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Nwamaka Ogbonna

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Crude oil rises from 71% of Nigeria’s total exports to 83% – How do we remedy this?

The imperative for export diversification Recent data by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that crude oil accounts for over 80% of what we export. There are lot of reasons why this is a problem, not least because it makes... Continue Reading →

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Why are Banks not lending to Agriculture?

A few weeks ago, I stumbled on a report by the National Bureau of Statistics which revealed the credit allocation made by Nigerian banks to the country's private sector. The findings of the report caused me to think and reflect... Continue Reading →

Trending topics: Africa’s single air market; Kenya’s two Presidents; Nigerian Churches vs Voter apathy.

Paddy Adenuga's story - Amaka's take The son of one of Nigeria's billionaire businessmen recently released an interesting and intriguing story about how he attempted to buy one of the world's largest corporations, Chevron at only 29 years. The story... Continue Reading →

Nigeria’s 2019 elections – Five ways to be an informed voter!!

Election season in Nigeria is here again! To be honest, it's a little hard to believe that President Buhari's 4-year administration will soon elapse because I remember vividly the day he was elected. There was so much hope and expectations... Continue Reading →

British Council Future leaders connect diaries – Part 2; My EPIC Cambridge experience!!

Last week, I began a series of posts about the British Council's Future Leaders Connect Programme, you can find the first here - where I discussed the purpose of the programme and the application/selection process. The programme was divided into... Continue Reading →

Lessons in the pursuit of industrial development by African governments

Over the next few days, I shall engage with 49 future policy leaders from across the world to deliberate on some of the world's biggest issues. My personal agenda is to understand how policies can help developing countries especially those... Continue Reading →

1999 Constitutional review: 8 things you should be concerned about!!

Hey blogfam! Last week, the Nigerian Senate considered 36 amendments to Nigeria's 1999 constitution. I am not a Lawyer or Political Scientist so I have limited understanding of how the legislative process works but I did some little 'research' and... Continue Reading →

Lessons from Nigeria’s economic boom

So I have had a lot of people ask me questions along this line 'Oh, I'm confused, I thought before oil prices fell we were growing between 5-6% per year, how come once oil prices fell, we immediately entered a... Continue Reading →

Democracy day in Nigeria: 18 Years Later, To What Extent Has it Delivered on its Promise?

  I was 6 years old when Nigeria's last¬†'strong man'¬†General Sanni Abacha died, as young as I was then, I still have vivid memories of the day of his death. I was sitting with my dad when the news broke... Continue Reading →

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