5 Oct 2019

Hi Folks,

Finally, the last quarter of 2019 is here and I must say to you; get ready for the grooviest time of your life. Telling you it was a hectic week would probably not hold water as it has become the most constant situation, well… it was.

My week was froth with arguments of varying degrees, sexuality being top on the list followed by politics. There has been arguments about the continued detention of Sowore, a presidential aspirant at the last general elections in Nigeria. Interestingly, he will appear for the first time since his arrest. The Directorate of State Service (DSS) arraigns him for treasonable felony. The hearing did not go without its share of drama as the DSS tried to prevent Sowore from making any press statement. A few pundits have said the allegations against Sowore were trumped up and should have been talking literally. Either ways, what do you think about the whole saga?

I had a wonderful Sunday evening at the RadissonBlu Anchorage, V.I Lagos, it was the usual loaded monthly presentation of thought provoking stage plays by Live Theatre Lagos, producers of the “Death and The King’s Horseman” and “What Men Want”. Written by Chris Anyanya and Oluwanishola Adenugba, the play is a satire that x-rays the travails of Nigerians who are hell bent on abandoning the Nigerian ship in search of greener pastures. Beyond addressing contemporary issues of emigration, class identity and so on; the play carefully directs the audience’s attention to those subtle laxities that sinks the country below the expected standards in a humorous and witty way.

The play was directed by Ajibola Fasola and stage managed, lit and art directed by Adeleke Solanke with a dynamic caste featuring Mofaramola Amosu, Lanre Adediwura, Emmanuel Ozzi, Chris Anyanya, Kemisola Isijola and Tobiloba Apelegan. As usual, a few of my friends turned up to unwind from the hustle and bustle of Lagos. Classic Mike, Kafayat Quadri and newly Empress Aderinola Adetifa, Dr. Adaorah Momodu of, Dr. Okeke Awele and Sag Orume.

See clips from the show here:

Today is Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day Anniversary and trust me so much has gone down and much more is still happening as I write. I was scheduled to feature at a poetry reading at the beach with members of the Independent Poets Community but the heavy rains would not allow me attend. The rains however, created that rare chance of following the kids to school and taking a look at their books. Diekolola Ilupeju turned out with the most stunning traditional attire thus making a proud Baba.

The debate has been on since a few days back as to whether there is cause for Nigeria or Nigerians to celebrate at 59? A few folks think we have every reason to celebrate while another think otherwise. What’s your take?

If for anything, I am grateful that I am here to share my experiences with you on the occasion of Nigeria’s 59th, I believe the 60th will be much better.

Remember to make someone smile with your random act of kindness, wherever; whenever.


Ilupeju B