It’s been a long eventful year (2013) filled with many ups and downs but overall it has been a year of tangible inner growth. I had quite a lot of turbulence in my personal life and relationships but I came out stronger, wiser and more determined to forge ahead without losing self.
I have made a number of friends and mostly I have Facebook to thank. My friends know themselves for we engage one another nearly every day on issues close to our hearts and we draw strength from one another consciously and subconsciously. I must thank the universal force (Eledumare/God as is most commonly called) for bringing me to them and them to me in a time as this (when keeping your head in a clime where one ought to be and feel very well at home is a daily struggle). There is comfort and solace in knowing you are not alone in your weirdness and on the journey for truth. These friends make the journey well worth with. They embody resilience, intelligence, beauty, light, love and empathy.
Ha, I must also tell you about my hair journey, a journey which has helped to define for me a roadmap to my identity and heritage. While some may have embraced natural afro hair as a style, I have come to understand it more as the physical manifestation (which my hair is a part of) of my spiritual being. I have embraced more fully the natural lifestyle change not just with my hair but my entire body and have learnt to treat it with more respect, grace and tender loving care and not roughly with toxic chemicals, needles and glues/bonds as was ‘learnt’. This journey has also opened me up to more positivity and understanding towards people who look like me and towards the land on which my (our) ancestors walked.
I realized that it was like a rebirth of my own self. The self I had hidden long ago under many layers which burdened my being but which I had to bear because I didn’t know any better. I am glad that I have also been able to influence a few women to embrace their kinks and to drop the ‘lye’ (no pun intended – lye is caustic soda which is the main ingredient in chemical relaxers). I have to thank all the wonderful sistars who blog and upload videos about natural hair care and living. The empowerment and support is immeasurable and I hope to also make my own contributions in that regards.
I quote Charlie Chaplin “As I began to love myself I free myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this a healthy egoism; today I know it is love for oneself.”
On the whole I have become more conscious and not just living the script written by others (parents, peers, media, governments, society) but paying close attention to my being and to what inspires my heart. I thus take conscious steps towards people and things that relate to that. I have not lost faith in humanity and most especially in the redemption of my homeland. I believe just like the turbulence in my own personal life the situation will bring about some positivity and good eventually and like Nina Simone, we just need to keep sane and work towards it till it come but change is certain.
May 2014 be more liberating and rewarding for us all. Happy New Year!!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
It’s been a long eventful year (2013) filled with many ups and downs but overall it has been a year of tangible inner growth. I had quite a lot of turbulence in my personal life and relationships but I came out stronger, wiser and more determined to forge ahead without losing self.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
By Temidayo Ahanmisi
Dear Nigerian mother,
Your children would only remember how good your jollof rice tasted in the short & far-between moments of affordable nostalgia in the years to come.
The sacrifices you make today of leaving job, career and living just to make sure your kids breastfeed to age 3 or 10, or have the most stocked lunch box at school might not translate into a life of future success for them in the manner you have envisioned.
Conscious parenting and being family with vision is a better guarantee for prosperity.
What you tell your children about themselves and the world is important. What you learn is important. Look to your own development and the strengthening of your mind.
These are stringent times and the Universe is re-aligning Itself as It evolves. Our world is changing.
The children of the strong will chew the children of the weak and spit them out.
Read your children's books. Do homework with them. Spend more on their education and learning than you do on their clothes and snacks.
Play with them. There is more to play than just horsing around. Watch TV with them. These moments will pass soon enough.
Being a mother is much more than we've always been told. The memories you should evoke in your kids shouldn't be all about the smell of milk, cooking and expensive head ties. The sound of mom shouldn't be all about prancing about in church meetings & prayers, in gossip and talk about house keeping & gossip about neighbors and enemies.
Your daughter needs to learn more from you than how to cross her legs and clean up after the boys. She needs to learn self respect and to know that her brain is for reading & rigorously exploring broad logic.
The future is NOT designed for Nigerian or African children. It is not designed to cuddle the weak.
There are no affirmative actions for the unprepared, and a vagina will no longer be insurance for future enjoyment.
Woman. Be more than female. Be human. Raise humans.
Here's a link to an article on parental love:
Please share this letter to every woman in your circle of influence. Remember that that grown human that you see today was 'trained' by a woman. And to the extent that the woman's mind is developed is she able to give to her offspring. Envision a world (society) where children are taught the values and principles of fairness, respect, hard work, love, truth, reasoning, justice right from the home and the school (where most teachers are women by the way). We have a huge responsibility to bring up the next generation of humans, we'll do well to not fail.
About Temidayo Ahanmisi
Temidayo Ahanmisi is a young, dynamic and passionate Nigerian. A liberated mind, she is an inspiration to the young generation who clamour for change within the black man's homeland. She lives in Nigeria.
Monday, June 24, 2013
A Professor in the Department of Microbiology, University of Ilorin,
Poju Akinyanju, spoke in an interview in the Punch newspaper, concerning the challenges confronting science
education in Nigeria.
