Opinion

Akinwunmi Adesina: Africa’s Spotless Son, By Wole Olaoye

As Africa stands up for its spotless son on the threshold of a well deserved second term, development experts are already envisioning the picture of where the continent will be in the next five years, as they are confident that all co-owners of AfDB will re-elect Adesina as president, affirming…
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Columns

Using COVID-19 Donations To Give Charity A Bad Name, By Azu Ishiekwene

The current packages – all of them almost exclusively bearing the names of ruling governments – are a recipe for scandal. The packages, as currently structured by donors, would only give charity a bad name. Global response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Africa has been remarkable, especially following…
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Opinion

Akinwumi Adesina: A Pawn In the Struggle of Two Elephants?, By Femi Kehinde

The AfDB is the key institution in the continent for trade and investment. For Steven Dowd, China is outpacing the in investing in Africa, and this must be curtailed by the United The President Donald Trump and the Treasury Secretary Steven Munchin are ready allies in this operation to demolish…
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Opinion

Okonjo-Iweala, Akinwumi Adesina and Our Friend, Egypt, By Simbo Olorunfemi

...Nigeria has two irons in the fire at the same time. I bet Egypt knows that as well. And there lies a possible intersection between the contest for the director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the matter at the African Development Bank (AfDB). The move to scuttle…
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Opinion

AfDB Leadership Tussles and the Powerful Outside Bully From Within, By Nuruddeen Muhammad

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina's passion in value addition by Africa to African commodities, in the context of a solid African support base from influential leaders like Ouattara, can only be ruptured by a powerful outsider from the inside. With about per cent shareholding in the Bank, the is it's largest non-regional…
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Opinion

Akinwumi Adesina: When One Good Term Deserves Another, By Femi Adesina

President Buhari pledged to work with all African leaders and stakeholders of the bank to mobilise support for Adesina’s re-election. He said the man had done well, and one good term deserves another. By his bow tie, you know him. And that distinguishing feature was firmly in place when Dr.…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Akinwumi Adesina’s Travails and the Failure of the Post-Colonial State, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Adesina is the first Nigerian to head the bank and all the fluff presently surrounding him is about his plan to wean Africa from consumption and jumpstart production. Apart from the proclivity of President Trump to upend and rip apart every world order that has brought relative peace and prosperity…
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Opinion

Scuttling Adesina’s AfDB Presidency: the Hand of Trump and the Voice of Macron?, By Simbo Olorunfemi

The history of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, in a way, is the history of post-colonial Africa, weighed down by the overwhelming influence of colonialists, imperialists, intending-colonialists and an African leadership tied to these apron-strings, lacking in vision and political will to pull in the right direction. Presidents Donald…
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Columns

Akinwumi Adesina: Best Man for the AfDB, By Reuben Abati

In 2010, Donald Kaberuka (Rwanda) was re-elected by acclamation. Before him, Omar Kabbaj (Morocco) was also re-elected in 1995. There is no reason why Akinwumi Adesina, a sole candidate, should not be re-elected. He has earned it. Nigeria deserves it. The Nigeria government should stand by Adesina to ensure his…
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