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What they did yesterday afternoon-Warsan Shire

Warsan was right. I understand better now.
In case you have not heard, young people in Nigeria organized and held protests to End SARS- a police body that has brutalized citizens since the early nineties. They intimidate and rob young people just for having iPhones or cars. They take them to ATMs and make them withdraw everything they have before they let them go. The unlucky ones are taken to prison, beaten, pinned with crimes they did not commit or killed. This issue has been going on for so long. Every time people complain to the government, they set up a fake judicial panel that brings no result.
Well, this time, young people in Nigeria decided enough was enough. They held peaceful protests and looked after one another in a way that older Nigerians told us was impossible. Boys looked after women and Christians looked after Muslims. Nigerians in Diaspora raised funds to feed the protesters, give them medical aid and everything they needed to keep going. Young Lawyers across the country volunteered to help with Legal Aid because the police were arresting peaceful protesters. There is video evidence to counter every false charge against the protesters.
So, the government tried to stop this. They used the Central Bank and other financial Institutions to disable the funds sent to the protesters. So, we switched to bitcoin. Then the government started sending out hoodlums to disrupt the protests. They sent out hoodlums to attack the protesters. This tactic still did not work. All we wanted was for the government to End SARS. The government announced that it had indeed ended SARS, but we were sceptic because we had evidence of statements issued when this same government ended SARS in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and yet, SARS still exists. They tried to rebrand it as SWAT- with the same officers but under a different name. I am not kidding. The fact is that the government acknowledges that SARS is more than problematic. They know this. They do not want to do anything about it. So, the protests continued and, on 20th of October 2020, The President of Nigeria, some state governors, the police and military heads decided to do the unspeakable.
The killings happened across the nation, but we saw live video evidence from Lekki Toll Gate. Earlier in the day, some technicians went to the Toll Gate saying that they were sent by the government to remove the video surveillance cameras. That evening, the military personnel arrived and surrounded the protesters. The lights and billboards at the gate suddenly went off and then the protesters sat on the floor, waving the Nigerian flag and singing the national anthem while the military personnel shot and killed them. Something in me died there with them. The Military shot at citizens. Unarmed citizens who were waving the national flag and singing the national anthem. The next day, the Military leaders denied it. At first, the governor denied everything. After a little international pressure, the governor admitted it. After the governor admitted this, the Military said it was the governor that invited them to come in. Recently, the military said that they shot at protesters, but they did not use real bullets. We are still recovering bodies from the river. People are still in hospitals recovering from bullet wounds.
The scariest thing, however, was when the President issued a statement saying that the fact that ‘he allowed’ protests in the country, should not be taken for weakness. This President, a former dictator who came under the guise of Democracy, thinks that the right to protest is his to give. During the chaos that ensued, the hoodlums who were sent by the government to disrupt the protests found COVID-19 palliatives meant for citizens, it warehouses. Of course, they looted it. Nigeria in the poverty capital of the world so, it is no surprise to me that those hoodlums took the palliatives. Some of the politicians who hoarded these palliatives said they wanted to share it to their constituents in their birthdays. Yes. They wanted to share palliatives as party packs. One of the politicians who hoarded palliatives went to the state assembly and called young people drug addicts. Meanwhile, she has done nothing for her constituents. During the protests, a politician was caught on video, shooting at unarmed protesters. Nothing has happened to him. Young people have named the police officers who have been terrorizing them for years, but nothing has happened. Instead, they are cracking down on innocent protesters. No wonder they kept asking for our leaders. We told them that we have none. We knew that they would use intimidation tactics. We knew that those leaders would not be safe. We knew that we wanted every protester regardless of their social standing to feel heard. We wanted to save our country from greedy, corrupt, uneducated politicians. Now the women of the Feminist Coalition, the body in Nigeria that coordinated funds have received threats and are scared for their lives. One of them has had her passport seized. The National Broadcasting commission fined the media stations who reported on the protest, for showing the country in a bad light
All we asked was for a better Nigeria. A better police force with better salaries, a better country where there is accountability for everyone. Now, these politicians are trying to censor social media. Yesterday, Northern governors met and discussed this. They did not deliberate Boko Haram, the terrorist group that operates mostly in the north, child marriage, child labour, murdering herdsmen, better education and healthcare, or even poverty. No. They want to censor social media.
Now France, my beloved France, is reeling from recent attacks from Islamic extremists and terrorists. Particularly after Erdogan fanned the flames and there is complete silence from the people who held rallies against President Macron for supporting free speech. I do not know about you, but I am tired of toeing the line. I believe that silence against extremists is complicity. I do not care. Yes, it was not a great cartoon, but do you mean to tell me that there is no other way to seek redress than to go on a beheading spree? In 2020, we still argue about the value of human life over a cartoon? It is insane. There are Muslims in detention camps in China, but no rallies have taken place. Not one word from Erdogan and his allies. No demonstrations against Islamic terrorists and extremists. But you are very quick to hold rallies and call France and Europe Islamophobic when they defend their values and their way of life. I am not even surprised by the radicals. I know where they stand. …


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data sharing.

I watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix and it was interesting. I couldn't help but give a side-eye to the former employees of giant tech companies who stayed to make enough money to retire at 30, 35 or 40, before suddenly ‘seeing’ the light. That said, the documentary is very informative and a good number of people have no idea about the issues that are addressed so, if you have not seen the documentary yet, please go and watch it.

