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Occupy Nigeria

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Looking back on Occupy Nigeria

Nigerian producers Chris Dada and Funmi Iyanda created chopcassava.com “to document the popular fuel subsidy protests in Lagos.” They have now stitched together their “short viral films and video-blog diary, made by a team of volunteers and first uploaded during the protests.”

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Chika Unigwe on #OccupyNigeria

A key element of political struggles on the continent, is the role of diasporas. #OccupyNigeria has benefited from their input with protests in London and Brussels and through sites like #SaharaTV. In Europe, specifically Brussels, one of...

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

#OccupyNigeria Music N°2

Aduke is the latest artist to boost #OccupyNigeria, a movement that is transforming Nigeria’s otherwise elite driven politics for the better. (BTW, we have been amazed at the regularity and speed by which these music videos–of decent quality–are coming...

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

#OccupyNigeria Music

Literally hot off the press (or whatever the youtube equivalent is) here is Tha Suspect’s video for SUBsidy, an anti-corruption theme song offering for the ongoing Occupy Nigeria protests. h/t Siddhartha Mitter

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Happy Birthday Seun Kuti

You’ve heard this song here before so Seun Kuti fronting demonstrations in Lagos this week shouldn’t come as a surprise. In his own words: “I believe the fuel subsidy removal…is treason against the people of Nigeria.” Follow...

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Is Youssou N’dour qualified to be President?

One decisive factor is N’dour’s shaky relationship to traditional Sufi religious authorities who have some sway in electoral politics. (Wade is very deferential to them.) In the past N’dour has riled them. In the most famous case,...

Monday, January 9th, 2012

#OccupyNigeria

Nigeria’s political leaders probably did not expect this kind of response from the populace –mass protests, a national strike starting today that shut down major cities–when they decided, on January 1, 2012, to scrap fuel subsidies (as...