Welcome to the first blog post in the PALAVER TREE COMMENTARY in the new format.
By the way of a reminder, in the African oral traditions, the PALAVER TREE represented the traditional roundtable where misunderstandings, critical community issues and matters affecting the larger populace were thrashed and resolved under the auspices of the traditional leadership and community elders. Discussants and disputants came and tabled whatever contentions they had and various points of views were enumerated. Together, through group consensus, a final decision would be reached to the satisfaction of all parties. The PALAVER TREE in some societies indeed stood for more than dispute resolutions, problem solving and community social health discussions; it was additionally a place of festivals, the harvest celebrations and a forum where the travelling storyteller (or griot) would set up camp in the twilight of the day, to spin tales of times and seasons far off and free from the worries of the daily grind.
In this blog, the PALAVER TREE is the title of the platform arguing in favour of concepts, causes, ideas, positions, arguments and/or policies that foster and further the spread of the culture of CREATIVITY and INNOVATION in the public and social spheres in Nigeria.
The above title belongs to an article written about the fallibility of research in THE ECONOMIST in the Briefing section of the magazine on October 19th, 2013.