Bukola Ogunyemi: Liberalization of air transport market takes Africa closer to desired economic integration

  Traveling by air from one African country to another, as those familiar with the routes and processes would testify, is often strenuous, expensive and time-wasting due to poor air connections borne out of ill-advised protectionist policies. As Umaru Fofana, a BBC journalist, detailed in his experience in 2017 flying between the West African capitals of […]

For Nigeria to progress and for a shared prosperity, we need a developmentalist coalition – Omano Edigheji, PhD

  Introduction Nigeria is endowed with both human and natural resources. Yet, it remained undeveloped. It is a rich country with poor people, a situation of poverty in the midst of plenty.  Why have some nations developed and others not? Nations developed because nationalistic and patriotic individuals come together to transform their societies. The aim […]

South Sudan needs $1.7 billion humanitarian aid in 2018 – UN

 South Sudan needs $1.7 billion in aid next year to help 6 million people — half of its population — cope with the effects of war, hunger and economic decline, the government and the United Nations announced on Wednesday. South Sudan slid into civil war in late 2013, two years after gaining independence from Sudan […]

What drives instability in Africa and what can be done about it

  French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali, in May. EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson Jakkie Cilliers, University of Pretoria Africa will remain turbulent because it is poor and young, but also because it is growing and dynamic. Development is disruptive but also presents huge opportunities. The continent needs to […]

The EU-Africa summit is now the AU-EU summit. Why the upgrade matters

  President of the AU Alpha Conde, European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and President of the EU Jean-Claude Juncker. Reuters/Luc Gnago Frank Mattheis, University of Pretoria and John Kotsopoulos, University of Pretoria African and European heads of government gathered last week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for their 5th summit since 2000. For the first […]

The Omojuwa Foundation: If Tomorrow Comes

 I believe in God, I believe in the human mind and I believe in the power of capital! I don’t read novels these days as much as I used to but the one novel I will never forget is the Sidney Sheldon classic, If Tomorrow Comes. Reading Tracy Whitney’s adventure taught me that really and […]

Foreign Policy – Trump’s America First Budget Puts Africa Last

 Nairobi – It gets more U.S. foreign aid than any other continent, the largest share of U.S. global health and disaster relief spending, and it hosts nine out of the world’s 16 U.N. peacekeeping operations — and four out of the five most expensive ones. Sub-Saharan Africa is grappling with record levels of displacement and […]

Bukola Ogunyemi: Appraising Kaduna’s Smart Infrastructure Plan

 Kaduna State knows that infrastructural development is a straightforward way to inject money into the economy and lay the foundation for long-term growth. This is why it has committed N108 billion of its 2016 budget to capital expenditure and will further commit N130 billion in 2017. Already, 421 contracts have been awarded for renovation of […]