As Lagosians Rage: Sanwo-Olu, how now? - Bolanle Bolawole

20 October 2019
As Lagosians Rage: Sanwo-Olu, how now? - Bolanle Bolawole

"When France sneezes, Europe catches cold" – Metternich. Lagosians are in a rage and going by the saying of Metternich above, what do you think should be happening right now...

A postmortem on Dele Giwa's mangled body - Festus Adedayo

20 October 2019
A postmortem on Dele Giwa's mangled body - Festus Adedayo

Since that dark Sunday morning on October 19, 1986 when renowned journalist, Dele Giwa, was parcel-bombed by a God-knows-who, Nigerian journalism, Nigeria and government-journalism relationship have not recovered from that...

Are there elders in Buhari’s household? - Abimbola Adelakun

17 October 2019
Are there elders in Buhari’s household? - Abimbola Adelakun

President Muhammadu Buhari built his brand on three myths: self-discipline, fiscal discipline, and military discipline. These myths became the national millstone when fate dealt Nigeria a diseased hand during the...

Between Aisha Buhari and Fatima Daura - Niran Adedokun

17 October 2019
Between Aisha Buhari and Fatima Daura - Niran Adedokun

Fatima Mamman Daura’s Monday interview with the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation is as audacious as it is revealing. Until Fatima picked up the gauntlet, there were widespread...

Sex predators: Is castration the answer? - Bolanle Bolawole

17 October 2019
Sex predators: Is castration the answer? - Bolanle Bolawole

Increasing cases of rape and defiling of little children in Ekiti require urgent attention. The amendment being sought may include imprisonment and medical castration of offenders, among others not stipulated...

UNILAG and the sex narrative in the Villa - Festus Adedayo

13 October 2019
UNILAG and the sex narrative in the Villa - Festus Adedayo

Sex and sexual narratives took over the information highway for the better part of last week, causing a very serious gridlock. My Alma-mater, University of Lagos, launched the traffic. Kiki...

One item missing from the Budget - Simon Kolawole

13 October 2019
One item missing from the Budget - Simon Kolawole

Over breakfast and the obligatory cups of coffee somewhere in New York late September, a bright and enterprising Nigerian lady was, as it were, preaching to the converted on the...

Sexual exploitation of students - Yetunde A. Odugbesan-Omede

11 October 2019
Sexual exploitation of students - Yetunde A. Odugbesan-Omede

Sexual exploitation and harassment of students by teachers and administrators are reflections of corrupt education systems. Sexual exploitation and harassment are not peculiar to systems of education in Nigeria. They...

Bad road paved with good intentions - Dare Babarinsa

11 October 2019
Bad road paved with good intentions - Dare Babarinsa

When was the last time you drove for five kilometres on a good road in Nigeria? For me, I cannot remember, especially the so-called Federal roads. It seems as of...

If Nigeria was a PLC, it would be sold for N1 and restructured - Olu Fasan

10 October 2019
If Nigeria was a PLC, it would be sold for N1 and restructured - Olu Fasan

There is a well-known practice in the business world in which a large multinational corporation could be sold for £1 or $1, the token price tag serving only as a...

Preventing digital feudalism - Mariana Mazzucato

10 October 2019
Preventing digital feudalism - Mariana Mazzucato

By exploiting technologies that were originally developed by the public sector, digital platform companies have acquired a market position that allows them to extract massive rents from consumers and workers...

How to rethink capitalism - Simon Johnson

08 October 2019
How to rethink capitalism - Simon Johnson

The 2008 financial crisis, together with failed efforts to combat climate change and sharply rising inequality, has frayed the neoliberal consensus that has prevailed in the United States and much...

The crisis of Central-Bank governance - Lucrezia Reichlin

07 October 2019
The crisis of Central-Bank governance - Lucrezia Reichlin

European Central Bank may enjoy stronger protection against political pressure than other central banks do, but it also faces unique constraints. The more ECB is forced to expand its policy...

