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I See A New Nigeria



Who Is Jesus Christ To Me?

By Victoria Praise Abraham
I see a NEW NIGERIA where righteousness, truth and justice reign.
I see a new NIGERIA where the leaders all have the fear and love of GOD in their hearts, minds and lives.
I see a new NIGERIA where the people are honest, diligent, dynamic, hardworking, purposeful and strong.
I see a new NIGERIA where all tribes and tongues are united by a common goal and destiny.

I see a NEW NIGERIA where everything works, where our hospitals function perfectly well, where our infrastructures are all in place and where water and every other basic amenity needed for the good of the common man is not only available, but available in abundance, a NIGERIA water is not sold on our streets but where water flows freely in every tap in every home and in all the 36 states of our federation.
I see NEW NIGERIA where strikes and every kind of unrest and hotbed of troubles becomes a thing of the past, completely obliterated from our body polity.

I see a NEW NIGERIA where education is free up till senior secondary school level and where teachers are happy to teach and students are willing to learn, and not burdened and saddled with teenage madness called cultism, presently found in most of our schools as a result of the melee found in all our collective psyche.
I see a new NIGERIA where every professional and every worker irrespective of level and cadre works happily on their jobs, singing gladly as they contribute their own quota to our national grid, happy because the systems set in place all work, and happy because their take home takes them home and they have leftover to take to their banks.
I see a new NIGERIA where power supply is constant 366 days of the year with not a single disruption and where all our entrepreneurs are happy to be in business because the environment is stable, secure and safe.

I see a NIGERIA free of loud sounding, ear deafening generators, a Nigeria free from diesel and petrol buying to power generators that have become a menace, rather than a quick stop gap, in case of an hour of disruption of actual supply of power from our national grid.
I see a NEW NIGERIA where our armed forces, especially our policemen are well trained, well paid, and well respected for the wonderful work they do to keep us safe from men of the underworld who parade our streets, a Nigeria free of illegal checkpoints and 20 naira token that can sometimes lead to death if not quickly paid to our corrupt policemen.
I see a new NIGERIA where our journalists, our doctors and all Nigeria workers feel a part of the country because they are respected and given their rightful share of the national cake and not made to slave till they drop by our selfish leadership.

I see a NEW NIGERIA with great minds and souls as politicians, tested men and women who have exceled in business and academics and the likes whose only business in politics is to give back, contribute and serve, true servant and leaders of the people who love the people only, and not themselves.

I See a NEW NIGERIA of great educationists, great lawyers, great journalists, great architects, great engineers, great poets, great inventors and scientists, great artisans, great musicians, and excellent men and women of GOD who are life givers and nation builders who work tirelessly to contribute their own quota to nation building and life reengineering.
Free from corruption!
Free from confusion!
Free from limitation!
Free from stagnations!
free from destructions !
Free from delusions!
Free from nepotism, ethnicity and violence!
I see the Nigeria of my dreams where peace and justice reign as king and where prosperity and abundance cohabit as twins in the house of grace to bless all its citizens.

I see a NEW NIGERIA where the Hausa man, and the Yoruba man, and the Igbo man cohabit as one brotherhood, with no suspicions and disrespect for each other but rather a three-piece cord that cannot be easily broken because of its strength in diversity.
I see the NEW NIGERIA Where our youths are energetic, creative, innovative and hopeful of a better tomorrow because of the beauty and power they can see in the present Nigeria, where everything works and life’s good.
I see the NEW NIGERIA free from greed because of its creed. A Nigeria that honours, respects and caters for all its citizenry, especially the physically challenged, the elderly, homeless, sick, less privileged and the helpless.

I see the NEW NIGERIA building its people, giving them a reason to live and be happy. A nation of great people and great accomplishments.
A nation where being exceptional is the norm, and being ordinary is abnormal.

I see the NEW NIGERA where the streets are paved with gold because the road from Lagos to Lokoja, Abuja to Aba are all tarred and every street in every corner in every state is well kept and where the environment is clean, the air clean and the trees around release life and peace every day.
A new nation free from hoodlums, terrorists, kidnappers, corrupt officials, street walkers, child abusers and armed robbers both that carry the gun and the pen .

