OP-ED Opinions 

Journey to Grenada and Reparations for Slavery By Azu Ishiekwene

Nigeria’s spectacular crises in almost every facet of its national life are inescapable. They cling like your skin. And for your sanity, you must detox from time to time. I hope this trip to Grenada, through Afghanistan, helps. Instead of writing about killings of the most bestial variety up and down the country, an economy on life support, insecurity, ASUU strike, men fighting for Allah and those defending them, the politics of 2023 that has left even politicians confused and enthroned delegates as royalty, I’ve decided to comment on a…

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OP-ED Opinions 

Obi’s Resignation: A Fight Against Delegated Corruption On Behalf of Nigerians, By Bolaji O. Akinyemi

Just about two weeks ago I wrote an article titled; ” *Nigeria: A Nation* *At The Mercy Of* *Political Party* *Delegates”.** Where I established that the two leading political parties in Nigeria; APC and PDP as institutions cannot deliver the hope and yearnings of Nigerian electorates for a new Nigeria. That the system are constricpted against the evolution of productive leadership.  PDP, we were informed by APC in the build up to 2015 elections, that they spread corruption. Unfortunately, we have witnessed first hand the ground gaining of corruption and…

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OP-ED Opinions 

Sex Education And African Classrooms, By Claire Mom

The mention of the word ‘sex’ elicits a feeling that is discomfort at best but is more often akin to a fresh wound in many African homes. The mere thought of information centering around the topic passed in schools is even worse. But how can the world’s most youthful continent protect her young if the topic is such a taboo? According to statistics, Africa, with three out of ten countries on the list, is home to the highest cases of sexual violations in the world. With over 92% of cases,…

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Africa Investments 

Leveraging the power of Special Drawing Rights: how developed countries can help boost Africa’s development

Q1: At the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, in February, African leaders called for providing Africa with a larger part of the re-allocated Special Drawing Rights. Do you think Africa can succeed in securing a bigger settlement? Africa must succeed. Countries are expected to access additional Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) through initiatives led by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) such as the Poverty Reduction Growth Trust and the Resilience and Sustainability Trust. But this will not be enough. Senegalese President Macky Sall and…

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Africa Investments 

Africa Day –African leaders express optimism for the Africa we want

Governors, the board, management and staff of the African Development Bank Group—meeting in the Ghanaian capital for its annual meetings this week—devoted much of Wednesday to celebrating Africa Day. African nations and institutions mark Africa Day annually on 25 May to celebrate the 1963 founding of the erstwhile Organisation of African Unity—today the African Union. The Bank Group held a colourful ceremony during its ongoing annual meetings in honor of Africa Day 2022. African Development Bank Secretary General Vincent Nmehielle compered the ceremony and set the framework for the celebration.…

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OP-ED Opinions 

We Keep Digging The Grave Of Education In Nigeria, By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

Nigerian students on Tuesday marked their 100 days of staying at home courtesy of the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Some of them took to Twitter to share their experiences. A particularly striking one was the lamentation of a lady that claimed to have spent two years on 100 Level. According to her, she wasted one year during Covid and now this strike. As of today, these students have spent 104 days out of about 270 days in a session, which includes semester breaks. The…

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Africa Investments 

Africa’s Recovery Remains Uneven; More Resources Are Needed -African Development Bank Report

An African Development Bank report released Thursday shows that the institution was pivotal in 2021, delivering timely investments that are helping millions of Africans overcome the unprecedented challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Published annually for the past 12 years, the Annual Development Effectiveness Review analyses the Bank’s role in Africa’s development. It monitors the Bank’s contribution to the High 5s: Light Up and Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialise Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa. Titled “Returning Africa to its Development Path,”…

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Africa Investments 

Ghana signs grant agreement with African Development Fund, government of Switzerland, to support development of mini-grids and solar PV net metering

The government of Ghana has signed a grant agreement with the African Development Fund, and a financing agreement with the government of Switzerland, for the Ghana Mini Grid and Solar Photovoltaic Net Metering project. The project will benefit schools, health centres and communities across the country. The agreements, for the development of 35 mini-grids and stand-alone solar PV systems, were signed on Wednesday 25 May at a short ceremony held on the sidelines of the African Development Bank Group’s 2022 Annual Meetings. They were signed by Ghanaian Finance Minister Ken…

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Africa Investments 

Channel IMF Special Drawing Rights through multilateral development banks, urge African Development Bank Governors

The United Kingdom may channel some of its International Monetary Fund Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to Africa through the African Development Bank, revealed UK Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean Vicky Ford yesterday.  “Let me be very clear, the UK would like to channel some of our SDRs to Africa through the African Development Bank,” Ford said on Wednesday at the African Development Bank Group’s 2022 Annual Meetings in Accra. “We welcome the Bank’s efforts to develop options for these SDRs,  Ford said. Ford was speaking during a…

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Africa Investments 

African leaders signal support for African Development Bank’s emergency food production facility

African governments and international development institutions have voiced support for the African Development Bank Group’s $1.5 billion emergency food production facility to help avert a looming food crisis across Africa. The Bank Group’s board approved the facility on Friday. At a virtual meeting convened by the African Union Commission on Thursday, government ministers and development partners commended the initiative, which will boost domestic production of essential grains. Imports of these staples have been hit by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. During the meeting African ministers of finance and agriculture and representatives…

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