A MUST READ: Time to drag Buhari, el-Rufai and others to Kigali - Festus Adedayo

06 October 2019
A MUST READ: Time to drag Buhari, el-Rufai and others to Kigali - Festus Adedayo

Rwanda does not hide the fact that she is a coquette. From the moment you land at the Rwanda International Airport, Kigali, the irresistible mermaid which Rwanda lets loose on...

Are we living in a post-happiness world? - Laura M. Holson

06 October 2019
Are we living in a post-happiness world? - Laura M. Holson

Joy, it seems, is everywhere these days. It is used to sell boxes at Ikea. It is included in ads for drinks at McDonald’s and as a prescriptive for female...

Nigeria at 59: I am so sorry! - Bola Bolawole

04 October 2019
Nigeria at 59: I am so sorry! - Bola Bolawole

“I am sorry” can be an admission of guilt or wrong-doing and an apology; it can, however, mean exasperation, surrender, and throwing in of the towel. Like that boxer who...

This is why Trump is right to challenge China - Henry Olsen

03 October 2019
This is why Trump is right to challenge China - Henry Olsen

The use of live ammunition by Hong Kong police against protesters fighting for freedom in the city on Tuesday is a sad but fitting way to mark the Chinese Communist...

70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China shows Beijing’s communism may be the most viable - George Galloway

02 October 2019
70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China shows Beijing’s communism may be the most viable - George Galloway

While mistakes of the Soviet Union put it in the museum, China’s capacity to adapt and reinvent itself could soon make it the most important country in the world. Last...

The rise and future of China as an economic power - James Early

02 October 2019
The rise and future of China as an economic power - James Early

Since 2012, I've been a frequent visitor to the People's Republic of China. With 52 red stamps on my passport to prove it, I'm still mystified by the incongruities that...

So many Nigerians want to escape out of the country, but they are held captive - Pat Utomi

29 September 2019
So many Nigerians want to escape out of the country, but they are held captive - Pat Utomi

A professor of political economy, entrepreneur, and former presidential candidate, Mr Pat Utomi, who also contested the governorship primary of his party in the last election, shares his thoughts about...

Can’t the President read it from the script? - Festus Adedayo

29 September 2019
Can’t the President read it from the script? - Festus Adedayo   

Pastor and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, is fighting one of the major battles of his political life at the moment. Thankfully, he seems to...

Revolutions that ‘fired’ young Leftists - Edwin Madunagu

27 September 2019
Revolutions that ‘fired’ young Leftists - Edwin Madunagu

I feel the need to begin with some clarifications on the title that has been constructed for this piece: “Revolutions that ‘fired’ young Leftists”. This need will be more than...

A new sheperd in the land of vultures - Dare Babarinsa

27 September 2019
A new sheperd in the land of vultures - Dare Babarinsa

At the height of his power as leader of the Soviet Union, Josef Stalin regarded members of Catholic Church, the Jews and those denounced as rich farmers, landowners, and capitalists,...

Vee-Pees: Vice or virtue? - Bola Bolawole

26 September 2019
Vee-Pees: Vice or virtue? - Bola Bolawole

Never forget, the press is the enemy. The establishment is the enemy. The professors are the enemy. Professors are the enemy. Write that on a blackboard 100 times and never...

The coming crisis of China’s One-Party regime - Minxin Pei

24 September 2019
The coming crisis of China’s One-Party regime - Minxin Pei

In 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised that the Communist Party would deliver great successes in advance of two upcoming centennials, in 2021 and 2049. But no amount of nationalist...

In 80’s, 90’s ASUU was very compelling and necessary. Not so now - VC

23 September 2019
In 80’s, 90’s ASUU was very compelling and necessary. Not so now - VC

Stormy Dimension To Academia In Nigerian Varsities By Unions Is Unhealthy Mr Kayode Soremekun, Professor of political science, is the Vice Chancellor of Federal University Oye Ekiti, which in the...

