Thursday, August 31, 2017

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This is a balanced piece from a partisan which should be digested by all stakeholders in trying to reach a solution to recurring strikes in public universities. For the first time, we have an education minister who accepts responsibility for the government's part in the strike.
Education is underfunded by the governments at the federal and state levels. Secondly, it is a service that is not rightly priced because it has been politicized. No government wants to confront this reality. Beneficiaries of university education must pay for it. It does not come cheap and not all applicants can benefit from it. The bright students should have access to scholarships and education loans.
The government has competing  claims on its resources and cannot bear the brunt of tertiary education alone. Parents, guardians and students must bear their share of the education burden. 
ASUU members are entitled to their pay and allowances. This can only happen if education is right-priced. There must be a meeting of stakeholders to fashion out how this can be done away from ASUU strike.

Felix A. Adenaike.

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Congrats to both great scholars. 

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On Aug 31, 2017, at 6:31 PM, 'Malami buba' via USA Africa Dialogue Series <> wrote:

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Moses ho! Sannu da fama, and congratulations to the endowed!

On 31 Aug 2017, at 06:49, Toyin Falola <> wrote:

The September Moment

At summer's end, this September, Africa is proud to present its two prodigious progenies for crowning and conferment:

Nwando Achebe

The Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History, Michigan State University


Moses Ochonu

The Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in History, Vanderbilt University

Join me in celebrating Nwando Achebe and Moses Ochonu as we mark this glorious September Moment with them:

1. Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 4:OO PM

Student Life Center, Ballrooms A and B

Vanderbilt University.


2. Friday, September 22, 4:00 PM

            Kellog Hotel and Conference Center

Michigan State University

My humble self will be at both events.


Their works go before them:

Nwando Achebe, PhD History (UCLA), is a multiple award winning historian and Faculty Excellence Advocate at Michigan State University. Author of four books, including the triple award-winning The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe (Indiana University Press, 2011) and numerous essays, Nwando Achebe is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of West African History. She is the recipient of several research grants including from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays, the Woodrow Wilson, and National Endowment for the Humanities, amongst others. Nwando Achebe is also a sweet talker, going by the invitations to speak that she receives: she has delivered over one hundred keynote addresses and invited lectures on three continents in countries ranging from the United States to the United Kingdom, Italy, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and China. Definitely a public intellectual, she also regularly makes contributions in the media via TV, podcasts, newspapers, and high school books. She is currently a member of the African Studies Association's Board of Directors and past co-Convenor of the ASA's Women Caucus.

Moses Ochonu, PhD African History (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), is author of four books and numerous refereed articles and book chapters. His 2014 book, Colonialism by Proxy: Hausa Imperial Agents and Middle Belt Consciousness in Nigeria, was a finalist for the prestigious ASA Herskovits Prize for the Best Scholarly Book in African Studies in any Discipline in 2015. He has under his belt grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the British Library Endangered Archives Program, the Rockefeller, amongst several others. A sought after public intellectual, Moses Ochonu has delivered numerous keynotes and invited lectures on topical issues of the day, engages with multiple audiences via TV, Radio, Facebook, newspapers, and online, and consults/appears for various media organisations. His beloved following voted his provocative article "The Shattering of the Buhari Mythology" in African Arguments as the 2016 Best Article of the Year. He also currently serves as Lead Faculty, "Africa at Crossroads" Trans-Institutional Program (TIP) at Vanderbilt University.

Toyin Falola
Department of History
The University of Texas at Austin
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USA Africa Dialogue Series - Pambazuka News 836: Confronting imperialist capture


Pambazuka News 836: Confronting imperialist capture

31 August 2017

CONTENTS: 1. Features  2. Announcements 


Even if embattled President Zuma were to leave (and replaced by, say, Cyril Ramaphosa), the country is nowhere near getting out of its political crisis.  Why not? It is because the problem lies, essentially, in the captured polity of the South African state and economy.  This has deep historical and systemic roots.


Attempts to foster a Black capitalist class in South Africa in co-operation with white capital have failed spectacularly. The price that white capital extracted for their co-operation was a neoliberal state that trapped the Black working class and poor in unemployment, inequality, poverty and gender based violence inherited from Apartheid and made worse.

Capitalist 'deglobalisation' could crack the bloc even if internal geopolitical strife eases

Patrick Bond

The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa summit in Xiamen from September 3-5 is already inscribed with high tension thanks to Sino-Indian border conflicts. But regardless of a welcome new peace deal, centrifugal forces within the fast-whirling world economy threaten to divide the BRICS. South Africa, which plays host to the BRICS in 2018, is already a victim of these trends – even as President Jacob Zuma continues to use the bloc as a primary crutch in his so-called "anti-imperialist" (talk-left walk-right) political survival kit.


Containers have become a well-integrated and indispensable part of our global capitalist trade system. What we don't always fully realize, however, is what implications this containerization has for the daily lives of residents living in neighbourhoods nearby ports.



From commemorating Rwanda's dubious Liberation Day to applauding Paul Kagame's questionable landslide election victory, Canada's High Commissioner in Kigali has provided various forms of ideological support to Africa's most ruthless dictator. That should embarrass everyone who wants Canada to be a force for good in the world.

Tete Province is very rich in coal. An estimated 23 billion tons of mostly untapped coal lies beneath Tete. It is expected to become the region's energy powerhouse built on coal and hydroelectricity. However, local farmer communities have been on the losing side of the coal boom so far, especially since large scale resettlements forced them out.

Since independence 53 years, Kenya has had four presidents – three of them from one ethnic community. Control of state power has ensured that the Kikuyu and related groups have benefitted from national wealth far more than other communities. Recently, economist Dr. David Ndii sensationally called on those communities that feel excluded to secede.


The Igbo now dictate the terms of their freedom from Nigeria. They have acquired this pivotal status, in the past 24 months, it should be stressed, without firing a shot – either in defence or offence. They insist on a referendum to democratically secure the next crucial phase of the process.


Nation building is a serious business that requires clarity of vision and self-sacrifice, preparing the grounds for succeeding generations to prosper. It is not the prestige and grandeur of office that facilitates development and progress but the due attendance to the responsibilities of office.


What I find ironical is that you should visit the University of Cape Town as a reform evangelist when the spirit of the #RhodesMustFall which you are celebrating has been quietly and steadily stirring in Makerere Institute of Social Research since last year (and even long before that), largely due to your capricious  and dishonest leadership.


Over two years into the International Decade for People of African Descent, very little has been done to achieve the objectives of the UN General Assembly declaration. It is not enough to make such a declaration. Serious efforts must be made to implement it for the benefit of Black people.

How does a man whose close and immediate family are designated by neo-Nazis as filth and the dregs of humanity then fail to condemn, without equivocation or excuses, such racism? Trump is either ignorant of history, or is so enarmoured by the idea of White supremacy, that he fails to comprehend that the ideas enacted under Hitler being regurgitated in the US in 2017 by persons who see him as President and being equivalently praiseworthy as Hitler is an affront and not a compliment.


Tsunami of soil

At least 500 people died and more than 800 were reported missing in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on August 13-14, when heavy rains swept away everything in their path. Kenyan Poet Shailja Patel reflects on the tragedy.


Kenya's elections are always full of drama. And the recent one on 8 August was no exception. What looks like a simple process of voters casting their ballot, and these counted to determine the winner, turns out to be a complex matter of raising more questions than answers.


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