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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Now That Uche Ekwunife Has Defected to APC, What’s Next?



Now That Uche Ekwunife Has Defected to APC, What’s Next?
Opinion: Premium Times: January 9, 2015

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"On January 8, 2016, Senator Uche Ekwunife officially announced on both her twitter and Facebook pages her defection to the ruling party, All Progressives Party (APC). In the blog post titled Why I Joined the APC, published on her official blog, Mrs Ekwunife stated the reason she defected to APC. The reason was centred on the unpreparedness of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to conduct state congresses and primaries in which the party’s candidate for the forthcoming rerun election for the Anambra Central Senatorial seat would be produced."

"The defection of Mrs Ekwunife to the ruling party, APC, mirrors that determination to defeat Chief Victor Umeh. With the events that are unfolding in Anambra state as the election rerun approaches, there are critical issues that need to be examined closely, particularly within the context of Nigeria’s growing democracy."

"First, Mrs Ekwunife appears to have a knack with changing political party; hence her political tendencies tend to reflect her desperation to hold a political office at all cost."

"Second, the ruling party, APC, prides on its widely propagated mantra- change. Nigerians voted for APC with the expectation that things would be done differently from the way PDP used to do things."

"Finally, in the 2015 general elections, the majority of Anambrarians denounced APC as a political party to identify with."


You can read the full article on PremiumTimes.






Friday, 8 January 2016

2016 West African Research Centre (WARC) Travel Grant for African Scholars and Graduate Students



2016 West African Research Centre (WARC) Travel Grant for African Scholars and Graduate Students.

Background:

The WARC travel grant is a program that is open to nationals of West African countries, who are conducting research on the continent. The WARC travel grant aims to promote intra-African cooperation and exchange among researchers and institutions by providing support to African scholars and graduate students for research visits to other institutions on the continent.

The WARC travel grant provides travel costs up to $1,500 and a stipend of $1,500. It is very competitive. Though, WARC is open only to West African nationals, preference will be given to those who are affiliated with West African colleges, universities, or research institutions.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State provides the Funding for WARC through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centres.

What can the WARC travel grant be used for:

1.     To attend and present papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant’s field of research.
2.     To visit libraries or archives that contain resources necessary to the applicant’s current academic work.
3.     To engage in collaborative work with colleagues at another institution
4.     To travel to a research site.

Mode of application: All applications must be submitted online. Only completed applications will be considered, hence all completed applications must include uploaded word or PDF or jpeg of all the required documents and also a brief (50 – 80 word) abstract of the activity to be funded, starting with a clear statement of purpose.

Application deadline: March 15, 2016. Late applications will not be considered.


For further information regarding the required documents and how to apply click here






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