Publication: ‘Why Goodluck Jonathan Lost the Nigerian Presidential Election of 2015’

Our publication (with colleague Dr Olly Owen) in the July edition of the journal, African Affairs is out. We wrote a brief on the Nigerian presidential election in March 2015, assessing why the election was exceptional in many respects, why many previous predictions including ours of a runoff or an outright Jonathan/PDP victory did not … More Publication: ‘Why Goodluck Jonathan Lost the Nigerian Presidential Election of 2015’

Understanding Nigeria’s Historic Elections and Why They’re So Contentious

It is common to hear policy makers, development experts and pundits talk about the need to “build strong institutions” in Africa as the solution to governance challenges without quite understanding what processes building or modifying these “institutions” entail. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in their 2012 tour de force, Why Nations Fail, provide a compelling … More Understanding Nigeria’s Historic Elections and Why They’re So Contentious

Reflections on the ‘Historic’ and Disturbing Letter by Obasanjo

Last night, I was distracted from concluding my tribute to Mandela which I started writing a few days ago. This distraction was the lengthy 18-page open letter (PDF) written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan. I took my time to read the letter described as ‘historic’ by Premium Times (which broke the story) in … More Reflections on the ‘Historic’ and Disturbing Letter by Obasanjo

“The Need for Ownership of African Problems and Solutions” for (Y! Policy Hub)

 “Africa’s story has been written by others; we need to own our problems and solutions and write our story.”  Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda With these words, Paul Kagame did two things simultaneously: he earned a spot in the top-10 memorable quotes from the recently concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) Summit 2013 at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. More importantly, his remark … More “The Need for Ownership of African Problems and Solutions” for (Y! Policy Hub)

“Joyce Banda: Another President By Providence” for Think Africa Press

This is an article I wrote for Think Africa Press published on 2nd May 2012 titled “Joyce Banda: Another President by Providence” comparing the circumstances around Joyce Banda’s ascendacy to the position of president in Malawi with that of Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, and the huge expectations on both. Read it HERE, on the Think Africa Press website

Single Term Tenure: Testing the Waters

“The time for lamentation is over. This is the era of transformation” were some of Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan’s historic words as he unveiled his transformation agenda in his inaugural speech on 29th May 2011.  In this “journey of transforming Nigeria”, Jonathan made a litany of promises which include fighting for improved medical care, “first … More Single Term Tenure: Testing the Waters