Monthly Archives: May 2014

Abducted Nigerian Girls – What Took Us So Long to Care?

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Come to an all-African women’s panel on African Women in the Struggle for Social Justice – with speakers from the scholarly, academic, legal and media communities.

Sunday, June 1,  3:40-5:40

The kidnapping of close to 300 girls from their boarding school in Nigeria galvanized the international community – not only over the cruelty of the kidnappers but for the almost unprecedented response by thousands of women who refused to let government to sweep another disaster under the rug. At this year’s Left Forum panel, organized by Global Information Network, speakers will shed light on this and other under-reported stories – the stories of women calling for justice, protesting corruption, demanding decent wages, working conditions, property and conjugal rights. What are the issues on the front burner for women around the continent, what has independence brought? How are traditional roles changing and has it been for the better?

Join this important discussion organized by Global Information Network!

Moderated by:  Dineo Mpela-Thompson

Ms. Mpela-Thompson is a legal professional with experience in global trade law, HIV/AIDS rights advocacy and managing grassroots campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa.

Speakers:

Ousseina Alidou Ousseina Alidou is Associate Professor at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Her research focuses mainly on the study of women’s discourses and literacy practices in Afro-Islamic societies; African women’s agency; African women’s Literatures; Gendered Discourses of identity and the politics of cultural production in Francophone Muslim African countries.

 Adeola Fayehun The NY-based Ms. Fayehun works at SaharaTV, where she hosts “Keeping It Real With Adeola,” a weekly show that pokes fun at African politics while leveling a serious critique of its shortcomings. Frequent targets of her one-woman shows are the misdeeds of inept, corrupt and unethical politicians in Nigeria.

Mojubaolu O. OkomeMojubaolu O. Okome is a Political Science Professor at Brooklyn College, past Women’s Studies Program Director, UNDP Gender Consultant, now “Prof. #BringBackOurGirlsNYC”! organizing advocacy via Twitter and Facebooks.

Betty Wambui Asst professor in Africana/Latino Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at SUNY Oneonta.Her areas of specialization include African Philosophies, Feminist Philosophies, Critical Race Theories and Critical Legal Studies.

VENUE:    John Jay College of Criminal Justice

                   524 West 59th St.and 10th Ave.     Room L2.80      Manhattan

TIME:        3:40 – 5:40 P.M.

DAY:      Sunday, June 1

 

Don’t miss the Friday night plenary with Cornel West, Amy Goodman and other speakers; the Saturday evening feature with Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis and David Harvey, and many other panels from Saturday to Sunday. Check the website www.leftforum.org

 

 

 

*Photo by William Farrington

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#BringBackOurGirlsNYC PRESS RELEASE – RALLY IN NYC

As a person of Nigerian descent, I feel personally involved in the struggle to reunite the 273 kidnapped girls with their families.

As a woman, I feel personally involved in this struggle because it goes against human rights and WOMEN’S rights. These girls were kidnapped from school because the terrorists do not believe in educating women.

Going forward you will read several entries in this blog supporting this cause.

If you care about it too, please feel free to ‘like’ and ‘share’, and if this is not a cause of interest to you, I hope you enjoy the read as informational 🙂

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Susan

MEDIA ADVISORY: RALLY TO #BringBackOurGirls 5/30/2014

 

THE NIGERIAN IN DIASPORA ORGANIZATION (NIDO), THE AFRICA MONITOR USA, UNITED AFRICAN CONGRESS, APPLAUSE AFRICA MAGAZINE ARE CALLING FOR THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP ITS EFFORTS TO #BringBackOurGirls

CONTACT:

Bukola Shonuga (212) 470-4138

info@nidony.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A BROAD COALITION  OF NEW YORK BASED ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY, FAITH-BASED, AND BUSINESS LEADERS, INVITE ALL NEW YORKERS TO THE RALLY IN SUPPORT OF THE SPEEDY RELEASE OF THE 300 ABDUCTED NIGERIAN SCHOOL GIRLS

 SATURDAY MAY 30, 2014 AT 5:00PM @ 42ND STREET, TIMES SQUARE

New York, NY, 5/24/2014— It has now been more that six (6) weeks since Boko Haram, the unconscionably violent terrorist organization kidnapped three hundred (300) girls from the town of Chibok in Northeastern Nigeria. At The time of their abduction, these brave girls had returned to their high school in order to complete examinations that would allow them to attend university. By seeking knowledge and opportunity, they represented a challenge to Boko Haram which has no regard to human life, to democracy, and to formal education.

This year alone, Boko Haram has murdered more than one thousand (1000) innocent people in vicious attacks on schools, churches, mosques, and public places. Since 2013, it has targeted and systematically kidnapped women—including these girls—seeking to deny them the education and opportunity they deserve. The abduction in Chibok fits into a larger pattern of violence. Throughout northeastern Nigeria, innocent civilians are terrified by gunmen who come in the night to kill young men and teachers and steal away young women. We are also concerned that Boko Haram’s operation spilled beyond Nigeria, and into neighboring countries and create a broader regional security problem.

We urge the Nigerian government, President Goodluck Jonathan, to hastily and safely rescue the school girls for their return to their families, and at the same time, to reform its approach to Boko Haram. The state must demonstrate to Nigerians that it can protect them.

The rally is organized in collaboration with Africa Monitor, Applause Africa Magazine, United African Congress, Amadou Diallo Foundation, Pottal Fii  Bhanpal, Justice in Guinea, United African Coalition, African Advisory Council, Nigerian America Muslim Integrated Community, Cameroon American Council, Island Voice and Masji Aqsa

 

WHAT:                   RALLY IN SUPPORT OF #BringBackOurGirls

WHEN:                  5pm – 7:20pm – SATURDAY MAY 30TH 2014 –

WHERE:                TIMES SQUARE SOUTH, BETWEEN 41-42ND STREETS

 

WHY:                     IN SUPPORT OF THE EARNEST RELEASE AND SAFETY OF ABDUCTED SCHOOL GIRLS

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— Bukola (Bookie) Shonuga Executive Producer/Host The African View www.africanviews.com www.BlogTalkRadio.com

 

Life-Changing Photograph by Adam Hague

The Sextuple Theory

I love this amazingly poignant video and article about a young man who chose to make a drastic and, I am sure, scary and frowned upon change in his life.

It is the epitome of what we all talk about. Chucking it all and following your dream.

Watch the Inspiring Video and Read the Article Here!

How much pain will you endure before you take your leap of Faith?

Adam had become depressed and negative before he finally gave up on his agony and began to listen to his Soul. He followed its direction and his life took off in a new and wonderful direction.

So I ask you….Ask yourself…what will it take to look inside yourself, find yourself and be true to yourself???

Be your own boss

The sad but great fact is that there is only TODAY. There is only NOW!

What is sad about that is that this moment will never come again.

But what is great about this truth is that it is never too late. It is always NOW and you can still start a new.

So what is it you want to do? Be like Adam and take up Photography? Take up painting or sculpting? What about dancing? or a sport…maybe swimming or golf?

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