Teenager, amateur psychologist, designer and programmer. I know everything, by the way.

Why we don’t have chaos when we should

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Everyone seems to be protesting these days — mostly against police brutality. I take the bus to school every day, and I’ve driven straight through a protest on several occasions. I’m using the opportunity to study something I’ve been interested in throughout my childhood — group psychology.

I think I know a lot about people — after all, if you experience something every day for sixteen years, you tend to become quite familiar with it. But with people, it’s different. You never really know enough to do The Mentalist-type trick, or talk your way out of a difficult situation. …


Marketing lessons learned from the famous Twitter hashtag

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Twitter is hard — probably the hardest social network out there. The chances of your brand going viral are close to ditto, and despite great content, Twitter users ignore you and scroll past. Believe me, I’ve tried.

But #BlackLivesMatter didn’t just survive, it thrived. It was reportedly used 47.6M times, from May 26 to June 7, in the heat of the George Floyd protests. Here, we can learn a thing or two about marketing.

What made the campaign so popular? Why did #BlackLivesMatter endure? What did I write in my diary yesterday? Let’s find out.

1. Make it meaningful

This is the most important…


Treat them with respect

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Over the course of sixteen years (ten, with my wits about me), I have read countless books, articles, and stories. But today, while pondering the meaning of Life, The Universe, and Everything, I realized something. Authors are sadist.

And yeah, yeah. You might say that the tragedy is what makes the book interesting. But I disagree. Chuck didn’t have to die in The Maze Runner. He could’ve lived, and made it to the island with Thomas. Someone just felt like writing it up.

Think about it: Harry Potter, where J.K Rowling killed Tonks, Lupin and poor Fred. His Dark Materials


The #EndSARS protests in Nigeria

Imagine being beaten up, arrested, and extorted just because you’re rich. I know — it’s counterintuitive; rich people should get special treatment, right?

Instead, youths are being killed just for carrying a laptop.

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Not all of us are fraudsters

Most of us are familiar with the Nigerian Prince scandals, where foreigners are defrauded by con artists claiming to be princes. And then there are the so-called “Yahoo boys”, who pilfer money from people’s bank accounts, sell imaginary items, and cheat.

That’s why the government formed SARS in the first place — to protect people from robbery, fraud and harassment. …


Things I learnt from Instagram, Twitter, and Quora…

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At some point in the last three months, I reviewed my finances — majorly composed of my allowance and pay from a few odd jobs — and realized something. I needed money. I wanted a lot of it.

Another thing — I only used WhatsApp — due to my nonexistent social life — and Facebook. Every other social network was for serious folk, people who were going to take the Internet seriously.

Boring people.

But “make money online” seemed to be it, and so, I joined Twitter, Instagram, and Quora. …


Instead, put your life into perspective

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I was squeezing through an old door yesterday, and I scraped my shoulder on a jagged piece of wood. It hurt, badly. But it made me realize that despite all the turmoil I’ve been going through lately, I was a person. A thing. A living being made up of atoms and molecules and stuff. And so I decided to write this piece.

Most people (myself included) live all their lives inside their own head. We forget that our bodies are real, that things like relationships and money come after things like food and shelter. It’s not our fault — our…


But nobody seems to care

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US President Donald Trump, despite his position, is still human — and so, he caught COVID-19, like all non-masked, COVID-denying people are apt to. It follows that his wife, the First Lady, Melania Trump, caught the disease too, despite her compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

But all the media attention has been on Donald. While I get that — he is, after all, the President — it isn’t fair. People want to know how their First Lady is doing.


An old globe lying on a table, beside a book
An old globe lying on a table, beside a book

Legal in Ameria = legal everywhere

Today, I had an argument with my dad. Just in case, if you didn’t get it before: I had an argument with my dad. On my continent (Africa), in my country (Nigeria), you couldn’t do that before, or risk death by public opinion.

In America, things are different (or so I’ve been told by family — I’ve never left my country). My cousins and my aunt argue all the time, without dire consequences. I heard they got iPads at age four, while I had to wait sixteen years for an Android. I’m supposed to be able to drive now, but…


A yellow plastic block with the QAnon logo
A yellow plastic block with the QAnon logo

There is such a thing as too much freedom

I don’t fancy myself a protester — I tend to shy away from socially awkward situations. But apparently, there exists a sub-species of Homo sapiens willing to march for arbitrary causes, including, but not limited to, a race of reptiles and-or aliens who control world events.

Conspiracy theories and their adherents come in different forms. They could be mild, like someone believing that milk comes from alien cows who want to brainwash humans. Others are serious, like QAnon, or Illuminati. Quite frankly, conspiracy theories will be the death of me.

To this I say: behold the ultimate expression of freedom…


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How close we came to living in George Orwell’s dystopia

This year was bad. In fact, it was worse than bad — it was terrible. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down countries around the world, hundreds of thousands of people died, and I watched the finale of Game of Thrones alone — in the dark.

But amidst all the bad news, there is something to be thankful for. Though I spent two-thirds of the year staring at a smartphone, it didn’t stare back. Though I talked a lot with friends and family, no one else knows what we talked about. Though I used the Internet 47% more than usual, you don’t…

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