I see a NEW NIGERIA where there are no beggars, no madmen roaming the streets and no area boys and area girls looking for the next fix, because they would rather be dazed than fazed with many of life’s travails.

I see a NEW NIGERIA where the president is committed to the people and the people alone, and where leaders at all levels of the polity feel, understand and are dedicated to alleviating the plight and suffering of the citizenry, its pride, its glory.

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I see a NEW NIGERIA prosperous, great again, glorious and mighty. A Nigeria where living, loving, caring and sharing is everybody’s business, a new Nigeria with a new people and a new attitude and new power.

I see a NEW NIGERIA where hardship does not exist because the environment is conducive for growth, and expansion of all, a Nigeria where the national cake is not shared and looted by few, but rather used
for the collective good of all.

I see a NEW NIGERIA where people live long and prosperous lives, where the death of the young rarely occurs, because everything works and so life is good.
Do you see what I see?
Do you feel what I feel?
My dream is possible.
My vision is achievable.
My aspiration is attainable.
Nigerians I can hear a new beat, a new sound, a new song.

I see a new breed without greed. I see a crop of young, vibrant and dynamic men and women who will create the Nigeria that I see.
These crop of leaders are unknown, unsung, unsoiled and uncelebrated now, yet they hold the key to the birth of our new nation.
They are the OCTOBER 2ND generation, for the OCTOBER 1ST generation have finished their work and hung their boots and we salute their work!
I see the next generation of nation builders, you and I ordinary people in obscure places making a difference in extraordinary ways, because it is in you. We are the change we seek. We are the one to build the new nation that I see.
Rising from the east, the west, north and south and these young men and women, the Josephs, Daniels, Joshuas and Esthers of our generation.

This crop of builders all have one thing in common. They are righteous, courageous, God-fearing, trustworthy, ambassadors of our great nation. They are patriots, and they are the light-bearers and the salt givers who give light, hope and bread to the rest of us.
These amazons and icons are connected to the greatest and most powerful source of LIGHT in the universe; they are connected to the one and only creator of humanity!

These NEW NIGERIAN ICONS can be found in every State of our Federation and they are rising up to the clarion call to build the New Nigeria that I see!
Their mission is simple; BUILD ME, A NEW NIGERA, A NEW PEOPLE, A NEW NATION’!

Yes! I say soon our new nation will emerge! If Japan can arise from Hiroshima, South Africa a country bedevilled with apartheid can become Africa’s first country to host the World Cup and America can consolidate after 9/11 then NIGERIA has hope for a better tomorrow!!!

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GOD is at work to help birth this new nation without greed!
Will you join in the army today!
Will you say yes to God’s help!
Will you say yes to righteousness!
Will you say yes to peace, power and prosperity in our nation!!!

Let’s become the third ISRAEL of God, a nation with GOD is a majority!!
As we say yes, let us also learn to say NO!!!
No to the old brigade!
No to the bad policies!
No to evil men and women who plot night and day to overthrow our collective wills and powers as a people, never again will one, just one destroy the hopes and aspirations of millions and millions of our people. Never again!
Let’s join hearts and mind and souls to a common goal and a common vision that of building a new nation free from the cabal, free of the melee.
‘’Arise O compatriots.
Nigerians calls obey.

To serve our fatherland.
With love and strength and faith.
The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain.
To serve with heart and mind.
One nation bound in freedom. Peace and unity!!!

Abraham is the CEO of Vic-Abraham Media Nig. Ltd and award-winning author.

Abraham is an award-winning author and CEO of Vic-Abraham Media Nigeria Ltd.


