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Retirement an opportunity to refresh and restart Part 1 & II

Retirement an opportunity to refresh and restart Part 1 & II

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

It is exactly a year and 3 days that I returned to Lagos, Nigeria after almost 24 years of working at the United Nations at different peace operations. I had cut my teeth inside Somalia for almost 2 years under the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at a time late General Mohamed Farah Aidid wanted to kill meddlesome peacekeepers as a way to drive them out of his country. We relocated to Nairobi, where I continued my work on Somalia for 11 years before moving to Liberia on post-conflict peace keeping mission.

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Relaxing with J.P Clark’s “The Wives Revolt”

Relaxing with J.P Clark’s “The Wives Revolt”

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

It is usual that family and friends pass comments on my not relaxing enough. I am always put on the defensive. So, when Data Phido sent a short note asking if I was in Lagos last Thursday, and I responded in the affirmative, she offered me four seats at the Command Performance of J.P. Clark’s The Wives’ Revolt which held at the MUSON Centre, Lagos on March 29, 2018. Two repeat performances are scheduled for Sunday, March 31, 2019 and I highly recommend attendance.

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Memorable Catch-up with a Good Friend

Memorable Catch-up with a Good Friend

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

A reasonable portion of today April 29, 2019, was spent with Olubukonla Onabolu reminiscing about different parts of my early life. Of course, with her Şina this and Şina that it is clear that it is a relationship of well over 52 years but we had not seen each other for about 48 years till today. Whenever I hear anyone call me Şina, I know immediately that such a person was from Araromi Street (New Road), Iloro Street and Igboburo through to Ita Ntebo and Odo-Egbo, all in Ijębu-Ode. Outside of those areas, I am Babafęmi to all else or simply put, ‘Fęmi.

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Ibadan A Pleasant Change from The Bustle of Lagos

Ibadan A Pleasant Change from The Bustle of Lagos

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

For a change, my wife and I spent 26-29 July, 2018 at Ibadan, that sprawling largest city, (I believe not just in West Africa as I was taught in geography as a kid), but arguably in Africa. It had the largest population in my younger days. But today, is not populated like Lagos that once had the advantage of being the political capital that remains the economic capital. Ibadan is estimated to be only 3.5m. It was the political capital of Yorubas and was the base of conversion of proceeds from sales of cocoa by a hard-working people into a free primary education for all which to date remains a boost to Yoruba contribution to human knowledge. Obafemi Awolowo, working with others from Ibadan just for about 4 years showed the British a phenomenal can-do spirit. Apart from investing in the birth and growth of my generation, they built the first skyscraper in Africa, first stadium in Africa and first television station in Africa – Western Nigeria Television (WNTV). Little wonder Britain preferred people without can-do spirit to govern Nigeria. Nigeria has remained the loser for that colonial manipulation of census among other political machinations including the rejection of independence by 1956 by other leaders which Britain supported.

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Father’s Day Lunch and Corruption Discourse

Father’s Day Lunch and Corruption Discourse

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

Sunday, June 17, 2018, was claimed to be Father’s Day for this year. It is the only one fathers get as compared to the plethora of days dedicated to mothers. For some reason, Western consumerism creates all sorts of days to make merchants happy. Presents are purchased from merchants for mothers as fathers receive phone calls or at best, WhatsApp messages.

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Father and Son Conversation at Lunch

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Celebrating Miss Nigeria

Celebrating Miss Nigeria

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

The 43rd edition of Miss Nigeria took place on November 30, 2019, at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. For the first time, I attended such an event.

My attendance was due to the much hype around me on the event. My last child Abidemi left the family educational concern, Yintab Private Academy to go work for the Miss Nigeria enterprise as Manager for Ms. Chidinma Aaron, the 42nd Miss Nigeria. She had given us a lot of sleepless nights driving from work for 2-3 hours to return home from work given the crazy Lagos traffic that has not bothered the Governors of Lagos since when I cannot say. When I came to Lagos as a student of the best University in Nigeria – University of Lagos – in 1973, Lagos was already congested.

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Birth and Naming of A Grand Daughter

Birth and Naming of A Grand Daughter

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

On August 17, 2018, the day after our naming my grand-daughter, Adelayo Badejo at Houston, Texas, my Uncle, Otunba Chris Olukayode Koya led a few family members that gathered at short notice, including the baby’s maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother and friends at our residence in Lagos to acknowledge and pronounce the 15 names that had been contributed by both sides of the family of the little Princess of Odoşęnlu, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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Another Nigerian Tale

Another Nigerian Tale

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

When I read accounts on how Nigeria is lagging behind on infrastructural development, I always marvel. A drive to and beyond Nigeria’s Kirikiri: Medium, Female and Maximum Prisons clearly demonstrate the rot on infrastructure. Prisons, an essential part of rule of law need not be a punishment institution. At the UN, the spirit is more of correction/rehabilitation of human beings to return to being full human beings and not wild animals.

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Another Nigerian Tale

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An Exciting End to a Hectic Year

An Exciting End to a Hectic Year

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

On Saturday December 8, 2018, I landed back in Eko, Nigeria. The Portuguese had named Eko as Lagos way back. And it attained the status of the capital of colonial Nigeria under that foreign imposed name until Abuja wrested that capital title away from Eko. However, Eko remains the soul and the economic capital of Nigeria. I will hesitate and avoid the arrogance of my fellow Lagosians who easily ascribe the title of economic capital of West Africa to Eko.

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Salutation to an Unsung Omoluabi

Salutation to an Unsung Omoluabi

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Today, January 9, 2020 is the 70th birthday of a role model: Dr. Abiodun Osinubi. If he had joined in the stealing from national patrimony like many are doing in my country, he would have received a presidential congratulations. Jets would have flown into Murtala Mohammed airport in Lagos conveying co-thieves who pretend to be leaders in politics or industry but are actually thieves not being held to account.

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Salutation to an Unsung Omoluabi

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