Clueless in Lagos [December 20 series] by โ€˜Lanre Bucknor

It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement – that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life

~ Sigmund Freud

I have to keep to this tradition.

I have to keep this tradition of dropping an article to celebrate my birth anniversary but this year, I am clueless as to what to write.

Someone once asked and I quote; โ€œhave you ever felt you being too smart for you to be this broke?โ€, And this hit home.

The funny thing is, I am even clueless as to if I am actually smart and broke or I am broke because I am not smart.

I am clueless as to why I have to go through this much stress and achieved so little and I am even clueless if this whole thing is about me not putting in the work. I once asked my friend, โ€˜tunji Oladipo if I am a lazy human, of course, he stated that I am not and further stated reasons he firmly believes that I am not. But then, I am clueless as to whether Tunji regards me as his friend to the degree I regard him as one. Tunji is however a great human who have saved my skin on uncountable occasions and I am grateful for having him in my life.

This year, I havenโ€™t been able to write so much, I think I have penned my best spoken word poetry so far nevertheless but I am clueless because I donโ€™t even know if I have found my real purpose. I have not been able to nail down most of the things I planned on getting done this year and I question my own work rate. I question my own abilities and closeness to Almighty Allah or otherwise. I am clueless as to why I sin so much, why I donโ€™t do much more good and what I need to do to make some of these things happen.

I am clueless as to how my believe and faith in this nation have eroded so much in one calendar year and how meaningless living in this country have become. I am clueless as to how Iโ€™d achieve my lifelong dream of leading my people to greatness will come to fruition because my people do not want to be led by visionaries and passionate human.

I am clueless as to how I am this old and not being able to get basics done. I am not going to blame this on anyone or anybody, I am going to have to retrospect and see where all went downhill. I am however clueless as to how go about the retrospection.

I am clueless on why age means so much to us humans yet success can be achieved at any period, I am so clueless as to why we forget our own story(s) easily. I am clueless as to why I leave things late to put them in motion.

I am clueless and I think itโ€™s because I havenโ€™t found real purpose!

Today is my birthday and I will cry not because I am clueless but will just cry to Allah for I feel that when all else fails, itโ€™s the next best thing to do.

Serenity is a balance between good and bad, life and death, horrors and pleasures. Life is, as it were, defined by death. If there wasnโ€™t death of things, there wouldnโ€™t be any life to celebrate

~ Norman Davies

‘Lanre Bucknor writes from Lagos and this is just another December 20th post.

‘Lanre can be found of twitter and instagram via the @lordrooz handle. And simply Lanre Bucknor on LinkedIn and Facebook


Habeeb Anibaba and the campaign of Rhetorics by โ€˜Lanre Bucknor

It is but a fact, that your sincere critics are your true friends and those who shield you from the truth and do not tell you as is, do not want the best for you.

Habeeb Anibaba, Aspirant Representative of the Federal House of Reps, Oshodi Isolo constituency II should not believe he will not be called to question by some of us should he emerge and by Allah, he will. But before then, Habeeb Anibaba needs to answer unasked questions and avoid campaigns seen in negative terms.

This campaign should be a class apart and be away from the norm! Habeeb Anibaba needs to tell his electorates what he intends to do with the office and he will be held to it.

This is not the era of just empty rhetorics but an era of further maths politics where workings will be shown. Not only will promises be made but fulfillment will be measured through metrics agreed to by the electorate, Anibaba should break away from an unattractive norm.

Showing workings pay, for Anibaba is an intellectual and he needs to make people understand that this isnโ€™t an executive position but a legislative one. Bills that will touch the constituency directly is what matters and not just rice, naira notes or vanities sharing. Anibaba needs to identify projects that needs urgent execution and make sure these are done through the agency saddled with this responsibility, he has TransperencIT,, BudgIT, EIEnigeria et al to keep him on his toes and to follow progress up with these projects. For example, Jakande Estate doesnโ€™t need boreholes nor new transformers or even classrooms, Isolo might need these amenities, areas in Ejigbo could too. Anibaba must be strategic with his constituency projects and know the extent to which he can impact.

