Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NewsFlash Azerbaijan: Biracial / cross-cultural marriages happens in Azerbaijan and will continue to happen!

#Azerbaijan: I didn't want to say this out of respect for the very good family and friend I have in Azerbaijan. But I have to. They say bad things happen because good people decided to remain silent.

One of the first blog post I did as an up and coming blogger (writer) was on "Azerbaijan Hospitality". I believed then, and I actual still believe that Azerbaijanis are hospitable people. But wow, there are sure crazies here too. I see them when I ride the metro with my kids, I see them on the street. And now, they have started revealing themselves on online forums.

So, for the umpteenth time, I put my story out there hoping it can inspire some, generate some positive debate that Azerbaijan society has grown beyond judging people based on their "origin" or "personal decision / choices". But boy, how wrong can I be. People judging my wife for marrying an African?! People who neither know her, nor even know my family talking bad about her?!

To all the crazies, I got news flash: I'm here to stay in Azerbaijan. For me and Azerbaijan, it's a mutual benefit -Azerbaijan has given me so much and I give and still want to give back too. Biracial / cross-cultural marriages happens in Azerbaijan and will continue to happen. We are just like the thousands of Azerbaijanis who have married with Russians, Ukrainians, Georgians... even Americans, etc.

So you all get over it.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Made in Azerbaijan. The story of a Nigerian Migrants

This is the full speech to undergraduates, faculties and staff of Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy during the TalkADA event. The TalkADA is an initiative of ADA students basically a motivational platform imitating the TEDtalk. Speakers at the TalkADA event were my humble self (Nick Nwolisa) and Elnur Eyvazov. 

Friday, November 22, 2013 

Migration is not a 21st century thing. It’s been practiced since the beginning of the world. There are tons of documents of events in history when people had to leave their birth place for other places. It could be for greener pasture, because of famine, war and disasters. So, migration is not something that Africans coined, it’s been there and will always be practiced. 

I’m not ashamed to call myself a migrant. I feel like one of those. By one of those, I mean the legion of people who have left their homeland, to move inward or outward, to be part of the wonderful discovery that is the world today. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy -first among equals!

It’s been a wonderful experience as a student of Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA). I have recently finished my first module of the joint Executive MBA program between ADA and the Maastricht School of Management (MsM) and frankly, so far, it’s been very great!

I had an expectation prior to commencing my EMBA program. While I was applying for the EMBA program, I had already resolved that ADA must have got the ultimate statement of intent with regards to where it expects to be in the nearest future. Bringing an accredited MBA program to Azerbaijan was no small achievement. Nothing could be higher than a partnership with MsM which according to the 2013 Eduniversal latest ranking, is the #1 Top Business Schools (4 Palmes) in both the Netherlands and worldwide. That means a lot, and it proves that ADA has made pursuing the best its ambition. Nothing but the top! A good drive if you ask me.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Marking International Youth Day 2013 with Members of the Azerbaijan Youth Advocate Program (AYAP)

On August 12, 2013, young people from regions where UNICEF and the International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF) previously implemented the project “Azerbaijan Youth Advocate Program (AYAP),” gathered to celebrate the 2013 International Youth Day. The theme for this year event as stated by the UN was: “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.” Over 40 young people took part in the event that was held at the IEPF Vocational Training Center (VTC) in Terter.

Monday, July 22, 2013

DEBATE: House gifts to Azerbaijani journalists -PROPER OR IMPROPER?

Certainly today, lots of Azerbaijani journalists would be singing praises of the Ilham Aliyev and his government because on this day, on the celebration of the 138th National Press Day in Azerbaijan, the president has put smiles on the faces of over 150 journalists by presenting them with houses.

Personally, I think it is not against the law, or outside of due process for a government to provide accommodation to journalists. After all, who is more deserving for support if not the hard working men and women of the press who make sure that the society is held to high standard and there is accountability. So, even though there is nothing wrong in Azerbaijan government doing journalists some good favor with this "gift" of houses, irrespective, some people might consider this act outside the bounds of ethics and conducts of journalism.

Azerbaijanis show some sympathy! Can we all be our brother’s keeper?!

This is a call to heed for all Azerbaijanis.

I was moved with compassion while sitting in a bus on my way to work. At about 10:05 hours, on Yusuf Saferov Avenue, you couldn’t but not notice a body of a man, who by my own guess has been laying there for over 24 hours. It was obvious this man was in pains, and he qualifies as a homeless person because from his appearance, I don’t think water has touched his body for a very long time.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Develop regional platform on post 2015 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Speech presented by Umud MIRZAYEV, Chairman of International Eurasia Press Fund to participants of the Baku Workshop on post-2015 and SDGs  held in Baku on the 15-16 July, 2013. NGO representatives from Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova,  Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan, ANPED secretariat and representatives from the  Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production and the American Chambers of Commerce Georgia joined CSOs and government representatives from Azerbaijan.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

#BakuTraffic. Terrible!

This past week in Baku, I started a rant on Facebook and twitter hoping that at least someone notices. By someone I mean those at the top. My reason for ranting is the inhumane way of reasoning when it comes to organizing outdoor events in Baku. It is obvious that on a normal day, traffic is bad in Baku, but why make it worse by putting up events that warrants closing major roads. The right thing to do should be to take these events outside the center of the city, perhaps some open places with enough space that would not obstruct normalcy for the common man and woman who just wants to live their life.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Azerbaijani presidential election. A test of popularity: Ilham ALIYEV versus Rustam IBRAGIMBEKOV

My crude analysis

Elections are most often than not won on the popular votes. So, this 2013 Azerbaijani presidential election coming up in October, it will once more be a test of how popular the current president, Mr. Ilham Aliyev is with 4 million eligible voters out of the 9 million Azerbaijanis. Suffice it to say that in 2008, Iham Aliyev won by a landslide, collecting over 87% of the popular vote. However, a lot has happened since then, internally and globally, that would directly or indirectly affect this election. For instance, just look at Turkey. Who would have predicted that a protest that started with a handful of protesters could grow to thousands and it is still persistent despite Erdogan’s tough handling of the issue.