This Is Your Lagos? Shame On You APC, PDP, Buhari, Fasola And Ambode!(PhotoNews)

Many roads in Lagos states ought to be shut down as disaster zones. There are accidents, deaths and several untold hardships on these roads daily. Those who are responsible for these roads ought to be arrested and prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

 

By Adeola Aderounmu

I took all the pictures you see in this essay between June 26 and July 10 2018.

Civilian rule returned to Nigeria in 1999. This means that Nigerian politicians in both the ruling APC and the opposition PDP have spent together 19 years in governance and still cannot put right what the military gangsters destroyed.

So the systemic failure in Nigeria today is due largely to the lack of performances since 1999. We can argue that the stretch is longer but that is another discussion for another day.

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Lagos is heavily littered. The government needs to step up waste management system. Somebody should care about health care in relation to waste management and disposal.

The state of the federal roads in Lagos state which is the economic capital of Nigeria is very appalling and disgraceful.

The state of the roads in Lagos state is heart breaking, depressing and sorrowful. (I will treat some parts of Ogun state in another essay).

I do not share the notion that a certain government is trying or that a certain governor is working. That’s all bullshit!

In the last 19 years at least, there are no more tenable excuses why the roads in Lagos should be so terrible.

Sincerely if l could make the decision, l will block all the roads you see in this essay. Human beings should not be allowed to travel on these roads. They are permanent death traps and l wish someone in the the world somewhere has the power to shut down all these dangerous roads in Lagos and elsewhere in Nigeria.

 

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Roads in Nigeria are usually of low quality. They get bad before rainy season and worse during the rain. There are rivers on many roads in Lagos. This is Badagry expressway near the okokomaiko axis

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Federal roads in Nigeria are amongst the worst roads in the world. Shame on Buhari and Fasola. Shame on previous PDP government

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Nigerian roads easily destroy cars and reduce their life span.

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Very bad roads in Lagos. Is this actually a road?

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Bad road. What a useless government!

 

Whoever is responsible for these roads since 1999 ought to be arrested and prosecuted without delay. Since 2015, Mr. Buhari and Mr. Fasola are solely responsible for the federal roads in Lagos and they should be tried for crimes against humanity for all the deaths that continue to occur on the federal roads.

Without delay, the Badagry Express Way should be shut down!!! That is not an expressway. It is not even a road!

Mr. Ambode is culpable too because he is the number one citizen of Lagos state for the past 3 years! What has he been doing? Don’t tell me he is trying! He is not the governor of Lagos Island, is he?

If there are reasons why Mr. Fasola and Mr. Buhari have not constructed and maintained the federal roads in Lagos, why is Mr. Ambode not talking about it to the media and to the world just like l am doing now.

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Badagry expressway has no defined lanes. You drive where you find a space and this means facing opposite traffic ofen times.

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Badagry expressway

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Badagry expressway. How express is this road?

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Trying to navigate a way.

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Smoky and gangerous plus l was faced by an oncoming traffic driving along Oshodi-Mile 2. Trailers and heavy traffic means driving on one way is a common trend.

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Lagos roads are commonly dirty

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Badagry expressway. Very very bad road!

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A trailer fell on the road due to the bad state of the road and big pot holes. Lagos roads are the most dangerous roads l have seen all my life!

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The trailer could have fallen on people or other cars. But this was a single incident causing obstruction to the already bad situation

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Drving in rivers or on roads? Can we ask Buhari or Fasola? Vehicles face one another and there could be up to 8 lanes in multiple directions!!!

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These roads are the consequences of every N1 or N5 stolen by government officials! May you never find peace if you support a government or the governments causing these type of hardship. May your generations suffer!

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This commercial bus is going no where. In the middle of the road, tyres are off. A potential cause of accident!

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A commercial bus broke down along Badagry expressway and the passengers wait for refund. Look at the road. LOOK AT THE FILTH! Is Nigeria really a country?

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Confusion and commotion

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Dirty Lagos. Don’t tell me Ambode is working or trying. One dirty street means nobody is working! Somebody should be facing prosecution for allowing the people dump waste on major roads.

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Bad road. Badagry express road.

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Can we call this a road? Who will answer , Buhari or Fasola?

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Is this a road Mr Buhari, Mr Fasola Mr Ambode?

