Still remember stepping off that British Airways flight on Thursday March 28, 2013 to start a new life in Nigeria. It's been 7+ years but it feel like 2.

I was 23 at the time, now I'm 30 and several friends of mine are on their 2nd child.

That is how age creeps up on you.
I'm not one of those "Nigerians are unserious because they watch BB Naija" folks, but what I will say is that I hope none of you ever wakes up one morning to do the usual banter thing here, only to realise that you're no longer in the same generation with the banter folks.
Nigeria's median age is 17.9 (and statistically getting even younger) which is why the discussion register of TwitterNG in 2020 is the same as it was in 2012.

The banterers will always be here and they will always be young and carefree.

You however, won't. You're getting older
I've seen several people I once considered friends completely fail to make the jump from "youth" to the next phase. Their stories aren't mine to tell.

I pray the universe grants all of us the good sense to know how finite time is.
Many of our parents made this exact same error, laughing and bantering their way through the 70s and 80s. Then they woke up one day in their 40s and suddenly realised that they were unhappy, getting poorer, and living in a dreadful country. Only then did the penny drop.
They then spent the next 15 years trying to make up for their own unseriousness and lack of engagement. Suddenly they wanted to watch the news everyday and take an interest in politics and governance. Suddenly they became our unpaid lecturers bending our ears with admonitions.
Most of us here are in our 20s. I hope we know that you will sleep and wake up, then suddenly you're 35 and the person you're retweeting is 21 and you're no longer the culture setter or the determinant of what is cool.

That's the horrible thing that time does to everybody.
Don't become our parents.

Please.

You are getting older.

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25 Sep
This one was an NDDC scholar crying out against the Nigerian govt for abandoning him in Aberdeen without paying his fees. We all ran the story and generated publicity and his fees got paid.

Now he's supporting SARS from Aberdeen because he is lawyer, heh heh.

Typical Nigerian.
"I've got mine, so screw the rest of you!"

- Nigerian Human, (1960-)
"Nigeria is a terrible place that needs to change! Except the problem does not directly affect me."

- Nigerian Man, (1960-)
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A thread of graphs from the Copenhagen Consensus Center's COVID-19 Cost-Benefit Report showing why the coronavirus lockdown in Nigeria was a disastrous policy failure.
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25 Sep
Whenever I point out the dangers in new legislation, there are always some stupid lawyers who come here to speak English and accuse me of stirring up emotions unnecessarily, because apparently what we can all read in plain English can only be understood by someone who wears a wig
Now ask yourself this very simple question:

In your everyday life where these laws will apply, who gets to interpret these laws?

Is it your MCMs here or is it the 35k/month olokpa who can barely read and write and is looking for how to extort you?
So the conclusion is very simple and straightforward: If laws are not written in a way that Corporal Sunday can understand clearly without any room for mischievous interpretation, then those laws are DANGEROUS.

Mr IWriteCleverTweets Esq will NOT be there at the impact point.
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24 Sep
Also if you feel like you can read and interpret legislation better than me, I agree. Nothing stops you from writing your own review.👍🏿

The bill came out in July, so you don't have to wait 2 months for me to do it, then drop your wise quote tweet explaining why na you sabi pass.
I do the work that nobody else is willing or able to do, stay up reading pdfs when other people are sleeping or enjoying pheromone activity, paint a bullseye on my back by publishing it, then aimoye Wise Ancient Ones will wake up and start telling me what I *should* have written.
You guys should save the takes abeg. You can't last 72 hours in my shoes but you can teach me how to do my job. Never do the work but always have an opinion on the person who does. Forever teaching, never doing.
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24 Sep
If you are writing or reviewing legislation in Nigeria, please do not think like a constitutional lawyer.

Think like a DPO who wants to extort money.

Think like a sticky-fingered civil servant or politicoan.

Think like an uneducated, power-hungry uniform-wearing enforcer.
Do not analyse clauses based on their "expected" outcomes. Do so based on how they could be used in the worst possible way and for the worst possible reasons.

That is how to regulate public institutions in Nigeria.

Don't think like Yemi Osinbajo. Think like MC Oluomo.
Do not EVER include discretionary or subjective measures left open to the interpretation of a public officer.

Instead spell out in granular detail what actions should take place under what circumstances. If the law fills 1,000 pages, so be it.

Because if you don't...
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23 Sep
Ghana is living proof that it doesn't take two heads to solve problems. One of my fondest childhood memories is buying a bottle of Coca Cola in 2001 near Akuafo Hall at UG Legon with 300 cedis. The GHS was a joke currency at the time and the naira was like USD in comparison.
Ghana was a fiscal and economic mess. You couldn't do some transactions in Acrra with cedis. Everyone was accepting dollars, even roadside supermarkets.

Today Nigerians are converting their NGN to GHS and moving their money to Ghana for its stability.

They don't have 2 heads.
While Nigeria has still not figured out how to generate more than 5,000MW of power consistently and reliably, Ghana now has the barely believable problem of *too much electricity*.

Ghanaians are our cousins just 400KM away. they don't have 2 heads.
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