Tag Archives: Africa

Lagos Ready To Domesticate AfCFTA Agreement – Sanwo-Olu

•Lagos Governor Hails Buhari, AU on Adoption of Single Market Deal, As He Receives Trade Minister The sustained investment on infrastructure in Lagos State is a deliberate attempt to position the State’s economy for more inflow of trade and economic partnership, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said. He said Lagos would not relent in its effort to scale up necessary infrastructure ...

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Tanzania’s John Magufuli: A Brilliant Start But An Ignominious End

Tanzanian President John Magufuli played the long political game. STR/AFP via Getty Images Aikande Clement Kwayu, University of Wisconsin-Madison John Joseph Pombe Magufuli was a man who deftly played the long political game. He was nevertheless a puzzle both to Tanzanians and the world. When he first entered the presidency in 2015, he gained worldwide acclaim for his no-nonsense approach ...

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History Of Divisive Ethnic Identities Shows It’s Time Nigeria Admits Its Role In Enforcing Them

Artificial identities created by colonialists must be deconstructed to attain unity. Jorge Fernández/GettyImages Muhammad Dan Suleiman, University of Western Australia and Benjamin Maiangwa, Durham University The Nigerian state, as with other African countries, is trapped in a crisis of belonging. This is expressed through identity battles which sometimes harm people of “other” religions and ethnicities. Such battles have even led ...

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Okonjo-Iweala In The WTO Top Job: Breaking The Glass Ceiling Is A Win For All Women

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images Monica Orisadare, Obafemi Awolowo University Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has become the first woman and the first African to be chosen as director general of the World Trade Organisation. The Conversation Africa’s Wale Fatade asks Dr Monica Orisadare, an assistant professor of economics and director of the Centre for Gender and Social Policy ...

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Miracle Of The Brain

By Melie Onyejepu It was Arthur Conan Doyle who exclaimed, “I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is mere appendix”. The brain is the most amazing part of the human body. It is providence most definitely precious gift to humanity. According to Joel Davis, the human brain is the last and greatest scientific frontier. It is the most ...

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Covid-19: Obasanjo Cautions Africa On Agric-Business, Manufacturing Sectors

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has cautioned African countries not to allow agric-business and manufacturing sectors to degenerate in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. He observed that the two sectors were important areas which by and large have not been severely impacted upon by the disease. This was contained in this week’s issue of ACCORD 2021 series of the ...

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Africa At The Football World Cup: 10 Defining Moments

Cameroon’s Roger Milla held aloft at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. RENARD eric/Corbis via Getty Images Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu, University of Texas at Tyler Growing up in Sirisia on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Bungoma, Western Kenya, soccer was and remains a major pastime for young boys, whether herding livestock or in school. Their conversations at ...

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What It Will Take To Produce Vaccines In Nigeria: Money’s Just The First Step

Nigeria can resuscitate its vaccine production laboratory with money recently released by its government for local production of COVID-19 vaccine. Leon Neal/Getty Images Daniel Oladimeji Oluwayelu, University of Ibadan The Nigerian government recently released N10 billion (about US$26 million) in support of the local production of COVID-19 vaccines. Wale Fatade, from The Conversation Africa, asked Daniel Oladimeji Oluwayelu, a professor ...

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Higher Quality Seeds Can Help Beat Africa’s ‘Hunger Pandemic’

Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Chris O. Ojiewo, CGIAR System Organization Vaccination efforts across the globe encourage hope of an imminent end to the COVID-19 health crisis. But the food security crisis that the pandemic has deepened cannot be alleviated quickly and will require lasting solutions. Well-adapted and nutrient dense crops like millet, sorghum, groundnut, chickpea, pigeonpea, cowpea ...

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Why The West Is Morally Bound To Offer Reparations For Slavery

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo’s sculpture dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Transatlantic slave trade on display in Montgomery, Alabama. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University The 20th anniversary of the UN World Conference on Racism, held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, will be celebrated this August. There was much discussion at the conference about reparations ...

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