Arik Air seeks to address imbalances on London-Abuja route

MICHAEL ARUMEMI-IKHIDE Group chief executive/Courtesy Photo/Arik Air/As the Nigerian airline reduced the frequency of flights to the UK because of limited access to landing slots, its CEO warned that high fuel costs could eat into profits.

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Governor of Lagos is"temperamentally" not a politician

BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA GOVERNOR, LAGOS STATE/PHOTO/JACOB SILBERBERG/PANOS-REAThe Action Congress of Nigeria is getting more attention on a national scale as governor Fashola and his allies change the face 
of Nigeria's densely packed and poorly built economic capital.

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Nigeria: Military crackdown on Boko Haram displaces residents

Map of NigeriaThe Nigerian army on Tuesday carried out a crackdown of a suspected hideout of members of Islamist group, Boko Haram in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

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Nigeria: Jonathan optimistic in State of the Nation address

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan/Photo/ReutersNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan believes the West African country has "made appreciable progress in the last one year" under his stewardship.

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Finance: Foreign firms go local

altPlans by transnational companies to list on local equity markets raise questions about changes in corporate governance and ownership patterns.

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Nigerian city put on high alert

Map of NigeriaNigeria's volatile city of Jos has been put on high alert amid fears of worsening religious clashes.

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Nigeria and U.S in terrorism fight

Extremist group, Boko Haram has caused widespread havoc in Nigeria in recent years/Photo/ReutersThe United States has reiterated its willingness to capacitate the Nigerian security services in dealing with a terrorist onslaught posed by extreme Islamist group, Boko Haram.

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Nigeria on brink of civil war: Soyinka

Nigeria has been rocked by protests over rising petrol prices/Photo/ReutersReligious intolerance fuelled by politicians, ethnicism and economic unrest is pushing Nigeria to the brink of another civil war, renowned poet and Nobel laureate Wole

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Nigeria: Boko Haram condemned amid rising death toll

Map of NigeriaWorld leaders have condemned the deadly Christmas day attacks on churches across Nigeria, claimed by Boko Haram, as death toll continues to rise.

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West Africa's economies trumpet same tune

With democratically elected leaders in all three, West Africa's prospects are looking up/Image/All Rights ReservedFor the first time in a generation, the three elephants of West Africa are all pulling in the same direction.

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Nigeria: Social media stirs sexual violence debate

Map of NigeriaNigerians have used social media to stir the world's conscience over a rape incident, but the next step is to turn the heated online debate into concrete positive social change

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Political faces behind terror and its impact on Nigeria

The Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) claims to have solved the mystery of the creation, management and funding of extremist Islam group, Boko Haram. But how will the discovery impact Nigeria's homeland security, and the North-South power dynamic?

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A tribute to Yasmin El-Rufai

The hour of departure has arrived, and we have gone our ways – Yasmin, you to God, while the rest of us remain alive. Which is better God only knowsI am grief-stricken: I lost a close friend over the weekend. Inestimably more than that, her family lost a daughter. Her name was Yasmin El- Rufai and her spirit was one of the most beautiful, intelligent and noble I have ever encountered.

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Delta Airlines to Fly from Accra to Abuja

Photo/ReutersThe US Delta Air lines, Fortune Magazine's world most admired airline, is to begin direct flight operation from Accra to Abuja on December 1, Delta's Commercial Manager, East and West Africa, Mr Bobby Bryan announced in Accra on Tuesday.

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Nigeria's Fine Art Creative Explosion

Adanma by Alex Nwokolo/ Photo/ All Rights ReservedA new book thrusts the dynamism of the Lagos art scene into the hands of ­collectors worldwide

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 Energy Council - Mozambique Assembly
12-13 March 2018 | Maputo, Mozambique - http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/event/mozambique-assembly
 Mozambique Assembly
The upcoming Mozambique Assembly, 12 and 13 March 2018, will focus on investment and national skills development in association with ENH and INP. To be officially opened by H.E. President Filipe Nyusi, the Mozambique Assembly is the region's premier national event gathering the most influential players from across the finance, investment, oil & gas, training, education and infrastructure sectors for two days of networking, corporate development and knowledge gain through focused and interactive discussions.
 The Africa CEO Forum
26-27 March 2018 | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - http://http://www.theafricaceoforum.com
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The AFRICA CEO FORUM, held alternately in Africa and Geneva, its international headquarters, is the largest annual meeting of the African private sector and brings together over 1,200 business leaders, investors, policy makers and journalists from more than 70 countries, to put Africapitalism at the forefront of the global agenda and advance the issues critical to the future of the continent and its companies. Following the 5th edition, which recorded a significant increase in attendance, the continent’s leading decision-makers will once again be gathering in the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan for the AFRICA CEO FORUM in 2018.

