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Badiru Kehinde’s ‘Write Now’ trains over 150 young students in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State as Creative writers

When I left a place I call home in April, 2017, I had no main picture of where I was going to, how it looked like and the tales that awaited me, I took my life with all care. Like one writer said, you must face life like a mirror and keep burning like flames of fire.


I spent the night at Ikot-Ekpene and from there the story to life, impact and realities of being a youth corps member was birthed.


More than anything, writing and seeing budding writers become better have been one of my greatest passion. More so, in the pursuit of impact on the young minds and with the desire to promoting Nigeria’s Literature, I knew I had to do this. Do what?


All plans had been thought out before the beginning of the scheme. I had hoped to have a Personal CDS Project (which some people whispered to me as impossible). In proving every impossibility wrong, I walked the streets of Uyo, Akwa Ibom under the rain and in the sun (Coincidentally, that’s also a line from the NYSC Anthem). I also jumped in and out, from different taxis and Keke marwas in search of sponsors and literary enthusiasts.


Many of these tales were filled with heart breaks. Although, there were no pieces. I had some people look in disdain without believing in the proposal I had in hand. Interestingly, I had written and reprinted the proposal about 5 times before it was finally approved by the NYSC. That could have kept me down but I kept on with it.


What had kept me inspired were these tough times. One of such was when I wrote a poem in dedication to the state’s 30th anniversary. I had hoped I would perform it but I couldn’t due to one reason or the other.


I therefore knew a lot had to be done. I needed to challenge the stereotypes in the community and metropolis I was. I therefore adopted a Personal CDS Project named “Write Now” which successfully:


1. Trained over 150 young students on the art of Writing.


2. Empowered them with different writing materials from books to pen.


3. Provided close-watch writing workshops, feed-backs as well as virtual writing aids/prompts.


4. Helped the students discover and nurture their writing prowess.


5. Revealed the various genres and elements of writing to the students.


6. Published an anthology as written by the students themselves. Copies are available in Uyo. Many of the poems focused on themes such as feminism, girl child, education, politics, motherhood, justice, corruption, leadership and lots more.


All these would not have been possible without the wonderful team of writers, poets, photographers and lovers of art. One of them exceptionally is  Oluwa Olamiposi Omoyelei. Yele and I had been friends on Facebook and Badagry shildreeen until NYSC made it a real time friendship. When I saw her writing her name on the list of those that had just arrived then, I called upon her and she was left in awe. Indeed, this was some of the reasons why God had brought us together in words, rhyme and rhythm. She was instrumental to this project, touring with me from school to school. She is selfless and could give her love in a million liters if it was fuel.


Adeoye Adebayo Bajo would become a greater part of the journey in Nysc Akwa Ibom State. Many poems I wrote during the service year had been inspired by his Camera. He was part of this project and contributed immensely. I want to appreciate Badiru Idowu Adebusola who knew all of these since its start, Ojo Oyenike Feyisola Rachael Egberis, Meni Roland, Biodun, Olapeju Nifemi and Gbenga who were on ground most times to ask of the project’s progress. I will save you the stories; you can read a lot more in the memoir set to be out soon.






I had a particular kind of joy while creating this illustration. In few words, LOVE will find us.

LOVE is not in the air, it is somewhere in the air.

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IN-MY-LAGOS.jpglagos-dp-cover-696x696.jpgIn my Lagos

Are the lessons you need for living,

If the crazy ‘ molue ‘ drivers

Do not thrill you,

The angry mob by the road side will.

If the skinny girls don’t take away

Your eye ball , the three men at Ojota will.

This is Lagos,

Here, your dreams are painted

On the canvas of yellow & black.

Here, traffic is like taking attendance

at the gate of heaven.

You must confirm your pocket

As you walk from bustop to bustop…

In my Lagos,

Madness is a choice,

Amebo is integrity,

Freedom is in chains,

Fashion is oxgyen ,

Love is a sham,

Business is business.

If you don’t mind your business,

You will be taught the lesson of EkoAkete!

This is my Lagos!

But there is more to it…

In my Lagos!

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(Author: I Know Why Your Mother Cries)


– My Chimamanda Blues –

Chimamanda blues 2.jpgWe Should all be Feminists

because My Americanah

loves Purple Hibiscus (flower).


She loves the Thing Around Your Neck.

I’m not talking about the pendant…

But the scars patriachy had

printed on her neck.

