Saturday, June 30, 2012

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Sounds of Gunshots, explosions are being reported in Damaturu, Yobe State on Saturday evening. Residents reported hearing several explosions and gunfire in Nyanya, a suburb in the heart of Damaturu, the Yobe state capital. 
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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Jeffrey Flocken: Tragic Losses in the Heart of Darkness

Ken, Pius,

I got an interesting seemingly contrite response from the author, Jeffrey Flocken (see below). I feel satisfied that I spoke up for my own dignity if not for that of those who look like me. I hope the day never comes when I will start shrugging off these statements, I understand where people are coming from, but I will never acquiesce to self-loathing. I should not have to allow someone call me the "N" word because some believe that many black people behave a certain way, that is absurd.

Some additional thoughts: There is some truth to the notion that this is mostly academic. I am not so naive that I don't perceive that in real life, notions of justice, of right and wrong are powered by, well, power. As Africans, we are not negotiating from a position of strength. When we go looking for food and firewood, we are referred to as poachers decimating the earth of greenery. Think about it, one unmanned drone, in just one clandestine operation, just one is able to accomplish what whole villages are accused of doing in Africa. African The two gulf wars and the war on terror have decimated hundreds of thousands of people, they are not as valuable as okapi. NGOs are not parked in the nuclear facilities of the West lecturing Obama et al on the sanctity of our earth. They would not live to write their reports. Long live the Okapi. It is all in how names are used to glorify or demonize and many times because of our upbringing we acquiesce to the putdowns and take refuge in self-loathing.

So, Ken, it is about power. I don't understand the mystery of all of this, this maker who would create us as Africans, make us the hunted and the haunted, allow the other to define and dehumanize us and allow us to be stupid enough to pray with priests who declare that we were born with free will to do what I don't know. All of my thinking and writing life, I have focused all of my energies on those that I hold responsible, those that can make a huge difference in the lives of our people, our intellectual and political elite. They are the ones ruining Africa for profit, racing Africa to the ground using the asinine ideology of Mimicry (of the West). I refuse to blame my poor mother in the village for the irresponsible behavior of the children she raised pennies for so they could get an education and spring her and her people from the indignity that an indifferent deity put them in. Finally, in the long run, those who live in what passes for life in many African communities will need to decide their own destiny. I am no longer there and it will be irresponsible for me to goad them into war. When on January 9th, I joined a group of Diasporans to protest the subsidy removal in front of the White House, World Bank, etc, we were escorted and protected by armed police, it was no stress. On the other hand, our counterparts in Nigeria were gunned down mercilessly. For that Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala almost qualified for the World Bank job. Go figure.

- Ikhide

"I'm sorry you felt offended by the Heart of Darkness. I was overcome with emotion to think of Africa. I felt sorry for everyone and all living that suffered and died in this siege of terror. Africa is one of the most beautiful and special places on the Earth.

The problem with the poachers has nothing to do with the people of Africa, inasmuch as the poaching is done for ignorant Asians, not Africans. The animals being poached and pushed closer to extinction make the entire Earth and for all aboard this planet, including man, very unsafe. The animals being poached are biodiversity, the creators and life givers of Earth's ecosystems or the natural surface of Earth. Ecosystems are the eco-nomy of life itself, from oxygen, fresh water, the integrity of the atmosphere, the climate, mankind's protection from deadly diseases and a long list of all the reasons mankind is alive, including the life zone of the Earth, the biosphere/ecosphere.

All plant and animal biodiversity have jobs to perform in keeping mankind alive. Take elephants, one of their jobs is to shape the land and the plant biodiversity. Science claims man is suicidal when he destroys ecosystems, and with every specie of biodiversity that falls extinct, man and Earth fall closer to extinction. Extinction has been said, to be about as safe for mankind as thermonuclear war."
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From: kenneth harrow <>
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2012 3:40 AM
Subject: Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Jeffrey Flocken: Tragic Losses in the Heart of Darkness

dear ikhide and pius,
another minor addition as well.
i find myself agreeing and disagreeing on two points.
first, every time conrad's heart of darkness peers through the clouds we need not dismiss it as a racist tract. there is real debate on its merits: as a classical text, it was given pride of place in what came to be known as postcolonial literature by edward said. i have read his arguments versus achebe's, and both have their points. i believe said's reading is the stronger one--namely that the racism is evoked within the larger project of the piece to skewer colonialism and its kurtzs, its capitalist greed and corruptions. it is not africans who appear and are described as much as "africans" seen through the optic of a colonial perspective which conrad dismantles and skewers.
secondly, it isn't only western, liberal humanist animal lovers who love animals, or who care about their survival. there is nothing wrong with trying to preserve animal species; there shouldn't be poaching.

