Oil’s Romance with Poverty

All through my educational stay in the South West, whenever I introduced myself or I was introduced by another person, people’s reactions tended towards “oil money”. As a Rivers boy from the creeks of the Niger Delta, they assumed I had a trailer of money scented with crude oil. No matter my attempts to correct … More Oil’s Romance with Poverty

55 Reasons for Unity

On Saturday, 1st October 1960, thousands of happy Nigerians gathered at the Race Course Square (Tafawa Balewa Square) Lagos, to witness their young country’s independence ceremony. For many persons who shared greetings and basked in the ambient excitement, the full import of “independence” was not known. The knowledge that “the white man will go, and … More 55 Reasons for Unity

At Last We Convoke

Two days seem to be the most remembered in the life of a university student—matriculation and convocation. Apart from the few whose parents visit regularly to babysit, for most persons, those two days are the only days their parents and other relatives would ever set their feet on the university campus to see them.


Ibosa—that’s welcome in my native language. Welcome to Jilomes’ Blog, a repository of the musings of my mind. I’ve wanted to start a personal blog for some time but I kept pushing the idea away. For one, this generation has been credited with being overtly narcissistic and I didn’t want to get counted in the … More Ibosa—Welcome