Put in the time

Books on Irfan's Desk

“It’s not going to come to you. You have to go to it.” While in a government office to pick up a some official piece of paper or other, I met Irfan, the man behind the desk.  I was in a foul mood.  In general I detest wasting time on paperwork anyway, and today had been an unusually busy day even before I’d spent an hour in line waiting my turn…

I’d rather be a Taiwo

#Insiders4Good Nigeria Fellows

We were sitting in the CC Hub in Yaba, the tech hub of Lagos, Nigeria. The electricity and lights had just come back on after a long blackout, and we were waiting for our computers and phones to recharge. The internet hadn’t kicked back in yet. To help pass the time, Dara told us one of the Yoruba legends. Long ago, twins were born: Taiwo (the eldest) and Kehinde (pronounced…

Just Start

I could buck up and start, or I could go home. It was 2004.  A procession of us headed over to the computer lab on Friday. Julio, the security guard, unlocked the padlock then heaved open the heavy door. With us were the school’s principal and five or six teachers. The room clearly hadn’t been opened for a very long time. We were in the high desert, so everything in…