It no longer takes a village to train a child o-Peju Akande

Growing up, I often heard people say, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” What this simply means is that every adult within the circumference of a growing child is duty bound to teach the child the acceptable…

Beware, con artists are on the prowl – Peju Akande

Every day I get inundàted by security alerts forwarded to me on Whatsapp, warning of the new ways robbers are devising to rob people. There are security alerts on kidnappings and even Boko Haram. These alerts are forgetting to warn…

Why we no longer give alms to street beggars in Lagos – Peju Akande

If you’ve ever been in one of those long traffic jams in Lagos, you must have seen these women who carry twin babies while begging for alms. It seems they are forever having babies. They are mostly at the Maryland…

Can you imagine, my wife left me for another woman!

I was once married; married to a beautiful woman. She is an architect and she comes from a well-to-do home. We met in London some twenty- five years back but did not start dating until we ran into each other…

Why can’t a woman be man of the house? – Peju Akande

What’s wrong with a hands-on woman? A woman who can take care of things when a man is nowhere in sight? I won’t call myself hands on but I have my own tool box. I know how to get a…

How do we save our kids from evil men and women?– Peju Akande

I met a pretty little girl of about six years old over the weekend and in the space of 30 minutes, she had told me everything I needed to know about her. She told me, without being queried, what her…

Do you know the difference between a maid and a house girl? – Peju Akande

This last Easter celebration when friends and family gathered over food and old gists, I came across a set of presentable young women. No, they didn’t have weaves or false lashes or loud make-up. They were well groomed, spoke good…

Our kids won’t be Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa – Peju Akande

When I look at our kids, I know there is hope for Nigeria. We are raising a crop of detribalised Nigerians today. Many of the kids out there learned to speak the English language first before their parents’ mother tongue,…

If he is cheating, do you want to know? – Peju Akande

Human nature is complex. What is food for one, is poison to another and yet for another, it might be a means of clothing. Take pomo for instance, animal skin, abi? We Nigerians celebrate it; shred it into egusi or…

How come Nigerian women still die in childbirth? – Peju Akande

A few weeks ago, I got a call from a cousin that we just lost one of us; a much younger cousin had passed on days after a stillbirth, she was just 28 years. I was told she had foolishly…

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