What’s Fashola learning from Osinbajo as he ‘carries the can for others?’ - Bolanle Bolawole

23 September 2019
What’s Fashola learning from Osinbajo as he ‘carries the can for others?’ - Bolanle Bolawole

I found ex-Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola’s explanation to the media after last Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting very interesting. Answering questions on his Ministry, Fashola made disclosures on how...

Like Osinbajo, like Gbajabiamila - Lasisi Olagunju

23 September 2019
Like Osinbajo, like Gbajabiamila - Lasisi Olagunju

A Yoruba officer walked up to Mr Oladipo Diya at the height of his 1997 crisis with his boss, Mr Sani Abacha. “Sir, what is happening?” The very senior officer...

The economic consequences of automation - Robert Skidelsky

23 September 2019
The economic consequences of automation - Robert Skidelsky

Economic theory does not provide a clear answer regarding the overall impact of technological progress on jobs. And even if automation has traditionally been beneficial in the long run, policymakers...

Seun Onigbinde and the bloodthirsty hounds of Twitter - Festus Adedayo

22 September 2019
Seun Onigbinde and the bloodthirsty hounds of Twitter - Festus Adedayo

Again, the paternity of the Nigerian state came up for consideration last week. Who exactly owns Nigeria? Is it the exclusive preserve of politicians, their kith and kin, their hangers-on...

Why Bola Tinubu can never be Nigeria’s president - Farooq Kperogi

22 September 2019
Why Bola Tinubu can never be Nigeria’s president - Farooq Kperogi

I admit that it’s always ill-advised to use the word “never” when you prognosticate the outcome of a future event. The vagaries of life can throw a wrench to the...

Now that South Africa has apologised... - Bola Bolawole

21 September 2019
Now that South Africa has apologised... - Bola Bolawole

Now South Africa has apologised for the xenophobic attacks that saw to the death of many African compatriots in the hands of South African mobs, have we seen the end...

Critics, ‘opposition’ members, and political appointments - Kayode Samuel

18 September 2019
Critics, ‘opposition’ members, and political appointments - Kayode Samuel

One Sunday in mid-May 2011, I got a call from an elder of my hometown, Ota. He needed to see me urgently, he said, and asked where I was. As...

On soaking the rich - Paul Krugman

18 September 2019
On soaking the rich - Paul Krugman

Whether or not she becomes the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Warren has brought something new to American politics; call it the charisma of wonkery. “Warren has a plan for that” has...

What’s wrong with the news? - Alexandra Borchardt

17 September 2019
What’s wrong with the news? - Alexandra Borchardt

The rise of data analytics has made journalists and their editors confident that they know what the people want. Why, then, did almost one-third of respondents to the Reuters Institute’s...

What economists still need to learn - Mark Cliffe

16 September 2019
What economists still need to learn - Mark Cliffe

More than a decade after the global financial crisis, macroeconomists have failed to absorb three crucial sets of lessons. Their models are still struggling – and mostly failing – to...

Buhari, Atiku before the Great Tribunal - Festus Adedayo

15 September 2019
Buhari, Atiku before the Great Tribunal - Festus Adedayo

You would think it was a scene from Geoffrey Chaucer’s classics, The Canterbury Talesand its tale of a group of pilgrims travelling from London to Canterbury to visit the shrine...

Lessons from South Africa - Bola Bolawole

12 September 2019
Lessons from South Africa - Bola Bolawole

In the “xenophobic” response to the xenophobic attack on foreigners by black South Africans, useful lessons which ought to have been learnt, first to prevent a reoccurrence and, secondly, to...

Revisiting ‘zoning and rotation’ - Edwin Madunagu

11 September 2019
Revisiting ‘zoning and rotation’ - Edwin Madunagu

At the end of the Nigerian Civil War (July 1967 – January 1970), and in preparation for a possible return to civilian rule, the ruling class established – or rather,...

The twilight of the global order - Ana Palacio

11 September 2019
The twilight of the global order - Ana Palacio

The recent G7 summit in Biarritz signaled a broader shift in international governance away from constructive cooperation and toward vague discussions and ad hoc solutions. The conclusion of the summit...