Africa’s Oil Shock

This is an opinion piece I recently wrote for Aljazeera English, analysing how African countries are responding to falling global crude oil prices. I reproduce it below: The plummeting of global crude prices is generating ripple effects worldwide. While oil exporters are reeling from plunging revenues, oil importers are bracing for cheaper oil, and the … More Africa’s Oil Shock

Legatum Institute’s Africa Prosperity Index 2014

The researchers at Legatum Institute, a public policy think-tank, were kind enough to invite me to the launch of their inaugural Africa Prosperity Index several days ago, at their headquarters in Mayfair London. The keynote speakers were Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society and Marieme Jamme, CEO of Spot One Global Solutions and … More Legatum Institute’s Africa Prosperity Index 2014

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 12

1) NIGERIA LNG Post-Graduate Scholarship Scheme 2015 Applications are now being accepted into the Nigeria LNG Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for entry into Masters Programmes in the United Kingdom in September 2015. Application form for the scholarships can be downloaded here or click the download tab.  Completed application form, along with an attached coloured passport photograph of the … More Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 12

Scholarships & Development Opportunities No.11

Scholarships for students from African countries to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge. This is available to candidates undertaking either a one-year MPhil in International Relations and Politics, or a three-year PhD in a field related to governance and human rights from 2015. The scholarships are jointly funded by the David … More Scholarships & Development Opportunities No.11

Incumbency and Opportunity: Forecasting Nigeria’s 2015 Elections

For months, my colleague, Dr. Oliver Owen and I have been working on some forecasting of Nigeria 2015 elections based on 2011 dynamics. The draft findings were recently posted on African Arguments HERE. I am re-posting it below. We welcome all comments, suggestions, critiques etc as we continue to refine our understanding of this rapidly … More Incumbency and Opportunity: Forecasting Nigeria’s 2015 Elections

Maryam Writes About Her Experience at Obama’s Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Maryam Shehu Mohammed is one of the 500 young leaders selected from around Africa, to participate in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative in the U.S. She recently returned to Nigeria after the completion of her program. Maryam wrote about her experience through the entire process, from application to completion of the fellowship. Her piece … More Maryam Writes About Her Experience at Obama’s Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Obama’s Africa Summit: Too Little, Too Late?

This is an op-ed I wrote for Aljazeera English, on the recent U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. In 2013, I was in the audience at the Oxford Union for a taping of Al Jazeera’s Head to Head featuring Thomas Friedman and his thoughts on US Foreign Policy. The show’s focus was entirely focused on the Middle East, and the United States’ … More Obama’s Africa Summit: Too Little, Too Late?

Nigeria’s Economic Transition Reveals Deep Structural Distortions

This is an article I recently wrote for African Arguments on Nigeria’s recently revised GDP series. According to recently reviewed GDP figures, Nigeria is now Africa’s biggest economy. It was about time a more accurate measure of economic output, which captures Nigerians’ entrepreneurial zeal, was adopted. The headline-capturing highlights of the new series reveal the … More Nigeria’s Economic Transition Reveals Deep Structural Distortions

Does Nigeria Really Need a ‘Sovereign National Conference’?

This is a piece I wrote for the Royal African Society’s African Arguments blog. In a few weeks, Nigerians across ethnic and regional divides will be gathering at a roundtable to discuss critical national issues. The imperative for this National Conference as a necessary discussion over Nigeria’s future was underscored by the President, Goodluck Jonathan, … More Does Nigeria Really Need a ‘Sovereign National Conference’?

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 10

(1) THE CULTURES OF RESISTANCE SOAS SCHOLARSHIPS The Cultures of Resistance Network and the American Friends of SOAS (AFSOAS) are providing two postgraduate scholarships in 2014/15 at SOAS, University of London. Valued at £24,000 per student, the scholarships will be used to help their recipients meet the costs of tuition fees at the overseas rate … More Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 10

The World Bank (Africa) Fellowship for PhD Students

Culled from the World Bank: “The Africa Region of the World Bank Group is launching the World Bank Group Fellowship Program for Ph.D. students of African descent. The program will increase the diverse workforce that is a priority for the Bank and its clients. The Fellowship Program aims to build a pipeline of researchers and … More The World Bank (Africa) Fellowship for PhD Students

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 9

NIGERIA LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (NLI) FUTURE LEADERS SEMINAR Nominations for the October 2013 Nigeria Leadership Initiative’s Future Leaders has commenced. The Future Leaders Seminar is a program for emerging public and private sector leaders aged 25 to 35 years and based in Nigeria or the Diaspora. It is a 3-day residential seminar sessions capped by a … More Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 9

Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 8

  YOUTH INTEGRITY CAMP FOR ANGLOPHONE WEST-AFRICA The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Transparency International, and other stakeholders, is organizing a 5-day Youth Integrity Camp (PDF) for youth leaders from Anglophone West African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, the Gambia and Sierra Leone) … More Scholarships and Development Opportunities No. 8

Morten Jerven’s “Poor Numbers” and Improving Statistical Capacity in African Countries

I don’t know about you but in the recent past, I had thought the debates in international development in this century had become rather stale. We had moved from Africa the “Hopeless Continent“, “Africa’s Growth Tragedy“, the continent of the “Bottom Billion” and the Trade vs. “Dead Aid” debate, to “Africa is Rising”, Africa “the … More Morten Jerven’s “Poor Numbers” and Improving Statistical Capacity in African Countries

Scholarships, Funding & Development Opportunities No. 7

YOUNG WOMEN: LEARN TO LEAD! ORGANISATION: WOMEN IN THE WORLD FOUNDATION Sign Up For the July 29 Next Generation Leadership Program July 29, 2013 ∙ Hyde Park, NY Eligibility: Be smart, between 18 to 25 years of age with lots of passion to do great things. On July 29, the Women in the World Foundation … More Scholarships, Funding & Development Opportunities No. 7