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Current Affairs

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Black Lives Matter Protests in Africa Shine a Light on Local Police Brutality

Jul 10, 2020
  Protesters hold signs and placards during a demonstration against police killings and brutality, in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, June 8, 2020...
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Currency devaluation: Reasons and effects

May 17, 2020
Editorial Commentary. The massive devaluation of the Naira by the CBN has left Nigerians scratching their heads and each others head...
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An Important Man for an Important Position: Professor Gambari As President Buhari’s New Chief of Staff

May 13, 2020
Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari. By John O. Ifediora. The appointment of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to President Buhari of Nigeria is a wise decision...
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Tracking the Spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria’s Largest Northern City

Apr 30, 2020
John Campbell*. A recent, so far unexplained, spike in deaths in Kano, Nigeria, highlights the difficulty of tracking the spread of coronavirus, especially in certain large African urban areas...

Development and Security Matters

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Solving the energy poverty problem in sub-Saharan Africa

May 15, 2020
John O. Ifediora. Sub-Saharan Africa has the dubious distinction of having the lowest electricity generation capability, and its inhabitants suffer the most debilitating energy poverty in the world...
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Libya: A stain on Africa as it revives the sale of black Africans

May 09, 2020
European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya, said Amnesty International in a report published today in the wake of global outrage over the sale of migrants in Libya...
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The Brain Drain from Nigeria Finds a New Home…..Canada

Jan 07, 2020
Yomi Kazeem. By most standards, Ezekiel is living the middle-class Nigerian dream. At 41, he works as a senior manager at a Lagos-based media company where he earns a healthy salary...
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Development would continue to elude a country that fails to educate its citizenry.

Jan 06, 2020
John Ifediora. A long-standing economic theory commonly known as "Economic Convergence" postulates that as world economies develop they would inexorably attain the same level of development through trade based on comparative advantage, technology transfer through direct investment and job out-sourcing...

Academic Papers

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Turning The Natural-Resource Curse Into What It Should Be – A Means To National Prosperity

May 15, 2020
John O. Ifediora. It is the irony of human nature, and indeed the incentive mechanism inherent in social institutions, that some societies less endowed by nature strive harder to improve their collective lot, and in many instances succeed in achieving their development objectives more frequently than their counterparts with more favorable allotments of natural resources...

Poor Men With Money: On The Politics of Not Studying The Poorest Of The Poor In Urban South Africa

May 14, 2020
James Williams. Poverty and violence crisscross ethnographies of the African city. This is especially pronounced in anthropological research from South Africa, where considerable efforts are made to describe and document poverty and violence across segregated cityscapes...

Innovative Development Strategies In Africa

May 11, 2020
Rejoice Ngwenya. Africa’s real per capita income today is lower than in the 1970s, leaving many African countries as poor as they were forty years ago...

Why Doesn’t Capitalism Flow to Poor Countries?

Jan 04, 2020
Rafael Di Tella and Robert MacCulloch. Abstract. We find anecdotal evidence suggesting that governments in poor countries have a more left wing rhetoric than those in OECD countries...

Book Reviews

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Poverty Traps

May 10, 2020
Samuel,Durlaf, and Hoff. Reviewed by M. Krul. "Poverty Traps" is a collection of research papers on the subject of, well, poverty traps, edited by Bowles, Durlauf and Hoff...
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Failed States and the origins of violence

May 10, 2020
Tiffiany Haward. Reviewed by Martin Meeùs. Terrorism and other forms of political violence are more present than ever in modern societies but are unequally spread around the globe...
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African Economic Development

May 08, 2020
BY Steve Langdon, Archibald R.M. Ritter, Yiagadeesen Samy. Sub-Saharan Africa is at a turning point...
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Sustainable Development and Human Rights in Africa

May 05, 2020
Picard, Buss, Seybolt, and Lelei. Many new development initiatives have been introduced in Africa over the past few decades...