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Crazy traffic in Lagos due to bad road

For one month at least, l’m going to pay for this essay on instagram and facebook. Then l will see what reactions we get. If possible, l will continue to sponsor the advertisement for this essay just as long as the problem remains and l will keep a tab on Lagos to see current situations.

How on earth can this be the situation and there are no outrages? What is wrong with Nigerians? What is wrong with Lagosians?

All the roads for transportation, state, local and federal must be in perfect shape and good maintenance. No road must be left untouched because the people of Nigeria deserve the best that life has to offer. You can’t do 50% of the roads. You can’t of 99% of the roads. The 1% left undone can cause death and other unwanted scenarios. You must be perfect. All roads must be fixed and that is the work/function of government.

The government is not doing the people any favour by doing what it is supposed to do.

 

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Mr. Buhari, Mr. Fasola and Mr. Ambode must put their heads together now and put politics and election aside for once. Lagos roads and all roads in Nigeria must be fixed. It is your job. It is your work. No one is begging you. You are servants to the people and serve you must or get the hell out of the offices you occupy.

What l saw of Lagos roads revealed to me that on the long run, Nigeria must do away with the useless and senseless unitary system of government as soon as possible.

 

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This part of festac town has been erased from the map of Nigeria. 4th avenue with faeces and sewage taking over the community for several years now.

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Forgotten part of Lagos in Festac. The smell on this road is more or less a biological weapon against the people.

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Festac Town. From glory to grass! Smelly stinking 4th avenue!

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Somewhere about Ajao estate in Lagos as we drove to the airport. Lagos is giving wealth to Nigeria and the suffering is massive in Lagos. I cannot comprehend the shame and scandal in Lagos

I do not expect Mr. Buhari to know the roads l travel in Lagos. Even a federal minister knows little about the roads in Nigeria. But a governor and a local government chairman will know better. Therefore it is best to review how power can be taken away from that useless office in Abuja and taken back to the grassroots where people can see and solve their problems regionally and locally. It is just pure common sense!

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Someplace in Lagos…bad roads everywhere. Did you say your governor is working? I say you have a governor for Lagos lsland, not a governor for Lagos! Certainly not a governor for Lagos mainland, not a governor for Iyana Iba, Okokomaiko towards Agbara Industrial Area. Dirty, messy Lagos!

 

I have been writing about the ills in Nigeria for almost 2 decades and l could go on here again in this essay but let’s save the tautology and hope that my message is clear: FIX ALL THE ROADS IN LAGOS AND END THIS SHAME!!

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My Random Reflections @ 46

For my random reflections at 46, my thoughts are varied (as usual) and the physical and emotional pains l feel are real. I cry many times for Nigeria. I’m living through some of the saddest days of my life as a Nigerian as l continue to see the disconnection between the people and the government. I kept a mental image of the country Nigeria ought to be and l compare it with the reality that l face everyday as a Nigerian-born and my heart bleeds, profusely.

My Random Reflections @ 46

By Adeola Aderounmu

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A trailer fell on Lagos road due to the bad state of the federal roads.  (c) Adeola Aderounmu, Lagos. July 2018.

This is the 10th edition of my random reflections. I have done this for a decade to mark the celebration of my birthday. However it is hardly a celebration now because as l take a look at my country of birth Nigeria, all that comes to mind is the tragedy that befell the country.

Today’s Nigeria is a far cry from what the founding fathers dreamt of. Nigeria in 2018 is mostly in the hands of criminals who people wrongfully tagged as politicians.

The things l will write about today are repetitions (more or less) of what l have written about in almost 20 years.

Nigeria had gone a full cycle. Western Nigeria especially had gone from being one of the best places to live in the world (during the 1950s) to probably the worst place to live in the world today. This can be argued depending on the writer or speaker.

If you think about the fact that Lagos of the 1950s was ahead or at par with London and Paris in terms of development and compare the 3 cities today, you may perhaps decide on which part of the argument you want to pitch your tent.

Many Nigerians are growing up without the knowledge that western Nigeria was the tourist destination and medical health center for other commonwealth countries in the 1950s. The University College Hospital in Ibadan was among the best places to receive medical help at that time.

Many people have grown up not knowing that Nigeria was meant to be a super power based on regional government. It was on that path until the mid-1960s when things began to fall apart. The 1966 military coup and the civil war from 1967 to 1970 set the tone for what Nigeria is today.

Nigeria is now ranked as the poverty capital of the world.

