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Cougar on the prowl

By Abi Adeboyejo Sometimes it is better to keep quiet than to speak and make a fool of yourself. I attended a dinner party during the week to celebrate one of my colleague’s fiftieth birthday. Part Irish, blonde and very well preserved for her age, my colleague still looked very pretty in spite of the fact that she smoked at least ...

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Things I wish I could tell my boss (Part 1)

By Abi Adeboyejo.  Email: abi.adeboyejo@yahoo.com There are times when my salary at the end of the month makes my job worth the effort and passion I put into it. There are other times when I feel like slapping my boss or the group of jumped-up people who march around calling themselves “management”. Yes, it’s like that. But, thankfully, not all days ...

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Be proud of your mother tongue

Abi Adeboyejo,  Home Away From Home, Email: abi.adeboyejo@yahoo.com How do you pronounce the word ‘garage’?  I bet you all think you do, especially if you are reading this on the other side of the pond, where this article is published and read by my country people. But wait till you have to speak perfect English all day everyday to a bunch ...

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Is poverty the ultimate reward for pension contributors?

Our collective sense of compassion seems to have become so dulled to media reports and photographs of emaciated senior citizens collapsing after waiting endlessly in queues under the hot tropical sun, for verification of their identity or eventual payment of pension entitlements from government agencies responsible for disbursement!  In reality, the victims of such oppression have no ethnic or religious ...

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Okonjo-Iweala perplexed by high interest rates

“The first thing I have to say is that we have a central bank that is autonomous and it is the best practice to make these decisions.  We may not be happy about it and I am bold to say we are not happy about high interest rates!  As I said before, it is tough for our entrepreneurs to function.  ...

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Heavens save us from our economic (mis)management team

“In recent times, one of the causes of malfunctions in the Nigerian financial system is the paradox of substantial government deposits in Deposit Money Banks and high government borrowings from the deposit money banks. As of June 13, 2013, the three tiers of government had N2.384tn in the DMBs out of which about 90 per cent are in zero interest ...

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Nigeria’s economic destiny: Trapped in false hope!

In August 2002, a paper titled “A Liberalised Foreign Exchange Market; a proposal for a liberalized forex market in Nigeria,  and its economic benefits” by Boyo/Ojomaikre (www.lesleba.com/olp.pdf), was presented to the National Economic Intelligence Committee (NEIC), then headed by Prof. Ibrahim Ayagi, an economist, and one time managing director of a now defunct merchant bank. Several months thereafter, without a ...

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Naira: Redesign, redenomination or revaluation?

In a recent interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency, the Governor of the Central Bank, Lamido Sanusi, noted that if the plan to redesign naira notes last year was executed, “it would have made it impossible for counterfeiters to cook”.  He further noted that best practice currency management is that “Within a period of ...

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Why can’t Nigerian men say no?

By Abi Adeboyejo Nigerian men have a reputation with ladies in the UK. Whether it is a good or bad reputation is left for you to decide. It is hard enough trying to convince your average Briton that Nigeria is a lovely country. I’ve found that many Nigerians abroad are very protective about Nigeria’s image and our patriotic streak comes out ...

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Women and Information ‘under-load’

By Abi Adeboyejo I never thought I would one day listen to as many news programmes as I do now. It is not as if there is anything cheering going on these days, is there? Reporters won’t let us forget the fact that there’s war in Syria, an earthquake in China and riots in Cyprus. At the end of the hour-long ...

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Nigerian children deserve better than they get

By Abi Adeboyejo It is good to be reminded of the fallibility of human nature from time to time. No one is perfect and when intelligence and foresight were being distributed to mankind it seems people chosen to be politicians and lawmakers were asked to go to the back of the queue. Or how else can you explain the ping-pong game ...

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For love and money

The weather is finally getting warmer for us in the UK. After an extended bout of cold, frosty weather and a deluge of snow at Easter, I’d say it is about time! Yours truly had a batch of nice traditional attire sent to me over Christmas: my share of the different family “uniforms” that have been worn in the last ...

