Author: Chika Onyejiuwa


An Overview: There is a wide spectrum of understanding of the meanings and definitions of spirituality but the one that anchors Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) in a very simple, profound and most helpful way was given by one of my teachers, Denis Hamm SJ. He defines spirituality thus: The way you SEE that leads to the way that you LIVE. The definition is revolutionary in two important ways. – Firstly, it underlines that the lens through which we look at the world conditions our relationships with people and the environment and strips spirituality of unhelpful association...

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Against Systematic Marginalization in Africa

At an International conference on the “Catholic Social Teachings and the Common Good: Implications for individual and institution participation in social engagement” held in Nairobi, Kenya February 20-23, 2017, the Executive Secretary of AEFJN (Chika Onyejiuwa) was invited to give an input on “Common Good advocacy against systematic marginalization in Africa”.  The conference, which brought together resource persons and participants from across Africa, Europe and America, was an effort to indigenize Catholic Social Teachings as a veritable tool for social and economic transformation in Africa. Among other things, Chika underlines that the poverty in Africa is systemic and that...

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Penny Wise, Pound Foolish: a Counter-Productive Philosophy

The UK antenna of the AEFJN held an event in November in which the International Secretariat of the network in Brussels participated.  The theme of the event was: IT’S NOW OR NEVER; CARING FOR CREATION, CARING FOR HUMANITY.  Among other things, it was an occasion to awaken greater sensitivity to the potential implications of an unambitious outcome of COP21 for Africa and the global community, ranging from food insecurity and malnutrition in the global south to a new wave of migration, terrorism and insecurity in the global North and all forms of natural disaster occasioned by ecological disequilibrium. The...

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The Theatre of Global Migration: A Window into the African Experience

Migration is, arguably, one of the most debated issues in Europe presently. Conferences and seminars are held to improve understanding of the phenomenon and how it has affected Europe in the last couple of decades. The European Union (EU) holds meetings with African leaders to develop common strategies on how to reduce the influx of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea, and the desire to exercise greater control of migration is said to be one of the reasons for the historic and stormy pull out of the United Kingdom (UK) from the EU. It is still too early to map...

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Nigeria Just Governance: The Nigerian Biosafety Acts, and GMOs – Implications for Nigerians and Africa

AEFJN recently co-organized a national conference on Just Governance: The Nigerian Biosafety Acts, and GMOs – Implications for Nigerians and Africa in Nigeria. It isa follow up activity of the Land grab conference held at Nairobi in 2015. The conference was the initiative of Friends of the Earth Nigeria/ Environmental Right Action who participated at the Nairobi conference. It aimed at developing national advocacy strategies to repeal the recently passed Nigerian  biosafety law and to resist the release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into the country because it is perceived that its negative impact on the Nigerian ecosystem and...

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