During 2012, I was invited by the YouthHub Africa team to start a weekly blog on their website. I declined first, and then argued that I would have nothing useful to say every week. Later I considered to be a guest-blogger, that is, to write weekly only for a month and no more. Somehow we started in December 2012 without deciding how long I could keep the blog running. I am proud to report that I have made submissions (on time also) every week since the first blog article was published on 11th December 2012.
I regret to inform all readers that I am winding down the column at the end of May 2013. That is to say I will publish the last entry on Tuesday 28th May 2013. The decision to stop the column is taken to enable me focus on some other matters at hand which could not be combined with writing this column. I thank YouthHub Africa for the recognition and the opportunity given me to think aloud. I thank you all for reading the column, for comments and for sharing these articles ever so widely. I do hope that some of the pieces have been useful in your work.
It has been a pleasure writing a blog and challenging my thoughts to come up with something [hopefully coherent] every week. As you may know, writing is a therapeutic addiction and I have no desire to stop writing. Perhaps I shall soon bounce back out of my ‘retirement’ to resume this blog, perhaps I would write in different platforms; but Rotimi Olawale and the YouthHub Africa platform have been ever so supportive and helpful: should I fail to resume the blog, I promise to send in occasional articles and I trust that you will read it.
Thank you, thank you all.
Nengak Daniel Gondyi is presently a post-graduate student in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö Högskola in Sweden. He is also a Senior Programme Officer of the Abuja based Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD. He holds a Bachelors’ in International Studies from the Ahmadu Bello University.
Nengak is a researcher, writer and a ‘public affairs analyst’. He is interested in broad themes including citizenship, migration, populations, human rights democracy and other topics in the news. On his job at CDD, he led the ‘West Africa Insight’ – a research project that monitors futures and trends in West Africa. He also worked on other projects including on citizenship and belonging in Nigeria.
His articles have been published on the West Africa Insight project as well as by other reputable blogs, websites and newspapers while his academic writings have been presented in international conferences and seminars. He is also the author of 3 forthcoming book chapters. He loves cycling, asking questions reading and writing. Nengak can be reached via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Nengak maintains a weekly blog on youthhubafrica, with a fresh version out every Tuesday!