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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Peace-less in Africa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_armed_conflicts
Wikipedia: About 50,000 dead in 2014 in South Sudan alone.
The other hottest spots in 2014 are in the Middle East - Syria and Iraq.
The slow-burning Afghanistan and Pakistan conflicts continue, 
while Nigeria's 'Boko Haram' now matches the Israel-Paletsine conflict in fatality.  
New or intensified conflict in Ukraine, Libya, and the Central African Republic, but violence tapering off in Mexico and Somalia, thank God.      
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Future of Africa is beautiful

 Created by the publishers of Y!, The Future Awards reflect our most positive youthful selves. 
A 2010 Y! Magazine Cover
See the 2014 awardees. 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Ready. Set. Grow?

1.
 "A dEEp thinker
Yeah my thoughts stay SuBMerged menn
'cos anytime they surface, 
they become a 
MERMAID"
- Ghost (SDC) 
in Free My Mind (Shalala)

2.
Ready Writer http://write4niaja.blogspot.com was a 2009-2010 blog by Ferdy Adimefe
In the intro: my unedited reflections, thoughts and feelings...about my beloved country Nigeria...I am soaked by the fluid of thoughts from interactions with people and my environment..."
On the Enough-is-Enough youth march on the National Assembly: ...my mother’s sage warning, “I know I can’t get you not to go, but please sandwich yourself in the middle.”
Is Life Fair?: God will not stop life from happening to us; he only gets us through life
On THE INTERFACE: There is a creative economy in Nigeria that needs to be developed...
On Making History: I believe it is high time we came away from the passive and talking attitude, and let us put our hands to the plow.  
On Social Media: The World Has Changed...so should our strategy...
ON Strategy: how a battle is fought is a matter of tactics; whether it should be fought at all is a matter of strategy. 
3. 
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The gist around town

Let me (Brymo) tell (sing) you a story.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

APRM: assessing policy and practice, process and performance in African government.

Member Countries: aprm-au.org
 ...Accordingly, we the participating Heads of State and Government of the member states of the African Union have agreed to work together in policy and action in pursuit of the following objectives:-
• Democracy and Good Political Governance 
• Economic and Corporate Governance 
• Socio-Economic Development 
• African Peer Review Mechanism (Revised APRM questionnaire 2012)
- Durban SA, 2002 (Full pdf of Declaration)

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Massive help needed, urgently, to contain Ebola


Ebola is now 'entrenched and accelerating' in three West African countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Thousands have died, including hundreds of health workers.


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Monday, October 6, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Merry Independence Anniversary, Nigeria!

Fifty-four years ago now, the British colonialists moved off and let us be.

Seventy-five years before that, the demands of empire - for land and territory, slaves and resources - had made them lay claim to these parts.
http://www.britishpathe.com/gallery/queen-surprising-facts/4
Anyway, we were here before.  We remain here after.  Life is good.   

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Young Ones Are Doing Science

There was a contest in 2013-2014








See TECH HUBS @cc_Hub (site) and @ideaNG (site, past) both of Sabo, Yaba in Lagos.







Sometimes I was in the room. Proud :)


Dozens of people and organizations behind the scenes.







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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Women As Lovers

http://nhbiblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/why-should-my-body-count-matter-to-my-man-by-sugabelly-nhbi-review-s5w3/
It's an ugly term, body count, a bit like the aftermath of a fierce battle or natural disaster.  Still, a very intelligent essay.
More such essays at #NHBi and NHBiBlog.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Public service. The field of elective politics. Comments.





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Friday, August 29, 2014

We the people. We the wonderful powerful people.

http://www.google.com/search?q=weird+mc
Weird MC says
"I believe in putting Africa on the map."

“Sometimes I even do stuff in my Ijebu mother tongue because it’s about pushing our culture too”

“I was heavily involved in the social media [electoral] campaign” [More]

 “not sure, but...what I know is that...If I go into politics, I’ll be hardcore, non-nonsense…" 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Spy Story - Lagos 2014

There was a political gathering - this I know because an inexplicable number of new or newish cars of various makes and colours (Kia, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai) were parked in a neat row on the street; a few had party flags/logos inside.  Minor election, obviously.  For a major election, the cars would be black SUVs.  With armed police escorts and bulletproofing and no chance of seeing what's inside.  Anyway... 

There were spies - this I SUSPECT because across the street from the cars, I passed two youngsters fiddling with a contraption of metal and dials.  I couldn't look long enough to be sure; maybe it was safer to mind my business.  
http://www.duxfordradiosociety.org/whatsnew/recent01/recent01.html
Will elections be decided by public vote on issues and manifestos, or by the ground tactics of a few operatives?

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ebola on top of Boko Haram

You scare yet?  I scare.  
http://www.aems.illinois.edu/publications/filmreviews/chinainafrica.html
Historically, the viral disease Ebola has killed majority of the roughly 2,000 people known to have contracted it.  There seems to be something like an experimental cure now.  We'll be ok.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_West_Africa_Ebola_outbreak
Boko Haram terror continues.  The most devastating episodes have occurred in North East Nigeria, wiping out whole families, emptying out whole towns.  

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy 60th Birthday Angela Merkel


She is Chancellor of Germany since 2005, a former physicist, a football fan, and one of Europe's most powerful people.  
https://www.google.com.ng/search?q=angela+merkel&client=firefox-a&hs=xes&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=fflb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=4hzIU7exHJPQ7Aawq4DQDA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=882&bih=380&dpr=1.5
See also 
the president of the other World Cup 2014 finalist Argentina - Cristina Ferandez de Kirchner
and the president of host country and semifinalist Brazil - Dilma Rousseff.  
Regarding the third-place winner, 
the Dutch Prime Minister (named Mark Rutte) is not a woman.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Tears and Joy and Football and Hope - The Saga of Nigeria

Ije Oma / Go Eagles! is a new song and video by Ucee Black.   It will get you in Supporters' Club spirit right away!
In Igbo, Ije is a journey, Oma is good, and so this song is a hope for a fantastic outing for our team at the 2014 world cup in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Also, listen to Tears for Nigeria by Ice Prince. We need to stop the violence.
God bless Nigeria.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NewsBuka NewsBuka News Buka

Do not despise these small beginnings...
Newsbuka today
...for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.
Zechariah 4:10

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Monday, April 21, 2014

How do you vote?

One year in uni, I had a tough choice in voting for the Student Association leadership.

 Access
One pair of candidates came from my community i.e. both candidates were fellow engineering students.  Since I saw them every day, they could easily be reached with feedback and would altogether have interests aligned with mine.
 Homeland
One pair included a Nigerian, even if both candidates were from another clan on campus - business.  I don't think engineers really trust business people for they bamboozle with talk and appearances even if they won't do any real problem-solving :) but I suppose blood is thicker and I should support my countryperson when on foreign soil?  
Victory
The third pair was from the college of arts and sciences, the biggest college in the school, and was definitely going to win because well, Arts and Sciences owned the heart of campus, geographically, historically, demographically, etc.

Which pair did I give my vote?  Access, Homeland, or Victory?
Which would you have voted for? 

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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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