Lets Shut Everyone up First!

The concept of freedom of speech is very funny if you asked me.
I think this concept is funny because of how people (sometimes including me) struggle to draw the line between when a person has the right to say absolutely whatever is on his/her mind save for when the law draws a line he/she must not cross (e.g tortuous cases and hate speeches among others).
Nevertheless this, I still find it amusing how this struggle goes on and on, especially recently with Donald Trump and his supporters as a case in point and how other people who do not support Trump react to his Tomfoolery.

When I was a student of the Faculty of Law University of Lagos, an ambassador from the US embassy came to the faculty on a weekend to speak with some of the Students, and he made some statements.
He said; ” In the US, we do not stop people from saying whatever they may want to say, we do not shout people down, and the government will not shut anyone up. which is why anyone can go on TV to make a fool of themselves by their own utterances… after a person has finished saying what he has to say, then (as long as he/she isn’t breaking any law) the society is left to be the judge of whether whatever said is actually stupid, foolish etc. or not.”

Basically, because you have a right to freedom to express yourself does not mean that we cannot criticise, and challenge you or call you out on what you have said.
Freedom of speech does not mean, I have to say “I agree” to everything you say or that we cannot disagree.
And freedom of speech does not mean people cannot tell you to “Shut up”, and in the end it is all left to you to either shut up or keep talking it is your freedom after all.

Freedom of speech is not an absolute right after all…

NYSC Essentials

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This post is beneficial to anyone going to camp.

I should have written this sooner. Before camp, I was so excited. Unlike some people, I wanted to experience EVERY bit of camp. I ordered my socks, shoes, shirts and shorts from 1500 Naira. They have great customer service and are quick to resolve any issues plus it made my life easier. The market may be cheaper alternative.

Here are the essential items that you’ll need for camp:

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Rape Not Punishment

Rape is a serious topic, it is actually up there along with Racial Equality, Freedom etc.
I was on twitter when an individual tweeted something like ( I am paraphrasing);”If you are dressed indecently, then it is your fault”. I stared at this tweet and stared, I was lost in thought about the rape issue when it dawned on me that most people always using the excuse of “She was dressed indecently” are basically saying “Hey she deserved what she got…she should cover up” so the guy who raped the girl in the end is not the subject of attention, disgust, and ridicule but the girl is, which is wrong so wrong. Continue reading

Africa, Africans and Education

We all know education is important for us in Africa; especially now when the percentage of the those with access to credible free education is reducing instead of increasing; especially now when we need our development to be internal and not imported every time we need to develop, improve and grow.

In Africa our governments take education for granted far too much; Africans have refused to stop bickering and have  started moving towards holding governments in Africa accountable for their acts of governance in Africa. Given, we have the African Commission, but even the Sovereignty the Commission has is dependent on the type of power and respect accorded it by Heads of States of  signatories to its Charter. So it is almost pointless dragging a state to the African Commission to compel it to invest in education per the Articles of the African Charter.

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