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SOMEONE WANTS YOU TO CREATE SOMETHING

Top BoyHave you met some folks who seem to have no drive to do anything? I knew a guy like that. He used to live across my grandma’s house in Lagos. Every morning, he stood bare-bodied on the exit corridor of the multi-room compound and stared at people going to work and traders jostling the streets. At this time I was  home taking care of my grandma and working at my dad’s Law Chambers, which was also in the same building where grandma lived. In the evenings, this 30-something year old guy would dress up and go hang out with friends at adjoining streets, doing nothing but having loud conversations.

Lagos Island was littered with such young men, guys coming from somewhere but seemingly not going anywhere. From Campbell street to parallel streets like Igbosere, Bamgbose, Tokunbo, to sides streets like Ricca, Odunlami, Joseph, etc with a fearsome population, these were the boys of the area (I use that because the term Area Boys have become quite derogatory. These boys however were not all illiterate and dangerous). I spoke with a lot of them, and we interacted on the make-shift football pitches all around the corners of the Brazilian Campos Square.

These were disillusioned young men with raging hormones, freelance street politics and sports commentators, football/table-tennis/snooker playing, Ewa Agoyin and Agege Bread eating, boys tired or bored with school work. They constantly searched for the slightest and easiest opportunity to make money, then run to Mandilas corner off Broad street to buy the latest Italian baffs and prey on gullible feminines of their kind. Some of them ended up popsie-ing five kids from five different women.
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THE POWER OF ILLUSTRATIONS

This video is to show how powerful illustrations are. I had previously heard this talk given by the famous Ken Robinson and applauded it. But when I saw RSA’s rendition of it through illustrations it created a different impression on my mind. I now understand in more detail, aided by graphical concepts, what Ken was trying to communicate. A great speech isn’t exactly communicated until you can build mental models of what the speaker is sending across. I just felt like sharing the video here and letting you into this. What I would say is that you first listen to the speech without watching the video. Probably just play the video and open another tab in your browser so you take your attention away from the video. The play it again, this time watching the video itself and see if your understanding improves. Try it.

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