Politricks and Futuretainment

APPARENTLY, POLITICS IN NIGERIA HAS BECOME THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ANNEX.

Source: Linda Ikeji

Source: Linda Ikeji

Now it’s seemingly a no brainer; after spending sometime on the TV screens as a public figure, the next thing is to plan to occupy a public office. I must commend the courage even though the drive to make some good political money maybe one propelling factor –which they are likely to deny, but my point is, is this sustainable? Are we letting the right set of people lead? Just TINKing.

A lot of Nigerian artists in recent times have indicated interest in occupying political offices and some have even gone ahead to win. Some have done very well and some others, not so well. Amongst Nigerian entertainers who have vied for political offices at some point include, Bob Manuel, Kate Henshaw Nuttle, Desmond Elliot, Kenneth Okonkwo, Tony “One Week” Muanagor, and very recently Bankole Wllington a.k.a Banky W. there are speculations that Jude Abaga a.k.a MI is also saddling up for politics but we currently have no proof of this. We also saw A-List Nigerian musician, Davido get involved with politics while chairing the campaign for his uncle who was vying for political office in his home state.

Source: Pexels

Source: Pexels

I do not think there is anything wrong with this trend as it is everyone’s wish to do something for the common good of the people and politics is one great avenue. However, my concern is the quality of individuals who occupy such offices. Otherwise it may just be a square peg in a round hole scenario. Politics in Africa is no stage where you come do your thing and go, whatever decisions you take there will affect the lives of people for a long time.

So dear entertainers, if you want to vie for political office in the nearest future, ensure you have added a lot more than twerk videos and lyrics that don’t mean anything to yourselves as we would require you to give us the best of you.

I just hope that very soon criteria for running election in Africa won’t be based on the amount of screen time you have and the number of followers on social media.

Dear Feminist, What Should Men Do With Chivalry?

FEMINISM HAS GREATLY EMPOWERED WOMEN AND LEFT MEN IN A STATE OF CONFUSION.

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There was a time I struggled with the concept of feminism and as a result, I concluded it was a war against masculinity. Almost very quickly, the line men had come to believe “it’s a man’s world” steadily began to fade. We’ve seen women rise up to take up certain responsibilities or activities that have afore time been reserved for men –thought to be a manly obligation. Women are now bread winners in many homes, they want to get into politics, they want to come into the bar to drink beer and talk sports. This I greatly commend because I have a thing for ladies who know a thing or two about sports but what do men do with chivalry?

Men these days have had to tone down chivalry because ladies see it as an attack on their personality. When a guy tries to open a door for woman he gets hit with the “don’t hold the door for me, I can open my own doors” because they believe that such chivalry suggests that they are the weaker sex. Women have become very attentive to words that are seemingly derogatory. In 2014 there was a whole campaign on this #LikeAGirl; ladies came out to say that the words “act like a girl” are derogatory as it implies some form of weakness.

The trend now is; men are joining the support for feminism but from the stand point of the fact that ladies should be allowed to compete evenly in every facet of the society and in homes as well. This doesn’t replace the roles the institution of marriage imposes on both parties; however it suggests adequate levels of participation from both parties.

Although the voices of feminists in 2018 haven’t been as loud as previous years, I TINK that like a patient lion, they lie in wait for the right time to pounce on some guy, policy, or movement that will imply anything feminism is blatantly against.

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Source: Unsplash

Feminism is prominent in Africa than it is in many other parts of the world as the African culture is historic for usurping authority over women. As such, in the nearest future, the obligation for both sexes will be separated by a blur line. We’ve begun to see women take up high responsibilities and excel, we’ve seen ladies in heavy lifting and body building, we’ve seen them in sports and politics and they do so well.

Even though women are making so much progress riding on the backs of feminism should men no longer be chivalrous? What should they do with “gentle manly” gestures?

Leave us a comment in the comment box below, let’s know what you are TINKing.

No Social Media till You Pay Tax –Hilarious Right?

AFRICA IS STILL TRYING TO SEE THE SUN YET A FEW MEN SOMEWHERE ARE TRYING TO BLOT OUT THE RAYS SHE SEES BY IMPOSING LEVIES AND TAX ON SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE.

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Source: Unsplash

Wait before I start this article, let me enter my Patience Ozokwor moment (takes off head gear and ties it around waist). Wonders shall never end in this continent; imagine waking up to use your favourite social media apps only to find out that YOU CAN’T VIEW YOUR OWN TIMELINE just because somebody somewhere has imposed some kind of levy on social media usage.

You think this is far-fetched right? It means in your country you have it good.

