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Football hooliganism!

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Football is supposed to be a game full of fun and an avenue or platform to achieve more unity and harmony among different groups, clubs, nations and countries.

However, the issue of clashes before during and after football matches seem to be gradually becoming a global phenomenon and threatening to take away the fun from the game.

A simple search in the Internet on football clashes presents tons of incidences. Below is a list of some:

You can also watch some clips of violence in football from you tube:

So what do you think should be done to stop football hooliganism and restore the glory of the ‘rounded leather’ game?


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January 10, 2010 at 4:13 am

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Marriage a burden?

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“When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.” –Lee Majors

Some readers might be asking why I am writing about marriage today.

Am I getting married soon? Not yet, until I am ‘done with my studies’ is the obvious answer.

Marriage ceremony of a friend

This picture was snapped at the wedding of a friend

But don’t ask me when and how!

Then why write about marriage now?

Another obvious answer is “A colleague forwarded a list of some quotes on marriage to me yesterday.”

I’ve read some of them before, but was surprised how they strike me again.


I was puzzled at how different people view the marriage institution, especially those who see marriage as a burden or problem.

Here are some of the quotes:

  • “By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” -Socrates
  • “Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.”- Mike Tyson
  • “The great question… which I have not been able to answer… is, “What does a woman want?”- George Clooney
  • “I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me..”- Bill Clinton
  • “I don’t worry about terrorism. I was married for two years.” Rudy Giuliani
  • “There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking.. It’s called marriage.”- Michael Jordan
  • “I’ve had bad luck with all my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn’t.” The third gave me more children!”- Donald Trump
  • “You know what I did before I married? Anything I wanted to.”- David Hasselhoff
  • ” Marriage is the only war where one sleeps with the enemy.” –Tommy Lee

So what do you think about these quotes?

Do they reflect the real meaning and reality of what marriage is or should be?

Do you think marriage is a burden?

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January 3, 2010 at 1:34 am

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The London ‘Almajiri’s’

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I came out of the London Paddington tube station and saw a man holding a shattered dirty cap and courting people passing by him while they try to dodge him.

What is he doing, I asked as I walked towards him.

‘Could you spare some change’ he asked as I walked passed him wondering if it is possible to have street beggars on the streets of ‘almighty’ London.

As the thought of this man continue to occupy my mind, I recollected a radio piece I once heard on the Hausa service of the BBC, that during the winter season in Britain and some other European countries, some charities used to organise some warm accommodation for the homeless people to get them off the cruel and harsh conditions on the street.

Then I thought again about the man at Paddington. Can we call him an ‘Almajiri’? Can we say Britain also have ‘Almajiri’s’? Almajiri is a name for beggars in northern Nigeria.

Britain in Trouble

It was after few weeks of my stay in London that I realised that yes, this country, a country that used to be an empire, which colonised my country and most other Commonwealth countries can be said to be shadow of it self.

The Economy is facing serious recession.

Companies and government departments cutting jobs.

I realised that it is not possible to live a day or two without having a job in Britain.

However, the welfare system and social security here is pretty good I must confess.


If a worker finds himself out of job, government will continue to pay him what is called ‘benefit’ as they begin to look for work.

I now asked, why won’t people like the man I saw at Paddington station go get some benefit from government.

Then I heard that some of them chose to be the way they are as they refuse any attempt to help them by charities or even government officials.

What an irony?

Here, some people were offered help out of begging, they refused, while in Nigeria people are in dire need of help, but can’t find any and opt for begging.

Some people might say beggars are all beggars, but as we can see, some beggars in London chose to be beggars out of choice.

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November 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm

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The London Street Markets

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London is a home to a variety of big and popular shopping malls, ranging from Tesco, Lidl, and Sainsbury’s etc, where you can go in and buy almost all the stuff you are looking for.

This cuts down the need to go from one shop or another, or even crisscrossing the lanes and pathways of the street markets scouting for products.