The way things are now in Nigeria should bring tears to the eyes of anybody who has some sense and emotions.

You ought to be very, very sad if you can compare living in Nigeria with living in another country like Sweden.

If you travel on Badagry expressway and remain a normal person, you deserve some accolades. If you wake up early to go to work and return late at night, you need a thumb-up.  If you are sick and manage to remain strong through it, you are the man/woman. If you struggle between thick and thin to put food on your table, for yourself or for your family, that is an everyday miracle.

The stories of our struggles in Nigeria are endless. The people running the government of Nigeria at all levels ought to be arrested, prosecuted and tried for crimes against human dignity as well as crimes against humanity.

The people of Nigeria need to get up one day and march down the entire country with a resolution that never again shall we be slaves in our country.

There is no justice from the Judiciary. There is no justice from the security agencies. There is no where you can turn to in Nigeria and find peace and equality for all men and women.

It is almost wrong now to describe Nigeria as a country because for a country to exist the welfare of the citizen must be paramount.

Nobody cared about my welfare in Nigeria. My basic right to education was long gone. Job creation and availability are not guaranteed as both public and private enterprises provide their own electricity and security.

A lot of enterprises, big, small and medium have closed businesses as they could no longer bear the cost of running businesses. Many have closed because of the raids from criminals and other gangs of unemployed youth.

Nigeria is as lawless as it can be. I can give examples of lawlessness from every office, organization and institution in Nigeria. I can give uncountable examples from walking down the streets and driving on the dangerous roads.

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Most parts of Lagos are dirty and stinking. The roads, especially the federal roads are terrible and the worst in the whole world. Don’t believe the juicy images from Victory Island or Ikoyi.  This is Lagos 2018! (c) Adeola Aderounmu. July 2018. Lagos

My frustration about Nigeria and how we got here knows no bound. My anger against how people behave, act, reason and talk is unquantifiable.

There is no plot for Nigeria at the moment. We sail to nowhere led by vagabonds!

One of the most painful things about Nigeria today is the lack of unity among the people. On the political stage, this lack of unity keeps the useless unitary system running from 1966. Nigeria will never make it as a country with the senseless system of government.

You must be a senseless person to operate or partake in a senseless system of government. Nigeria is a joke in the comity of nations and this system of government where one man sits in Abuja and tries to control everything in and around the country is the most telling on the intelligence of the most populous black nation in the world.

We are a bunch of jokers!

The unity that Nigerians need is the acknowledgement that the system of government needs to be dismantled without fear or war. The unity that Nigerians need is to trace their steps back to when Nigeria was among the global pacesetters in development and good quality of life.

Without that unity, Nigeria will remain permanently as the representative of the poverty capital of the world. For those who think this is unreal, my suggestion is for you to take a flight to Lagos and drive from the airport to Mile 2. From there take the ride of your life along Badagry expressway to Agbara and continue your journey to Atan towards Ota.

If you don’t find the pieces of evidence that Nigeria is a massive (s-hole), l’ll refund you for the ticket and trouble.

For my random reflections at 46, my thoughts are varied (as usual) and the physical and emotional pains l feel are real. I cry many times for Nigeria. I’m living through some of the saddest days of my life as a Nigerian as l continue to see the disconnection between the people and the government. I kept a mental image of the country Nigeria ought to be and l compare it with the reality that l face everyday as a Nigerian-born and my heart bleeds, profusely.

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@aderinola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tragic Legacies Of The Tyrants

I know we still have a few great stories to tell.

However, in my personal opinion, after the devastating effects of slave trade and colonisation comes the fall of Nigeria from grace as the most traumatising story out of Africa.

We are the eighth wonder of the world.

Young people must help to bring young people to power and they must discard this  USELESS unitary (military) system of government ASAP!

Nigeria: The Tragic Legacies Of The Tyrants

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By Adeola Aderounmu

Nigeria is not suffering from some kind of undiagnosed kwashiorkor. Not at all. Our major problem is that we are running a useless form of government called the unitary system. The major symptoms are massive and uncontrollable corruption everywhere in the country, stunted growth and impaired development  since 1966 or thereabout.

Yet, in 2019 several millions of Nigeria will head to the polls in what has turned out to be a quadrennial ritual characterised by total waste of time, energy and resources for the once prosperous country and former giant of Africa. In 1999 the country boasted of a return to democracy but as it had turned out to be an outright scam. It was an army arrangement, a continuum for the tragic legacies of the tyrants that percolade the country till today.

