Time to activate Africa’s idle magnetic force (5)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

THE COINAGE ‘NEW NORMAL’ has gained a global currency during this global Coronavirus pandemic more than at any other time since its emergence in a period of over a decade. It is an expression that, in the present circumstance, was meant to convey a contemporary and futuristic idea of the sea change expected to be […]

Time to activate Africa’s idle magnetic force (4)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

REFORMS ARE CENTRAL TO AFRICA’s pre-eminence in global trade. These reforms, though recognised as important requirements, are yet to be seen as widespread realities as Africa’s slowly reforming countries have slim chances of competing on the global trade turfs. “A slowly reforming society stagnates,” wrote Gordon G. Chang, a US global analyst. To paraphrase Chang […]

Time to activate Africa’s idle magnetic force (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Editor’s Note: Following the conclusion of the two-part article of urgency on the Nile Dam brouhaha, last week, Dr. Oyeleye this week returns to his discourse on activating the idle force in Africa. Enjoy the piece. DIVINERS WHO MADE FORECASTS that the future of the world would depend on Africa, particularly on the area of […]

Rancorous drumbeats over Nile Dam (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

SEARCH FOR THE ELUSIVE PEACE between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan continued penultimate weekend. The meeting, convened on Friday that week at the instance of the African Union (AU) as the current AU chair, was meant to achieve a semblance of rapprochement; a sort of compromise between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia on the protracted disagreements over […]

Rancorous drumbeats over Nile Dam (1)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

Editor’s Note: Dr. Oyeleye is taking an emergency break from his running series, Time to activate Africa’s idle magnetic force, to address this urgent matter of the Nile Dam because of the immediacy of issues involved. He will return to conclude the series after this one.   GLOBAL FORECASTERS MUST BE COMMENDED for their foresight […]

Time to activate Africa’s idle magnetic force (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

AFRICAN SOIL HAS BEEN a testing ground for an assortment of policy ideas. From Marxist-Communist, to Capitalist, neoliberal or hybrids of any of the combinations, the continent has seen models and types of governments – some good, some bad – since the Kwame Nkrumah’s era, Nnamdi Azikiwe’s idealism, Jomo Kenyatta’s fantasies and the daydreams of […]

Time to activate Africa’s idle magnetic force (1)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

The world inches towards 8 billion inhabitants in the next couple of years. The most recent United Nations’ current world population estimate of 7.8 billion people as of June 2020 lends credence to the imminence of that 8 billion mark. Of that current 7.8 billion, Africa alone – as a continent – takes 1.34 billion, […]

Adesina’s AfDB trials: A proxy war?

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

SO MUCH FOR THE African Development Bank (AfDB) headquartered in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The multilateral development bank has been in the news in the past three months, not so much for its development interventions, but for the tussles at the leadership level, which reached a crescendo in the past three weeks. Allegations varying from the […]

Africa’s grim prospects post-COVID-19 (4)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

By Olukayode Oyeleye ISSUES THAT SPUR many people into activism and prompt many more to consider and rally support for collective actions have been coming in torrents to the forefront of global affairs in the past three decades. Voices in favour of common fronts and unifying causes are getting more strident as many risks are […]

Africa’s grim prospects POST-COVID-19 (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

PANDEMICS HAVE BEEN infrequent occurrences since the past half a century – the age of unprecedented breakthroughs in life sciences.  When they occurred,  their spread, prevalence, the morbidity,  mortality or case fatality rates have not been as scary to nations,  political leaders,  business communities and medical professionals as the affliction that befell the world in […]