Topic: satire

Not Yet Uhuru

From my archive   “Neo-colonialism, after all, is not centered in a vacuum. It is built on the previous colonial history of the country in which it operates, from foundation that the colonial regime lays before its ostensible departure. The object of neo-colonialism is to ensure that power is handed to men who are moderate… Read more »

Mrs. Abacha goes back to School

From my archives   After reading that the wife of Nigerian strongman, Mrs. Mariam Abacha, and other top military guns have enrolled in crash French courses, I decided to find out what gives. Two frustrating days of dialing, re-dialing and I finally got Abuja. “Mademoiselle Abacha’s Ville. Que je t’aide?” A sing-song voice asked me…. Read more »

General Abacha needs a PRman

From my Archives A satire by Femi Akomolafe   Russia, Winston Churchill once quipped, is a riddle inside a mystery wrapped in an enigma (or something like that). Nigerians must be feeling the same about their military ruler, General Sanni Abacha. Since he took power close to two years ago, the strongman has held only… Read more »

On Aid & Looting

(from my archive. First published in The African Journal in 1999)   “They switched from the old openly colonial imperialistic approach to the benevolent approach. They came up with some benevolent colonialism, philanthropic colonialism, humanitarianism, or dollarism. Immediately everything was Peace Corps, Operation Crossroads.” – Malcolm X. I felt the need to explain why I… Read more »

A Million Dollar Desire and other Matters Arising

“Management works in the system; leadership works on the system.” -Stephen R. Covey “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we… Read more »