Origins and Beyond: August 2020 | The Digital Divide

Our next event is focussing on the Digital Divide.15th June 2020, 7pm – 8:45 (UK TIME)

By way of context, the Digital Divide is defined as the gulf between those who have ready access to computer and the internet, and those who do not. To this end I will be exploring community IT provisions in slums in Lagos State in our next event.

Among other challenges with the current pandemic, perhaps the biggest concern in the developing world has been the gap in technology. While the West is now focused on cloud solutions and cyber security, the developing world is only scratching the surface in Information and Communications Technology.

For instance, schools and universities have really struggled to make the transition to digital teaching and learning in Nigeria for a plethora of reasons. Those that are geared up for delivery are often faced with learners who: do not own a device; lack a safe space to study; are experiencing poor internet connectivity, lack electricity or alternatives to power their devices.


  1. Talk: Origins and Beyond: the Digital Divide by Clement Akran, BA Theology, Media & Communications, MBA Ethics & Sustainability (30minutes)
    An overview of the digital divide
    Explore some of the reasons why it exists
  1. Vlog from 3 community ICT settings in Lagos (15mins)
  2. Panel Discussion and questions from the audience (30minutes)

  • Where do we go from here: Alignment, disruption or what?
  1. Synopsis, closing remarks and update on future events (5minutes)


  • Welcome and Talk
  • Q & A with Panel of Experts

  • Vlog from 3 community IT settings in slums in Lagos (TBC)

  • Closing remarks, and future events

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    As a student of history, I have come to realise that achieving policy and institutional reforms, although extremely difficult, is still relatively easier than mobilising potential beneficiaries to see, engage and flourish from such changes.

    If one can draw from ancient antiquity, It is one thing to bring the people out of captivity, a completely different and more complex task to get them to enter and flourish in the promised land.

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    A Moral Critique of the Book of Exodus_4

    Today at Healingsprings fellowship

    In recent months I explored some fundamental problems with biblical texts and their doctrinal implication, using the book of Exodus as a case study.

    This series sparked a lot of questions which has opened my eyes to the degree of assumptions made by Christians about the influence of the faith. I also discovered that non-believers are often more knowledgeable about Christian history and its implication on social norms and our world.

    When we draw swift conclusions without doing the required research we leave no room for possibilities. This is particularly depressing in an era in which access to information is easy and affordable once we have the right guidance or mentorship. I emphasise the need for guidance because there are lots of poor quality information out there also.

    So back to the subject at hand, writing on the relationship between colonialism and religion for instance, citing Jan H. Boer (the Sudan United Mission), Falola (2001) argues that:

    Colonialism is a form of imperialism based on a divine mandate and designed to bring liberation – spiritual, cultural, economic and political – by sharing the blessings of the Christ-inspired civilization of the West with a people suffering under satanic oppression, ignorance and disease, effected by a combination of political, economic and religious forces that cooperate under a regime seeking the benefit of both ruler and ruled.” – Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies, p. 33.

    So, it will seem that some missionaries were trying to fix the colossal damage that slavery made on the geography, life and psyche of Africans. Because If we rewind back a few centuries before slavery in Africa, early missionaries recalled that poverty was an alien concept within African societies. Africans were organised in tribes or kingdoms, and there were sophisticated systems and processes in place to address the concerns of the poor, disabled, elderly, widows and orphans. Judaism could not be said to be more civilised or ethical because disabled people were not allowed into the Temple, even animals for sacrifice were meant to be without spot, wrinkle, or blemish; and lepers were not allowed into the community.

    To this end, how do we harness all that is good and ethical about humanity to move us forward?

    Join us at 3pm today for the series: From Order to Chaos: a study on Exodus

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