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Nwamaka Ogbonna

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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 →

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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 →

Ease of doing business in Nigeria – 31 Reforms completed in 60 Days

Small businesses are the lifeblood of Africa's economy and their contributions to employment and GDP cannot be overstated. A report by Mckinsey last year noted that: "Small companies dominate in other African economies. In Ethiopia, large companies account for less than... Continue Reading →

Economic diversification in Nigeria (part 2): Understanding the natural resource curse

About two weeks ago, I started a series on economic diversification for us to understand the factors responsible for Nigeria's economic structure. Today, we would be looking at one of the major problems facing resource dependent economies like Nigeria and which... Continue Reading →

Understanding Nigeria’s $1 billion Eurobond sale: Opportunities and risks

Last week, Nigeria successfully completed a $1 billion Eurobond sale on the international market. In fact the bond sale was oversubscribed to the tune of $ 7.8 billion at an interest rate of 7.88%. However, we can only access the... Continue Reading →

‘The state of Africa’ provides an overview of the development trajectory of modern African countries from the pre-independence period till about the early 2000s. Martin Meredith’s main argument is that the predatory leadership of many African countries over the years... Continue Reading →

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