Thursday, March 27, 2014

This is goodbye to my blog!

I don't know how I feel about this but it is for a good cause. I have decided to close this blog not because I have run out of ideas or I am no longer interested in women and social issues but I have to make a crucial decision. I still remain a blogger and an activist. But at this point in my life, I am transitioning into the academia. I started my PhD a few weeks ago at the university of Pretoria. I will be focusing on the roles of citizen journalism in conflict transformation in Zimbabwe, looking at public perceptions. I have a research work on the sexual minority discrimination and the draconian law passed recently in Nigeria to "jail the gays". I want to work on getting this published. Now,  I have three years of commitment to contribute to knowledge in the field of peace and conflict in Africa by taking a multidisciplinary approach and fill the dearth of knowledge in social media and conflict transformation. I will be lecturing too while at it.
This is a new and exciting journey that will require my consciousness, awareness and mindfulness on this quest. When I get a hang of this, I will fuse my activism with academia and I want to be a researcher and a lecturer with a difference. At least, in the next four years or so, I want to make meaning and continue to think of best approaches to finding sustainable solutions to human security challenges in Africa. I have nurtured and loved this blog for six years. I have met wonderful people, I have developed good friendship with amazing people and we have generated practical ideas of change together and to some, we have fought on principles and values. I have won two international awards with this very blog just writing from my heart. Also, two Naija blogger awards for best use of activism and most likely to become a talk show-host. I say thanks to you all for sticking with me; with my grammatical errors and outstanding contributions. Interview Thursday is a series that I will never forget as it was straight-forward honest opinions from the members of the Blogshere that I interviewed on serious issues and personal issues. I thank you all.

Check out my posts on feminism, women's rights, gender, equality, children rights, poems and my love for cats along side interview Thursday. You can also check out my contribution to Free2Run blog on women in political leadership. I will be back but perhaps in a new blog with combination of themes that will speak to my growth and development as well as love for what I continue to do. I love you all!

9 comments:

Adedunmade Onibokun said...

wow, sad to hear you are killing your blog, i wish you could transfer all your page views to me, lol.

I wish you all the best with your PH.D, I know you will achieve all your heart desires and more.

I am just like you passionate about change and social reforms, that's why i publish legalnaija.blogspot.com; a law blog dedicated to informing the public about their civil rights, duties and obligations in law. This I hope will raise public awareness and drive public reforms.

well, God help us in our quest for growth of our nation and continent.

whenever you do write in the future, I will gladly love to publish on the law blog.

once again all the best.

cheers

'Lara said...

All the best with your PH.D.
I was always coming back here wishing for a new post from you and now you say you are going away :(

Ore said...

Dear Toyin, I wish you all the best with your PhD. I know that the best is yet to come. I am very proud of all that you have achieved. :-)

Cori said...

Just as I discover your blog, it comes to an end! I look forward to journeying with you during this next phase of your life, Toyin. I know you'll learn a lot and do well!

The Activist said...

Awwww. Love to you all. AND I WILL BE BACK! <3

rethots said...

*thumbs up*
All the best....keep Stand(ing)tall

LusciousRon said...

Well done. Hope you will come back.

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