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Still on This Innovation Business, By Tolu Ogunlesi

It’s Innovation season, apparently. Last week’s column was about the Grand Challenges Summit hosted by a coalition fronted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Beijing, China, in September, and focusing on innovating to solve global development problems. And then a week ago in Johannesburg, South Africa, Bloomberg Philanthropies,…
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Grand Solutions for Grand Challenges, By Tolu Ogunlesi

In 2013 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charitable foundation, launched an initiative known as ‘Grand Challenges’, to award grants of between $100,000 and $20 million to research projects that seek to tackle the developing world’s most significant problems – especially in agriculture and healthcare. Since…
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‘Two Fighting’: Olusegun Obasanjo Versus Oluwole Soyinka, By Tolu Ogunlesi

Now the guns are out and blazing again. Two of Yorubaland’s – and Africa’s – most respected sons, have been feverishly loading and firing and re-loading their guns. Obasanjo, in his latest book – a three-volume set of memoirs published late in 2014 – dismissed Soyinka as being “surely a…
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A Spending Guide for Wealthy Nigerians, By Tolu Ogunlesi

The point of today’s article is to offer advice to our 'one-percent' population on how to spend their money. Somewhat presumptuous, admittedly. Please bear with me. All I'm doing is arrogating to myself the sort of audacity embodied in the title of one of my favourite magazines, ‘How To Spend…
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As Cabinet O’Clock Draws Close, By Tolu Ogunlesi

of advice for those incoming ministers who want to shine: Pay some attention to the Akin Adesina Ministerial Effectiveness Handbook (AAMEH). The immediate past Agriculture Minister’s adoption of ambitious goals, mastery of communications (focusing on numbers and metrics, and setting out his goals and vision in impressive presentations and documents…
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