What if supernatural miracles matter less than natural means?

Questions at the intersection of faith and scienceThe title isn’t just clickbait, just so you know. I’m totally serious. And if you’ll just hear me out, I’m fully prepared to explain myself.I’ve always been fascinated by the intersection between faith and science, because in a sense I’ve always lived on that intersection: I’ve been captivated by [...]

Allow me to give you feedback on giving feedback

When someone says they want to give you “feedback,” you know it’s lion-feeding time, and you’re dinner. And when someone asks you for feedback, you know what they’re really saying. “Tell me you like my stuff, and you think I’ll go places.” We’ve gotten it all wrong. Feedback is not those things. It’s not telling [...]

Is suicide an act of bravery or cowardice?

You May Not Like The Answer To This… Short answer: you’re asking the wrong question. For the long answer, keep reading. See, I get this question a lot. And most especially after reports of suicide in the media, like now, in the wake of the recent suicide in by a medical doctor in Lagos, Nigeria. And even [...]

20 facts about depression you probably don’t know

You’ll never guess number…just kidding! “Depression.” It’s such a commonly used word, isn’t it? When last did you use it yourself? This week? A month ago? Did you using it of yourself or someone you know? But then do you really know what depression is? What it means for someone to have it? Here’s your chance [...]

The most unhelpful question when things go wrong

And 2 reasons it’s so common There’s a question I often get from people I’m working with that breaks my heart. The question is this: “How do I get back to who I used to be?” It’s a question I understand, being as human as they are. But the reason it breaks my heart is, it’s [...]

3 things mental illness and cancer share in common

 In commemoration of World Cancer Day 2017 The first time someone I knew had cancer, I didn’t even know that was what it was. I was not yet 10, and all I knew that my close friend had lost his father over the course of a protracted illness to something called “leukaemia.” It was many more [...]

Why are emotional wounds so hard to “treat”?

So in my last post, "How our wounds make us human," I explained what a wound is. I'll recap the definition: An emotional wound is the "breakage" in your image of yourself or of life, that's caused by a negative experience. In this post, I'll be unpacking that definition and showing you why wounds can be so [...]

How our wounds make us human

No, I'm not about to romanticise pain. Wounds hurt, and nobody likes them, including me. But they do make us human, and I want to explain how in this post. You know the saying: "Everyone's got a little bit of madness"?  I don't really like it (and if you know or follow me at all, you can already guess why: because [...]

Public psychiatric hospitals and services in Nigeria

A lot of people ask me about where they can get psychiatric services in Nigeria, and I've been meaning to make a list for a long time. And now, here it is.But first, a few things. First, allow me to give you a brief history of psychiatric services in Nigeria, as this helps explain the way I categorise the [...]