that said, i couldn't agree more about western indifference to africans and misplaced concerns for animals. nothing made me grind my teeth more than those hand-wringing reports about the gorillas in the parks of uganda and the drc that were being killed as a result of the destabilizing conditions of the genocide and conflict.
it was amazing really how the deaths of millions--i should say, MILLIONS--mattered less to the press in the west than the deaths of the precious gorillas.
and this is still true today, with conflict in the drc accounting for hundreds of thousands of displaced persons, whose condition is still being largely ignored (humanitarian fatigue)
it leads one to say, the hell with the gorillas. but that is to be manipulated by their values, and not to construct our own.
p.s. pius, i loved your take on the anti-healthcare movement. i have had a hard time understanding it but your analysis helps. probably we need to add that the campaign against single payer systems as the only rational way to handle heath care have been led by wealthy interests whose propaganda convinced many people.

On 6/30/12 5:36 AM, Pius Adesanmi wrote:
Deopka Ikhide:

A minor addition to your flow of thought here. I think the humanization of animals and the animalization of humans is an equal opportunity Western instinct. It does not play out exclusively when Western messiahs sally forth from their warrens in the Global North to rescue Congo's gorillas from Congo's guerrillas. It also happens in the West and to Westerners. Call it part of the postmodern instinct. Think of those Americans wearing sackcloth and pouring ash over their sorry-ass heads because of the survival of Obamacare. They are angry that some 40  or so million of their compatriots who would otherwise not have been able to afford medical insurance for reasons ranging from poverty to pre-existing conditions are now going to be covered. The Republicans are worried about the profit margin of kinsmen in the heath insurance companies; tea-partyers, neocons, and other racists in the lunatic far right cannot openly say that they oppose Obamacare because the majority of the vulnerable who would now be covered have slightly flatter noses and thicker lips than themselves. What do you think all these people would do if, God forbid, something were to happen to their ability to provide healthcare (vet care) for their dogs, cats, pet pythons, and pet iguanas? There would be hell to pay. They would put pressure on their government to bomb a few more places in the Arab world, steal more oil, and use the proceeds to provide comprehensive and affordable healthcare for their pet animals. It wouldn't be "socialised medicine" then!


From: Ikhide <>
To: "" <>
Sent: Friday, 29 June 2012, 21:46
Subject: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Jeffrey Flocken: Tragic Losses in the Heart of Darkness

"Because the world's most imperiled species are sometimes found in the world's most dangerous places, the combustible mix of focused altruism and local desperation can collide and result in horrific tragedy.

Such a scenario occurred this past weekend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) -- the setting for Joseph Conrad's epic novel "The Heart of Darkness." In this wild jungle, the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature and headquarters for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve -- a center devoted to conserving the rare okapi and helping improve the lives of local people -- was over-taken forcefully by a gang of poachers, intent on retaliating against the staff of the center who had been thwarting their elephant poaching operations in the region."

- Jeffrey Flocken
Starting with the unfortunate title of this piece, one is taken by the arrogance and ignorance of these "Save Africa's wildlife ambassadors." from the West. You read through the piece and come away with the clear impression that they are more devastated by the loss of their okapi than the slaughter of the indigenes caught between the vision of these wildlife zealots and the reality of life in these communities. It is so disrespectful, but do you blame them? Our leaders should be shot! Africa. Heart of darkness!
I mean, what is it with Western liberals and their Messianic complex? They humanize our wildgame and dehumanize us. I mean, how can you be celebrating Conrad's Heart of Darkness in this manner in the 21st century? From under which rock did these characters crawl out of? Na wa!
 Read the rest of the article here:
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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - FYI: TOFAC SCHEDULE AND UPDATE!

Lady Jane,
Good evening, and how are you? Prof Falola and his wife arrived this evening. It was concluded that you should try the road transportation option. A Nigerian transport, ABC luxury bus transport service plies Ghana to Nigeria  daily. I gather it operates like an airline, besides it is very comfortable. If you could raise some money and come to Nigeria, we can pick you up here in Lagos. The fare, I am sure, will not be much. Prof and I will be willing to fund it. I want you to be here. You have done so much for the conference and I cannot imagine you missing it. Please inquire about the ABC Bus service Ghana to Nigeria.

Let me have progress report from your end. Give me your phone number so I can talk to directly. Please.


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(TOFAC 2012)

Cultures, Identities, Nationalities, and Modernities in Africa and the African Diaspora

Centre for Black Arts and African Cultures (CBAAC), Lagos

ALL CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS TO NOTE !!!Accreditation of Participants: From Sunday 1July on arrival - 8.00pm at the Conference Secretariat; and Monday 2 July on arrival at the Conference Venue.
The Venue for the Opening Ceremony; All Keynote Lectures &  Plenary is the Main Hall.
Three Parallel Sessions will hold each day. The venues are Seminar Rooms I - III 
TIME MANAGEMENT IS ESSENTIAL (Conference Participants are advised to strictly keep to time)
Duration of each Session is 120 minutes. 
Breakfast is from 7.00am Conference each day 
Tea/Coffee Break duration is 30 minutes. Lunch is 50 mins. 

