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A CONVERSATION WITH PROF. ATTAHIRU JEGA, PART 4

 The Professor, the Journalist, and their Country  By Toyin Falola   This is the third report on the interview with Professor Attahiru Jega on December 12, 2021. The extensive interview, which has received millions of views across different platforms, exposes Nigeria in all of its ugliness while also offering a …

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A CONVERSATION WITH PRINCE YEMISI SHYLLON, PART 5

The Abeokuta Prince and the Art Palace By Toyin Falola My trip to Abeokuta in November 2021 yielded treasures of performance and orality at the Ake Palace, the city itself, and the lovely home of an Egba Prince. The trip became part of what I will label, with poetic license, …

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A CONVERSATION WITH PROF ATTAHIRU JEGA, PART 1

Attahiru Jega: The Measure of Excellence and Integrity  By Toyin Falola       Many people know Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega as a Nigerian intellectual with a zeal for excellence and a flair for brilliance. His popularity came from his roles and involvement in the recent political history of the …

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A CONVERSATION WITH SEUN KUTI, PART 1

    PART 1 SEUN KUTI: MUSIC, POLITICS, AND FELA’S LEGACY Toyin Falola Many questions arise on the death of an influential and famous person, and diverse matters come to play. People ask, “Who will succeed the Great?” “Will their names live on?” “Should we not immortalize them?” “What will …

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Ali A. Mazrui, Abdulrazak Gurnah and the Swahili moment

By Toyin Falola   October 12 has been declared “Ali A. Mazrui Memorial Day” by his friends, colleagues, and well-wishers. This year’s observance is very unique as it coincides with Zanzibar-born Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah winning the prestigious 2021 Nobel Literature Prize. Indeed, I will use this opportunity to eulogize, once …

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A CONVERSATION WITH DR. OBADIAH MAILAFIA, PART 5

Dr. Obadiah Mailafia on Nigeria’s Plague of Policymaking     By Toyin Falola     Several factors contribute to the condition a country or a state finds itself. Some of these factors include the beliefs and values of a nation-state’s people, its economic strength, population, and government. One other seemingly …

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A CONVERSATION WITH DR. BISI ADELEYE-FAYEMI, PART 4

Dr. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi: Breaking the Chains of Patriarchy Through Feminism  By Toyin Falola     The patriarchal paradigm of the society marginalizes and even dehumanizes women, particularly in Africa. Culture, religion, and tradition all have a role in this. Society continues to place women under men. In places where equality …

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A CONVERSATION WITH DR. BISI ADELEYE-FAYEMI, PART 2

(This is the first of three reports on the interview conducted with Dr. Adeleye-Fayemi on June 27, 2021). For its entire recording, see  https://fb.watch/6oxK6nvXx7/)     Dr. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi and the Institutionalization of Feminist Power   By Toyin Falola   Contentions have always emerged whenever the concept of feminism pops …

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GENDER MATTER: PROMINENT ACTIVISTS TO SPEAK ON WOMEN AND NIGERIAN POLITICS

By Toyin Falola Since the formation and evolution of humans into a sedentary lifestyle organized into clusters of families, lineages, compounds, and later, nations and nationalities, culture and religion have played integral features as the custodians of human civilizations. This is not to imply that the so-called early humans of …

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A CONVERSATION WITH PRINCE YEMISI SHYLLON, PART 4

Elevating Africa: The Collections in the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art By Toyin Falola Africa is often viewed with a degrading lens by other continents, especially by those in the West. This notion is not independent of the slowed development of the continent since the mass independence of African countries …

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