Monday, March 23, 2015

Ambassador Sanders Calls for "Free and Fair" Nigerian Elections on AJE & AJA Newscasts

Ambassador Robin Sanders, as a guest on Al Jazeera English (AJE) from Doha and Al Jazeera America (AJA) broadcasts on March 21, 2015 called for Nigeria's upcoming elections to be not only "free and fair," but also non-violent and transparent.  Sanders will be heading out to Nigeria for its elections and made these comments on both AJE and AJA respectively noting that the upcoming elections where one of the mot critical Nigeria will have since its began having democratic elections in 1999. The real challenge is for the Nigeria people to pick a leader it believes can address the security issues and the other social and economic challenges the country faces.

Click here to see Al Jazeera English (AJE) clip on Nigeria 2015 election  show

Click here to see Al Jazeera America clip on Nigeria 2015 elections:




Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dr. Sanders @ World Affairs Council DC, March 19, 2015 Focus: Uli Book, Nigeria Elections

Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders will be part of the World Affairs Council Washington, D.C. Author Series Event March 19, 2015 to be held at the University of California's Washington Center. The event will include conversation segments with the Ambassador about her book, career, and current US-Africa events such as Nigeria's upcoming elections on March 28, 2015.  In addition to the live event on March 19, 2015, her talk at the World Affairs Council, Washington, D.C. will be nationally broadcast on Sunday March 22 at 9 am on MHz Worldview


Annoucement: Ambassador Sanders Speaking @ World Affairs Council, Washington, D.C. Author Series

Author Series with Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders
View this email in your browser

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Clip of Ambassador Sanders Nigerian Election Interview on Channels TV

As Nigeria's rescheduled election is approaching on March 28, 2015, Nigeria's premier media outlet, Channels TV, interviews Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders in Washington, D.C. on her views about the postponement, whether current Nigerian internal displaced persons (IDP's), and refugees will be able to participate in the elections. Sanders notes in the interview that she hoped that Nigeria's Independent Election Commission or INEC, will be able to successfully reach as many IDP's as possible in the 14 local government areas, called LGA's, that are impacted by Boko Haram, and she was strongly encouraging Nigeria to not postpone the election any further.  Click here to see ChannelsTV interview


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ambassador Sanders and Dr. Johnnetta Cole Discuss Sanders' Uli Book @ Smithsonian African Art Museum BHM Event

Smithsonian Nat'l Museum of African Art Director Dr. Johnnetta Cole and Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders @ February Black History launch of Sanders' book, "The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria."

The recent February 2015 Black History Month program at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAA) which was the official Washington, D.C. launch of Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders first book, "The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria," included a "conversation segment," between the incredible, iconic NMAA Director Dr. Johnnetta Cole and Dr. Sanders on key elements of her Sanders book and also highlighted relevant aspects of the Museum's collection.  The launch, a sold out event, emphasized the main message of Ambassador Sanders' Uli book which stresses the importance of preserving traditional non-written, non-oral cultural practices through the life stories of nine Nigerian women in the December phase of their lives who struggle to keep their beloved Uli practice alive, which is endanger of disappearing.   The book was based on Dr. Sanders' doctoral dissertation which argued that non-text, no oral traditions are just as viable to the global community as written and oral traditions. Sanders calls Uli a "communications expression," and the Uli women "legendary" because they struggle to keep their traditions relevant in an uphill anti-Uli environment and still respect and cherish this matriarchal practice taught to them by their mothers, who in turn learned from their mothers. The launch event also included a video of clips from the villages and the Uli women talking about their beloved practice and showing Sanders how to prepare the practice from the Uli plant from which the Uli ink. The Uli practice, which dates back to the era of the Aro Kingdom, according to Sanders' research, was used in selected Igbo villages  located west of the Nigerian river called "Cross River," and was used on the body during special ceremonies and on the homes of the royal chiefs of Igbo villages in the region.  Click here to see the Sanders video on her Uli Book: