The STAI Research Centres represent a very important aspect of Standtall Africa Initiative. No institution or organization does well without reviewing its programmes and strategies via constant research. To operationalize, we adopt a system where we search again and again with a view to making improvements where there is need; applying either scientific-procedural means or traditional means of observation, information and history in order to take care of the Future. STAI stands on three legs; Educational development, practical entrepreneurship & value addition and Quality leadership & capacity building. Research is key to the success of the above.
A STORY OF AFRICA:
What had happened to Africa? The story or the history of Africa can be tied to the geographic concept of the big bang theory which presupposes that the planets were formed due to the condensation of fiery gasses emitted from the sun. They hardened as they moved far away from the sun, giving birth to the planets of which the earth is one. The earth also, in a pre-arranged chronology broke up into the continents of which Africa is one. A proverbial blind man, in a group of six was said to have described Africa as the ear of an elephant which was opposed to what his colleagues saw. From the above, we can safely remark that one can tell the story of Africa from his own perspective. Our researchers therefore lines out the story of Africa from anthropological, environmental, regional and political perspectives in order to give our audience a glimpse of the continents multi-faceted evolution.
The various races of Africa, spread across the continent are inter-twined in the manner in which they relate with one another as touching cultures, norms, values, initiations. There are as at now fifty-five African Countries, cemented under the African Union (AU). Each of the independent states is bedeviled with political and social upheavals from which emancipation is a far-cry as leadership remains a mirage. The various ethnic nationalities are perpetually in conflict with one another which do not give room for even development of the regions. The most widespread races are the Fulani’s of Nigeria, covering nearly the whole of North-Western Africa, the Yoruba’s and the Igbos.
Perhaps, due to inadequate technology and education on population issues, exact figures of people within the various regions of Africa have not been an easy task. Population figures have merely been projected based on previous ones, presumed to be fairly reliable. Some of the peoples of Africa, notably the Wollofs, the Zulus, the Hottentots found around Gambia, South Africa, East Africa, and the Biroms of the Jos plateau (the earliest inhabitants of West Africa) all have unique cultures and traditional institutions. Some of these peoples are very closely related to one another in occupation, food and lifestyle, especially the Hausas, Fulani’s and the Masai. Their economic activities are closely tied to the resources available in their immediate environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES:
Africa is apparently situated in the centre of the world, balance on an isotactic plane. This could explain why it doesn’t suffer from frequent natural disasters of earthquakes and vulcanicity. Unfortunately, social and human induced disasters had taken a heavy toll on the continent over the past two centuries.
The continent is surrounded by seas. On the north, Africa is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea; on the north East by the Red-Sea; on the South East, the Indian ocean; on the West, it is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Going further to the North-West, there is the strait of Gibraltar.
A few of the volcanoes in Africa have erupted before and still show some signs such as Mount Cameroun and the Atlas mountain ranges. In September 2018, a shift in the tectonic plate along Mpape area of Abuja-FCT sent people packing because if the Earth tremor which rocked the settlements of the affected zones lying along the plane (Maitama and Bwari).
The fear is that Africa may someday be submerged by the ocean if climate change continues unabated at the present rate. We have had repeated cases of flooding across the continent within the past few years.
Experts have argued that increased temperature had caused a rise in sea level due to defrosting of ice around the poles. It is common knowledge that temperatures are higher now than ever before.
The various regions of Africa have their particular problems of development which are a replica of their environmental systems and processes. The north has a nagging problem of drought, wind erosion, crop failure which invariably affects economic activities and livelihoods in general. Underdevelopment indices such as illiteracy, poor nutrition and health may be linked with the issue of terrorism and militancy or insurgency in the north; spread across the northern region in its entirety. The Western part of Africa suffers more from coastal erosion and degradation due to ocean surges. This problem requires the attention of governments of countries brothering the Atlantic ocean. The East mostly has savannah vegetation and; bush fires usually destroy available pasture for cattle and other animals reared by the herdsmen. There is little wonder then that farmers-herders clashes occur sometimes.
POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES OF THE AFRICAN STORY:
Nearly all African nations, apart from Ethiopia, have imitated their colonial masters in their political set-ups and this has affected their development in a way.
Traditional institutions and leadership began to be influenced by the colonialists or imperialists to the extent that ascending the throne can be determined by whoever is head-of-government. A president or governor could depose and Emir.
In view of the unfortunate circumstances Africa has found herself, it became pertinent that Standtall Africa Initiative established research institutes that will inquire, analyses, suggest and proffer solutions to most of the nagging problems on the continent bothering on education, entrepreneurship and leadership. Leadership is central to the functionality of any society. Get leadership right and every other thing is fixed. Research and vital statistics are not optional in leadership that has a touch of equity, justice and fair play.
For now STAI have established the following research institutes in order to tackles Africa challenges and proffer solutions to some of these challenging staring us in the face:
- The Ibrahim Katampe Centre for the Study of African Heritage and Values: This has the main objective of supporting scholars in relevant areas of African Studies, especially in tertiary institutions.
- The Kabiru Gombe Centre for Religious Diversity, Ethics and Peace Studies: This has the main objective of encouraging inter-faith and peace-related researchers in tertiary Institutions through healthy competitions and Seminars.
- Samuel Ortom Centre for Advanced and Professional Leadership Studies: This is mainly concerned with motivation of Leaders who have performed creditably through awards and publicity and fund researches in areas relating to leadership, community service and human capital development.
- Appolus Chu Centre for the Development of African Traditional Leadership and Institutions: Which is mainly concerned with re-branding traditional leadership institutions to suit modern times, especially where certain rites affect human welfare among other projects and programmes.