Q: President Goodluck Jonathan has said Nigeria needs more universities. What is your stance on the issue of establishing more institutions?
A: The question is more basic than this. We should first of all ask ourselves if Nigeria has universities. What we call universities, to be frank, are not universities. There is very little research going on in our universities and there are not enough facilities in our institutions. It is easy to bring students together and graduate them after four years. But the students will leave with a wishy-washy training because the teaching facilities and research work are not there.
I am speaking largely for science-based disciplines. We need more facilities in our institutions. So, what we should be asking ourselves is if our universities should be called universities in the first place. We should think about this before going ahead to establish more universities.
Q: In the area of science, is Nigeria closing the gap?
A: We are not even close to where the world is in science. In the last 15 years, I have taught in about three universities and on the average, we line up about 20 students to a microscope. There is very little that can be done with in such a situation. For example, microbiology in our institutions is at the molecular biology phase. I am not aware of any functional molecular biology laboratory in Nigeria and if there are, they must be every few, or largely dysfunctional. The truth is that you need to be on ground, doing your own part of the research in order to compete with the outside world. Facilities such as microscopes and spectro-photo meters are not available. These facilities are necessary.
Q: The Federal Government often says it funds public tertiary institutions adequately. Do you agree with this?
A: It is a little bit of both, the universities and the federal government are at fault. I will explain why. For example, there is no sufficient money for universities to run a proper molecular biology laboratory. To run this type of laboratory, you will need about N20m. This is not a lot of money when one considers the amount of money people play around with in Nigeria. There is no university that can actually devote that amount of money to molecular biology and the FG is also not releasing that kind of money.
And it is also true that the money given to universities are not being properly utilised. Often, most universities focus on meeting up with the requirements of the National Universities Commission institutional accreditation. These also include having good buildings, good lawns and flowers. But very few Nigerian universities focus on putting money into laboratories to enhance teaching. There are universities who claim to be top of the range and still teach with chalkboards. Some of them do not even have Internet facilities. In them, students sit on top of each other because the lecture hall is choked.
At the end of the day, it is a mixture of both. The FG is not disbursing enough money into the universities and the universities themselves are not allocating money properly. Instead of funding laboratories, they would rather sponsor students abroad and they will spend about N10m on each of them. Meanwhile, they can use the money to train the students in Nigeria.
Q: Why do you think science graduates complain of their inability to get jobs?
A: Clearly, there are not enough jobs for any discipline, not to talk of science-trained graduates. Professionals such as accountants, bookkeepers and economists tend to get jobs faster, but overall, there is the problem of unemployment in the country. The issue of unemployment is however worse for science graduates. We say graduates should be self-employed and focus on entrepreneurship. But where are the facilities to train these students for them to be self- employed?
For example, since laboratories are unavailable, how do I teach students about how to grow mushrooms? This is a multibillion-naira business. Also, there are not enough industries to absorb these science graduates that universities are producing. However, there is also the problem of ill-trained graduates. So, the few industries that are available will prefer to look for graduates that are trained outside the country.
Universities are their own problems. University managers need to be re-orientated on how to effectively run them. They need to learn to this. Universities are places of ideas; places where theories are challenged. They are places of experimentation and of democracy. So, it is more than just pumping money into them.
Q: Why do you think emphasis is more on certificates rather than experience?
A: These two terms should not be a basis for comparison; somebody must be certified to be capable somewhere. Experience is linked to certificate. If the training is proper, it will not be difficult to garner experience. People must be trained. We may say that not everyone should go to the university, but people must be trained and when they are trained, they must get certificates. If people enroll in universities with the aim of just getting certificates and you train and nurture them properly, they will have both the certificate and experience. So, there should not be a comparison between certificate and experience. People need to be educated and when they are educated, they should be certified. Captains of industries are complaining that they are spending too much money retraining graduates. They are right because we ought to have trained them to a certain level before we push them out.
Q: Why are graduates not being trained to a level where industries would not need to complain about them?
A: There are no facilities, there is shortage of staff and staff experience is low. Sad to say, but we are in a circle where these ill-trained graduates return to the university to lecture and you cannot give what you do not have. It is a difficult thing. Once you lack the required facilities or proper environment to train, there is no way graduates will be distinct. There are graduates in some ministries who cannot think on their feet. This is because they have not been trained. In the past, students used to organise symposiums and lectures. But now, it takes about a year before a student can organise any of such. It is a general decay. What we have today is garbage in, garbage out. If you don’t train graduates, there is no way they will fit into the society.
Q: What is your view on the belief that Nigeria has abundant resources but lacks the capacity to develop them?
A: It has actually been settled a long time ago that what is most important is the human factor. So, despite Nigeria’s vast resources, if you do not train human beings to explore them, the raw materials will lie fallow and others will make use of them. For example, how much of oil have we been able to explore ourselves? Our agricultural products are there lying waste. I believe we need the right research and technology. For instance, China has been able to develop its human capital to effectively manage its raw materials. It is what the humans do to the raw materials that matters. Raw materials cannot turn into products on their own. Without human beings, raw materials are just a waste. It is the human factor that is most important.
