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 …

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

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 …

“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

August 2015 Day-by-Day

August 2015 Day-by-Day0

Africa Weeks for the Animals

1 – 16 August, 2015

Pan African Health Expo

3 – 5 August, 2015

Mpumalanga, South Africa

Youth in agriculture summit for Southern Africa

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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

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”, …

#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

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 …