The events of Sunday and Monday fully confirm what we Black Brits have always known; when we win, we are English, but when we lose, we are monkeys, who should be sent back to our respective jungles.

England Players: Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho

Predictably, there was quite a bit of push back on these articles, with…


Despite the yawning chasm between the haves and have nots and the perpetual gaslighting of the poorest in our midst, why do the poor keep voting against their interests?

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In the intervening years…


In William Edward Burghardt Du Bois’ magnum opus, the souls of Blackfolk, the preeminent African American scholar of the 20th century, writes of a double consciousness, the sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of the world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.

Even though, nothing about the final sentence of the previous paragraph could ever be said to be applicable to the 44th President of the united states, The theme of a double consciousness pervades, the philosophic approach that Barack Obama has taken in writing…


Heiko Khoo, a well known orator at the speakers’ corner

Ever Since I had a debating contest at the Speakers’ corner in Hyde park, London in January 2011, I have had the privilege of reading several books by a number of classical authors on the subject of rhetoric and oratory at the British Library.

After my performance (handily won by the way against a conservative politician) A few works listed below, were among the books that I read:

  1. Art of rhetoric by Aristotle.
  2. Rhetoric and Renaissance by Heinrich F. Plett.
  3. Renaissance Rhetoric by Peter Mack.
  4. The rhetoric of Cicero in its medieval and early renaissance by Virginia Cox.


The week that was in politics…

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For the uninitiated on this platform, who don’t know who Onika Maraj is, I am referring to Nicki Minaj, the multi platinum selling female rapper, whose lyricism and talent for…


A riposte to a highly nonsensical article I read earlier today.

The author trying to mind his business.

Dear Single Women,

Although you may have been wolf whistled by men as a teenager or even encountered worse at a much younger age, a few of us are profoundly repulsed at the notion of such perverse and abusive behaviour from humans of the same gender and we will never stand for it under any circumstances.

For a forty-three year old single bloke who has never been married and works out four to five days a week, who once had dreams of being a professional footballer and being the…


A brief assessment of German leaders.

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In the coming weeks, the curtains will be drawn on the one of the longest serving and competent democratically elected leaders in the world. Angela Merkel, who has spent the last 16 years being Chancellor of Germany will step aside for a successor, who undoubtedly will have very big shoes to fill.

As the leading economic powerhouse in Europe, Germany has never been short of strong leaders. It was on the watch of the Otto Von Bismarck that Germany became Unified in 1871, fighting a series of wars with France, Austria and Denmark, winning…


Are his pronouncements on diversity driven by the zeitgeist or a genuine commitment to change?

Jamie Dimon via Wikimedia Commons

Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan chase flew into Britain, last week Tuesday to hold a global town hall meeting at its sprawling offices in Canary Wharf — the world famous financial district area in the city of London. For all those privileged to be at the event, nothing could have prepared them for the extraordinary pronouncements that their boss would go on to make.

But before we delve into the issues that were discussed at the meeting, I should like to give you…


To the new writers trying to make a name for themselves, it’s the best thing ever.

Adolfo Felix via Images on Unsplash

If I had a pound for the numbers of articles that I read on this platform, in the last few days bemoaning the closure of the ascent publication, I’d be fabulously wealthy.

But for all budding writers on this space, looking to carve a niche for themselves, the decision to close another ‘big pub’ is actually heaven sent.

Why?

Because these ‘big publications’ have become too complacent, too hubristic, too fat and way too inebriated over the course of their existence on this page…


No other footballer, in the history of the game, has bent the world to his will, like he has.

Cristiano Ronaldo via Wikimedia Commons.

A few months ago, prior to the match against Hungary at the ongoing European championship, at the mandatory press conference, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese legend, did something that would have profound global ramifications.

The five time ballon D’or winner pushed aside the bottles of coke in front of him and shouted out water in Portuguese.

What happened next, has been the basis of conversation; Coca Cola’s numbers took a nose dive, from which it has since recovered. But what was extraordinary…

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible

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