Cabral/Truth Circle #BringBackOurGirls: What Next?

TransAfrica's Cabral/Truth Circle at Busboys and Poets in collaboration with Act4Accountability

#BringBackOurGirls: What Next?

June 23, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00PM

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW (14th & V), Washington, DC 20009

#BringBackOurGirls: What Next? is the topic of TransAfrica’s  Cabral/Truth Circle at Busboys and Poets in collaboration with Act4Accountability.    Join us for a Teach-In dedicated to the abduction of more than 300 women and girls in North Eastern, Nigeria. 

The event will highlight:

  • The cultural context in which the abduction and subsequent acts of violence occurred
  • The Nigerian Federal Government’s response
  • The challenges that the #BringBackOurGirls movement faces
  • The effects on the West Africa region
  • Local action you can participate in to keep the attention on this very important issue

Below is the recording of the discussion.

Panelists:

Ms. Omolola “Lola” Adele-Oso is an architect, community organizer, and organization development practitioner.  Ms. Adele-Oso advocates for the need to address the social inequities and disparities of the disadvantaged populations in our society.  While pursuing an undergraduate degree in architecture at Howard University, she co-founded the Howard University Student Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. After ten years in the commercial architecture and interior design field, Lola Adele-Oso transitioned to the non-profit sector as a community organizer and social change agitator.  She recently galvanized the Washington, DC community to rally outside the Nigerian Embassy and is a co-founder of Act4Accountability, a recently formed network in response to the kidnappings of 276 girls in her country, Nigeria.  Lola is the Program Manager for Taproot’s Washington, DC office.  

Dr. Carl Levan is an Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Levin’s forthcoming book, Dictators and Democracy in African Development: the Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria (Cambridge University Press) explains two categories of public policy performance over half a century.  His articles have appeared in Governance, Africa Today, Democratization, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics.  His 2013 essay in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding remains one of the most widely read articles on the violent extremist group, Boko Haram.  His current article co-authored with Josiah Olubowale in African Affairs, explores property rights and migration in Abuja.  Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California—San Diego, he worked in the U.S. Congress, lectured at the University of Ibadan, and worked as a technical advisor to Nigeria’s National Assembly.  He has appeared on MSNBC, the PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera, BBC World Television, and National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show.  He publishes the blog Development4Security at carllevan.com and tweets @Dev4Security.

Ms. Kah Walla is an activist for democracy and elected official from Cameroon.  Ms. Walla is the leader of the Cameroon People's Party and was the first woman to run for president of Cameroon in 2011.  She is the founder of the consulting firm Strategies! and is recognized internationally for her expertise in management and for her commitment to Africa, development, women and youth.  Ms. Walla is often cited as an example of a new generation of leadership throughout Africa.

The Cabral/Truth Circle is a combination of a great film festival and an exciting book club that focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora. The Circle, named after Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth, focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora through a film screening and highlighting of a complementary book.  Every other month, TransAfrica shows a short documentary and hosts a discussion linking history and current affairs, and encouraging individual and collective activism.

 The Cabral/Truth Circle is named in honor of Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth. Amilcar Cabral was one of Africa's most successful and thoughtful leaders. He led the anti-colonialism movement in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. Sojourner Truth petitioned the government and won back her five-year-old son who had been sold illegally. She spent the rest of her days traveling throughout the country encouraging the debate to end slavery and the creation of a peaceful society.

The venue is Busboys and Poets, one of the most exciting establishments in the Washington area. Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore and gathering place for people who believe that social justice and peace are attainable goals. Admission is free, but space is limited. We encourage you to have dinner with us and change the world.

For more information: email info@transafrica.org or call 202.223.1960 ext. 137 or visit www.transafrica.org or  visit www.act4accountability.com.