Before 2016/2017, I was absolutely reckless. I was crass, overtly sexual, rude and generally made people uncomfortable. If we went further back, I made horrid jokes at the expense of anybody and everything. Thanks, in part, to public education through discourse on Twitter, I have tried and I keep trying…

Once upon a time, we will be famous.
We will become greats.
We will read stories about us and our exploits.
We will be happy.
What we are right now will be ghosts of future past.
Funny accents and pretentious habits.
Weird languages.
Cereal first, milk next.
We will be fulfilled.
We will be happy.
We will be greats.

Terje Sollie

After your first kiss, she might ask you

How long have you been thinking about that?

You must pause if this comes up, smile, blush; sheepishly.

With a shaky voice, you must reply

Ever since I met you.

She might scoff, turn her nose up in disbelief and say something that implies you are a liar. Then, especially then you should kiss her shoulder, and her neck and her forehead, and tell her,

I want to know you,
by touch,
by smell,
by the way your chest swells up before you tell a lie,
by the calm of your heartbeat when you’re asleep,
I want to know you if I am ever without the use of my eyes.
I want to know you after I die.

For if every true love affair can feel like a journey to a foreign country, where you can’t quite speak the language, and you don’t know where you’re going, and you’re pulled ever deeper into the inviting darkness, every trip to a foreign country can be a love affair, where you’re left puzzling over who you are and whom you’ve fallen in love with.” — Pico Iyer

This poem by Pico Iyer is what I want to feel. It’s what I will end up with if I ever get into a relationship.

Jide Odukoya | Occupy Nigeria Protest

Murphy’s Law states that “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible time.” The last part of this quote is added because Murphy’s Law is open source and we can make adjustments to the law.

You are walking through a narrow street in Alagomeji, a bike…

This morning I woke up to a question on twitter as I do every other morning. Sometimes I’m the person asking the questions.

This is going to be one of those pointless, personal opinion type articles that will dissolve into a story and eventually a debate.

Can you be…

Isaiah Chapter 5 from verse 1–8 is the scariest bible passage I’ve read.

It tells the story of a farmer that owns a piece of land. He builds up a fence, a huge watch tower, then he plants grapes on the land. He tends for the land the way one…

Nigeria is the land of milk and honey and the giant of Africa and bla, bla, bla. That was in the 1960’s. Today, Nigeria is going through a recession esque phase, there is no power, despite being a producer and major exporter of oil, there are long queues in the…

“You are mad”, “Are you having sexual problems?”, “If you were my son, I would disown you and look at quick ways to kill you because you can't bring shame to my family” are some of the things you might likely hear if you are a young Nigerian that doesn’t…

Oluwatosin Adeshokan

Freelance journalist in Nigeria interested in development, policy and conflict. Here to write about economics, data science and the intersection with policy.

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