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2018 Nelson Mandela Day

2018 Nelson Mandela Day

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

It is known all over the world that today, July 18, 2018, is Nelson Mandela international day. The UN General Assembly had in November 2009 passed a resolution recognizing Madiba’s birthday as an international event. It was not meant to be a holiday though. In addition, today marks the centenary of the birth of the icon.

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2018 Nelson Mandela Day

 

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Snippets from Memorial Symposium for Prof. Adebayo Adedeji

Snippets from Memorial Symposium for Prof. Adebayo Adedeji

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

July 7, 2018 marked the grande finale of the celebration of the life of Prof. Adebayo Adedeji, this time with a memorial symposium on “Africa’s development agenda: Lessons from the Adebayo Adedeji years and policy options for the 21st century”. The symposium took place at the opulent Radisson Blu, Ikeja, Lagos. Radisson Blu is a brand I like. I had stayed in many around the world including the other two in Nigeria on V.I and Abeokuta. But this really posh one does not come cheap. It has panache. Interestingly, memorial symposium took place in the Awolowo room.

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Snippets from Memorial Symposium for Prof Adedeji 

    

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Snippets from the Magodo Associates Symposium

Snippets from the Magodo Associates Symposium

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

On May 3, 2018 the symposium I had joined others in planning within the Executive of Magodo Associates took place. Magodo Associates, a civil society group currently made up of former and serving intellectuals from the University of Lagos and other experts within in Lagos, has been in existence for over 10 years, see www.magodoassociates.org

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The Annual Şęnrolu Day in Odoşęnlu

The Annual Şęnrolu Day in Odoşęnlu

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Upon landing from Addis Ababa on Good Friday, April 19, 2019, I drove from the airport to my roots-Odoşęnlu. In Nigeria, we wrongly place emphasis on place of origin as opposed to residence. Many civic forms demand this information and it used to be the basis for any stake in the larger system. Though the relevance of place of origin is reducing, it is still very much there. So, we tend to have attachment to where our great, great grandfathers or simply put our lineage is. Hence, Odoşęnlu is where I have my country home. It is where I am also a Prince.

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The annual Şęnrolu Day in Odoşęnlu 

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The Corrupt and Elite Animals of Nigeria

The Corrupt and Elite Animals of Nigeria

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

There is an irony about Nigeria. One only needs to shout: “thief, thief, thief”, in an attempt to apprehend an alleged petty thief, and in no time, a mob surfaces capture the individual. The alleged thief, whether male or female, is hounded by the mob and receives instant justice, without a trial. In some cases, irrespective of gender, petty thieves are forcibly undressed with accompanying violent kicks and slaps by a blood hungry mob. If the police delay in showing up and/or there is no voice of authority (whether as a result of age or public office) to restrain such mobs, dis-used motor tyres and petrol are procured to deliver instant death penalty without due process on a petty thief.

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The Corrupt and Elite Animals of Nigeria

 

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The Human Side of Kofi Annan

The Human Side of Kofi Annan

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

I knew Kofi Annan has to die. Somehow, I never thought it would be this early for him. More so, when we were only told that it was after a brief illness. Brief illness for a great African, one of the best human beings, sounds strange for an eighty-year-old with access to the very best medical intervention possible on earth. I had thought he could have gone on for as long as Madiba did.

I would be stupid to want to analyse on the great deeds of Kofi Annan that altered the strategic framework of our world. I will not be exhaustive even in a thousand-page volume on Kofi at the UN and on our planet earth.

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The Politicization of the Request for World Bank’s Prioritization of Boko Haram infested Part of Nigeria

The Politicization of the Request for World Bank’s Prioritization of Boko Haram infested Part of Nigeria

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

I worked for the UN on the conflict in divided Somalia from 1993-2006. The division in that country was palpable in the city of Mogadishu that was, at the beginning of the conflict, divided between General Mohamed Farah Aidid in the South claiming to be President and businessman Mr. Ali Mahdi Mohamed in the North of the same city, also claiming to be President of the country. Both were from the Hawiye clan of the Somali set-up. I worked on both sides of Mogadishu and moved across the green line day-in day-out. Each move, I had many Guards in 3 SUVs with 12 AK-47s (standard UN protocol for such moved), ready to fight to protect the clans’ UN rented SUVs and not myself as I was initially made to believe. However, protecting the vehicles should be seen as protecting the occupants. The reality only comes during any attempt to loot one vehicle. But this is not at issue today as it should be explored elsewhere.

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Biography of a man of Integrity called Prof. Oyeleye Oyediran

Biography of a man of Integrity called
Prof. Oyeleye Oyediran

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

Breezed into Nigeria to, with my wife, attend the funeral of my worthy mentor and role model. The blood family gave me the honour to read a biography on him to the Baptist Church, Bodija, Ibadan congregation. Below is my intervention.

Our late Pa Oyediran was born at Ogbomosho on January 13, 1934. His parents were late Pa Emmanuel Solademi and late Madam Comfort Oyediran. His father was an itinerant trader who met Comfort, in Gold Coast as it was then known and married her in Ghana. His birth was preceded by four sisters. In effect, he was the first relief that his father sought in having a son. In addition, another son and a sister followed his birth.

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Biography of a man of Integrity called Prof. Oyeleye Oyediran

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Tributes to Prof. Oyelęyę Oyediran

Tributes to Prof. Oyelęyę Oyediran

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

During my years at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1978-1982, many Nigerian members of the academic community visited as guest lecturers, visiting Profs on sabbatical, etc. With Peter Badejo, Saidu Goje, Segun Oyekunle and others, we always took it upon ourselves to reach out to these compatriots, help them settle down and keep them company so that they will not be home sick. We dragged them to Friday night parties that included Africans from Africa like Joseph Njimbidt Ngu, Tim Ngubeni and Tony Brobbey; Africans from America like Cobie “Kwasi” Harris; Africans from the Carribean like Carlene Edie and many brothers from Haiti whose frechified names I am not able to remember right now. We had formed a formidable group at UCLA on building a pan-African orientation. It was not all parties, we were a strong anti-apartheid pressure group within UCLA and we picketed the Bank of America every Saturday pushing for it to divest from apartheid South Africa.

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Tributes to Prof Oyelęyę Oyediran

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UNILAG ASUU Honours Prof Akingbade

UNILAG ASUU Honours Prof Akingbade

Babafemi A. Badejo, Ph.D

November 26, 2019 was an important day for me. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Unilag Branch organized a day to appreciate the services of mainly past chairmen and others of the branch.

Mrs. Folashade Sikirat Akingbade, surviving wife of my late comrade in the struggle against military dictatorships (Major-General Muhammadu Buhari and his usurping successor, the Maradona of Nigerian politics: General a.k.a President Ibrahim Babangida),  Prof. J. Funsho Akingbade had invited me and Professors Akere, Kukoyi and Okusanya (Akingbade’s friends till the end), to join her in receiving a posthumous award in his name.

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UNILAG ASUU Honours Prof Akingbade

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