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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…
It is clear that he feels he is on a mission to re-imagining African art in the global lens and repositioning it as a centerpiece of world heritage. Danladi Kole Bako the artist It’s a sunny day. Two golden beams splash through the sliding windows like rays reflecting from a klieg light, causing me to squint my eyes. “O ti sun,” Kole mistakenly thinks I have slept off. “No, I am awake. I can hear you,” I correct him. “Picasso did not start cubism. It had been in Africa long before he came to Africa and copied it without giving…
What stops Nigeria from becoming a cyber hub that generates wealth for its citizens and even billionaires the legitimate way? I think we all know the answer: It is fantastically corrupt. Two things that I want to talk about that are kind of unrelated. The first is simply jumping off a discussion in an earlier post—why women tend to prefer initiating dates through social media and dating apps as opposed to traditional organic in person meetings (article: https://olustories.com/pandemic-romance-scam-alarm/) I had another discussion with a female friend who likes initiating dates by meeting her intended on social media or dating…
I rush to the slider windows without thinking. And I see a beauty. I look at the photo again. I am a visual person and her simple tastefully elegant image said a lot. She looked poised with a serene grace and a bob cut that accentuated her finely chiseled profile. She was beautiful. So, I replied her message: “Hi.” “How are you?” She shot back again. “Fine thanks. Is there a purpose for reaching out if I may ask? I do not recall how or if we have met?” I enquired more from irritation than curiosity. Although she was beautiful.…