There is a word, an Igbo word, that I think about whenever I think about the power structures of the world, and it is “nkali.”
It’s a noun that loosely translates to “to be greater than another.”
Like our economic and political worlds, stories too are defined by the principle of nkali: How they are told, who tells them, when they’re told, how many stories are told, are really dependent on power. Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person.”
All the conspiracy theories about the Boko Haram uprising collapse when you consider the data painstakingly acquired by the Africa Health, Human & Social Development Information Service (Afri-Dev). I was just going through the data the other day and my thinking was that our chickens are coming home to roost. Nigeria has neglected education for so long and the grim statistics leave us no hiding place.