Opinion

Thrombosis - The Silent Killer. Photo credit: WebMD
Thrombosis – The Silent Killer. Photo credit: WebMD

This article was inspired by a very personal experience! Old age is something, and considering I have family that have just started transitioning from the ‘young and vibrant’ category to what we can now call ‘elderly’, I’ve been forced to be more conversant with age-related sicknesses, even though Thrombosis isn’t age specific.

Recently, someone I know developed blood clots in his hand and leg, but it never hit home just how dangerous it could have been till I read up about the condition.  Blood Clots, or Thrombosis or Deep Vein Thrombosis is dangerous; extremely dangerous indeed. In some cases, sufferers of blood clots are not even aware till very late on, by that time it is fatal, often within an hour or less.

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This video has almost broken the internet. Femi Otedola earlier today posted a clip of himself in a commercial bus (Molue in Naija parlance) It’s got social media talking… Everyone with their own views…. what’s yours?
Is one of the richest men in Africa (and in the world) allowed to ride public transport, live his life and post on his Instagram account as he pleases?, or is this another publicity stunt riding on a motive? Is it appropriate? Is there anything wrong with the seeming humility the video portrays? Just curious to know your opinions. See video below.

Femi Otedola rides public transport

Femi Otedola rides public transport

 

This Kole Obasa

“My Dear Nigerian Youths”

I am very angry and that is why I am addressing you.

You are the source of my anger and I want to vent my spleen- maybe not at you directly- but at the arrogance of your ignorance.

You sit in front of a computer and rant all day through social media but with every click, you make money – not for yourself – but for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).

With every megabyte of data you spend complaining and maligning, you make stupendous bucks for Etisalat, Glo and Airtel.

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Stomach infrastructure in Nigeria. (Photo Credit: Niger Reporters)

Stomach infrastructure in Nigeria. (Photo Credit: Niger Reporters)

Fayose became the Governor of Ekiti state in 2014 while Baguda became Governor of Kebbi state in 2015, while Baguda took N4bn to BOI, got counter funding and got 78,000 people cultivating rice (employment), my own governor Fayose took N4.7 to build the first flyover in Ekiti state, while the farmers in Kebbi have sold their rice to Lagos state (LAKE RICE) and have moved on to increasing their farm size, my Governor is still battling with how to complete the humongous project that won’t provide a single sustainable job.

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Nigeria, any hope? (Photo credit: The Guardian)

Nigeria, any hope? (Photo credit: The Guardian)

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Poverty pummels the Island country just as ferocious Hurricanes visit it from time to time with fury and the anger of a violated person. But few people know that the highest per capita income in the world in 1789 was not Britain, Germany or the United states. It was Haiti’s Plantation economy. As the Oil age looks clearly to be coming to a close, and clever countries have used savings from Oil to build future potential, it seems fair to wonder if Nigeria will be the next Haiti. The Tea Leaves, unless something dramatic happens, points to Nigeria travelling that sad highway. This reflection, frankly, and sadly, is a story of a personal recurring cry for a beloved country as the path to perdition has been persistently opted for. Can we save our country from being like Haiti, the economy that did not change, and literally died.

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Advancement in science means HIV can now be beaten into remission. Photo credit: Spirulina The Great

Advancement in science means HIV can now be beaten into remission. Photo credit: Spirulina The Great

HIV is such a scourge to humanity, but thanks to breakthroughs and advancement in science, a 9-year old South African girl has become only the 3rd child to beat the disease into long-term remission, nine years after receiving the drugs.

The girl was given the anti-AIDS drugs when she was 1 year old for 10 months and then taken off the drugs as part of a medical trial. 8 years and 9 months later, the girl is healthy without needing treatment as reported by a research team at the Internation AIDS Society conference on HIV science in Paris.

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Nigerian President Buhari has hyenas and jackals to contend with. Photo credit: CNN

Nigerian President Buhari has hyenas and jackals to contend with. Photo credit: CNN

You know how they say politics is ‘dog eat dog?’ well, in Nigeria, it is ‘hyena eat hyena,’ or ‘jackal eat jackal,’ depending on the political camp. Since her husband’s incapacitation following an illness since May, Aisha Buhari took to Facebook to say “The Hyenas and Jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom” in a cryptic reply to a senator’s post. For those of us watching from the sidelines, we decoded the message instantly and understood the bloody nature of the politics and the drama unfolding in Nigeria.

