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Nwamaka Ogbonna

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5 reasons why Nigeria does not NEED a national airline.

Last week, Nigeria launched a national airline - 'Nigeria Air'. The Nigerian government annoys me daily perhaps even hourly but I cannot remember when last a government decision irked me so much as this news did. I am angry because... Continue Reading →

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Making Nigerian Jollof Rice a global meal! 4 Lessons from Thailand #Jollofeconomics

In recent years Jollof rice has emerged as some sort of cultural phenomenon in Nigeria, which is quite a huge deal considering the fact that Nigerians generally struggle to find areas of mutual interest. I cannot recall how this Jollof... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Nigeria: to restructure or not?

The latest buzzword amongst politicians in Nigeria is 'restructuring' which in many case is assumed to mean greater devolution of powers and resources to state governments. It is argued that doing so will improve governance and developmental outcomes. However¬†in this... 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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