About

This is not strictly a veganism blog anymore. We urgently need to discuss African liberation, social justice and human freedom in general and I don’t believe veganism is the revolution. Let’s discuss political ideology, world-view, current affairs, insights, gender issues, etc. in addition to plant-based living. I’m still a die-hard raw vegan but I’m a die-hard freedom-loving African humanist man first and foremost and that means I want justice and self-determination for black people everywhere and all of humanity, regardless of what they eat. That said, read below for a general idea of why this blog was originally conceived:

About this blog:

This site represents perspectives growing out of third world consciences that recognize the need for fundamental revolution around how we live as critical to liberation in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and amongst third world and working-class people of color communities in the West. We focus on human rights here (as opposed to only animal rights, etc. – many other activists and bloggers are far better at that than I), since we see plant-based diets as instrumental to increasing land availability, food security, ecological sustainability, and beyond in the Global South and North alike. We focus on both scientific and traditional knowledge as pertains to land tenure and sustainable agronomy, since we must be engaged in critical thinking with sufficient vigor to not overly privilege Western scientific knowledge but rather remain open-minded to all possibilities. We sustain third world solidarity and internationalism here because the same problems facing indigenous people in Oaxaca face indiginous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Chhattisgarh, and the Niger Delta, as pertains to exploitation by multinationals for mining, cheap labor or cash crops, or land displacement, or climate change and famine. We promote Pan-Africanism in the same vein, since it is with great urgency that Africans at home and in the diaspora, as they unite and struggle for liberation from imposed poverty, consider plant-based diets and low-impact living and dispense with the false prestige of meat and automobile culture. And last but not least, we aggressively aspire toward women’s liberation and human tolerance, since it is regimes of patriarchy, homophobia, religious hysteria, and onward that needlessly and stupidly cripple the economic and social chances of vast swaths of humanity.

About me:

A young Nigerian long-time raw vegan man in NJ/NYC.

21 responses to “About

  1. I love your blog – it is visionary!

  2. Many thanks for the kind words sister. I am encouraged to keep striving to be real and share my experiences. Be well and I hope you keep reading and blogging!

  3. I was pleasantly surprised to come across your blog and in particular your simple yet focussed purpose. We have dedicated this part of our lives to doing our bit to change the world one life at a time and the more I look the more I found people such as yourself who are also doing their bit. It gives me more energy to intensify my efforts in my dream. Congratulations and well done, Con & Niki from Australia 22/6/2010.

  4. revolutionaryandjoyful

    How do you keep your Nigerian immigrant parents off your back about not being more normal and focusing on making money?

    • Well, I have the luxury of living with my very liberal (for a Naija woman) mother for the time being, and she has enough faith in me to let me just finish my novel (my current full-time gig since mid-May, should be done by mid-July) before returning to the workforce. All I do is write, exercise and eat, ultra-minimalistic and spartan is my existence, which is how it ought to be for now. It’s a long, epic story but moms and me just get along like that, and I’ve been the sort of “abnormal” dude I am for almost half my life. Not that there’s not pressure to be more immediate and hardcore about moneymaking, but why bother? I’ll only live once, so I’ma do what I’m passionate about, and I’ll inevitably return to grad-school/ the work-force/ publish successfully/ grow up in the coming weeks and months. Everyone makes their arrangements with life, however odd, off-time, even slackerish they may seem, and I’m comfortable with mine. And I have to take advantage of the very limited and dwindling time I have before everybody gets mad at me for being broke all day! Can’t cruise like this forever, no no no.

      • revolutionaryandjoyful

        Yay!!!! for liberal Nigerian mothers! I didn’t realize how rare, special, and wonderful they were until I told my mother about both my atheism and vegetarianism and she didn’t disown me but actually provided me a separate budget for my vegetarian food needs.

        She even supports my ideals of wanting to help people although she is very much of the mindset that you have to help yourself before you help anyone else and to her helping yourself = getting a steady career/profession before you do anything else.

