Tag: Crime

In Defence of Crooks

In Defence of Crooks

Last week, news filtered into social media networks about the arrests of some alleged “Yahoo Boys”—the Naija euphemism for a set of persons known to outsiders as internet fraudsters. I observed the hubbub and could not come to terms with a society where some citizens see Yahoo Boys as the 21st reincarnation of the English Robin Hood. Anyway, I tried to mind my business.  Continue reading “In Defence of Crooks”

Kemi Olunloyo and the Burden of Responsibility

Kemi Olunloyo and the Burden of Responsibility

Before you go further in reading this article, let me clearly state that there’s a chance the title would turn out to be inappropriate. Maybe if this were an English exam, after reading the passage and suggesting this title, I would be entitled to a crude ‘X’. That being said, this article touches on the controversy around Kemi Olunloyo, who until recently was known only by internet-savvy Nigerians. I may not write what you’re expecting, so please suspend any existing assumptions and read on. Continue reading “Kemi Olunloyo and the Burden of Responsibility”

#BlackLivesMatter: Ending the Loop

#BlackLivesMatter: Ending the Loop

In the 1960s, Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists led the charge for the right of black Americans to be treated as human beings. Their efforts would later pave the way for the erudite Barack Obama to ascend the US presidency. Fifty years after MLK, “Americans of colour” are still fighting to stay alive. Maybe this is a clear case of discrimination, or maybe the issues are more intertwined than is being accepted.  Continue reading “#BlackLivesMatter: Ending the Loop”

To Serve and Protect?

To Serve and Protect?

The Nigeria Police Force, with the different colours worn by its officers, serves as the most obvious representation of the country’s stand against criminality, and enforcers of law and order. Whereas this noble description serves well on paper, the reality for many Nigerians is disappointingly grim. The NPF surely has a smattering of good officers, but a sizable majority of its officers have no clue what it means to “serve and protect”. The reality for Nigerians is that these bad eggs are not protectors, but purveyors of pain and death, from whom Nigerians deserve to be protected. Continue reading “To Serve and Protect?”

South Africa’s Sad Export

The past week has added more entries to the infamous gallery of human injustices resulting from perceived grievances. In what appears to be a spontaneous reaction, irate mobs in South Africa turned their ill-advised fury to foreigners in that country. This is similar to the time when Jews were blamed for the bubonic plague, illustrating a common human trait of blaming others for problems. Continue reading “South Africa’s Sad Export”