Again, he must remind the electorates that this isnโ€™t an executive position.

Hon Dauda Kako-Are of Mushin 1 constituency isnโ€™t a saint, Kako-Are is not perfect and not even close to the best we could we get of a public officer but he connects with his people, he lives with them even if and when he isnโ€™t around, his aides arenโ€™t arrogant and he empowers his friends and foes too, something Anibaba has been known to do albeit in his own little way and thatโ€™s why he has amassed this level of support. Anibaba needs never to forget that politics is local and grassroot is key, the way you leave the home will be what youโ€™d be back to meet in four years when you want to renew ambition or want to aspire for higher endeavor.

Anibaba should also have it at the back of his mind that he is on a groundbreaking and history making path, whatever he does will pave way for younger aspirants with dreams in and around his constituency, he has real life lessons to learn from his predecessors be it in positive or negative terms.

Anibaba must build the constituency, he must build the constituents and he must expand the leadership net just like the very Honorable Kehinde Bamgbetan, the Jagaban of Ejigbo as he is fondly called has done, Anibaba must have it at the back of his mind that, there is no success without a successful successor.

Anibaba must build on this and many more for he will be back in 2023 to seek his constituentโ€™s support to return to the hallowed green chamber.

Or maybe, just maybe, the Red one!

โ€˜Lanre Bucknor is an Estate Surveyor by qualification, profession and practice. He writes from Lagos.

โ€˜Lanre tweets via @lordrooz, instagrams with the same handle and blogs via

Grassroot politics, direct primaries and the concept of Home. By โ€˜Lanre Bucknor

Politics is local as it is always said!

The Commissioner we are enjoying perks from today hails from the hood. When all else fails, everyone returns to their home constituency.

Dr. Abdulhakeem AbdulLateef tilted more towards the hood now when he understands the concept of grassroot politics and itโ€™s attendant importance, he found out a little bit late in his political life but early enough to salvage his political grassroot relevance.

Hon. Tony Nwulu that we are trying to replace went to Imo with our commonwealth, how many Jakande Estate, Isolo constituents have you heard the Hon. Idimogu fellow touched directly? you would probably hear good words about him at canoe axis of this divide.

Hakeem Muniru will be more tilted towards the people of Isolo when the goodies arrive, he was once at the green chamber and he never knew us, while Ago Okota people will enjoy more if Bola Ahmed Oseni Emerges.

Distinguished Senator Yayi who is supposed to be the senator representing this district at the hallowed red chamber have never for once even visited us talk more of even touching our lives directly, he will first attend to the people of Alimosho if and when he is not trying to be the governor of Ogun state with the resources that belongs to you and I.

Do you know that Youths in Imo are calling Tony Nwulu to come be the governor? 4 years of our own commonwealth sunk into the governorship ambition of another state. Thereโ€™s so much a commissioner can do, itโ€™s an appointment position.

Thereโ€™s so much a legislator can do despite it being a terminal position but if you support your own even if he doesnโ€™t perform up as expected, you would have liberated the generation of one of your own and positively change the story that belongs to us and you can easily call him to question.

We need more top class political office holder to come from this hood, the goodies can become bigger and more life reaching. The effect can be more sustainable than these cups of rice, low quality fabrics and a few naira notes.

Have you asked yourself when last we had a member of the green chamber hailed from the hood? Remind me when last for I am waiting.

Food will be digested and defeacated, Money is a temporal thing, it comes and goes irrespective of the level of plans put in place, I read somewhere that Robert Kiyosaki of Rich dad, poor dad fame is bankrupt. Fabrics will fade and pilgrimage will change the life of a selected few but a lasting legacy will remain long after the deed doer have left the shores of Mother Earth.

Asiwaju is a super strategist, he held Lagos down, went back to the drawing board and negotiated sound political deals with having the 4th best economy in Africa.

Jagaban was able to do this because he never let go of Lagos even after clinching national relevance, he never sold out on Lagos, his local constituent even for Federal might.

The concept of direct primaries is a strategic game of numbers and this hood have the numbers.

