A case for NYSC

NYSC is short for National Youth Service Corps. It is an organization setup in late 1972 to reduce unemployment while promoting inter-ethnic unity across the country and getting youths involved in the development of the country. The corpers (standard name for those in their service year) have to undertake a one year mandatory service outside their state of origin and will be given monthly allowance (smaller than expected earnings).Upon the completion of their service year, corpers are given a certificate that allows them to gain employment in Nigeria.

My sister did her service year in Abia and she told me the first day she got there she cried because there were no beds available so she slept on a plank. I hardly saw her during that year because of the long journey it would take for her to come back. She had very bad experiences and she also had great ones; she even learnt some Ibo. Now she talks about a few people she wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for NYSC.

Call me a patriot or a hypocrite but I want to serve my country for one year. I want to experience other cultures and learn a new language (Hausa to be precise). I’ve dreamt of doing my service year in Plateau(Jos) or some northern state for the longest time. With the knowledge that picking a state isn’t up to the corper – although some people chose to ‘work it out’ – for the longest time, I’ve prayed for Plateau.

General, Politics

Everyone is wrong, now shut up!

I get to work this morning and my coworker sent me this link. I read it and then peruse some of the comments and all I can think of is “Shut up! Everybody is wrong”. Why? I will try  and explain below.

1. A lot of people suggested that Toronto have subway systems like London, UK. London isn’t so perfect, name a city with better transit systems. Do you know how much and how long it takes to construct undergrounds? I went to York and my first year I saw plans to extend the subway system to the school and beyond which was to be done by 2012 and that was in 2009. It’s 2013 and still it is not finished because of several delays, some unforeseen.

2. Get rid of streetcars. Create a relief line to service blah to blah zone. That requires more transit (buses) on the road with more workers. It a ton of cost money to remove streetcars and what happens to their tracks? So how will they try to offset this cost? Well they bring a proposal to increase transit cost and all hell breaks lose!

3. Driving my car is much faster because of so many delays in the transit system (esp. subways where they have route autonomy) so don’t ban cars. I don’t drive and I must admit sometimes the delays are very discouraging. When I used the subway, to work, I was never sure of getting to work early, on time or late when I left the same time. That’s no excuse to congest the city with 4-person cars with only one person in it. Have you tried carpooling?

4. Levy the suburbanites that come in cars to work in the city. Levy the condo developers that don’t consider how vertical housing increasing congestion. Cost of living in the city is ridiculous most times. The sizes of condo is not encouraging to raise a family. Downtown dwellers should get to enjoy transit since they are bearing such high cost of living. Consider what it is like in the other person’s shoes. Objectively!

5. The government et. al. should have done better planning of the community before allowing condos and not build subways pre-personal automobile era…blah blah blah. All I have to say is can you really predict the future? If so please tell me the next lotto numbers so I can hit the jackpot.

I have more to say but then the summary is we are so quick to blame everybody else rather than objectively think of what everybody else must be going to. Now all this is coming from a downtown-living bike-riding person. Before you quickly dismiss the arguments posed above, I understand what it’s like from involved parties (downtowners & suburbanites).

A uncle once called me hippie because he said I’m probably one of those people that live downtown, bike everywhere and will only buy organic. So in the spirit of my hippie self I’ll propose a provocative solution. Make everyone walk or bike and for those that cannot pedal or live far off,there’s electric bikes :P.

Let’s all save the planet! Now hit me with your best shot of simpleton arguments of all that’s wrong with bikers. Remember my title as you type because yes I am included in everyone.

Drivers are mad. Bikers are crazy, Pedestrians are insane. Transit is bizzare. Who did I leave out?

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Politics, Women

Razzle dazzle

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I think I get where Feminist are coming from. The idea that the world should stop being patriarchal and start seeing women as people.

The only problem is the ideology largely perpetuated is by radicals. The notion that women are equal to men and a feminist that marries a dude is a hypocrite. Plu-ease!

Where do I agree? Obviously women are actually people. Would a dude in his right mind want to really get intimate with anything other than a person? Duh!

I do not like the idea of a woman naked to get really sexy but a guy? oh no! why should he? He just needs to stay in his shorts and show his abs as distraction.

No! I don’t really want to see his privates. I just don’t want the girl to have to show hers.

NO! I am not a feminist!

Seriously though, I think it is pretty obvious that women are people and they need to be recognized. That is not rocket science!

Razzle Dazzle? Watch Chicago

Politics, TV & Movies


That is John Quincy Adams, the sixth and last Democratic-Republican president of the USA.

And now a quote from him:

“Are women to have no opinions or actions on subjects relating to the general welfare? Where did the gentleman get this principle? Did he find it in the sacred history (the Bible) – in the language of Miriam the prophetess, in one of the noblest and most sublime songs of triumph that ever met the human eye or ear? Did the gentleman never hear of Deborah, to whom the children of Israel came up for judgment? Has he forgotten the deed of Jael, who slew the dreaded enemy of her country? Has he forgotten Esther, who by her petition saved her people and her country?”

Why are women limited to fashion and relationships in magazines? I believe we need an alternative magazine that has more to offer.

By the way, Scandal is a really good show.