Foluke’s African Skies: 2016’s gone now

Summary of 2016

2016 has been a good year for Foluke’s African Skies. In January I migrated my blog Speaker in a Blouse from Blogspot to WordPress.  Foluke’s African Skies has had views in the thousands, from nearly 80 countries around the world, from every continent except Antarctica (Eri mi wu o!). Continue reading “Foluke’s African Skies: 2016’s gone now”

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Migration and the Need to Decolonize (Hegemonic Thought)

‘decolonization has different implications in practice. Rather than a grand new theory, it ought to be approached as an option[7], a set of strategies explicitly aimed at a radical shift in the distribution and use of power at the service of equity. Addressing the structural power inequality embedded in our knowledge production practices is then a necessary, even though not sufficient part of the struggle towards decoloniality.’

// Olivia U. Rutazibwa

(This short piece was written in the Summer of 2016 for the Global Dialogues publication of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany during my visiting Fellowship there. You find the full publication here.)

Looking at the world from and in Europe today, the old continent seems to be grappling with its waning capacity to control its interaction with the rest of the planet. Bodies, ideas, capital, violence and a climate on the move, forcefully knock on the Fortress’ walls from the outside and within.

How are we to understand this beyond the fear-mongering tropes engulfing our public debates? Panta rhei[1]: everything flows. Yet, sub sole nihil novum [2]: there is nothing new under the sun. In all their simplicity and complexity, these two seemingly contradictory insights attributed respectively to Greek and Judeo-Christian – dixit European – traditions, probably best capture how…

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Nigeria’s Twitactivism Woes: E.g. the 2015 election

I know it has taken me a while to write this, but it is good to look back and reflect (my excuse. Handy, right?)

I have previously written about how the promotion of the ‘right’ to democracy infers that a peoples’ aspirations to human dignity can only be achieved through representative governance, evidenced by political participation and regular elections. Because of the premium placed on elections as the only marker of democracy, Nigerians have become inordinately emotionally invested in the hoopla of elections. Continue reading “Nigeria’s Twitactivism Woes: E.g. the 2015 election”

A Reply to Elle: West African female leaders

So on the 7th of December 2016, Elle published an online story claiming that Nana Rawlings was the first woman to run for president in West Africa. They have since changed that West Africa to Ghana. Those who know me well, may freely imagine how incensed I was. I suspect the meteorological centres of the world reported a sudden heat flare somewhere in southern England. Anyone can make mistakes. However, the failure to fact-check this obviously false fact, arises from the unsubstantiated and ahistorical stereotypes of the feeble Black African Woman. Continue reading “A Reply to Elle: West African female leaders”

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