The Howard Zinn Quote still resonates: “Civil disobedience, that’s not our problem. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while, the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” Let the kleptocrats give back our stolen wealth so that we can fix our infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and also offer worthwhile social protection to our people. Let the masses enjoy the full benefits of citizenship in Nigeria. Let the leaders and political class repent and build peace with justice. This is no time for politics as usual.
Appreciation! The video of the second, which is equally the last session of “Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Academia: An Online Roundtable Discussion” organized by the Lagos Studies Association Women’s Mentoring Network, is now available. We thank everyone who made these two events possible. Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi did an excellent job of moderating the events, making sure everything went as planned. Carli Coetzee and Lynn Schler worked behind the scene to conceptualize the roundtable and to develop the call for participation. The conversation was rich, thought-provoking, and boundary-shifting because our speakers (Lola Akande, Judith Byfield, Abosede George, Taibat Lawanson, Mojubaolu Okome, Charmaine Pereira, and Yetunde Zaid) intellectualized the problem. They combined personal experience with their knowledge of institutional politics to expand the repertoire of discourse. Other members of the Women’s Mentoring Network (Peju Layiwola and Oyeronke O
Want to know what I think about sexual harassment? I participated in a roundtable discussion on this subject on Saturday, September 12 Here's the recording from last week and the announcement of the next roundtable. The video recording of the first session of Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Academia: An Online Roundtable Discussion organized by the Lagos Studies Association Women’s Mentoring Network is now available. Many thanks to the speakers and participants. The second session will take place this Saturday, September 19 at 3 pm (Nigeria Time) 10 am NY time(EST).
This is my response to the Honorable Minister for Finance, who despite being a very busy woman, found time to reply to my email. But she also sent me the op-ed by Paul Collier, to which I referred previously. Dear Honorable Minister, Thank you for responding to my email despite being deluged by an overwhelming amount of communication, and having the challenging task of driving economic change. Let me apologize in the first place for any kind of abusive language that I passed along. In retrospect, I realize that I should have edited those words out. They are not warranted because you have, unlike most Nigerian officials, been responsive and open to communication. I pray for your safety and that of your family members. I hope that our people realize that violence is not a solution to any of our problems. I know the issues are complex. I realize that there are numerous vested interests that want to keep change at bay. I know Nigeria has become synonymous with corruption aroun