 AIM, Annual Investment Meeting
9-11 April 2018 | Dubai World Trade Center, UAE - http://aimcongress.com
 AIM logoThe Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) is the World’s Leading Platform for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). It is an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. AIM is the largest global investment gathering of corporate leaders, policy makers, businessmen, regional and international investors, entrepreneurs, leading academics and experts showcasing up-to-date information, strategies and knowledge on attracting FDI. It aims to connect businesses and countries willing to engage in sustainable partnerships with investors. The eighth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting will be held on April 9 - 11, 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The theme is ‘Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through FDI: Partnerships for Inclusive Growth & Sustainable Development’. It will explore the best practices to create inclusive growth for all economic participants and analyze policy mixes that governments should adopt to encourage the investor community to protect the well-being of nations that join to form a greater ecosystem.

For more information, please visit our website: www.aimcongress.com

 Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend
27-29 April 2018 | Kigali, Rwanda - http://http://mo.ibrahim.foundation/fr/annual-event
 Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend
The Ibrahim Governance Weekend is the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, held every year in a different African country. This three-day event convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to debate issues of critical importance to Africa. The weekend begins with a Leadership Ceremony, which celebrates the Ibrahim Laureates and, if the Prize has been awarded that year, gives the opportunity to honour the new Laureate. A whole day is then dedicated to the Ibrahim Forum, a high-level discussion forum which tackles the challenges facing Africa and sets out priorities for action. The weekend concludes with a public concert highlighting some of the best performers of the continent and a football match showcasing outstanding African football.

 The Africa Report Debates 2018
27 April 2018 | Kigali, Rwanda - http://www.theafricareport.com/TAR-Debates/the-africa-report-debates-2018-kigali.html
 TARDebates lofoUnder the umbrella of the 2018 Ibrahim Governance Weekend, over the weekend of the 27-29th April 2018, The Africa Report Debates offers a unique platform for thought-provoking discussion, giving you an excellent opportunity to be part of the debate with a wide range of VIP guests. Rwanda is a country that ranks amongst the top 10 African countries in terms of good governance in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) .

2-4 May 2018 | Park Plaza, Riverbank, London - https://www.afsic.net
 AFSICAFSIC is one of the most important African investment events held globally. It has a very strong investment focus and is attended by many of the most important global investors investing into Africa and by investors interested in learning more about African investment opportunities. Now in its 6th year AFSIC 2018 will be held in London on 2nd to 4th May 2018. AFSIC focuses on attracting investment into Africa’s financial services sector, and will be attended by financial services companies from across Africa including Banks, Insurance Companies, Microfinance Companies and Leasing Companies, as well as a wide array of Fintech companies and other Financial Services companies developed around a “new economy” model. The structure of AFSIC is specifically designed to provide African companies seeking investment with multiple opportunities to present their company to, and meet with, a very large variety of both debt and equity investors and also dealmakers focused on Africa with a view to attracting inward investment and developing strong and sustainable business relationships with investors.

15-16 May 2018 | Nairobi, Kenya - https://www.globalsmefinanceforum.org/Africa-2018
 SMEFF-LOGO 150X150Join leaders from banks, fintech companies, development finance institutions, and regulators at the Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 on May 15-16 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The conference will focus on how Africa is harnessing innovation to transform traditional banking industry.
Key topics to be covered include supply chain finance, leapfrogging development through innovation, banking on women, innovation in agri-finance, non-financial services, and youth entrepreneurship finance.
The action-packed event will include interactive sessions, study visits to high performing institutions, a B2B marketplace, fintech expos, and ample networking opportunities. Learn more and register before March 15 for $200 early bird discount goo.gl/SFZpKp #SMEFFAfrica18

Nigeria faces MEND and Boko Haram threat ahead of Independence Day celebration

Nigeria’s 51st Independence Day celebration scheduled to be held at the Eagles Square in the capital city of Abuja has been threatened by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and members of extreme Islamist group Boko Haram.

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Nigeria steps up fight against Boko Haram

The Nigerian security authorities have undertaken to act on information about the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram to stop it from carrying out terrorist activities.

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UN investigates Abuja HQ bomb blast

The United Nations says it will not be worried by the activities of the Islamic group Boko Haram until it independently verifies that terrorists are behind the bomb attack at its Abuja headquarters last week.

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‘Powerful Nigerians behind terrorist group’

A Nigerian political group says Friday’s bomb attack at the United Nations headquaters in Abuja by the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram was politically motivated to destabilise President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

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