Thursday, May 31, 2012

In Dubai With My Thoughts

[October 13th, 2011] - It’s a windy evening in the city of Dubai. Here am I, sitting just outside of KFC with a golden krusher in my hand whilst admiring the seemingly busy Deira district. 

Dubai is a beautiful place, but not so much as I thought. Yes it’s something more; it unfathomable. Its beauty can't be described with words. If I have to describe Dubai, all I would say is; See It For Yourself.
While sipping on my krusher and reminiscing on my journey to this tourist hub, my start off point was from Lagos, Nigeria. I didn't have much to recall about the Lagos portion of the trip, except for the rowdiness at the check-in counters and seemingly baking-temperature environment [you'd make big bucks selling ice cubes in there]. Still on thoughts from Lagos, what more? Ok, maybe the trotting officials of the immigration service who would always seek to know how much you are travelling with, so that they could demand a decent percentage, especially when they get the clue that you're a first time international traveler (well, they met the wrong person). Nonetheless, the high-point of my trip from my Lagos kickoff point was when I boarded the beautifully bodied Qatar Airways flight, fully knowing that in few minutes, I was going to be leaving my beautiful country for a while (o yes its beautiful - I love Nigeria).
Still reminiscing; the in-flight entertainment aboard the Qatar Airways flight from Nigeria was awesome. Had like an infinite number of movies and audio songs. However, while these in-flight music and movies would interest the average traveler, same wasn't the case for me. My interest was on the in-flight map, which showed real-time movements of the plane as we flew over various Nigerian cities, nations, historic buildings etc. For some reason, when we got into Sudan's airspace at a height of over 30,000ft, I found myself looking down with keen interest. I bet you can't blame me. I had heard so much about Sudan over the years and it would have been a wonderful feeling to see a landmark or just have a view of anything in Sudan from the skies. On the foods that were served, I'd say there wasn't really anything about the food that was worth recalling. Nonetheless, everything was so available that my mind seemed to want me to believe that I was served a meal every thirty minutes in the 9 (nine) hours flight.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gov. Amosun of Ogun State, What Drives Your Ideas?

So Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun has revealed that his administration is making plans to a build a FIRST of its kind air-conditioned pedestrian bridge.

Against what others may think, I would say its commendable especially as we don't get much of FIRSTS in Africa as much as we do see in Asia.

But before Gov. Amosun rushes into being the first to build such, hasn't he done enough research to see that other nations or big cities (like our Asian brothers) that undergo such luxurious projects, are actually cities that have all their basic amenities in place. Hasn't he researched to see that cities who undergo such, are actually cities in which their citizens live on standards equal and most times higher than the acceptable Human Development Index.

I am certain he hasn't done this research. Anyway, he doesn't need to anymore. Let him read the statistics I have given above and tell if Ogun State can boasts of any. If they can, let him go ahead with the project and if they cannot, he better deeps his head in shame and retrace his steps.

In a country where 24 hours light is not yet a reality, how does he intend to power the air-conditioners of the pedestrian bridge? By diesel right? Using taxpayers money.

Characters in Power.

I rest my case.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Is Internet Compulsory On All Devices? Ideas Please.

Ok, everyone knows I love gadgets. That’s not unusual right? Ok fine.

Everyone knows I love the internet. This is common as well right? O cool.

Just thinking aloud, does the love of gadgets and the love of the internet have anything in common? Not really, but such is common as well. Ok fine.

Does the love of gadgets mean having two phones, a laptop + a phone/tab? O that’s so common, people have even more. Ok fine.

Does the love of internet demand having ready-internet on your two phones, laptop and phone/tab all at the same time? No not really. In fact, hmmmmm. Why hmmmm? This particular question is hard o, but considering that you are a Nigerian in Nigeria, such a scenario as this could be understood. In fact, don’t know what to say o. Anyhow you wan take do am, me I think you should just cut down on your desire for having internet on all your devices.

Seems its evident you can’t be of much help with regards my previous question? Not like I can’t be of much help, I just think you should cut down on your desire for internet, that’s my own take. Where I can’t help is that, I can’t tell you exactly how to go about it, you would just have to figure a way. Abi, all these internet you dey use across multiple devices na free? No be free o. Oya then, decide for yourself na, on how you wan take cut down.

Sorry. Didn’t know you would have problem bringing up useful suggestions. Public una dey? Help here o, ‘please does the love of internet demand having ready-internet on your two phones, laptop and phone/tab all at the same time?’

Your ideas would be highly appreciated.

*Above is a discourse between myself and I. The predicament as re-acted above is what I am currently facing o.

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University of Lagos now Moshood Abiola University: My Thoughts by Eta Uso Jr

“…After very careful consideration, and in honour of Chief M.K.O. Abiola’s accomplishments and heroism, on this Democracy Day, the University of Lagos, is renamed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Moshood Abiola University, Lagos. The Federal Government will also establish an Institute of Democratic Studies and Governance in the University.” – President Goodluck Jonathan.

Yes, University of Lagos is now Moshood Abiola University, Lagos, what next? PROTESTS?

Come to think of it. Correct me if I am wrong. The man being honored here, isn’t he the same man we all acclaimed to be the 1993 Nigerian messiah? Isn’t he the same man we all refer to as the legend of June 12? Isn’t he the same man we all came out en-masse in his support during the 1993 elections? Isn’t he the same man for whom we all fought that his mandate be restored? If this is the same man of whom we all fought for and named all names from legendary to messiah, don’t we think that naming a school or any entity after him, should be more of an honor to such an entity than a curse?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nigeria Is What We’ve Got: Lets Preserve It

In brief, I think we Nigerians need to keep reminding ourselves of certain things over and over again;

Nigeria would be a better place if we all kept greed aside and focused on a united Nigerian dream.

Being a patriot does not start and end with lip service. If we really and truly love this country of ours (Nigeria), we would do whatever it takes to preserve it and not destroy it.