Do not allow one of you use you against one of you for blood will always be thicker than water. The APC prides itself as a broom party signifying togetherness, this hood shouldnโ€™t act otherwise.

Remember and note this day; politics is strategic, politics is not being heedless, politics is a game of number and you have the numbers required to swing this in one of youโ€™s Favour! Politics is local and when push comes to shove, everyone will return home, for home is where the heart resides!

‘Lanre Bucknor is an Estate Surveyor by profession and practice. He writes from Lagos.

He hosts a WordPress blog at and tweets via @lordrooz.

Ode La-Gos [spoken word] By ‘Lanre Bucknor

Everywhere was jammed with traffic, cars crawled along at a pace that made the drivers faces tight with frustration, Okadas tore through gaps that even the bravest hawkers hesitated to enter and petrol fumes from overheated engines thickened the air – Blackass, A. Igoni Barrett

Neon lights, dark nights
Devil’s fright and plane flights
Murky lagoons with flowing beaches
Open drains and smelly shanties

Ikoyi delights
Coating the coastlines
With Aurated affluence
Badia deprives
Furore of nothiness
Feels Like surviving in coal mines

Sea of people lines Ikorodu
Relative ease dots รˆpรฉ
History reeks all over Badagry
Triumph keeps its forte with surulere
Yaba enclaves the academic hub
Isale eko is the seat to the throne
Ikeja boasts of untold power
Lekkoyi is home to crisp luxury
Mushin houses organised chaos
Obalende suya smells of old power
scenes of abandoned presidential palace

A noticeable trace of hurriedness
Even in human mushiness
Mother said everyone can make it here
Brings forth influx from everywhere

Beach front
Witch throng
Abattoir lies in Agege
Federal presence will never leave Akete

Ikorodu Oga
badagry gbagle
Ikeja, lo l’Alausa
Isale eko gangan ni Lagos-island
Epe l’omo Alaro
IBILE make my city rock
over land and on the Atlantic
Like a kid deprived of yรฒyรฒ meal
Only ibile child know what this mean

Awa o kin se omo Uganda
No doubt p’egba lo ni Kampala
Ati pe Ibadan lo ni ankara
But, Na we get the white attire
In doubt, ask adamu orisa

Mosalasi jimoh nbe ni isale eko
Cathedral wa ni marina
Lagos will never be no Man’s land
รŒbรฌle isn’t a just a word of mouth

Victoria sorely misses the island
Her secret lies with Queen and the drive
Banana is the shape of wealth on my land
Clean Money isn’t solely based on strive
Ain’t nothing like Lagos rejects
Eko will live on the atlantic

Lanre Bucknor was born, bred and buttered in Lagos, lives in Lagos and writes from Lagos. ‘Lanre knows that Lagos is and will never be a no man’s land.

For my city, the fourth largest economy and the capital of Africa.

Belated milestone wishes to my friend, brother and business partner, Owoyele ‘Lagos Charisma.

Thorns. Bed. And Roses. By ‘Lanre Bucknor

The smell of your fragrance
In my room
In my bed
Lingers long
Long after you’ve left

The smell of your fragrance
Leaves your presence
Right here
With me
In my heart
In my soul

The sweetness of your fragrance
Radiates the shadow
Of your figure
The melodious tone of your voice
Music to my hearing
Twinkles to my eyes
Food to my soul

The aroma of your fragrance
Left on my pillow
Still has full effect
On my being
After you left

You’ve left
But your fragrance lingers

You’ve left
Never to return!

‘Lanre Bucknor writes from Lagos and wrote this for those who miss someone whom they have considered important at some point but looking deep down, the best thing that happened to them was the someone leaving their lives.

‘Lanre believes there is nothing bad in missing these kind of people for, they leaving doesn’t necessarily make them bad but could mean an open door for someone better and perfect fit to walk through. A form of answered prayer!

‘Lanre can be found on twitter and Instagram via the @lordrooz handle.

