Columns

Africa Shall Have Its Day, By Owei Lakemfa

...Africa’s main challenge is implementing the AU 2063 Agenda, which promises a shared prosperity and well-being, unity and integration, freedom and expanded horizons, realisation of the potentials of youth and women, and freedom from fear, diseases and want. Africa’s Day shall come! Africa, the content from which humanity fanned out…
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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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Big Brother Nigeria: Still A Toddler In African Politics, By Owei Lakemfa

The politics leading to the Summit and the bruising campaigns over the ACfTA leadership, which began on Friday February 7 might have rubbed off on the AU succession process. The South African group had accused President Buhari of conducting a political battle on ACfTA, where the requirement is Nigeria may…
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The State of Transnational Justice in Africa, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The need for transitional justice mechanisms is rooted in large scale violent conflicts that are multiplying atrocities and displacing communities. Africa, with its numerous wars, insurgencies and illegal mass killings by security forces has the largest need for the mechanisms today. This week I am in Addis Ababa participating in…
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Opinion

Suspension of Sudan From African Union Not Enough, By Femi Falana

While the suspension of Sudan from the AU is a welcomed development, it should be pointed out that it has no serious impact on the junta, and is not enough to address the issues of the accountability of perpetrators and justice for the victims. The AU should therefore mobilise member…
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Al-Bashir, Bouteflika and Change In Africa, By Owei Lakemfa

...as Africa arose from the ashes of the slave trade and the grave of colonialism, so shall she rise from its current tragedies. Change is natural; its genuine winds shall blow through our mother continent. As part of international delegations, I met Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir thrice when he was…
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Redefining Independence In Africa, By Dele Agekameh

Our independence will never be complete without economic independence, and the strategy for that can only be an African strategy, as Nkrumah noted many years ago. Right now, there are no indications that any African country is successfully resisting the economic influence of the neo-colonialists at our As is the…
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Opinion

Nigeria, ECOWAS and the Morocco Question, By Reuben Abati

...it is clearly within the powers of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Governments to determine that geography cannot debar an interested African country from joining ECOWAS. Economic and political considerations should override geography that is merely nomenclatural, particularly if the applicant-countries are within Africa. Opening up ECOWAS beyond geographical…
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Rex Tillerson Came To Africa, Saw and Was Fired, By Owei Lakemfa

...it is distasteful for a visitor to our homestead to warn us not to entertain another visitor. A sixth point is that Tillerson’s warnings give the impression that Africans are children who cannot think for themselves, and have to be told what to do, what is in their interest and…
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