultivate while waiting for life to spring forth from the earth.

There were days when got anxious, days when it seemed like the payoff for all the time and energy poured into his grandmother’s farm was forever and a day away. On such days he reminds himself that nothing good comes easy. Hard work in the way of achieving ones dreams is to be expected.

He finally arrived at his stop.

He got down from the black and yellow danfo and enjoyed the luxury of fresh air for a few minutes.

He stretched a bit and hopped into a white interstate bus to begin his journey to Ibadan. He was the last to board the car. This time he sat on the adjustable chair which looked like it could collapse any minute. 

The bus driver hopped in and started the car, it made all sorts of sounds that would make any sane driver leave the vehicle at the mechanic’s for at least a year.

Joel said a quick prayer and prepared for what was to be a bumpy ride.

 

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Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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The Audacity of Optimism

Few minutes into watching the news, it is very likely that we might be tempted to tune off and conclude that perhaps trying to stay abreast on the worlds issues, isn’t such a great idea.

From terror attacks in our country’s north-east, to Trumps incessant tweets threatening the very fabric human decency as we know it, to our country’s murky polity, it is tempting to conclude that the sky is falling.

It is all too easy to be lured into to burying our heads in the sand and hoping for the best.

Nihilism seems to be the general direction human thinking is headed, and based on all that is reported on a daily basis,   it all makes perfect sense

Think about it, the world is messed up right? What’s the point of anything?

Bill and Melinda Gates want to stop you dead in your tracks.

In their foundation’s annual letter for 2018, the Gates espoused their beliefs that the world is indeed getting better, with the facts to prove it.

Infant and maternal mortality, thanks to a global effort to bring the scourge to an end, is on a steady decline. Less than ten percent of the world is living in extreme poverty which is a great leap because just a few decades ago, it was a whopping 30%.

Also, believe it or not battle fatalities from war have dropped significantly compared to the 20th century.

The world is getting greener actually, at least where once waning forests are concerned  (I must admit, this one really shocked me). A study conducted by the Rockefeller university, in partnership with the university of Helsinki in Finland, shows that there has been a reversal in the decline of the world’s forests, this phenomenon is dubbed the great reversal.

Let’s not get carried away though, it’s not eureka just yet.

While a lot of things are changing for good, there’s still a ton of bad stuff the world has to wade through, in order to make our planet a better place.  In our neck of the woods for example, we haven’t been able to battle corruption, civil unrest all though greatly declined since the last century, still looms. Also, the world’s hyper connectivity might inspire us all to sing cumbaya, but it brings with it a lot of challenges from accelerating global warming, to deepening the lines of inequality.

In the end, we essentially have a simple choice to make. Do we choose to be optimistic like Bill and Melinda or do we dwell on the gloom and doom?

However pervasive the feeling of hopelessness is in today’s world, the choice to see the glass half full or half empty ultimately rests with us.

But hey, if the facts don’t sway us in the general direction of optimism, perhaps the following benefits will:

  1. It gives us a reason for living.
  2. Research shows that it increases longevity.
  3. It enables us handle and put your emotions in check.
  4. It promotes happiness.
  5. It enhances various coping skills developed in order to combat life’s struggles.
  6. It forges persistence which is an essential trait required for achieving success.
  7. It creates a positive anticipation of the future.
  8. It increases our level of productivity.
  9. It allows us to deal with failure constructively.
  10. It allows us to develop the attribute of patience.
  11. It improves our physiological and psychological wellbeing.
  12. It increases the likelihood of effective problem solving.
  13. It gives us peace of mind.
  14. It enables us generate an alternative, more hopeful explanation for various difficulties experienced.
  15. It increases our tolerance levels because it lowers the risk of you being irritated by little things.
  16. It allows us to develop the habit of being thankful.

(Benefits of optimism listed above, culled from lifeoptimizer.com)

 

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Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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A Rose will Always be a Rose: My Tribute to the Queen of Soul.

