ICHEOKU says they did it, deservedly and rightly earned; the boys from Paris. ICHEOKU says congratulations.



ICHEOKU says he is coming with a clear-eyed view of what the United States of America constitution provides and will not legislate from the bench. ICHEOKU says definitely the right pick, so CONFIRM him now and right away and without any delay or much ado. Congratulation.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.


“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.


America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.



ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute



ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.



ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.

ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?



"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.


ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.


"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."



ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.



ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.

ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.



ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.



"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.


"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.



ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.


ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.

"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ


"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Monday, January 12, 2009


As the beehive of Nigerian women who are divorced from their husbands continuously increase, they have found a clever way of ridiculously putting a smiley face on their status. Through the ingenuity of Hajia Atine Abdullahi, pictured here right, a National Association of Divorcees was born to cater for the divorcees, widows and orphans of Nigeria. Icheoku notes however that the association appears to have an axe to grind with men as they exclude divorced men, widowers and apparently male orphans from their beneficiaries? It seems that the NAD is unapologetically, purely a feminists right-wing group; and Icheoku adds, little wonder no man could tolerate them as wives?
Now they are ganging up against men and possibly will entice other remaining happily married women to also kick their husbands to the gutter and join them - "the fully and truly liberated women of Nigeria"? They are organising a rally in Kano-Nigeria this month, to protest what they termed the growing number of divorce in Nigeria's Kano city and particularly against what they claimed is the “insufficient husbands in Kano State.” Icheoku asks, if there is a dearth of husbands, why then divorce the one you have even if he is a talakawa or an almajiri? What should be important for the likes of this fire-breed, fiery eyed Atine Abudullahi is that any human-being with a man-hood is good enough, period! But to forever be hopping around in search of a Brad Pitt with all the money in the world and who is also heavenly well endowed is no brainier as it is the root-cause of their predicament! Any three-legged individual should ordinarily suffice, as they say in the land of the blind, one eyed person is usually the king, so stay and love the one you have.
According to available information, the association is expecting one million divorced women at the event in Kano and Icheoku says, you then begin to wonder how many women are still married? As if to add impetus to Icheoku's assessment, a recently released data from Kano State government shows that over 80% of marriages in the state were unstable.
Hajiya Attine Abdullahi, who is the executive director of the association, said the rally is to highlight the incidences of divorce as a growing social problem bedeviling their Kano State. Icheoku says, may be this Hajiya can start by converting to a more marriage-respecting religion since her Sharia practising Kano state encourages Muslim men to treat their women as chattels that can be easily disposed and at will.


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Divorcees and Northern governors
Written by Nura Iro Ma’aji, SYAHD
Thursday, 15 January 2009
“Success in marriage does not come merely from finding the right mate, but by being the right mate”

— Barnett R. Barker

Most men do not care about spending time in finding the right mate before getting married, let alone being the right mate after getting into the marriage institution. Rather, they demand and expect more from the institution instead of thinking what the institution requires from them. But that is not to say that the women are free of any blame, because they also have their own problems.

Revelations from media reports show a very disturbing picture of the crisis bedeviling the marriage institution, particularly in Kano State. We are also being informed daily about the current condition of women divorcees in the state and also the possibility of finding same situation in other parts of the northern region.

A recent report argued that there are about 20,000 women divorcees in Kano alone, and 15,000 thousand of them are attending activities of just one association called Voice of Women Divorcees, and this association is not getting support from the Kano State government or any of the international donor agencies. This is perhaps an unfortunate and disturbing situation.

In 2004, Population Council Nigeria made a survey and reported that about 50 percent of marriages in Northern Nigeria are at an average age of 15, and the worst thing is that these girls have limited educational attainment with no economic empowerment skills. This situation deserves urgent attention in the entire Northern states not just Kano. Though Kano State government has started taking steps towards empowering the divorcees in the state, I am personally advising the other Northern state governors to make a survey in their various states concerning the rate of divorce and condition upon which divorcees are now living in.

More over, I am also advising the governors to incorporate a Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) with focus on women issues, so as to find it easier in empowering the divorcees. Invitations should also be extended to international donor agencies for them to make their own input. Programs that will further educate people on issues relating to marriage both from religious and social points of view or any other way through which people can understand the message and legislations that will checkmate the situation should also be put in place.

