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An open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan

By Gbenga Sesan Dear Mr President Thank you for your continued efforts towards improving Nigeria. Though I have my opinion on the impact of your efforts that is not the purpose of this letter. Sir, as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, whose daily duty is to work with young Nigerians and ask…

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Nobel could not have come at a better time for Liberia

By Robtel Neajai Pailey Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and peace activist Leymah Gbowee, also from Liberia, became the second and third African women to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 7. Gbowee and Johnson Sirleaf have forever transformed the image of Liberia, from a pariah nation of warlords and gun-slinging, drug-induced prepubescent…

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TIA – This is Africa

By Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa “This is Africa” (TIA) is used in the context of what is perceived to be “African” versus “unAfrican”. For this article, unAfrican includes, but is not limited to, systems that work, clean places and timeliness. African, however, is dirty, tardy and disorganised. Even though I surround myself with Afro-optimists, I have…

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Data gaga

By Bright Simons A cynic with an attitude called Aldous Huxley once made some remarks to the effect that experts go on meandering excursions in search of understanding only to discover at the destination that non-experts had been at the same spot all along. One matter that unites development experts and non-experts alike is the…

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To succeed, must Africa fail?

The need for failure as a prelude to success seems to keep coming up all around me, not only in conversations with people who have achieved notoriety for their various career or personal feats, but also in publications such as The Harvard Business Review and some of the 2011 commencement speeches I have watched, such…

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Opportunities in Cameron’s Nigeria visit?

There was a good reason for British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Nigeria on July 19 of this year. Many smart people are betting on our new government to kick-start an era of success — marked by economic growth, improved governance and poverty reduction. The opportunities in Nigeria are further highlighted by the large…

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African youth 2.0

By Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa It’s a scary time to be a leader of a country, especially a country in which youth (“youth” defined by the African Youth Charter as those aged 15 to 35) issues are not adequately being addressed. With the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, some leaders must stay awake…

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Our blind adherence to the monogamy ideal poses a health risk

By Rachel Nyaradzo Adams Some of you may immediately smirk with a resounding no! The more cynical among us though may have already started on the thought process of acknowledging that non-monogamous behaviour within marriages and “serious” relationships is a reality. But we would rather not interrogate the ideal lest we undo a firm system…

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African solutions to African problems: Let’s not confuse matters

By Rachel Nyaradzo Adams A few days ago a colleague sent a piece that challenged the slogan: African solutions to African problems. In it she interrogated the validity of the slogan and argued that Africa needed to take a more global view to addressing its problems. A response is necessary because, with all due respect,…

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African solutions to African problems

By Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa When engaging in African development discourse, I have failed to understand the popular phrase “African solutions to African problems”. It forces me to question what and who is African? Is it all mankind by virtue of humans originating from Africa or someone who can generally be traced to the Negroid race?…

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