Out with the old, in with the new. If only it were that simple. In the field of political science, various theories and methodologies exist to advise government, thought leaders and the private sector on strategic planning; that is, how to bring about change or modernisation in any organisation. The theory of change, in particular, promotes social change by defining long term goals mapped backwards in order to identify the pre-existing conditions which enable the said change.Read More
I often feel as if we, in Nigeria, are stuck in a debtor’s prison. Before many of us are even born, to a certain extent, we owe debts which we must repay. Our very lives and livelihoods we often owe to other people who have the unequivocal power to decide, much like gods, who will be allowed to go further, who will prosper and who won’t based on arbitrary rules. This all begins because individualism is not acceptable in the Nigerian society.Read More
HOW did we get here? How is it that a country like Nigeria borrows not to fund infrastructure and lift its people out of extreme poverty but to pay salaries and fund its recurrent expenditure? Quite honestly, I am not surprised that national debt now stands at 63 billion dollars. We are a country of showmen who would rather spend on frivolities than on anything of substance with long lasting effects on our lives.Read More
THE Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, recently unveiled a policy document: “the progressive agenda to combat income inequality”, a sort of road map to “make sure the voice of every American is heard—not just those at the very top” and to “uplift working people and help working parents, and champion a tax system that rewards work instead of just wealth”.Read More
By Tabia Princwill EVERY time Nigeria’s size or ethno-religious diversity are used as excuses to explain our country’s lack of development, I am forced to argue that many other countries across the globe have experienced these same challenge laced opportunities and yet, have not continuously sacrificed the common good on the altar of political greed.
As we sit and watch our leaders bicker over cabinet positions and appointments, in other climes, more fundamental issues are being argued. The idea of institutionalised racism and the plight of African-Americans in a society built on prejudice and white supremacy is not a new one.Read More
The hustle for position and appointments is a defining factor of Nigerian life. The joke now, in most parts, is to ask friends if they are moving to Abuja which goes to show that although a majority of Nigerians voted for “change” in principle, few truly understand what it entails. Unlike more developed countries where those called to serve often have solid educational backgrounds in policy making, those attempting in Nigeria to gain appointments often have no real understanding of governance and policy. Instead, what is touted as “experience” is simply experience in deal making and speaking the language Nigerian politicians understand: money.Read More
THE leader of the South African opposition, Julius Malema, says President Zuma and the South African state promoted a culture of violence and xenophobia which led to Black South Africans attacking migrants and foreigners whom they blame for their own economic misfortune.Read More
DURING French philosopher and writer, Ernest Renan’s famous 1887 lecture at the Sorbonne, my Alma matter, he asked the question “what is a nation”? He answered, “a soul”, a “spiritual principle”. What is the “essence” of Nigeria? What are our common beliefs, principles? Unfortunately, the answer to that veers towards the negative.Read More
By TABIA PRINCEWILL WHAT an incredible time to be a Nigerian! All my life, I have been waiting for this election. I have been waiting for confirmation of my belief in the possibility of honesty, decency, integrity and steadfastness being rewarded in Nigeria. This is just how I felt the morning after Barack Obama’s win.
We have all heard, time and time again that Nigerians are bad, greedy, selfish people, people who stand for nothing and believe in nothing. We’ve all heard the saying “black man, black heart”, a testimony to our self-loathing, inherited from our colonial past.Read More
By Tabia Princewill BY now, most Nigerians know whom they will vote for. I would thus like to start a conversation, which is bigger than people and parties. It’s a conversation about social norms and our values as nothing we do happens in a vacuum. We all agree that things must change in Nigeria, but
I DECIDED to prolong last week’s discussion on ethnicity due to the number of responses I got from it. I was pleased (and reassured) to find that Nigeria is not as divided as some politicians would have us believe. We are still able, as a people, to listen to sound arguments and debate.Read More
SOCIAL scientists determine ethnicity to be an artificial construct based on shared beliefs of identity created over time. Groups (and their leaders) create certain beliefs in order to implement political strategies and control their followers. Ethnicity is thus a construct based more on power and status than on any real, intrinsic feeling.Read More
By TABIA PRINCEWILL THE tide is beginning toturn: the whole world could not be going one way while Nigeria persists in going the other. Corruption has become the byword for this election as Nigerians begin to realise its very real cost and implication on their everyday lives. Indeed, Nigerians cannot continue to accept a system