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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016  

Hello Everyone,

In 2012 this project was birthed and given life, and for the past 2 years for reasons beyond our control, the YARA Team has been on a compulsory break, nevertheless we deeply apologise for going on such a break without giving you proper notice, but it was inevitable.

This project started as an avenue for young Africans to tell the African Story using the African narrative through our blog, and now it is bigger than that. Now we do not just tell the African story anymore, now we contribute to the education of Africans in our own capacity.
Late last year 2015 and earlier this year, UNESCO made a switch from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In making the transition, it was made clear that the world has failed its citizens woefully because the world fell short of fulfilling the MDGs, especially in Africa (which is really an indictment on African Leaders). Now, with the MDGs gone and the SDGs taking its place, one of the core goals of the latter is to see the literacy rate improve in Africa as well as make education more open and accessible on the continent.
Open Education is not just about easy access to education, it is also about easy access to research and academic materials both online and offline, and with the case of Africa where the literacy rate is poor (and most likely falling), the few who have access to education at all will be frustrated when they are required to pay to access research materials on the internet ergo discouraging intellectual growth.
It is not that there are no online Library out there, but a lot of these Libraries either want a subscription fees, or they are just simply hard to find. Nevertheless the YARA team dedicated time to finding and discovering online libraries from different Tertiary Institution (and also from Non-profit organizations) all over the world with open access to its library and ease of use. Also the papers found in these libraries must be used based on the copyright restrictions of such online library and the author of the research materials. All these among other things are going to be made available on our website to those in urgent need for research help.
In addition to this, the YARA team is extending its journal contributions and publications from “Only law students” to “everyone in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Law”. The team decided to include the Social Sciences and Humanities because academic writing and research is not exclusive or limited the Law alone and these other faculties also deserve a chance to showcase their work.

Amazingly we never lost any follower, on the contrary we had lots of likes even during our 2 years hiatus, we thank you for keeping up with us and we assure you 2016 is just the beginning.
We may be far off from January 2016, we still hope you all enjoy the great moments of 2016 to come.

Thank you all for your patience.


The YARA Team

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Get Out of My Way

Monday, July 1st, 2013  

Sirens were traditionally reserved for emergency vehicles: police vehicles in pursuit of criminals, ambulances conveying the sick to the emergency ward, the fire service on emergency runs, and, occasionally, senior state officials attending ceremonial functions. My



first encounter with the sound of a siren happened when I was a kid. There was a Wema Bank branch close to my father’s shop in our home town, and two or three times every week, there were these police vehicles that come to the bank to bring or take away money. The sirens on the vehicles were so loud that they could be heard when they were still hundreds of metres away. On hearing the siren, everybody usually scampered for safety because the policemen driving the vehicles had the habit of driving recklessly, without any regard for pedestrians’ safety or that of other road users.

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In Name or in Deed? – The Selectiveness of Nationality

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013  


The shockingly heinous crime recently committed in broad day light on a London street by two black men is an unacceptable atrocity that has, however, generated an interesting dimension about our perceptions of nationality and citizenship.

The main perpetrator of the crime, a British citizen, Michael Adebolajo, was widely depicted in the British and international media as being a “British-born person of Nigerian descent”, resulting in vehement protests by the Nigerian community in the UK.   Their argument is that Adebolajo is a born and bred Brit – he was issued a birth certificate in the UK and holds a British passport; therefore, his name does not confirm his nationality.  These Nigerians in the diaspora are obviously worried about the negativity that can be easily generated if other British citizens associate such barbaric behavior and inhumane cruelty witnessed in this crime with other persons of Nigerian or African descent.

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No Paper, No Land, No Compensation.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013  

Bild 5It was when I traveled home from school for the Christmas and New Year holidays that I noticed the changes that have taken place in my hometown. My family lives in Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State, and since the coming into power of the ACN government in 2011, there have been series of development projects across the state. The latest of such projects in Ijebu-Ode is the attempt of the government to expand the busiest road in the town known as Folagbade or Ibadan road. This road was built during the regime of Olabisi Onabanjo, the first Civilian Governor of Ogun State. It is a dual carriageway comprising of three lanes on each side. The present administration, in line with its urbanization drive, felt the need to further expand the road by widening it to four lanes on each side. Whether this project is desirable, considering the huge expense involved, the fact that funding for the project will come from loans, or that there was hardly any traffic build-up on the road to justify the expansion, is not the focus of this paper. That will be an issue for discussion in another forum.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013  

I wake up in the morning and the first thought on my mind is the dishes left unwashed from last night’s dinner. Then I think of the fact



that the pump where we fetch our water from is two streets away. I’ve walked that path so many times I could do it blind-folded. And I mustn’t forget that my youngest brother must go to school sporting a properly ironed uniform and with his homework completely, if not completely correctly, done. And then, ‘oh my goodness!’, I’d fallen asleep researching materials for my term paper which is due in two days. Great! These, more often than not, are the waking thoughts of the average African girl child, at least the one lucky enough to be in school.

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The Mystery Behind a Handshake

Thursday, February 14th, 2013  


Ever since I was young, there was something about when a person stretched out their hand to join the hand of another person that fascinated me. For so long, I did not know why people ‘joined hands’, but I figured that it was just something you did when you met



someone. I asked myself whether it was mandatory; I also wondered whether it would be rude to reject a handshake. After some study and research on the gist behind a simple handshake, I have discovered that there is more to it that meets the eye. Generally, some say that it is a custom, a mere convention carried out by people. Others say that there is science behind a single handshake, and those who read body language see a lot of importance in a handshake. Some secret societies, like the Masons, use them to identify apprentices and members of their society. Here is some insight on what I discovered.

Historically, the joining of hands can be traced back to Ancient Greece, as far back as the 5th century BC, where it was originally thought to symbolize peace, as both hands were not holding weapons. In modern times, it has been associated with good first impressions, especially in the business world. Ladies engage in handshakes in the work place as a sign of gender equality, while they may offer their fingers for a kiss in social gatherings.

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