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Open Letter To Gov. Ambode – On The Ban of Hawkers

Dear Governor Ambode, My name is Chidi Okereke. It appears I am writing you this letter, knowing fully well that there’s only a very slim chance it will get to you. But I will write anyway, because, even though I campaigned vigorously for Jimi Agbaje in the 2015 elections, you won me over when you got to work changing...

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The Boyfriend Snatcher, The Snatchee, and The Snatched

So, a certain Tayo is trending on Twitter because he is dating his ex girlfriend’s friend. Apparently, they were already sleeping with each other before he broke up with his ex, but that’s not my business. Even though the Tayo and his new bae Laila have been dating for a while, the gist only made it to Twitter because...

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I am Sorry, Queens College Girls

I am sorry. I am listening to that Justin Bieber ‘Sorry’ song as I write this, but that is not the reason I am sorry. I am sorry for a whole lot of things, and I implore the reader to please accept my apologies. I am sorry I’m a Nigerian born to unrich people. I mean, if my parents...

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Twitter Analytics – My Social Media Week Masterclass Presentation

On Thursday, at the just concluded Lagos Social Media Week, I was privileged to give a Masterclass lecture on “Understanding Analytics with Twitter”. I’d never been to a Masterclass before, not even as a student, so I felt a little nervous. I mean, what if I messed up the presentation? What if I started stammering? What if someone I owed...

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Nigeria, and the Parable of the Crumbling House

Once upon a time, a man saw a big building and fell in love with it. He was going to convert it to a profitable hotel so he started making plans to own it. He met the custodian of the building and was told it was going to be auctioned in a few weeks. He went on to inspect...

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For Editi Effiong – Because #EditiInspires

Remember when Facebook was the ultimate Social Media platform? Some time in 2009… ehn? Yes, that was when I first saw the name Editi Effiong. He was my cousin Kelechi’s good friend; Facebook suggested him and I added. We became Facebook friends, but never had any form of communication after that. Fastforward 5 years, I was a Corper in...

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Chidi Okereke – 27 Years of Grace

LOL. I remember when I was 16 and all I wanted in life was to be a Rapper. I thought I’d be a multi-millionaire before I turned 25 too. I had my life all planned out: send a demo to Kennis Music, get signed to the number one Record Label in Nigeria before I turned 18, become the next...

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Don’t Die For Them

25/03/2015 “Don’t die for them. Yes, don’t die for them. You are not Jesus”. Jide woke up with a start. It was his late uncle again. Always coming into his dreams to give him advice. His late uncle who was the father he never had, and treated him like the son he never had. “Don’t die for them…?” he...

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Last Christmas – With my Inlaws

Jennifer and I had been dating for 2 years, and last Christmas her family asked me to come spend the holidays at their country home with them. Of course I was both excited and scared. I was going to be in the same house with my ‘in-laws’ …my father in-law especially. He was a Brigadier General in the Nigerian...

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Guilty as Charged …

From August to October 2014 I was part of the #ForwardNigeria project. What is #ForwardNigeria …? A movement that highlights the achievements of Goodluck Jonathan’s government. I was invited to join and I agreed. Why did I? I have always been a critic of the GEJ administration. I always felt he wasn’t doing enough. But there are two sides...