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A Diaspora Interventionist Model For Knowledge Production In Africa, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

On the African continent, the Carnegie Corporation of New York seeks to stop the devastation and bridge the gap by funding interventionist programmes targeted at bringing diaspora knowledge producers to the continent, to fill the gaps. In academia, the transition to becoming producers of knowledge requires a shift in thinking…
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Enjoying $30 billion Now and Making Our Grandchildren Repay It, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Whatever we do today will be left to the judgement of history. Unless there is a seismic shift in how Nigerian leaders think, future generations of Nigerians will earn less than their parents and see less economic opportunity throughout their lives. To avert the curse of having lived better days…
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Staying Woke Against Government’s Attempt To Gag Social Media, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

People should be vigilant to keep their freedom. Under-performing governments like the Buhari administration will continue to seek increased control over digital platforms. They will attempt to use legislation or taxes on data subscription rates to limit access, as a way to clampdown on free speech. Finally, the government is…
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The Largest University System In Africa, and the Worst, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

What Nigeria needs is not the proliferation of Universities but a national strategic vision for education, with specific changes in policy and governance. It is depressing to see a country with so much potential, lose so much for the lack of long range vision. I have no hope in the…
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Economic Crimes Ruin It For Us All, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The negative reputation of Nigeria out there diminishes legitimate opportunities for investment and sustainable growth. Sooner or later, we will know that there is no substitute for commonsense and good behaviour. Rebuilding damaged reputation is costly and difficult. A cheaper way is to enforce consequences for bad actions. We need…
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Prebendalism: Are Vote Buying and Voter Intimidation Here To Stay?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

With what we have seen progressively in the last ten years, vote buying has become entrenched. The poorest and most victimised now expect the disbursement of cash before voting in elections, as the one and only thing they get from an ineffectual government as their share of the commonwealth. What…
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Bridging the Infrastructure Gap: A New Thinking and Financial Model Needed, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

A new thinking, attitude, aptitude and approach is to adopt a capacitative model for infrastructure delivery. This model capacitates all role players to manage complex issues during the different phases of an infrastructure project. The federal and state governments must develop personnel who have the relevant skills and they must…
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Value Orientation and Innovative Thinking: Akínkanjú As An Opportunity Entrepreneur, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The Akínkanjú, the entrepreneur, is a pilgrim on the journey of discovery, disruption and change. She is constant in her doggedness, and never discouraged. It takes initiative and resourcefulness to have a vision, to take risks and create something of value, to be an Akínkanjú. The propagation of good values…
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Big Brother Naija: Cheap Thrills and Bad Behaviour On Reality Television, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Reality television is not harmless recreation. What we watch affects us on a cognitive level. What we see, hear and read influences our behaviour and emotions more than we Shows like BBN are coarsening our values by suggesting to us that fame or fortune can be had through manipulative and…
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Value Added Tax Increase: Robbing Peter To Pay Paul, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

This increase in VAT rate not only shows that we are not ready to face the real problems but that we are determined to rob Peter to pay Paul. For too long Nigeria has been living above its means. We keep borrowing to finance deficits, and this is unfortunately channelled…
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