Q: What are the pitfalls in the education system?
A: Lack of facilities, poorly motivated lecturers and unqualified members of staff including problematic environment. The environment for learning is not conducive. However, the external factor, which is the government, is to blame. We have no vision for the education sector. Our leaders do not have a vision of what education should do for the nation. They think universities should just be there to keep children so they would not be nuisances.
In the final analysis, the problem is that education is now a political process. Politicians have not re-orientated themselves to believe that education is important and foundational to the development of a nation. With this, nothing will change. The problem with education has become a national issue. Now, our children in universities are not interested in thinking or debating. They are more interested in being assistants to politicians to make money. So, the entire problem in the nation is affecting the system. Unless the nation changes, you cannot resolve the problem.
Q: What do you think the future holds for science in Nigeria?
A: In the next 15 to 20 years, with the way things are now, we may not have gone far. For example, if you want to start training people in molecular biology, you will need to build laboratories, and create revenue for them. Science in particular is endangered in Nigeria and until we take the right approach to it, we won’t solve other problems.
Source ~ Punch (June 9, 2013)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I’ve been absent from here for a while now but it’s all for
the good. Importantly is the fact that my evolution continues and I have been taking
‘dare to be different’ to everywhere I’ve been.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
By Awofaa Gogo-abite
Steps to ensure proper understanding of this post
1) Be open minded
2) Think independently
3) Make your conclusions
Freedom of speech is free until the speech is made, but applying logic and experiences from what you see and hear every day will give you a clearer understanding of this piece.
Psyche is the totality of the human mind, conscious, and unconscious, making it the most effective way to control the mental output of an individual or a group of people irrespective of the societal status of such an individual. It is no secret that ideas and products can be sold to either a few for a great price or many for a fair price logically they all equate to the same thing in returns. If you go to a shop and you see a shoe/bag that you like and on the price tag it was written N15, 000 but 50% off making it N7, 500, what comes to your mind? Statistically people will tend to say/think “maybe I should utilize this opportunity” considering another case “you go to the shop and the price the shoe/bag you like is N7, 500 what comes to your mind? “hmm kinda expensive”. Logically this is THE TRICK most psychologists hired by shop owners to sell their products “SALES” use.
The most effective means to control the mind of people is through SPIRITUALITY but it’s the easiest way to control the Nigerian mind irrespective of how educated the individual is. What will you think when number of workshops and workmen increases but the output (productivity) decreases? I will share a brief story as ride through predicament. November 22nd 2007, I and my friend were in a city bus like the (BRT) in Port Harcourt just going to a distance 18kilometers away. We were listening to music and making jokes but after few minutes “brothers and sisters IN JESUS NAME” a voiced roared and trust Nigerians without looking at who shouted they all replied “AMEN”. The man in question was directly opposite our seat and he noticed that we didn’t reply, so he said turning away from us” brothers and sisters if you know you have nothing against God and you God is greater than you- “PRAISE THA LORD”..And a loud AMEN came from everyone excluding me and my friend Harry. So the man proceeded after saying a journey mercy prayer (for 18kilometers journey), and he said “My name is Mr.” ……” I’m a mobile pharmacist and marketer bringing out an ID which no one bothered to take a look at, after explaining some medical jargons, I have this medicine it’s 3 in one, contain vitamins good for your bones, helps your waist in the morning, suppress menstrual pain in women and helps manhood in men, a man bought this medicine in a bus owerri to Lagos and today he is calling and thanking me! Usually this medicine goes for N300 in the chemist shops but here I will sell it for N150 and N450 for three. I wasn’t surprised to see the great rush and he left for another bus saying “God bless you all”. That was the his invention of psychic control of the NIGERIAN MIND, the first rule is “you have to win the people’s trust by involving “GOD” trust Nigerians we love “GOD” by God I mean the Nigerian “god”. Secondly...(SUBMISSION) you have to find a means to make the others who thinks opposite feel guilty quoting his “” brothers and sisters if you know you have nothing against God and God is greater than you- “PRAISE THA LORD” what he meant that we those that didn’t respond are devils.
A wise man will ask what you expect in a nation where 70% of the population lives on 2 dollars a day which is directly proportional to illiteracy and mental inhibition. It’s no news that 95% of Nigerians pray every day at least once, my childhood friend had migraine but deliverance from evil spirits was prescribed until everything got worst and the doctor came to their rescue, as I proceed deep into my theory let me rephrase a quote “Logic will take you from A-Z of this article but Imagination together with what you see and hear every day will make them understandable”. In every primitive or modern society there are certain problems that are prevalent or problems peculiar to some people depending on culture, history, technology, literacy and poverty rate for example Japan have nuclear energy someone doesn’t need a prophet to tell them to be expectant of nuclear accident, therefore that being valid I will proceed. The Nigerian religious houses are more into psychic control of the people by offering them placebos to the highly expectant and miracle awaiting population. In an average Nigerian society we have certain problems childlessness, elephantiasis, convulsion in children, poverty, family problems, birth defects all attributed to SPIRITUALITY. I want to emphasize how these are stepping stones to mind control.
