Category Archives: life lessons

What really is a billion naira?

It is normal for humans to relate sums of money with their present problems or desires. When the news headlines talk about billions of naira, it is hard for the common man to relate with the figures because he doesn’t have problems that require billions to solve.

A billion naira is simply a million naira in a thousand places. To help you visualize billions better, below are some of the things a billion naira can do. Continue reading

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Weird Abuja Traffic Lights and Police “trappers”

If you have driven in Abuja for more than a few years, you would be aware that there are several intersections where conflicting traffic lights or hand signals of traffic wardens could easily be misinterpreted by road users. Not far from these points, there would typically be two or more police officers crouched behind shrubs waiting to leap out at unsuspecting motorists. With the introduction of several strange traffic lights around the city, business has improved for the crouching cops.

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You just might be responsible for Nigeria’s systemic failure!

Starting in November 2014, I continually lamented the failure of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to provide power in the Estate where I reside. About 3 weeks into the power outage, we decided to give the gen a rest and moved to Jos for the holidays especially as the AEDC technicians had mentioned that if they could not repair the fault by December 23rd, the components for fixing will not arrive until January 2015.

Ten days into the power outage, I had written letters of complaint to the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). 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