Saratu Abiola is a writer based in Abuja. She moved back to Nigeria in 2011 after living in North Carolina and Washington, DC, and has worked in civil society focusing on gender, youth, agriculture and regional development ever since. Her interests include: governance, media, literature and socio-political issues.
Articles by Saratu Abiola
Democracy and optimism for Nigeria’s future
“No one leaves home,” the poet Warsan Shire once famously wrote, “unless home is the mouth of a shark.” That certainly seems the case for the many Nigerians who trekked the Sahara...
Falz’s “This Is Nigeria” and the business of distraction
Giving it some thought, Glover having created something that Falz found resonant enough to build on is not surprising. The most obvious similarity is that both artists have an evolving oeuvre built from their work in comedy, and have had to work to be taken seriously as rappers. Falz’s comedy is often standard Nigerian fare,…
What is your vote worth?
It is always amusing when people balk at transactional relationships when we are confronted with them in all their glory. Many people, men and women alike, clutched their pearls in offense when Christiane Amanpour interviewed a young Ghanaian woman named Moesha who frankly discussed the particulars of her relationship....
About the Emir of Kano’s comments on polygamy
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is a most interesting man. That is true whether or not you find him arrogant or intelligent; a truth-teller who was saved from a president’s wrath, or an ethnic jingoist who covers his thievery in sanctimony and finely-clipped English. I am not interested in those varying views in this essay; indeed, the…
Dealing with sexual violence in Nigeria
I am not a fan of false equivalences, so I admit to not joining in conversations about why the #MeToo movement that is sweeping Western countries cannot or is not happening here.
Letter to the 26 Nigerian women that drowned in Italy
I would start this letter with a “Dear X”, but I do not know your names. I only know that your stories are familiar to us all by now: young people between your teens and your 30s, weathering storm and abuse, braving torturous paths and racist foreigners.
The torturable class
In one of my favorite novels by British novelist, Graham Greene, called, “Our Man in Havana,” a Cuban policeman, Captain Segura, explains to the British spy Mr. Wormold on who gets to be tortured in his country’s class system.
Earnestly asking for Buhari
In 2010, Aso Rock seemed at odds with itself, and then-Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan, could not get a look in with regards fully taking over presidential duties.
Addressing the urgency of education in emergencies
It probably does not help that the region already had its work cut out in terms of education even before the insurgency; approximately 52% of children in northeastern states were not attending school even before 2012.