September 9, 2018
Brighter Brains Institute (BBI), a SF Bay nonprofit (https://brighterbrains.institute/), has promoted humanism for two years in religiously-conflicted Nigeria – Africa’s wealthiest and most populous nation.
This presentation will first explain religious extremism in the Islamic north (Boko Haram terrorism & the Almajiri system) and the Christian south (the “witch child” phenomenon).
Next, the heroic actions of Nigeria’s atheists/humanists will be examined (Leo Igwe, Mubarak Bala, etc.).
Thirdly, the efforts of BBI to promote secular humanism will be depicted: they’ve offered 20 Critical Thinking workshops, plus vocational training and humanitarian aid for the Almajjiri, and startup funding – accompanied by humanist lectures – to Women’s Collectives in the Al-amin Dagash Refugee Camp in Maiduguri.
Finally, BBI’s future goal to start a “mobile humanist school” for refugee children will be clarified.
BBI director Hank Pellissier will present.