Thursday, April 16, 2015

Selected Publications, Interviews and Media coverage

The most comprehensive record of my activities, publications, and work can be found in my BROOKLYN COLLEGE FACULTY PROFILE



In 2013 I edited Contesting the Nigerian StateContesting the Nigerian State Civil Society and the Contradictions of Self-Organizatian NY and London: Palgrave-Macmillan, and

State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in NigeriaState Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria NY and London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 

In 2012, With Olufemi Vaughan, I edited Transnational Africa and GlobalizationTransnational Africa and Globalization NY and London: Palgrave-Macmillan, and

West African MigrationsWest African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century NY and London: Palgrave-Macmillan.

All four books are listed at Palgrave-Macmillan's UK website and all four covers were designed by Stephen Folaranmi 

Also in 2013 I edited a book with Afia Serwaa Zakiya. This is my only book published in Nigeria thus far: Women's Political Participation in Nigeria 2007 General Elections Ibadan, Nigeria: Bookbuilders.  I designed this book cover myself. Chris Bankole, BookBuilders' publisher modified it.

My first book, A Sapped Democracy: The Political Economy of the Structural Adjustment Program and the Political Transition in Nigeria (1983-1993) was published by University Press of America in 1998.  I hope to publish an update in Nigeria very soon.

Some of my books and book chapters on the internet (selected sites)

The New African Diaspora in North America: Trends, Community Building, and Adaptation  Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands  African Immigrant Religions in America  Gendering the African Diaspora: Women, Culture, and Historical Change in the Caribbean and Nigerian Hinterland (Blacks in the Diaspora)
on Amazon

Books on also carries my books

My books on

Are you in India? You can also find my books and book chapters on has Transnational Africa and Globalization and West African Migrations: Global Pathways into a New Millennium, the two 2012 books I co-edited with Olufemi Vaughan, Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies & History at Bowdoin College also carries a few of my books

Some of my books and book chapters on Barnes and Noble

Contesting the Nigerian State: Civil Society and the Contradictions of Self-Organization  State Fragility, State Formation, and Human Security in Nigeria  West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century  Transnational Africa and Globalization  A Sapped Democracy: The Political Economy of the Structural Adjustment Program and the Political Transition in Nigeria, 1983-1993 

Diasporas and Development  Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands The New African Diaspora in North America: Trends, Community Building, and Adaptation  Gender and Power Relations in Nigeria
Some of my books and book chapters are listed in WorldCat's public access portal, but more can be found in institutional library databases

Articles and Book Chapters

You can access a few downloadable copies of a couple of my most recent book chapters, articles and a couple of presentations on

You can also access some of my papers on 



Snippets of Transnational Africa and Globalization edited with Olufemi Vaughan

Snippets of West African Migration: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century

There are snippets of my "African Immigrant Churches and the New Christian Right" Chapter 12 in African Immigrant Religions in America edited by Jacob Olupona, Regina Gemignani NYU Press, 2007 

You can access snippets of my "The Nature of the State: Gender Politics and the Empowerment of Women in the 21st Century, Chapter 5 in Nigeria in the Twenty-first Century: Strategies for Political Stability and  Peaceful Coexistence edited by Emmanuel Ike Udogu Africa World Press, 2005


Martine Raibaud, Micéala Symington, Ionut Unte, Eds. Cultures in Movement Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015

Akintunde E. Akinade Creativity and Change in Nigerian Christianity African Books Collective, 2010

Mike Loutzenhiser The Role of the Indigenous African Psyche in the Evolution of Human Consciousness iUniverse, 2008 

Sanjeev Mahajan Globalization and Social Change Lotus Press, 2006


I founded and edit Ìrìnkèrindò: a Journal of African Migration, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of African migration and immigration to other parts of the world.  According to WorldCat, it's carried in over 300 libraries worldwide. In the spirit of Open Access, its provided entirely free of charge.  My son Muoyo Okome was my first webmaster. Stephen Folaranmi assisted with updating the journal's logo

I co-founded and co-edited Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies until 2010. My son, Muoyo Okome designed the journal logo while a student at Hunter College High School


Honored to have received Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship this year. I'm engaged in a curriculum development project with Prof. Adigun Agbaje of the Political Science Department at the University of Ibadan (UI). We also have a faculty publication mentoring program that will help increase the volume and quality of publications for faculty in the Social Sciences at UI.