  5. My mother is not unlike yours, though I’m 26 and have run the gauntlet of a lot of career and academic moves, all pretty successfully, which I suppose provides the basis for her to tolerate my current phase. In the end though, it is hard for someone like me to find a conventional vocation that I can live with myself doing, and that’s also been a feature of a lot of my experiences as a young adult, as childish or chumpish as that may be to admit. I’ve given the woman assurances, back up plans and contingencies, and timetables, so there is a structure to it all. But for me, and I suppose for her in a way inasmuch as how she sees me, I’ve decided to do the much more risky thing for now (as opposed to pure career pursuit). When I was a teenager, I had more of this sort of thinking, and was successful at writing, chairing the high-school literary club, winning writing contests and scholarships, and all that. Then I started to think a lot more rigidly and one-dimensionally after college and grad school. Now I am back to a more bold (if foolhardy) thought process, and will take the plunge head-first in trying to live a creative life. It’s now or never anyway, so I’m just gonna do it and not look back, until maybe I crash into a wall, in which case the back-up contingencies are executed and I come through with the save. See? By any means necessary.

  6. What areas will you be pursuing in grad school? Is this for another MA or are you embarking on a PhD? A non-academic pursuit?

    • Thanks for visiting here Sylvia – you are welcome. An honest answer to this question is fuzzy. My last academic work was completing pre-requisites for an occupational therapy MS program. I did that as of the past (spring 2010) semester at a local college – aced all the courses. Did the hospital observation too. The plan was (or is?) to go to any such school here in the NYC area (NYU, Columbia, Kean, Seton Hall) starting Fall 2011 and collect that degree. But it seems less likely… doing work in either sustainable development or environmental engineering could also interest me, as does a PhD in history or an MFA in film or creative writing.

      But my greatest vocational ambition of all is to make it as a writer, as far as how I’d best like to earn a living. I am completing my first novel right now and already planning the second. Until now, been writing short stories (and a regular college newspaper column for a while way back when I was an undergrad). In any case, if that all works out, I’m as likely to just roll with that work for the rest of my life (and start other businesses and institutions related to media and other varied interests) and forget about grad school all together (I may already have). Been there already.

  7. Just came 2 your site 2day! Looks Great! Gatta explore more! Im not a vegan, but thats my goal! I recently did a Raw food “challenge” & it was not a challenge at all! It went great! I felt great! Dinner was Uber boring tho like after the 3rd day(due to lack of variety). I had no recipies, just raw fruits & veggies & a few nuts. Aiming for a raw lifestyle soon! This site is another motivator so Gracias! Peace

  8. It’s funny but I googled African Vegan not expecting to find much and then I saw your blog. I am Nigerian and have been vegan for 9 months. It’ll be nice months tomorrow. What can I say? I am a happy vegan and going vegan has been one of the decisions that I’m most proud of! I went to Nigeria for 6 weeks this summer and thought it would be the greatest challenge but it turned to being vegan is much easier in Nigeria. My family and friends were gracious and supportive and my mom modified all local Nigeria cuisines to make them vegan. So I ate eerything from vegan edi-kaiko to vegan pepper soup.

    Anyway, just thought I’d drop a note! Very excited that other Nigerian vegans exist!

    Caio!

  9. Hey, I hope you still read these comments. My name is Jeff, and myself, along with others are starting a new organization called Because We Must. BWM is dedicated to showing the interconnectedness, and in some cases, what should be the interconnectedness of various social justice movements. We hope that its going to grow into a pretty big deal, and we are all really excited about it. For a while, I have been trying to pick a solid line up of bloggers for our new website. I am really into your blog, and was wondering if you had the time to discuss writing for our site? Thank you!

  10. Hello, I am a South African vegan living in Southern California. I’ve been vegan since April 2010 yet I’m the only vegan I know. Its nice to find people who think like me, especially when i’ve been told more than once that i’m not an authentic African because I dont eat meat.
    Thank you for this blog; it is a reminder that I am not alone.

