Nigeria will drain every ounce of hope you have, unless, like so much of the country, you exist in an idiot bliss of optimism while the signs all around point to, if not catastrophe, then the familiar slide of flattened aspirations and spreading poverty. The place never collapses, it never implodes, it never boils over. … Continue reading What More Can I Say?
Over the past few months, I have been going back and forth with a fairly senior person at one of our big banks. It has been a deeply frustrating process, mainly because of the quality of the person’s work. I was finally prompted to write something down after an interesting conversation on Twitter about, well, … Continue reading Culture and Grind
So here we are, another election season. It feels like only yesterday when President Buhari was being driven through Eagle Square in an open back jeep. There is an element of déjà vu about the whole thing: the non-stop politicking, the heightened level of insane behavior, and the general sense that every available resource has … Continue reading To the Village, Old Man
I have been travelling again. This time I visited the, frankly, indescribably beautiful Cape Town. There aren't many words to explain Cape Town or the surroundings, these are some of the most beautiful lands anywhere on Earth. The food is absolutely glorious, the sea air is clean and wholesome, the mountains tower over the city … Continue reading Mountains and Sea Air
Yesterday, a friend of mine forwarded me an email which he had first sent in 2010. He was reminding me of an opportunity from back then, which he had suggested to me. In the original mail he noted that it was 'the easiest time ever to do this, so please get on it.' I didn't. … Continue reading Non-Decisions
This is a question that gets asked a lot around this time of the year. It is one I struggle with. Of course, I could do a simple tally of all the books I started and finished in the calendar year, but what would be the point? If you learned that I read forty, and … Continue reading How Many Books Did You Read Last Year?
Living and doing business in Nigeria carries its special challenges. People constantly complain about the poor quality of service they get from businesses or from the government. On average, I think the issues people raise are valid, we do have a dearth of great service generally. But leaving it there is not enough. I think … Continue reading Great Service