I have a YouTube Channel

My playlists on Youtube

Some of the interviews I've done can be accessed on Youtube. However, there are also more videos from the websites of media that interviewed me. Do consider watching them as well.

Here is a YouTube video: Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Implications for West Africans on both sides of the Atlantic 

The West African Research Association (WARA) sponsored roundtable on "US Immigration Reform: Implications for West Africans on Both Sides of the Atlantic" at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA) Friday, November 22, 2013, from  4:45-6:30pm in Harborside Ballroom, Waterfront Marriott, Baltimore, MD.

Chair: Louise Badiane, Bridgewater State University
Zain Abdullah, Temple University
Emira Wood, Institute for Policy Studies
Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Moderator: Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, VOA Broadcast journalist; Africa expert

The video was recorded by students from Morgan State University





#BringBackOurGirls One Year Later



Interviewed on Arise Review Sunday, April 12 by Julian Philips on the 1-year anniversary of our #Chibok girls' abduction.  ! was also interviewed about the 2015 Nigerian Governorship elections Arise Review. Gele due to going to Church right after. Thanks to my niece, Yewande for making it possible not to have a bad gele day. Wish there would be more time for these interviews!

Interviews on 2015 Nigerian Elections and abducted Chibok Girls

Published on Mar 29, 2015
Prof. Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome joins Adeola Fayehun in studio to discuss Nigerians' hopes for the election proceedings.

#NIGERIADECIDES 2015 with Prof. Mojubaolu Okome

Talking about #ChibokGirls with Adeola Fayehun on Sahara Reporters

Here above I'd just returned from Nigeria in January and was interviewed about the election postponement and our #ChibokGirls by Adeola Fayehun

International Business Times on Sahara Reporters

Chibok Girls Anniversary: Hundreds Gather In New York To Support #BringBackOurGirls [PHOTOS]

No Justice For #Chibokgirls After One Year, According To Activists In New York

#BringBackOurGirls: Singer Alicia Keys Leads Rally To Mark 6-Months Anniversary

www.360 Nobs

#BringBackOurGirls: Empire State Building To Light Up For #ChibokGirls

New Yorkers Rally for Return of Nigerian Girls


Global Information Network
Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

NY City Lens

Hope, Wrapped In Skepticism: Nigerians React to the Big Election


Outrage Widens in Nigeria over Postponement of Election
Here I just commented on the news and responded to others.
Mu’azu, Anyim Escape As Tan Campaign Stage Collapses

Independent Sources on CUNY TV


Hundreds gather at Bay Ridge rally point for the 'We Will Not Go Back' rally and march






To be continued...

Interviews on 2015 Nigerian Elections and abducted Chibok Girls

Published on Mar 29, 2015
Prof. Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome joins Adeola Fayehun in studio to discuss Nigerians' hopes for the election proceedings.

#NIGERIADECIDES 2015 with Prof. Mojubaolu Okome

Friday, April 10, 2015

#BringBackOurGirlsNYC commemorates One year after Chibok Abduction

It is painful and unbelievable that we are approaching the one year mark since Boko Haram abducted our girls from their school in Chibok. Many more fellow Nigerians were abducted before and after. So many have lost their lives, and we have millions of IDPs and refugees. Despite the devastating circumstances, we remain steadfastly hopeful that the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) would collaborate with the governments of Chad, Niger and Cameroon as well as other African states and international partners to rescue our abducted girls and fellow citizens and reunite them with their families.

The FGN has a huge responsibility: Besides ensuring that our girls and fellow citizens are rescued, IDPs must be given decent humanitarian assistance according to established best practices. Refugees must also be given thoroughgoing protection, decent conditions and humanitarian assistance according to established best practices. Communities that have been devastated must be rehabilitated. Our country also needs healing and an end to the atrocities fostered by Boko Haram.  