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Toyin Falola, Memories Of Africa: Home And Abroad In The United States



Dele Jegede In Conversation With Prince Yemisi Shyllon
Prof. Toyin Falola

By Olusegun Olopade

Toyin Falola, Memories of Africa: Home and Abroad in the United States (Atlantic Migrations and the African Diaspora) | © March 2023

Book Details

Publisher‏: ‎ University Press of Mississippi (March 24, 2023)

Language‏: ‎ English

Paperback: ‎ 256 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 1496843487

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1496843487


Memories of Africa: Home and Abroad in the United States suggests a new lens for viewing African Diaspora studies: the experiences of African memoirists who live in the United States. The book shows how African Diaspora memoirs beautifully and grippingly depict the experiences of African migrants over time through political, social, and cultural spheres. In reading African Diaspora memoirs from the transatlantic slave trade period to the present, a reader can understand the complexity of the African migrant legacy and evolution.

Author Toyin Falola argues that memoirs are significant not only in their interpretation of events conveyed by the memoirists but also in demonstrating how interpersonal and human the stories told can be. Memoirs are powerful because they are emotionally captivating and because important themes and events circulate around a particular person (in this case, the memoirist).

Undoubtedly, a memoir is significant because it can teach anyone about a part of the human experience, even if the “facts” are not described without bias. Through this sort of narrative, the reader cannot help but enter into the memoirist’s mind and, therefore, feel more empathy for them. In doing so, the reader can “feel” what the memoirist feels and “see” what the memoirist sees as clearly as is humanly possible. In this way, the historical events and life lessons become tangible and poignantly real to the reader.

Editorial Reviews

Memories of Africa makes a significant contribution to the study of the African Diaspora, African intellectual history, to our understanding of African autobiography, and more importantly to life studies. Falola provides fresh insights that will reinvigorate the field. — Olabode Ibironke, author of Remapping African Literature.

Memories of Africa opens a new dimension to the understanding of the experiences of home, space, and place, and their interactions in African and diaspora studies. — Adetayo Alabi, author of Oral Forms of Nigerian Autobiography and Life Stories.

Toyin Falola is Professor of History, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He has received over thirty lifetime career awards and sixteen honorary doctorates. He has written extensively on the African Diaspora, including The African Diaspora: Slavery, Modernity, and Globalization.

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12th Toyin Falola Annual International Conference On Africa And The African Diaspora (2023 TOFAC) Set To Hold



Dele Jegede In Conversation With Prince Yemisi Shyllon
Prof. Toyin Falola

Second/ Extended Call for Papers


July 26 – July 28, 2023

Venue: University of Abuja, Main Campus, Giri-Airport Road, Abuja Nigeria

Purposeful leadership and inclusive political and economic institutions have been identified as necessities for Africa and all Africa-related peoples and regions to begin to address past failures, confront present predicaments and chart a credible course for the future. Unfortunately, Africa’s leaders have largely failed to transform the African state and its institutions into agents of development for the benefit of the citizens. Several explanations have been adduced for the observed leadership deficiencies that have become almost permanent narratives of Africa. Such explanations have often included, but not limited to, externalist arguments that point to the legacies of colonial exploitation and its neocolonial challenges, the sustained colonial legacy of economic dependence on foreign powers, as well as contemporary global events that systemically constrain Africa’s opportunities for growth and development. There are also internalist explanations that attribute Africa’s leadership conundrum and institutional failures to successive African leaders’ rapacity and irresponsible choices. Whatever these explanations may be, there is an emerging consensus that real progress cannot happen until Africa addresses its leadership questions and transforms its weak and predatory institutions into inclusive and formidable ones.

The 2023 TOFAC Conference will critically examine Africa’s political leadership and extant institutions vis-à-vis the continent’s history of underdevelopment, present challenges, and future trajectories within the global political economy. Scholars are invited to interrogate the nature and evolution of leadership and institutions in Africa from the pre-colonial era to contemporary times. Institutions in this context are broadly defined to include formal and informal institutions, including the people’s history, traditions, religion, and culture. Arising from this, there are underlying questions. Is it leadership that shapes institutions, or do institutions determine the quality of leaders that emerge? How can African states achieve the leadership and institutional transformation necessary to address the perennial development challenges of the continent? Are there lessons that could be drawn from the experiences of the pre-colonial era to inform contemporary issues of leadership?