The hyenas and jackals are indeed circling and that’s because they can smell blood; Buhari’s blood. Out of the country since May 7th, after only returning from a 7-week stint earlier in the year, President Buhari’s only communication with his country has only been through written statements. Because of this, rumours abound in the land, some even claimed he was already dead. The president’s handlers have always been fighting a raging fire, trying to salvage his reputation since his absence, and I must say, their efforts has been SHAMBOLIC. It annoys me that President Buhari’s media handlers first tried to pull the wool over all our eyes by saying he just went to london for ‘a check up,’ it took 7 whole weeks for Nigerians to see a President they voted overwhelmingly for just a few years ago. The media machine certainly forgot we now live in the age of Facebook and Twitter. My annoyance doesn’t end there, now Mr President has returned to London for another ‘check up,’ information on his whereabouts, his treatment, etc has now completely dried up. What we now see are pictures of Mr President waving from a window, or sitting in front of a Telly.

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I am Grateful

I am Grateful

I Am Grateful To You, For……. Everything.

I was just sitting here thinking about you, then I thought I should write you a short letter to say I am grateful.

What’s there not to be grateful for? I’m alive, in good health with few worries… (although I do worry about Arsenal ever winning the English premier league). But apart from that, I’m great. Hands, feet, mental capacity, great family unit, some amazing friends… (very tiny in number but amazing nonetheless).

Of course I am grateful, why wouldn’t I be? I know in the past, it might seem I’m not, but I’ve always been. Going to bed at night and waking up in the morning might seem like I’m taking it all for granted. Maybe it was youthful exuberance, maybe it was me thinking I was superman… but that was all you.

I am convinced those who have walked this earth but have been taken in their prime are not more special than I. Accidents, sudden deaths, terrorist attacks, infernos….they were all special, but they have all joined you.

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The season of death. Pic courtesy: The Sun.

The season of death. Pic courtesy: The Sun.

Death is in the air.

I can’t remember a more sombre period as the one we are presently experiencing. Death, Death, Death everywhere. Carjackings resulting in death, minor disputes resulting in death, religious differences resulting in death. That which is meant to bind us together is so far pulling us apart. How can a human being end the life of another simply because they do not share the same faith, even though they share the same God?

Last year when I mentioned in one of my posts  (My God Is Better Than Your God) that global terrorism has seen a massive increase, I didn’t expect for it to reach these levels. The darkness and sorrow that envelopes us all is quite frightening. The news, rumours, innuendoes that come out as a result of every new attack is alarming. Humanity has become the worst it can ever be.

In less than 10 weeks, Britain has been struck THRICE, lives have been lost and the only certain thing is that the ideology driving all these madness is getting stronger. Blame has been passed on to the security services for allowing ‘persons of interest’ and on ‘the watchlist’ out of their sights thus allowing them to perpetrate such heinous crimes, can they realistically watch everyone? Blame has been passed to Theresa May for cutting police size thus reducing the amount of police presence on our streets. Blame has been passed to religious leaders for not playing an active role in stemming the spread of this killer ideology within their communities. Blame has been passed to you and I for not reporting that ‘dodgy guy’ next door until he has murdered a few people in cold blood. With all the blame flying around, does it not look like we are running the risk of playing politics?. Politics with people’s lives….. and deaths.

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Photo credit: British Council

Photo credit: British Council

Nigerian Authors that make me proud.

I started reading at a very young age. I would read newspaper clippings, poems, comic books… anything I could lay my hands on, but novels and novellas were my thing. I enjoyed a good story. Once I got hooked on a good story, I wouldn’t put the book down till it is finished; even if it took all night, and that’s saying something for a kid.

Regardless of all the fantastic novels (by amazing authors) I’ve read in my time, subconsciously, I am always more interested in ones by Nigerian or African authors. I grew up knowing authors like Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Ken Saro Wiwa, they were the hottest back then. However, I can’t forget Ben okri, Buchi Emechata and Cyprian Ekewnsi, they were a force to reckon with. While I salute the grandmasters of the game, I can’t help but notice present day Nigerian authors and the waves they are creating in the world of literature. These guys are simply too good. I’m not talking only about story lines or plots, but aesthetics, forms and styles as well as what they do when they are not writing.

Here are 4 of my funkiest Nigerian authors, whose novels (and general awesomeness) will quite literally blow your socks off. Oh by the way, I decided to add a 5th author to this list.  Victoria Nwogu whose upcoming book Fit, healthy and beautiful also makes my list of funky, and I’ll tell you why. Read Full Article