Nigerian politics and the shame that the military juntas and the politicians have brought to Nigeria is one of the most tragic events of modern era. In my personal opinion, after the devastating effects of slave trade and colonisation comes the fall of Nigeria from grace as the most traumatising story out of Africa.

If you want to have a 5 minute course to understanding how bad the fall of Nigeria is, go and listen to the adress made by Akufo-Addo the president of Ghana at Oxford. Don’t look yet for the strides that Ethiopian airlines just made or how beautiful Kigali is becoming.

It is not all of Nigeria that fell, the citizens of Nigeria are still amongst the best scholars in the world. We are frontliners in any field of endeavour or profession. Nigerians remain creative and are among the greatest problem-solvers on the global scene.

What is the not adding up at home in the country itself is how the control of the economic resources and the political space ended up in the hands of political criminals and people with amazingly zero understanding of the meaning of public service and zero percent willingness to replace a non-functional system with a vibrant and functional one.

The problems in Nigeria are now complicated and most certainly hydra-headed as substantial parts of the country are now controlled by terrorists, herdsmen, bandits and militants. We invent new geographically suited terms everyday to suit our ineptitudes.

To make these anomalies worse we now have dominancy of mixed generations of old and young people who don’t know that the world has moved on and whose orientations about the meaning and value of life are extremely worrisome.

The roles of the tyrants who presided over Nigeria at different times in creating some or all of these troubles with Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. It is heartbreaking that those who contributed immensely to the problems of Nigeria are still taking up the spaces in real life and on the web especially the social media.

For example, the constitution of Nigeria is based on military rule and does not support regional growth and development. The tyrants who supervised the introduction of the unitary governments did so for their personal gains and invariably when Nigerians thought that they left in 1999, they found a way back through the emergence of one of their own Olusegun Obasanjo.

General Obasanjo, a former tyrant and dictator, had earlier opposed the entronement of a democratically elected president-in-waiting,  MKO Abiola. The military juntas supervised the murder of Abiola and his wife Kudirat. If Nigerians had a collective sense of responsibility, they should have revolted to ensure that the June 12 1993 mandate was not wasted. But Nigerians are divided.

The fact is that Nigeria is existing since 1966 as a creation of the military. They brought the idea of immunity clause in the constitution because they do not want to be probed as they steal and loot the Nigerian treasury. They also knew beforehand that they would be in power whichever way. It was a soft landing of sort. Head or tail, they won/are still winning.  The immunity clause was a perfect umbrella for criminals. It works even till today.

Above all, the military had no plan to leave power and despite that fact that Obasanjo transferred power to a civilian in 1979, at least three spatial events showed the greed in his camp. One was the shambolic elections he oversaw. It was a disgrace to call that a democratic process. Two was the manner in which one of his men Mohammadu Buhari easily came to power in december 1983 and thirdly was his support for military government in the aftermath of the 1993 elections.

The tyrants imposed very unpleasant and bad legacies on Nigeria. Sadly too, under the pseudo-democratic arrangement in Nigeria since 1999, Nigeria remains directly or indirectly under the spell of the military.

For instance General Abdulsalami facilitated the emergence of Obasanjo in 1999. It was supposed to appease the SW but at that time the people were just fed up with the juntas and any Dick or Jane could have suffix. Then Obasanjo facilitated the victory of Umaru Yar Adua in 2007. He was part of the facilitating group for Jonathan in 2011. In 2015 Tinubu worked closely with Obasanjo to facilitate the return of a former tyrant Mohammadu Buhari.

Today Nigeria remains in ruins partly because of all these nonsense which the late Afro king Fela popularly called army arrangements. Stunted growth, unemployment, lack of electricity, a shameful parade of public education, lack of health care amplified by the regular,  disgraceful trip of Mohammadu Buhari to London for treatment, insecurity and a complete lack of sense of common belonging are all elements of the failed unitary system.

The military created states for the useless unitary system of government that they formulated even with the knowledge that the states are going to become parasites for the oil-producing states and the economy capital Lagos.

In the 1980s, it was Babangida who blew up the mechanism of corruption in Nigeria even if it had been promoted since the 1970s when Gowon mismanaged the oil boom and refused to plan for the future. He can boast of Festac but Nigeria  could afford 10 000 times more of Festac. Former Lagos governor, Mr. Jakande showed the world what Nigeria could have been with the little time he had and all the housing estates and schools he built in 4 years!