Nura Iro Ma’aji, SYAHD, Kano State, e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Sharia police block women's rally

The Hisbah are charged with policing the morals of Kano's Muslims
Islamic authorities in the northern Nigerian city of Kano have told organisers of a planned protest by divorced women to cancel the event.

The head of the Sharia police, or Hisbah, said the planned protest was an "embarrassment", and is "un-Islamic".

The organisers have agreed to postpone their protest scheduled for 29 January.

Women's rights activists say divorced women are often thrown out of their homes, lose custody of their children, and many end up destitute.

The Director General of the Hisbah, Saidu Dukawa, said there were also security concerns over the protest.

"We fear what could happen in the streets if there is a large gathering of people, it could get out of control," he told the BBC's Hausa Service.

Large gatherings of people can be volatile in Nigeria, which has been rocked by violence between Muslims and Christians over the last 10 years.

Quarrelling spouses

He also said the idea of street protests were "un-Islamic", and "morally wrong".

"Never in the history of Islam have women taken to the street to press for their demands," he said.

The Hisbah were reported by local media to have said they feared the demonstration would "ridicule Kano in the eyes of the world".

Kano is one of 12 northern Muslim-majority states governed by Sharia law.

The Hisbah are in charge of policing the morals of Muslims to make sure they are "Sharia-compliant".

They do not have the authority to ban the protest from going ahead, but told organisers they would report the demonstration to the police if they continued with it.

One of their duties is to reconcile quarrelling spouses and prevent divorce.

But divorce in polygamous northern Nigeria is very common.

The Association of Divorcees Widows and Orphans has could not immediately be reached for a comment.

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•Planned rally by women of failed marriages raises
dust in Kano
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Photo: Sun News Publishing
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A planned rally by a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Voice of Widows, Orphans and Divorcees Association of Nigeria to mobilize about one million divorcees in Kano State in protest against the increasing number of divorce cases in the state, is currently raising dust in the different circles, as the male folks are mounting pressure to frustrate the move.

Sources close to Daily Sun in Kano noted that ever since the concept to mobilize the divorcees was mooted, many female divorcees were already upbeat about the prospect of the rally mirroring their plight, just as a number of stakeholders, including some elders and religious leaders in the state, have vehemently declared their strong opposition to the libertarian approach to addressing the problem by the women.

As at last week, the chief executive of the NGO, Hajia Atine Abdullahi and some of the organizers were invited by a number of security organizations in the state for talks over the planned rally.
It was gathered that Hisbah, the Sharia Implementing body of the state has also taken steps to stop the rally billed for January 29.

Speaking on the issue, Mallam Aliyu Abubakar, the deputy commander general of Hisbah told journalists that the rally was unislamic and stood against the moral norms of the state, adding that the rally would ridicule the people of the state in the eyes of the world.
However, it is not certain if the organizers had accepted to shelve the rally in obedience to the pressure being exerted on them by forces opposed to the rally.

In a recent interview with Daily Sun, Hajia Atine Abdullahi , the chief executive of the NGO explained that the group was mobilizing its divorced members to the rally as part of efforts to draw the attention of the world to the sufferings of the women, many of whom were passing through very difficult and challenging times after being abandoned by their husbands.

She said from the organisation’s records, some of those women were divorced for very flimsy and unacceptable excuses, ranging from failure to cook the husband's food early enough, coming home late to asking for money to buy foodstuffs, adding that the men just flung the divorce papers on the faces of the innocent women.

"Their suffering is terrible, they have no money, no place to stay, no food to eat and cannot just resume their normal lives without the help of the society," she lamented.
Hajia Abdullahi urged the men to consider the problems as crucial and treat it with due urgency as it affected the entire family system, adding that what her NGO was asking for was for the men to discuss with them so that all the stakeholders could work together to reduce the rate of instability in the family.
She said the group was ready to arrange marriages, according to the dictates of the Islamic faith for anybody who wanted a wife from the list of their divorced members.