Most people have an inner child and then there’s me with my inner adult.

I believe I am born in the wrong generation, I know this not because I’m something of a pseudo intellectual that likes to throw big words around, I know this because I have come up have a little conspiracy that I think explains why I’m wired the way I am.

Here goes…

I was kidnaped from the 1960’s,  shoved into a time capsule and transported to a hospital on Allen Avenue in 1992, where I found myself to be a wailing baby in the arms of my mother.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Anyway, I have long made peace with the quirks that have colored me all shades of weird. I prefer quiet nights holed up in my room watching my favorite series, to a night out on the town. I’m the friend you do not want having access to your aux chord if I’m riding shotgun in your vehicle, as I will assault your musical taste buds with Lauryn hill, Laylah Hathaway and at least three songs by Aretha franklin

  1. Bridge over troubled water
  2. Her rendition of Sam cook’s A change is Gonna come
  3. Giving him something he can feel.

I do not recall the exact moment I heard her music and my life was forever changed, I do know however, that the matriarch of soul music is well deserving of every single accolade.

Her death indeed heralds the end of an era.

That being said, I won’t get so carried away by my grief as to say that there aren’t artistes in every corner of the world paying homage to her in one way or the other with their music.

Just as the torch was passed down from Ella Fitzgerald, to Aretha, to Whitney Houston, to Beyoncé Knowles and to a YouTube sensation called Abbey Smith, there will continue to be songbirds in every generation whose vocal prowess is owing to those that have come before them.

What I have learnt from the passing of the great Aretha Franklin is this, whatever we do, we must do with all our heart. We must use our craft whatever it might be to leave a mark on our world.

We might not be inducted into halls of fame around the globe or earn all the notoriety we’ve ever dreamed of, but getting the R.E.S.P.E.C.T of those around us in the pursuit of honing whatever talent we are blessed with, is a great place to start.

 

 

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Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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The Kemi Adeosun Saga: To Quit or not to Quit

No public appearances, no public address, nothing…

Following in the footsteps of her ex-military boss, it appears the proverbial cat has got Kemi Adeosun’s tongue.

News that the “honorable” minister of Finance forged her NYSC exemption letter, broke a few weeks ago and was met with a lot of backlash as one would expect.

But with precedent set by her boss to stay annoyingly mute as controversy swirls, Kemi Adeosun said nothing to either refute or validate the claim. I personally heard about the news one fine morning while listening to uncle Jimi Disu on the radio.

As is to be expected, I went through the typical cycle I believe most Nigerians experience after hearing bad news about our leaders. I got pissed, I went to social media for some good old “slacktivism” and lastly when the news got old, I filed it away in the recesses of my mind as one of those things.

Of course none of us want things to pan out that way.

We cite life’s vicissitudes as the reason why we aren’t as consistently vocal as we should, but that is a conversation for another day.

The bone of contention here and I think many Nigerians would agree with me, isn’t just that the minister is a member of the Buhari administration. This is an administration many elected on the grounds of integrity. It’s the choice to be silent that irks a lot of people it’s almost like the government is saying, “there’s nothing you can do” It is insulting to Nigerians that in the midst of such a huge controversy, the Honorable mister sees no need to address us.

The burning flame of Nigerians collective angst was fanned when the minister retuned to twitter after her scandal induced hiatus. She tweeted on her handle HKMkemiadeosun about a presentation of two memos for approval to the Federal executive council (FEC),

Nigerians quickly clapped back, proving that the Twittersphere in this neck of the woods is indeed a treacherous place if one doesn’t come correct.

Now, apart from the flagrant disregard for Nigerians that Minister clearly displays, my own gripe with her is a little petty.

Now my NYSC year was great. I met some of my very best friends during this period, I also fell in love for the very first time. It was a period of many teaching moments which in one way or the other informed the sort of person I am today, and since were being candid I’m a pretty alright chick if I do say so myself.

