Comerade Balogun Kehinde

He is a revolutionary socialist, activist, historian, advocate of truth, poet, journalist and a role model to those that believe in his ideology, Comrade Balogun Babatunde Kehinde was educated at Victory College, Ikeja, Lagos and Muslim high school, Isolu, Abeokuta, Ogun State before being admitted at the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State, from where he graduated with a Ordinary National Diploma (OND) honour. He subsequently studied History and International Relations at the first and only indigenous university in Lagos, Lagos State University, ojo, graduating with Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), with Honours degree in 2008. He also studied conflict analysis, management and interfaith conflict resolution from the United States Institute of Peace.

As a university student, Balogun, exhibited his sterling leadership qualities, which singled him out among his peers, both as the Under Secretary of the Students Union Government at the Lagos State University and also as the Public Relations Officer of National Association of Nigerian Students (south-west zone).

The peak of his career as a student activist was when he was elected as the President/ Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students, south-west geo-political zone in 2006.

This vantage position that he occupied made him to be at the centre of several negotiations and collective bargaining with federal, States governments and higher institutions authorities on issues relating to students welfare, academic freedom and the resolution of the endemic crisis into which our nation’s educational sector was engulfed.

During and after the completion of his academic programme, he published not less than 200 articles on the challenges of national development in the country. This includes but not limited to the following: unemployment of youths, bane of terrorism in Nigeria; prioritization of education: antidote too Nigeria’s technological backwardness, Unjust killings in jos: Threat to national unity and security, Shielding children from perils of street hawking, Atiku: northern political miscalculation, MEND and the pillage of Nigeria, voter’s registration: failed process, dashed hope, 2011 election: April poll or April fool etc….

In 2008, he worked with Honourable Olawale Osun as a researcher for about 12months. This exposes him more to writing and made him develop interest in journalism.

He begin his sojourn in the field of journalism in an official capacity in 2010, first with LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER as a proof-reader/ reporter and later joined AFRICAN HERALD EXPRESS MEDIA LIMITED as its sub-editor. Also on part-time basis, he worked as the editor of a maiden media advertising firm and later with Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC); which thus began an eventful and research driven NGOISM career of the revolutionary; all in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

CISLAC is a non-profit making, nongovernmental organization which main objective is to strengthen democratic institution in Nigeria via advocacy and lobbying the lawmakers to ensure easy and speedy passage of bills that would affect positively, the lives of the people and consolidate our hard earn democracy.

 

Publication(s)

Book

  • The Nigerian State and the Crises of Capitalism - published 2013
  • Intergroup relation in Ijebuland: A case study of Ijebu-ode and Sagamu relations                        published 2008

 

Articles

During my sojourn in the world of journalism and as a student activist, I published not less than 200 articles on the challenges of national development in the country. This includes but not limited to the following:

  • unemployment of youths, bane of terrorism in Nigeria
  • prioritization of education: antidote too Nigeria’s technological backwardness
  • Unjust killings in jos: Threat to national unity and security
  • Shielding children from perils of street hawking
  • Atiku: northern political miscalculation
  • MEND and the pillage of Nigeria
  • voter’s registration: failed process, dashed hope
  • 2011 election: April poll or April fool
  • Road to Abuja

 

Other Publications (Including Conference Papers)

 

o   Gender Imbalance, Bane of Mental Poverty in Nigeria. A paper presented at a roundtable conference organized by civil society legislative advocacy centre on gender mainstreaming at 7 mahathma Gandhi Street Garki Abuja on 16th November, 2011.

o   Causes and solution to cult brigandage in Nigeria tertiary institutions. A paper presented at a one-day programme organised by the National Association of Nigerian Students, Zone ‘D’, held at the women development centre, Agege, Lagos Nigeria on the 31 October, 2006.

o   ideological rebirth of student movement in Nigeria. Being a paper presented during a 3-day NANS zone ‘D’ senate meeting held at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin Agbara Lagos in May 2006.

o   The effect of neo-colonial economy on the political landscape and development of Nigeria. Being a paper presented during the 2007 NANS zone ‘D’ convention held at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ojere Abeokuta on 18 July 2007.

 

 Societies/Organisation:

  • Editorial board member, Farmers’ Chronicle Newspaper
  • Editorial board member, CISLAC’s Legislative Digest
  • Convener, Ogun Grassroot Assembly

 

POLITICAL PROFILE

  • Acting Clerk, Lagos State University Students Union 2003/2004
  • Under secretary, Lagos State University Students Union 2004/2005
  • Public Relations Officer, National Association of Nigerian Students (south-west) 2005/2006
  • President/Coordinator, National Association of Nigerian Students (south-west) 2006/2007
  • Convener, Ogun State Youth Assembly
  • President, Greenland Estate Youth Association

 

HONOURS

  • Politician of the year by roots cultural award, LASU Chapter
  • Comrade of the year by roots award, LASU Chapter
  • Nominee, defender of Nigeria democracy Award by defender of Nigeria democracy organization chaired by General Yakubu Gowon
  • Merit award as a distinguished political activist by National Association of Nigerian Students, south-west zone
  • Distinguish leadership award by Nigerian Economics Students Association, LASU Chapter
  • Activist of the year award by the ambassador’s award group
  • Advocate of truth award by Nigerian Economics Students Association, LASU Chapter
  • Intellectual tycoon by National Association of Nigerian Students, JCC Lagos State Chapter