Sunday, July 23, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Professor Fallou in Nigeria

I did not bother to find out why, in 1971, a late friend of mine asked me to read the speeches of Napoleon [1] Bonaparte, 1769-1821. And I do not know why aspects of those speeches came to me when I woke up at 3 am, feeling guilty that I had slept more than enough for the day—more than enough, as my philosophy is that sleep belongs to the grave when we can sleep as much as we want!  
Fallou went to Nigeria—for the first time—not to conquer, but to be conquered! Fallou fell in love with Nigeria—Nigeria fell in love with him. From Badagry to Idanre, through the great cities of Lagos and Ibadan, Fallou was a celebrity.

There are hundreds of photos, but I just want to highlight a few to thank him.

Thank you Fallou, as you take the message of promoting African languages back to the source, encouraging the development of new skills, facilitating great collaborations, etc. 
"Let the people of all countries be free from apprehension," said Napoleon to motivate his army, "we are the friends of the people everywhere."

Fallou, the great citizen of Onigbongbo in Lagos, is the friend of all.

I apologize for drawing from Napoloen!

Toyin Falola
Department of History
The University of Texas at Austin
104 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78712-0220
512 475 7224
512 475 7222 (fax)

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