The knowledge of the past can free us from the shackles that the future may bring with itself.

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The history of Socialism in the 20th century is one of mass collectivization of state efforts at economic planning in order to transform hitherto agrarian/peasant societies into remotely industrial societies with mixed results mostly at a detriment to personal liberties (a feature of Socialism I am completely against and do not espouse). Despite the variants deployed across most of the global east (Soviet Union, Communist China, East Germany et al) and in some parts, the northern hemisphere (Cuba), a common way of…


“The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.” — Chinua Achebe

“Every society must attempt to answer questions about how it should be organized, usually on the basis of its own historical experience but sometimes also on the experiences of other societies.” — Thomas Piketty

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On the 17th day of July in 1999, over sixty Nigerians mostly Hausas and Fulanis were murdered and hundreds of shops, houses et mosques were torched as ethnic violence sparked off in the Yoruba town of Sagamu in Ogun state. …


…. because if we’re worried about human beings acting with undue cruelty or selfishness, we have to design an economic order that doesn’t encourage and reward those impulses” — Ben Burgis

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The core ideas in this article are lifted from the introductory chapter in my forthcoming book, After the Revolution, what next?

Looking around Nigeria, it is quite a tough toil to define what the middle-class is and the Nigerians that fall into this group. …


The role of the writer is not a rigid position and depends on the state of the health of the writer’s society. In other words, if a society is ill, the writer has a responsibility to point it out…” — Chinua Achebe

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Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency is a lawless, callous, morally repugnant, incompetent and cerebrally deficient presidency. If you needed recent evidence to back this assertion, his dour and dismal interview with Arise news on Thursday morning couldn’t have come any sooner.

The increasingly fascist Buhari struggles to understand and deal with Nigeria’s ethnic and political complexities. His disdain for democratic…


“This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

A discourse point in this article was lifted from the “The role of Capital” chapter in my forthcoming book, After the Revolution, what next?

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Imagine thinking that the current economic system benefits you when Nigeria is the poverty capital in the world, has a housing deficit of 17 million housing units, has a recorded food inflation rate at 19.56 percent and is on the brink of a stage 5 famine.

You might currently be reading this article while WFH in your cozy anglicized…


“The Sovereignty of women lies only in the hands of women, not men and not society” - Fakhrriyyah Hashim

The main discourse point of this article is lifted from the “Women will lead” chapter in my forthcoming book, After the Revolution, what next?

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Nigeria as a society together with its institutions, is patriarchal — dominated and governed by men. It is a brute fact that, men are the ruling class, and women are the subject class. Argue this till the coming of the political Mahdi, but the truth is that we live in an anti-women shithole.

Gender inequalities are the…

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