Author Archive: Max Siollun

The 31 Presidential Candidates for #Nigeria’s 2019 Election – #NigeriaDecides2019


Courtesy of Vanguard newspaper.

President Muhammadu Buhari – All Progressives Congress, APC

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar – Peoples Democratic Party, PDP

Donald Duke – Social Democratic Party, SDP

Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim – Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN

Mr. Omoyele Sowore – African Action Congress, AAC

(Mrs) Obi Ezekwesili – Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN

Dr. Obadiah Mailafia – African Democratic Congress, ADC

Prof Kingsley Moghalu – Young Progressive Party, YPP

Pastor Chris Okotie – Fresh Democratic Party, FDP

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retired) Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN

Habib Mohammed Gajo – Young Democratic Party, YDP

Olusegun Mimiko – Zenith Labour Party, ZLP

Major General John Gbor – All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA

Ali Soyode – YES Party

Davidson Isibor Akhimien – Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, GDPN

Ike Keke – New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP

Apostle Sunday Chukwu-Eguzolugo – Justice Must Prevail Party, JMPP

(Mrs) Eunice Atuejide – National Interest Party, NIP

Hamisu Santuraki – Mega Party of Nigeria, MPN

Edozie Madu – Independent Democrat Party, IDP

Professor Peter Nwangwu – We the People of Nigeria Party, WPNP

Ahmed Bee Buhari – Sustainable National Party, SNP

Tope Fasua – Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, ANRP

Ade Fagbenro Bryon – KOWA Party

Moses Shipi – All Blending Party, ABP

Yahaya Ndu – African Renaissance Party, ARP

Chuks Nwachukwu – All Grassroots Alliance. AGA

Pastor Habu Aminchi – Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM

Yabagi Yusuf Sani – Action democratic Party, ADP

Babatunde Ademola – Nigeria Community Movement Party, NCMP

Martin Onovo – Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP

 

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New Mega-Book on #Nigerian #Politics


New #Book on #Biafra-#Nigeria – Published by @HurstPublishers


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Hurst Publishers (in collaboration with Oxford University Press) has published a new book on the Biafra v Nigeria civil war called: “Surviving Biafra: A Nigerwife’s Story“. The book can be bought with a 25% discount by using the code “BIAFRA25”.

Unlike many other books on Biafra (many of which are written by protagonist generals on either side of the war), this book is different because it is written by: (a) a woman, and (b) by someone who was not a combatant, but rather a civilian Westerner married to a Nigerian. You can read a summary of the book at the link above.

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All the Key Data About #Africa


This is an excellent info-graphic compiled by the Africa in Data project and Max Roser of Oxford University. See below for images showing all the key development, social, political, and economic changes in Africa during the last 30 years.

 

 

 

 

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#Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day – The Story So Far


This October 1 2018 is Nigeria’s 58th independence day. Here are some links about Nigeria’s journey so far:

Nigeria’s First Elections – The Road to Independence

Northern Nigeria Before Independence

Nigeria’s First 50 Years

Nigeria’s Independence Day Celebrations – Videos on the Making of a Nation 

Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary: Message from Hilary Clinton

Nigeria at 50: In Graphics

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Can #Nigerian “Rainmakers” Really Control the Weather?



Interesting short feature from the BBC about “rain makers” in Nigeria who claim to have supernatural power to start (or stop) rain. People often hire them during public outdoor events like weddings or funerals, relying on them to keep the big day rain free.

However are their powers real? A BBC film crew put one rainmaker to the test and challenged him to make it rain. He promised that he could conjure rain within 2 hours…

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A History of #BokoHaram – According to its Leader’s Sons


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Two people claiming to be sons of the late Boko Haram founder and leader Mohammed Yusuf have written a history of the sect. You can read a full English translation of the history on the website of Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi.

Boko Haram has been riven by internal splits and defections, most recently in 2016 when Yusuf’s son “Abu Musab al-Barnawi” led a faction which defected from the leadership of Abubakar Shekau.

Although the text appears largely to be an anti-Shekau polemic, it contains interesting details about the early days and evolution of the sect. It confirms that prior to his leadership of Boko Haram, Yusuf (Sr) was affiliated with the Muslim Izala group and also the Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by led by Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

  • An eye raising revelation is the great sophistication that Boko Haram had even before they became violent. The history reveals that it was a multi-layered group with several departments with different administrative responsibilities. These included:
    • Investigation Committee: which monitored the work of other departments;
    • Da’wa Committee: which toured, proselytised, and gave sermons;
    • Hisbah Committee: which was responsible for setting and implementing the sect’s rules;
    • Economic Committee: concerned with the sect’s financing, donations, and agricultural output;
    • Security: which was responsible of protecting the sect from outside elements, monitoring the sermons of sect members, and protecting the sect from infiltration; and
    • Charity Commission: which helped the elderly, widows and orphans.
  • The sect had a lot of contempt for other Muslim clerics such as Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam. However they denied being responsible for his murder in 2007, and instead blamed it on another radical group within the sect led by one Mohammed Ali.
  • They also excuse Yusuf Sr from responsibility for the “Nigerian Taliban” group that clashed with Nigerian authorities in Kannamma, north-eastern Nigeria between 2003 and 2004. They claim this group was also led by the same Mohammed Ali.

Overall, this is a valuable addition to the information on Boko Haram. It reveals it to be (pre-insurgency) to have been a highly structured organisation.

The excellent Alex Thurston has reviewed this history of Boko Haram here and here.

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The #Nigerian Community Where Men and Women Speak Different Languages


Fascinating article on the BBC about the village of Ubang in Cross River State, southern Nigeria where the men and women speak different languages. In infancy children first learn the female language, then by age 10, the boys are expected to have also mastered their gender’s language. Thus despite speaking different languages, the men and women can understand each other’s language.

The #Africans: A Triple Heritage


An oldie but a goodie. This is a documentary series narrated by the late great Professor of African history Dr Ali Mazrui. He jointly produced the series in conjunction with the BBC and PBS. Mazrui also published a book of the same title.

The series was in 9 parts and covered different themes about the African continent as follows:

Part 1 – The Nature of a Continent:

 

Part 2 – A Legacy of Lifestyles:

 

Part 3 – New Gods:

 

Part 4 – Tools of Exploitation:

 

Part 5 – New Conflicts:

 

Part 6 – In Search of Stability:

 

Part 7 – A Garden of Eden in Decay

 

 

Part 8 – A Clash of Cultures

 

Part 9 – Global Africa

Lonely in Lagos, #Nigeria


This is a BBC documentary podcast called Lonely in Lagos. Africa has the world’s largest rate of rural to urban migration. As people move to mega-cities like Lagos (which has 15-20 million people depending on whom you ask), they experience the irony of living in a mega-city of several millions, but still being lonely.

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