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Micah Emem Essien
Writer, Researcher.

“For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.” — Alice Kahn

It all started in 2020, no, not due to Covid-19, this was way before Covid happened. Then, it was only just an idea. My best human is a Product Designer #bestindesign, and i had previously worked amongst a group of amazing tech humans and that was were it all began. …


“There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs, there’d be no place to put it all” -
Robert Orben

“Pollution is the introduction of harmful materials into the environment. These harmful materials are called pollutants. Pollutants can be natural, such as volcanic ash. They can also be created by human activity, such as trash or runoff produced by factories. Pollutants damage the quality of air, water, and land.”

According to National Geographic, pollution is a global problem and studies will show that there is an increasing link between environmental pollution and a risk…


“Life without left-handed people wouldn’t be right.” — C.R. Manske

All left-handed humans have not had it easy in the world. And by all, it goes way beyond our African aunties and uncles. In many cultures, left-handed people have generally been seen as evil, devil spawns. In the dark ages, left-handed humans were thought to be in consortium with the devil and considered less intelligent than right-handers.

The word left in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. …


Many would love to opine that every day is Valentine’s day. They won’t hesitate to point out, matter-of-factly, how they found it unnecessary to profess their love, significantly, one day every year. And without hesitation, they’ll be met with the conclusion that they only take that stand because they don’t care to spend or mainly because they do not have someone significantly to lavish all the required red and whites on.

What started as merely a day to appreciate and acknowledge feelings, spirituality or nature, has grown to become one of the most commercialised holidays in the world.

Valentine’s Day would not be complete without the cards with the lift-up flap with its cute message beneath it, the hand-painted silk and satin centres, and in most cases…


“We cannot solve problems with the kind of thinking we employed when we came up with them.” — Albert Einstein

Out with the old and in with the new. 2020 taught that we would, most importantly, need to think outside the box. Life as we all knew it was rocked to every bottom this year and it only makes you, more than anything, want to start off 2020 right. How would you want to get down to business efficiently in 2021? What should you be doing, and what should you not be doing? First of all, what you should not…


The deep-set demise of Nigerian Cinema is a result of both COVID-19 and the online streaming giant Netflix. Cinematographic art within the north African country is losing its significance and becoming more of a financial scape than an art. Film production has become about revenue rather than recreation; capital rather than creativity.

Where did ‘Nollywood’ Begin?

The emergence of film in Nigeria began in the late 19th century. It was a time otherwise known as the Colonial Era. The Colonial Era gave us the “peephole viewing motion picture devices, “ otherwise referred to as the kinetoscope. Through this peephole, viewing a moving sequence of…


‘Music has to be for revolution. Music is the weapon.’ — Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

Music is one of Nigeria’s biggest exports. Seeing the adequate potential, and a means for vast revenue, industry giants, streaming and music discovery services joined the movement that is “Nigerian Music To The World”, all armed with the sole aim of giving the local acts international exposure.

PwC estimates that Nigerian music streaming consumption alone will grow to 1.85 billion GB by 2023, with revenue rising to $18 million.

Afrobeat and Afrobeats are a highly coveted sound and the biggest target for investment in the Nigerian music…


How To Properly Understand Childhood

“A sibling in full spate is always frightening, their anger a surprising powerful defense, their deeper impotence equally powerful, absurd.” - Will Eaves, Murmur

T he detriment that sibling rivalry causes is, by no means, a novel concept. All it takes is one Biblical allusion: Cain and Abel. Brothers that betrayed one another without a second thought -a result of favoritism- and suddenly parents are up in arms about their children fighting. They’re petrified. Obviously this conflict is an indication of impending doom.

Sibling Rivalry: A competition that ensues amongst siblings, blood-related or not.

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A sibling in full spate is always frightening, their anger a surprising powerful defense, their deeper impotence equally powerful, absurd.” Will Eaves, Murmur

For centuries, we have been told how bad it is for siblings to be at loggerheads with each other. We have heard of the ills, the cons, the bad and the evil that comes with sibling rivalry. One reminder of Cain and Abel and suddenly children fighting is an indication to the parents of impending doom..

A little peak at Google reveals that Sibling Rivalry is when a competition ensues amongst siblings, blood-related or not. The hate may stem from special treatment with the parents, personality, experience outside the family and intellectual prowess. It spans throughout childhood and into adulthood, changes family relationships and even goes on to further dent how each child relates in their lives. However, what we do not know is that with most things that are considered evil…


“Sometimes i’s not about the win, it’s about the experience.”― Junnita Jackson

Ever had that one friend who found it very audacious of you if you won at anything? That one friend who would be so sad you beat them at 9-ball or stopped playing when it was obvious you would win them at Dots&Boxes. That one human who takes defeat ungraciously even when it was apparent it was a fair game and their loss was of their own doing. …

Micah Emem Essien

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