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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Nigerian Children's Entertainment Then and Now by Morayo Oshodi

By ZODML on Wed, 22/05/2013 - 17:48

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I was privileged to have been born in the late ‘80s and to have grown up during the ‘90s. At the time, there were several local Nigerian television stations springing up with such as LTV, Channels, DBN, and AIT. Most parents, including mine, thought it was a good idea to allow their children to watch TV programmes. TV was a means of learning and acquiring skills for self-development. Viewers of all ages could watch television programmes together, whether cartoons, soaps, educative programmes, music videos or movies.

The Tale of a 'Kopa' (Part III): Don't Get It Twisted by Morayo Oshodi

By ZODML on Wed, 01/05/2013 - 00:09


"If Kopa marry Kopa they go born worwhor!" is a common cliché among Kopas. Although this suggests that Kopas getting married to one another is seen as disgusting, there are plenty of matrimonial cases among them - perhaps because of the rumour that the federal government gives N500,000 to those who get married during their service year, or because of love. Even if they don't end up marrying, many Kopas do date their fellow service members. But why do Kopas get into relationships with one another? Is it for the fun of it, the fund in it, or the future in it?

A Nigerian Guide to Shakespearian Insults

By ZODML on Wed, 24/04/2013 - 00:45


Today is not only World Book and Copyright Day but also the birth (and death) day of William Shakespeare, arguable the most famous English-language writer of all time. Born in 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, he would write in the course of his lifetime thirty-eight plays and over a hundred and fifty poems, work as an actor, launch his own theatre company (and construct a theatre for the performance of his work) and enjoy the patronage of royalty. Since his death in 1616, he has been the source of much contentious debate among literature scholars who argue over everything from what he looked like (earring or no earring?) to whether he really wrote all of the works attributed to him.  But his impact on the evolution of English cannot be denied.

Shakespeare is known for his romantic lines and the many words and phrases he added to the dictionary, but did you know that he also loved a good insult? In another life, he could have been a green-white-green flag-carrying Nigerian. Below is a list of some of his finest yabs (with contemporary Nigerian updates you can use in case someone tries to get too familiar on the BRT):

ZODML Poetry Corner

By ZODML on Thu, 18/04/2013 - 21:04

A place to spotlight the creative talents of up-and-coming young writers. sleeping

Sleeping by Dave Agboola

Sleeping, sleeping, all I know,

When the world is turned a grave,

When the flesh is sure of rest,

What immortal man in cave!

The Tale of a 'Kopa' (Part II): Nigerian Myths by Morayo Oshodi

By ZODML on Thu, 11/04/2013 - 22:30

The cultural heritage of Nigeria is rich in mythology in the form of tales, fables, and folklore. This mythology often governs the laws of communities and informs how their members and any visitors must behave. As a ‘Kopa’ one needs to be aware of the rules and taboos guarding any society you find yourself in, as well as immerse yourself in the legends of a new place.

During my NYSC year, a discussion of myths started during a mountaineering expedition at the Okuta Hills in Kwara State. I had a group of ‘Kopa’ friends who loved adventures. All four of us (two guys and two girls) dressed smartly one evening and wore our jungle boots to protect us from any reptiles.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="265"] Jungle boots: the ever-ready Kopa's staple[/caption]

On the Proposed Scrapping of NECO by Frank Onuoha

By ZODML on Tue, 09/04/2013 - 18:19

20111102-_MG_1811On April 3, it was reported that the government has concluded plans to abide by some of the recommendations made in May 2012 of the Stephen Oronsaye-led Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Corporation, Commissions and Agencies. Part of the committee’s recommendations included reducing the number of statutory agencies (currently at 263) to 161.

The move, according to the committee, would save more than N862 billion by 2015. One of the agencies slated to get the cut is the National Examinations Council (NECO). The report suggested that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) take over the functions and infrastructure of NECO. To cater for the many NECO candidates it will be inheriting, WAEC will need to conduct two batches of examinations a year: one in January and another probably in November.

ZODML Recommends: The Last King of Scotland, Weddings

By ZODML on Sun, 07/04/2013 - 23:21

I am attending my sister’s friend’s wedding this weekend, and although I’m not usually a big fan of Lagos weddings (too many people and fruit cake for my taste), I’m excited to see the beautiful bride walk down the aisle. In that vein, I found this thought-provoking Slate article on the benefits of marrying young pretty interesting.

‘My Oga at the Top’: Is Obafaiye Shem’s Mistake Worth The Fuss? - by Dave Agboola

By ZODML on Fri, 05/04/2013 - 00:14 - oga @ the topOver the past month, the most popular slogan in Nigeria has been ‘my oga at the top’, a meme generated from the ill-fated interview granted by Mr Obafaiye Shem, the former Lagos State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), to Channels Television during its breakfast show on March 6, 2013. Comedians and musicians can’t crack a joke or sing a line without referring to it. T-shirts, baseball caps and movies have been inspired by it. Worst of all, the unfortunate man was replaced last weekend, all for the mistake of not knowing his organisation’s website!

Women of Revolutionary Times: Celebrating Nawal el Saadawi, Jung Chang and Bessie Head - by Morayo Oshodi

By ZODML on Sun, 31/03/2013 - 06:20

Women have fought for equal rights with men for many years, most notably during the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, a period which was (and continues to be) marked by revolution and upheavals. From the suffragette movement to the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, women continue to seek the evolution and growth of the traditionally accepted feminine role in all aspects of life.

ZODML Recommends: Lagos Carnival, Invisible Man, Everyday Cook Book in Colour

By ZODML on Fri, 29/03/2013 - 22:00

After a hard week at work during which I’ve had to drop my daily reading-for-pleasure habit, I plan to unwind this holiday weekend by making some headway through Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. It’s an American classic (and one of ZODML’s Must Read Books), and Ellison’s command of language and deep psychological insights are not to be beaten. I’ll also be enjoying some rice and chicken in celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Happy Easter all!


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