But my service year also came with a truckload of BS. Poor bathroom facilities (ehem, shot-putting anyone?) receiving orders from soldiers, horrible accommodation conditions, esoteric lectures under the unrelenting sun, the list is endless. And even at that, It turns out my experience was something of a dream compared to what an overwhelming majority of Nigerians experience during their service year.

From deaths occurring due to plying dangerous roads to access their postings, to the risk of exposure to all sorts of infections from sometimes highly unsanitary conditions. We must all go through this, except some lucky members formally exempted by the state based on grounds ranging from health, to one’s age as at the time of graduation from the university.

We give up a year of our lives we can never get back, for the sole purpose of eligibility for employment. Anyone who employs a person without an NYSC certificate or a valid exemption letter, is in contravention of sections 12, 13 and 14 of the NYSC Act which is an integral part of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

So, Kemi Adesoun needs to understand that this scandal will not go quietly into the night. We demand that she either comes forward to refute the claim leveled against her with solid evidence, or resign.

Let someone who experienced the same thing myself and many other Nigerians did, take her place.

 

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Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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This is Nigeria: Falz the Bahd Guy Vs the NBC

Reiterating that this country is in the toilet profits no one but I’m afraid I must, in order to drive my point home.

Please bear with me.

This is  a country where its “honorable” finance minister is in the thick of controversy concerning a forged NYSC exemption letter,  its embattled senate reels out one scandal after another,  from a notoriously garrulous member allegedly staging his own kidnap, to another being a prime suspect in in a robbery case.

With all that and much more taking centre stage in our country’s polity, somehow Falz,  one of the most talented and conscious artistes this country has ever produced is the bad guy.

The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) recently placed a ban on Jay FM 101.9 Jos, stopping the radio station from playing songs such as Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’, Wande Coal’s ‘Iskaba’ and Olamide’s ‘See Mary, See Jesus’,  with a N100,000 fine to boot.

The NBC in a statement said Wande Coal’s “Iskaba” is laced with vulgar lyrics particularly the line “Girl you dey make me Kolo, shaking your ass like kolo” and is in contravention of section 3.6.1 and 3.13.2.2C of the Nigerian constitution.

Olamide’s “See Mary See, Jesus” is laced with casual use of “Mary and Jesus” names which are sacred to the Christian faith. The song is also in contravention of 4.3.1e of the Nigerian constitution.

Lastly, Falz’s “This is Nigeria” is (wait for it)…Laced with vulgar lyrics, specifically the opening line “This is Nigeria, everybody be criminal”

*Sigh*

Well, let me start by saying that apart from a demonstrably poor sense of justice the NBC is also severely lacking in the sense of humor department.

But maybe bashing them is not the answer, let me wear my black hat and play devil’s advocate for a minute.

Ok…

With regards to Wande Coal’s Iskaba, perhaps the NBC is squeamish about eulogizing a woman’s rotund backside in song. Now, love and respect of the African female form is either your thing or it isn’t. Fair enough.

Also, according to the Pew Research Center, Nigeria has the largest Christian population of any country in Africa, with more than 80 million persons in Nigeria belonging to the church with various denominations. Though I don’t know that I agree with an outright ban, I can somewhat understand some nervousness around titling a pop song “See Mary, See Jesus”.

Where I am completely lost, is the ban on Falz’s song.

I’m sorry what part of his timely, brilliant and apt work of art contravene any laws?

The ban is at best is draconian and at worst, it displays the NBC as a moribund government agency that could do with some reform just like fellow government parastatal SARS.

The Nigerian entertainment industry is one that has flourished in spite of the Nigerian government. The industry has become a global force to be reckoned with and its actors have nothing but pure talent and doggedness to thank for how far they have come.

So if the government isn’t going to create an enabling environment for artistes like Falz , then they should please focus on more productive things. The successful migration of Nigerian broadcasting from analogue to digital is a good place to start.

If they however want to come on board and partner with the industry, a step in the right direction would be knowing the difference between a text book bad guy and a Bahd Guy.

 

Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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