Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Long Walk Begins (2), By Akin Adesokan

March 31, 2014

Akin Adesokan Right now, I have before me two documents: the Bill proposed to the Nigerian parliament in 2006 to “make provisions for the prohibition... read more


Another Long Walk Begins, By Akin Adesokan

February 24, 2014

Akin Adesokan With the promulgation of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition law this past January, the Nigerian government may have initiated a process that, so far... read more


Encountering Amiri Baraka On His Turf, By Akin Adesokan

January 11, 2014

Akin Adesokan [NOTE: This essay was first published as part of a longer piece in January 2001, and has been revised in light of the... read more


Kofi Awoonor: In Memoriam, By Akin Adesokan

October 30, 2013

Akin Adesokan The Ghanaian poet and diplomat, Kofi Awoonor, was one of the fifty-nine people murdered last month in Nairobi by Islamist terrorists. He was... read more


What is Boko Haram? By Akin Adesokan

September 24, 2013

Akin Adesokan [NOTE: This column was written before the author became aware of last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, in which 59 people were... read more


Come, Watch the Swamp Dwellers Dance! By Akin Adesokan

September 10, 2013

Akin Adesokan In the euphoric days following the end of military rule, with Olusegun Obasanjo settled into his job as Nigeria’s President and the specter... read more


Neo Africanus: In Teju Cole’s World, By Akin Adesokan

August 30, 2013

Akin Adesokan Of the many encounters in which Julius, the protagonist of Open City, Teju Cole’s elegantly disarming novel, finds himself, two strike me as constituting... read more


Trayvon, Thy Skin Is Thy Sin! By Akin Adesokan

July 22, 2013

Akin Adesokan Late one evening in mid-February 1999, I stood at a train station in Oakland, California, waiting for a Bay Area Rapid Transit ride... read more


What It Means To Be Roger Federer, By Akin Adesokan

June 30, 2013

Akin Adesokan With his second-round loss to an unknown Ukrainian player in this year’s Wimbledon, tennis great Roger Federer has missed reaching the quarter-finals of... read more


How Hugo Chavez Spent His Oil Money, By Akin Adesokan

March 15, 2013

Akin Adesokan The death last week of the President of Venezuela, Commandante Hugo Chavez, caught me by surprise, although I was aware of his hospitalization... read more


Dreams that Obey No Boundaries, By Akin Adesokan

February 22, 2013

Akin Adesokan If you want to know what a serious thinker considers the idea closest to his heart, pay attention to what he says in... read more


Nigeria the Beautiful? Thinking with Odia Ofeimun, By Akin Adesokan

January 24, 2013

Akin Adesokan How does one maintain optimism about Nigeria? All visible signs show a country in poor shape and steadily getting worse. There is very... read more


Celebrating Martin Banham, great scholar and intimate outsider, @ 80, By Akin Adesokan

December 13, 2012

Martin Banham, the retired drama scholar at Leeds University in Britain, turned eighty on December 8, 2012. I have never met Banham, nor even had... read more


Extraordinary Country, Ordinary President, By Akin Adesokan

October 24, 2012

Akin Adesokan “Nigerians expect a lot from their presidents; they expect a president to be powerful without being overbearing.”…... read more