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This article appeared as part of SSA eNews No. 10 - My Struggle with Disbelief, Part 2

Peter Adegoke Ben Hyink, a recent graduate of Northwestern University, has put up $500 of his own money to help empower Peter Adegoke. Peter is the founder and leader of the Ibadan University Humanist Society (IUHS), an affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance. IUHS is also a consultative member of the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization (IHEYO), and a member of African Student Transhumanist Network (ASTNET). Peter is a philosophy major at Ibadan University. Peter has also written for the SSA eNews.

Peter works hard to get international secular organizations to support his work and to connect with other activists all over Africa. In order to go online, Peter must spend $4/day to connect via an Internet cafe. Ben hopes to use his donation to encourage others to raise enough money to buy Peter a sturdy laptop computer for Peter. Something that he can use to have a consistent work environment and be able to connect to the Internet at a much cheaper rate.

If you are inspired by Ben's generosity, please contribute to the project. The first $1,500 collected will go towards buying Peter a laptop and service policy for that laptop. Everything beyond that will go to the SSA's general international fund and be used to help other international activists.

Ben offers this letter of recommendation:

Dear Reader,Ben Hyink

I recommend Peter Adegoke for your charity.

Peter is a former theology student who found the courage to act not only on his doubts but on his conviction that the application of reason to complex problems is the best hope for improving the lives of people everywhere. He is now a committed Humanist who has published articles and given public addresses critical of the pervasive religiosity in Nigeria, including the appearance of fundamentalist bigotry in laws passed by the nation. Peter speaks out at personal risk to his career, and given recent actions to curtail civil liberties in his country, quite possibly his freedom and safety.

Peter is also a competent organizer, founding a Humanist Society club at Ibadan University. Within the last month he was elected as President of the National Philosophy Society at Ibadan in spite of last-minute efforts by religious students and professors to delay the election and rally votes against him. I have also known him by his involvement with the African Students Transhumanist Network (ASTNET), and respect his serious engagement with issues of technological development and global poverty.

Unfortunately, Peter is forced by economic circumstances to pay $4 for Internet access (in a country were most people live on less than $1 a day) every few days in a block of time that typically starts at 10 p.m. and ends around 5 a.m. This is a horribly frustrating circumstance for such a promising activist, and a significant loss for the effort to promote forward-thinking Humanism in Africa.

Fortunately, the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) has offered to hold a fund raiser to buy Peter the laptop he will need to continue and expand his activism.

I have committed $500 toward the purchase of a laptop computer for Peter, which is necessary for unrestricted access and opens new opportunities for Peter to fund his own efforts. I invite you to contribute whatever amount you feel comfortable with toward the cause.

Please contribute whatever amount you can afford to help spread Humanism in Africa. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ben Hyink

Chair, Transhumanist Student Network (TSN)
Alumni Contributor, Secular Student Alliance (SSA)

Home: (708) 354-3285
ben_hyink9 - at - yahoo.com


The SSA has received Ben's $500 donation. Please support Ben and Peter.

Tomas Arribas

UPDATE: Tomás Arribas has sent a $200 donation of his own towards Peter's laptop. Tomás is studying Computer Sciences in Madrid, Spain. He's also the Co-Chair of the Transhumanist Student Network.

The SSA is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit and your donations are tax deductible.

This article appeared as part of SSA eNews No. 10 - My Struggle with Disbelief, Part 2

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