For all the monies that disappeared under the tyrants and their civilian accomplices, no prosecutions were made. In the past when the population of Nigeria was far less than 100 million, these bad rulers made zero plan for the future. There were no infrastructure development and no maintenance for the existing ones.

The saddest part was that the military had no will to return to the regional government that promoted healthy competition that led to growth and development in various parts of Nigeria prior to the 1966 coups. Today the Nigerian politicians are acting foolish. Since 1979, no one of them had been sensible enough to speak out or even lay down his/her life for a good cause.  There are young people today willing to pay such prices and only time will tell.

The reason the quadrinneal elections are useless is because Nigerian politicians have lost their senses. They have turned electoral posts to money making mechanisms. They are happy dancing to the tunes of the military through the nonsense constitution they are following. It puts money in their pockets and it sends their children to school abroad. It makes me a wailer and it builds and buy them houses around the world. The only problem is that it does not give them everlasting life, yet they don’t get it.

Listen to them, hear them and you will see that their mentalities are poor and deformed! The only way to bring back their senses is to close down Abuja and keep only the prime minister/president there. The other possibility is for the judiciary to set itself free and send all of them to prisons to reduce crimes connected to politics especially assasinations because the winner still takes it all.

It is imperative for ordinary Nigerians to get this message so they can understand why Nigeria is not working and why it will never work. It is only working for the handful that seize power and control the resources including monetary earnings of politicians arguably the highest in the world for doing nothing!

Then some politicians spread some of the monies to their hangers-on. Then some new people get the contracts and connections here and there. But that is not the definition of a country and these pockets of opportunists do not define success but criminalities. We must create a system that promotes equal rights for all. We must find a constitution that gives us a level playing field no matter who you are.

The civilian politicians since 1999 have become comfortable with the army arrangements. You will never find a higher level of selfishness anywhere else in the world.

Those who understand this cycle of idiocy are few and almost voiceless making our tasks of educating Nigerians huge. After more than 50 years of misrule, several millions of Nigerians have become disorientated, lacking the ability of independent thinking.

Some Intelligent people have become part of this social irresponsibility and are participating in this politics of chop and quence. Some good people have been kept quiet and many have been killed. We don’t know who amongst us will be next. The level of insecurity in Nigeria today is the worst since the end of the civil war. Many are afraid of death and are passive.

Nigeria has fallen from grace and the world is laughing at us. Common electricity we cannot produce and distribute. Many of us have lost our dignities because of the abnormalities that have become norms.

Young people and even the old have been set up against one another in real life and on the social media. This is where the army arrangement has taken us. We are not thiking straight. In Nigeria, we cannot even count the votes we cast. They never tally! We are the lowest we could ever imagine and we are not ashamed!

We have become the eighth wonder of the world.

The tyrants of Nigeria that include a long list including but not limited to Gowon, Babangida, Abdulsalami, Obasanjo and Buhari together with civilian accomplices that include our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters have left devastating legacies in Nigeria.

That is why even in their old ages, at 80-something, they do not realise that they needed to take a bow and let the young people take care of their (own) future. They have mis-spent the time that passed and don’t know how to call it a day.

Both Buhari and Obasanjo truncated Nigeria’s democratic processes at different times thereby not allowing our democracy (albeit imperfect) to develop or correct itself. They totally destroyed the judiciary and it never recovered! Both men don’t deserve our attentions.

They think Nigeria cannot do without them. This is exactly what they wanted and they got us where they want us. They succeeded big time because even under a so called democratic dispensation, they are still the ones calling the shots. Think again! They never left!

This is what we must break away from in the future if a true election (ever) comes. It is left for the young people of Nigeria to wake one another up from their deep slumber and smell the coffee. The world left Nigeria behind a long time ago.

Young people, brace yourself up and talk about the type of country you want to live and die in/for. Talk about how you want your children and children’s children to have it. It is time to bring young people to power and your second struggle is to discard the useless unitary system of government.

 

My name is Adeola and l’ve been running this blog since 2006.

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Publisher Wanted For “A Mother’s Agony”

We could still have been happy just having each other and the children. She spoke out her thought as if Giorgio sat in the car with her. It was just an illusion. She wept unconsolably.

