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
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.
Five things to expect from 2018
We survived quite a year, haven’t we? We powered through our president’s protracted illness, policy missteps and cringe-worthy comments; danced...
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.
How to live and act in a democracy
With the ground being readied for the upcoming 2019 elections, this will only become worse in the months to come, and largely because we do not seem to have learned from the challenges all these other organizations have faced.
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.
Narrative, nationhood and Biafra
I do not often comment on the plethora of Biafra-related conversations that I see on social media, but I do follow these conversation threads when I see them and find them deeply troubling.
Displacement and a people’s future
Recently, I joined a team of development workers to travel to some parts of Adamawa State and managed to get a sense of a story that does not get told in local or international newspapers.
Magu doesn’t need Senate’s nod as EFCC chair, says Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared that Ibrahim Magu does not need the Senate’s confirmation as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission...
Two years after Boko Haram carnage, Michika rebuilds
In 2015, notorious terror group, Boko Haram, descended on Michika local government, a sleepy town several kilometres away from Yola, capital city of Adamawa State. From Bazza, through Malkohi, Mitre, Ganguluma and Mukula, the rampaging insurgents left horror in their wake and sobering tales of anguish.