Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Goodbye Yasmine El-Rufai
I moved in and joined the discussion, found her quite articulate, intelligent and eloquent, I couldn’t but ask for her name and in a shy note she calmly said “I am Yasmine El-Rufai”, now I see where you got your eloquence from I said, she smiled and made a joke about her dad getting tips from her, we all laughed and I moved on, that was the first and only time I’d speak to Yasmine and it came to me as a rude shock when I heard she passed away at such a young age.
I call on my friends to join me in praying for the soul of Yasmine, that God will forgive her sins, receive her and protect her soul and her family the strength to hold on strong, for those she left behind may God keep the good times she spent with them as that golden gift that would never be erased.
Yasmine El-Rufai, is the eldest daughter of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), she passed away suddenly in her London apartment on Nov. 26, Yasmine held a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Bath, UK and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE). She also had a law degree from the University of London.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.