Detained Nigerian Blogger

I am sort of a late-comer to the news about the arrest of Mr. Jonathan Elendu of Elendu Reports. This is a sad development indeed, especially as it comes when we are still trying to reconcile our image of a benevolent Yardy with the incedents that surrounded the closure of Channels TV. This latest development… Read More »

Krugman, Social Science and Methods

From a post written by Kerim Friedman at Savage Minds, I learnt that Paul Krugman, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, had reposted an autobiographical piece he wrote in 1992 on his blog. I went over there and got the piece. After reading it many things came to mind, a lot of… Read More »

The Wire

Some months ago Jeremy recommended The Wire to me, describing it as anthropological. I just finished watching the last episode of the last season, and being an anthropologist myself, I have to agree that this looks pretty much ethnographic. HBO is known for their good shows. Hell, the last piece of TV that I really… Read More »

Up To Speed

My time in Benin came to an end a couple of weeks ago, and I left the cute, not-even-anyway-near-as-rowdy-as-Lagos-but-busy-enough-to-be-called-a-city Cotonou. I spent a couple of days in Lagos and then went to the University of Nigeria Nsukka for some work. That was my second time in southeastern Nigeria and I decided to go by road… Read More »

On Being Native and Getting Co-opted

How much should one get involved with the field? Don’t get me wrong, this is not about activist ethnography, at least not explicitly. One of the problems of being a native anthropologist is the presence of the possibility of being co-opted by the field. As you probably know already, I am a Nigerian doing fieldwork… Read More »


Thanks Owen for checking in on me! It is nice to know that some people get around here. I am in the last few weeks of fieldwork, and it has got really intense. I am discovering holes in my knowledge, and I am trying to plug them before I leave. I realise that I cannot… Read More »