We invite proposals for papers, panel presentations, roundtables and artistic works/performances that critically examine these and other related issues on Africa’s leadership and institutions. As in years past, participants will be drawn from around the world. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. The conference will allow scholars from various disciplines and geographical locations to interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback. Additionally, selected papers will be published in a series of book volumes. Finally, submitted papers will be assigned to particular panels according to similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geographical focus. Panel proposals (of 3-5 presenters) are especially encouraged.

We invite submissions that include but areI Inot limited to the following sub-themes and topi Institutions Conceptualized

· The nature and role of formal and informal institutions

· Institutional path dependency

· Institutional change and transformation

· Incentive structures and the choices of agents

· Institutions and Economic Performance

· Policy institutions

· Institutions and enforcement mechanisms

· The state, its institutions and the citizens

· People as institutions

Leadership and Institutions in Pre-colonial Africa

· The nature of leadership in pre-colonial Africa

· The role of chiefs, kings, monarchs and other authority figures

· The interface between culture and leadership in pre- colonial Africa

· The evolution of culture from the pre-colonial era to the present

· The society and the citizen in the pre-colonial era

· Traditional institutions versus contemporary systems

· The position and influence of religion in pre-colonial political institutions

Leadership and Institutions in the Colonial Era

· State formation in Africa

· The nature of colonial institutions

· Interactions of colonial institutions and pre- colonial systems

· Constitutional development in colonial Africa

· Africans input in the development of colonial institutions

· The rise of new elites

· Integration of indigenous leaders in colonial administration

· Dislocations, transformations, and modernity

· Nationalism and new trajectories

Colonial Legacies

· Colonial exploitation and the emergence of predatory state-society relations

· Neocolonialism

· Postcolonial economic models and African dependency

· Western democracy and the conflict of culture

· Foreign institutions and the problem of adaptability

· Rural-urban divide and the challenge of active citizenship

· Education, culture and the leadership question

The Nature of Political Leadership in Postcolonial Africa

· The role of Africa’s independence leaders in setting leadership standards

· Leadership recruitment processes

· The role of culture in determining the type of leaders that emerge

· Religion and leadership

· Foreign interventions in domestic policies

· Education, training and leadership

· L e a d e r s h i p , E t h n i c i t y a n d Separatism/Secessionism

· Democracy and accountability

· Citizenship, expectations, and civic engagements

· The role of civil society in holding leaders accountable

· The role of the media in African politics

· Class and the political economy of leadership recruitment

· Africa’s Big Men

· Patriarchy, gender and the leadership question

Institutions in Postcolonial Africa

· The nature of political and economic institutions

· Evolution of institutions in postcolonial Africa

· Colonialism and the legacies of exploitation and expropriation

· Military intervention and role in the development and growth of institutions

· Examination of critical institutions of the state – public service, the Police Force, etc.

· Constitution development in postcolonial Africa

· Property rights institutions

· Anti-corruption crusades and institutional reforms

· Law enforcement and the judiciary

· Economic systems, financial institutions and systems

· Election institution, concept, process, outcomes, and consequences

· Law enforcement and anti- corruption institutions

· Institutions and informal politics and spaces

· The future of traditional institutions in Africa

The Cold War and Africa’s Postcolonial Leadership

· Africa’s decolonization and the Cold War

· The impact of the Cold War on Africa’s independence leaders

· The nature of foreign interventions during the Cold War

· The Cold War and the emergence of violent political culture

· International legitimacy versus domestic popularity for African leaders

· The Cold War and Africa’s political institutions

· Post-Cold War transformations of African leadership

Multilateral Institutions in Africa

· The role of the World Bank and IMF in Africa’s economic systems

· Public debt and the choices of African leaders

· Foreign interests and interventions in leadership selection

· Economic development ideologies versus local realities

· The futility of universal recipes in economic policies

· Foreign aid and leaders’ responsibilities

· Conditionalities and citizens’ welfare

· The future of development assistance to Africa

· The effect of foreign aid on institutions

· The influence and contribution of ECOWAS, A U , a n d o t h e r  r e g i o n a l / c o n t i n e n t a l oragnizations

