Category Archives: My World

While the strike lasts

By Muyiwa Adetiba Monday was the 16th anniversary of 9/11, the day the whole world woke up to witness the full horror of man’s inhumanity to man. Today, six days after this indiscriminate and irreligious destruction of innocent lives was also the 16th anniversary of my own version of 9/11; the day I and my […]

Tit for tat or Daboh for Tarka

By Muyiwa Adetiba Whistle blowing has now become a lucrative side-kick in Nigeria. But it didn’t start yesterday; or the day before. It was always there even when financial inducements were not attached to whistle blowing. Most of whistle blowing comes from a disgruntled underling who has an inside knowledge of the goings on within […]

Of hate speeches and consequences

By Muyiwa Adetiba At a breakfast meeting of veteran journalists the other day, the host asked his guests, many of whom were former Editors and top columnists, what they thought of the ‘Quit Notice’ issued by the Arewa youths to the Igbos in their domain. The answer almost to a man, was that it was […]

Where do you watch your football?

By Muyiwa Adetiba Politicians are a special breed. Three months ago almost to the date, the British FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea Football Clubs was about to be played. A close friend who happens to be a politician—his last elective post was in the National Assembly—called to ask where I was going to […]

Some magic moments at Jimi Solanke’s birthday show

By Muyiwa Adetiba On July 18 (last week Tuesday), Music Minds, a chat group of diverse and disparate professionals with music as its common identity and strong unifying front, decided to honour one of its own. Jimi Solanke, known in the artistic world as, ‘Baba Agba’ had clocked 75 a couple of weeks earlier. The […]

(In)security and the police

By Muyiwa Adetiba At my age and with my profession, it is inescapable that I would have had encounters with the police at different levels. I have been locked up, put under house arrest, invited to make statements on quite a few occasions and once kept in the cold for over an hour at a […]

Time to practice what you preach (or once preached)

By Muyiwa Adetiba I once bought a pair of trousers when coming from a trip for someone who worked with me. He thanked me profusely for the gesture, but regretted he could not accept the gift because his religion forbade it. It turned out there is a white garment church where the worshippers don’t wear anything […]

Private agenda as state agenda

By Muyiwa Adetiba Most of us know the story of the Trojan War; how one very beautiful lady called Helen caused two neighbouring countries to go to war against each other. As in most conflicts, reason fled and ego took its place. It soon became a war that neither side wanted to lose as their […]

You are the world

By Muyiwa Adetiba It was the last day of the long weekend and the second day of the public holiday. This gave me a good reason to stay in bed—not that I needed one since every day is a holiday of sorts to a self-confessed retiree. It was also a grey, cold morning which served […]