Ayinla Omowura. Source: Google Images

Growing up, I used to marvel at the joy that came over my dad whenever he whipped out any of Ayinla’s vinyl records and played it. He would sing along and sway slowly to the ‘annoying’ songs of that man who always wore expensive-looking agbadas on his album covers. Sometimes he would waltz with my mum making us kids giggle. On such occasions which weren’t few, I would much prefer to hear the strings of KSA and bubbly tunes of KWAM 1 and Sir Shina Peters. He also introduced us to the almighty Fela, Rick James, Linda Clifford, Evelyn King…


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Per Global News Wire, the digital payment sector would reach a value of over $175 billion by 2026 — a substantial component of the $7.9 trillion global banking industry. The overwhelming adoption of smartphones and increasing internet penetration are giving a significant boost to online payment. A fast-rising trend in the industry is the adoption of virtual cards. While virtual cards have not become as ubiquitous as their physical contemporaries in Nigeria, they are becoming relevant. This article explains virtual cards.

What is a virtual card? A virtual card is a randomly generated 16-digit number that serves as a payment…


There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when shown, and those that do not see. Leonardo Da Vinci

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We are at war and we are losing. The Boko Haram insurrection has now lasted for more than ten years, and a country with a professional army as ours has not been able to exterminate ‘mere’ insurgents. There are different theories why this is the case and the government itself has given endless excuses and claimed false victories but we know there are still displaced citizens who cannot return to their previous lives yet. …


In August 2020, Africa was declared polio-free. That was a significant and ironic milestone — reaching the end of a viral epidemic in the middle of a global viral pandemic. Nigeria had held back the continent from being polio-free. The country was one of the quartet nicknamed PAIN (Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria) that continued to host the virus within their borders. In 2014, India succeeded in its quest to overcome the deadly children’s disease and Nigeria followed many years later.

The quest to exterminate wild polio has been on since 1988, and there has been a 99% success rate…


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October was a month of happenstances. Beyond the Independence Day anniversary on the first day of the month, which happened to be a non-event -not in any way made better by the president’s uninspiring speech, the month had a full news cycle.

The #EndSars (or #SoroSoke) protests came like a bolt from the blue and stirred the hornets’ nest. The ripples of that grand event have not vanished.

October’s anti-police-brutality protestations bring to fore another protest in recent history — the ’Occupy Nigeria’ protests of January 2012. The 2012 protests were against the harsh, but not unexpected, removal of fuel…


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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

October 5 is World Teachers Day or International Teacher’s Day. The day relives the signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendations on the status of teachers. The document, updated in 1997, stipulates international standards for the teaching profession on many subject areas viz: initial and continuing training, recruitment, advancement and promotion, security of tenure, disciplinary issues, professional freedom, responsibilities and rights, conditions for effective teaching, and learning and so on. A detailed…


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It’s conspiracy theory season. The coronavirus pandemic has caused to be unleashed, an avalanche of absurdities — some with astounding vehemence. With widespread lockdowns — some partial and some total — in over 80 countries, many individuals have their hands free. This is why, I suspect, the funny theories of 5G causing Covid-19 or China manufacturing the virus in a lab or Africans getting tested with the yet-undiscovered and unavailable coronavirus vaccine have themselves achieved pandemic status so powerful that laboratories and communications installations are getting destroyed.

We must continue to salute health workers who have their hands full more…


Molecule of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19

No. it is as simple as ABC and as clear as rock water. In the midst of the pandemic, with rising cases in Lagos and in the rest of the country, news filtered in that members of the House of Representatives took delivery of about 400 brand new cars. This is unprecedented in the whole wide world!

At the moment, there are over one hundred and seventy countries with cases of COVID-19, not one has reported anything as unconscionable as the distribution of brand-new up-to-date luxury vehicles by its legislators. In fact, many countries are working out stimulus packages for…


Agtech ventures across the continent. Source: Google Images

The twenty-first century is the age of ubiquitous and miniature technology. Facilitated by the internet, young, inventive and highly intelligent individuals have brought new meaning and new processes to how businesses and interpersonal interactions are conducted.

Millennials and the Generation Z can hardly imagine how life was in the days when most correspondences were done by post, facsimile and telephone. Today, communication is instant — at the push of a button. Multimillion dollar deals are made across continents in boardrooms connected by Skype. Payments are made with an ever-increasing coterie of payment apps like Paypal, Stripe, Flutterwave and Paystack. Now…


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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) formerly called One Belt One Road has a completion date of 2049 which would be the hundredth year of the founding of modern China — the People’s Republic of China — by Mao Zedong. The BRI is an ambitious plan by the Chinese government involving infrastructure development and investments in 152 countries and international organisations. The BRI will connect almost every continent. One of the biggest beneficiaries is Africa, a continent with a gaping infrastructure gap and badly in need of investments.

The Belt and Road Initiative, started in 2013, is however not the…

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