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Participation in Oslo Peace Forum

Participation in Oslo Peace Forum

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

When Norway is mentioned, many people automatically think about peace. So, on landing in Oslo and picked up by Armir Sheikh, (President Foundation Dialogue for Peace), for the long drive to the city, I felt a lot of peaceful relief as I took in the greenery of the environment and chatted with Aamir who wasted no time in sharing information about his adopted country dotted with lamentations about the country he left as a kid. Bonding with Aamir was very easy as I informed him I had written my PhD dissertation on his country of origin, Pakistan. We agreed our two countries could benefit from peace that accompanies development. I knew his Foundation had joined with the Oslo Centre, headed by former Norwegian Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik to put on a seminar on Peaceful Coexistence, Religious tolerance and human trafficking. The President of the Office of His Royal Highness, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain also provided support for the Seminar.

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Participation in Oslo Peace Forum

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Operation Amotekun: Part One, Two and Three

Operation Amotekun: Part One, Two and Three

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

I lived in Nairobi for 11 years working for the United Nations on peace for Somalia. It meant I went into Mogadishu where I had earlier lived for two years (before the UN’s evacuation), on as needed basis. I was part of the UN’s support of the unending peace dialogues and conferences.

As I am wanting to do in many aspects of my life and shocked by the situation in Mogadishu, I thought through, planned and concluded that if Nigeria were to implode, I would choose to live in Nairobi or Accra if I must become a refugee. I enjoyed and made friends from far and wide in the city. But I knew and know that refugees have little choices. It depends on which country and/or community is willing to accept them.

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Operation Amotekun Parts 1-3

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Ọmọlúwàbí and Ojude-Oba

Ọmọlúwàbí and Ojude-Oba

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

The Ijębu people of Nigeria took on and domesticated the Durbar concept over a hundred years ago. The historical background to Ojude-Oba (Durbar among Ijębus) was well articulated in a Facebook posting by Engineer Kayode Sote last year. There is no doubt that the current paramount King of the Ijębus Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale of Ijębuland went far in modernising Ojude-Oba and made it a major annual carnival that is now on the cultural tourism circuit of Nigeria.

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Ọmọlúwàbí and Ojude Oba

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My View on The Viral Video on Ibrahim Idris

My View on The Viral Video on Ibrahim Idris

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

The IG that I Knew was not an Imbecile
The viral video on Ibrahim Idris, the Nigerian Inspector-General of Police (IG), ostensibly portrayed as not being able to read a speech is of serious concern to Nigeria and beyond. The right question should be why we could entrust a major security apparatus to such a man. This video lends credence to the position coming out of the Nigerian Senate that Ibrahim Idris is not fit to hold such a high office. So, is the video a case of the Yoruba saying on causation/correlation to the effect that: “Aje ke l’ana, omo ku l’eni, tani ko mope Aje ana ni o pa omo je” (the Witch carried yesterday and a child died today, who does not know that the child was killed by the Witch)? Of course, I cannot conclude that the video came out of the Senate or those in support of the institution that is engaged in a power tussle with the IG.

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My View on The Viral Video on Ibrahim Idris

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Memorable Catch-up with a Good Friend

Memorable Catch-up with a Good Friend

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

A reasonable portion of today April 29, 2019, was spent with Olubukonla Onabolu reminiscing about different parts of my early life. Of course, with her Şina this and Şina that it is clear that it is a relationship of well over 52 years but we had not seen each other for about 48 years till today. Whenever I hear anyone call me Şina, I know immediately that such a person was from Araromi Street (New Road), Iloro Street and Igboburo through to Ita Ntebo and Odo-Egbo, all in Ijębu-Ode. Outside of those areas, I am Babafęmi to all else or simply put, ‘Fęmi.

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Instability in Nigeria: The Maizube Farm Deliberations

Instability in Nigeria: The Maizube Farm Deliberations

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

That Nigeria is politically charged and bereft of safety and security would be an understatement. Terrorists are competing for who can surpass the other in wanton destruction of lives. Drums of separation are recently getting louder among many nationalities. Kidnappings once restricted to the Niger Delta has now made travels except by air, a harrowing experience. Banditry goes on as usual as stupid people engage in rituals for money. The situation, rather than improve, has worsened in the last five or six years.

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Instability in Nigeria The Maizube Farm Deliberations 

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Seven Days in Slovenia

 Seven Days in Slovenia

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

Seven days in the Republic of Slovenia was a great eye opener. I knew that the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) disintegrated at the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century but did not pay attention to the details in spite of the bitter wars that cost many lives. Those were days in which wars were equally raging in many parts of Africa and I got sucked into efforts towards peacekeeping in Somalia after Butros Ghali as UN Secretary-General pricked the conscience of the world by pointing out the relative abandonment of the world with respect to the poor man’s war in Somalia.

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Seven Days in Slovenia

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Ibadan A Pleasant Change from The Bustle of Lagos

Ibadan A Pleasant Change from The Bustle of Lagos

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

For a change, my wife and I spent 26-29 July, 2018 at Ibadan, that sprawling largest city, (I believe not just in West Africa as I was taught in geography as a kid), but arguably in Africa. It had the largest population in my younger days. But today, is not populated like Lagos that once had the advantage of being the political capital that remains the economic capital. Ibadan is estimated to be only 3.5m. It was the political capital of Yorubas and was the base of conversion of proceeds from sales of cocoa by a hard-working people into a free primary education for all which to date remains a boost to Yoruba contribution to human knowledge. Obafemi Awolowo, working with others from Ibadan just for about 4 years showed the British a phenomenal can-do spirit. Apart from investing in the birth and growth of my generation, they built the first skyscraper in Africa, first stadium in Africa and first television station in Africa – Western Nigeria Television (WNTV). Little wonder Britain preferred people without can-do spirit to govern Nigeria. Nigeria has remained the loser for that colonial manipulation of census among other political machinations including the rejection of independence by 1956 by other leaders which Britain supported.

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Ibadan A Pleasant Change from The Bustle of Lagos

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From Panama to Paradise Papers

From Panama to Paradise Papers 

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

The ripple effects of the Panama Papers are still on in many jurisdictions. Now we have a new leak which, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), include confidential documents of a Bermuda based law firm, Appleby Group Services Ltd, files from Asiaciti, a trust company, as well as documents from company registries in 19 secrecy jurisdictions. The Paradise Papers were first shared with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, and the ICIJ and partner media outlets. Premium Times claims to be the only news outlet invited to participate from Nigeria. The new leak that became public on November 5, 2017, contains 13.4 million files on offshore accounts of private investors, both individuals and corporations from around the world.

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From Panama to Paradise Papers

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From CFA to ECO: What’s in a Name?

From CFA to ECO: What’s in a Name?

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D.

In international politics, there are no permanent friends (at least not one that colonized you), but permanent interests. The CFA is a neo-colonial relation between 8 former colonies of France except Guinea-Bissau which was colonized by Portugal. It is in the interest of France to maintain the relations with its former colonies in spite of hushed tones of dissatisfaction from those pretending to be African leaders.  Countries collaborate if it’s in their respective interests. Many a time, countries operate on how to better their selfish interest. So, France or Britain, (in the case of Nigeria), must not be blamed for always trying to protect their respective interests over and above those of their respective former colonies. It is for Africans to wake-up, use their brains and brawn for change instead of stupidly praying to God/gods of others and expecting freedom through miracles!

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From CFA to ECO 

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