Recently in Benin republic, the government cancelled a decree known as "over-the-top" platforms, which imposed a tax on users of platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. The initial decree saw Local and international activists protest against the decree as they believed it was an outright attack on the freedom of expression. They delivered media content directly to users without using traditional telecommunications infrastructure such as terrestrial broadcast or satellite signals.

Source: Pexels

Source: Pexels

Also in countries like Uganda and Tanzania we saw similar developments. In July this year Uganda imposed a tax on social media platforms. Ugandans average monthly cash income for is a little over USD$100 (36,000 Naira) yet tax was imposed on them to use the medium. Tanzania passed a law on online content creators which forces bloggers to pay up to USD$900 (324,000 Naira) for a three year license. In Zambia, the government introduced a levy on internet calls for WhatsApp, Skype and Viber and it also plans to introduce a cybersecurity and cybercrimes law. Kenya passed the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill last year to police social media activity. In Nigeria, there was speculation that the minister of information was pushing for an imposition of restrictions on the usage of social media.

Source: Unspalsh

Source: Unspalsh

This trend is being spurred by the unprecedented effectiveness of social media in disseminating information, exploiting vulnerabilities and its history in starting socio-political movements. I agree that a lot of people especially in places of political power have some insecurities but if you are going to stop me from saying a hi or hello to some young lady I’ve been crushing on, then don’t use levies or tax, be more creative please.

However, if this trend is left unchecked, a few men somewhere will lock Africa away from the world and further stifle the slow progress we are beginning to experience.

What do you TINK? Leave your thought in the comment section below.

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Source: Pexels

The Day Nigeria Changed

CAN YOU VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS RUNNING AGAINST YOUR SIBLING FOR A POLITICAL OFFICE?

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If the title of this article was a movie it would be epic. I’m sure every single person I know would sit down to watch this movie to the very end. No one would blink because they would not want to miss a thing but I can sit here and categorically tell you that this day is coming, this is neither Game of Thrones nor is it winter. Do not turn away from this article because it has the same word “change” that you were promised in 2015 and you are yet to cash in on political promises.

However, some interesting kind of politics is going on in America and I can’t say for certain if Africa should imitate everything but this one is certainly worthy of emulation. An Arizona congressman by the name, Paul Gosar, has been discredited by his siblings who came out to urge the public not to vote for their brother.

Hold on, just TINK about it for a minute, can this happen in any place in Africa? That people, especially siblings will come forth to un-endorsed their own brother and endorse his running opponent. This may just be one of those African fairy tales that were never written. No matter how terrible your sibling might seem to be, so long as he is entering office and would have the ability to make something beautiful for his immediate family, you would support your sibling to the very end irrespective of the level of havoc he is capable of wrecking upon people.

Source: Connect Nigeria

Source: Connect Nigeria

The day Nigeria changed would have to be the day we trade selfishness for selflessness and greed for kindness.

As the 2019 election gradually approaches, I sincerely hope we will begin to see some selfless acts from people instead of the usual parade of self-worth we see all year round.

Well-Done, S.A.R.S.

THIS CAPTION IS THE MOST IRONIC CAPTION I’VE EVER READ.

Source: BBC

Source: BBC

Over the past few months there has been uproar from the Nigerian youth against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). I’m stuck trying to figure out whether this law enforcement agency is suffering from identity crisis or we are just uncomfortable with their unorthodox mode of operation. Young people have become very afraid of the sector and over time have complained that they have infringed on their human rights severally.

Very recently there was a protest in Osun state over the killing of residents by SARS- as reported by the guardian. Young people can’t go out anymore, whether night or day without fear of being harassed. Interestingly, many celebrities have also been victimized; IllBliss, Reekardo Banks, Mayorkun, Do2tun, Dr Sid, just to mention a few. I am also not left out of this infamous list. Even though mine wasn’t a SARS harassment story, but it was the regular police stop and ask encounter. I guess that should put me on the list with my fellow celebrities, right?

Source: Vanguard

Source: Vanguard

Apparently, the federal government heard the cries of victims and potential victims which prompted action from the office of the vice president. On the 15th of August 2018, the vice president ordered an overhauling of the sector. This is to usher in a total revamp of the agency and reinstall calm and a sense of safety in the hearts of the Nigerian youth.

This swift action observed in government today is due to the trend of young people taking to social media to air their views without fear of repercussion. Although, there has been an attempt by the government to regulate the usage of social media in disseminating information in Nigeria, but until they make any heads way in that regard, we shall continue to use the platform to scream for change and share funny videos –because laughter is good for the mind.