9.00am- CBAAC Director's Brief Welcome.
            -  Introduction & Citation on Keynote Speakers by
        Prof. Ayo Olukotun, Lead City University, Ibadan,
9.25am - 10.10am Conference First Keynote by Prof. Michael Vickers, Emeritus Director , Parliamentary and Public Affairs, The Hillfield Agency, United Kingdom.
10.15am - 11.00am. Conference Second Keynote by Prof Timothy Stapleton, Department of History,  Trent University, Canada.
11.05am - 11.35 am. Tea/Coffee Break
11.40 am  -  12.25 pm. Conference Third Keynote by Prof. Barbara Harlow, Department of English, The University of Texas at Austin.

12.30 pm     -        Opening Ceremony:
                        -        The National Anthem
 -           Welcome Address by the  Convener, Coordinator, Ibadan Cultural StudiesGroup (ICSG), University of Ibadan, and Chairman, TOFAC Board –
Prof Ademola O. Dasylva.
 Welcome Address by the Chief Host of TOFAC 2012, Prof. Tunde Babawale, Director General, CBAAC, Lagos.
                        -   Introduction of Prof. Toyin Falola (Honoree 
                                 & Special Guest of TOFAC)
   Remarks/ Declares open TOFAC 2012 :
Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation (FMTC & NO) & Special Guest of Honour, High Chief Edem Duke.
-  Formal transfer of the TOFAC Plaque to CBAAC, current Host/Sponsors of TOFAC 2012 by the Hon. Minister.                                ICSG/TOFAC AWARDS
Citation on Recipients by Doyin Aguoru, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria.
1.40 pm - 2.10pm.     Group Photograph with the Hon, Minister/Tea-Coffee Break
2.15pm - 2.55pm.   Plenary Session Speaker/Chair:

Topic: "Enhancing Entrepreneurial Capacity and Sustainable Development Initiatives in Southwest, Nigeria:  A Pilot Study of Abeokuta (Ogun State) and Akure (Ondo State) in Nigeria."
By:   Prof. (Chief) Bessie House-Soremekun
Director, Africana Studies Program, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies; Founding Executive Director,  Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
Introduction and Citation by Dr Taiwo Abioye, Head, Department of English, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. 
3.00pm. - 3.45pm. LUNCH

3.50pm - 5.50pm
Panel A.1.      ACCULTURATION/AFRO CENTRICITY/ GLOBAL AFRICANITY/ATLANTIC AFRICAVenue: Seminar RM 1;  Panel Chair: Prof. Segun Ogungbemi (Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State, Nigeria)
  1. Babalola O.E, Department of History, College of Education, Ikere- Ekiti. & Fasiku, M. ADepartment of Social Studies, College of Education, Ikere- Ekiti.
Topic: Acculturation and Its Effects on African Culture: Yoruba as a Case Study
ii. Kanu Ikechukwu Anthony Department of Philosophy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Topic: The Quest for an African Identity
  1. Ann Albuyeh, Ph.D. Universidad de Puerto Rico HC-02 787-559-9361
Topic: "Uncovering African Identities through Language and Culture in the Caribbean"
  1. Professor (MRS.) Dorothy Oluwagbemi-Jacob Department of Philosophy University of Calabar, Nigeria. Topic: The Transatlantic Slave trade: Gainers and losers from the Perspective of Technology

  1. Cassandra R. Veney, Ph.D. Associate Professor 1 LMU Drive Department of Political ScienceLoyola Marymount University Los Angeles, California  
Topic: The African Diaspora in the United States and Its Response to the War on Terrorism

DAY 1: EVENING SESSION 3.50pm - 5.50pm
Venue: Seminar RM2; Panel Chair: Christina N. Bazzaroni (Florida International University)
i.  Dr Remy Oriaku Department of English University of Ibadan Ibadan, Nigeria.
Topic: Between African Migrants in Search of Opportunities and Their Nervous European Hosts: Divergent Attitudes to Migrant Labour and International Prostitution in Selected African Novels.
ii.  Eteete Michael ADAM (LL.M, MIRSS, BL), Department of International Law and Diplomacy, School of Law and Security Studies, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Topic: Ethnic Nationalism, Statism, Citizenship and the Right to Non-Discrimination Under the Nigerian Constitution.
iii. Richard Agbor Ayukndang Enoh(Ph. D), Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Buea, South West Cameroon,  Topic: The Repatriates and Creolization Processes in West Africa: The Case of Victoria in British Southern Cameroons.
iv. Ademola Olayoku, IFRA-Nigeria Research Fellow, Peace & Conflict Studies Program  University of Ibadan,
Topic: Internal Diasporic Emergence in Nigeria: A Quest for the Resuscitation of Culture  and Identity.
v. Agbo Joshua,  Department of Languages and Linguistics, Benue State University, Makurdi,  Nigeria,  
Topic: Redefining Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Cultural Studies.
vi. Osedebamen David Oamen, Ph.D 117 Igun Street, P. O. Box 4906, Benin City, Nigeria.Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.
Topic: Multiculturalism: Enriching cultural enterprises for national development

