Toni Kan strikes 50 with panache – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It was fun at first sight. The first time I set eyes on Toni Kanayo Onwordi, famously known as Toni Kan, I found fun oozing from his every pore.  He blazed into the Lagos writing circle with uncommon confidence that…

Musings on love, life and its vicissitudes: A review of “Built for the Storm” – Peju Akande

The first impression one gets reading through the first few chapters of Bridget Oyefeso-Odusami’s book is: this is like a War Room memoir. You remember the movie, that one with the faithful and ever abiding long suffering housewife? But in…

Yoruba gods come alive in new book “Who’s Who in the Yoruba Pantheon”

A new book, “Who’s Who in the Yoruba Pantheon”, written by Peju Akande, Jahman Anikulapo and Toni Kan with illustrations by Abdulkareem Baba Aminu has hit the shelves. The book captures, celebrates and hopes to re-appropriate the Yoruba Orisas who have been…

I think our kids are dulling o, do you? – Peju Akande

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

Shaky Before the Goal Post: Business lessons from Austin Avuru’s biography

One evening in 2009, Austin Avuru, then CEO of Platform Petroleum, received a call from Nasir Ado Bayero during which the latter asked if Platform would be interested in purchasing Shell’s stake in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 38, in the…

Are you showing kindness? – Peju Akande

I’ve often heard people say – be kind. Because… In a relationship, the one thing that will keep it going when all else fails is…kindness; in life, the one thing that may determine how far up the ladder of success…

True Confession: My battle with “drug addiction” – Peju Akande

I’ve seen him several times walking the streets, his unkempt hair and yellow eyes, his sometimes clean, sometimes dirty but always rumpled clothing. He, at one time, became a signpost of sorts around Ilupeju. “When you get to the traffic…

More Nigerians will end up as slaves in Libya – Peju Akande

I went to one of the visa offices in Lagos recently; those who are familiar with visa offices will tell you there are hundreds of dreams waiting to be fulfilled among the hordes of touts that bombard you as soon…

Private or public uni, oya choose one- Peju Akande

I went to a federal university, University of Jos. And like many in its category; it was prone to ASUU strikes, which is why my four-year Bachelor degree ended up being a five years plus grind; it seemed we were…

Are we breeding Ireti boys in our homes?- Peju Akande

Without necessarily regurgitating what has been said over and over again by everyone outraged by the happenings a few years ago that involved school Boys from Ireti high school who attempted or even ended up raping school girls in broad…

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