Nigeria

On Democratic Despond

As inequality in Nigeria widens, Ebenezer Obadare explores the growing disenchantment with democracy in the most populous African nation.

 

Final Destinations

A few years ago, I noticed that an unusually high number of well-placed Nigerians were being reported in the media as having passed on in different hospitals and clinics outside the country. Once I started keeping tabs, two patterns clearly […]

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    Book Review: Foreign Policy and Leadership in Nigeria: Obasanjo and the Challenge of African Diplomacy by Steve Itugbu

Book Review: Foreign Policy and Leadership in Nigeria: Obasanjo and the Challenge of African Diplomacy by Steve Itugbu

Nicodemus Minde says Steve Itugbu’s book is an excellent contribution to the FPA scholarship and especially in understanding the challenges of personalization of foreign policy in Africa.

Having worked as media and foreign policy aide to Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Steve Itugbu analyzes the centrality of personality in Nigeria’s foreign policy. Drawing from official documents, interviews and unpublished documents during the […]

December 15th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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    Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

Kenya and other countries are grappling with stagnant wages amidst rapid economic expansion, writes Julians Amboko.

On 1 May this year, while observing Labour Day celebrations, Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced an 18 per cent hike in the minimum wage, the country’s most ambitious raise in just about a decade and one that scaled up the minimum wage to Kes […]

August 23rd, 2017|Business, Featured|0 Comments|

Ghana Must Go: Containing The Mayhem of #Migration

Diana Olaleye tells the story behind the famous ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.

It is chequered. It is sturdy. It is used worldwide. There is some contention as to whether it can be deemed highly fashionable, but it gains some cool points for being waterproof and available in more than one set of colours. For many, it merely serves the primary function […]

Government Spending: More Harm Than Good?

Africa’s large infrastructure gap and heavy political economy element promotes significant government intervention in erstwhile free markets. It has become increasingly important to assess the efficacy of such government interventions. Following the “Bridging Africa’s Finance Gap” panel at the recently concluded LSE Africa Summit 2017, Stears assesses the welfare costs of government spending, drawing out implications for the cost of […]

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    Book review- Nation on Board: Becoming Nigerian at Sea by Lynn Schler

Book review- Nation on Board: Becoming Nigerian at Sea by Lynn Schler

Jochen Lingelbach recommends this book as an accessible labour history and a convincing bottom-up perspective on decolonisation.

Seamen seem to be the romantic, rebellious and cosmopolitan characters par excellence. The unruly world of pirates and sailors in the Revolutionary Atlantic appears to be a breeding ground for political change. Some of this echoes in Lynn Schler’s history of Nigerian seamen, […]

The Pastor as Sexual Object

As Pentecostal pastors in a number of African countries increasingly occupy the spotlight as authorities on economic, political, and cultural matters,  Ebenezer Obadare explores how these individuals are also becoming the center of an erotic economy.

At the core of my ongoing study of Pentecostal pastors and changing forms of authority in Africa are two related premises.

First, due to a […]

March 27th, 2017|Featured, Society|1 Comment|
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    Enhancing Tax Collection Efficiency and Compliance in Nigeria: The role of behavioural economics

Enhancing Tax Collection Efficiency and Compliance in Nigeria: The role of behavioural economics

Eustace Uzor argues that incorporating insights from behavioural economics into the operation of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) could transform tax collection in Nigeria.

Nigeria recently increased efforts to raise tax revenues, given the permanently low oil prices. However, despite earlier tax reforms, tax revenue has remained rather low, at a tax to GDP ratio of 6.1 per cent. […]

March 20th, 2017|Economics, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Tackling Corruption in Nigeria through Public Service Reforms

Tackling Corruption in Nigeria through Public Service Reforms

Eustace Uzor examines evidence from India which suggests that employing individuals with a natural aptitude for the public sector could help reduce corruption.

There is now a consensus across all segments of the Nigerian society that corruption is the single most important cause of waste and inefficiency in the public sector. Its negative effect on public service delivery is well-known. […]

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    Virtuous citizens: Pentecostal social activism in an age of suspicion

Virtuous citizens: Pentecostal social activism in an age of suspicion

Through social activism Nigerian Pentecostals in London are carving out a space in society and making a claim for public recognition says Simon Coleman.

Our Pentecostalism in Britain series is in collaboration with LSE’s Religion and the Public Sphere blog.

Migration is probably always a combination of opportunity and threat—for both migrants and members of host societies. Things aren’t made much […]

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