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Internet Access Options in Nigeria – Abuja April 2014

Someone asked me for information about available options for reliable corporate Internet in Abuja yesterday and after composing the email response with the analysis, I realized that over the years, I have somehow inadvertently become a walking encyclopedia of sorts for data network connectivity in Nigeria. This probably comes from consulting for multiple organizations including the network operators themselves. I’m posting this here with the hope that you find it useful. Continue reading

Scorecards and the Nigerian people

Why do we continually allow our “leaders” give themselves pass marks even in the face of woeful failure? Are we too busy hustling for daily bread to pay attention? We the people always end up paying one way or another.

In Nigeria, a few years ago, some people decided we had to scrap some bank notes in use in favour of polymer notes.
These would be water-resistant, more durable, etc, etc. After a few days of the pilot notes being in circulation, it was obvious to many people that the new notes were worse than what we had before. Accidentally step on one and by the time you pick it up, it has several holes. Wash it in your clothes and it comes out almost bleached. Ease of tearing was another thing. Continue reading

Much ado about a broadcast

I write this to remind us admins of the little things that sometimes cause us big headaches and the importance of monitoring which is very easy to neglect.While I was onsite visiting a Bandwidth Consortium member institution some weeks ago, the network admin happened to log into his router and saw one of his local interfaces receiving up to 40Mbps traffic. This is a network that rarely gets 10Mbps on that interface.
On closer inspection using the Torch feature of the Mikrotik RouterOS, Continue reading

Our Great Nation Nigeria

Several discussions I’ve had with patriotic Nigerians have led me to
conclude that self-centredness of most people is our greatest undoing.
The average person will argue that the reason they are selfish is that
they are at risk of being poor. Most people want to build an island of
comfort not bothering how the country fares but are not aware that the rot they create will someday affect them or their children. Continue reading


someone shared this with me via a chain email a while ago:

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
front of him..
When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty
mayonnaise jar and start to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was. Continue reading