Nigeria and post-COVID-19 expectations

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

BY THE TIME THE roaring hurricane of the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic must have spent its fury and the lull of calm sets in, various countries of the world will wake up to diverse realities. Much of these realities will either be consequences of years of hard work, meticulous scenario thinking and strategic planning or […]

Security: Africa and global realities (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

CONFIGURATIONS OF national and Africa’s continental security architecture are about to undergo unprecedented changes arising from the prevalent global Coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic. The changes, which will take different forms post-COVID-19, will vary in the extent of impacts in various countries. What will be common to all is the inescapable truth that the impacts of […]

Security: Africa and global realities (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

TRUTHS KNOWN ABOUT security lapses in Africa may continue to be frankly discussed at the office corridors, on dinner tables, in beer parlours, at the bus stops, newspaper stands or in political science and history classrooms while officials and discussants in government and diplomatic circles continue to do window dressing and talking tongue-in-cheek. The official […]

Security: Africa and global realities

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

FOUR WEEKS AGO, Germany played host to world leaders at the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in which presidents, prime ministers, foreign and defence ministers from more than 40 countries were either present or were represented. Influential private companies were also represented, for their roles and relevance in the subject matter of security. About a […]

Coronavirus and apparent omissions in global public health (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

ADVOCACY and sensitisation are good, but they are not sufficient in cases of unpredictable outbreaks of infections with no known or documented precedents. The approach to handling disease outbreaks should be multidimensional. Health authorities on the global front need to work out protocols for safe, easy and quick diagnostic tests in cases of novel infections, […]

Coronavirus and apparent omissions in global public health

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

DISEASES AND INFECTIONS of epidemic proportions are becoming more frequent as recurring decimals at a global level. The consequences of globalisation are increasingly being felt as the speed, frequency and sheer number of trips across the globe increased exponentially over the past three decades. Within this period, beginning from the early 1990s, political reforms leading […]

Africa’s deserts, security and sustainable future (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

SAHARA DESERT OCCUPIES an important place in Africa, in terms of size, location and history on the continent. It has assumed such significance that it is used to define or delineate parts of the continent when considering it in the two broad categories as north or south. Of the 54 countries in Africa, 12 are […]

Africa’s deserts, security and sustainable future (1)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

  ASSUMPTIONS, CLAIMS AND ASSERTIONS about Africa being a continent that holds the hope for the global food security of the future have gone largely unquestioned. These have been repeated by many public commentators and development actors who expressed optimism about the forest resources in the south of Equator as if those forests are cast […]