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  • The leak in our ship: How lack of agricultural research is hurting Nigeria

    The problem of Nigeria has never been whether or not research institutions exist. They abound. Every now and then, I stumble upon a new one. For instance, do you know that Nigeria has a space research agency? I didn’t either until a short while ago. It is called the National Space Research an...
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  • Nigeria poised to be a renewable energy giant: A young technologist’s perspective

    On February 21st, while speaking to young Nigerians on exploring the employment market at the 2019 BRF Gabfest in Lagos, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola declared that Nigeria is a continental leader in renewable energy. I remember scoffing when I came across the headline....
  • Past, present, future: How mobile applications shape Nigerian lives

    “Mobile apps are shaping the future” – Oluwatobi Akinpelu You might not realize it, but our lives are more or less governed by mobile applications. Perhaps this is an oversimplified perspective but analyze it: if you learn that money problems are looming in the horizon, you get a ...
  • Making the most of a new year: Tips and hacks

    We have heard it all before: how a new year is like a blank sheet and one must make the most of it. I believed this so much that I used to wash all my dirty clothes on the 30th or 31st of December; it was my way of starting the New Year on a clean slate. As time went on, I began to wonder what ...
  • Commercialization of Christmas: Yay or nay?

    To most of us, the term ‘commercialization’ is a dirty word. It is associated with mindlessly amassing wealth and the picture always conjured in our heads is of a greedy-looking man, holding on to so many gold trinkets while still snarling and grabbing some more.  We are always loo...
  • Parenting: Finding the line between self-expression and lawlessness

    Parenting is one job with the highest stakes in the world - the life of someone you love dearly. If you get it wrong, a lot of things go downhill but get it right, and you will be smiling into your grey years. In contemporary times, the need to be a cool parent has become pressing, more than ev...
  • Why catfishing and other Internet scams thrive in Nigeria

    Let me begin with a disclaimer. I am not talking about fishing and certainly not the delicious, marine animal that happens to sport whiskers and an extremely slippery body. Now, that we have gotten that out of the way, I bet you are hooked, and it is time to reel you in (pun intended).  I ...
  • Some factors influencing news objectivity in journalism

    Journalism is a profession that prides itself on dealing with hard facts, esteeming truth and uncovering conspiracies for the good of the public. We (journalists) are like detectives, but only cooler (even the movies seem to attest to that). To wield truth as a weapon that it is, it has to be absol...
  • Fake news: The thief robbing journalism of its pride

    Perhaps, the man we should give the honour of popularising the term ‘fake news’ is President Donald Trump. In the months leading up to his election in 2016, he threw the phrase around, branding renowned news outlets like CNN, CBS as peddlers of fake news. In Nigeria, recent times have s...
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  • How to quit being so hard on yourself

    Everything I write here is based on my experience. I am one of those people who has always had a plan. I had my life figured out, right from when I was in secondary school. I knew the profession I would choose, when I would have my first child, had possible names for them, when I would set up my own...