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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Columns

Three Blind Mice: Johnson, Trump and Netanyahu, By Owei Lakemfa

Netanyahu, Johnson and Trump remind me of another old British rhyme, a 1609 tale about three mischievous and adventurous mice which a farmer’s wife chased, blinding them. It runs: “Three blind mice/Three blind mice/See how they run/See how they run/They all ran after the farmer's wife/Who cut off their tails…
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Columns

Brexit, English Tribalism and the Difficult Future for European Democracy, By Jibrin Ibrahim

For too long, the English masses had been constrained by their ruling class to bottle their xenophobia against everybody else but Brexit liberated them. The Referendum was run on the official platform of restoring the sovereignty of Parliament. Now we know it was a ruse. It was about the superiority…
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Columns

His Excellency, Mr. President, the Comedian, By Owei Lakemfa

Zelensky has the opportunity of bringing peace to his country, fighting entrenched corruption, rebuilding the economy in the interest of the poor and running a government centred on Ukraine’s national interests. Ukrainians who went to the polls this past Sunday and elected the 41-year old comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky as president…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Buhari’s U.S. Food Import Deal Will Make You Poorer, Fat and Sick, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Whatever your decision, be informed about the long-term consequences of consuming food grown and preserved by agricultural pesticides and industrial chemicals. These chemicals cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. Nigeria does not have the competence, the wherewithal and even the political or economic will, to monitor the amount of these…
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Opinion

Technology and the Challenge of Election Integrity, By Samson Itodo

...electoral technology can enhance and undermine electoral integrity, but electoral commissions must be conscious of its limitations and vulnerabilities. Electoral technology should complement existing traditional approaches rather seek to supplant existing methods. Technology is a means to an end and not an end in itself. Despite declines in political and…
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Opinion

Europe Could Do More for Africa, By Rafiq Raji

There is a consensus, at least, that aid is not the solution. Better trade, could be, though. In this regard, the EU could be more forthcoming. Its Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African countries are controversial. Some African countries have reservations about them; Nigeria, for instance. And there are quite…
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