Nigeria’s new president faces uphill task of making economic growth benefit all

Stephen Onyeiwu, Allegheny College The Nigerian economy grew at an average of 6.8% a year over the past decade, placing it among the fastest growing countries globally. But only about 25% of Nigerians have benefited from this growth. Why, despite this spectacular economic growth, are millions of underemployed young people and adults barely surviving on …

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Why Africa needs Buhari and Zuma to forge a strong alliance

Gilbert M. Khadiagala, University of the Witwatersrand Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration as Nigeria’s president presents new opportunities for reinvigorating relations between Nigeria and South Africa, the continent’s biggest economies. Since the 1990s, the collective leadership of Nigeria and South Africa has been vital in providing the foundations for African renewal, the creation of institutions on the …

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Pockets of progress in Africa’s election landscape

Kealeboga J Maphunye, University of South Africa If democracy is understood as a broad concept that includes regular free and fair elections, a system of government that ensures greater public participation, freedom of expression and the right to protest and challenge governments, then Africa is still lagging far behind democracies in Asia, South and North …

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Why African leaders need to learn better communication skills

Osabuohien P. Amienyi, Arkansas State University From time to time, African leaders make gaffes in what they say and do. Whether they are deliberate or not, these slip-ups unwittingly contribute to the negative and stereotypical perceptions that Africa tends to garner from internal and external detractors. Negative press resulting from blunders of this kind is …

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Enduring tensions bedevil Nigeria-South Africa relations

Bheki Mngomezulu, University of KwaZulu-Natal Relations between South Africa and Nigeria have always had some turbulence. In the latest tense episode, Nigeria withdrew its ambassador, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, and its high commissioner, Martin Cobham, after a series of xenophobic attacks in South Africa in April. Behind this latest quarrel lies a deeper and more enduring tension …

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