America Wasn’t So Bad Back Then | by Donal Mahoney

​We have something in common, a fellow I talk to now and then. We’re about the same age and perhaps the only ones in the diner who think our past lives are interesting. So when the two of us shoot the bunk over coffee, it’s amazing that two men who sometimes can’t remember much about yesterday remember a lot…

Capitalism and Human Nature Must Be Regulated | by Donal Mahoney

“What can we do to make this right?” The speaker is Phil Burns, owner of the brokerage firm that Owen Mitchell has had money invested with for years. Owen’s not rich and not poor. He just prefers the action of the stock market to the passivity of fixed income. Owen says nothing, sits in his…

A Writer Who Writes Not Knowing Why | by Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney spent 12 years breeding rare Australian finches in the United States. African finches are much more difficult to breed and he had limited success. But he loved the Weaver family of finches who breed
in the wild in nests that hang like gourds over swamps from the end of tree branches, the better to keep predators away from the hatchlings.

AMERICAN NOTES 2 | by Fred Russell

NEWSSPEAK Journalists talk and write in platitudes. This is not surprising. They are not, after all, writers. Their command of the language is limited. Their minds are commonplace. They are also not scholars or political scientists. I occasionally watch Fox News, but what is true of Fox is true of any other news organization. The…

AMERICAN NOTES | by Fred Russell

EDUCATION IN AMERICA  Bill O’Reilly has discovered that Americans are ignorant “about their own country.” He told us so not too long ago, quoting Newsweek for the numbers, though he could just as easily have quoted some of Jay Leno’s man-in-the-street interviews (it turns out that 29% of Americans don’t know who the vice president…

Eight Men Who Are Doing Quite Well | by Donal Mahoney

A notice appeared in the paper recently with the names and faces of eight men who have a combined wealth of $426 billion. According to Oxfam International, in 2015 this would have equaled the amount of wealth held by half the world’s population, the poorest half. Oxfam International is a confederation of charitable organizations in 90 countries…

My Village of Blessed Memory | by Francis Egbokhare

When I was young there were no crows, now they are everywhere. When I was young, the owl ruled the nights. The hoot of the witch frightened us so much that we sought protection from Grandma’s withered breast. I could swear that the breast was full of sap – yes, I was filled, stomach gassed…

The Wedding | by Aremu Aanuoluwapo

Today happens to be my 14th birthday and my wedding day. The last one month has seen plans for the ceremony being put in place. Gifts have consistently succeeded  each other more than I have received since my betrothal 7 years ago to Alhaji Adamu – my potential husband. It was noon, time for the…

YOU’RE YET TO BE CERTIFIED AS ‘MAD’ | by Akinlosose Ayomikun

Sometimes some people say our dressing is just an expression and that it doesn’t define who we really are. Some even quote that popular saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but when I watched ‘ Desperate Housewives’, I got an answer for that. Susan Mayer told her daughter, you will judge that book…

Between Fashion and Madness | by Prosperline Onyekachi

I have always loved creativity as it depicts the ability of people to think without containment. I see such people as super humans with super cool brains and David Ogilvy clearly supports my ideology. However, I am also a firm believer in moderation. For me, creativity can get to a point where absurdity draws the…

Now that Trump has Triumphed…

On Wednesday 9th November, 2016, Donald Trump of the Republican party became the 45th President of the United States of America after winning the required 270 electoral college votes. The president-elect – who was a one time TV star and real estate mogul – won 290 out of the required 270 electoral college votes while…

​My Best Friend | by Olasubomi Cole

Finding a true friend these days poses a ‘big task’, not to mention naming a ‘best friend’. As a child, I used this compound word ‘bestfriend’, bereft of its true meaning. However, the search for a ‘Best Friend’ hadn’t begun when that one unconsciously found me. This friendship started unassumingly, without any special detail or…

SOCIAL LAWS OR THE REAL DEAL? | by Prosperline Onyekachi

A few months back, I ended a four year relationship. Before you start the ‘eeyah, kpele, I have been there, men are the same, the lord will comfort you’ talks, let me state categorically that I was glad it ended. It does not mean I was not hurt; in fact I was an emotional wreck…

Issues about Child Marriage.

I’ll like to start with the title of E. O Oke’s discuss on child marriage, “CHILD MARRIAGE, IS SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN. There is nothing new under the sun, things are only refined and presented as new to a new generation while in the real sense it’s just a reinvention. The issue of child marriage…