JJ Omojuwa: Dollar Republic of Nigeria and Babachir Lawal

 And then there was Andrew Yakubu. A thief is a thief but surely, there has to be a difference between a thief who steals and then sends the money abroad to create jobs elsewhere and one who steals and is bold enough to retain the money in the local economy to be some sort of […]

Franck Kuwonu: How Morocco Flexed Economic Muscles For AU Return

 “It is a beautiful day when one returns home after too long of an absence,” King Mohammed VI of Morocco said after the North African country was readmitted to the African Union (AU) at its summit in January. The decision by AU leaders in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, capped a swift and remarkable process since the King […]

Cristiano D’Orsi: Trump’s Attempt To Ban Refugees Will Hurt Africa

  An Executive Order issued by US President Donald Trump’s administration on January 27th suspended all refugee admission for 120 days from seven Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The political backlash has been severe and US courts have suspended the ban. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked Cristiano d’Orsi […]

Li Yong: Africa Could Become A Global Economic Powerhouse Within The Next Decade

  In today’s interdependent global economy, Africa remains a weak link. If the world is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, thereby completing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it must help Africa accelerate its development by promoting rapid and responsible industrialization. Africa is by no means destined to lag behind the rest […]

Kurt Davis: 7 African Countries Favoured For Infrastructure Investment In 2017

 African leaders view modern infrastructure as vital to economic growth. Yet, energy, internet, and transport costs in Africa are among the highest around the globe. Many officials have ambitious infrastructure-upgrade and new-build plans, but are constrained by limited public budgets recovering from the economic struggles of 2015 and 2016. More than ever before, private investors are intrigued […]

Chude Jideonwo: Why Are Africa’s Young People Voting For Old Men?

 The populist wave that carried Donald Trump to the American presidency is a global phenomenon. Nowhere is this more apparent than in West Africa, over the past two years. The sense is the same—there is now a deep suspicion of the established economic and political order (you could add to that, media) across much of […]

Trump’s Africa Policy: Unclear and Uncertain

 Africa is not likely to emerge as one of US President Donald Trump’s  foreign policy priorities. But the continent is almost certain to be affected by the fallout from his hardline foreign policy views, his strong anti-Muslim pronouncements, his vow to eliminate Islamic terrorism, and his “America First” economic policies.  And the prospects are probably bleak for […]

The Five Big Questions Facing The Gambia’s New Government

 On 26 January, the Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow, returned to the country amidst widespread celebrations. It had taken a long and tense process involving mediation from several regional presidents and a brief military intervention to convince his predecessor Yahya Jammeh to step down. But after 23 years in office and nearly two months since […]

Growth, Trump, and Debt in Africa: Key Economic Trends to Watch in 2017

 In 2016, real GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to have been the weakest since the 2008-09 global financial crisis. This was largely because of the poor performance in its two largest economies, South Africa and Nigeria, which together make up about half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP. Although oil and mining economies were hurt […]

Stephen Oyedemi: Protectionist Policies Will Keep Nigeria’s Economy Down

 Early this year, most Nigerians were optimistic and hopeful that the so called ‘Budget of Change’ of the Buhari administration was going to bring substantial positive change to Nigeria. Unfortunately, the country has so far been experiencing a negative growth (economic recession), a weakening currency and a hyper-inflation that have resulted in prices of many […]