In a gathering of over 30,000 Nigerians anyone can predict problems people are facing due to its prevalence a perfect example is going to student convention and you say “I see someone here, you have been trying to pass one particular subject but it’s difficult for you, but keep faith in the lord it shall soon be over” or I can say someone here is having problem with the school due to lack of fees but give unto the lord for his ways are unknown to men” Did I just control someone’s mind or not? Yes I did because these are very common problems amongst students and those having such problems would have thought God revealed that in the spiritual world for the speaker.
In a Nigerian gathering of 50,000 people I can boldly predict in a sermon that “someone here anytime you wake up from you feel some pain on your back and lower back, sometimes very sharp and sometimes not, the lord is about to visit you soon” then I will add the enemy is oppressing you in your sleep but it’s over “It’s not rocket science to know that these are very common ailment in a Nation like Nigeria due to hardship, bad posture and diets. Almost 10% will have such problems but the logic is that based on declaration I just made if someone is relived by the medication he has been taking or by the correction of posture he will attribute it to the man of ‘God”. Did I just control somebody’s mind that I don’t even know? But if you doubt my theory keep reading.
In the same gathering I will say “someone here your neighbor has been giving you problems but don’t worry God is fighting the battle for you” We all know how we live in Nigeria as neighbors especially the FACE ME I FACE YOU there are always problems arising from various factors and some people tend to blame their neighbors for their situations. Did I control I just control someone’s mind? If No, keep reading. Then I will say “someone here the enemies are planning plane crash on your journey abroad and the other person they want your visa denied ha-ha the lord is control your seeds shall not be in vain” we all know how many people that want to run away from Nigeria queuing in various embassies. Did I just control someone’s mind? No?? Continue reading.
Then I will call out some children and say to them “DEATH IS AVERTED” you shall live and praise the lord Hmm interesting isn’t? Yet I didn’t tell them who and how, off course they will not question me because it’s a spiritual warfare. I guess I did control someone’s mind but wait to hear what will drive the people on their feet shouting and giving unto the lord, and here it goes “The lord told me to tell you that by the end of this month someone will move to higher glory amen!!! And you will see people on their feet shouting and saying AMEN!! It logically means that anyone that gets a job, or get paid or anything it’s because I (man of God made such declarations) but please don’t forget that our looting politicians and civil criminals also go to church. Did I control peoples mind now? The list goes on and things will fall in place naturally talking about laws of random selection. The poverty in the country created a jungle platform where the strongest species fights to the top of the food chain.
The final theory is “Financial submission”. The poverty rate in the nation automatically have made people hopeless and less expectant making them to settle for anything that comes their ways, thereby creating more room for easy manipulation. Therefore why work so hard and develop many fields of life if you can sow a seed and receive double “as if Christ was a money doubler”. There are specific phrases often used that renders one’s mind partially guilty and submissive, here are some “Our God is not a poor God” GIVE TO God so that God will give you back and flourish your ways “as if God is doing trade by batter) . I will also like you imagine a gathering of 50,000 Nigerians (a nation in which 70% of its population are below poverty rate) and I’m the pastors and in my words here I go (1) “Brethren how can you progress in your businesses if you cannot give unto the Lord? What is N10, 000 that you cannot not give to God? But you can drink beer with that money but you cannot give it to God and you are expecting a miracle (2) Pay your tithe!!! But you refused haha my brothers you cannot take Gods money that 10% belongs to him, give today and see your life flourish, Little did Nigerians know that Bill gates (an ATHEIST) the richest man in the world didn’t pay tithes to be blessed rather he worked with ideas and today he is putting millions in Africa to eradicate malaria, how many of our men of God are doing that?
Is not how funny at the end of every year the mega churches in Nigeria comes up with a new theme “my year of Passover” “my year of divine visitation” My year of riches” my year of great resolution” etc, yet the next year the same people will swing into another theme but the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and consuming the placebo “faith” “it’s well”. If obsanjo wakes up with the money Gej has he will collapse then you will know it’s not well. The logic in all these is that if you have been paying then your successes are attributed to the fact that you have been paying your dues (tithe) and if you have not been paying and not successful then it’s because you are cheating God by not paying, if you have been paying and unsuccessful then you have to wait unto the Lord because God’s time is the best, lastly if you have not been paying but successful then expect your downfall soon the Lord is just giving you time to change.
