Category: Counter Culture Blog

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Edwin OkoloOctober 22, 2019

High ranking policemen getting kidnapped is just how bad Nigeria’s security issues are right now

Is there a more pressing sign that a country’s security has been severely compromised than the state having to protect ...

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Edwin OkoloOctober 21, 2019

Isn’t it time France stopped pretending it doesn’t treat francophone West Africa like a colony?

Over the last decade, it has become harder and harder for France to project this air of neutrality and progressiveness, ...

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EditorOctober 18, 2019

At long last, Karo Omu’s campaign to subsidize sanitary products has the government’s ear

Here at the YNaija Counter Culture blog, we have followed with keen interest the work that activist Karo Omu has ...

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EditorOctober 17, 2019

Is Minister Adamu of the ministry of education going to speak on #SexForGrades?

#SexForGrades, the BBC investigation chaired by Nigerian journalist Kiki Mordi and Charlie Northcott has the whole of Africa’s millennial population ...

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EditorOctober 16, 2019

What happens to the AfCTFA now that the borders are closed?

The Nigerian Customs authority has spent the last month ‘experimenting’ with the country’s road borders. But not all the country’s ...

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EditorOctober 15, 2019

Sanwo-Olu declares a state of emergency but is it enough?

Anyone who lives in Lagos knows what a nightmare traffic has been in the last month. There has been miles ...

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EditorOctober 14, 2019

Dear Sound Sultan, a personal preference for plus-size women doesn’t make you progressive

Nigerians body shame. It is as much a fact about our country as our love for jollof and our tragic ...

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Edwin OkoloOctober 10, 2019

Recent data on sexual assault in Kaduna is a warning that gendered violence is a national problem

As a Nigerian who is concerned about the rights of women and children, you never catch a break. In October ...

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Edwin OkoloOctober 8, 2019

#SexForGrades is a reminder that nothing will stop Nigeria’s #MeToo movement

Yesterday, Nigerian journalist Kiki Mordi, in partnership with Premium Times and the BBC released an investigative documentary about the exploitation, ...

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EditorSeptember 19, 2019

Another critic of Governor Ganduje has been arrested for dissent

Nazir Ahmed, otherwise known by his stage name Sarkin Waka was arrested by the Kano State Police command on the ...

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EditorSeptember 16, 2019

An alleged serial killer has killed 9 women in Port Harcourt & the Nigerian police is blaming the victims

The first time I heard about the serial killings in Port Harcourt, it wasn’t from the Nigerian police. There was ...

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Edwin OkoloSeptember 13, 2019

Don’t be deceived by the recent support for Bobrisky, TERFs are still a big problem

Everyone expected it, but we were all still genuinely surprised when it happened. For nearly a year, Idris ‘Bobrisky’ Okuneye, ...

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Edwin OkoloSeptember 12, 2019

Sex tourism is thriving in the Gambia, but is it wrong if it is consensual?

West Africa has sex tourism situation. I would ordinarily call it a ‘problem’ but I believe the situation requires more ...

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Edwin OkoloSeptember 6, 2019

Everyone dies in the end, even Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe (for 30 plus years) is dead. No one is really surprised by this, in ...

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Edwin OkoloSeptember 4, 2019

Sanctions not retaliations are how we need to respond to SA’s xenophobia

For nearly a week before the 1st of September, news filtered in from South Africa that the country’s black male ...

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EditorSeptember 2, 2019

With journalists being arrested for treason, Nigeria dips further into a dictatorship

Just last week, we were publicly decrying the decision of the federal government to forcefully arrest AAC presidential candidate Omoyele ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 29, 2019

Flooding: Nigeria is on the verge of yet another nationwide disaster

As a Nigerian living in Nigeria, its hard not to feel like we all suffer from collective amnesia. A collective ...

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EditorAugust 28, 2019

One year later the Nigerian police still has no charges for the #Egbeda57

On the 26th of August 2016, Nigerians woke up to news that 57 young men attending a birthday party in ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 27, 2019

Intersex people are now a formally recognized gender in Kenya

As part of Kenya’s plans to streamline its government process, the country began a census last weekend to align global ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 26, 2019

Sexual harassment in markets is an issue women are tackling across Africa

One of the ways rape culture perpetuates itself is through sexual harassment. Sexual harassment which includes language that demeans women ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 23, 2019

Davido, a name you’d never never expect to show up on a list beside The Assemblies of God

In the list of things that are fairly obvious but you would have never think to predict, is Davido’s music ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 22, 2019

As of today, Nigeria is finally polio free

It has taken Nigeria a long, long time, but finally, we are Polio free. It has taken 30 years of ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 21, 2019

Ekiti State is serious about their sex offenders list

Last week, the internet went wild when the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi posted via his twitter,  a photograph of ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 20, 2019

Could public shaming be the only way we get Nigerian politicians to behave?

There is an anecdote that says Nigerians do not have shame. I don’t think that’s true, at least, not for ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 16, 2019

Mark Ofua’s animal shelter is a reminder of the ecological cost of our lifestyles

An animal shelter in Nigeria seems a bit of a stretch, but not for Mark Ofua. For Nigerians, animals rank ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 15, 2019

Dada is revolutionizing medicine in Nigeria, one payment at a time

The Federal Medical Center Ebute Metta might not have been in the news over the last few months but it ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 14, 2019

Nigeria’s fuel subsidies are still costing us more than we think

When was the last time you thought about fuel? Have you thought about how much it costs for a litre, ...

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EditorAugust 13, 2019

At long last, leader of IMN, El-Zakzaky leaves for India for treatment

It has taken nearly four years of negotiations, protests, false starts and blatant defiance of the rule of law, but ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 12, 2019

Nepotism in the Nigerian army cost the policemen killed last week their lives

If you follow politics in Nigeria, then the events of last weekend must have caused you some concern. The Nigerian ...

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Edwin OkoloAugust 9, 2019

A kidnap kingpin is in the wind and 3 police officers are dead; This is Buhari’s Nigeria

In a turn of events that will confound even the most open minded of political commentators, the Nigerian Police Force, ...

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