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Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

The Offshore Diaries (Entry 5)

In the last year and half, a pair of gigantic scissors ripped through the fabric of the oil industry, slashing plenty jobs and leaving the industry in bits and pieces. This scissors was wielded by economic logic, as it was no longer viable to maintain such a large industry, seeing ...

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Why Are Nigerians So Obsessed With People Getting Married?

Seriously though, why has it gotten to that stage where getting married now feels like you’re proving something to society? 

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“When Everybody Is Fighting Everybody, There’s No Progress.” Ifeanyi Orazulike in a new interview

As you all know, the Bisi Alimi Foundation was in Lagos in February to launch “Not Dancing to Their Music”, a report on the impact of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia on the LGBT community in Nigeria. Following the eye-opening panel at the event, Absalom and Pink Panther caught up with ...

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HAPPY BULLYING DAY! (?)

Today is Anti-Bullying Day. And here’s a piece to commemorate it. * Why on earth would anyone bully another? How does bullying benefit the bully? While we struggle to understand questions like these, right now, someone out there is pining beneath the unforgiving blow of the bully. What is bullying? ...

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MEN WILL NOT ALWAYS BE MEN

I was having a conversation with a few friends about sexual harassment, sexual violation, the rape culture and issues of abuse. We talked about cat-calling and those unwarranted touches that start at very tender ages especially for the girl child, and a young man who was there with us said, ...

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THAT ONE NA FIGHT?

“Shey your mouth don dey big pass your head abi? Na me you dey talk to like that?” “Say who you be? Wetin you fit do? Abeg gettout joor!” The brawl was a typical scenario on Boderin Street. Pedestrian traffic slowed down to watch halitosis-laden oral missiles fly between Braimoh ...

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The Offshore Diaries (Entry 4)

Life here reads like Ecclesiastes 3 in the bible. There’s a time for everything. A time to come onboard and a time to go home. A time to come on shift and a time to close. A time to eat and a time to sleep. A time for tea breaks ...

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ON PAEDOPHILIA AND RELATED MATTERS

“I tell you, if you need a girl who hasn’t yet been corrupted by the ‘runs girl’ mentality, you will have to keep an eye on senior secondary school girls. Once the girl you like finishes WASSCE and NECO exams, propose to her. These young ones are very loyal and ...

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Feud: Bette And Joan – They Really Could Have Been Friends

Joan Crawford: “Bette, here’s what I really hope from this picture when all is said and done. I hope I’ve made a new friend.” Bette Davis: “Me too.” This was the exchange between two great Hollywood actresses on the first day of the one film they were only ever going ...

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THINKING ABOUT RELIGION: The Question Of The Eden Tree

Dear Kunle, Three days ago, from the balcony of my house, I watched a little girl strolling down the street. She was thin and dark-skinned and wore a pink long-sleeved shirt over blue jeans, both shaggy. Her head of black hair swayed as she walked. Perhaps her mother had sent ...

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