African Affairs / General / Nigerian Affairs / Syndicated Op-Eds

Understanding Nigeria’s Historic Elections and Why They’re So Contentious

It is common to hear policy makers, development experts and pundits talk about the need to “build strong institutions” in Africa as the solution to governance challenges without quite understanding what processes building or modifying these “institutions” entail. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in their 2012 tour de force, Why Nations Fail, provide a compelling … Continue reading

African Affairs / General / Nigerian Affairs / Scholarships & Funding

Application portal open: NLI Future Leadership Seminar 2015

      Below is a press release from the NLI on its annual Future Leadership Seminar: Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) in partnership with First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand will be grooming twenty-five Nigerian leaders from Nigeria and the Diaspora at the NLI May 2015 Future Leaders Seminar in Lagos, … Continue reading

African Affairs / General / Nigerian Affairs

Time to Keep National Security Institutions out of Partisan Politics

I have said it many times, Nigeria and Nigerians are in many ways similar to the United States and Americans. The country’s size, the regional presence, the diversity, the assertiveness and entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians, the economic and regional inequalities etc. That is probably why in 1979, the country decided to switch from a Parliamentary … Continue reading

African Affairs / Events / General / Nigerian Affairs

EVENT: How to Fix Nigeria: The 2015 Elections and Beyond

I’ve been invited by the Royal African Society to participate in a panel discussing the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria, and the underlying political, economic, social and global issues around it.  Details of the event are available on the Royal African Society’s website. I have reproduced it below: Date & Time: Wednesday 28 January, 6:30-8:30PM Venue: Brunei … Continue reading