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Why China Is Anxious To Be Understood, By Owei Lakemfa

Africa, which taught the old Greeks mathematics, philosophy, science and history, is like China, an ancient civilisation. Both were invaded and They are steeped in culture, dance, music and proverbs. Both have limitless potentials, they had a similar fate in the past, are anxious for a better world today and…
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Banks In West Africa: Struggling Amid Tighter Regulatory Grip, By Rafiq Raji

To push them along, the CBN announced a number of stimulus measures in August. It offered to release some of the funds kept by banks with it as reserves for lending to agricultural and manufacturing firms at the single-digit rate of 9 per cent. Additionally, it offered to buy long-tenured…
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Nigerian Democracy and the Threat of Transactional Politics, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Vote buying is therefore the worst form of transactional politics that is compromising our democracy. The greatest challenge we have in conducting the 2019 general elections is to ensure as many citizens as possible resist the temptation of debasing their votes for short-term financial gain. This week, the Yar’Adua Centre…
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Social Changemakers: Revamping the West African Narrative, By Adetola Salau

What made this weekend memorable was meeting people from various sectors who refuse to buy into despair and have decided to change the story about Africa. “Some of the world's biggest challenges can be solved by some of the world's most marginalised communities themselves. The moment you inject information, education,…
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Losing Sleep Over “The Economist”, Other Predictions, By Azu Ishiekwene

The Economist may say what it likes about Nigeria, but it won’t vote in February. We were here when the newspaper called out the buffoonery and incompetence of the PDP government in 2014, and it was right. But that was the best it could do; it was up to us…
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Wike and the Misadventure of Prince Charles, By Louis Odion

Mindful of the facts of history - whether recent or ancient, the observation by activist Wike would seem even too charitable. On the contrary, the institution that Prince Charles represents certainly still has a lot of explanation to make to the swamp-dwellers of the Niger Delta. The debt owed by…
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2019: Refocusing On Issues, Not Personalities, By Dele Agekameh

We ought to engage candidates on the cardinal issues when we have the opportunity to do so, and not spend the whole time debating their standing as individuals and candidates. Nigeria is heading into general elections in a few months’ time and political posturing has begun for the race ahead.…
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Ganduje’s Unfortunate Use Of Children As Political Prop, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Using children as political props did not start with Ganduje. However, he is now on record as the first to use children to justify corruption. It is not only sinful, it is criminal! Here we are in a country populated by wicked and unfeeling leaders, for whom stealing and material…
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