The Problem with Tech Start-Ups | by Olusegun Sotola

In 2016, 314 IT Hubs were identified across Africa, this was up 150% from 117 hubs just a year earlier. Yet, many tech-based products do not seem to be a response to specifically African markets. The number of, and interest in Africa’s start-ups has grown phenomenally. According to Disrupt Africa’s 2016 Report, 146 tech start-ups … More The Problem with Tech Start-Ups | by Olusegun Sotola

Explaining Government Instability in Guinea-Bissau | by Abel Djassi Amado

“Government instability in Guinea-Bissau has left economic and social institutions perilously weak. As a result, Guinea-Bissau remains a low-income country, with a nearly 70% poverty rate in 2010, a meagre GDP per capita of USD573, and an annual growth rate in decline.” Since its handover to civilian rule in 2014, Guinea-Bissau has undergone no less … More Explaining Government Instability in Guinea-Bissau | by Abel Djassi Amado

The Niger Delta and the Politics of Usable Nigerians | by Omolade Adunbi

Life expectancy in the Niger Delta averages just 40 years, compared to between 53 and 55 within Nigeria as a whole. Yet, the Nigerian state and the multinational corporations operating in the Niger Delta have refused to address the historical processes that led from a ‘usable’ Niger Delta of the 1950s, to a current population … More The Niger Delta and the Politics of Usable Nigerians | by Omolade Adunbi

Overlooking Women’s Health in Northern Nigeria| by Aisha Mukhtar Dodo

“From 2012 to 2015, Nigeria’s health budget consistently remained at around a paltry 6 per cent of the national budget; with a decrease to 4.64 per cent in 2016. This is despite pledging to commit 15 per cent of the national budget to the health sector at the Abuja declaration in 2001. One of the … More Overlooking Women’s Health in Northern Nigeria| by Aisha Mukhtar Dodo

in Light of the Death of the Liberal Left | by Danielle Purifoy

“After Mr. Trump’s election, after Brexit, and after the multiplicity of far-right agendas across Europe, it has become dishearteningly clear that there will always be those who when the time for action is near, instead resign themselves to forgetting the pledges they made before the storm.” At the start of 2016, the UK’s exit from … More in Light of the Death of the Liberal Left | by Danielle Purifoy

Trump’s Africa Policy: Creating a ‘Useful’ and a ‘Useless’ Africa | by Abel Djassi Amado

“So much of what Trump may, or may not, adopt as official US foreign policy towards Africa is uncertain. One of the things that will, however, influence what impact a Trump White House has on African countries will be the ability of African leaders to astutely define their own national interests.” Following last week’s US … More Trump’s Africa Policy: Creating a ‘Useful’ and a ‘Useless’ Africa | by Abel Djassi Amado

Returning to the Golden Era of Nigerian Agriculture | by Olabukunola Williams

“At the 2003 African Union Summit in Maputo, African countries – including Nigeria – pledged to allocate 10 per cent of their budgets to agriculture to combat consistent under-investment and harness the sector’s potential to spur economic growth. Nigeria is not living up to this commitment.” Motivated by falling oil prices, the now distant memory … More Returning to the Golden Era of Nigerian Agriculture | by Olabukunola Williams

Eradicating Nigeria’s Street Traders |by Olusegun Sotola

“In the current economic recession, it is odd that state governments would decide to cast people out of an innovation they have made to help themselves, and the economic prospects of their states, without offering them any alternative solutions in return.” In a recent popularity poll, a majority of 36.1% believed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of … More Eradicating Nigeria’s Street Traders |by Olusegun Sotola

Languages of Power and Cabo Verde’s 2016 Elections | by Abel Djassi Amado

“In Cabo Verde, there is a critical struggle emerging between the official language of political power: Portuguese, and the language of the people: Cabo Verdean Creole.” Electoral periods in many places, from the start of official campaigning to a few days or weeks after the elections, are a unique time. For one, election day itself … More Languages of Power and Cabo Verde’s 2016 Elections | by Abel Djassi Amado

Seeing Agriculture in Nigeria as a Business | by Victoria Fajemilehin

“In 2016, Nigeria imported over 4 million metric tons of wheat. By 2030, this figure is predicted to rise to over 10 million metric tons costing the country $10 billion.” Rotimi Williams is a former journalist turned entrepreneur, who now owns the second largest commercial rice farm in Nigeria. He is only thirty-five. Mr Williams’ … More Seeing Agriculture in Nigeria as a Business | by Victoria Fajemilehin