By Damola Awoyokun

As the United States deadline to pull out its troops from Iraq approaches, I give myself grounds to recall my efforts to bring forward that date. As the sun woke up on that Thursday, March 21, 2003 announcing the darkness that has enveloped Iraq and beyond, spruced up in an aso oke agbada over jeans, and dog-eared cap, I commenced a protest march from Maryland in lagos to meet the representatives of Bushmen in Nigeria taking conspicuous parts of the expressway with the hope that from my demonstration somebody gets infected and inspired somewhere. Detailed on my posters as I set out to join and to give an African dimension to the global anti-war flow were: 'BUSHmen are weapon of mass destruction'. 'Those who kill by the sword will die by the sword', 'Tony Blaring Noise: it is a foolish fly that follows the corpse to the grave', 'It is Iraq today it could be Niger-Delta tomorrow'. 'Disarm BUSHmen now'. Someone nearly die; someone just die. Police dey come army dey come…

By Augusto Nunes

Vice-ministro da Cultura, Luís Candjimbo, em entrevista a O PAÍS, fala das actividades alusivas ao 25 de Maio

África 46 anos depois, como se pode definir hoje, se comparada com outros continentes?

Houve grandes avanços. Muitos poderão dizer que não há evidências e avanços. Referem-se apenas a questões de ordem económica, aos níveis económicos. Devo dizer que ao longo desses anos tive¬mos a concretização dos ideais, em primeiro lugar do pan-africanismo, de que a própria Unidade Africana é expressão.

This is an illuminating interview with Haile Gerima about his experience as an Ethiopian filmmaker, and discusses issues faced by independent filmmakers, lack of distribution, including the hostile reception and rejection by American press from Washington Post, Time, New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR) and others for his film Sankofa until the film was embraced by the Black community. Additionally, Sankofa was the only independent film that was in competition with major Hollywood movies at the international film festival. The interview was conducted by Lee Thornton for  "A Moment with..." at the University of Maryland, College Park.

BY Biko Agozino

June 5, 2010

As a fan of the work of Mahmood Mamdani, I was shocked to read his commencement speech at the University of Johannesburg following his honorary doctoral degree on May 25, 2010. The speech has just been published by Pambazuka online with the title, ‘Beware of Bigotry: Free Speech and the Zapiro Cartoons’. The speech showed the dismay of Mamdani to find that his favourite cartoonist in the Mail & Guardian newspaper had followed the example of Danish and European newspapers of the left and the right to publish a cartoon of the Holy Prophet Mohammed without sensitivity to the concerns of Muslims who would find such offensive.

By Sabella Ogbobode Abidde

At thirty-five, and almost past the age most Nigerian women would have settled into matrimonial homes -- with one or two kids -- she was just starting out. Well read, well mannered and with an array of diplomas from two Ivy League institutions, she was steadily climbing the American corporate ladder. She is also unusual in that she is one of those who had not had her heart severely broken, and her faith in men shaken. However, how she got into the traps and tricks of a run of the mill Nigerian remain the talk of the town in my neighborhood. Sadly, she is not alone. There are thousands of men and women like her who get taken, and used as a free ride to the UK, Canada and the US.

By Mike Akpan

The Society is not so visible in most countries where it exists but its members are men of immense influence and wealth

Freemasons rule the world. This  assertion appears controversial but the facts are revealed in a recent book on Freemasons written by H. Paul Jeffers. In the book titled: Freemasons: Inside the World’s Oldest Secret Society, Jeffers states that most of the Freemasons who are the movers and shakers in various fields of  endeavour, live in the United States of America, USA, the world’s  only surviving super power.

The Case of Homosexuality

By Chris Ihidero, Akin Adesokan, Deji Toye, Damola Awoyokun, Rotimi Babatunde, Afolabi Akindolire

The health of any civilization, of every society is determined by the way it treats any of its minorities: the unborn, the physically challenged, the sick, the prisoners, the aged, the pensioners, the ethnic and religious minorities, the nonconformists, and the sexually different.

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