However, some people still prefer to do their shopping at London’s street markets.

Statistics indicate that there are around 90 major street markets in London where people visit to buy stuffs they need for the running of their daily affairs.


One feature of this markets that differentiate them from the shopping malls is bargaining.

In the shopping malls products have a fixed price on every item, which are calculated at the end of the shopping and the customer pay a fixed total.

As for the street markets, costumers can bargain for a prize of the product to be reduced even if the product has a fixed tag.

Some ascribed their love for street markets to their interest in doing things the traditional way.

Some however see it as a way to while away time, do ‘window’ shopping or even get to see things they may not likely see in the city’s big shopping malls.

Popular among those markets include Camden, Portobello, Whitechapel etc.

This reminds me of the market days back in rural Nigeria where markets only operates on certain days of the week.

This shows that despite the modernity and advancement in technology, people still like things that remind them of the past.

Did I hear you say ‘Iron Age’?

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October 26, 2009 at 10:58 am

Entertaining the ‘Workaholics’

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A picture of the performers.

A picture of the performers.

I came across some performers  along Oxford Street, in London.

I think London needs more of them to help ease the stress its residents undergo every day.

Individuals and groups who normally performs at different tube stations deserve a thumb up as they are keeping people entertained while they undergo the hasles of catching trains and criss crossing between diferent tube stations.

Although they are doing that to gather few pounds, but not all those that enjoy their music ‘drop change’. Don’t ask me wether I droped something too!

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October 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm


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The new word that is reverberating in the media industry is the word convergence.

The Wikipedia defined convergence as  “The rise of digital communication in the late 20th century made it possible for media organizations (or individuals) to deliver text, audio and video material over the same wired, wireless or fiber-optic connections. At the same time, it inspired some media organizations to explore multimedia delivery of information.”

Convergence to me is a departure from the way things are being done in the media industry before, where individual media stick to one form or platform of disseminating information to its audience be it Radio, Television or Newspaper.

In Nigeria where I come from, almost every newspaper has its own website, where it publishes the news going out in its daily publication.

You can now read newspapers like Thisday, Daily Trust, Vanguard, Guardian, Leadership, Nigerian Tribune etc free online.

Charging for content

One of the Newspapers called the Punch, is however charging for its content and has therefore made subscription a must for anybody who want to read its content online.

But of recent, I’ve realised that they’ve rescind the decision and their contents are free again.

Television stations are not left out in using the web to reach its audience or gain more audience.

You can even watch live newscast on Channels Television online.

It is however limited to its most popular News item  i.e News at Ten in the night.

Many radio stations are also live on the web.

You can stream stations like Capital FM Abuja live without much hassle.

The national broadcaster NTA is also live online.

News on Demand

You can also watch items on demand meaning recorded dispatches from live telecasts.

Radio and Television stations are also in the habit of clipping some of their programmes and place them online for their listeners who missed it or may want to listen to it again.

With this now, Nigerians especially those living abroad can now follow events going on in the country and share their comment online which sometimes get published in the hard copy of the newspapers or get their views read on air in case of Radio and Televisions.

Convergence is indeed a positive development in the media industry in Nigeria.

But, of what benefit could that be for the common man in Nigeria?

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October 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Hello world!

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This is a blog where I will be sharing my ideas with you about issues pertaining to politics, culture, education, economy, life and leadership skills etc.

The name Dan makaranta is a Hausa word meaning ‘A Student”. I named the blog Dan makaranta because it was inspired by my studies at University of Westminster, London.

I have longed planned to start a blog where I will be keeping track of my write ups about general issues, but couldn’t achieve that until now that I joined the University of Forward Thinkers – Westminster University.

I hope you will take time to read the write ups, comments, criticisms and if possible offer advice on how to improve the contents.

Thank You for finding time to visit my blog and reading it.

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October 12, 2009 at 11:15 am

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