· Commonwealth, UN, and other international organizations on African politics

Information Technology and Social Media

· Social media and citizens’ demand for leadership accountability

· Dissemination of government programs

· Social media and government transparency

· Information technology and the election process

· Leadership recruitment, retention and removal

· Citizenship participation in the governance process

· Public engagements and institutional change


· Education and citizenship rights

· The relationship between education, industry and bureaucracy

· State involvement in education

· Quality and availability of basic and compulsory leadership education

· History, leadership and the African state

· The role of the media in institutions building

Creativity and Performance of Leadership/Institutional deficits

· Creative governance

· Leadership Accountability

· Models of institutional checks and balances

· Governance peer review mechanism

Each individual proposal must include: 1) title of the work and an abstract of 200 words, 2) the name of the presenter (with the surname underlined). 3) mailing address, 4) number phone, 5) email, 6) institutional affiliation, and 7) three to five keywords that best characterize the themes and topics relevant to your submission. Participants are encouraged to abide by these guidelines.

Proposals for panels (3-5 presenters) must include: 1) title of the panel and a collective summary of 250 words on the panel’s theme, including the title of each individual work 2) a 200-word abstract for the presentation of each speaker 3) mailing address 4) phone number 5) email and 6) institutional affiliation of each presenter. Panels with four presenters or less may be completed with other relevant presentations.

Proposals will further be accepted till July 10, 2023 and should be sent to uof

A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of $100 dollars for scholars (or the Nigerian equivalents in Naira) and $50 for graduate students (or the Nigerian equivalents in Naira ) must be paid immediately upon the acceptance of the abstract. This conference fee includes a conference bag, admission to the panels, workshops, special events, and transportation to and from the hotel and conference events.

Confirmed key Note and Lead Speakers at Plenaries/Members of LOC:

1.-Key Note Speaker -Professor Eghosa Oseghae-Director, Nigerian Institute for international Affairs, Lagos

2. First Lead Paper Presenter -Professor Jibrin Ibrahim-Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD),Abuja 3.Second Lead Paper Presenter -Professor Uchenna Okeja-Rhodes University,South Africa

4. Professor Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi-Department of Philosophy, University of Abuja-Member, Organising Committee

5. Professor Philip Akpen-Department of History, University of Abuja- Member, Organising Committee 6.Dr.Umar Kari-Department of Sociology, University of Abuja- Member, Organising Committee

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Kenyatta University Holds Toyin Falola At 70 Conference



Kenyatta University Holds Toyin Falola At 70 Conference

The Department of History, Archeology and Political Science of the Kenyatta University is set to hold a Toyin Falola at 70 Conference.

The conference with the theme “Post-Colonial Africa: Historical and Contemporary Realities” is scheduled to take place between May 10 and 12, 2023 at the Kenyatta University.

Modern African economic, socio-cultural, and political realities have been considerably influenced and defined by colonialism. Colonialism created the foundation of the post-colonial. Since the start of the post-colonial and (especially) the post-cold war era, there has been increased academic interest in colonialism– both in the classic and the neo-colonial forms. There have also been considerable academic and non-academic efforts at decoloniality and decolonizing Africa. These efforts have led to studying and documenting African pre-colonial history, literature, and cultural intricacies to achieve self-determination and re-establish the African identity. It is, therefore, necessary and logically consistent with the above to study Africa’s past in relation to its present. Essentially, it is important that aside from examining the print of colonial pedagogy, methods, and philosophies, Africa is studied in the light of its actions, attempts at self-governance, and realities defined by its stakeholders.

