Atane Ofiaja

About the Author Atane Ofiaja

Atane Ofiaja is a Nigerian writer and photographer based in New York City. He writes about African sociopolitical issues and specialises in concert photography with a focus on African musicians and the diverse music of the African diaspora.

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Mubarak Bala answers questions on his atheism in Nigeria

Islam is sacrosanct in Northern Nigeria. Suffice to say that denouncing the religion can come with dire consequences. It’s just not something you do. Last year, a young man named Mubarak Bala from Kano bravely did just that. He announced he was an atheist and humanist, and rejected Islam. This came with serious consequences, including alienation from family and friends, physical assaults and death threats. It’s been over a year since this happened and TIA wanted to speak to Mubarak to hear what he had to say and to see how he was doing.

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The rise of gun ownership and gun clubs among African Americans

When people think of gun ownership in the United States, the visage of a white man usually comes to mind; proselytizing and championing gun ownership usually seems to come from the mouths of white men. The image of a Black person advocating and asserting their legal rights to gun ownership isn’t really shown, and one might assume that gun ownership in the U.S. is a domain for white people.