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…

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…

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…

Future daughter-in-law, beware! – Peju Akande

That won’t be anytime soon. I had a serious relationship talk with my young son this last holiday and the notion of me being a mother-in-law struck me forcefully. I felt odd. The subject of mothers- in- law and their…

Dear mummy, that child is not dull, he is dyslexic – Peju Akande

This is for my brother the champion; our pride. But it is also for every mother with a child who may be going through what my brother went through many years ago. I have just one brother and I know…

When abortion is a good thing – Peju Akande

Abortion! That’s the word bugging me right now. Some call it murder. Others call it a procedure. I’m not here as judge, you see, nobody died and made me judge. Abortion is a thorny issue, whether intentional or not, it’s…

This election should just come and go – Peju Akande

The frenzy with which Nigerians are handling the forthcoming election is quite unprecedented. So much that I did not feel like making any contributions towards the elections; enough has been said on the subject already, too much, in fact. Now,…

I love travelling but I hate flying – Peju Akande

If I am ever part of a crowd to which this question is posed – “How many of you like to fly?” be sure that my hand will never go up. But should the question, “Do you like travelling?” be…

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