DAY 1: EVENING SESSION 3.50pm - 5.50pm
Venue: Seminar RM 3Panel Chair: Dr. Osezua O. Clementina (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
  1. Ajani O.A. PhD Department of Sociology and Anthropology Obafe3mi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Topic: Aso ebi : The Dynamics of Fashion Nationalism and Cultural Commoditization  in Nigeria
ii. Osezua, O. Clementina (PhD) Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Obafemi Awolowo University. Ile-Ife
Topic: Non- Economic Factors and the Phenomenon of Cross Border Sex Trade among the Benin Women of Southern Nigeria.
iii. Osedebamen David Oamen, Ph.D 117, Igun Street, P. O. Box 4906, Benin City, Nigeria. Department of Theatre and Media Arts Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.
Topic: Commodification of Culture: Marketing Ethno-national identities
iv. Ajayi Adewale The Federal Polytechnic Ilaro Ogun State
Topic: Performance, Identity and Fictionalit in Salman Rushdie's "The Enchantress of Florence"
v. Ibrahim Daniel Department of General Studies, Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru Department of English, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Topic: Globalisation and Identity Contestation in Hausa Visual Literature

6.00 pm. -                   DINNER

DAY 2 (Tuesday 03/07/12)
(9.00am - 11.00am)



Venue: (Seminary RM 1); Chair: Prof. Tanyi-Tang Anne (University of Maroua, Cameroon)
i. Dr. Olubayo Oladimeji ADEKOLA Senior Research Fellow (Anthropology) Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria; 
Topic:   Integration, Dis-Integration and Re-Integration of Yoruba Kinship Ties:  A Case Study of Ethnic Unions in Southwestern Nigeria
ii. Sandra Ochieng'-Springer, Jackman Road, Orange Hill, St. James, Barbados. BB24020. 1-246-432-9410. Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work, University of the West Indies, Cavehill Campus.
Topic: Accommodating ethnic interests in post-colonial societies: A comparative study of political development in Kenya and Trinidad and Tobago
iii.  Lawrence O. Bamikole (PHD) Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Jamaica.
Topic: David Hume's Notion of Personal Identity:  Implications For Identity Construction and Affective Communal Living In Africana Societies.

iv. Adetayo Alabi, Ph.D Department of English, University of Mississippi.
Topic:  Wole Soyinka, Autobiography, and the Nigerian Academy

v. Christina N. Bazzaroni Florida International University 1986 Biarritz Drive, #104 Miami Beach, FL USA 33141
Topic: Dangerous Zones of Intimacy: Transgressive White Female Desire, or Fetishization of the Black Male Body?

DAY 2: Tuesday (03/07/12) Morning Session
(9.00 am – 11:00 am)
Venue: (Seminar RM. 2): Chair: Prof. Dorothy Oluwagbemi-Jacob (University of Calabar, Nigeria)
i. Okpara, Chukwuemeka Vincent (Ph.D) Dept. of Fine & Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Topic: Contemporary African and the Diaspora Art: The Contributions of El Anatsui and Yinka Shonibare to the Growth of African Art on the Global Stage.
ii. Sarah Anyang Agbor(PHD), Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Letters And Social Sciences (Falss), University of Yaounde 1, P.O. Box 755 Yaounde, Centre Region, Cameroon. 237-77223677,
Topic: Diaspora Encounters and Shifting Paradigms in Selected Works of Isidore Okpewho, Anita Desaiand,  Barack Obama.

iii. Kunirum Osia 11704 Hickory Drive Fort Washington, MD 20744301-292-6626 Department of Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling Coppin State University 2500 West North Avenu Baltimore, MD 21216
Topic: The Contextuality of Ethnic Identity: The Anioma People of Nigeria
iv. Moses E. Ochonu, Ph.D Associate Professor of African History Department of History 2301 Vanderbilt Place Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 37235-1802
Topic: Modernity and Racial Sensitivity in the Travel Narratives of Northern Nigeria's Political Elite, 1955-61  

DAY 2: Tuesday (03/07/12) Morning Session
(9.00 am – 11:00 am)
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