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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,…..

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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…..

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#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…..

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#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…..

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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…..

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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, in 2004 N’dour recorded an album, “Egypt,” of Sufi Islamic praise music with the Egyptian national orchestra. The album won him a Grammy, but it was controversial in Senegal. (The album controversy forms the heart of the 2008 documentary “I Bring What I Love” — including objections by some Senegalese that the filmmakers film holy sites and religious rituals.) I wonder if N’dour has lived that down.

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#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…..