I am writing this because I read something that genuinely scared me. The author said that he ran past a woman on his running route and the app he uses to track his fitness and performance, tagged the woman. He clicked on her face and it showed her full name and a map of her running route(effectively showing that she lives around the area). As a woman, this is terrifying.
Yes, I know I don’t run. Shut up. But I could run tomorrow. Any woman could unwittingly download that app and use it to track their fitness meanwhile, some sicko could use that same app, to find out the best time and place to murder us. Yes, there is a separate privacy setting options to opt-out of this kind of data sharing but this should be explained in clear terms and bold print. Also, if I can trust you with my data, why shouldn't I be able to sleep well knowing that you will make sure that I don't regret it? If I want to see other athletes around me, do I need to know their government names and their regular routes? …


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Sometimes I mention the African Union and some people ask me ‘What’s that?

This question, the recent coup d’état crisis and the subsequent suspension of Mali’s membership by the African Union, impresses the need for information about the organisation and what this means for Mali. My blind affinity for Pan-African unity and recognition makes me feel that people must get to know the AU.

The African Union is a result of the Pan- African movement that sought for a recognition of Africans all over the world, united by a political and cultural entity. It was created to show solidarity between Africans and members of the black diaspora and to show pride and recovery of injured dignity. The purpose of this pan- African movement was to see the end of slave trade and colonization, restoring self-governance in Africa. It consisted of several conferences that condemned the status quo and advocated for nationalism and liberation. After the second world war, the pan-African movement began to see progress. As new independent states emerged in Africa, they were admitted into the United Nations and in line with the pan -African dream, steps were taken to form an organisation that would foster unity in Africa. …


We just can't catch a break.

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Yin Yang Gender Equality

In August 2014, the Istanbul convention came into force as the first legally binding instrument dedicated to combating violence against women. It defines gender and gender-based violence and makes provision for other abuses like marital rape, Female Genital Mutilation and forced marriages. 45 states have signed the Istanbul Convention and 34 have ratified it. Poland Signed it in 2015.

A couple of days ago, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro of Poland said that he would begin the process of withdrawing Poland from the treaty because it imposes controversial ideologies about gender. …


This is a nerd rant but please, just listen.

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Team Avatar.

About 15 years ago, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, with Aaron Ehasz created the best animated TV series in the world: Avatar: The Last Airbender. In 2012 the sequel Avatar: The Legend of Korra was released. Nickelodeon has a good eye for shows but this was legendary. I made everyone watch it with me and when I moved to France, every kid I met had to see it too. It is perfect.

Today you can watch The Last Airbender on Netflix and they say that The legend of Korra would soon be available on the platform too. Since this development, I am more than happy that more people can watch it and enjoy its greatness. Unfortunately, it has also drawn the attention of people who MUST say something negative if not they would not be able to sleep at night. I have been seeing takes about how my beloved Avatar is not so perfect and to all of you who believe this, may a thousand fleas infest your crotch. …


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World Map

Theories in International relations are assertions that try to explain and justify how international structures work. They explain the characteristics of ever-changing interactions across territories. Each theory has been developed and grounded on various perspectives relating to human nature and the world in general, but as the world is constantly evolving, the usefulness of each theory is also constantly being tested in the face of critical issues as they arise and the success or failure of these applications will determine in essence which of these theories will stand the test of time. …


The United Nations began peacekeeping operations in East Timor in 1999 and these operations ultimately culminated in their independence from Indonesia, in 2002. The breakdown of the mandates for the missions deployed to East Timor reveals a state-building process that was to be implemented strategically, to enable East Timor to become a fully functioning and independent state. State Building can be defined as “efforts to either reconstruct or establish for the first time, effective and autonomous structures of governance in a state or territory where no such capacity exists or where it has been seriously eroded” (Caplan, 2005). …


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Charlie Chaplin: The Great Dictator.

21st August 2017.(Short video at the end)

For a long time, information was distributed strictly from the top (political elites) to the bottom (audience/citizens) and political control was maintained that way. With technological advancements, this power has shifted. The Media has now positioned itself as an intermediary that connects the political elites to the audience. In 2012, the movie Argo brought the 1979 Iranian invasion of the United States embassy to life on screen. Similar movies like Lincoln, which depicted the civil war and the struggle to abolish slavery, have been praised for the political messages that they contained. However, this was not a new feat. Since the invention of motion picture camera, films have evolved from merely showing events in motion to arousing emotions and interests in historical or real-time events. A film is said to be political in content when it portrays real-time or historical events with the intent of communicating a message to the audience. Films are sometimes mistaken to be accurate portrayals of real life events, places or people, however, the connection between politics and film is not one that is very clear at first glance. Various theories have been developed to describe communication processes and assess the impact of media on the audience especially in Politics. Focusing on film as a media, the central question of this paper is: can film be used as a political tool? To answer this, this paper is divided into two parts. The first part gives a brief literature review on the SMCR model and media impact theories such as agenda setting, critical theory and priming, to describe what happens when a film is watched and how messages can be communicated through film. …


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I don’t know what this picture means but it represents how I feel sometimes.

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lessons

2019 was a year of hope. ‘almosts’ lessons, tears, faith, and peace. I began like any other year, with a renewed hope to change things and be things and do things. At the beginning of this decade, I was in university. I was an entitled brat that thought the world would conform to my dreams and wishes just because I dreamed them. I didn’t realise how much work people that I admired, had to do. We only hear of success stories, but nobody has ever truly articulated the harrowing years of toil, pain and tears needed to emerge on the other side. I lost and gained this decade. I was broken and crushed by life, but I’m rebuilding again. I wrote my first article and have gone on to publish several articles. I have been rejected and accepted. I have lost at love, but I gained it all back. All the things I had were simply illusions that had to be taken away to make room for the real deal. …

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Chogwu Enape

Researcher,writer, and the ultimate idealist. One day I moved to Paris and many things have happened to me since then. My random musings: thebidaling.home.blog

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