Monthly Archives: July 2015

Let’s Have Part Time Legislators

I recall a testy exchange in 2009 at the Westin Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island between a ranking member of the Nigerian House of Representatives and a US-based, Nigerian-born attorney. Both men were attending the inaugural edition of the Chinua Ache…

Africa’s Growing Population: An Untapped Dividend or Curse?

Africa’s rapidly growing population presents a unique set of challenges as well as opportunities for the continent. If properly harnessed, the potential for economic development in the long term could be enormous.While Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)’s popula…

In Germany, are some refugees more equal than others?

Family gatherings can be a pleasant but occasionally dreadful experience. At one such dinner three weeks ago, my grandmother’s cousin complained to us about the, in her opinion, never-ending flow of refugees and asylum-seekers to Germany and, in partic…

“Buhari Should Face His Own Responsibility” To Stop Human Rights Abuses In Military, US Senator Leahy Says

A press release issued by Senator Leahy’s office last week claims that Nigeria’s “abusive conduct not only violates the laws of war, it creates fear and loathing among the Nigerian people whose support is necessary to defeat a terrorist group like Boko…

August 2015 Day-by-Day

August 2015 Day-by-Day0Africa Weeks for the Animals1 – 16 August, 2015Pan African Health Expo3 – 5 August, 2015Mpumalanga, South AfricaYouth in agriculture summit for Southern Africa3 – 6 August, 2015Durban, South AfricaEconomic Ideas Festival 5 –…

What African presidents are paid, why it matters

When Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced that he and his deputy would take a pay cut, it was not entirely surprising for a man known for his austerity, and who faces a challenge cutting back the excesses in the country’s finances.Bu…

Great Trade Expectations Behind the US-Ethiopia Trade Relations

In 1903, the United States and one of the world’s oldest nations, Ethiopia, established a relationship. Emperor Menelik II described the day as “… beginnings of a relationship which will have some place in history”, as quoted in a paper presented by Pr…

#Campusnotes: What does the “Sankara Generation” mean for women?

They are being called the “Génération Sankara”: a legion of young Burkinabè men and women dissatisfied with the neoliberal regime of Blaise Compaoré, which drew to a close last fall. The protestors who brought down the regime were almost exclusive…

Obama’s balancing act in Kenya

Twenty years ago, a young Barack Obama, on the verge of his first political campaign for an Illinois state senate race, published his real life bildungsroman, Dreams From My Father. The book chronicled his life up to his entry into Harvard Law School a…