The intensity of the mind game is beyond measurable statistics but here is the easiest way to know if the above illustrations are valid or just propaganda. Get a calendar and mark the day you were born, from that date till today what are those things really important to the country that have changed because from that day till today Church attendance have risen, which means number of offerings have increased, number of financial breakthrough have increased, number of testimonies have risen, number of healings/miracles, number of deliverance have increased, number of revivals and crusades have increased, number of even religious TV shows have increased but in the same vein and in the same country poverty rate have increased, unemployment rate increased, number of deaths from various factors have risen, political instability has risen, insecurity has risen, child mortality have risen, corruption have risen, immorality has risen If you analyze these things it’s obvious that someone has been dotting his “T”s and crossing his “I”s. I think this question will further help you understand the message, how can the number of hospitals, doctors and medicine increase but instead of the decrease in deaths and diseases the opposite is the case? In other words how can there be more crime in a police neighborhood? It’s either that the police are part of the criminals or there are no police. Someone is actually fooling someone.
These hoaxes are due to the inhibition of imagination by the misinterpretation of the word “FAITH” which has placed many Nigerians in boxes that no matter what they see, hear or notice there is a box that prevents them from doubts and asking questions due to the fact that they cannot think outside that box.The internet has paved a way for fast delivery of information and opinions but try and follow up certain online forums and see how Nigerians react to news related to religion/men of God, one can only wonder if these are men of God or God of men because their actions are highly unquestionable , here are the GOLDEN RULES TO INHIBIT A NIGERIAN MIND 1) thou shall not touch my anointed 2) don’t dare question the men of God 3) don’t judge the men of God unless you want to attract curses unto yourself and generations but if these persist then apply social rejection. In Nigeria very famous prophet/pastor will prophesy which plane will crash next, which celebrity will die next, who will get rich next etc but no Nigerian is bold enough to ask if God reveals all these to him, then why won’t God reveal to him the members, sponsors and sympathizers of the group wrecking havoc on poor innocent Christians? Which prophesy will be more appreciable and valid to the people? But the congregation will always apply the golden rule therefore making people to live in fear. But mind you they will even make you believe that the reason you fell on a slippery slope because today was because you questioned the man of God. Is not in the same country that a man can abuse a child but you see people in their thousands in defense of such inhumane act but in the UK a couple (Nigerian/Pastors) were sentenced to 7 years for a similar act? Who judged them? I guess angels. Oh how easily the Nigerian mind is controlled!!!
Politics in Nigeria today is gradually turning into religion where politicians are men of God and we cannot also question their stewardship, many years ago in Nigeria there was absolute or relative separation of church and governance, but ever since our mind enslaving politicians discovered that Nigerians can submit completely to religion, the politicians so far have taken advantage of religion for personal motives. They use religion to buy the trust of the people and when they fail they use religion to gain impunity from prosecution. When Nigerian politicians are seeking power you see them running to different religious house donating money and seeking Gods favor (by that I mean buying the people’s trust). I was in a church and the politicians donated a power generator to the church and the people were so happy but no one asked why these men cannot do anything about the blackout in the community for a long time, yes the mind games is on so lick and swallow the sugar placed in your mouth. A politician in a state built a private university with state funds but the people cannot ask why because he built a church also and in good relationship with the majority religious leaders, Another politician that was actively involved in turning a peaceful state to a war front is also crowned a “knight” in a church yet the people cannot ask why! Another politician stole billions and thanksgiving program was arranged to thank God did Nigerians react? No they believe God touched him in prison and once the pastor prays and anything he says so shall it be and the list goes on. The Boko Haram menace in Nigeria is more political than religious but no one is asking why such group springs up, if there were proper education, jobs and basic amenities do you think such groups will spring up? But when our politicians embezzles the funds meant to be used for those necessities they go to religious houses to give a token for the building religious houses, renovating the pastors house, buying a bus, etc then the people will always remember them and men of god will surely bless them and ask the congregation to emulate them. Now what is 5 million to man who stole 50billion? The mind game goes on but if you doubt me then you have to tell me the Nigerian politicians that don’t go to either churches or mosques.
The average Nigerian mind is thinking in one direction and cannot think outside religious rules that are why it’s easily to prey on them because of ignorance and submission. The majority of the people are thinking in one direction and that variably means no one is thinking.
(A friend once said that if you are doing a business with a Nigerian and he/she mentions God more than four times run aways it's fraud..)
About Awofaa Gogo-abite
Awofaa Gogo-abite is a young, dynamic and passionate Nigerian. A liberated mind, he is an inspiration to the young generation who clamour for change within the black man's homeland.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
(Stay tuned for my natural hair blog chronicling my hair journey more than a year now).
Monday, March 4, 2013
By Naiwu Osahon………………………………………
Every African receiving documents from me is free to post them on their timeline and send copies to everyone they can reach via e-mails, through blogs, other internet groups, sites or newspapers to publish as a means of informing every African alive and mobilizing us into one family.
The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations in 2007, between 79 former European colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), and the European Union (EU), was to make the ACP countries more dependent on trade with Europe than with each other, and to further severely retard African development prospects to ensure more deaths from hunger. The discussions centered on the ACP countries systematically liberalizing 80 – 90 per cent of their trade with the EU, in other to gain duty free access to European markets. The ACP countries would thus only be able to use tariffs to protect about 10% of their products from competition with European goods. Africans then said that while Europe consistently puts in place measures to protect its economy, ACP countries are being forced to open up their economies for foreign goods and services.
