Waziri Adio: Recession as Opportunity for Reversing Resource Curse


 And, sadly, it came to pass. It is well predicted that most countries blessed with natural resources, even in the best of times, perform worse economically than countries not so endowed; and that, when times are tough, countries that are dependent on natural resources come to an assured grief. There is a popular name for […]

Education Reforms: How a Nigerian State is Blazing the Trail

Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Nigeria

 Kaduna State is reputed as having the third oldest University in Nigeria and the only Aviation Technology Institute in West Africa. This is in addition to the fact that the state is home to at least 2 other Universities, 2 Polytechnics, 6 Colleges of Education and 4 Research Institutes that focus on diverse fields from […]

Rotimi Fawole: Creating A Dis-enabling Environment


 One of the very best places to learn about the nature of Nigeria’s business environment is at a professional services firm when providing business establishment advice to a wide variety of comers. Even better, when you have to provide said advice to foreign professional services firms helping their clients set up subsidiaries in Nigeria, because […]

Secession – Will Somaliland Be Africa’s 55th Country?


  Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo recently claimed that more than one million citizens, out of the country’s population of 3.4 million, had signed a petition calling for the international community to recognise Somaliland. Since 1991, and the collapse of the Siad Barre regime in Somalia, the region has declared itself independent. But should it? […]

Carlos Lopes: Is Aviation Going To Be Africa’s Next Big Integration Magnet?


 – by Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) As the world gets used to new forms of interconnectedness, Africa is not left aside. Today, more than 700 million Africans are subscribed to mobile services with many wealthy Africans proudly displaying more than one cell, a symbol of a newly acquired […]

Small Is Better In Africa’s Economies as Biggest Nations Stumble

Kenya CBN

 East African nations are playing an increasing role in driving growth in the world’s poorest continent as they ride a wave of cheap oil, slowing inflation and lower interest rates. Left behind: Former powerhouses Nigeria and South Africa. The economies of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are all set to expand more than 5 percent this year, […]