“DEMOCRACY MUST BE BUILT THROUGH OPEN SOCIETIES THAT SHARE INFORMATION. WHEN THERE IS INFORMATION THERE IS ENLIGHTENMENT. WHEN THERE IS DEBATE THERE ARE SOLUTIONS. WHEN THERE IS NO SHARING OF POWER, NO RULE OF LAW, NO ACCOUNTABILITY, THERE IS ABUSE, CORRUPTION, SUBJUGATION AND INDIGNATION.” -Atifete Jahjaga

This special DOWNTOWN Democracy Day issue is work I’m immensely proud of as the team and I put a lot of effort into delivering something quite unique. The cover image, by one of the most celebrated contemporary visual artists out of Africa, Victor Ehikhamenor, delivers a rendering that speaks to my soul and writes a million words in colour. He titles it, Do You Know Why The Caged Bird Sings?

It seems I cannot go a day now without being asked what my “Plan B” is and in truth I don’t have one.

Yes, as children, we fantasized about the day our parents would announce we were moving abroad so we could frolic in the snow, eat chocolates and pizza all day while playing with toys in this wondrous world of ours, where clearly a fever inducing foreign exchange rate doesn’t exist! I tell everyone that I’m here to do my part for the kind of democracy we have read about. Canada will just have to wait (for now), because if we don’t fix it, who will?

This is why you must read our travel piece that showcases some of the gorgeous offerings Nigeria has to offer and maybe you’ll be inspired to book your next quick getaway for some desperately needed rest.

Oddbod and the city raises a toast to the motherland with some mouth-watering cocktail recipes while the review page highlights the best entertainment options from tv and music and not forgetting a couple of great reading options for the holiday tomorrow. The beauty pages take us on a tour across thecountry for centuries-old natural ingredients used by generations for skin rejuvenation, beautification, and treatments.

In conclusion, as you tuck into your favorite lifestyle read, let’s lift our dear country up in prayer.

Take care and you’ll see us next week!

Latasha Ngwube
@latashalagos