The epidemic of preventable, ghastly loss of lives through road accidents is a sad commentary on a society steadily going under, and lacking in elementary procedures of keeping its cities and populations safe…

To write not just about the future, but about what it would be like, would require more than minor talents like the ability to read economic indices or monitor the progress of technology. It required, more crucially, a language and an attitude of mind, and anyone who possessed anything close to these would hardly bother…

Humanity may be messy, but it is intrinsically noble, and its existence is justified by certain inalienable rights. Any attempt to demean these rights in any one single individual or group, by an act of political or religious dogmatism, is an affront on the whole community, and should be so perceived and resisted.

As you read of the slave ships waiting to berth in Cotonou, you'll also do well to remember that there is an international school on the other side of the city, or in nearby Lome, where rich black kids learn to become ambassadors and international politicians and financiers.

It is funny that a government that does not adequately attend to the ordinary needs of its citizens…is pretending to organize people whose presence in America, Europe and elsewhere is by and large a result of the failure of the Nigeria state.

I believe the boy must have been happy to be in London. He was maybe too young to hate Nigeria, but young enough to know the deliciousness and freedom of a new experience…