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For NoViolet Bulawayo: We need new names

A good read.

Pa Ikhide

Look at them leaving in droves, the children of the land, just look at them leaving in droves. Those with nothing are crossing borders. Those with strength are crossing borders. Those with ambitions are crossing borders. Those with hopes are crossing borders. Those in pain are crossing borders. Moving, running, emigrating, going, deserting, walking, quitting, flying, fleeing – to all over, to countries near and far, to countries unheard of, to countries whose names they cannot pronounce. They are leaving in droves. (p 145)

–        We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo

In the 21st century, in the age of twitter and Facebook-induced ADHD, when a hard copy book is able to engage you nonstop for two days until you get to its end, all you can do is stand up at the end and give the author of such a miracle a rousing standing ovation. NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut book,

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Intellectuals and society

The relationship between intellectuals and society has been and remains a troubled and troubling one. What should their roles be? What should be their relationship with political class and the rulers? Watch dogs, gadflies, change agents, critics, advisors, collaborators, associates? Should they engage or should they just watch from the safe comfort of the sidelines? When they engage, are they jointly liable for the errors of the administrations they serve or served in? Can intellectuals engage and still come out with clean hands?

Jimanze Ego-Alowes explores this difficult subject  here using the roles intellectuals have played in the troubled history of Nigeria to argue his case.