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Before the Kano divorcees’ street protest
Written by Is’haq Modibbo Kawu
Thursday, 22 January 2009
In 1995, I made a package for the BBC’s NETWORK AFRICA program on the problem of divorce in Kano. As part of my research, I spoke with intellectuals at Bayero University and had the epiphany that many women in Kano actually visited with Malams who also double as marriage consultants of a sort. I interviewed one somewhere off Zoo Road in the Hausawa Quarters of the city and was surprised that one of his clients was the wife of a leading political figure in Kano at the time. I knew the lady in question as a post graduate student at BUK. It was obvious to me, that there was a serious problem with matrimony in Kano, with its very high divorce rate!

The 1995 episode came to my mind, when I read the report in SUNDAY TRUST of January 11, 2009, that Kano’s divorcees were planning a mass street protest by the end of this month. The plan was attributed to Hajiya Attine Abdullahi, who was described as the Executive Director of the little known National Association of Divorcees, Widows and the Orphans of Nigeria, to highlight the growing divorce rate and “insufficient husbands in Kano (that is a very serious matter!)”. Hajiya Attine promised a “one million divorcee” march and promises that it will be “the biggest in the history of Nigeria”! And what a sight that would be on the Sharia-compliant streets of Kano!

Hajiya Attine’s Association had addressed the press at the end of an emergency meeting, prompted among other reasons, by the incidences of divorce that have become “a growing social problem bedeviling the communities of Kano State”; and the fact that the Kano State House of Assembly has been unable to redeem a three year old pledge to initiate laws against the menace. The divorcees’ association wants the one million person street manifestation “to protest against the outrageous number of divorcees currently sent out of their matrimonial homes and of which no one is doing anything”. And if they have forgotten, Hajiya Attine reminded the responsible officials of state, that society faces “a serious social problem that has the capacity to impact negatively on the social fabric of any society that has chosen to neglect it”.

Furthermore, Hajiya Attine underlined the raison for the anger of members of the National Association of Divorcees, Widows and the Orphans of Nigeria: neglect. “It is this seemingly neglect (SIC) that we will come out to protest and we hope the rally will equally create awareness on the plight of these mothers as well as draw the attention of the community to this serious social problem that is not viewed with the seriousness it deserves”. The divorcees are unhappy that their developmental roles in society are not adequately recognized and the rally will raise such awareness amongst the leadership of the state. But they also have a message for the offending husbands as well. “We hope (to)… also draw the attention of our husbands who should know one million divorcees that will be on the street on that day are their failure for keeping their home fronts”! This is a naming and shaming exercise of a very novel type in Nigeria in general, and Kano in particular!

But if any reader thinks that this is a freak issue on the margins of a deformed democracy, you better think again, because our reporter said that last year, a committee of the state government in Kano, comprising of NGOs (was the National Association of Divorcees included?), the Ministry of Women Affairs and even Adaidaita Sahu (the morality enforcer in Kano) came out with a report which said that over 80% of Kano marriages were “unstable”! Again, that is very worrisome. The committee attributed the problem to the absence of sincerity during courtship; ignorance about the religious status of the marriage institution; economic down turn; working women phenomenon (whatever that meant!) and materialism in marriage! The truth is that marriages are endangered in Kano and it threatens the fabric of the family. I know a leading son of Northern Nigeria, who will not to allow his daughters to marry men from Kano, because he said they mistreat their wives and rush to divorce them!

It is clear that we must think through this problem of divorce and find ways to help stem them. We cannot build a stable community on the very slippery foundation of divorce; children must have the stable ambience to grow in order to reproduce the future of our culture. In this construction of societal continuity, men have to assume responsibilities which help the survival of matrimony with its stresses and strains. We must also fight the culture of patriarchy and chauvinism which refuses to recognize the role of the woman in a fast changing world. Similarly, education and liberation for women must also mean an added sense of responsibility in matrimony and society, to help strengthen the community and our nation.

