Apalara – Youth Empowerment Scheme in the State of Osun, Nigeria (PDF)


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From the first scrap I reacted to with a little caution, Wumi Raji has produced a work that does great credit to the idea of fighting youth frustration, opening the door to a  and demonstrating the capacity of good political leadership.As philosophy, pedagogy, transformation agency and movement, OYES has more than proved itself and Wumi Raji has driven this home well in his precise and accurate presentation of records, experiences and hopes of our youth. OYES as Professor Raji has presented it in this very readable book, is proof of the possible, and Osun youth has tasted of it. The book is also a much needed account of the work and dedication of FORA, the charisma of the Oranmiyan of our time, and all who made, and continue to make OYES, a dream turned reality; and, of course, PFG a realizable dream. – Ambassador T. A. O. Otunla

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Wumi Raji is a Professor of Drama at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria and holds a doctoral degree of the University of Ibadan. He was a Book Prize winner in the 1988 BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Competition. He has, among others, been an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, a Volkswagen Foundation Research Fellow at the Technical University of Dresden, a Guest Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, a Guest Professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, Wumi Raji is the author of “Long Dreams in Short Chapters: Essays in Postcolonial African, Cultural and Political Criticisms” (Berlin: Lit, 2009), editor of “Contemporary Literature of Africa: Tijan M. Sallah and Literary Works of The Gambia” (Amherst: Cambria, 2014), and co-editor (with Femi Osofisan) of “Ogun’s Errant Warrior: Celebrating Biodun Jeyifo at 70” (Ibadan: Kraft Books, 2018. Wumi Raji has taught at the Universities of Ilorin, Benin, Bayreuth and The Gambia and his essays have appeared in “Research in African Literatures, African Literature Today and Matatu: Journal of African Culture”, among others.