Sadly, #BringBackOurGirls will commemorate one year of our girls' abduction on April 14. Nevertheless we stand firm in our hope for their rescue and and reunification with their families. We encourage the FGN to begin making plans for the best psychosocial support for our girls, their families and communities, so they can resume their education and lives.

Our press release:

Suggestions on actions you can take:

Commemorative events include:

1.NEW YORK—On April 13 at 11:00am Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Ambassador of Surinam to the UN  Henry MacDonald, Minister of Counter Terrorism of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Lawal Mohammed Hamidu, City Councilmember Ben Kallos (District 5), Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright (76AD), human rights leaders and activists, a group of High School students, members of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, and the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy organization will gather at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram. Although some of the girls managed to escape captivity, 219 of them are still missing. Maloney will also announce that the Empire State building will be lit in purple and red on April 14th in recognition of the need to locate the girls and return them to their families.

Maloney and advocates will call for a vigorous international effort to find the girls, along with a full investigation to determine if some of the girls may have been among those murdered last month by fleeing Boko Haram soldiers.

As a gesture of solidarity with the Chibok Girls, the High School students in attendance will tie 219 ribbons around trees and railings. One ribbon for each of the girls still missing.

Attendees are asked to wear red (official color of #BringBackOurGirls) or purple (official color of Stop Violence Against Women).

2. On Tuesday, April 14, at 6pm, #BringBackOurGirlsNYC will also hold an Interfaith Prayer Vigil at UN Church House Chapel (777 UN Plaza)

3. A Silent Schoolgirl Candlelight March to Nigeria House (44th St & 2nd Avenue)

4. A Rally at Nigeria House.

5. Procession to Empire State Building to see the lights.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nigeria's 2005 General elections: Initial Reflections the Day After

I woke up bright and early this morning to find two emails from colleagues who wanted my impression about the Nigerian election. I proceeded to write a long emailed response that got lost in the ether via internet juju. Here's my briefer subsequent response:

This bellwether election crashed the "tried and true" incumbent expectations of winning votes through straightforward material inducements for vote-type transactions, which are described as "stomach infrastructure" politics, in Nigeria (we have a sense of humor about everything!). 

The president elect had run for all elections since 1999, when Nigeria made its 4th attempt since independence to embrace democracy once again. I think this makes his 4th try.  He's clearly tenacious and purposeful.  He also learned from past mistakes in choice of running mate, pronouncement, organizing grassroots support, seeking support all over the country, and securing financial resources to fund the campaign.

The winner's war chest was minuscule compared with the loser's. The winning coalition also have some troubling elements, including some former political elites who were kleptocratic, so we'll have to see if the president elect has the capacity to hold them in check, but I also don't think he would have won without those "masterminds" and their resources, including their considerable strategic cunning abilities. 

I see Nigeria as a country at a crossroads--the highway to ruin, which is easy to traverse, and the twisting, difficult road to reaching its full potential, which all Nigerians would have to commit to walking, or at least a critical mass of them, for any kind of meaningful change to occur. The president elect has a problematic history. He was a harsh dictator in the first iteration as a leader. We'll have to see whether he truly understands how to be democratic. But then again, the incumbent was never a military man and he had significant autocratic tendencies--something scholars of democratization attribute to the long history of authoritarianism.

Another problem is the cabal of venal elites that's part of the losing coalition and whether they are weakened enough to allow this administration to succeed. It also remains to be seen whether the rapacious elites in the president elect's coalition would not unite with their natural allies on the other side--the aforementioned venal elites--in order to protect their narrow interests.

There's much more one could say, but for me, given my involvement in the #BringBackOurGirls movement, I support the winners because they expressed resolve to rescue the Chibok girls and bring Boko Haram to heel in Nigeria's tormented Northeast. I believe them. The incumbent was never serious about this, except as a cynical last minute ploy to win votes. More annoyingly, his party so blatantly rigged, used violence and intimidation, and took Nigerians for fools. This election result symbolizes their rejection of these tactics, which is also extraordinary in Nigerian politics. Seems like we are seeing a somewhat "new day", but let's hope it lasts. 

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