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Education on the cheap

Abi Adeboyejo Email: abi.adeboyejo@yahoo.com I believe that you should not spare the rod and spoil the child. Regular readers of this column will be aware of the benefits I believe my siblings and I received from being punished for wrongdoing when we were young. We got the cane for playing with mud and getting our Sunday clothes ruined, for chasing the ...

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UK budget and the single lady

By Abi Adeboyejo So the British Chancellor, George Osborne, read the national budget for the next one year last week. It wasn’t inspiring in any way. It was as depressing as expected. Most people already had a good idea of what he was going to say anyway. What we weren’t sure of was on which issues he would backtrack on. He ...

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Why we don’t have serious ‘baby blues’

Abi Adeboyejo Email: abi.adeboyejo@yahoo.com I recently sent a very good friend of mine, Kemi, a very detailed email congratulating her on the birth of her second child. She’d been trying for this child for almost 10 years, so we were all thrilled with its birth. I had tried calling her a couple of times, but her phone was always picked up by ...

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No to ‘real men’

By Abi Adeboyejo I recently stumbled on a book by an Irish writer, Marian Keyes. Her writing was fantastic, very ‘chick lit’ and humorous, my kind of good read. The book was titled ‘Anyone Out There’ and it dealt with some pretty heavy stuff. I won’t spill the beans on the storyline but I enjoyed it so much that I’ve read ...

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Apron strings or bonds of love

Abi Adeboyejo We recently had an event at work where prospective students came in to be interviewed to establish their suitability for college. I was already a student at the University of Ibadan when I was aged 16 going on 17. I completed the whole enrolment, accommodation process and the rest all by myself because my parents refused to come ...

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Never too old to be a mum

I didn’t even know my friend was expecting a baby. We last saw each other about a year ago and even then she didn’t let on that she was still feeling broody. When I got a text message from her husband I thought it was to invite us to my friend’s surprise 40th birthday party. She was turning 40 in ...

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Marketing the market

Shopping was a delight for me when I was younger. Admittedly, I was spending my parents’ money so that must have added to the pleasure. Now, I have to budget and plan how much I spend and look for deals on every item. I remember going to Balogun market with my mum in early august of every school year to ...

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Wanted: Well groomed footballers

Abi Adeboyejo So we are all still basking in the glow of our boys’ excellent performance at the Africa Cup of Nations. My phone went mad with BB and Facebook congratulatory messages and I was very proud to see our football team excelling again, like the old days. I watched some of the matches of the tournament and found them ...

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Galloping towards healthy eating

Abi Adeboyejo My eyelashes have just grown back from being singed by heat from my oven during the festive period. Last Christmas I gave in to the children and swapped our usual red meat treat with a humongous turkey. The frozen turkey was so big I had to beat its legs into submission to get it to fit into the ...

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Celebrating new beginnings

Abi Adeboyejo I am an advocate of adopting new ideas and traditions if it adds to my quality of life. As a Nigerian living in the UK I have been exposed to a lot of good and bad traditions and cultural practices. I still cling to my customs and traditions in most cases. In fact, you need a good dose ...

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Something every man should know

Abi Adeboyejo Here’s a list of symptoms we should all be familiar with: Lethargy or fatigue, sleep disturbance, appetite disturbance, abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, muscle aches, joint pain and joint swelling. I bet guys reading this are wondering what I am on about. Do these symptoms seem very uncomfortable?  Well, other symptoms could include anger, irritability, anxiety, sensitivity to ...

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To tell the truth or not

Abi Adeboyejo, abi.adeboyejo@yahoo.com What do you say if your friend asks you if the new Ankara skirt and blouse they’ve just collected from their tailor (sorry, designer) fits them well? You friend looks like an angry peacock because the ‘designer’ went crazy with the outfit’s neckline and put too many frills. The bodice of the blouse is a tad to ...

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Adding insult to injury of the bereaved

Abi Adeboyejo, abi.adeboyejo@yahoo.com It is usually with a heavy heart that one mentions the passing of a loved one. We’ve all lost a loved one and know how painful it is to come to terms with the loss. Isn’t it adding insult to injury to then accuse those closest to the deceased of all sorts at this time? What do ...

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