Opinion

The African Knee On the Neck of African Americans, By SKC Ogbonnia

The solution is a unity of purpose among people of African descent worldwide to demolish the longstanding third class status commonly accorded to the black race. The missing ingredient is socio-economic empowerment. But there are abundant recourses, as well as the enabling environment, to accomplish the objective. The gruesome murder…
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Opinion

‘We can’t breathe:’ George Floyd and the Rest of Us, By Saka Aliyu

“Revolution is not a one-time event.” Audre Lorde The world is agog with rage against the murder of George Floyd. A murder that cannot be denied because it was recorded in full glare and seen all over the world. It has generated protests and rightly so all over the US…
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Guest Columns

Of George Floyd: Engaging the Depravity of Bigotry and Othering, By Adewale Ajadi

It is not about good or bad people, but a choice people make because their identities and power bases are closely associated with the ability and consistency of being able to describe the “other” as deeply flawed and We are, therefore, living in an opportunity, a teachable moment - with…
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Opinion

George Floyd: The System Must Remove Its Knee From Our Necks!, By Oriola, Okeke-Ihejirika, Okome, et al.

Those in authority need to act now. We therefore encourage the public to march peacefully in support of justice for George Floyd and other victims of systemic racism in the United States and Canada. We urge those in positions of leadership and law enforcement to commit to removing their knees…
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Columns

Racism and Self-hate: Why Africa Is Not Innocent, By Majeed Dahiru

Just as it was an enabler of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and colonialism, tribalism has also manifested in post-colonial Africa in the form of divisive, exclusionist, conflicting and destabilising politics of ethno-geographic identity, which has proven to be an anathema to the collective development of black African states in the…
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Columns

The Unravelling of America: You’ve Gotta Watch To Cry, By Azu Ishiekwene

Trump’s America is worse than anything I have seen in a banana republic. With him, it promises worse. If America lived racism in whispers and pretence before, Trump’s presidency has put it on open display and he’s doubling down. I first watched the movie during the lockdown. At the beginning,…
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Opinion

George Floyd’s Death and Systemic Racism In the U.S., By ‘Tope Oriola

The United States, a once inspirational and desirable country, is now visible in its nakedness. The police of the world, exporter of democracy and imposer of human rights, is exposed. The immaculately manicured, intricately choreographed and elaborately deodorised image has been exposed as a façade. You have all seen the…
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