Book Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

This was my first entry into the Stephen King “genre” and I have been hooked to the tits since I dropped this book. 11/22/63 as a book started really weird and before you get to the third chapter you the book is already taking you on a roller coaster of crazy talks and incomprehensible occurrences. The story is about Jake Epping a High School teacher who saw the chance to time-travel back in time from 2011 to 1958 to save one of his students from a ghastly accident, save the JFK, but in the process, he fell in love and his life changed forever.

Jake Epping is a normal guy in his mid-thirties who just left a weird marriage, living alone with his cat and just living his life as a High English school teacher. Jake as a High school teacher occasionally teaches GED classes (kind of like adult education), and on this faithful day after his students turned in their essay, he was shocked to read a real life story from one of his students who had a life changing experience while he was young, this student was Harry Dunning, a janitor in the school where Jake teaches. Continue reading

Thoughts on the book 1984 by George Orwell

I started reading 1984 in December 2016, but I could not finish reading in until February 2017, I had some adulting to do so =))… anyway I eventually finished reading it and my God, how the book spoke to me.

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.

The teaching of INGSOC

Winston Smith is a normal human like you, he wanted to live, fall in love, feel, and not live a routine life of admiring the Big Brother all his like, he wanted to be able to make choices without fear of being watched or monitored by anybody etc. he had so much hope, but he was just one person against the collective strength of Big Brother.

On a broader note, I in so many instances felt like the book was speaking to me about the present world/society/community we live in. At first I felt like this is just like it happens in countries like China and Russia, Saudi Arabia etc.  but as I kept on reading I realised that the concept of Big Brother is not limited to countries where Human Rights and Free Speech are not allowed, even in countries with booming Democracy we still have cases of government spying on it citizens and also shutting such citizens down when they say things that may go against the agenda of the government… even America the poster child for democracy and “right to privacy” spies on its citizens.
I felt sad that the love between Winston and Julia had to be destroyed because Big Brother is the only thing to be loved in Oceania…For a moment I was also sold that O’Brien was part of a resistance against Big Brother but alas, just like Winston I was wrong in thinking he could not have been playing Winston all along, but immediately Winston and Julia were caught and taken to the “Ministry of Love” to be tortured and punished; I finally realised that O’Brien elaborately played Winston all along.
My best quote (which I am paraphrasing below by the way) in the book was: Continue reading

The Election: Nigeria vs. the United States of Murika!

Hmmm.

Just to put it out there before you go any further, this post is me rambling about the subject I have chosen as my topic of discussion for this pointless endeavour, so close this page now before you get infected with the pointless disease.

Nigeria is a crazy, stupid, annoying, mad, and among other things a sweet country that is always trying to kill its citizens with every opportunity the country gets. I’m aware that you have just realised that I am referring to the ‘Nigeria’ like it’s a living person. If you’ve lived in Nigeria as much as I have or longer, then you’d probably agree with me. Anyway as I was saying, Nigeria is a weird country in everything, I mean Nigeria is a country that has a National Assembly that would criminalise same-sex marriages but as rumours will have it many of these law makers engage in more acts of sodomy than the people of Sodom and Gomorrah probably did; anyway it’s just kuku rumours, so there is probably no reason to take it seriously. Nigeria is also a country where a set of people in a community will set an alleged thief on fire without at least giving this individual his chance to defend himself, but when a politician who has been alleged to have been caught with enough evidence to send him to jail for 25 to life, these same people will celebrate this politician like he was some kind of hero. Continue reading

Africans, African Leaders and the ICC.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established by the Rome Statute which is an international treaty/agreement binding on countries who are signatories to and ratify the convention. The Rome Statute is a diplomatic treaty that was adopted and came into force on the 1st July, 2002 and established the ICC. The Rome Statute has 139 signatories and 124 parties to it.

By the provisions of the Rome Statute, the ICC has the power to investigate and prosecute on the following core international crimes:

  1. Genocide
  2. Crimes against humanity
  3. War crimes
  4. Crime of aggression.

The investigative powers of the ICC is mostly triggered where states who are signatories to the Rome Statute are either unable or unwilling to investigate the above listed international crimes under the jurisdiction of the court. Continue reading

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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