Taking on a new role usually comes with the jitters of carrying out the job successfully. But since announcing my new position at THEWILL Downtown, it has been more of being keen to deliver on the task that I’ve been given.

To all the people who have shown immense love, support, and faith in my capabilities as Editor, thank you!
My sincere ‘thank you’ also goes to the Publisher of THEWILL, Austyn Ogannah for having enough faith in my work, past and present, and in me, to helm this progressive publication. His phone call telling me he was taking a backseat and letting me run this magazine fully couldn’t have come at a more significant time, a day before our country’s Independence anniversary.

As we celebrate 61 years of Independence, I can’t help but reflect on decades ago, when electricity supply was somewhat constant, and generators were alien to this country; now every home, rich or poor, has one. It’s sad to see that most of our businesses are powered by generators, raising our monthly overheads and the cost of goods.

One of our cover personalities this week, Ade Bakare, made a stunning statement in his interview: in fabric manufacturing, loss of power for just 30 seconds could mean losing over 100 yards of fabric. Imagine that.
In Kehinde Fagbule’s article, How Nigerian Are You? (you have to read this, it really cracked me up) he mentions the fact that we are so accustomed to not having electricity that constant power supply makes us uncomfortable. It’s an amusing take on a perennial problem.

Oddbod and The City takes us through the evolution of champagne glasses- we thought you’d like to know how that glass in your hand evolved, as you toast to a better Nigeria.
Our Beauty page compares beauty in the ‘60s to beauty now, and our TechTalk page takes us down tech memory lane.
This issue really brings somewhat of a nostalgic feeling, and I must say our readers whether Gen Z or Baby boomers will totally enjoy it.

So get a copy or two, and tell a friend to tell a friend. Let’s toast to Nigeria at 61: May we never lose our sense of humour, and ability to be innovative regardless of the little we have.

Until next week, enjoy your read!

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