Peter Maudelson, the EU Trade Commissioner, argued in 2007, that EPA would shift Africa’s dependency on tariff preferences, to one that promotes business competitiveness. “After 30 years of preferential market access, African countries still export a limited range of basic commodities, “he said, adding, “Most of these are sold at lower prices than they were, 20 years ago. This is not sustainable. It certainly isn’t sustainable development.” The Nigerian Commerce Minister at the time, Aliyu Modibo Uma, countered: “If 30 years of non-reciprocal free market access into the EU did not improve the economic situation of the ACP, how can a reciprocal trading arrangement achieve anything better? Liberalizing trade will further widen the gap between the two (blocks), and probably destroy the little development that some ACP countries have managed to achieve over the past years.”
Mr. Ibrahim Akalbila, the national coordinator of the Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition, comprising civil society and farmers’ groups, cites the high domestic subsidies that many European governments continue to provide their producers, allowing European products to undersell producers in poor developing countries. “Whether it is tomatoes and rice, textiles or iron rods, cheap imports, illegally dumped into our markets, are destroying whole areas of economic activities, and with that, the lives of millions.’ The Zimbabwean Trade Minister, Obert Mpofu said, “any new trade agreement with EU should reinforce, not undermine, the development of our economies, employment generation, wealth creation for our people and ultimately poverty reduction.” African civil society organizations rallying to stop EPA, during a global stop EPA campaign in late 2006, demanded that ACP governments must not sign the agreements unless significant changes are made.
At the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, in January, 2007, tens of thousands of civil society representatives, chanted and carried signs declaring: “Fight poverty…..say no to EPAs.” In April 2007, the African Youth Coalition Against Hunger, mobilized to the Gambia, more than 1000 activists from 20 countries, to launch a “big noise campaign,” to stimulate public debate against the EPA proposed agreements.
Africans stressed that although the EU is mounting pressure for the negotiations to be signed by December 31, 2007, there were still opportunities for the ACPs to develop real alternatives to the EPA. Africans insisted that while ACP nations cannot afford to pursue a policy of isolationism, there was need for them to strengthen efforts at regional integration. West African countries called EU bluff, by rejecting the EPA terms at the end of October, 2007, to assert their independence from pressures from their colonial overlords for the first time since their paper independence.
The EU was angry, of course. They accused Nigeria and South Africa of blocking their way. And what is their way? It is to continue flooding African markets with their manufactured goods since African manufactured goods cannot compete with theirs. Not satisfied with that, they massively subsidized their farmers to prevent the only advantage Africans have, African agricultural products, from competing in their markets.
Without African markets as dumping grounds for their excesses and decadence, their economies promptly slumped into grave recession with deep banking and public debt crisis. Unemployment in Euro zone has risen beyond crisis point and business morale is at its gloomiest ever. With consumer spending which generates half of Euro’s economic output receding, Euro turned to Asian and US markets, which themselves are not recovering fast enough from the Euro crisis to fire Euro’s revival. Portugal is helpless and confused about its future after years of getting drunk on Euro’s boom years. Greece could quit the Euro this year and Spain whose unemployment rate has gone above 25%, could exit next year.
Euro has again returned to Africa, February 2013, particularly to ECOWAS, to push for economic re-colonization, disguised as negotiation of economic partnership. They do not know that we now know that every time they are desperate and in a hurry to make deals with us, it is to satisfy their selfish interest in our continued exploitation. They have moved us from slavery to colonialism to neo-colonialism and now to death from unequal economic partnership, environmental pollution, HIV AIDS infestations and ‘gay’ rights politics, and we say, sorry sirs, we are not ready to die yet.
About Naiwu Osahon
NAIWU OSAHON Hon. Khu Mkuu (Leader) World Pan-African Movement); The Spiritual Prince of the African race; MSc. (Salford); Dip.M.S; G.I.P.M; Dip.I.A (Liv.); D. Inst. M; G. Inst. M; G.I.W.M; A.M.N.I.M. Poet, Author of the magnum opus: ‘The end of knowledge’. One of the world’s leading authors of children’s books; Awarded; key to the city of Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Honourary Councilmanship, Memphis City Council; Honourary Citizenship, County of Shelby; Honourary Commissionership, County of Shelby, Tennessee; and a silver shield trophy by Morehouse College, USA, for activities to unite and uplift the African race.
