Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Talk-Talk in Abuja

Two important conferences began yesterday.

1. The National Conference (see list of delegates, see news updates) is three months long.
Topic: Articulate and possibly Resolve Nigeria's Constitutional Challenges...but we're not splitting up. 

2. The 20th NES, Nigerian Economic Summit is three days long. 
Topic: Education.  Will push for permanent structural changes that would allow the development of 21st century skills in Nigerian children.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Admit it. You're in the intelligentsia.

in·tel·li·gent·si·a  (ĭn-tĕl′ə-jĕnt′sē-ə, -gĕnt′-) n. The intellectual elite of a society. (The Free Dictionary)
in·tel·li·gent·sia noun \in-ˌte-lə-ˈjen(t)-sē-ə, -ˈgen(t)-\ : a group of intelligent and well-educated people who guide or try to guide the political, artistic, or social development of their society (Merriam-Webster)
The intelligentsia, from Latin: intellegentia (Polish: inteligencja, Russian: интеллигенция,[1] pronounced [ɪntʲɪlʲɪˈɡʲentsɨjə]) is a social class of people engaged in complex mental labour aimed at disseminating culture.
This therefore might include everyone from artists to school teachers.  (See Wikipedia for more)
To what extent do you think this term applies to a mostly-young intellectual and creative class in Nigeria?
If #SMWLagos or #SocialMediaWeek is your thing, you're probably intelligentsia. 
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

President for a year

"At the very heart of the people, I felt this desire to elect a woman who could bring peace and reconciliation."
Catherine Samba-Panza, interim president of Central African Republic
1954 born 26 June in Chad. Samba-Panza's father is from Cameroon, her mother is from the CAR.
1972 moved to CAR aged 18 and worked in insurance and as a corporate lawyer. Was active in a women's rights organisation, campaigning against female genital mutilation.
2003 formally entered politics and chaired a reconciliation process aimed at bringing the country's different groups together. Said that the violence between Christian and Muslim groups had its roots in poverty.
2012 became the mayor of Bangui.
2014 sworn in as interim president of CAR on 23 January. She is the first woman to hold the post.

Sources:
Words -  UK Guardian: Central African Republic's 'Mother Courage' fights to bring peace where men have failed.
Image - The Economist: Africa's third female president / Central African Republic under new management

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Nigerian History 101

Nigeria won independence from Britain in 1960.

After the December 1959 elections, Tafawa Balewa became the Prime Minister of Nigeria and the overall head of government.  
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, d. 1966 at 53

Nnamdi Azikiwe was the governor general and in 1963 became the first President of Nigeria.  He served as (ceremonial) head of state.    
Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, d. 1996 at 91

Obafemi Awolowo continued as leader of the opposition.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo, d. 1987 at 78
Click photos and links for more insights into the early history of Nigeria as a country.
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mandela Tribute, by Obasanjo


South Africa's Nelson Mandela is a role model to the whole world.  He passed away in December 2013 at the age of 95.
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