From Disneyland to Wasteland: The Curse of the Black Gold

Posted December 5, 2013 Avatar Zaid Shopeju

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I have always known Nigerians to be very optimist people even in the face of untold hardship and suffering. The late music legend Fela Anikulapo once sang of the “suffering and smiling” syndrome of the average Nigerian. We are stoic in the face of adversary, always objective even when all logical conclusions point to the other direction; and we are quick to retort to our normal mantra ‘e go beta’ (everything will be alright). Little did I know that this is not a generally s...


One oil barrel at a time

Posted November 24, 2013 Avatar Zaid Shopeju

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A few minutes after my last presentation at the main campus of Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, and having a light lunch with a long time Facebook friend Austin Gege (a South African social activist) who I was meeting physically for the first time; we were informed that there was a last minute presentation to close the conference I was attending. We went back into the auditorium where the last day of the conference was being held, to find some young lads setting up a m...


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    Zaid Shopeju is the Executive Director – Youth Vision Alliance Network (YVAN) and he coordinates the Zero Carbon Africa. You can follow him on twitter @ZaidShopeju


    Member since November 24, 2013


    Age 30 • 2 Posts


    Youth Vision Alliance Network (YVAN), Nigeria