Naija: Perennial violence, intractable imbecility and audacious hope

When Abdulmutallab burst onto the international scene, Nigerians of every walk of life were quick to label him an aberration, an anomaly in Nigerian life. But the continuing violence in Nigeria makes a mockery of our protestations; the only difference between Abdulmutallab and our Nigerian violence being location and race of intended victims. Continue reading “Naija: Perennial violence, intractable imbecility and audacious hope”

I Don’t Want to Talk about Race & Racism

The victims ask the hardest of all the questions: How is it possible that the person I loved so much lit no spark of humanity in you?”
Antjie Krog, Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa

I do not like writing about race and racism, so I write this reluctantly. I believe labels are prisons which we use to deny each other and ourselves of the luxury of a nuanced identity. However, from reading people’s ideas about race I begin to realise that many myths exist. There are scripts and narratives entrenched in our subconscious that define our thinking. Because they are so entrenched we refuse to allow contestation, even when these narratives are patently false. Continue reading “I Don’t Want to Talk about Race & Racism”

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