Searching For Rotimi- A Letter From London

I first encountered Rotimi Fani-Kayode in a photography bookshop on Marchmont Street, in the heart of Bloomsbury. Today there is no sign of it; all traces of it have been obliterated by the presence of new cafés and boutiques. In my early twenties, I was twice displaced, Yoruba and Nigerian, engaging in my version of …

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Diary – Chairing Cassava Republic Press Salon – April 11th 2016

The highlight of my April was being part of the launch of this brilliant, publishing outfit’s stepping out on to the UK market. Had a good time chairing or better said facilitating a conversation between four of their launch authors. Leye Adenle, author of gripping crime novel ‘Easy Motion Tourist’, exploring the dark underbelly of … Continue reading Diary – Chairing Cassava Republic Press Salon – April 11th 2016

“On Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, culture and the uses of Marriage”

So recently Nigeria’s twitter and blogosphere has gotten heated up because of the recent revelation that the Emir of Kano, and former Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has taken as a bride, an 18 year old, soon to be university student. Apart from the obvious controversy about the disparity of their respective ages, once … Continue reading “On Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, culture and the uses of Marriage”

Performing Leadership: Jonathan needs a new royal language

Performing Leadership: Jonathan needs a new royal language So Goodluck Jonathan gave a presidential media chat on Sunday– judging from the response on twitter, his performance was largely judged unsatisfactory, though some commentators were ready to defend the president’s performance. Nigeria’s president is one of the most powerful of executive leaeder’s on the African continent, … Continue reading Performing Leadership: Jonathan needs a new royal language

The Nazification of Nigeria – Or reflections on the meaning of bad and repressive laws

 On 7th January, the president of Nigeria’s fourth republic signed into law, a bill banning marriages between two people of the same sex; a law, in effect, banning a practice that did not in any legal sense already exist. More chilling, the law also banned the existence of any association of people presumed, or in … Continue reading The Nazification of Nigeria – Or reflections on the meaning of bad and repressive laws

Why Can’t They Apologize?

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, with ambitions to be the most economically powerful country in it’s region, and Africa as a whole; Nigerians on the whole are quite proud of the putative power of Nigeria – and won’t hesitate to defend it’s potential to overtake South Africa, project its regional power or dominate the … Continue reading Why Can’t They Apologize?

How Ghana Got Its Groove Back

  Ghana, first post-independence black republic, has always had a special place in the heart of Africans and Africanists the world over. Despite this, it’s never been quite cool.  It’s always been a popular destination for African-Americans, partly because of its historical associations with the upheavals of 17-19th century Africa more clearly marked in a place that has … Continue reading How Ghana Got Its Groove Back