Thoughts on Okonjo-Iweala’s Appointment as DG, WTO – Afeso Akanbi

The World Trade Organization, WTO has just confirmed Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its Director General, DG. With this appointment, 66-year-old Okonjo-Iweala has made history as the first African and the first woman to head the major, yet beleaguered financial organization. By every inch of it, Okonjo-Iweala, a world class economist, a two-time Nigerian finance minister and foreign minister for a brief period, deserves the appointment. … Continue reading Thoughts on Okonjo-Iweala’s Appointment as DG, WTO – Afeso Akanbi

Young Nigerians rise up to demand a different kind of freedom

(Featured Image credit: Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Image) Sakiru Adebayo, University of the Witwatersrand Two days after Nigeria celebrated its sixtieth year of independence, a video of a young man brazenly killed by a member of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS caught the attention of netizens. The Twitter user who posted the viral video claimed the man’s body had been left at … Continue reading Young Nigerians rise up to demand a different kind of freedom

The daughters and sons of Fela in African Pop

(Featured Image – The cast of Fela! performs during the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in 2010 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Getty Images)  Garhe Osiebe, Rhodes University Decades after his death, Fela Kuti, Nigeria’s most famous musician continues to live on through his art. Afrobeat, a genre he pioneered, has transcended generations after him, existing in varying forms. Contemporary African … Continue reading The daughters and sons of Fela in African Pop

Food prices in Nigeria have shot through the roof. But is the pandemic to blame?

Featured image – Woman selling dried fish at the Benin City market. Jorge Fernández/LightRocket via Getty Images Adegboye, Folasade Bosede, Covenant University COVID-19 has had a dire effect on global economies. Rising infection rates have led to social distancing directives, persistent lockdowns, the closing of businesses, travel restraints, salary cuts, and a looming high unemployment situation. Economic activity has shrunk dramatically, and with it the … Continue reading Food prices in Nigeria have shot through the roof. But is the pandemic to blame?