Nigeria’s Chill-Pill: An Expired Prescription

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#BringBackOurGirls Protest. Credit: NigeriaEye.com

“Know the son of whom you are” is a relatable phrase many of us grew up with. Personally, I never travelled to school without an accompanying hand-luggage of that phrase in diverse translations supplied by my doting mother, stern father, cautious aunt, concerned grandmother and every other adult around who felt they were responsible for my safety. Strengthened by ethno-religious mores, that advice more than often seeks to remind you to be civil, to suppress your expression and be docile even in the face of oppression. We have learnt to live on crumbs from our own bakery rather than confront the
oppressor stopping the supply of loaves, at the risk of inconvenience or potential danger.

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