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Culture and African Development, By Rafiq Raji

...the rigidities of these pre-colonial ethnic-based political centralisations explain the incapacity of some African states to exercise full authority over property rights, tax collection and the monopoly of violence till this day. Clearly, for better or worse, African ethnic institutions are a factor in its economic development.  A high level…
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You Will Be Held Responsible On What Happened To Your Children!, By Murtadha Gusau

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon…
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Björn Beckman, 1938-2019: A Life of Struggle and Friendship, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Professor Björn Beckman was important to us because of his deep commitment to Nigeria. He immersed himself in the successive radical struggles of the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. He was a central pillar in the coterie of comrades who defined pathways for resistance to imperialism, neo-colonial and national exploitation and…
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Why It’s Important To Develop Tech Talents In Africa, By Adetola Salau

The learning visits I had in between the conferences that I was a part of, and interviewing high school students, revealed that there is a huge gap in how our students in Africa utilise their education; quite disturbingly, they lack a deep understanding of how the natural sciences and mathematics…
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Femi Adesina and the Demons In Aso Villa, By Majeed Dahiru

Beyond the fog of the morally reprehensible outbursts of a public officer, who is expected to maintain an exemplary level of decorum deserving of the highest office in the land, Adesina’s treatise illuminates a dark phase in Nigeria’s democratic trajectory. Nigeria is steadily being goaded into a state of fascist…
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Why Bello Is Coming Back, And Bayelsa May Fall, By Azu Ishiekwene

Bello would win, not in spite of, but because of his flaws – flaws which have dogged his predecessors in the past two decades but have not left the voters any wiser. Bello is done on social media, finished off by his perceived arrogance, his imperial style, and his acrimonious…
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The Dekulakisation of the Nigerian Economy, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Put simply, under the incumbent administration, the odds of economic reforms being implemented that lift significant numbers of our poor out of poverty as did Deng Xiaoping's 1978 reforms in China are considerably shorter than the chances of policies of dekulakisation that were implemented under Chairman Mao in the forty…
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