“What limits what we can learn from our stories, is our tendencies to intellectualise the past rather than re-live it”.
A Francine Shapiro quote, rephrased by the School of Life

When you hear of ‘a promised land’ what comes to mind? If you are like me (and frankly most people I know) it would be just as the name says…a promised land. The reality of the matter is, life rarely promises. It is as we go through it that we get a sense of what is possible, and from that, frame an idea of what good looks like. And it…

“The four most dangerous words in investing are: “This time it’s different”.”

Sir John Templeton

Despite the global pandemic and the preventive lockdown measures, the performance of the stock market hasn’t really reflected the situation on ground. Yes,there were downturns in March 2020 (9th and 16th of March) as countries closed borders and shut down businesses in response to the corona virus pandemic. Stocks tumbled erasing up to 30% in value of security indexes. The UN estimated that around 305 million jobs could be lost in the 2nd quarter alone and also the certainty that we are entering into a…

“A lot of the time that I’ve spent on this over the last few weeks as we’ve been building this out and getting ready to ship has been on privacy, security, integrity reviews, and how do we make sure that a lot of the use cases that that have been problematic around Zoom are not going to be things that are replicated here.”

Mark Zukerberg, 24th of April 2020


Last Friday, Facebook had a new post by Mark Zukerberg. Without clicking play on the video, I immediately got a sense of where this was going…video conferencing. I sped-listened until I…

source: https://lolzombie.com/12271/relax-nothing-is-under-control/

If you are just waking up from a coma, I have some news for you: the world is under a lockdown!

In a bid to reduce the spread of covid19, experts have prescribed an unprecedented act of social distancing as the global action required to flattening the curve. The idea is to reduce the spread throughout the population to a level that the health system can manage patients without becoming overwhelmed. I like the idea but I wonder about what this new normal would look like, because like it or not, the world has changed.

A bit of a background…

“As it fades, I see the truth — in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother’s arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.”…Children of Blood and Bones

I did enjoy the book. In fact, I finished the 525 paged book in a record 5 days!!

But my love for the book wasn’t for the reason I set out to read it in the first place. It was…

Generally, the idea of the single West African currency, the Eco, sounds interesting. However, there are aspects that can be terrifying and I hope have been considered in the risk assessment. It is easy to look at regions where this experiment has been tried like the Euro, and see the flaws. But we must understand that our social contexts vastly differ. For one, West African countries didn’t define their national borders. And this fault-line of living in territories mapped out by Europeans for Europeans still sip into individual countries. I question the possibility of this regional bloc forged by…

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” — Ray Bradbury

Last year, I tasked myself with the challenge to read voraciously, with no target. And over a period of 12 months, I was able to read 16 books. So I set myself a target. My challenge for 2019: read 20 books and quarterly construct a brief overview of the content and my opinions.

The world is rapidly changing. Anyone willing to be kept abreast with these changes and informed on how to act must find means to be updated with…

“This is the problem of history. We cannot know that which we were not there to see and hear and experience for ourselves. We must rely upon the words of others. Those who were there in the olden days, they told stories to the children so that the children would know, so that the children could tell stories to their children. And so on, and so on. But now we come upon the problem of conflicting stories. Kojo Nyarko says that when the warriors came to his village their coats were red, but Kwame Adu says that they were blue…

My biggest takeaway from Lee for the new CIA director addresses the most troubling question about China’s trajectory: What does its dramatic transformation mean for the global balance of power? Lee answered pointedly: “The size of China’s displacement of the world balance is such that the world must find a new balance. It is not possible to pretend that this is just another big player. This is the biggest player in the history of the world.”

I have been fascinated by the rise of China for a couple of years. In my maiden post for 2019, I argued that as…

As words from the Koran reverberated through the room, I thought of the old story of Baba wrestling a black bear in Baluchistan. Baba had wrestled bears his whole life. Losing his young wife. Raising a son by himself. Leaving his beloved homeland, his watan. Poverty. Indignity. In the end, a bear had come that he couldn’t best. But even then, he had lost on his own terms

Kite Runner is a book about a father-son relationship backdropped by Afghanistan cultural tapestry. In it, we are introduced to Amir whose betrayal of his friend Hassan shaped & tortured his life. As the narrator leads deeper into the story, a picture is painted of the social stratification and oppression of the Hazara, how brotherly love and friendship is understood amongst Pashtuns, the geopolitical situation and later degradation of in Afganistan, and most fascinating, the culture of kite fighting.

Seyi Osinowo

I sometimes read interesting books.

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