Why are we?
For almost 70 years, the Pyrates Confraternity (PC) has quietly championed various intellectually robust social advocacy projects, and humanitarian interventions, in fulfilment of its founding vision and mission. As an organisation, wherever we exist, our membership aspires to positively transform society, in service to humanity.
From our origins in 1952, when seven (7) like-minded undergraduates of the University College, Ibadan, we have continued to, without fanfare, strive to counter identified constraints that militate against the attainment of a better society. These have ranged from advocating and fighting for human rights, leading protests against tyranny at any level to championing humanitarian efforts to support people and communities in need.
Through the years, against all odds and challenges, we remained dedicated to the founding principles as articulated by the founders of the Pyrates Confraternity:
- Prof. Wole Soyinka
- Engr. Nathaniel Oyelola
- Ralph Opara
- Pius Oleghe
- Ikpehare Aig-Imoukhuede
- Prof. Olumuyiwa Awe
- Sylvanus Egbuche
These young men articulated a membership ethos that became the core values of the organisation. The Four (4) Compass Points and Seven (7) Rudder Blades are the ethics and principles which inspire and guide the direction we steer our activities and membership:
Four Compass Points
- Against moribund convention.
- Against tribalism.
- For humanistic ideals.
- For comradeship and chivalry.
Seven Rudder Blades
- Deck before ego.
- All before self.
- Sense before slogan.
- Truth before cant
- Learn before leap.
- Change over stasis.
- Act over yap.
Walking the Talk!
Over the past seven decades, our activities as Pyrates have ranged from protecting and defending helpless students in Nigerian tertiary educational institutions, to challenging nepotism, sexism, elitism, godfatherism and tribalism; to being the flag bearers and bulwark in the fight against military dictatorships in Nigeria, in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Definitely, the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has worked diligently, but discreetly, towards the socio-political transformation of Nigeria.
Specifically, the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) was key to the pro-democracy struggles against various military juntas in Nigeria, for which many of its members were brutalized, detained, harassed, hounded, persecuted, tortured and imprisoned. Although that battle was won, Pyrates have remained resolute, despite being the unsung heroes of those Dark Ages of predatory military dictatorship and gross abuse of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.
We Are What We Do!
In carrying out the objectives of NAS, we do not seek accolades or validation. We are always challenging ourselves with the question: what can we do to raise society to the highest fulfillment? We simply get on with rendering the service that is needed to make a difference. With an estimated 750+ projects in the books, we remain energised to raise the bar in whatever we set out to do.
As survivors of police brutality, individually and collectively, we fully participated in the historic EndSARS protests. Marching the streets in solidarity, providing support to the protesters and raising voice advocacy across the media.
Through its National Integration projects, the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has been championing the cause for a detribalized Nigeria for over 50 years. Our multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious and international membership is a definitive proof of our diversity, which drives creativity, and empathy towards a greater and better enriched collective experience.
Under the aegis of the NAS Citizens Summit, the #OurVotesCount Project has strengthened democratic values, created voter awareness and sensitisation required for demanding accountability from elected political and civic leaders in Nigeria.
Through the NAS Medical Mission, we deploy our medical professionals and resources actively in the field to deliver free medical interventions to communities that have limited access to quality healthcare. Our medical advocacy also seeks a review of the moribund 1958 Mental Health Bill that is still operational in Nigeria, in line with global best practices.
Our network of legal professionals provides pro-bono legal aid especially for the weak and defenseless in our communities, for the public good. We also champion cases towards promoting citizens’ rights. The NAS Street Child Project supports NGOs that work to take indigent children away from the streets.
These are just some of what Pyrates have done, are doing, and can do. What we do, and will continue to do, is down to the idealism and intellectual grit of Pyrates worldwide, with their dedication to our founding principles.
Who We Do Not Want to Join Us?
Membership of the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) is not an all-comer’s affair. We seek to join hands ONLY with those who have strong and vibrant connection with the above stated ethos of the Pyrates Confraternity.
If you do not have the zeal for human rights, service to community, justice and advocacy, membership of our organisation is not for you. If the core values and activities as declared above DO NOT resonate with you, please you do not need to bother yourself any further. The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) is not for you. Please STOP here!
Who Do We Want?
If you are in tune with the ideals of human rights, service to community and social advocacy and wish to partake in our drive for a better society, or yearn to inculcate our values into your way of life, then we encourage you to #JoinHandsWithLikeMinds.