Opinion

Africa and Its Fickle Vehicles for Power-Grab, By Kọle Ọmọtọṣọ

Political parties in Africa for now are short term conveniences when power is the objective, a ladder to use and throw away. So, can such parties create and guarantee democracy in African countries? The African National Congress (ANC), formed in 1912 by African intellectuals, traditional chiefs and leaders, as well…
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Columns

South Africa: The Complications of Free Higher Education, By Rafiq Raji

Market forces that have been found to engender optimal pricing for goods and services have also been found to serve the education system quite well. So as a practicing economist, I see how fraught with risks for the economy the new free education policy is. As an African who has…
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Opinion

The Nigerian Youth Need to Get Their Acts Together, By Rafiq Raji

...until young people begin to engage their older colleagues without fear, they would remain subjugated and relegated. Breaking out of this backward psyche would be difficult, however. But if the Nigerian youth hope to kick out the old men who think that leading us is their birth right, they would…
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Opinion

The Mandela Legacy: the Costs of Not Pushing Hard on Economic Freedom, By Rafiq Raji

...with the benefit of hindsight, Mr. Mandela should have paid as much attention to economic freedom as he did the political one. Some might say he was constrained somewhat. This is doubtful. The apartheid regime only caved in because it had no choice. Mr. Mandela could have pushed harder. Whether…
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Guest Columns

South Africa’s Wrestle With Its Past and Future, By Owei Lakemfa

The ANC might not have failed, but it has failed to meet the expectations and needs of the people; it might also be losing steam. It has two options, either to continue in its old way of non-fundamental reforms and eventually losing the people, or making a radical turn by…
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Guest Columns

Hunger for Votes Compromises the ANC, By Kole Omotoso

President Jacob Zuma once boasted that the African National Congress will rule until Jesus comes back and time finishes. The Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria boasted modestly that they will rule Nigeria for 60 years continuously. They ruled for sixteen years. Using this figure against the end of time that…
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