Each week here at YNaija, we round up the best Nigerian writing on the internet, highlighting the stories, profiles, interviews and in-depth reporting that rise above the daily churn.
Here are the ones that caught our attention:
Dozens of senior public officials, including state governors and lawmakers, have gone into isolation. If they get sick, they will have to rely on a weak health system that is at risk of crumbling under the weight of a larger outbreak, according to Francis Faduyile, head of the Nigerian Medical Association, an umbrella group for doctors.
Is It Still Beautiful? Motherhood and Mental Health during a Pandemic – Ukamaka Olisakwe
Something catches in my throat. He sees me; he sees through my oft faux positive demeanor. Lately, I have had trouble concentrating on anything; I’m often tumbling down in the bottomless news about the pandemic shared on Twitter. My anxiety revels in this atmosphere, eating into every inch of my mind, sucking all my will, all my strength, making it difficult for me to lift myself from these stories.
Choice Feminism: Patriarchy in Disguise – Rose Okeke
It’s common observation that men only acknowledge feminism when they want to use it to uphold their own interests. When a woman boldly declares being feminist, she is battered by an onslaught of insults and threats from grown men who just will not accept a woman unshackling herself from the burden of being controlled by society.
Kanu was an ambitious, charismatic 27-year-old who owned two residential buildings and had a good job and government connections when he was arrested. Today, he has no job, no car, not even a refrigerator. He has no wife, no children. He does not have many friends. There is no land, no valuable jewellery, no retirement account, no stocks or bonds in his name.
Oxklade: Trauma Behind the Beauty – Joey Akan
Possessing a pristine sincerity that has come to define his music and navigation of the industry in Lagos, Oxlade’s talent is stark and overwhelming. His sonorous voice and incredible creative range have raised comparisons with Nigerian pop legend, Wande Coal. Colleagues tell me that his knack for creating winding melodies has seen him ushered into numerous rooms to write and help the creative process for his more successful contemporaries.
A Look at P-Square’s Impact on Afropop Over the Years – Danjaji Anwar
P-Square’s music was deliberately delivered in pidgin English, with bursts of their native tongue, Igbo on different tracks. The brothers attribute a lot of their success in Africa to the relatability of Pidgin English, which in combination with their hi-life infused r&b/pop leaning compositions made them irresistible to the populace.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.