Naiwu Osahon, Sage, renowned author, philosopher of science, the spiritual Prince of the African race, mystique, leader of the world Pan-African Movement.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I knew Oluwatoyin Akanbi. He was a regular guy, cool-headed
and very ambitious. Things appeared to be going well for him until last week
Monday, the 18th of February 2013 when he left his home to go to
work early in the morning but never arrived at his desired destination. We got
the news in the evening about his disappearance and soon enough there were lots
of BB and FB posts showing his picture and the information about him. I was
curious to know whether he had been found and tried to ask people who might
know him if there was any new information about his whereabouts but no one seemed
to have heard anything until the evening of Monday, the 25th of
February, when my husband told me about a BB post which claimed his body had been
found. I wanted to disbelieve it and just hope that it was one of those rumours
spread by some mischievous people but by the next day I knew for sure that
Toyin was indeed gone from among us because everyone seemed to have the same
information. The news of his death was also announced in the Punch newspaper
I mourn because we will carry on with life 'as usual' and just say 'eeya', omase o', 'RIP' and continue with the attitudes, behaviours and lifestyles that promote these evils.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
“Frodo Baggins, a true and noble hobbit, is the bearer of the One Ring. It
falls to him to do what no one else can: destroy the evil artifact by casting
it into the fires of Mount Doom. This burden lies heavy on the little hobbit,
as he struggles against the might of the Ring, the single greatest peril in a
world full of dangers. As he treads the perilous path to Mordor from whence the
Ring first came, he is accompanied by eight companions who form the fellowship
of the Ring: the hobbits Merry, Pippin and Sam, the wizard Gandalf, the elf
Legolas, the dwarf Gimli and the humans Aaragorn and Boromir. The quest to
Mount Doom is fraught with danger as the forces of darkness close in on the
little hobbit and his friends. Evil Orcs, Uruk-hai, Trolls and Ringwraiths
stalk Frodo and the fellowship as they edge ever close to the fires of Mount
The more I reread stuffs like these, the more the words in the scripture that says ‘ye are gods’ resonate through my soul and affirm my belief in the power of the human mind. These scientific technologies did not fall down from the sky; they were rather painstakingly researched and developed upon (and will continue to be). A scientist is a curious being who doesn’t allow difficulties and rejections stop their quest but find ways to solve the problems thereby giving something to the world which wasn’t there before. And just check out children around you, they are natural scientists but the environment of their growth limits some of them and stunts the inquisitiveness of the nature which is all around them (Africa in mind). Coupled with the early indoctrination of some religious beliefs, the child then caps some thoughts as she has been taught they are ungodly and devilish. But one wonders how the child is able to express her creativities in a world so vast and endless? The thought is the world. Change the thought and see the world change (positively or negatively).
Friday, January 25, 2013
A colleague of mine expressed a frustration during one of
our office chats saying many Christians are happy that churches (the ‘the
church is expanding and marching on’) are taking over warehouses scattered all
over the country (Lagos in particular). The topic of discussion centered on the
unfavoruable environment Nigeria has become to individuals and manufacturing
companies – mostly the textile, tyre companies. Many of these companies now
find some solace in Ghana’s providence of uninterrupted power supply (no, I
don’t mean UPS but power from the transmission grid) amongst other things.
Friday, January 4, 2013
As far as I know ideas do not really die, good or bad.
If Nazism is not dead, why would Pan-Africanism deserve to die? If the US for instance can yet negotiate terms of engagement and survival with its Aryan Nation elements & their spin-off ideologies, why would a Nigerian like me want me to trample Pan-Africanism under foot and subscribe to his own philosophy of round-about motion-as-movement?
Truth is, Pan-Africanism threatens the status-quo. Pan-Africanism calls for a level of courage that we fear we are incapable of accessing. We have been laid back and unquestioning as our default definition of life abundant.
We have become vaunting ‘House Negroes’ as of old, who want to straddle the fence between our pathetic desire to lick the boots of those we erroneously view as our betters, while yet desiring to reap the fruits of the rewards from the labour of the ‘Field Negro’ whom we yet hold in disdain because his unabashed ‘blackness’, which is our shared identity shames and discomfits us.
The real truth laid bare is that we wish Pan-Africanism dead just and only just because it threatens imported religions like Christianity & Islam - the last bond with our colonial masters.
The ideals of Pan-Africanism threaten foreign religious thought by demanding rigorous reassessment and overhaul of such cultures, philosophies and the attendant lifestyles such philosophies birth and sustain.
We do not want to admit, like victims of abuse who yet live in denial that these religions and religious cultures are a yoke around our neck and that as long as we cling fast to them we cannot re-negotiate the terms of our shared humanity - slave to master.
These religions have become one of the biggest impediments to development in Africa today. Inasmuch as every single African does not share a common religious belief, then the only decent thing to do is to tear religion & its myriad influences away from the shared public space of every African nation state. This ripping out should be decisive & unequivocal.
Religions come with their accompanying Philosophies, Cultures & Ideologies - these are the concepts that make for a life in worthwhile...a healthy, self-conscious life. Now the cacophony between competing ideologies makes nonsense of every foreign religion's pretensions to the universal creed of peace without which no man can live with dignity and grace amongst all men.
The Muslims want peace on their own terms, likewise the Christians. The weak & marginalised sections of society have become the ‘grass that suffers’ as a fall-out of the war of attrition between these competing elephantine blocs of ideologies & their adherent ideologues.
