Mark Babatunde: Who else is afraid of 30?

by Mark Babatunde

Life, the real life begins at 30 and not 40. Or maybe, life begins at 30 and again at 40. But 30 is by far the big deal. At 30, you would be judged because you are officially old or let’s say matured (but that’s just another word for old, with maybe an extra bit of common sense), and you can no longer pass your errors or shortcomings as a case of youthful exuberance, inexperience or any one of those tired excuses. At 30, you should have a proper career or some paying job, be married, (even with a child or two) drive yourself and ultimately own a car. Read more about Mark Babatunde: Who else is afraid of 30?

Nigerian secondary schools: Two decades after, nothing has changed

 

by Mark Babatunde

Our elementary schools haven’t changed much since the time I completed primary six, nearly two decades ago. I know this because I like to pretend that I am still in touch with the system, which laid the foundation for whatever it is I like to think that I have become. Read more about Nigerian secondary schools: Two decades after, nothing has changed

Be careful what you wish for: The danger of zero corruption

 

by Mark Babatunde

The continuous outcry against corruption is the past time of the envious. It is a shameless manifestation of the green eyed monster deep inside all of us. No one would readily admit to it and any psychologist would tell you for free that it’s easy to get people to open up about their hate, fears or anxieties – indeed the whole range of human emotions, but only a handful if any at all, would ever speak about the envy in their hearts. Of all possible human emotions, it’s by far the most inferior. Read more about Be careful what you wish for: The danger of zero corruption

Mark Babatunde: How to apologize for not ‘growing up’

by Mark Babatunde

On my next birthday, the sum of my years would bring me closer to 30 than 20, and guess what? I still live with my mom. Now depending on how you look at it, this is either a fantastic privilege or something to be terribly ashamed of. To me, none of those opinions bother me greatly, neither do they cause me to stay up at night. Read more about Mark Babatunde: How to apologize for not ‘growing up’

Mark Babatunde: Can anything good come out of “health report”?

by Mark Babatunde

Sometime ago I read a copy of a global health report, published in some American journal. It was a good report; properly researched, well written, and quite scary. Just the way a proper health report should be done. What good is a health report that pats everyone on the back and keeps it business as usual? Read more about Mark Babatunde: Can anything good come out of “health report”?

Mark Babatunde: Why spend that money when you can double it?

by Mark Babatunde

There are stories about families in Europe and North America (families in the western world generally), that have a culture of depending on the services of any one of the following professionals; a family doctor, a family lawyer and some guy to do the family’s taxes. This high maintenance lifestyle continues today, even in the aftermath of the last global monetary crises. Many suspect that this may just be another symptom of white peoples’ wasteful habits, excessive consumption and consequent depletion of our planets’ resources. Read more about Mark Babatunde: Why spend that money when you can double it?

Mark Babatunde: My N.G.O is not your non-profit

 

by Mark Babatunde

In a bid to make a positive impact in my generation, I have decided to “open” an N.G.O in 5 easy steps. My N.G.O would be called ‘youths for positive action’ (Y.P.A) or ‘positive action youths’ (P.A.Y). I do prefer the latter though, it’s a much better combination and it provides me a fine acronym. By and large, it would be a lot more convenient to introduce myself as the founder and president of the P.A.Y foundation. Read more about Mark Babatunde: My N.G.O is not your non-profit