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In a super-cool hero-themed announcement last week, The Future Project (TFP) named the 50 nominees for this year’s Future Awards Africa. The awards are meant to “celebrate young people between the ages of 18 and 31, who have made outstanding achievement in the year under consideration,” and recognize young Africans for contributions across ten categories, including Advocacy & Activism — the category under which our own Olumayowa Okediran was nominated!   Advocacy-Olumayowa-Okediran

It’s a great honor to have an SFL staffer listed among such “an inspiring mix of superstars like television host Trevor Noah (South Africa), singer Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and change makers such as Botswansian Queen Baboloki and Segawa Patrick (Uganda).” Here’s what The Future Project had to say about Olumayowa:

Olumayowa Okediran leads a crop of young people across Africa dedicated to promoting human rights and individual liberties as well as market-based solutions to Africa’s problems. He founded African Students For Liberty in Nigeria in 2013 and the organization quickly expanded to 10 African countries networking and training thousands of young Africans. With hubs in several Universities  across  Africa, Okediran  travels extensively giving lectures  in Universities and conferences around the world.

Through African Students For Liberty, Okediran has reached thousands of young Africans from Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, The Gambia and Uganda. Okediran has trained these young people on the use of entrepreneurial based approaches in developing their advocacy programs. These efforts have led to the establishment of advocacy and research think tanks in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and The Gambia.

Olumayowa co-authored the book “Why Liberty” with an extensive focus on the development of private enterprise in Africa. 350,000 copies of the book have been distributed in English across the globe and the book translated to Russian, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Greek.

With over 100 volunteers engaging over 4,000 students in 18 African countries, Olumayowa has built African Students For Liberty into the largest free-market and human rights youth movement on the continent. Asides from his role building the youth movement for liberty in Africa, Olumayowa in 2014 became a Policy Analyst with the Independent Entrepreneurship Group based in Cape Town and also a mentor for Refugee students studying at Kiron University in Berlin via Kwantum Mentoring Ltd.

The 10th annual Future Awards Africa will take place this December after touring through ten major cities across the continent to host town hall events. This year’s theme is Imagine Africa! which TFP says was “chosen to highlight young Africans who are fulfilling the promise of the continent by conquering the unlimited frontiers of imagination. TFAA is proud to demonstrate the richness and variety of positive change catalysed by these young ideas.”

Congratulations to our dear colleague Olumayowa on his well-deserved nomination!  #‎BecauseSuperheroesdonthavetobefictional‬

LIBERTYPOKER2015FINALmediumresThomas Tullis just wanted to organize a poker game for his Young American for Liberty chapter at the University of Oregon. He filled out all the campus bureaucracy’s forms, requested money from the student senate to cover reservation fees, and started advertising the event.

There was just one problem: a local gun shop donated firearms to reward the winners, and Second Amendment rights aren’t welcome on America’s college campuses.

Despite the fact that Thomas’ YAL chapter threw the exact same event last year with no problems, UofO’s administration and student senate went out of their way to try to stop the event. First, the University Housing office told Thomas he could not post fliers for the event because the prize “violated the student conduct code.” Winning a gun is not illegal in the State of Oregon.

Then, the student senate rejected Thomas’ request for $950 to reserve the ballroom and buy pizza for attendees. Since the prizes were donated, not one cent of student money would have gone to gun manufacturers. Furthermore, the firearm prizes were not going to by physically at the event. (more…)


“If soldiers are not to cross international boundaries, goods must do so. Unless the Shackles can be dropped from trade, bombs will be dropped from the sky.” – Otto Mallery

With the world reeling from the violence of the past weeks, many are asking what can we do? How can we ensure our safety? What will it take to make our world a more peaceful place?

Many are suggesting a dangerous mix of retaliation and hermitage: bomb this country, arm that one. Close your borders, expand the state. This quote from 19th century classical liberal thinker Otto Mallery (himself heavily influenced by our own dear Frédéric Bastiat) puts it clearly: greater violence, isolation, and control, will only serve to fuel the flames of terrorism and destruction.

This is one reason so many economists agree with libertarians on the importance of free choice: voluntary association and freedom of choice are the building blocks of economic progress and human well-being. The freedom to decide what we do with our resources and our time is not only important from a moral perspective of the individual, but because peace and prosperity are the natural outgrowth of liberty.

State intervention on the other hand — whether in the form of border controls, tariffs, or occupational licensing — makes us all less well off.

Fittingly, Students For Liberty recently launched an online course in partnership with Learn Liberty that covers these central principles of classical liberal thought: Liberty 101.

Today, we’re excited to give you a preview of Economics & Liberty, with Prof. Diana Thomas, an economics professor at Creighton University:


sfl-cc-fb-banner-v3-robynIn these past few weeks, student protests have reached a fever pitch at campuses across the country. While the demands and tactics have varied widely, one student perspective is often overlooked: the classical liberal.

It’s time for that to change.

CC-4.jpgRecognizing the critical importance of on-the-ground activism in an ever-more-volatile political world, Students For Liberty has opened the application process for Campus Coordinators early this year. If you want to help represent the libertarian perspective on campus, build up the liberty movement in your area, and start the struggle for a freer future, then apply today.

This highly competitive program seeks out strong student leaders and community organizers to spread the ideas of a free society from the grassroots level by starting new pro-liberty student groups, organizing events to promote the ideas of liberty, resourcing student groups and identifying and mentoring other pro-liberty students.

In order to be eligible to join the Campus Coordinator Program, you must:

  • Be a university student during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Reside in the Unites States or Canada

You can find more information about the program here, or by reaching out to a Campus Coordinator or other SFL leader in your area. I’ll leave you with this final message from current CC Nikki Burgess:

“Being a CC has not always been easy, but the program gave me the support I needed to step out of my comfort zone and gain skills and confidence I would not previously have imagined myself possessing. Because of SFL I am a better communicator, multi-tasker, and leader.”

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This February, for one weekend, libertarians from around the world will gather in Washington, DC for the 9th Annual International Students For Liberty Conference. It’s an educational conference, of course, but it’s also so much more than that: it’s a homecoming, a reunion, a return to the SFamiLy.

How appropriate then, that the annual ISFLC art show derives it’s name from an ancient Sumerian word meaning “return to the mother.” First used to describe the freeing of a slave, many view the phrase “Ama-Gi” as the very first expression — in language — of the concept of liberty. The feeling of liberty, however, is older still. It’s part of what makes us human, and can sometimes be better expressed by the beauty, power, and possibility it evokes.

That’s what the Ama-Gi Art Show aims to showcase: creative expressions that explore the meaning, the challenges, and the feeling of freedom. It’s your chance to tell the world: what does liberty look like to you?

Click below to submit your creative expression for consideration in the Ama-Gi Art Show at ISFLC16. Feel free to submit any kind of visual, literary, or auditory media, or even an artistic performance such as spoken word or dance! Those selected will be showcased to over 2,000 people at the world’s largest gathering of libertarian students and you’ll also have the option of selling your art at the show.

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The deadline for submissions is December 17th, so get your submission in early!