Author Archives: Ben Edokpayi

African Journalists In the Diaspora To Monitor Nigerian Elections

A delegation of journalists from the US-based National Association of African Journalists (NAAJ), who are concerned about a successful democratic transition and the entrenchment of democratic principles, is set to visit Nigeria for the national elections scheduled for February 14 and 28. Members of the organization, which has already contacted INEC for accreditation status, will

The Nigerian Civil War through the Lens of a Medic

Now that General Muhammadu Buhari has eased fears of a Muslim-Muslim APC ticket inflaming next years’ presidential election by picking Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as his running mate on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, Nigerians have one less issue to worry about the nation sliding into anarchy on the basis of ethnic and religious divisions,

Why Obama Is Right on Immigration Reform

I signed on this week (in a letter to Congress) seeking support for President Barack Obama’s effort to reform a flawed Immigration system, because it is the right thing to do. I also indicated my support for Obama’s immigration reform in a separate correspondence with his Organizing for Action (OFA) grassroots movement, where I specifically

California Governor Appoints Another Nigerian-American

In the period he has served as California Governor, especially since 2011, Edmund Gerald ‘Pat’ Brown has done more to promote the cause of women and newer Americans than any governor of the Golden State. Nigerian-Americans especially laud him for last year’s appointment of Bunmi Awoniyi, as the first African-American of Nigerian descent to sit

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