Susane Wenger and Femi Fatoba: Two artists lost from the firmament

In 1988, I was involved in many art events around Nigeria during which I interviewed some of Nigeria’s leading writers, sculptors, poets and so on. It was in the course of that year, that I made a half hour feature on the Osogbo Art School for Radio Nederlands. I spent two weeks in the Osun State capital, tracking artists like Twins Seven-Seven, Jimoh Buraimoh and of course, Susane Wenger. Susan had been out of circulation for weeks, because she was being initiated into one of the traditional cults of the Yoruba people at the time, and one of the essential elements of the initiation was that period of hibernation.

Susane has an adopted daughter, a lovely lady called Doyin, who facilitated my effort to get the interview which she consented to, soon after the initiation ceremony. I visited the Osun groves, which contained several artistic pieces from her New Sacred Art Movement and it was also obvious that she was the highly revered matriarch for all the Osogbo artists that I met in the course of my reporting assignment. Susane Wenger spoke English with a very heavy German accent, and her Yoruba was similarly heavily accented. She would lace her words with incantations and dirge as well as show profound respect for the different deities in the Yoruba pantheon of gods, showing that she was a sincere believer in the traditions of the Nigerian people that she adopted as her own. In Osogbo, there was a genuine feeling of love for the woman, who became part of the cultural history of the town from the 1950s, first as the wife of Ulli Beier and much later, the wife of a traditional and local drummer! Because I spoke German, Wenger even toyed with the idea that I could travel with her to Austria that year, for an award ceremony that was to be held in her honour that year. Her death closed a major artistic chapter in recent Nigerian history, and her remarkable residence, which was made a national monument a couple of years ago, will be a place of visits for years to come as the place where an unusual European woman, who dedicated her life to the cultures of the Nigerian people spent the better part of her life.

I was also informed this week, that Femi Fatoba, the poet and theatre art teacher died in a car accident a couple of weeks ago. I have always felt that Femi, a member of the second generation of Nigerian poets, like Funsho Ayejina, Tanure Ojaide, Femi Osofisan, Odia Ofeimun and Niyi Osunadre, wrote some of the most lucid, accessible, even pleasantly mischievous poems, I ever read! And you only needed to meet him to find that he was as deceptively lucid, as he was funny and profound. Femi Fatoba kept a completely shaven head with a very bushy beard. He told me a story of a kid who once saw him in a market in Ibadan, and shouted: “Mummy! Mummy!! Why is this man’s head upside down”! Femi loved his country with passion and dedicated his life to the artistic expression of that passion as well as helping to train generations of students at the University of Ibadan. His death represents a major loss to the artistic community of our country.

N767.5 Million: Chicken feed for Mike Okiro’s dogs

Recently, Inspector General of Police, Mister Mike Okiro, told members of the House of Representatives, that Nigeria might harvest a plethora of horse and dog deaths, unless he is given the approval to spend the chicken change of seven hundred and sixty-seven point five million naira, as the feeding allowance for the dogs and horses that he keeps on behalf of all of us! Unfortunately, the media didn’t report just how many reps went for the handkerchiefs in their pockets to wipe the tears from their faces, as the nation’s chief cop made his plea, which should ordinarily win him an award from animal rights organisations for compassion. Unfortunately for Mister Okiro, his plea resembles a hastily buried corpse, with the unfortunate consequence that a foot is sticking out of the ground!

In the 1970s and 1980s, it was true that the Nigerian police had well nurtured dogs sections around the country as well as very well-kept horses. But like a lot of things in Nigeria, the dogs sections gradually deteriorated and almost collapsed. I am not in possession of any information which showed that Mister Okiro gave an inventory of the number of dogs and horses that will need to be fed with the chicken change of N767.5million. But given the not-too-pleasant reputation of the police in matters financial, it might be that those handling the dogs and horses might also end up being fed along with their animals with the chicken change that Oga Okiro has passionately pleaded for. The main issue here is that he might just get the entire amount anyway and Okiro will then be able to shout DEO GRATIAS as many times as the number of dogs and horses there are in police pens around Nigeria! But not all of us believe these yarns about dogs and horses that need almost N800 million just to feed in one year (and the ridiculous threat that they risked death if that chicken change is not approved!), even if they will be fed with diamonds, Oga Okiro!