Why blame Dangote?

Consistent with our Nigerian nature, the plan by the Dangote Group to import 10,000 Indonesian-made light pickup trucks that it plans to sell to its customers in Africa has received strident condemnations. The Dangote Group intends to market these trucks which can carry water, cassava and seed processors to customers in its value chains. Procurement […]

Lessons of Shiites Christmas visit to a Christian church

Regardless of the underlying causes, intolerance and suspicion of each other by people of various faiths have significantly affected our socio-economic development negatively. The resulting tension often affects communal peace and enterprise. Unfortunately, often fanaticism and uncontrolled religious emotions are behind the old conflicts that fuelled today’s suspicion and intolerance. Good examples include the 1987 […]

Are we ready for the science and technology frontier?

This year is the threshold of the decade of ultra-digital science and the technologies that latch on it. Given the experiences of the past decade, it is evident that the coming years will usher us into a much smarter world of incredible scientific and technological revolutions predicated on artificial superintelligence. In the past few years, […]

Hoping for a genuinely reformed police

We all know that the police is not necessarily your friend. At least not in all cases. However, the Nigerian police still deserve some commendation in the many accomplishments that it has recorded over the years. Those achievements are partially contributory to the economic successes that we have also recorded. Perhaps apart from the sale […]

Mental models frustrating our collective prosperity

Sometimes, the most enduring solutions to problems are rooted in the mental models that feed them. In the same vein, challenges can become more complicated, the more the underlying mental models that support them fail the tests of facts and logic. Common culprits are many of the popular systems of beliefs rooted in tradition, religion, […]

Our economy and the foundations of religiosity and reason

Our ancestors placed a lot of trust in the gods for most of their strategic decisions. That was in an era with limited scientifically proven facts about the world around them. Their reliance on divine authority also made them downplay their capacity to investigate, thoroughly understand and conquer the world in which they lived. In […]

Nigeria’s maturing civic space

We are a country conquered by a privileged few; powerful politicians and ‘men of money’ who apparently, write the destinies of most other Nigerians. These ‘super Nigerians’ live ostentatiously and glaringly above the law. They also do everything humanly possible to defend those privileges and powers. Part of their key past time is a continuous […]

“Hustling” our economy to regrets

Things are hard. It is the refrain of virtually every Nigerian, including the very rich. Ideally, the poor should predictably feel the brunt of the pervasive hardship in the country and are justified in using such the refrain. The monsters of hunger and deprivation always remind the most vulnerable of their proximity. And therefore, it […]

“Hustling” our economy to regrets

Things are hard. It is the refrain of virtually every Nigerian, including the very rich. Ideally, the poor should predictably feel the brunt of the pervasive hardship in the country and are justified in using such the refrain. The monsters of hunger and deprivation always remind the most vulnerable of their proximity. And therefore, it […]

Tales of Nigeria’s roadside corpses  

Perhaps it is only in a state of war that one would imagine the number of dead bodies that we behold daily on our roadsides. But that is the reality of today’s Nigeria. Even ifthe Boko Haram areas,where there is currently a nigh-war situation, is discounted, these ugly sites are commonplaceon our roadsides every other […]