Akamba Mfina: Climate Chaos in the Animal Kingdom
“Akamba Mfina” is an Ibibio phrase that means “big trouble”. A collection of short stories told from the point of view of animals and other beings sacrificed for the pleasure of humans, the book conveys the drastic effects of climate change on these species. The earth is a shared home and through storytelling, Akamba Mfina speaks up for the community of beings who suffer the brunt of the commoditization of the earth.
Niger Delta Manifesto for Socio Ecological Justice
Birthed during the inaugural Niger Delta Alternatives Convergence, the Manifesto summarizes the region’s major social, ecological, and economic challenges and highlights needed alternatives for transformation and social mobilizations for re-source justice.
Stilt Root Stories
Mangrove ecosystems play an important role in climate regulation, livelihood support, water purification and shoreline protection in coastal regions of the tropics and subtropics. Yet, the loss of mangrove ecosystems persists in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Stilt Root Stories documents an intervention that provides stories, songs and fisheries related to the mangrove ecosystem of two mangrove-dependent communities: Kono and Bundu.
Dead Fish is not Manna
Fish has both economic and nutritional importance to man and society. This publication aims to bring to the forefront issues that beg attention in the fisheries sector. It discusses pandemic impacts on fisheries, captures the peculiarities and challenges of the fishing industry in Nigeria, and raises our consciousness on happenings around the Niger Delta coastline.
a walk in the curfew
This anthology of fictional pandemic stories looks at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and represents the inexpressible experiences of many caught in the web of the turmoil.
biosafety is no gamble
Biological diversity is the key to environmental and human health, prosperity and well-being but the continuous onslaught and promotion of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) threaten this wellness. This compilation contributes to the ongoing debate on the implications of letting our biosafety guards down.
who benefits from corona?
This book provides a detailed overview of the African scenario with regard to the pandemic, describing the finances around this crisis and the main features surrounding COVID-19. The book calls for an urgent change of the current socioeconomic and development model, and a shift to being a continent that refuses to be used for risky experimentations whether for financial speculation or for purposes of “depopulation”.
living in fear
Today, natural resources like oil and minerals are at the heart of many conflicts around the world and have been associated with dozens of armed conflicts, millions of deaths, and the collapse of several peace processes. This book explores the general relationship between wars, conflicts and natural resources, focusing in particular on two African countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. It provides a succinct but comprehensive overview of both conflicts and shows their relationship with natural resources.
Re-source democracy hinges on the recognition that a natural ‘resource’ fundamentally belongs to Nature and secondly to communities of species and peoples who live in the territory or have traditionally held the territory where the ‘resource’ exists. This publication calls for a shift in our relationship with Nature and urges a reconnecting with Nature and our environment in a way that heals political divisions and recovers our basic duty as stewards of a common patrimony.
to mint an illusion
The use of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of the state of a nation’s economy has long been acknowledged as unreliable. Still, the GDP is still a favourite of neoliberal international financial institutions and the nations enamoured with them. When nations have dreams, there is a heavy risk that ecological concerns will be pushed to the background as the nation intensifies extractivist activities to bolster their foreign rents and to build their GDPs even higher. This publication serves two articles (the first by Nnimmo Bassey and the second by the irrepressible Patrick Bond) and tells the story of economic and poverty growth in an extractivist rentier state.
to cook a continent
Nnimmo Bassey examines the oil industry in Africa, probes the roots of global warming, warns of its insidious impacts and explores false ‘solutions’. His intelligent and wide-ranging approach demonstrates that the issues around natural resource exploitation, corporate profiteering and climate change must be considered together if we are to save ourselves.
What can Africa do? And can the rest of the world act in solidarity? If not, will we continue on the path laid out by elites that brings us ever closer to the brink? Many live in denial even as ecological and social disasters increase, but this is not inevitable and Nnimmo suggests how Africa can overcome the crises of environment and global warming.
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a highway through the forest
The forest system is a broad subset of the environment and it is important to protect and defend it. This publication documents papers presented at a forest community meeting as part of resistance to the now moribund Calabar-Ikom-Katsina-Ala Super Highway project.