Unforgettable by Pages Matam, Elizabeth Acevedo and G. Yamazawa


Unison: Teachers used to say,

Speaker 1: “Your behavior is just like your last name… “

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It Is The Change We Listen For

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Talk delivered by me at the International Conference of Nigerian Students, University of Hull, 04/04/09
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I would first like to appreciate the organisers of this conference for giving me the privilege to speak at a conference where men and women of great standing have so ably spoken. I hope that I will be able to justify the confidence which they have placed in me.
I have been asked to speak about Nigeria, a country for which I have a great love for, notwithstanding the fact that it is the only country that I have. I do not wish to dwell on Nigeria’s problems of which it is accepted they are many, but on the strengths of this great nations.
I have lived in and travelled the length and breadth of the country, to the North-central, South-east, South-west, in all, about 16 states of the federation. I…

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The politics of charisma, charm and image and the reality of character and substance

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This is a piece I wrote a while back [2010], just contemplating democracy and the ‘populist’ coup in Egypt. Who will win the army supporters or the other supporters?

Funnily enough I started work on this piece before scheduling of general elections by the incumbent government in the UK. Due to my general lackadaisical nature and intrinsic laziness, I have been superseded by events and forced to change the tenor of the piece. In addition to this I would like to write it before the Second Coming so my efforts in piecing my disjointed ideas together would not be made completely redundant by the inevitable passage of time.

Even though we mostly profess to hate politics and the motley crew who administer and gain from its practice, we are ultimately fascinated by it and always drawn into an illicit relationship with it by the fact that we the people are…

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Stronger Than Hate

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The history of humanity seems to be defined by human eyes 

looking away… 

Looking away from dead bodies floating in the water, 

Looking away from p
eople trapped in steel cans, 

Looking away from dead bodies, 

Looking away from people turned to blood and bone, 

Looking away from people turned smoke and dust

Looking away, looking away from dead bodies… 

Always we look away, turn away, go on with our day, 

Guard jealously our plate…leave them to their fate… 

Let’s leave them to their fate, 

They died long before, 

Long before their breathing ceased,

Long before their blood was shed,

Long before the bombs and the fire,

Long before the waters bore them away,

They died from indifference much stronger than hate.


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The ‘Failed State’ as a Doubly False Categorisation of Nigerian Statehood

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MDG oil spill in Niger deltaNigeria has often been described by scholars, commentators, journalists and some statesmen as a ‘failed state’. This designation is based on a faulty appreciation of the understanding of what a state is in international law and what it means for a state to fail within international politics. This paper will examine the concept of failed states and explain why there is a conceptual error in categorisation and suggest further steps that need to be taken by Nigeria – its people and its leaders.
The Argument for Nigeria as a Failed State
Because states were ostensibly created for the complete security of those who live within that state, when its peoples’ security is not observed the state would be said to have failed; for example, the failure to protect human rights is a malfunction of state.
According to Kaufmann and Kraay the crux of good governance is ‘a capable state that…

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