This profile was prepared when Moshood Erubami was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
The New Idea
Mashood Erubami understands that Nigeria's deeply authoritarian political culture plays itself out everywhere, even in family relationships. The transition to democracy, then, is going to take more than the military abiding by the results of an occasional election. He believes that without the foundations of a civil society in place there can be no democracy.Mashood is focusing his efforts on groups that have a radiating impact on the society as a whole. He is training these groups in civility, and bringing that civility not only to their professional lives, but also to their relationships with their families and acquaintances.