One of my all-time favourite poems is Niyi Osundare’s ‘Not my Business.’ I know poetry can appear dry and extremely abstract but I think this piece by Osundare is an exception. Have a read: They picked Akanni up one morningBeat him soft like clayAnd stuffed him down the bellyOf a waiting jeep.What business of mine … Continue reading Put your yam down and ask questions.
Reflecting on the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman and watching the many YouTube videos of him speaking or others speaking about him, the one thread that stood out to me was just how much people were impacted by his role as King T'challa in Marvel's Black Panther. Personally, I didn't enjoy the movie - I … Continue reading On heroes and nobility: a tribute to Chadwick Boseman
Recently, I failed at something I thought I already had mastery over. Funny enough, I wasn't hit from the shadows. I could see failure approaching but was too frozen in place to move out of the way, so failure did what it knows how to do best - it ran me over big time and … Continue reading Three lessons failure taught me
If you follow English football (not soccer!), you'll be aware of a particular coach famous for his 'park the bus' philosophy. I'm not claiming to be the world's leading football analyst but I know that on several occasions where I've watched this coach's team play under this 'park the bus' strategy, it was mind-numbingly boring. … Continue reading Stay on the attack!
If you clicked on this hoping for a 5 minutes church/pastor bashing session, I'm very happy to disappoint you. When the phrase spiritual blackmail comes up, it's easy to swivel our necks around the church hall looking at others and not ourselves. I've been a Christian for a few years now and I think I … Continue reading Say ‘NO’ to spiritual blackmail
“You are the only you God made... God made you and broke the mould.” Max Lucado *WARNING: what you are about to read might come across as a rant, so proceed with caution 🙂 I taught English in secondary schools for over two years and one of the many things that used to grate on … Continue reading My very personal beef with ‘just’
Same storm, different boats. Pastor Rick Warren used this analogy in a recent conversation with Nicky and Pippa Gumbel (HTB Brompton). Our world has been besieged by relentless waves and hurricanes of grief, loss, pain, confusion and paralysis. We’re all stuck in a collective limbo; to ease lockdown or to not ease lockdown? The same … Continue reading Same storm, different boats
What do you do when a change of guard looms and you are staring down the barrel of an unknown future? The book of Deuteronomy is sort of Moses’ last counselling session with the nation of Israel. He had led them for forty years and they were now on the verge of Jordan; Canaan was … Continue reading Transition in 3D
"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair..." 2Cor. 4:8,9 2020 strikes again, this time very close to home. My father in law, Daddy Olatoye, fell asleep and not even our loudest wailing could wake him up. Although he spent the last 22 years in a wheel … Continue reading How to live a limitless life – a tribute to my father-in-law
'2020.' This was supposed to be the year of clear vision. Turns out that our vision is as cloudy and foggy as ever. Turns out that thick menacing and destructive clouds of hate still hover ominously over society. I couldn't bring myself to watch the video of George Floyd's tragic death. From the still photos … Continue reading How do we unravel the deadly tapestry of hate?