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A considerable effort has been directed at researching, documenting, and analyzing Post-colonial Africa across different fields of the Arts and the Humanities. Through such efforts concepts such as neo-colonialism, political hegemony, economic instability, societal disillusionment, administrative lapses among others that touch on the African post-colonial condition have been explored by several researchers and academicians. However, the very basis of the evolution of knowledge and the foundation of the academic world is the consistent evaluation of knowledge, theories, and philosophies. As much as there has been enhanced scholarship around the aforementioned issues, there are still thematically important aspects of Post-Colonial Africa that are relatively unexplored or under-explored. New concepts, skepticism, and relatively new subject matters have developed with the continent’s evolution – particularly concerning socio-culture, administration, globalization, conflicts, diplomacy, and ideological paradigms. For instance, it may be important to define the extent to which pre-colonial Africa influences the post-colonial realities of its nation-states, regions, and Sub-regions, as it applies across respective fields.

Other relevant aspects of the post-colonial African reality like identity dynamics and minority politics, institutions and sub-institutions in Africa, diaspora dynamic, administrative evolution in Africa, Post-colonial gender dynamics in Africa, intercultural realities of distinct nation-states in Africa, cultural awareness, and preservation in Africa, decolonial legal education and practice, ideological politics in post-colonial African, among others. The COVID-19 pandemic presented new dynamics to interpret and understand the place of post-colonial Africa in the world in light of global power politics and diplomatic spate over the causes of COVID-19, vaccine politics, and international travel restrictions. COVID-19 highlighted the need to rethink post-colonial Africa’s readiness to respond to global challenges independently.

The Department of History, Archeology and Political Studies through the Research and Innovation Committee (DRIC) plans to host a conference that is directed at answering the conceptual questions that underline some key aspects of post-colonial Africa – as defined by the necessary contextual factors and underlining theories. The conference is expected to feature different themes and introduce concepts, arguments, and theories that are well-adjusted to current African realities.

The department also wishes to use the occasion to celebrate the 70-year life journey of Professor Toyin Falola, a world renowned Distinguished Professor of History and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Falola has dedicated his entire academic life, with over 150 titles under his name, reflecting on the African condition both in historical and contemporary terms. In March 2022, the Department hosted Professor Falola, who gave thought provoking lectures on “Decolonization of Africa Studies”. As a department, we are keen to use the conference to continue enriching our conversations around this and related themes, enhance our scholarly connections and collaborations, establish new research and publication partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones.


The conference sub-themes will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Decoloniality, and decolonization, as it intertwines with post-colonial studies
  • Internationalization in the African region – key factors for consideration should include Pan-Africanism as examined through the lens of its basis, the status quo, and possible ways forward.
  • Post-colonial economy and the role of the nation-state in establishing independent regional control
  • Resource control as it affects neo-colonialistic affiliations and European hegemonic influence in Post-colonial Africa
  • Liberal ideological predispositions and the socio-philosophical future of the African Nation states – with considerations to the influence of the youth demography
  • Developmental politics in Post-colonial Africa
  • Gender dynamics and politics in Post-colonial Africa
  • Post-colonial Literature and the future of the arts in Africa
  • Migration, conflicts, and peace actions in post-colonial Africa
  • Regional collaboration and diplomatic politics in Post-Colonial Africa

The conference is expected to attract participation from academicians, researchers, experts and practitioners in the area of African history and other related humanities and social science disciplines. These shall be drawn from mainly Kenyan and other African institutions as well as from outside the Africa continent. The conference will allow for a blended mode where some participants will be present on-site at Kenyatta university while others will present online.

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Prospective participants are encouraged to send abstracts of between 250 and 500 words, including their full contact details (title, name, address, email address and telephone number) as well as their institutional affiliation by 30th February, 2023 to:

Final Output
Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 5th March 2023 and asked to prepare full papers to be presented during the conference. The official language of the conference will be English. Papers presented at the conference will be peer reviewed and published in an edited volume.

Important Dates

27th January, 2023: Call for Papers/Abstracts
30th February, 2023: Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts
5th March 2023: Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts/Papers
15th April 2023: Deadline for receipt of Full papers
20th April, 2023: Registration begins
1st May, 2023: End of Registration
10th to 12 May 2023: Conference Dates

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