One Billion+ Seconds and the man of value By ‘Lanre Bucknor

“I do not sit with men of falsehood nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I have hated a mob of evildoers and I will not sit with wicked people” –
Psalm 26: 4-5

One billion+ seconds ago, my mum was rushed into the legendary Island maternity hospital in Lagos island – a baby boy was brought forth from that endeavour and that tiny little boy, one of the numerous that came out in that same hospital and across the world was the one who penned this piece.
My mum, now popularly and fondly referred to as Iya Rainbow as christened by her last son, survived the excruciating pain of childbirth for the third time and lived to survive two more of the same.

In the Yoruba folklore, there is a title/ nomenclature called Borokinni, this is the person I intend being, for I do not attach too much importance to money but does same to the concept of Value.

Do not get me wrong, I want money just like everyone else does – as money plays a big part in enhancing value and value as they say, is the capacity to satisfy wants.

Borokinni isn’t that person who might necessarily have so much money but at
any point at which he needs to get stuffs done, the means by which he will achieve that endeavour will happen – Borokinni is not a rich guy per se, he is a man of value.

Borokinni is the man who gets things done right when he needs it!

Surah At-Talaq, Verse
ูˆูŽูŠูŽุฑู’ุฒูู‚ู’ู‡ู ู…ูู†ู’ ุญูŽูŠู’ุซู ู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุญู’ุชูŽุณูุจู ูˆูŽู…ูŽู† ูŠูŽุชูŽูˆูŽูƒู‘ูŽู„ู’ ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู
ููŽู‡ููˆูŽ ุญูŽุณู’ุจูู‡ู ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ูŽ ุจูŽุงู„ูุบู ุฃูŽู…ู’ุฑูู‡ู ู‚ูŽุฏู’ ุฌูŽุนูŽู„ูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ู„ููƒูู„ู‘ู
ุดูŽูŠู’ุกู ู‚ูŽุฏู’ุฑู‹ุง

And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion. Q62:3

At a particular point this year, I clocked one billion seconds on the surface of the earth, whether it is a milestone to cherish or celebrate is a matter of relativity but the fact that I have learnt to appreciate giving value more than just money is a testament to how well one have understood this life – A life of vanity.

I have since regarded my birthday as more of a countdown to my last day than to more years here for I am not guaranteed living the equivalent of the number spent here already, but only hope and pray that one does do more.

As I have clocked one billion seconds and for every breath worth much more in this vanity called life, I treat myself as my own muse at least once a year, I usually wonder what the earliest memories of my life was like and also wonders what I would be remembered for, once I leave the surface of mother earth.

That once in a year period is the supposed day recognised by law as the day I was brought forth unto mother earth and like I did on that day when this happened – I will cry if I want to.



I have come to know that death is an important thing to keep in mind – not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die, I can ever truly begin to live 

– R. A. Salvatore





Lanre Bucknor writes from Lagos and this, is just another 20th December post.

‘Lanre can be further engaged on twitter and instagram via @lordrooz

People, be good people by ‘Lanre Bucknor

A mortal once said to me;

“Maybe when we have more good people

The world won’t be so tiring

So tiring to live in”


We keep looking for good people

In the world


What we have failed to do

Or realise is; 

Some of us have to be the good people

For ourselves

And for others

We have to see the good people

In ourselves


We must become the good people

For, we must understand

That good recognises good

Just like real recognises real

Because whatever we want from life

And from people

And from the creator

We must give it first

we don’t get appreciated 

Regardless of how much we try
We shouldn’t care

We should not be bothered
Because we are being good 

for ourselves 

and for no one else. 

No need to wait 

for gratification

Be it instant

Or of a future kind from any man
The reason why others hurt us 

and make us vulnerable 

is because of expectations, 

and that’s where we should turn. 

Never expect anything from anyone. 

Just do you! 

Just do good
We must understand the adage:

The adage of the birds

Of feathers

About Flocking.
We must understand the yoruba adage

Talking about the legendary 

“Iro and iborun”

‘Lanre Bucknor writes from Lagos and takes a cue from Q4:36. Mortal as referred here is a certain Miss Zuwaerah Aramide Daba.

‘Lanre can be further engaged on Instagram and twitter via the @lordrooz handle.