Introducing The NVS StandPoint
It gives us great pleasure to introduce the NVS StandPoint or “The StandPoint” – the latest of our efforts to give the everyday Nigerian more visibility, voice and clout in the shaping of Nigeria.
The StandPoint, our editorial, will appear on the front page of the website every other Monday, beginning Monday, July 12th. However, the board may, on occasion, comment sooner than the fortnightly schedule allows—when events of paradigmatic significance occur between scheduled comments.
The StandPoint will be written in the format of a traditional newspaper editorial. It will also display the watchdog and ombudsman characters of newspaper editorials. However, as the products of a fiercely independent and rigorous process of group punditry and deliberation, the editorials will be punchier, more unsparing, and less restrained. The mainstream media and commentators may freely reproduce our editorials, with due attribution.
The StandPoint will express the consensual position of the NVS editorial board on deep societal issues and on the permanent crises that our country faces.
The StandPoint will approach every issue with an open, non-judgmental mind. Our critiques and recommendations shall be constructive, challenging and, where necessary, actionable.
We stake our collective honour on our impartiality, fairness, balance, and our commitment to good governance, leadership accountability, and personal responsibility.
The team that will oversee this editorial initiative comprises the following NVS members and contributors:
- Chika Ezeanya - Researcher with keen interests in the broader African policy and development discourse.
- Farooq Kperogi - Journalist, writer, university teacher, blogger, and researcher at Georgia State University, Atlanta.
- Ikhide Ikheloa - US-based educator and writer
- Moses Ochonu - Professor of African History at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee
- Okey Ndibe - Novelist and political columnist teaches at Trinity College in Hartford, CT..
- Pius Adesanmi - Associate professor of Literature at Carleton University, Ottawa Canada.
- Salisu Suleiman - Director, Good Governance Group, Abuja
- Sonala Olumhense – Journalist and researcher at the United Nations, New York
Good idea and great timing. With the upcoming elections, it will be good for NVS to present its own take on events.
However, too many so-called 'diaspora' Nigerians.
If the intent here is for this Standpoint to represent the view of foreign-based Nigerians, then all is well and good. But if not, then it might be advisable to find more Naija-based team-members.
The ease with which this type of endeavour can be misrepresented as being the mouthing off of disgruntled Nigerians living abroad should not be underestimated.
Good point. We are aware of this and are reaching out. Stay tuned.
Another thing sir. Is it possible to identify the political leanings of each those mentioned? Methinks the idea will be DOA if any member is found out to be partisan.
Good one, NVS!
I sense a new awakening of this outfit (nvs)
And I wish you godspeed as you launch-out.
1. Is this StandPoint going to be based on sampling of NVS members opinions on issues or solely the perspective of the editorial team?
2.What criteria was used to choose the editorial team
3.Malam Gwobezentashi has also been someone that has offered insightful analysis in this village, albeit elements of deceit atimes........so why is he not in the team
4.Test running this stuff in the village and weighing feelings and reactions may be a good idea before going at it full stream
Will be intersting to see how this works out, since I'm aware that "members" of the board don't share one view point.
I'm sure thats already been considered anyway.
Looking forward to reading the editorials....
Maybe,maybe not. Some questions don't have yes or no, right or wrong answers.
That may just be a recipe for paralysis and contention. On the other hand, it may be a wonderful thing. Good thing is I assume we will be able in our usual way to rip to shreds opinions (and members of the editorial team )we don't like.
Just be thankful you're not one of them
On the surface, this is a great idea, after all the blogs and online media have almost taken over the media in societies like we have in the United States. And NVS does seem to have some wide recognition even in the Nigerian mainstream media now, so I am not surprised at this decision. I am a bit surprised at the way the idea has been presented. I do have a couple of concerns. This panel says they will call it as they see it and so I will also do the same in my comments
1. I will echo Eja it appears you have only one member based in Nigeria. Are you indirectly saying that Nigerians are not good enough to be unbiased?
2. Janjaweed makes another good point you are saying there will be rigorous debate. Well if the group share political and social ideologies how rigorous will their debates really be?
3. This board is supposed to give the "everyday Nigerian" more visibility and a voice. Well as we noted, most of the members are located in the Diaspora and more importantly, they are all accomplished individuals, are they really the reflection of everyday Nigerians? Or accomplished literary Nigerians? There are no housewives, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, High school teachers, Nigerian university teachers, Doctors, Nurses, Shop owners, business men and women on the panel and that leads to me next point.
4. The panel is apparently comprised of Journalists and liberal arts academia. However some of NVS best minds (IMHO) are not in arts, academia or the media industry. Le Carre (Financial) Dr. Bunch (Medical) SLB (IT) Tonsoyo, Soul Sista, Da Bishop and of course good ole I Love Nigeria (legal) Max Siollun (Naija history) C Ikpatt (Ex-Naija Cop) just to name a few that also have well thought out and strong opinions on the state of affairs in Nigeria.
5. As this group is going to be writing and NVS editorial, it appears that you are indirectly giving these 10 individuals the power and voice to speak for NVS, but not by consensus. Will they write their editorial reflecting the views (majority and minority) expressed within NVS or will they champion their own views? As it is is called an NVS editorial, I might be mistakenly assuming it should reflect the majority view of the people who make up NVS. But, I may be wrong.
6. Hmmm... it appears you have only two women on the panel of ten...I am almost sure there are a few more capable women on NVS...you talking about fiercely independent? How about Dewdrops and Lateesha?
7. Will NVS members who do not agree with the editorial have the freedom to make comments and criticize the editorial as you know we are a very opinionated group. You can see we have not problems criticizing Reuben Abati, or even the great Kongi
8. Finally, is this just another forum for more Naija bashing or will the group come up with real, possible solutions rather than just commentary. Is this another avenue to tell us how bad Nigeria is which we almost all know or to make targeted commentary accompanied by possible and probable solutions? As personally I think we have enough people who tell us how bad Nigeria is, problem is nobody seems to want to do much about it than just talk. But maybe talk will eventually bring change, I have my doubts.
As always I value the opportunity to be able to at least express my views on NVS even if they are in the minority. My two cents!
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@ N.a.r guest, you write:
" Will NVS members who do not agree with the editorial have the freedom to make comments and criticize the editorial as you know we are a very opinionated group. You can see we have not problems criticizing Reuben Abati, or even the great Kongi "
Isn't that what you are doing right now, criticizing constructively? You critique already answers your question my broda or sister.