Women's bodies, apparel & lives have become battle grounds for war & propagation of draconian ideals that are becoming increasingly stifling to the real development of this specie of humans.
The more endangered bloc is the children - the life blood of races & civilisations.
While other civilisations have made projections into a future in which their children will ascend to world dominance & subjugation of all forces - temporal, spiritual & elemental - so as to keep their racial pre-eminence, we Africans & of course Nigerians are expending our ever dwindling energy & other needful resources to raise slaves & cannon-fodder for the furtherance of the aspirations of these coming generations of masters. This is an outrage.
While we raise Christian boys & girls to become Christian men & women who will in turn push Christian ideals that are nothing in essence but European & Jewish ideals & cultures; while we raise Muslim boys & girls to become Muslim men & women who will in turn push Islamic ideals that are nothing in essence but Arabic & Asiatic ideals & cultures – other races are reinventing themselves, waking up to the one over-riding identity of what they are first and foremost – Human.
They realize that as human beings they have one obligation to themselves & to their universe – to live; to advance; to evolve…and by so doing ensure the propagation of their unique civilization into any foreseeable or even yet unimagined perpetuity.
It is patently evil that as Africans, adults from their teens to their centenary years have to start from scratch to assert their inalienable right to above all exist – before they can even begin to contemplate racial survival & other accompanying ideals. It is evil…we inherited this evil from generations past who had one & only one legacy to their progeny – Slavery.
This slavery has been pushed on by the shackling of the minds of Africans through the decades & centuries even after physical slavery had been abolished. This slavery was propagated using models of identity which marked the slave children as properties of their respective masters first, before identifying them as the humans that they were supposed to be – a humanity that is a natural right of even just existing. The skins of these slaves could not be branded anymore & so their very minds & even their ‘’souls’’ their basic essence had to be branded.
Now we have ‘’Christian man/woman/youth/child; we have Muslim man/woman/youth/child…what we do not have are human beings…who happen to be Africans by birth.
This usurpation of the true hierarchy of creation & existence has led to deeply ingrained disconnect in basic reasoning & imaginings that the very world vision of these African humans are altered irredeemably from the very moment they can string a complete line of thought…their very consciousness is affected by imported thought patterns. They therefore cannot have belief systems that can sustain life in its very essence.
How can a creation which does not have right to free thought ever have true right to life and real freedom?...How can such ever be assured of true development & growth? Every pretension to advancement that this continent can ever lay claim to is a sham as long as organised religion remains in the public space and dominates even the private lives of Africans.
We have become ‘’church-states’’ where governments pay increasing patronage to religion to ensure the retardation of the citizenry. Now the citizens who are ‘’Christians’’ & Muslims’’ first before they are race, gender or any other individuation cannot take up arms psychologically against rapacious governments because they are called upon by virtue of their religious alliances to obey without wrangling those in authority over them…these of course being existent governments & authorities – religious as well as political.
Being so shackled & left with limited room for expression they turn their internal wars and agitations inwards and begin to oppress the weaker elements for sport. They cannot then agitate for better public governance, but would turn to celestial forces to plead their cases and shuffle around aimlessly, hoping that as they have been indoctrinated to believe, these forces would come to their aid and liquidate the oppressive elements remotely, so that they would have kept their religious moral consciences unsullied throughout. How pathetic! How so blind…and how so patently immoral!
How can responsible parents cage their children’s futures so?
How can a civilisation hold its evolution in abeyance this way?
How can a race to who even the very cosmic forces of creation have bestowed just about every benefit imaginable to creation make a travesty of its own existence so strenuously?
We the Africans, few as we are right now – to whom our basic identity as Humans is the foremost identity to which we hold any allegiance over any other – have decided to wake up and reclaim our right to be just what we should be…Human beings living with dignity and courage; Human beings advancing with grace and strength – exercising our right to thought, reason, identity, belief, survival and propagation right here on this material earth that we share with other human species.
We have resolved to advance into fields of Knowledge, Reason, Logic, Spirituality and Humanism that have hitherto been so convoluted and corrupted in essence and manifestation that only disorder, corruption, ignorance, fear and immorality could result hitherto and hence in turn unleashed unto the African consciousness.
Every African will have true freedom of thought…and therefore of independent belief.
We will remove the pollution of dependant religious life and subjective morality and thought from our public spaces – from our schools and other institutions of culture, education, governance and enlightenment.
Our laws will be laws infused with our independent intellectualism and shared cultural values. Organised religion will flourish in peace in its natural areas of influence – Church; Mosque; Shrine; Coven; Temple; Lodge; Home and relevant private communities as organized along common religious heritage and tributaries.
It is our aim to be Humans & Africans once more. No force can stop Pan-Afrikanism.
Temidayo Ahanmisi is a young, dynamic and passionate Nigerian. A liberated mind, she is an inspiration to the young generation who clamour for change within the black man's homeland. She lives in Nigeria