The Nigerian culture that Runsewe does not know | by Ayo Sogunro
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The Nigerian culture that Runsewe does not know | by Ayo Sogunro

The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Segun Runsewe, has been on my mind lately, and not with admiration. He represents the typical policy dysfunction that is a trademark of our political system: one where people with the least understanding of a nuanced issue are given the task of directing it. Incompetent … Continue reading

Why we must not be fearful of equal rights | by Ayo Sogunro
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Why we must not be fearful of equal rights | by Ayo Sogunro

In the years leading up to and after 2015, corruption was the dominant issue in Nigerian public debates. The idea that Nigeria’s main challenge was tackling corruption was so widespread that it propelled Buhari into office. However, in the last couple of years, the issue of insecurity has taken centre stage. This is not because … Continue reading

The ‘new and improved’ trouble with Nigeria | by Ayo Sogunro
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The ‘new and improved’ trouble with Nigeria | by Ayo Sogunro

Political news in Nigeria is generally depressing. This is not because it is bad news – which it mostly is – but because it is, tiringly and achingly, an endless torrent of reality show drama featuring politicians and their antics. There is no political discourse, no ideological direction, and no intellectual proposals. Our news is … Continue reading

Homophobic rhetoric and Nigeria’s culture of violence | by Ayo Sogunro
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Homophobic rhetoric and Nigeria’s culture of violence | by Ayo Sogunro

Sometime in May 2015, in Abuloma, Port Harcourt, a man named Charles was harassed, beaten, and robbed by his neighbourhood security watch. What was his crime?  He was perceived to be homosexual. When he reported this incident to the police, he was advised to leave the area if he wanted to avoid future ‘embarrassment’. In … Continue reading

A Short History of the Cruel and Terrible Second Regime of Muhammadu Buhari | by Ayo Sogunro
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A Short History of the Cruel and Terrible Second Regime of Muhammadu Buhari | by Ayo Sogunro

The beginning of an autocracy When Muhammadu Buhari won the 2015 presidential elections, the country was deeply divided between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). As I remarked then, the results of the elections showed that Buhari was not the will of all Nigerians. Give or take a couple of … Continue reading

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African Arguments – WHY ELECTIONS WON’T CHANGE NIGERIA | by Ayo Sogunro

In just a couple of weeks, Nigerians will get to vote for their president. On 16 February, the people will have a choice between 72 candidates – though in another sense, they will have no choice at all. The only two nominees with a realistic chance are President Muhammadu Buhari and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar. They come … Continue reading