Ordinarily, the masses root for the underdog. Scientists have said this is because, deep inside, we all take pleasure in the misfortune of others. They call this phenomenon Schadenfreude. This is why you prefer to see David destroy Goliath. But what happens when the masses root for the big guy instead? When you lick your lips and rub your palms at the prospect of freakishly huge Goliath obliterating that poor little shepherd boy David? That doesn’t sound or feel just, does it? Yet it’s what seems to be happening right now with the singer Blackface.
James Altucher has no filter. He exposes everything that has ever happened to him to absolute strangers on the Internet. He talks about his first divorce, he talks about his second divorce, and he won’t stop talking about his many financial failures. There was that time he moved into Hotel Chelsea in New York City, with a troupe of colourful characters as neighbours; and that other time he sold all his belongings so he could relocate into a duffle bag. James Altucher is an American businessman and writer who blogs about every single thing. He’s also Jewish.
Lindaikejisblog.com is no longer on Alexa’s top 10 list of sites in Nigeria. For about a decade it was there at the top and only got pushed down when the likes of Naij.com first burst onto the Nigerian media scene. At the time, you’d also find Bella Naija and YNaija on the top 10. Now, none of these blogs are in the top 20. So what happened to Linda Ikeji?
Did you know? …That Ayeni Adekunle, at one point in his young adult life, lived in a two bedroom flat on the backside of Lagos? Dude was dead broke, they say. There were even some months when, for him, to squeeze out N4000 to fuel his baby blue 1989 Mitsubishi Galant was to him like a moth pushing a wrecking ball.
Okay, that’s reckless hyperbolism. My grand arrival in that famed continental magazine was anything but sudden. That story took me all of three weeks, plus a couple of extra sleepless nights—factoring in interviews, research, transcriptions, rewrites, edits, and reverts. But one day, just as I languished in one of those Lagos traffic jams on Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, I saw Ayeni Adekunle and Steve Babaeko on the cover of Forbes Africa and I was like, Wait, that’s my story.
For three weeks, Tope Jemerigbe had waited with nerves on fire for this phone call. Now that she was on it, she knew there was only one answer she could accept from the man on the other end of the line. That man, Tarek Abdelnabi, must make up his mind today or Tope and her people would be out of time. Tope didn’t like to be out of time.
Being that this is a season of political appointments, some of us continue to pray someone somewhere puts forward our name for something in someone’s cabinet. I, for example, will take any appointment haha. Fingers crossed, ladies and gentlemen. Now, if you find yourself in charge of digital media for any governor or politician, come learn from Tunde Muraina. For eight years, he did this job for Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate past governor of Oyo State and Tunde’s got nuggets to share. You’ll be surprised at some of the demands:
If you asked me, I’d have said computer animation is easier to execute than stop motion animation. You know, if you’d asked me who put the most work into their product between Pixar vs Aardman, I’d have said Aardman. But Yetunde Ogundipe makes a case for stop-motion animation, especially for brands with humble budgets. She even argues that now may be the best time to look at stop motion animation for commercials–not just because it’s cheaper but because it’s different:
To tantalise, according to Google, is to tease. To torment. Now, why would anyone want to associate their restaurant to that punishing feeling?
The truth of the matter is, nobody knows. Yet, at every forum where people rack their brains about how to sanitise the industry, as more and more ad agencies spring up in backpacks across Nigeria, people keep bringing up the idea of mergers and acquisitions.