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
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.
Answering the resignation question
It is tempting to draw a neat parallel between what we are currently seeing and what happened under now-late President Yar’Adua, but there are some key differences to keep in mind here.
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.
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.
Making social media-driven activism work
With #IStandWithNigeria now in the past and Social Media Week ending last week, I have been thinking a lot about uses and effectiveness of social media for political advocacy in Nigeria.