Daily Archives: March 27, 2021

Growth Without Development; An Economic Survey of Liberia: George Dalton, et. al.

  • ASIN : B0006D6GVI
  • Publisher : Northwestern; 1st edition (January 1, 1966)
  • Language : English
  • Item Weight : 1.85 pounds

The Paradox of Economic Growth without Development in Nigeria: Lawrence Edet

This academic piece is a humble and diligent contributions aimed at assessing the level of economic development in Nigeria, compared to its rapid and appreciable economic growth. Nigeria is undoubtedly, the Africa’s largest economy and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But the level of rise in the discomfort variables and other misery indices calls to question the much appreciable growth in the economy without development. The work is arranged in 4(four) chapters. Chapter one introduces the work, summarize the statement of the study problem, study objectives, study research questions and study methodology. Chapter two deals with conceptual review of related variables and examination of the paradox of economic growth without development in Nigeria. Chapter three further handles the reasons for the paradox of Nigeria’s economic growth and chapter four is dedicated to the way forward with summarized recommendations and conclusion. We therefore believe strongly that this humble contributions to academic literature will be greatly appreciated by students, policy makers and the reading public. I have to end by saying that “Nigeria is too rich to be poor”.

  • Publisher : LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (February 19, 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 52 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 3659376833
  • ISBN-13 : 978-3659376832
  • Item Weight : 3.21 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.12 x 9.02 inches

FOCUS: Harvard Tries to Subvert Votes Too – Bill McKibben

By Bill McKibben, The Boston Globe

26 March 21

The 2020 elections, at Harvard and in the US, have shown what a majority of voters want: climate action and inclusive governance.

Voter suppression is truly ugly business. From Georgia to Arizona, Republican lawmakers are introducing legislation to ban mail-in voting, restrict ballot dropboxes, even eliminate Sunday voting to make sure that members of Black churches don’t continue the practice of walking to the polls after services. The Democratic answer to this — HR1, the For the People Act, an effort to protect access to the polls — may turn out to be the test on which the Senate filibuster stands or falls. It’s all the stuff of great and ominous drama.

A lower-key version of this tragedy is playing out in Cambridge — less a threat to democracy, but just as ugly in its demonstration that people in power don’t yield it easily. Harvard, of all places, is trying to break the power of voters too.

The nation’s oldest college has a unique system of governance among universities in that one of its two governing bodies, the Board of Overseers, is democratically elected by the 300,000 living alumni of the university. Last year, a group of alumni decided to challenge the officially recruited university candidates, running an insurgent campaign on a bold platform of climate action and inclusive governance that called for divesting the institution’s $41 billion endowment from fossil fuels and welcoming younger voices to the Board so that the university is better prepared to face the 21st century. The group, called Harvard Forward, put forth five recent alumni in an outsider bid for the board.

To even qualify for the ballot, these candidates had to overcome obstacles seemingly designed to make them fail — the system for allowing alumni to endorse the nominations took more than hour to navigate on my laptop. But with strong grass-roots support from the alumni community, the Harvard Forward Five managed to collect nearly 5,000 alumni signatures to qualify for the election. In contrast, Harvard’s official candidates did not have to do much of anything to get on the ballot.

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Mark McCaffrey | Climate One

Climate and energy need to be taught everywhere, not just in one little tiny part of the science curriculum.

Mark McCaffrey thinks that teaching climate change is a priority, not just in the science curriculum but across the entire school curriculum. As Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education, he has launched the climate change education initiative. The initiative aims to encourage more climate information in science courses and to assist educators who face opposition in this effort. Before joining NCSE he spent a decade developing climate change and energy literacy education programs at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

McCaffrey has written for LiveScience, Climate Access, Daily Kos, and The Earth Scientist.

Gone to the Village Royal Funerary Rites for Asantehemaa Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II

Kwasi Ampene

Aug 14, 2019
Kwasi Ampene
A documentary film by Kwasi Ampene (University of Michigan)
Executive Producer: Lester P. Monts
For information: <ampene

Length: 50 mins

Gone to the Village is a film about the crucial role of female leaders in the social and political life in Asante culture over the past 500 years. The Asante Kingdom is one of the most powerful pre-colonial states in West Africa but now part of modern Ghana.

Shot on location during the four-day burial and fifteen-day final funerary rites in January and December 2017, the documentary is a rich example of Asante oral traditions using symbolic communications in the visual and the performance arts to express collective grief in Ghana.

Due to a complex system of matrilineal inheritance, this was the first time in 209 yrs that a reigning king is burying and performing final funerary rites for his biological mother who was the reigning queen.

All the kingdoms and ethnic groups in Ghana and Africa came together for a national celebration of the life and service of this remarkable woman.


Gone to the Village, like the funerary rites that it documents, beautifully represents the persistent richness of Asante cultural practice in 21st-century Ghana. Informative narration and interviews contextualize footage of spectacular ritual performances interweaving music, dance, visual and verbal arts. A must-see for scholars and students of African expressive culture.

Daniel B. Reed
Laura Boulton Professor of Ethnomusicology, Indiana University

Gone to the Village is a unique and powerful documentary, beautifully filmed, of the elaborate funerary rites for the Queen Mother of the Asante in Ghana. Leading Asante scholar and musician Professor Kwasi Ampene directs and narrates with the authority, gaze and sensitivity of a true insider, with stunning footage of the rich cultural traditions of the Asante people. Filmed on location in Kumase during the funeral, we witness traditions
that have stubbornly and proudly resisted the onslaught of colonial rule and globalization. Through the film, we learn about the history of the Asante as well as the central role of women in this matriarchal society. The scenes of dance, song, drumming, proverbs, and dress code are of exceptional and exquisite beauty, unprecedented in the African continent.

Lucy Durán
Professor of Music with special reference
to West Africa and Cuba, SOAS,
University of London