She is a strong woman,

And I remind her, always,


Our moon may be full

But we share an Half of A Yellow sun…




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           Before the end of the day, let me remind you that today JANUARY 15th exactly about 53 years ago is a very important day in the history of Nigeria. “On Saturday, January 15, 1966, a pivotal day in the history of Nigeria” wrote Chinua Achebe in his book, ‘There was a Country’. That evening was a shifting storm for Nigeria. That evening, unbeknownst to most Nigerians, a military coup was being launched that would change Nigeria forever even till today.
            It is sad that this memory is coming now that the nation is a pool of confusion. However, history must be told for Nigeria had not anticipated it aside some creative writers such as Chinua Achebe and nobel laureate Wole Soyinka who like prophets had predicted the doom that was ahead for the newly independent nation. For instance, Achebe’s ‘A Man For The People’. The euphoria which came along with the status of independence was short lived as the civilian government couldn’t live up to the task and responsibilities expected of them. Many young African nations at this time rather than enjoy the rewards of independence were submerged in the disillusionment of seeing their freedom fighters become despots, their once united force becoming broken by the hammers  of greed, injustice and ineptitude and the cracks that came along with it.
          Although the Jan 15, 1966 has been termed by some as the Igbo-Coup. We must however know that on the lips of many Nigerians who lived then to witness the coup would term it a harvest of tragedy. Nigeria as a nation has often been too quick to affiliate every problem to ethnicity, thus, this even affects the way history is viewed. This date and the happenings hereafter are complex and has been a subject of debate for many historians and scholars of Comparative History till date. No wonder, the Biafran agitations is still fresh even till today. This coup led to the death of Nigeria’s first prime minister, Sir Tafawa Balewa.
          The 1966 Nigerian coup d’état on January 15, 1966, was the first military coup that was
carried out in Nigeria by junior officers. Maj. Kaduna Nzeogwu The coup d’état toppled the government of President Nnamdi Azikiwe and Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa thereby rewriting the political, social and military history of the country. The coup, though not completely successful, laid the foundation for coups and counter coups in Nigeria. 8 facts about the 1966 Nigerian coup d’état are attached below as shared by Naij:

1. In August 1965, 1 Yoruba and 4 Igbo Majors were beginning to plot a coup d’état against incumbent Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa.

2. It was one of the events that led to the Nigerian Civil War which started in 1967.

3. On January 15, 1966 Maj. Kaduna Nzeogwu decided to turn a night-time training exercise known as “Exercise Damisa” into a full blown military coup.

4. The coup was planned because according to the Majors, the men at the helm of affairs were running Nigeria aground with their corrupt ways.

5. The senior army officer, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, then used the coup as a pretext to annex power, ending Nigeria’s nascent democracy.

6. The officers involved on both sides of the coup are (Conspirators): Maj. Kaduna Nzeogwu (Igbo), Maj. Timothy Onwuatuegwu (Igbo), Maj. Emmanuel Ifeajuna (Igbo), Maj. Chris Anuforo (Igbo), Maj. Don Okafor (Igbo), Maj. Adewale Ademoyega (Yoruba), Maj. Humphrey Chukwuka (Igbo), Capt. Emmanuel Nwobosi (Igbo), Capt. Ben Gbulie (Igbo)and Capt. Ogbu Oji (Igbo).
Government officials include: Prime Minister Abubakar Balewa † (Bageri), Premier Ahmadu Bello † (Fulani), Premier Samuel Akintola (Yoruba), Finance Minister Festus Okotie-Eboh (Itsekiri), Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (Igbo), Brig. Samuel Ademulegun (Yoruba), Brig. Zakariya Maimalari (Kanuri), Col. Kur Mohammed (Kanuri), Col. Ralph Shodeinde † (Yoruba), Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon (Ngas), Lt. Col. Abogo Largema (Kanuri), Lt. Col. James Pam (Berom), Lt. Col. Arthur Unegbe (Igbo), Lt. Col. Conrad Nwawo (Igbo) and Maj. Hassan Katsina (Fulani).

7. Nigerian soldiers led by Kaduna Nzeogwu assassinated 11 senior Nigerian politicians and two soldiers as well as kidnapping three others.

8. Some of those who were murdered in the 1966 coup include the Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa; the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello: the Premier of Western Region; Sir Samuel Ladoke Akintola; the Finance Minister, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh; the wife of Ademulegun, Mrs. Lateefat; the wife of the then Premier of Northern Nigeria, Hafusat; Zarumi Sardauna, the Senior Assistant on Security to the then Premier, Ahmed Ben Musa and the Government Driver to the then Premier, Ahmed Pategi.

Written: Badiru Kehinde
(Poet, Story-teller, Observer, Freelance Writer and Researcher)
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