Are fees the best way forward Nigeria’s universities?

By Jon Spaull     The University of Ibadan in Nigeria is “emblematic of the crisis of the Nigerian state”, argues the institution’s vice-chancellor, Abel Idowu Olayinka, in this video interview. The University of Ibadan opened in 1948 as a small African outpost of London University, with just 104 students. Over the past 70 years, …

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World Bank shifts thinking on African university funding

By Jon Spaull     A “paradigm shift” is needed in African university funding, says World Bank education specialist Olatunde Adekola. In this film, he argues that funding should be linked to results. The film visits Nigeria to examine the World Bank’s Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project, which aims to turn the continent’s …

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How Ghana could turn waste plastic into profits

By Jon Spaull     “I wish one day Ghana will process its own mineral resources,” says Etornam Bani Fiadou, PhD student and assistant lecturer at the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) in Ghana. Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa and a major producer of manganese and the main aluminium …

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Ghana’s gold diggers: Land and rivers laid to waste

By Jon Spaull     Large swathes of Ghana’s gold belt have been laid to waste in the search for the precious metal by illegal small-scale miners. Cocoa plantations have been cut down and rivers polluted with heavy metals, including mercury, used to extract gold. In this, the second of a four-part film series on …

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Ghana’s gold diggers: Scramble comes at high cost

By Jon Spaull       People have mined for gold in what is now Ghana for thousands of years. The precious metal has always been easy to find, hence the name the British gave the country when they colonised it: the Gold Coast. In this four-part film series, we investigate the role of illegal, …

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