Columnists Lekan Oguntoyinbo Opinion

U.S. helped create ISIS, now work to destroy it – or else

They were young and mostly from impoverished backgrounds. To make a living, they had migrated from their native Egypt to a mid-coastal city in Libya, an unstable country that in recent years has become extremely attractive to agents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (more commonly known as ISIS or ISIL), a group Read More…

Columnists Lekan Oguntoyinbo Opinion

Silence on slavery in Mauritania is tragic, deafening

  Moulkheir Mint Yarba’s slave master raped her, impregnating her. Yarba gave birth to a girl. During the day, she would leave the baby at home to venture into the Sahara — which takes up much of rural Mauritania, an impoverished country in northwest Africa — to tend her master’s goats. One day, she returned Read More…

Columnists Lekan Oguntoyinbo Opinion

Agree or not, all customs must be valued, respected

I believe customs generally fall into three categories: inexcusable, curious (if a little questionable) and fascinating and even worthy of emulation. Some customs easily qualify as inexcusable, such as the rigid caste system in India, the practice of in-laws in many parts of Africa of putting a newly widowed woman and her kids out on Read More…