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All points in the green portion are Yoruba towns that historically constitute Yorubaland in West Africa. All fingers are not equal. (Yoruba proverb) There is a Yoruba proverb, “Ika ko dogba,” meaning the fingers are not equal. The saying is typical Yoruba, underscoring our ethos of uniqueness of the individual. Yoruba mythology posits that every individual on the eve of their birth picked out their “ori” which holds their unique destiny. No person can alter the course of an individual’s destiny which they uniquely selected by themselves. Ori means head, which of course houses the brain. Ifa, traditional Yoruba religion…
Top New York legal recruiter, Emily Witt is finally pursuing her childhood dreams of being a broadcast journalist after a long and steady successful career as a leading legal recruiter in New York. Emily was a senior legal recruiter at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which is routinely ranked as the number one most prestigious law firm in America. While a managing director at another New York legal recruiting firm, the pandemic which forced New Yorkers on lockdown to improvise and work virtually provided Emily the perfect opportunity to launch her childhood dream. I was honored to have a conversation…
Contemporary African American writers of fiction must deal with the issue of how blacks are represented in their works. Often using blacks as their protagonists, the tendency has been to channel the black experience in reality, and depict the harmful consequences of racism in America. Historically, race in America is inextricably linked with social class, as blacks are often depicted as poverty-stricken in contrast to their white counterparts. However, significant changes have occurred post-civil rights era and since the 1990’s (especially in the 21st century, which has witnessed the election of an African American President. This era has even been…
[The mistaken assumption that we have achieved so much racial progress] that we should discontinue [legal] efforts born of the reactions to slavery and Jim Crow suggests that those who believe that we are in a post-racial environment are [either] naïve […] or racially insensitive – Charles Ogletree, Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School In July of 2009, national media broadcasted a disturbing picture of renowned Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an African-American, handcuffed and straddled by two burly white policemen. Gates—then 58 years-old—is a man of…
keep the faith Check out this mask: It embraces the times we now live in. Through art, I continue to find creative ways to inspire and send motivational messages. If you have a keen eye, you will notice the ‘Faith’ bracelet too. Not only do I live by this prophetic word, but also it is the slogan our new President stands on when he says, ‘Keep the faith’. Shiri, you may protest, but we’ve seen this painting before haven’t we? Yes, indeed we have, and the painting was recently selected for a specially curated online exhibition with Puffin Foundation, Puffin…
When punishment must be swift and severe to protect the sacred symbolism of democracy The whole world except America’s caviar chugging, wine swigging elite knows the implications of what happened on January 6, when a mob instigated by Trump took over Congress. America’s elite which has always closed its eyes to the travails of common Americans and stuck up its nose at minorities and Black people, is playing ostrich. It is the manner of the elite. They ignore disagreeable situations and wish them away and then pretend there is no problem. A Trump supporter taking over a seat of an…
Garuba also had an immense gift for friendship. Harry Garuba who passed in February 2020 was a well-known figure on the Nigerian literary scene primarily as a mentor to many budding writers at the University of Ibadan (UI) where he taught for two decades. He also served as an assistant general secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in addition to editing the ANA Review, the association’s journal. In 1998, he relocated to South Africa where he lived with his family until his demise due to complications from leukemia. At Ibadan, in the early nineteen eighties, along with a few…
Picture this for life with #46! When Shiri Achu and her family took a photo with the future 46th US President, Joe Biden. July 2007. “Wake up!  Wake up!!” Ecstatically, we tried to wake our big brother up from his deep slumber. It was 3  in the morning. We had just driven to his flat—ok, apartment—in North London and we had an early morning flight to catch. “What are you guys doing here?” he said pulling the blanket back over his body. “I’m sleeping and I have work in the morning!” My sister and I looked at each other and…
Claudia’s grandfather from China, Siu KanChiu who changed his name to Guillermo Siu, born circa 1914. A world of immigrants When the major networks finally projected that Joe Biden had been elected the 46th President of the United States in the afternoon of November 7, 2020, after finally crossing the 270 electoral votes threshold with the winning of Pennsylvania, I had not been prepared for the massive celebrations that followed. The customary projections declaring the winner of the U.S. presidential elections by the major networks following the call by the Associated Press (AP) had become quasi-official. After voting on November…
An examination of some of the cases Justice Ginsburg has been involved with—Craig v. Boren and United States v. Virginia—suggests a nexus connecting the two approaches in her feminist motivation. Background Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an attorney Joan Ruth Bader was born on March 15, 1933 in the New York City borough of Brooklyn to Jewish parents. Having always been studious, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government on June 23, 1954. Ruth Bader was the highest-ranking female student in her graduating class. Bader married Martin D.…
The Food Pantry at Columbia How Black men experience discrimination in university campuses I knew just what to do. As I retrieve my university ID from my wallet, I start to record the incident on my phone. My previous experience from a false race-based call at George Washington University, where I had earned my law degree just last year had prepared me, and this time I was ready. I did not attribute my replayed perennial nightmare to African juju or to witches and wizards from the village, as West Africans do too easily. The fact that after experiencing egregious racial…
A tale of Nigeria’s crooked killer cops October 20, 2020, video showing how soldiers fired at unarmed Nigerian youth peacefully protesting against police brutality and bad governance. My childhood friend, Bola Afilaka was murdered by Nigerian police in 1995 after refusing to pay ‘egunje’ (a bribe) at a police checkpoint. He was an economics major at Ahmadu Bellow University. A few days ago on October 20, I received an article on WhatsApp from a childhood friend. It was a story of another childhood friend, who was one of the first publicized victims of Nigeria’s notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This…
(This passage is intentionally short and chaotic to convey the atmosphere in the trauma bay) Setting: Open, round-table learning session about A as in airway. … A call comes in: GSW to left chest, no pulse, s/p Compressions for 15 min, 10 min out. Doc 1 – ready shock room 1. Prepped the room, suited up. Nurse 1 – he’s here. (Felt like only 5 min.) 2 inches, “stayin’ alive” Has been dancing for the last 25 min. Not sure ‘what-when-how’ before that. “Stayin’ alive” … ABC. Tubed, wired, cuffed. “Stayin’ alive” … C, C, C. “Stayin’ alive” … We…
The Senator said America had the best jurisprudence in the world and was the envy of all legal systems. He said it in a manner that was certainly American. On October 12, 2020, the United States Senate started Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, picked by President Trump to replace the progressive legal luminary, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died barely 3 weeks ago on September 18, 2020. The hearings staged by the Republican dominated Senate occurs barely 3 weeks before the US Presidential elections, which the polls indicate will likely finally remove Donald Trump from the…
An emerging Yoruba nation can work on forging new partnerships with Nigeria (or its constituent parts) to sanitize the regional economy and address economic migration, cybercrime, and terrorism. The first ruler or governor general of Nigeria, Lord Lugard with his wife Lady Lugard (Flora Shaw). An article in The Hill indicates that racism has cost the U.S. 16 trillion dollars according to Citigroup: “The systematic gaps that exist for Black Americans could have cost the U.S. economy $16 trillion over the past 20 years, according to a study issued by the bank Citigroup.” I have backgrounds in History, STEM (mathematics),…
poverty in all its ramifications should be extirpated, I have been very fortunate with my experiences: the hard, the not so hard and the serendipitous have all perhaps conspired to lend one insight. Many years ago, as I worked multiple jobs as a full-time student (never knowing rest), in rural Troy, Alabama, I met one of the poor whites, which filmmaker Matthew Cooke in his documentary “People’s History of the USA,” describes. I had gone to work initially as an Accounting intern for a summer at a car dealership. But I soon got a regular 30 hour per week role…