Who Will Save This Giant?

By Morak Babajide-Alabi

He is the Giant. And not called a giant for fun sake. The potentials of this big frame were discovered early in his life. He walked heads and shoulders far above others born around the same time as he was. He appeared brave everywhere he showed up and in a short while, became the protector of mates, young and old, defending them from abusers and oppressors.

His frame was of a good advantage to which he made use of. He was a good farmer of yams, cocoa, groundnuts, cassava, oranges, beans etc. As a giant, he was also endowed with supernatural powers which enabled him to sense where he could explore for resources. Day and night, he was probing into the dry places, seeking new opportunities. Not too long, he struck a pot of gold that was hidden somewhere deep down in the ground. read more

Weinstein Is The Rabbit Caught in The Headlight

By Morak Babajide-Alabi

When the story about Harvey Weinstein broke recently, it was like one that has been told over and over again in the past. It sounded too repetitive and got some people yawning and saying to themselves – “this is familiar”. They are right because we hear these stories in the grapevine on a daily basis. The only difference this time around is that some brave victims have decided to go public.

Please raise your hand if you have not read or heard about the prevalence of sexual harassments and assaults in the movie industries – Hollywood, Nollywood or Zollywood. Or if you are too young to know that they are prevalent also in the academics, business or sports arenas. No matter where the stories come from, they surely are not the best-kept secrets in the world. read more

Fela Lives, As We ‘Look And Laugh’

By Morak Babajide-Alabi

The trend of the emails I received on the back of the publication of this column last week was the question – why do I ignore issues happening in Nigeria and concentrate energy on the politics of another country? This was in reaction to the piece on the travails of Theresa May, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister. Severally, I made attempts to defend this by justifying that the column is written about happenings in the diaspora that will interest Nigerian readers. read more

It May Be The Right Time For Britain’s Theresa To Go

By Morak Babajide-Alabi

You know the political end is in sight when a leader had to repeatedly take to the media to confirm that he/she still enjoys the support of the people. This is the situation Theresa May, the embattled Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has found herself. She has to justify her continued stay in government and the leadership of the Conservative Party.

One would have thought by now, months after the results of the near fatal snap general elections that she naively called for, she would have settled down to the job of leading Britain, especially out of the European Union. May is “supposed” to be the modern day Biblical Moses to demand for the “release” of UK citizens from the “oppressive” grip of the “Pharaonic” European bureaucrats. read more

Help! I Can’t Find The Manual For Diaspora Parenting

By Morak Babajide-Alabi,

Some years ago I was privileged to attend an awareness workshop on Child Protection for African Parents. It was held in Leeds, United Kingdom and organised by the Nigerian-led charity organisation – Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA). The organisation was set up in 2001 to advocate the rights and welfare of African children in the UK, following the murder of kids such as Damilola Taylor and Jude Akapa.

It was indeed a time well spent at this workshop as the speakers in turn took us through many examples of what a child’s rights are and how they could be easily breached. The UK government is notable for being intolerable of child abuse, no matter where it is from. It is instructive that after the workshop, AFRUCA went ahead to produce a step-by-step-guide to help prevent the abuse towards children. read more