By Adeola Aderounmu

I have just finished writing the manuscript to my third book. The first and second book l published and sold myself.

The second one THE MADRILENIAN was also launched in Sweden and Nigeria before they went on sales.

I am going to take my time before releasing the new (third) book. This is because l am working on translating it to Swedish to meet the local language demand.

The manuscript needs proof reading and grammar corrections.

The story is set in Italy. It is about a family that has a history of mafia in its bloodlines. It focuses on the generation that gave up the mafia activities and instead became bank robbers.

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The family had a history in the construction industry and this helped them to master their acts as bank robbers.

But tragedy struck as one of the mastermind died of cancer and his son has to take over his role in the criminal organisation.

The book is titled A MOTHER’S AGONY because his wife lost him and was helpless in allowing her son take over his role in the organisation.

This book could even be a best-seller for HOLLYWOOD if l get all the professional help in making the adjustments require before publishing.

Here are more quotes from the manuscript:

If there was anything in life that never waited, never stopped for anyone, it would be time. For some people, it went rather too quickly not allowing them to appreciate the beauty of life. For others, time crawled, showing them clearly their weaknesses and pains.

 

There was nothing she could change now that she knows that the best form of happiness is the one created from the perfect integration of work, play, and time spent with family. She wished they had been contented with what they had.

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The royals spent the monies they did not make. The mafioso took the money they did not earn.

 

Nollywood Is Failing Africa In The Appearances of African Women

African women should be proud to wear their natural hairs. They are beautiful just the way they are.

Nollywood Is Failing Africa

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By Adeola Aderounmu

A few weeks ago l watched some films on a Nollywood TV channel. My attention was drawn to the appearances of the women in the various films.

The appearances of Nigerian women in Nollywood films are nothing to write home about. It may have been so before l left home in 2002 but definitely not as rampant as it is now. Regardless, the rise of the use of artificial hairs, now rampant in both real life and in the Nigerian movie industry is highly condemnable.

The almost complete disappearance of the African hairstyles in Nollywood films is extremely disturbing. In the movies l’d seen 100% of the women are wearing imported wigs/hairs. No one wore their natural hair.

It seems that our women are not proud of their natural beauties. This scenario is shameful and tasteless. It is actually also disgusting!

The continent of Africa had been suffering from colonial mentality for more than 500 years. When are we going to revert to our originalities? If not now, then when?

We have been lied to that we are inferior. We have been lied to that we have lower intelligence levels. We have been told that our skin is black and bad. We have been looked down upon and we continue to fight around the world that we are equal to or above other races.

We can leave our political calamities for once as the basis of comparison with other places around the world, though that is also a very difficult thing to do. For our political lives in Africa and how politics have been used to separate and destroy us cannot be overlooked. We are first judged by the outcomes of our political decisions and the implications on our socio-economic situations.

However, it becomes also very disturbing and worrying that we don’t seize the opportunities on other platforms we have to show ourselves in good light. By ourselves, we reduce or destroy our dignities. The appearances of the Nigerian women on Nollywood, are an admittance that African women have lesser dignity than other women around the world. The only way to turn this sad situation around is to reverse the trend, let African women look 100% African.

Nollywwod has the opportunity to showcase the beauty of the African woman but all she is showing is copied version of Hollywood women and copied version of some international celebrities that do not depict the true glory and beauty of Africa.

It is not a good development for Nigeria and definitely not for Africa when we replace our cultures, our traditions, our appearances and our dignities with foreign objects. We’ve lost it.

Nollywood in particular need to do a search within and start a campaign to promote Africa to the tune of 100%. Someone is going to ask what the roles of the government is in Nollywood that would make them do this. O well, Africa belong to all of us and we need to look inward and promote our traditional hairstylists and save billions of dollars that we waste annually on importation of disgusting wigs and dead people’s hairs.

There is a lot Nollywood can do for itself if it starts to act as a promoter of culture and custodian of tradition rather than a neocolonial stooge in the heart of Africa. We should promote our hairstyles and help African women and hairstylists travel round the world to showcase our hairstyles.

The onus is not on the women only. It is on all of us and our perception of beauty. Our men should be involved in promoting the glory of Africa too. They also must appear and dress African in our movies.

Viewers and watchers of the African movie industry have a role to play in appreciating our men and women as they do their best to maintain the African culture and tradition. We cannot condemn them by comparing them to foreign Hollywood stars. We are Africans.

