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July 17, 2017

“A Freer & Saner Society” Why You Should Check Out Liberty in Africa

Continuing our drive to ensure that students participate in the Liberty in Africa course, here’s a look at what  those who have already taken the course and evaluated themselves, had to say about  their experience. Here is what Aderemi has to say about Liberty in Africa:   “The African Liberty course is an opener at understanding some basic tenets of a free and just society in Africa. The course afforded me the opportunity to understand African culture and the role colonialism played on African society and development. The lecture on cronyism aided an insightful analysis on how government and their loyalists underpin the actual doctrine of liberty by engaging in a loyalty-reward economic theory which many misconstrue as a capitalist setting. It is more revealing […]
February 21, 2017

Best of WARC

The SFL West African Regional Conference at the University of Ibadan July 26-27 has been making headlines and changing the world. Check out the full conference album on our Facebook page! All of us in the global SFL network congratulate our friends and colleagues in Nigeria. Here’s to a free academy and free society.                                          
February 21, 2017

Taking Education into Our Own Hands

The following article was contributed by Ajibola Adigun, charter team member in Nigeria. I owe the title of this piece to Ankur Chawlar’s blog published on the Students For Liberty website. While he was writing a reaction to an opinion in an American publication, he could not have said it better if he were a Nigerian student addressing his contemporaries sitting at home due to the 6-week old strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The summary of the matter, students should take their education into their hands. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as the union of university lecturers in Nigeria is called, is currently on strike to force the government to implement the agreement it reached with the union in […]
February 21, 2017

In Pursuit of Liberty

The following article was contributed by Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, charter team member in Nigeria. The first trip I made to Kenya in 2010 was for a conference where youths ignorantly put their lives in the hands of world governments who cared little or not at all for their well-being. This was during a Model United Nations Conference at a private university located at Thika Road in Nairobi, Kenya. One could literally feel the anger and vigour with which students, mostly drawn from Africa and Europe, put in their all to demand nothing but the best from world leaders. I was appointed the Vice-President of the General Assembly but also doubled as the Chair of the 2nd Committee which deliberated on economic and other related matters. The […]
February 21, 2017

The Liberty to Pull it Off

The following blog post was contributed by Isack Danford, Charter Teams Member from Tanzania During my freshman year of college in 2010, I saw a poster from African calling for an essay writing competition on several topics from selected essays on political economy by Frederic Bastiat. That poster caught my eye, and I wrote a three page essay on the topic ‘What is Seen, and What is Not Seen: Three actions by Tanzanian government and the hidden costs behind such actions’. That essay won me a scholarship to attend the 2010 Students and Young Professionals Liberty Academy (SYPALA) summer school, which inspired me and a few colleagues to start up a student movement for liberty known as the African Liberty Students Organization University of […]
January 13, 2017

ASFL – Uganda Leadership Forum

                                                                                      Report by John Mugabi, ASFL Uganda On December 17th, 2016, Students For Liberty leaders and members converged at Nkumba University TS Hall for the first African Students For liberty’s Liberty and Leadership forum, in Uganda. This event which brought all groups in 13 universities together for leadership training  about Students For Liberty, drew altogether 68 participants representing African Students For Liberty groups in their respective universities. I opened up the forum with the welcoming remarks and the genesis of SFL  – Uganda. […]
January 9, 2017

Payment of N5,000 Stipend By Nigerian Govt. Is Creating Another Welfare State

                                                                   Written by ASFL Executive Board Chair, Oluwafemi Ogunjobi. Almost two years after it came on board, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has commenced payment of N5,000 monthly stipends it promised to poor Nigerians and the unemployed. The development was substantially embedded in the campaign promises of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC during the 2015 presidential election. The Programme is also a part of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of its Social Investment Programmes, SIP for which N500 billion was appropriated in the 2016 national budget. The CCT also targets one million […]
December 30, 2016

Pourquoi les combattants pour la liberté finissement par devenir des tyrans?

                                                      Written by Aimable Manirakiza, ASFL East African Regional Director. D’après l’intellectuel ghanéen George Ayittey, seulement 16 sur les 54 pays africains sont réellement démocratiques. Ça représente 29,6%. Ce qui veut dire que dans 70,4% des pays africains, les élites au pouvoir peuvent emprisonner, condamner à l’exil ou même mettre à mort ceux qui ne pensent pas comme eux ou osent leur disputer le pouvoir. Beaucoup de citoyens de ces pays ne peuvent pas s’exprimer librement, adhérer à un parti ou une organisation de leur choix, ou critiquer leurs dirigeants. Nombreux sont les gens qui n’aiment pas vivre dans […]
December 29, 2016

Protectionist policies will keep Nigeria’s economy down.

                                                         Written by Stephen K. Oyedemi, ASFL West African Regional Director Early this year, most Nigerians were optimistic and hopeful that the so called ‘Budget of Change’ of the Buhari administration was going to bring substantial positive change to Nigeria. Unfortunately, the country has so far been experiencing a negative growth (economic recession), a weakening currency and a hyper-inflation that have resulted in prices of many commodities becoming more than double their 2015 prices. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) the country’s unemployment rate rose from 13.3 per cent in the 2nd quarter to 13.9 per cent in the […]
December 23, 2016

Our Women Are Not For Sale.

                                  This article was written by ASFL Local Coordinator, Ibewuike Donald Chike. To begin, when I speak of women being traded, I mean in marriage. Now I can almost see the traditionalists with trailer tyres over their heads and jerrycans of fuel in their hands, waiting to roast me and my “fancy” article in a grand pyre, but, I will appeal to their humanities (and to yours also), for them (and you also) to join me to realistically and in a humane manner, subject this matter to scrutiny. As it seems like the marriage system in Africa is the market where the liberties of women are being traded under […]
December 16, 2016

The Deaths on NYSC Camps Should Put An End to Social Welfare Schemes

  Written by Oluwafemi Ogunjobi, Chairperson, ASFL Executive Board Following the deaths of three university graduates at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps in the last two weeks, the mandatory one year scheme is currently in the eye of the storm. Deaths were reported in Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara state orientation camps where Chinyerum Nwenenda Elechi, Ifedolapo Oladepo and Monday Asuquo, respectively, lost their lives. The collective outrage that greeted these unfortunate incidents was informed by the belief that the youngsters died as a result of negligence and ill-treatment. Such a terrible loss of young promising individuals. For the parents and families, it is a lifetime pain and sorrow for losing their children whom they hope of a better future. Birthed in 1970 during […]
December 15, 2016

States exist for the individual.

                                                      Written by Nicholas Woode-Smith, ASFL South African Regional Director Everything needs to be evaluated accordingly. We rate a knife by its ability to cut, a phone by its ability to communicate effectively and institutions by fulfilling their mandate. The success of anything is not measured by its by-products but by the fulfilment of its goals. This is especially important, for it means that we must not be deceived by false flags of positivity. We must remain focused in order to evaluate the true results of any action, project, product or strategy. When evaluating states, we must not be […]