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The Rape Of Paradise. 2013: 100 Most Influential Africans December 2013 What is influence and how do you measure it?

The Rape Of Paradise

It will always be hard to agree on a common understanding and meaning of influence. Understandably, this always generates wide debate. How do we determine these people’s influence? Immersi nel petrolio.

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Nigeria - curators... On The Road With West Africa’s Fuel Smugglers. Lomé, Togo: The journey from the city of Lagos in Nigeria to the Benin-Togo border by boat takes 13 hours on a calm night.

On The Road With West Africa’s Fuel Smugglers

At daybreak, wooden boats drop anchor 100 metres off the coast. The New Kings of Nigeria. TIME OUT - Pick of the Day "In the modern city, a prince is only as big as his wallet," reflects Walter, halfway through Storyville's intriguing documentary about Nigeria's 'new kings': the media-savvy, sharp-talking professionals of Nigeria's urban elite.

The New Kings of Nigeria

Privately educated in England, Walter has returned to his homeland to reclaim his family's distinguished lineage: his great grandfather Jaja was a nineteenth-century slave who rose up to become a king before being kidnapped by the British. Walter leads us on an enjoyable romp through modern Lagos, where he is making his name as the voice of 'Big Brother Nigeria', and where his money and contacts open up a wealth of opportunities. Scenes of Champagne-quaffing, polo-playing, hard-partying media types juxtaposed with gritty street life speak for themselves... THE TELEGRAPH - Choice. Boko Haram – more complicated than you think – By Richard Dowden. Mobilisation of the Nigerian army against Boko Haram provides both a challenge and an opportunity...

Boko Haram – more complicated than you think – By Richard Dowden

Nothing in Nigeria is what it seems. Beneath a confusing, disorderly surface lie networks of association and obligation of which outsiders, and sometimes insiders, are unaware. Why Are You Here? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on branding, charity, and class in Nigeria’s schools.

Why Are You Here?

Photograph courtesy of Adolphus Opara I came at the wrong time. It was mid-March 2011, a few weeks before general elections, and every surface in Lagos—compound walls, gates, even buses—was covered with political posters. “You came at injury time,” the senior teacher at the government junior high school told me. She was small and well-groomed, her blouse awash in ruffles. Some Links on the Fuel Subsidy Protests in Nigeria. MOOCS HAVE BECOME A STRAIGHT BUSINESS PLAY“This period in the MOOC lifecycle is reminding me of a couple of years I spent in the late 1990s as a consultant to a water-treatment start-up company.

Some Links on the Fuel Subsidy Protests in Nigeria

The company was pitching a promising but unproven technology to some of the worst non-point-source polluters in California. These operators couldn’t control stockyard waste runoff, chemical drainage from ol […]"Wagner’s absurd example of the slave compromise was an attempt to put a big smiley-face Band-Aid... "“Wagner’s absurd example of the slave compromise was an attempt to put a big smiley-face Band-Aid over what has become an oozing scab at Emory. He wanted alumni to think his administration was happily compromising with the very people and programs it is purging from the campus while marching forward to an even more glorious future for the health and science […]"David Dillon, CEO of Kroger, put it succinctly: “If you look through the economics of the penalty...

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The Nigerian Harmattan? In the New York Times, Jeffrey Sachs thinks Nigeria has a historic opportunity… to do more or less what he has been telling countries like Nigeria to do for decades now: liberalize their economies, share the pain, and achieve prosperity.

The Nigerian Harmattan?

Shock Therapy! “I’ve watched nations on the eve of economic takeoff, in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia,” he writes. “Optimism is in the air in Abuja, and for good reason”: Naijablog: The Fuel Subsidy Removal Protests for Dummies. On the first day of the indefinite general strike organised by a coalition between two of the largest unions in Nigeria – the TUC and the NLC – and a cluster of smaller unions and social media-based activists and organisations, some external observers have expressed surprise at the intensity of resistance the “Occupy Nigeria” campaign has mounted against the removal of the fuel subsidy on January 1st and the size of the mass demonstrations taking place.

naijablog: The Fuel Subsidy Removal Protests for Dummies

From an outside perspective, it might seem like a dust-devil has been whipped up without why in the desert. In case there’s still any confusion, allow me to explain why there is so much anger and resistance. The answer begins with a question: would it be acceptable to citizens of affluent countries that the price of petrol doubles overnight without any warning?

My Vote For Subsidy Removal By Okey Ndibe. Okey Ndibe Last Saturday, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan addressed Nigerians for the second time in as many weeks.

My Vote For Subsidy Removal By Okey Ndibe

This time, he attempted a multi-pronged defense of his decision to remove fuel subsidy. It was a woeful failure. Nigeria: The case against removal of fuel subsidy and the argument for deregulated petroleum sub sector. Nigeria’s Four Possible Futures. In 2007, I had the honour of joining the Archbishop Desmond Tutu African Leadership Fellowship.

Nigeria’s Four Possible Futures

The excellent Fellowship program is managed by the African Leadership Institute, and now boasts of Fellows who play key roles in various sectors of the African economy – including Nigeria. For me, one of the (many) best sessions, during the program, was Scenario Planning. We looked into the crystal ball based on past events, current trends, future possibilities and our planned input. The result of the various group Scenario Planning sessions stayed with me, but allow me to talk about Africa some other time. When I returned to Nigeria after the twin sessions, and learnt about the scenario planning exercise completed by the African Leadership Institute in partnership with LEAP Africa, I was excited!

Achebe, Soyinka, Clark urge rethink of subsidy withdrawal. Soyinka, Achebe and Clark •Literary giants insist on national conference •Warn against retaliation of Boko Haram attacks Nigeria’s foremost writers have advised the government to pull the brakes on the subsidy removal that has put the nation on edge. How Is Your Appetite for Political Risk? Part Two. A Basket Approach to Manage Political Risk? A couple of months ago I wrote about a dirt cheap oil producer called Calvalley Petroleum. The original article is here ( At that time because of the unrest in the Middle East I was finding a lot of oil producers in that region of the world trading at very low multiples of cash flow and discounts to proven reserves. Since I wrote about CalValley it has only gotten cheaper as it is based in Yemen where the political situation is growing even more unstable.

Nigerian elections: Technology may not swing the election, but it will prove a point. - By Dayo Olopade. LAGOS, Nigeria—In a series of national elections this month, Nigerians will exercise democratic rights that recent events around Africa—from Egypt and Libya to the Ivory Coast—have revealed as precious. But for many citizens of the continent's most populous country, democracy is often beside the point. State-neglected roads breed traffic and hurt commerce, but in cities, young men plug the gap, selling everything from wine glasses to fresh apples in traffic.