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Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Nobody Likes A Snitch

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Nobody Likes A Snitch

Monday, April 14th, 2014

As the youngest child, I’d constantly give my parents the scoop on things that went on around the house when their backs were turned. It wasn’t long before I learned that I suffered more from telling than from keeping my…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Tales By EHarmony

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Tales By EHarmony

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Every time I think about the fact that my EHarmony subscription is just a waste of money, I remember that it a rich source of material for my writing. Last year, I had gone back and forth on the site…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Measure of Seriousness

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Measure of Seriousness

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Do you know that feeling of stark loneliness that hits you when you’ve been away and you come back to an empty house? I’m currently struggling with a bout of something like that. It doesn’t help that I had an…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: If You Were President…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: If You Were President…

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Happiness is a choice. This is something I tell myself all the time; it is the one thing that keeps me going. When something overwhelmingly difficult threatens to shake the roots of my being, I remember that it is a…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: I’d Like to Spend a Night in An Igloo

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: I’d Like to Spend a Night in An Igloo

Monday, March 17th, 2014

It’s been a little over a week since the Malaysian Airlines MH370 went off course and off the radar. I have been following the story with a lot of curiousity, because it has just been so freaking weird. Authorities have…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Food Experiments

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Food Experiments

Monday, March 10th, 2014

They say you never know what you’ve got till it’s gone. One minute you’re soaking up as many episodes of House of Cards as you can, and the next, you’re already thinking ‘What do I have planned for the second…

BN Prose: Crack in the Glass by Atoke

BN Prose: Crack in the Glass by Atoke

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Perfect. He was the personification of perfection- well buffed nails; carefully laid out, colour-coded wardrobe; impeccable table manners and etiquette.
Many times Fola would look at her husband and ask herself how she found Adam, and even more baffling was…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: A Touch of Blue

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: A Touch of Blue

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

I’m one of those people who has not been blessed with the ability to stay awake to watch American awards. It doesn’t help that they have them on Sundays and staying up to watch TV on a ‘school night’ just…

BN Hot Topic: Analyzing The Elements of Sexual Abuse

BN Hot Topic: Analyzing The Elements of Sexual Abuse

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Last week, I was privy to a discussion about sexual relations between secondary school students and teachers. One of the guys had mentioned that during his NYSC days, he had been posted to a school in Northern Nigeria. He recounted…

Let’s Talk About Seat Belts & Safety

Let’s Talk About Seat Belts & Safety

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

What would it profit a parent, who straps himself with a seat belt and leaves his children in the backseat, unprotected?
What would it profit you to live with minor abrasions, knowing that your children are either dead or incapacitated…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Operation Delta

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Operation Delta

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Some people say that one of things they find cute about some couples is the fact that “they’re so in love that they even start to look alike”.  This line of reasoning has always given me cause to pause and…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter:  Three Orange Men

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Three Orange Men

Monday, February 17th, 2014

On Valentine’s day, I took my lonesome self to the cinema – for two reasons. The first reason was that I really needed to go for a run. The second reason was because Monuments Men… was opening that night in

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: The Thin Line Between Sentiment & Hoarding

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: The Thin Line Between Sentiment & Hoarding

Monday, February 10th, 2014

I am one of those people who get weirdly animated when I’ve finished reading a good book. Last week, I told as many people as possible that they need to read Ngugi Wa Thiong’O’s Wizard of The Crow…. It

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Death By Dropping By

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Death By Dropping By

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Weekends were made in China… because they never last…“. One minute you’re basking in the deliriousness of the anticipation of the weekend and next thing you know, it’s all over. When we were younger, weekends were simply blissful.

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: I Can Never Shop At Primark

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: I Can Never Shop At Primark

Monday, January 27th, 2014

One of the most fundamental lessons you learn ‘Coping With Winter 101′ is ‘The Art of Layering’. Thermal underwear, then your t-shirt, followed by a jumper – or two, depending on the intensity of the cold and your threshold of…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Love Don’t Live Here No More

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Love Don’t Live Here No More

Monday, January 20th, 2014

The movie Titanic is one that is capable of making me cry, irrespective of how many times I watch it. Apart from the fact that it tells the story of everything that could go wrong when there’s too much self-aggrandizement,…

The Landlord’s Problem

The Landlord’s Problem

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

When my friends came to visit last Christmas, one of the things they commented on was how nice and warm it was inside my house.  After taking temporary glory in the compliment, I told them that the warmth was thanks…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: A Tale of The Ex & The Boo

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: A Tale of The Ex & The Boo

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Do you know that feeling where after you finish exams, you don’t know if you should sleep for 18 hours at a stretch; or just drink a lot of wine and collapse from excess consumption? Everyone who has been to…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Monday, January 6th, 2014

If you are regular on this column, by now you are aware that I’m currently battling with an addiction. No, not coffee. No, not The Sims either. It is the addiction to a game called Candy Crush! Well, seeing as…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: That’s What Friends Are For

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: That’s What Friends Are For

Monday, December 30th, 2013

This time last year, I  was completely consumed by thoughts of Cancer. My 34 year old friend was dying and there was nothing I could do about it. On days when he did speak, I’d spend as long as I…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: In Your Christmas Hamper

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: In Your Christmas Hamper

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

At this time of the year, my brain starts shutting down from the 15th. There’s something that takes me on a downward spiral from that date. There’s zero zest for work and even very little desire to write. From that…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Mish Mash Moments

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Mish Mash Moments

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Immediately the news of the South African interpreter broke out, I was convinced I had my banter topic on lock down. Thamsanqa Jantjie had provided something I was going to spin into something on Monday morning. {If for some reason…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Ordinary Person, Extraordinary Life

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Ordinary Person, Extraordinary Life

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Usually when someone dies, we find ourselves in a reflective mood. We laud their achievements and mourn their loss with a certain intensity which slowly fades away as other things happen. Life goes on. Those who have died have gone;…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Value those Passport Pages

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Value those Passport Pages

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

As the year draws to a close, you find people taking a stock of what they’ve gone through and overcome in the course of the year. Plans begin for what I believe is the most commercialized season in the year. …

BN Hot Topic: Would You Date/Marry Someone Who Has a Child?

BN Hot Topic: Would You Date/Marry Someone Who Has a Child?

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Some time in the early 90s, one of my cousins got pregnant while she was in Yaba Tech. From my young eyes, it must have been a very serious issue because my relatives started arriving from Ogbomosho. There were plenty…