Award-winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has raised some important issues that Nigeria is currently facing, at this year’s “The Fela Debates”, organized to mark the beginning of ‘Felabration’ week.
The event, which held yesterday at the NECA Events Center, Ikeja Central Business District, Alausa Ikeja, Lagos, was themed: “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense.”
On the need for a revolution, Chimamanda stated that Nigerians are docile when they should be vocal and as a result, Nigeria does not matter in the global scheme of things.
In her words;
There is a revolutionary spirit that thrives in southern and eastern Africa that doesn’t thrive in us, a political revolutionary spirit and I worry that it has a lot to do with the way our educational system is, we don’t really matter. I think that’s the reality.
It is up to us to make that change because if you look at the foreign policy of positive nations, by their actions, you can tell that they don’t think we matter. They think China matters.
They think India would matter, not really us. And you can tell by their foreign policy.
Revealing that she fell in love with Fela through her brother’s undying love for the music legend, the popular writer said;
When I was younger, he came to represent a kind of unapologetic courage and authenticity.
Other speakers at the event included law teacher, Prof. Akin Oyebode, Kingslee James, McLean Daley, a British activist popularly called Akala and Ugandan singer and politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).
Dignitaries present at the event included, Femi Falana (SAN), Kingsley Moghalu, Professor Wole Soyinka, Professor Femi Osofisan, Rikki Stein, Femi Kuti, Yeni Kuti among others.
Felabration is an annual festival held in honour of the late musician and activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. This year’s theme is ‘From Lagos With Love’.
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