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."
The spate of informal mining has moved from the ‘romantic era’ of the lone miner with his mule, to the semi-industrial criminally-syndicated operations of today.
So says the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.
And an increasing array of experts agree.
Now, a new investigation by Reuters shows the UAE’s gold imports from Africa are exploding — much of which is unregistered.
That means the continent is missing out on billions of dollars of tax revenue: the schools, farms, power stations and ports that should be supporting Africa’s future is instead being leaked out through corrupt means.
We spoke to David Lewis of Reuters — @DG_Lewis — and Gregory Mthembu-Salter, a consultant at Phuzumoya — @gmsalter — to find out more.
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