Nwamaka Ogbonna

Politics. Economics. International Development



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 →

British Council Future leaders connect diaries – Part 3: Meeting the Elders, visiting the UK Houses of Parliament and No.10 Downing street.

Hello blogfam! I have missed the blog so much, the end of the year has been much more intense than I had anticipated - so many personal projects with deadlines just happened to fall within this period and given that... 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 →

British Council Future Leaders connect diaries! Part 1. – Application and selection process.

Hey blogfam, before I proceed, I would like to apologise for the rather long hiatus, believe me, it was not intentional, I was very overwhelmed! And I promise to make it up to you. As some of you may know,... 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 →

As Nigeria exits the recession, here are four key lessons!

Recently the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics announced that Nigeria is officially out of a recession after recording a positive growth rate of 0.55% after five consecutive quarters of negative growth rates. This is good news and should hopefully be a... Continue Reading →

#Fixing Nigeria’s oil: What the Diezeanigate really teaches us.

Over the last couple of weeks, a lot of details concerning how Nigeria's former Minister of Petroleum, Diezeani Alison Madueke, allegedly embezzled public funds have emerged. The stories are mind-blowing, to put mildly, one of them is that she¬†awarded lucrative... Continue Reading →

5 things you should know about Nigeria’s 2017 budget.

On Monday June 12, 2017, Nigeria's 2017 budget was finally signed into law after several months of the drama that has come to characterise Nigeria's budget process. As a Twitter user put it 'In 2016, we were looking for the... Continue Reading →

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