Ending the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will not solve Nigerians problems. People across the world have joined the rallying cry of young people in Nigeria to ban SARS—decrying its heavy-handed policing and brutality. This cry is reminiscent of the protests that spread across the country this summer in response to the killing of George Floyd. Similarly, many protestors also demanded abolishing police forces. Although the killing of George Floyd and the violence inflicted by the SARS are worlds apart, they stem from the same causes—social and economic crises that plague both Nigerians and Black Americans alike.
Nigeria possess the potential to exist as a thriving democracy and economic power in Africa. There, however, is one major issue that inhibits Nigeria from doing so—corruption. Corruption permeates itself through nearly every facet of Nigerian government. In fact, corruption is so pervasive in Nigeria, many citizens have lost faith in Nigerian government. Moreover, the most corrupt area in Nigerian government—like most governments—is in procurement. Procurement is a government’s most important function, involving massive transfers of funds and exchanges of goods from governments to private parties. Utilizing blockchain in procurement can increase supply chain transparency and improve the contract award process. Blockchain—at a basic level—can operate as a public, tamper-evident, electronic ledger capable of performing self-executing contracts. Accordingly, Nigeria utilizing blockchain in procurement will curb corruption through increased transparency. Increased transparency and decreased corruption undoubtedly will lead Nigerian citizens to develop renewed faith and trust in the Nigerian government—a key component to a stable democracy. Additionally, blockchain will also enable Nigeria to realize economic gains through refined and efficient procurement. Blockchain can transform Nigeria.
Aristotle claimed: "Anyone can become angry—that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way—that is not easy." Likewise, serving Justice is not easy but necessary. Serving Justice requires sacrifice and balance.
I never thought I would find myself in law school. I came into Northwestern University, a Psychology/Pre-Med major. My focus, however, was not on my studies but on football. Football was my one true love. I dealt with serious anxiety and depression growing up. This was a culmination of ongoing bullying, familial strife, and never feeling like I was enough. I had one refuge from all of this—football. But this was taken from me on one fatal morning that changed my life forever.
We are witnessing large expansion of executive power. And President Trump is not the only executive power grabber. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Governors and mayors across the country are testing the limits of their power. President Trump closed borders and travel to the United States from foreign travelers. Governors implement measures restricting the movement of visitors traveling into their [...]
I want to be a butterfly I want to emerge in this world knowing that my position isn’t permanent I want to traverse the world knowing that great change lies around the corner I want to know that now—I may be grounded, but one day I will fly I want to submerge myself into myself [...]
You may fail. But you are not a failure. Those around you may disappoint you. But they are not disappointments. You may encounter many defeats. But you will not be defeated.
For America to thrive, her people must unite under a banner of nationalism that is inclusive to all of her citizens. This can only occur through unity; through the acceptance of our differences and glorification of our similarities; through the belief of a collective American identity. And through disbanding notions of a monolithic nationalism rooted in white supremacy.
In college, I discovered my passion—creating social change. When you are confronted with an issue or a truth that is unimaginable to bear, you have three options: (1) complain and do nothing; (2) learn to adjust your life and live with it, or (3) work to change it. I live my life by the last [...]
I want you to know, my embrace will always feel like home. I want you to know, when the world is dark, I will serve as your light. I cannot promise you a perfect life. I can promise you I will always fight for you—for us.