It is Africa that should be exporting her tradition and culture because they are pure and golden. In these tradition and culture lie some hidden wealth of Africa that should be tapped just the same way we are imploring government to tap into both the natural and human resources in order to build a better continent to the envy of the world.

A word is enough for the wise. Let us join hands in various ways to promote these ideas and ideals. Africans in the diaspora also have their own roles to play. Keep your hair natural, keep your looks simple. Don’t change who you are because you are abroad. Be recognisable!

Share this view, spread the concept. Let’s win back our continent and our originalities. Every little way counts!

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2017: Yet Another Disappointing Year In Naija

The truth is always a bitter pill. For as long as we continue to lie, pretend, play to the gallery, hope and follow blindly that the unitary system of government will get us somewhere, these outcomes (pain, anguish, sorrow and disappointments) to different degrees will remain our common denominators.

We have not declared an official war in Nigeria but we live in a war situation everyday of our lives.

2017: Yet Another Disappointing Year For Naija

By Adeola Aderounmu

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This is my evaluation of 2017.

The year 2017 turned out to be a very devastating one for several millions of Nigerians.

The sad chapters in the annals of this (should-have-been-great) country got longer.

This country Nigeria was destined for greatness as a conglomeration of regions but it had since 1966 remained trapped in a unitary system of government that is useless and nonsensical. Subsequently the country was sapped into poverty and penury by the lucky bastards in form of tyrants and criminal politicians who are not keen on reverting the country back to regional system of government.

In recent years l have written a number of ”end of year” messages through my blog posts. For this year and for the previous ones, these posts were written with my heart filled with rage and anger. I am still extremely disappointed in how the country continues to go deeper in hopelessness.

Already in the year 2007, that was 10 years ago, l wrote an article titled Christmas in Hell. The article chronicled my experience in Nigeria in 2006. One december day that year l drove early to a gas station to queue for fuel. It was my turn after about 5-6 hours of wriggling through the queue.

I will never forget the experience because as l waited in the car, l was crying uncontrollably. I cried for Nigeria. I cried for the suffering and devastation in the land. I cried for all the ignorant people and even the knowledgeable people who together were suffering, celebrating and smiling.

A few hours to that agonising experience, I’d flown into Lagos from Sweden where l could drive to a gas station, fill my car with fuel and pay by credit card and drive away in zero time. Then l came to a country flowing with oil and other uncountable natural resources and l had to queue for more than 5 precious hours of my life. I cried until there were no tears left to shed.

These types of experiences which have sadly become recurrent in Nigeria, even since 1977, showed that Nigeria is one of the worst places to live in the world. We have not declared an official war in Nigeria but we live in a war situation everyday of our lives.

In our country Nigeria, the people have completely lost it. There are no common interests for a national agenda and the political restructuring of the system has not been taken seriously so that prosperity and wellness can be in focus. If we restructure Nigeria today,  perhaps 50 years from now the generation of people that would be called Nigerians can be happy and fulfilled.

Unfortunately, the present Nigerian system continues to promote survival of the fittest. The system thrives as if we are in a rat race. The system runs a manual that ensures that people prosper either through some elements of luck or by connections to the largely corrupt and fraudulent elites and politicians. There are rare rewards for excellence and honesty.

The system breeds hatred in the hearts of men and women. The system ensures that there is a struggle between people in such a way that one group of people under the excuse of the slightest provocation would not hesitate to kill or main the other group. It’s still about the survival of the fittest. There are too many examples of people killing one another instead of negotiating and finding a common solutions to problems.

The effects of more nearly 60 years of bad rulership in Nigeria are too numerous to state.

In fact the present government is full of propaganda and cannot see anything wrong with all its failures and shortcomings. It’s that type of government comprising people who do not see beyond their noses. For, ordinary common sense dictates that the bulk always stop at the door of the person who is assumed responsible for the task (done or undone).

Buhari is the Minister of petroleum resources. He is the ruler of Nigeria. Irrespective of his lines of defenses, the shortage of fuel in 2017 means that the government has failed in performing one of his statutory obligations to the citizens of Nigeria.

But Buhari has been here many times before in his life. He was the Minister of Petroleum in 1977 and Nigeria had fuel shortages then. It remains to be seen if this shortage will lead to increase in the price of petrol per liter in Nigeria.

