Nigeria: Sovereignty, Belonging, Social Justice, and Religion

When and Where

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm


Betty Abah, Executive Director of CEE-HOPE Nigeria


The Connaught Global Challenge Initiative: “Entangled Worlds: Sovereignty, Sanctities and Soil” aims to address issues relating to new populisms, sanctity and soil, changing nature of theopolitical charisma, and the sacralization of new and old forms of sovereignty.

Following the public lecture by Betty Abah, Executive Director of CEE-HOPE, Nigeria, Patrick Egwu (Investigative Journalist, and William Southam Journalism Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto) and Girish Daswani (Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Scarborough) will engage Betty in discussion around the themes of the Entangled Worlds project.


Both sovereignty and religion play a powerful role in shaping ideas of social justice; they offer choices of freedom, advocacy and activism, especially in a county faced with numerous crises. Nigeria, though a sovereign nation, is currently being pulled apart by a mixture of ethno-religious conflict, secessionist agitations and various shades of socioeconomic and sociopolitical instability.

In this lecture, Betty Abah considers attempts to solve some of these pressing problems in Nigeria by both state actors and non-state actors such as activists and religious leaders. She will draw on research and journalistic methods, but also on personal experiences. 

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Connaught Global Challenges Initiative "Entangled Worlds"