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From Nigeria's Ibadan University Humanist Society

This article originally appeared as part of SSA eNews No. 11 - The SSA Around the World.

The following is taken from the website of Nigeria's Ibadan University Humanist Society.

This is a Society dedicated to the principle of eupraxophy which is a philosophical life stance derived from two Greek words meaning "good" and "practice".

Simply put, it is a non-theistic, non-supernatural philosophy that encourages people to do good for good is good to do, shunning the bribery of heaven and the threat of hell for which millions have been killed on the altar of religious fundamentalism. The Society is also dedicated to enhancing the human and intellectual capability of staff and students of the University of Ibadan in particular and people of Ibadan in general.

It is our general observation that most Nigerians are scientifically illiterate; hence we had to commit much energy to bringing about the age of renaissance of progressive learning in Africa in order to promote a new breed of youth that will be able to take their future in their hands without recourse to a spiritual power.

The University of Ibadan is Nigeria's premier university with a students' population of about 33,000. The university has produced great minds that have excel in their various endeavors in the life of the nation and the world at large. The University has produce famous men like the Africa first humanist Nobel Laureate professor Wole Soyinka, the former Commonwealth Secretary General Emeka Ayanoku, Barnabas Gemade, Chief Bola Ige and a lot of people who has done the school proud. We at the IUHS will like to bring back the glory for which the school was once known.

We are also involve in working for sexual and reproductive rights, human rights, children rights, justice advocacy, separation of religions and state, fighting for the oppressed (women, gays, children, the poor, etc). We try to influence government decision as regards population and birth controls, democracy and good governance. We are also involve in media advocacy, campaigns, HIV/AIDS awareness campaign and any effort that has to do with helping mankind achieve fulfillment.

We are striving to create a good environment for people with dissenting views who are not dogmatic and fanatical about their believes but who when called upon could give reasons for why they belief what they belief. Wole Soyinka is a believer in this philosophy that admits atheists, humanists, agnostics, freethinkers, brights, liberals, materialists, rationalists, and other group with reasons as their watchword. Dr. Tai Solarin was the arrow head of this philosophy in Nigeria."

This article originally appeared as part of SSA eNews No. 11 - The SSA Around the World.

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