How long can Nigerians continue to tolerate failures and a system of government that seals more than 100m people to a permanent life of poverty and impoverishment? How long will everybody continue to hope and pray that in a system that is malfunctioning, that some divine intervention will be their hope for a happy life?

It’s complete insanity to hope on divine intervention.

Nigeria is not working and drastic measures need to be taken to turn things around. The most evident sign of failure is that one person cannot steer Nigeria. In how many ways do we want some evidence that this is not going to be possible?

Obsanjo failed, Yar Adua failed, Goodluck Jonathan failed and Buhari has already failed. What other signs do we need to know that we must try something else? That we need back regional government.

Just to ensure that l bring this article to an end, my suggestion is for the young people of this country to come together and wrestle their future and the future of their children and unborn grandchildren from the status quo.

You don’t need PDP or APC in 2019. You need to go back to your regions and harness the best brain to move things forward. Nigerian youths need to throw away all their affiliations to PDP and APC. There is no difference between the two parites. The politicians cross party lines annually because of what they will eat and gain. They have no ideologies to bind them. The people can remain slaves in Nigeria for all the politicians care!

 

There is no future with either the APC or the PDP.

With the numerical advantage on the side of the youth, they need to do something and very quickly too.

2018 will come with new opportunities and new challenges, the young people must unite and wrestle this country from the criminals in power across the country!

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Traumatized Libya

By all means and at all cost, the slave traders of Libya must be found, arrested and prosecuted. Justice must prevail or this will happen again.

Traumatized Libya

By Adeola Aderounmu

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Libyans are today presenting an image that shows that some of them are the most useless humans on earth in 2017. No other country in the world can compete with Libya as the domain of some of the most complete fools, idiots and silly asses that the wold knows today.

The reason for these qualities are not far fetched.

Some Libyans took advantage of the economic migrants in their domain and sold them as slaves. The internet is awashed with the gruesome images and videos of how Africans are sold as slaves in Libya. It was CNN that probably first reported the news.

It sounded as if Libya is not in Africa. Actually that is one issue that still needs to be addressed. How do North Africans view themselves? I have seen some football matches where North African footballers behave unruly to players and officials from sub-Saharan Africa. I get the impression that they think that they are superior to the rest of us. Foolish thinking!

Libyans are traumatized. They are a people so foolish they killed their former ruler. I am sure they never expected that their lives will be turned upside down as it is today.

How could they be so foolish and ignorant of what was to follow the assassination of their ruler? They stupidly connived with the west and eliminated Gadhaffi.

Since then, their lives have been in turmoil and there has been complate breakdown of law and order.

It is really sad that this is the route that our brothers and sisters from sub-Saharan Africa choose in their quests to reach Europé.

Definitely one cannot exonerate the stupid rulers in sub-Saharan Africa. In general, there is failure of leadership in Africa.

Africans, south of the Equator is a place where men and women ought to be living like Kings, Princes and Queens. This is a part of the world that is blessed with abundant resources and human talents.

Sadly the rulers and politicians in that part of the world are totally crazy. They are the ones who are misruling their people and forcing them to become economic migrants. It is the misrule in sub-Saharan Africa that is serving as the source of the men and women sold as slaves in Libya.

The rulers of sub-Saharan Africa need to borrow themselves some senses and start to rethink how they govern their people. They cannot govern their people and threat them like slaves and expect miracles to happen in Libya or even Europé. They have to stop stealing money at some point and start to think about the people and not themselves!

For now the criminals who sold people as slaves in Libya need to be apprehended and served some very long prison terms. By all means and at all cost, they must be found, arrested and prosecuted. Justice must prevail or this will happen again.

The governments all around Africa must begin to rethink governance and meeting the needs of the people in their individual countries and allowing treaties that ensure that human rights are not violated across borders. Those slave-dealers of Libya must be used as examples of the importance of the laws in Africa and globally.

For all the errors of judgment that led to the elimination of Gadhaffi and the lawlessness that now pervade in Libya, the world must wake up and the world must ask for the rebuilding of Libya. Libyans are traumatized and they are transferring their traumas and aggressions to dark-skinned Africans. They do not have the permission or right to do so. Again, those who have committed these crimes must be made to face the music squarely.

The rest of Libya deserve our sympathy. Together, they are all not feeling fine. The behaviour that emerged amongst them, though criminal, must also be deep rooted through psychological rebuilding. The people of Libya may be crazy. Definitely they are inhuman.