It can hardly be doubted that Nigeria – the state – is in a precarious position. Naija – the idea – seems to be flourishing, after a fashion. We seemed to be locked in a cyclic battle of according blame/responsibility for the survival/non-survival of the Nigeria. Who is responsible for Nigeria? What ails Nigeria? Is it a leadership problem? Or a followership one? I fear, however, that we are attempting to resolve complex matters by addressing simplistic questions. It is like trying to use a catapult to catch a raging lion. Without understanding the nature and purposes of a nation, its history, and the core of nationhood, we will be attempting to build a house by starting with the windows. Continue reading “State of Naija – Whose Fault? Govt or People?”
We cannot end Racism, without speaking about it,
We cannot speak of what we do not know
The right to be free from race-talk discomfort is earned. Continue reading “I Still Don’t Want to Talk About Racism”
Man is born crying, Ifrani was born howling,
On a hot dusty day I, Ifrani was born, howling in pain as if in premonition of the life to come. Continue reading “The Song of Ifrani (Africa)”
Many Africans and non-Africans believe that the quest for knowledge originated outside the continent. I would like to present the evidence of Sankoré in Timbuktu. Continue reading “Timbuktu: Site of 1st African University”
Women hold up half the sky – Mao Zedong
I do not like the idea of ’empowering women.’ Hear me out. Hold the firing squad. When we speak along those lines, we suggest that women are inherently powerless. We suggest that there is something within womenfolk that needs to be corrected to grant them agency. We ignore millenia of cultures and policies that were designed to strip women of their inherent power. We ignore the way women have withstood these efforts and persisted and what women have achieved despite real and indirect violence. We put responsibility for change solely on women. Without putting responsibility for change where it should rightly be, we cannot see real and lasting change. Continue reading “A World of Falling Skies & Dominator Culture”
Langston Hughes, 1902 – 1967 Continue reading “‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’ by Langston Hughes”
Africa is an eternal thought in the mind of God.
If there were no Africa, I’d still dream of her.
My dreams would be filled with moonlight and sunlight,
Raging rivers and still seas, cascading waterfalls, gushing geysers. Continue reading “We Still Dream…”
(I have always believed that goodness is the aberration in humanity, not evil.)
We are survivors
We are killers
We are bystanders
We are humanity. Continue reading “No Anomaly”
Tell your children where you’ve been.
Our stories are connected pathways that lead us to freedom.
Our journeys are overlapping roads on the way to Paradise. Continue reading “Tell Your Children…”