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Speaking at Chatham House Event on Elections, Boko Haram and Security in Nigeria

I will be participating in a panel, at an event organised by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, aka Chatham House. The title is: Elections, Boko Haram and Security: Assessing and Addressing Nigeria’s Complex Challenges. It is taking place at Chatham House offices in London, on 9 December 2014, from 9.30 am to 12 noon GMT. … Continue reading

Nigerian Affairs / Northern Nigeria

Appeal Fund & Collection Drive for IDPs from North-East Nigeria

A consortium of local NGOs in Nigeria is launching an appeal fund to support the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East. According to the UN (as indicated in the flyer below) about 470,000 have fled their homes since 2013. Please donate and assist, where you can. Details in the flyer attached. By the way, there … Continue reading

General / Global

The IMF: Change in the Air?

This year’s G20 (Group of Twenty) Summit – an annual forum where the world’s twenty largest economies discuss international economic cooperation – took place in Brisbane Australia. Several commitments on boosting global growth, reducing inequalities, attaining inclusive growth, creating jobs and even establishing a Global Infrastructure Hub were made. What particularly caught my attention in the communiqué … Continue reading

General / Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 12

1) NIGERIA LNG Post-Graduate Scholarship Scheme 2015 Applications are now being accepted into the Nigeria LNG Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for entry into Masters Programmes in the United Kingdom in September 2015. Application form for the scholarships can be downloaded here or click the download tab.  Completed application form, along with an attached coloured passport photograph of the … Continue reading

Events / General / Global / UK

Participation at the Oxford Forum for International Development Conference

I have been invited by the Oxford Forum for International Development to chair a panel at the annual Introduction to International Development Conference. The panel I will be moderating is titled, ‘Keeping Score: Reflecting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)’. The three panellists are: Ian White from the World Bank, Dr. Sabina Alkire of the … Continue reading

African Affairs / General / Global

The Unexpected Political Transitions in Zambia and Burkina Faso

Last week, there were two political transitions on the continent which were both dramatic in their own right. Zambia’s Michael Sata passed away in London, after battling an illness. This occurred amidst persistent rumours about his failing health. In fact, there were rumours about his death during this year’s UN General Assembly in September after … Continue reading