In this week's pick of some our favourite discussions over 2020-2021, we revisit the making of the nation of Nigeria. Its turbulent history has ... plenty to tell us about the current malaise. After all, as the poet Maya Angelou once said: "If you don't know where you have come from, you don't know where you are going."
As Nigeria grapples with multiple insurgencies, with the hangover from the #EndSARS protests still fresh, Ezekwesili does not mince her words.
Without urgent action and deep-rooted reform, she says, the country will slide into existential chaos.
It is not an African or Nigerian problem, the struggle to move forward from a violent past into a better future – plenty of European and American countries have faced the same.
But Ezekwesili points to a failure of state building in the Nigerian case. “Whereas we became a country, we have not become a nation”, she says.
The veteran politician – who has run for president, and who has served in several capacities as minister under President Olusegun Obasanjo – has now opened a School of Politics, Policy and Governance.
This podcast originally aired on 30 April, 2021
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