    • Rashid Abdul-Ghani

      Hi Tebogo! I have been vacillating between vegetarianism, veganism and being an omnivore for almost 50 years. Now I finally have found a valid reason to stay on a vegan diet, Microbiology. I am a student in mortuary science and I have discovered the amount of toxins in the food we eat is causing a slow death to our people. And we pay $12.00 per pound to allow the food producers to kill us. Commercially produced vegetables and fruits also have additives that are not good to ingest. But, I would rather take my chances with these than animal products. If people only realized that Samonella poisoning infects the majority of poultry and dairy (eggs also), we would run from these items. There would be rioting in the streets if people only knew. But, we are addicted to food. Advertisement reinforces the belief that we need to eat meat to survive. You can not turn on your TV without being inundated with food choices; the majority of which are poison. And, it is not even a moral issue with me but, one of common sense.

  11. Peace and love brother. I hail from east Afrika, Kenya. Its very encouraging to see someone else doing what society labels as impossible. I am a frutarian/ raw vegan myself. I must say you have inspired me to incorporate discipline and vigorous exercise routines in my lifestyle.

    • I am very pleased that you are moving in this direction my precious Kenyan friend. You encourage me to keep this blog going, even though I haven’t updated it lately. I think that physical discipline and exercising the body makes eating healthier easier, because one practices discipline to maintain fitness, and that discipline then applies itself to all aspects of one’s life. Meanwhile, the healthy vegan eating makes the exercise routine easier, as it reduces from the body excess fat, toxins, stiffness and other impediments to physical gracefulness of movement and leanness of muscle. It also attunes the mind towards harmony with the natural world and other living things, since our inner posture is no longer in violent and consuming opposition to life and land by slaughtering and eating animals. It’s all about balance, self-monitoring, consistency, mindfulness, responding to your own needs and visions, and avoiding injury.

      Always on the path! From Beautiful East Africa to West Africa to North America, staying black, remaining balanced, pursuing wisdom, and supporting your comrades are beautiful practices. We need not reproduce or follow society if it is cruel and thoughtless and thinks being healthy is impossible – instead we build new communities and revolutionary culture by practicing excellence wherever we are and demonstrating and sharing it with those around us that are open minded and willing to accept us as we are and as we wish to be. African vegan culture is rising, thanks to Africans like you who are comprehensive about it, body and mind. Thank you for visiting! Uhuru!

  12. nonameinthestreets

    ATTENTION ALL BLACK MALE VEGANS!

    Please consider contributing to the upcoming “Brotha Vegan” anthology, the companion book to the “Sistah Vegan” anthology, edited by Breeze Harper. http://www.amazon.com/Sistah-Vegan-Identity-Health-Society/dp/1590561457

    “Brotha Vegan” will also be edited by Breeze Harper.

    According to Ms. Harper’s website (http://sistahvegan.com/tag/brotha-vegan/) the deadline for proposals already expired november 15th 2013, and final drafts in March 2014, but I have been in contact with the author and she says THE DEADLINE FOR BOTH IS EXTENDED INDEFINITELY. Why? Because she’s not had nearly enough submissions to create a book. (Discussed in her vlog here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8QtYvEt0hw) Publication will be delayed until she does.

    She’s also quite flexible about what topics you write on.

    You can email her your proposal to her here: sistahvegan@gmail.com

  13. I absolutely adore this blog. As an Afro Caribbean/ Ethiopian vegan who drifted after a decade of veganism and is finding her way home, I’ve often been drawn to vegan missions that include and center a love for humanity (specifically Africana Liberation)! Peace and Love!

  14. nice to see another raw vegan in NJ….

  15. I love your blog! I agree 100% that it is vitally important not to privilege the Western hyper-rationalistic worldview, so we remain open to all possibilities. Thanks so much for writing. You have inspired me to work more on my blog.

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